Stompboxes @ Messe: Roland Space Echo, TC Helicon Voice Processors

Stompboxes are back! Yes, software is great, but the gigging musician still loves something you can plug in and step on. The Messe show saw some traditionally rack-mounted gear reborn in stomp form. Sure to be a huge hit, Roland’s BOSS RE-20 takes the beloved RE-201 Roland Space Echo and recreates it as a stompbox. It emulates all the major features of the RE-201, down to placement presets and tape flutter and magnetic head sound saturation, and adds a longer delay time — plus the ability to tap in delays with your foot. No pricing or availability yet that I’ve …

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Roland, Edirol, BOSS Vista Compatibility Update

Roland has published a compatibility list for all its current relevant hardware, under the BOSS, Roland, and Edirol brands. Windows Vista Compatibility Release The table setup is a bit unusual. “Yes” means “will be compatible” in the future tense, but that apparently translates to “it works now”; links are included to 32-bit and 64-bit drivers. A dash means compatibility is unconfirmed one way or another, as you’re on your own with current drivers. A “No” means “We are sorry but we have no plan to realese the compatible software with Windows Vista.” In other words, Roland/Edirol/BOSS have basically finished drivers …

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Roland’s New Pocket-able SD 4-Track: BOSS Micro-BR

There’s virtually no new gear out of NAMM this year, it seems, but Roland does have one tiny, silver 4-track recorder (well, actually 2 track recorder, 4 track playback, with more “virtual tracks”): BOSS Micro-BR For those of you who like old-school multitracking to sketch out ideas but want to go digital, this could be a decent option. It reminds me a whole lot of the old Zoom portable recorders. It records to SD cards (I’ve been seeing 1GB cards on sale for US$30), plays and records MP3 files (and presumably uncompressed WAV like Roland’s other portable player/recorders), and measures …

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