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Stardust 201 Tape Echo
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Windows Requirements: Windows 7 or above, 64-bit required. Quad-core computer with 8GB of RAM recommended.
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macOS Requirements: macOS 10.9 or above (including macOS 12), 64-bit required. Native Apple M1 processor support. Quad-core computer with 8GB of RAM recommended.
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Stardust 201 Tape Echo

Stardust 201 Tape Echo is a hot-rodded interpretation of the classic Roland "Space Echo" tape echo effects of the 70s and 80s. Compared to earlier tape echoes, they represented a giant leap in reliability and sound quality. With solidly built tape-transport mechanisms and the inclusion of a spring reverb and chorus effects in some models, the Space Echo was truly groundbreaking with its fantastic variety of sound colors.

Stardust precisely recreates the limited fidelity and stability of audio tape, providing a natural rolloff of bass and treble frequencies for super-warm tonality and minor speed variances, lending an organic chorusing quality to repeats. Cranking the intensity knob overloads the circuit, generating the signature other-worldly runaway echoes and feedback that only a tape echo can produce.

Cherry Audio's Stardust 201 Tape Echo includes features from the original RE-201 and RE-301 Space Echo units, and we've added some of our own to create a great-sounding, super-flexible, ideal tape echo effect that never breaks down and never needs demagnetizing, all for less than the price of a Space Echo replacement audio tape loop.

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Stardust 201 Tape Echo Features:

  • Authentically modeled vintage tape echo, including seven virtual tape head modes.
  • 4x-extended "wide mode" delay time range.
  • LFO echo time mod section.
  • Sync to DAW master tempo.
  • Exclusive "motor kill" switch.
  • Lush, true-stereo modeled BBD chorus circuit.
  • Modeled input overdrive for crunchy tones.
  • Dual independent tape loops for super-wide stereo imaging.
  • Stereo spring reverb.
  • Selectable mono/stereo modes.
  • Bass and treble EQ controls.
  • User-selectable color themes.
  • Stardust 201 Tape Echo is available in AU, VST, VST3, and AAX formats.

A free seven-day demo of Stardust 201 Tape Echo is available. This demo will play white noise periodically, but is otherwise unlimited.

User Reviews Average user rating of 3.50 from 4 reviews Add A Review
Stardust 201 Tape Echo

Reviewed By Stoffel11 [all]
February 11th, 2023
Version reviewed: 1.4.0 on Mac

Superb simulation of the original device, but:

The copy protection system wants to register the plugin and load some stuff online from time to time.

At homestudio that's ok, but on stage you mostly have no internet and therefore it's a very high risk to use this plugin there. I had several connections to the support, got some solutions but have still this annoying behavior. So only two and not five stars.

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Stardust 201 Tape Echo

Reviewed By DCrown [all]
October 20th, 2022
Version reviewed: 1.0.11 on Windows

Nice chorus, a reverb that I liked first, but the tail sounds unpleasant and artificial. I wonder whether cherry audio intends to win an award for the noisest plugin.

Motor let's you switch off noise, but also the echoes won't work any more, no one likes noise and no one cares whether emulated hw was noisy, olugin can be made without nouse or at least offer an option to switch off noise properly.

Chorus is as I already mentioned nice, though.

Price is fair.

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Stardust 201 Tape Echo

Reviewed By Faydit [all]
September 2nd, 2022
Version reviewed: 1 on Windows

Really some sort of stardust.

Not only a very naturally sounding simulation of a Space Echo, with a lot of useful, additional fine tuning options, but also with some equally useful additional features, so that this plugin in fact is more or less a complete fx-section.

The fact that you can use the single sections separately or combined is a big advantage, so you can use echo, chorus and spring reverb as separate, independent effects as well as combined. Another "secret weapon" of this plugin is the Mod section, which can add some decent to very intense, beautifully sounding, additional (vintage) vibe to the echo section, different to the wow and flutter option.

The echo section itself also is exemplarily adjustable, you can adjust almost every aspect indivudally so that you easily find the perfect mix between dry and wet signals.

Highly recommended and a bargain for the price anyway.

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Stardust 201 Tape Echo

Reviewed By dodgyg1 [all]
November 6th, 2021
Version reviewed: 1.0 on Windows

All the warmth and colour of the Roland Space Echo with the added bonus of an emulation of Rolands classic Chorus. Oh and you get a spring reverb emulator too. Well worth the $19.

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