Our journey begins with the early recording studios of the ’50s and ’60s. The introduction of reel-to-reel tape machines and the creative engineers that used them brought on some of the fattest sounds imaginable. These early machines really were the first effect pedalsthey just wouldn’t have fit on your pedalboard! From the inherent warmth and luscious tape saturation to the forgotten art of how these machines were manipulated they are capable of creating a huge range of beautiful, distinctive, and enveloping sounds.
Deco brings this original inspiration back, giving you these vintage tape effects from the earliest recording studios, right on your pedalboard. Deco’s Tape Saturation smooths out your sound with familiar and delicious tape compression and saturation while fattening it with subtle tape-driven transparent overdrive. The Doubletracker provides the power to shift your sound in many ways, easily allowing you to achieve syrupy slapback tape echoes, psychedelic tape flanging, and gorgeous tape chorusing sounds.
Two Effects in One.
Give your sound the smooth and warm qualities of analog tape, along with the enhanced touch sensitivity and playing dynamics that are intrinsic to the inner workings of tape machines. Achieve incredible transparency at low levels, with reduced high frequency spikes and a harmonically rich low end. Turn up the Saturation to increase the amount of tape drive, dynamic compression and distortion.
Go back to the early days of recording studios, where a few creative audio engineers discovered a new world of augmented sound by pushing the limits of studio tape machines. By inventing automatic doubletracking, they introduced echo, flanging, and chorus to the world of recorded music.
Detailed recreation of the mechanics and technology of two vintage studio reel-to-reel tape decks and their interactions
Nuanced sonic delivery of the classic saturation effects of the tape record/playback process
Simple and intuitive Lag Time knob allows for slapback delays, tape echoes, tape flanging, tape chorusing
Two Tape Saturation adjustment and tone shaping knobs: Saturation, Level
Three Doubletracker adjustment and tone shaping knobs: Lag Time, Blend, Wobble
Three Doubletracker blend types to tailor doubletracked sound: Sum, Invert, Bounce
Five “hidden” knobs for deep tone tweaking: High Trim, Low Trim, Auto-Flange Time, Wide Stereo Mode, +/- 3dB Boost/Cut
Press and hold studio-inspired Auto-Flange effect