thealien666 wrote:A Boss RE-20 is the next best thing to the real thing. And in a song, I bet nobody could tell the difference.
Maybe, on a deep mix with not much feedback and little wet/dry mix, with a brand new original space echo, you might not be able to tell the difference. but most have old worn heads with old tape, and uncalibrated record/play electronics, which all add to the sound. but especially with the mini, by itself, the difference is night and day. particularly in self oscillation, it does this crazy percussive thing that the re20 doesnt.
I avoid digital mostly, but am not against using digital effects (or instruments, but that's another topic), and while the re20 is a good effect, it is not in the same league. Actually, I have been using Logic's stock tape delay plug in, which sounds better than the re20 and way more versatile.
I did hate the re20 when I first used it, just because I was comparing it to the original, and it was very different, but I heard it on other sources and liked it. however, the most godly sound I have ever heard was my mini through space echo on $20k Meyer sound monitors. I played a little with the studio door open, and people walking by poked their heads in and were stunned, as was I just by a simple patch.
And tape will be around forever, you can actually use mostly any high bias lubricated tape and cut your own loops.