Catalinbread Echorecis Binson Echorec simulator in pedal form. It does a great job of sounding alot like the real drum echo made famous by players like David Gilmour.

The resurrection of the legendary Binson Echorec multi-head drum echo
“Driving force behind Pink Floyd’s Pompeii performance.”

The original Binson Echorec is most famous for its use by Pink Floyd, mainly their epic (and one of my personal favorites) “Live at Pompeii”, recorded in 1972 at the amphitheater of the ancient Roman town which was frozen in time as a result of a volcano eruption in 79 AD. Catalinbread’s color scheme pays homage combining the black on gold color scheme of the original Bison Echorec with ancient Roman inspired graphics.

The original Binson Echorec was a very large mostly mechanical device that was built in Italy in the late 1950’s up until the 70’s. It consisted of a rotating metal drum with four play heads positioned around it. The user was able to independently activate any number play heads, creating an echo with a distinctive rhythmical pattern. This large electro-mechanical device had plenty of reliability and constant maintenance issues, but when working properly it was that same quirky unpredictability that was responsible for its unique sound, apparently so much so that Pink Floyd deemed it worth the hassle of integrating it into their live rig.

Binson Echorec’s are collectors items and are very expensive when you find one in working condition. There its nothing like the real thing, but Catalinbread brings back some of these sounds in a cheaper more practical pedal form. The Catalinbread Echorec gives you the sound of the classic, all-analog, magnetic drum echo unit put to use on such Pink Floyd epics as Echoes, Time and Interstellar Overdrive. This compact effect actually improves on the original with a much more reliable operation and new Delay Time control that gives you 40ms to a full second (versus a fixed 300ms). Drum echo is different than a tape echo like an echoplex or Catalinbread’s Belle Epoch pedal that is a recreation of the original Maestro Echoplex EP-3 model which was also a large expensive divide using tape for making its sound.

From Catalinbread:

  • The Swell knob controls the number of repeats regenerated – from a single repeat of each playback head to infinite repeats
  • The Tone control tilts the EQ of the repeats from dark and fat to bright and thin. Dark settings makes the repeats sit in the background. Bright settings emphasizes the attack, great for playing off the syncopated rhythms of the multi-head arrangement
  • The delay time on the Catalinbread Echorec goes from about 40ms -1000ms. And the cool thing is you can twist the Delay Time knob in real-time to get speeding-up / slowing-down, spaceship warp landing sounds!
  • Mix knob goes from full dry to full wet giving a lot of flexibility to use the Echorec in a variety of situations, even wet/dry rigs by setting the Mix full wet
  • User-tunable modulation on the repeats that simulates the warble of the rotating platter. Or set more extreme to achieve new dimensions in chorus textures
  • 9/18v DC input (standard center negative, no battery)
  • ‘Program Select’ control to choose from any of the 12 delay patterns
  • Internal True/Buffered Bypass switch
  • Internal Modulation trimmer
  • Internal Gain trimmer
  • ‘Matrix’ card included in box

Some Demos