Catalinbread Belle Epoch EP-3 Digital Tape Echo Pedal


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Catalinbread Belle Epoch EP-3 Tape Echo Pedal

The Echoplex was known for its lush repeats from a saturated preamp feeding into the tape with just a little modulation provided by the tape speed and component condition.

Older tapes will sound more lo-fi, aging motors will fluctuate in speed.

Whatever the quirk of those original units, Catalinbread sought to replicate as much of them as possible in a small-format Delay pedal.

Enter the Belle Epoch: A recreation of all the things that made the original Maestro Echoplex well-loved, without the maintenance.


  • Controls: Echo Sustain, Mod, Rec Level, Mix, Echo Delay, Internal Trimpot for preamp level.
  • Delay Time: Up to 800ms
  • Switching: True Bypass
  • Power: DC Adapter and 9-Volt Battery


Users were delighted to find that the Belle Epoch recreates the wash/oscillation of the original unit. Many Echoplex recreations tend to just use a vibrato circuit for modulation but the Belle Epoch recreates the random wow and flutter effects of a real tape machine.


The control labels were hard to read as noted by one user. Another noted that the pedal took away from the sound that they wanted. A subsequent comment noted that this was the internal preamp at work. This is resolved by turning the internal trim pot to zero.


The Belle Epoch is the closest "tapeless" recreation of a well-loved classic. For those looking to make spacey soundscapes and noise oscillations, the Bell Epoch checks all the right boxes.

Although this was previously on our recommended list, there are now more highly rated options available which you can see in our guide to The Best Delay Pedals.

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