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Demedash Effects' description of the Demedash Effects T-120 Videotape Echo V2 pedal

 

The Sound of Nostalgia.

Worn

Inspired by the garbled audio that accompanies worn-out and poorly aged budget bin video tape, the T-120 Videotape Echo gives you exactly the type of sound that you're hearing in your head when you look at it.

 

Warm

Feed your guitar through the T-120, and the recorded playback will be the sound of low bandwidth tape being fed haphazardly through a magnetic read head by an uncalibrated, unbalanced feed mechanism.

 

Wavering

The T-120 v2, introduced in June 2020, introduces soft switching and two new LFO parameters - 'Glide' & 'Randomize', accessible by holding the footswitch down while the effect is engaged and turning the 'Depth' & 'Speed' Knobs, respectively.

 

Wonderful

The 4 modulation controls: Depth, Rate, Glide & Randomize let you sculpt the pitch wavering flutter like nothing else. From organic, wandering tape flutter to glitchy pitch jumps, the only hard part is deciding which setting you like best.

 

Inspired by the garbled audio that accompanies worn-out and poorly aged budget bin video tape, the T-120 Videotape Echo gives you exactly the type of sound that you're hearing in your head when you look at it. Feed your guitar through the T-120, and the recorded playback will be the sound of low bandwidth tape being fed haphazardly through a magnetic read head by an uncalibrated, unbalanced feed mechanism.

Controls:

Top Row (Delay controls):

  • Time sets the length of delay from short slapback to long, grainy echo (~60ms to ~1200ms)

  • Mix varies the output between fully dry and fully wet (note: on 2018-early 2019 models, the dry level was constant and this control only affected the volume of the wet signal)

  • Intensity feeds the output of the delay line back into the input, controlling the level and duration of repeats. Go from no repeats at minimum, all the way up to self-oscillating repeats.

    While all you need to dial in an amazing delay sound is the top row of knobs, it’s the bottom row of knobs that let you find your delay sound.

Bottom Row (Modulation Controls):

  • Depth dictates how widely the LFO’s output makes the pitch of your delayed signal swing.

  • Speed controls the rate of the LFO.

  • Tape Quality allows you to determine how much bandwidth reduction to apply, scraping off the extremities of the echoes’ frequency response and reducing its fidelity.

The T-120 v2 features two new secondary settings not found on the v1: Glide (under Depth) and Randomize (under Speed). These are used in conjunction with the two original controls to dial in how the v2’s modulation engine manipulates your delay signal.

  • Randomize allows you to control the ratio of periodic to random modulation output by the LFO. Dial in a steady, rhythmic wave, completely random modulation, or a mix of the two anywhere in between.

  • Glide smooths out the transitions of the LFO output, letting you take a periodic LFO from fully square to fully triangular, or a random LFO from a series of instantaneous jumps to a slowly varying, warbling smear.

Combined, these new controls give you access to random computery bleeps and bloops, the smoothly varying sound of an uncalibrated tape-head mechanism, the random drift of a pinched tape, or the wide, even up and down drift of a warped record.

 

Spec Sheet:

  • Power: 9V negative tip, 80mA (adapter not included, no battery compartment)

  • Soft switching, buffered Bypass

  • 125B Size Enclosure (4.7”x2.5”)

  • Mono In, Mono Out

  • No DSP Used.

  • Limited Lifetime Warranty (covers most things beyond damaged done by botched DIY mods)

V1 introduced mid-2018, V2 introduced July 2020