The Echo Platter delay model on the POD HD multi-effect processors is a very special effect indeed. It is based on one of the most sought-after and revered delay effects of all time, the Binson Echorec.
Brief History of Binson
The very first Echorec units were introduced in the late 1950s. Located in Milan, Italy, Binson delay devices were touted as having superior sound quality, and a much more durable design build than other tape delay effect units of the same time period. Indeed, one thing that truly set the apart from other tape delays was the inclusion of a steel/alloy disc drum that held a flat metal tape. The drum was said to have a life span of 40 years or more! Situated around the drum head was a record head as well as several playback heads which provided a delay time of up to 350-375 milliseconds.
Who Used It?
Arguably the most famous guitar players to ever play a Binson device were David Gilmour and Syd Barrett of Pink Floyd. This effect can be heard all over Pink Floyd’s opus “The Wall”. A great representation would be on the track “Run Like Hell”.
Authentic units are selling for many thousands of dollars these days. Lucky for you, the POD HD multi-effects processors include this much-cherished effect!
This is a tone I created based on David Gilmour’s tone in the Pink Floyd song “Run Like Hell”. I used the Hiway 100 amp model here and had to add an Analog Chorus effect to get that drippy lush sound he accomplished for the intro. I find that playing this tone with the pickup selector in the neck position sounds the best.
A tone inspired by the solo in Pink Floyd’s “Comfortably Numb”. I’m using the same Hiway 100 model here with the drive dialed up a bit. Again, I feel like using the neck pickup here sounds best. The Hall reverb really adds that nice ethereal sound. One thing I noticed about the Echo Platter delay model is that unlike other tape delays, it doesn’t give you a “reverby” type effect mixed with delay. Later models of the Echorec included some reverb options.
There’s nothing too fancy here. Just a sweet-sounding Blackface Dbl Nrm amp model played through one instance of the Echo Platter. This tone could easily be used as a slapback delay. Just take the time parameter back a bit to 100-150 ms and you’re there.
Another original tone I put together. I can’t get enough of the Super O amp model on the POD HD multi-effect processors. This amp model breaks up so nice that it was just natural for me to want to stick the Echo Platter delay model after it.
It’s hard to believe that we’re just about half way through talking about the delay effects in the POD HD multi-effect processors! Next time, we’ll talk about the Dynamic Delay model inspired by* the T.C. Electronic® 2290 Dynamic Digital Delay.
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