The possibilties to own near-exact virtual replicas of exquisite equipment have become mind-boggling. In our latest example, developer Wavesfactory has released Echo Cat, an emulation of the legendary Copicat Band delay by Charlie Watkins. This effects unit, first built in 1958, has been used by bands such as The Shadows and Pink Floyd. While it’s a guitar effect at heart, the Copicat saw use on all kinds of audio and instrument tracks because of how it sounds. And now, you can have this legendary equipment as a plug-in in your DAW!
Wavesfactory Echo Cat
It’s not just the sound that counts, for Wavesfactory nailed the vintage look as well – complete with animated tape movement! The GUI is very appealing, clear, and therefore easy to use. As expected, the sound also seems to be very close to the original. In the developer’s words, meticulous attention was paid to come up with an exact emulation of the original.
That aside, Echo Cat brings a number of improvements that wouldn’t be possible outside the digital medium. We are talking mid / side processing , tempo synchronization of the delay times, filters in the feedback signal path, varispeed , modulation , stereo widening, and ducking. That’s one juiced up Copicat!
To get that saturated tape sound, you’ll have to get the input signal into the area of overdrive. Then you should turn up the Sustain control to get the self-oscillation going. That’s it – enjoy the vintage sound and tweak/blend to taste!
Price and availability
Wavesfactory Echo Cat is currently available on the manufacturer’s website for an introductory price of EUR 39, down from EUR 79. The offer is valid until December 03, 2020. The plug-in runs under macOS 10.7 or higher and Windows 7 or higher in VST, VST3, AU and AAX 64-bit formats. You can also download a limited demo version and a PDF user manual. Several presets are included in the package to get you started with the warm, wobbly goodness.