Line 6 Echo Park

Based on the popular DL4 Delay Modeler, the Echo Park ($209 retail/$149 street) packs an amazing amount of processing power into a small—if chunky and heavy (2.5 lbs)—package. The pedal has true stereo inputs as well as outputs, and the delay signals can be “animated” to move around the stereo field.

This is very cool, because most other dual-output delays only offer dry and wet (effected) lines, and there is no option for, say, a ping-pong delay bouncing between two amps or a stereo house system. Delay time ranges from 53ms to a generous 2.5 seconds, and the pedal is powered using a 9-volt battery or a standard adapter.

Although the Echo Park is feature-laden, its simple operation lets you choose Tape, Digital, or Analog delay as the basic sound, and then control that sound using an 11-position rotary switch that selects two multi-tap configurations; slap and stereo ping-pong delays; reverse, swell, and ducking attack envelopes; and three rhythmic tap-tempo settings. There’s also a Mod knob that lets you add various types of modulation, and a Trails switch that enables echo repeats to trail off after the pedal is turned off.

The tape and analog delay emulations are remarkably convincing, while the digital delay line is utilitarian, but clean. Having a choice of quarter-note, eighth-note triplet, and dotted-eighth-note tap-tempo repeats makes for greater musical possibilities, and the Swell, (filter) Sweep, and Reverse settings work well. My only quibble is that tiny bits of noise were introduced on some settings. Considering Echo Park’s outstanding features, audio performance, true-stereo operation, and very low price, it nabs an Editors’ Pick Award.