dTape Echo

Product Overview

Vintage Vibe Machine.
Plug in, play a note or chord, and you feel it: All the warm, saturated, distinctive qualities and subtle nuances of vintage tape echo combine to instantly create an unmistakable atmosphere.

Everything from classic slapback echoes to psychedelic space explorations have stunning richness and depth, responding to each note and knob turn in a musically inspiring way.

Turn up the repeats for organic delay feedback with just the right amount of grit. Dial in some spring reverb to further enhance the sense of space. Effortlessly create multi-layered ambient soundscapes with the tape-style sound on sound looper.

Transform your pedalboard into the inspiration machine it was meant to be.

Magnetic Monster.
El Capistan provides three different tape machine types in one pedal, each with three unique modes and extensive control over tape quality, machine health and tone shaping.

Go from the full-range sonic stability of a fresh-from-the-factory echo machine, to the heavily fluctuating sound of a road-worn unit in need of service. Enjoy the full bodied sound of fresh tape, or dial in the dark, gnarled and vibey qualities of worn out tape.

Our meticulously handcrafted dTape™ technology and powerful ARM DSP give you a range of tape experiences that would be unattainable with a single traditional tape machine. Plus you get sound on sound looping, all without the headaches of tape machine maintenance and repair.

Classic Sound, New Features.
Our second generation El Capistan keeps the same rich magnetic tape echo tones from our original and adds significant new features, incorporating technological advancements, hardware improvements and design enhancements to give you additional flexibility, power, and ease of use on stage and in the studio.

MIDI
Full MIDI implementation means you can control just about every switch, knob, and setting remotely by sending MIDI commands from your controller or DAW via El Capistan’s EXP/MIDI jack or USB-C connection.

Delay time can be synchronized via MIDI Clock Sync, and the sync setting can be saved for each preset.

300 MIDI preset locations are available for loading and saving your favorite settings.

Hardware Improvements
A premium analog JFET input circuit ensures superb responsiveness to your playing, and you can select mono or stereo input with the flick of a rear panel switch.

All this, plus a new ARM DSP chip provides more processing power for every sonic nuance, with less energy consumption on your pedalboard.

Spring Reverb
Some classic tape echo machines included small integrated spring reverb tanks tuned for limited bandwidth.

For El Capistan, we captured this vintage vibe while creating a spring reverb algorithm with a gorgeous, gentle character that stands on its own, in addition to enhancing delayed signals.

Product Features

  • High impedance ultra low-noise discrete Class A JFET TRS stereo input.
  • Low impedance independent TS stereo outputs.
  • Expression pedal input allows the connection of a TRS expression pedal, MiniSwitch, MultiSwitch Plus, or TRS MIDI connection.
  • USB jack for controlling via MIDI from a computer or for performing firmware updates.
  • Dedicated tap tempo & On/Off footswitches
  • Premium JFET analog front end
  • Ultra low noise, high performance 24-bit 96kHz A/D and D/A converters provide uncompromising audio quality
  • 520MHz ARM Superscalar processor
  • 32-bit floating point processing
  • 20Hz to 20kHz frequency response
  • Audio Input Impedance: 1M Ohm
  • Audio Output Impedance: 100 Ohm
  • Strong and lightweight anodized dark gray aluminum chassis
  • 9V DC power supply included
  • Power requirements: maximum 9 volts DC center-negative, with a minimum of 300mA of current
  • Dimensions:
  • ◦4.5” deep x 4” wide x 1.75” tall
  • ◦11.4 cm deep x 10.2 cm wide x 4.4 cm tall
  • Designed and built in the USA

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