Cherry Audio takes on the legendary Roland Space Echo with Stardust 201. The new plug-in emulates the RE-201 and RE-301 editions of the classic and adds a bunch of features like extended delay times, modulation, EQ and tempo sync. But did we really need another Space Echo emulation?
Cherry Audio Stardust 201
Cherry Audio is on a roll: After releasing a string of acclaimed software synths this year – Polymode, Eight-Voice, PS-20, Memorymode and Mercury, to be precise – the developer has now crossed over into effects and presents Stardust 201, its take on the famous Roland Space Echo. The plug-in emulates two versions of the classic tape delay, namely the RE-201 and RE-301.
Stardust 201 emulates all seven heads of the analog machine. According to Cherry Audio, the plug-in precisely recreates the properties of analog tape, including the limited fidelity and stability. They’ve also emulated the characteristic tonality and speed variances of the original, the developer says. The spring reverb section and the BBD-based chorus effect of the RE-301 are also included, as is a modeled input overdrive.
But Cherry Audio hasn’t stopped there. Stardust 201 offers several features not available on the original machines. This includes tempo sync and a 4x extended delay time range, which they’ve named “wide mode”. The plug-in also has an LFO for modulating the delay time, as well as a motor kill switch. There’s a 2-band EQ for shaping the tone of the delay. And if you’re not a fan of the classic color scheme, you can replace it with one of three alternative skins.
All of that sounds very lovely. But chances are that you’ve already got IK Multimedia’s, Arturia’s or AudioThing’s version in your plug-in folder, or one of the many others. Are the differences between those plug-ins large enough to justify purchasing yet another one?
Price and compatibility
You’ll have to decide that one for yourself, but one thing that speaks in favor of Cherry Audio Stardust 201 is the price. During the introductory period, you can grab the plug-in from Plugin Boutique* for just USD 19. Even the regular price of USD 29 is cheaper than many competitors. A 7-day demo version is available.
Stardust 201 runs on macOS 10.9 or higher (M1 supported) and Windows 7 or higher in AU, VST, VST3 and AAX formats (64 bit).
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