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The Echo: Reason's Versatile Delay

Reason Tips & Techniques By Simon Sherbourne
Published November 2020

Screen 1 (left) & Screen 2. Both front and rear views of an Audiomatic effect patched into The Echo’s feedback loop via the ‘Breakout’ connectors. This lets you progressively colour echoes using any other Rack device or VST plug?ins.Screen 1 (left) & Screen 2. Both front and rear views of an Audiomatic effect patched into The Echo’s feedback loop via the ‘Breakout’ connectors. This lets you progressively colour echoes using any other Rack device or VST plug?ins.

We delve deep into The Echo, Reason’s versatile delay effect.

Since the Reason Rack plug?in opened up Reason’s effects devices for use as individual plug?ins in other DAWs, I’ve rediscovered some of the gems in the standard Rack collection. One of the shiniest of these is the echo/delay effect called, simply enough, The Echo. There’s way more to this device than a?classic delay. It offers a?ton of cool signal processing possibilities, real?time performance modes and a?unique feedback loop insert feature.

Basics

With the Mode switch set to Normal, The Echo will be familiar territory to SOS readers. (In fact, if you’ve already used The Echo, feel free to skip to the Breakout section for some more advanced tips). Delay time can be sync’ed or set in milliseconds, and you can switch in a?ping?pong mode which uses a?pan knob for setting width and initial direction. Alongside this there’s an Offset control for setting different delays for left and right. This is always relative to the main delay time, and follows the main sync...

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Published November 2020

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