Wavesfactory, the company behind the acclaimed Trackspacer, Cassette (we love this one, see our “How To Recreate the ’70s and ’80s sounds” article), and Spectre just announced their latest plugin Echo Cat, one of the world’s most beloved tape echos perfectly replicated as an audio plugin. Retaining the original sound and offering modern features like ducking, M/S and tempo sync.
Based on a classic
Invented in 1958 by Charlie Watkins*, the Copicat* delay was an instant hit. Featured in countless albums from the 60s and 70s and used by great bands like The Shadows and Pink Floyd. Primarily designed for guitar, it’s now a sought after piece of equipment in studios around the world.
Echo Cat brings back the sound and behaviour of the original unit with authentic tape simulation and three playback heads. With added extra features that any modern delay plugin should have. These include M/S processing, tempo sync delay times, filters on the feedback path, varispeed, modulation and ducking.
Wavesfactory has meticulously modelled the sound of the original unit by analysing a high number of signals through Copicat.
Under The Hood
Each head can be controlled in great detail. The user can either have it time synced to the tempo of the host or can set the time freely in milliseconds. Volume, pan and LP/HP filters are included for each head. Three led indicators show you if there is a signal present on the selected head.
Control the sound of the tape loop. Echo Cat Includes mono/stereo hiss, artifacts (or cat-ifacts) containing wow and flutter for recreating the fluctuations of the tape speed, tape age with asperity noise and erasures, and signal loss which is random high-frequency compression. The “Loop Gap” parameter mimics the tape loop joint, where the tape is physically looped.
The “Motor” section offers control over HUM (low-frequency noise produced by electric current). One Copicat* model in the 1970s featured Varispeed, with which you could control the speed of the motor at will, Echo Cat offers this. With Echo Cat, the user can also modulate the Varispeed amount using an LFO.
Lower the volume of the wet signal when the dry signal is present using Ducking and don’t let the delay signal get in the way of the main signal. Apply filters outside the feedback loop. Control the mid and side volumes separately.
Make Echo Cat mono, stereo or fake stereo with a 5ms delay only on the right channel.
Pricing and Availability
Regular price: €79
Intro price: €39 – 50% OFF until December, 3rd 2020.
No iLok or challenge-response.
macOS 10.7 or higher.
64-bit DAW and OS.
Windows 7, 8 or 10.
64-bit DAW and OS.
Learn more about Echo Cat on the product web page.
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