BOSS RE-202 and RE-2: Space Echo pedals without the tape
No tape required
Do you remember the leak for the Boss RE-2? Initially, the guitar world was sceptical, with some saying it was possibly a fake. Now we know for sure. The Boss RE-2 is really coming. And to the big surprise also a big boss RE-202. Two modern-day Space Echo pedals with no tape!
The smaller of the two new Space Echo effect pedals offer the typical boss form factor: indestructible, small housing with dual mono-in and dual-mono outputs. In addition, there is a CTL/EXP connection and an additional function of the footswitch, which also masters “set speed” in addition to on/off. In addition, there is finally a buffered bypass (but no switch to “True”). Overall, however, much better than Boss’s first digital space echo.
Space Echo Specs
In addition, there are a total of 7 controls accessible via staked pots, so only four physical knobs: Echo / Reverb, Intensity / Tone, Repeat Rate / Wow & Flutter and the mode, which can choose from 11 types. Unfortunately, there is no indicator of which virtual read/write heads are active here, it only helps to memorize or listen to the manual. As usual, it can also be operated by battery.
There is not much to say about the sound. If you love the original Roland Space Echo, you can get a really great sound here. Plus, without any of the hassle of tape and tape mechanisms. Just watch the video below. I really like it, and think you will too, especially if you need a compact pedal.
With the larger of the two pedals, there are a few more functions. Boss even reveals how A/D is transformed: at 48 kHz and 24 bits with Adaptive Focus, an in-house technology that increases the signal-noise ratio. D/A conversion then takes place at 32 bit – and signal processing at 32 bit FP. This can be seen (and probably also heard).
The Boss RE-202 offers 12 reverb/delay modes, but a lot more than the small RE-2. The housing is not only larger but also offers more functions: 3 footswitches, each with a second mode: On/Off and Warp, Memory and Reverb, Tap and Twist. Memory is also a buzzword that leads us to an important plus of the big model: MIDI.127 memory spaces can be occupied and managed via MIDI In and Out on the back. There is also a USB port.
More Boss Information
- RE-2 product page at Boss
- RE-2 product page at Thomann*
- RE-202 product page at Boss
- RE-202 product page by Thomann
- More Boss news
- Boss RE-2 Space Echo coming in 2022: Boss
- Boss RE-2 Space Echo Delay/Reverb: Thomann
- Boss RE-202 Space Echo Delay:Reverb: Boss
- BOSS RE-202 bigger and more functions: Boss