Echo Fix’s EF-X2 might be the next evolution in tape echo units

High-tech machinery meets classic effect.

Echo Fix EF-X2

Echo Fix has announced the EF-X2, a tape echo unit that recalls legendary units of yore. Built from in-house components, the device is designed to produce a warm, cavernous sound that can be deployed in a recording studio or your guitar rig. Here are the details:

Core design

The EF-X2 houses three main functions: a tape echo, DSP-based reverb and preamp. To achieve tape echo’s warm character, Echo Fix spent three years of R&D creating custom tape heads and loops.

There are three echo playback heads, which can be combined with a switchable sound-on-sound head for a total of 11 head combinations. Additionally, the tape loops have been formulated to both last longer and sound great, according to the brand.

Controls

The tape echo can be shaped with a variety of controls. Apart from a two-band EQ, you can also adjust the Time and Feedback parameters with control voltages (zero to five volts) or compatible expression pedals.

The reverb, on the other hand, can be sculpted with dedicated volume and decay controls.

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Elsewhere, the EF-X2 features a Motor switch which can be toggled for a tape slow down effect, helping to conserve tape while only using the reverb or preamp functions.

Ins/outs

On the front panel, the EF-X2 boasts independent inputs – each with level control – for instrument-level and line-level sources. There are also balanced I/Os at the rear.

Hear the unit’s tape echo sounds below:

Pre-orders at $1,450. More info at echofix.com.

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