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A Great and Highly Versatile Digital Delay Pedal
In terms of solo applications, the Echo Park never fails to sound great. In fact, it makes practice a lot of fun because it opens up a world of experimentation via the various models, settings and delay patterns that are available. I was reminded of a quote from The Edge of U2, who described how he incorporated echo into his composition process when writing guitar parts once he really started to find out what he could do with the effect. I found myself delving deeply into the Echo Park's features just because it was so easy to do, and the result was a plethora of new ideas as well as a refinement of older ones.
In a recording scenario, I initially had some problems with the Echo Park because I was unaware that using a Line 6 power supply would resolve noise issues. Unfortunately, prior to obtaining the DC-1G cable, the Echo Park was unusable in the studio because of the buzzing it created even when the pedal was turned off. However, once I obtained the Line 6 proprietary power supply, the signal cleared up instantly and the sound was just beautiful. (Update: Voodoo Labs' Pedal Power 2 Plus is an ideal unit if you're looking to run juice to several pedals simultaneously, as it includes a port that is set up specifically for Line 6 pedals.)
This is a good place to mention a quirk of the Echo Park: when it's turned on, there is a small but noticeable volume boost. There will be a certain percentage of the guitar-playing population who will strongly dislike this, but I'm not one of them. In fact, I love the little hint of extra gain it adds to the signal--and since I rarely turn my Echo Park off, I don't notice the discrepancy between the dry sound and the effected one.
The reason I mention the volume boost when discussing recording with the Echo Park is because it's the one situation where I had to account for it. Playing alone, it's a non-issue; playing in a band, it's kind of an advantage. In a studio, however, where microphones are carefully placed and settings are adjusted specific to a certain sound, I didn't think to compensate by having the engineer work with the pedal on first--which would have been a good idea, because if the mics are picking up a hot signal well, a slight volume dip will generally not be a problem. However, a sudden boost in signal can result in unanticipated, unwanted distortion. So, note to anyone who will use the Echo Park for recording... Read More
Hard to Beat, but Also Hard to Step On
This is probably the only one of my Line 6 pedals that I won't replace at some point. It's easy to use, has a wide variety of nice-sounding delays, and works well with both electric and acoustic guitars. I'm still not a fan of the "gas pedal" activation switches, which you really have to stomp on to get them to switch, and sometimes, even then, they still don't, but when I'm using delay I'm usually not also doing a lot of fast switching on and off during a song, so for this pedal, it flies.
Great alternative to DL4 delay.
I was interested in this pedal for 2 reasons. 1. I liked the Line 6 DL4, but didn't need the loop function, and 2. I needed board space. This thing is a beast. It's a DL4 in a boss style stompbox. Does everything the DL4 does barring the loop, and it's built like an absolute tank. Super heavy, and incredibly sturdy, no regrets with this purchase.
Best delay within it's price range
It's digital, has warm dark repeats and has modulation. It will do anything from swells to reverse delays to ducking. It's really solidly built and is a pedal everyone that is looking for delays on a budget should consider.
My favorite delay pedal
I bought this one used; actually, scratch that. I got it for free after I bought a Tascam multitrack tape recorder from some dude who was about to move. He included a power supply, too.
Well, after having owned a multi-fx unit with delays that simply stopped after moving one knob, the Echo Park was like a revelation from the heavens. The knob-twiddling burbling and its bouts of self-oscillation are the bees knees! The different modes (Analog, Digital, and Tape) coupled with the Mod feature all add different tonal possibilities to bend the sound even further. The textures you get from these choice ensure a certain undeniable grime to the sound. I love it. There pedal offers an array of possible delay types are well; most are vanilla, but a few others are remarkable. I'm a fan of the Swell effect for slow fade-ins on your dry signal, the Sweep effect's phaser, the Ping Pong's stereo madness, and the wild Reverse. That reverse can be amazing if you max out most of the settings. Play a few notes on the guitar then let the regeneration and decay slow take hold on the effected signal. Instant ambient piece! It mutates slowly but surely, particularly if you've messed with the Mod section. I've been known to let the Reverse just roll on for an hour after plucking two chords' worth of notes. It's incredible, it's got character, and it never ceases to amaze me.
... well, then again, this is Line 6. I had a little period between 2013 and 2017 when this little bastard failed to give me any sound from the output jack. The lights were on, but the sound was gone. Then, without doing anything other than plugging it into a daisy chain rather than its own power supply, the Echo Park began to work again. Insane, illogical, and weird; I'm just glad this little dude is back on the team. No other delay has charmed me as much as this one.
Useless fact: If you throw in stereo signals and only use one output, it folds to mono.
If you see it, but it. Immediately. If I ever get spot another one in the wild, I will absolutely nab it.