Overloud has released Echoson, an emulation of a very interesting piece of vintage hardware – the Binson Echorec 2. It’s an Italian magnetic drum delay, notably used by Pink Floyd in the 70’s. The original units are highly sought after due to their rarity and limited production. They used a specially designed steel/alloy disc or drum, which carried a durable flat metal tape.
The drum was driven by a powerful AC motor, in most cases, via a rubber jockey wheel. It kept the transport very stable. Record and playback heads were arranged around the drum periphery. The Binson houses 6 12AX7 tubes and has three modes – Echo, Repeat, and Swell.
Following developer Audiority and its Echoes plug-in, which recently got updated and is currently on sale, Overloud has put its own spin on emulating this classic unit.
In addition to a complete emulation of the original circuitry, Echoson has the following improvements made possible in the software realm:
- Stereo mode for processing left and right channels with different settings, Cross delays, or combining the two channels for a reverb effect.
- Heads Control that lets you switch on and off the playback heads and route them to the magnetic drum individually.
- Adjustable delay time – while the original was fixed at 310ms, Echoson lets you experiment with tempos and sync the delay to the host BPM. David Gilmour mainly used the Repeat mode at its fixed 310ms delay time for his guitar sound, and the Echo setting for live versions of the “Time” intro. (many thanks to Gilmourish for the information!)
Overall, Echoson looks really cool and getting the demo to play around ought to be worth your extra time. If it was good enough for Gilmour, the Echoson should be pretty great for anyone else. Except K-Pop producers, perhaps? Nevermind… here’s the pricing:
Price and availability
Echoson is available now from Overloud’s web store, priced at an introductory EUR 80 down from EUR 129. It’s sold in all major plug-in formats, including VST, AU, AAX32, AAX64, and standalone. Both 32bit and 64bit Mac & Windows operating systems are natively supported. Sounds like a dev job well done!