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The most famous Tape-Echo Unit in Britain, and possibly in the World, the Copicat also happens to be the first repeat-echo machine manufactured as one compact unit. It was designed by Charlie Watkins in 1958, apparently after he heard a similar sound effect generated by two linked studio quality tape recorders for the Italian singer Marino Marini. The Copicat is still being manufactured by Charlie Watkins, at a list price of £745. But, actually there's a digital clone of Copicat, created by GSI - WatKat
It sounds very lo-fi, noisy, irregular. When you turn it off and leave the tape loaded, the tape bends in proximity of the capstan, and this turns into a periodic pitch fall during echo playback; plus, it gets hot and the background hum gets worse in time... you should turn it off every now and then; the tape is never completely erased, and the capstan motor flutters... and it gets worse if you touch it while it's spinning; heads tend to get dirty very soon, infact you should clean them often. This is true for the actual hardware unit, and for the digital simulation as well!
It's definitely worth a try, you might like it. It's a simple little tool that actually has a history - for example Elvis Presley’s electric guitar player liked it so much. If you want to understand the whole idea behind getting a tape echo (mp3 example of tape delay (not Copicat) below) - read "Tape Delay In Your DAW" (Sound On Sound) article.



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