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EHX #1 Echo - Unofficial Discussion/Review Thread

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by JanusZarate, Jul 19, 2007.

  1. JanusZarate

    JanusZarate Low End Avenger Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 21, 2006
    Petaluma, CA, USA
    Okay, so I don't own a #1 Echo... yet. I'd like to give one a try in a shop first, but I might order one instead!

    For those who don't know already from prior threads, it's EHX's new compact digital delay pedal. I made a dedicated thread because I aim to review it eventually and post that here!

    In the meantime... I e-mailed EHX with a question regarding its power supply. Apparently, it comes with one. So, I asked them why, and here's what I found out:

    • It runs at 9.6VDC, 200mA
    • Its plug is center-negative, Boss standard
    • It doesn't run on batteries
    • It should work fine with an ordinary power supply/brick
    My guess is, the circuit is too large to allow room for a battery, or the power requirement really is up there at 200mA, so the battery wasn't practical. It is digital, so the power requirement thing is probably the more likely reason.

    Anyhow... someone go buy this thing and review it so I won't be alone! :p

    EDIT: I've already ordered one. Stay tuned for the review!

  2. sonicvi


    Jun 10, 2005
    Houston, TX
    Yeah, a battery would last what, like an hour?
    I was thinking about getting one but decided on an Ibanez analog instead. I don't need 2 seconds.
  3. TheMutt

    TheMutt Guest

    Apr 28, 2007
    There's one that I saw the other day in my local music shop when I ran in to grab a strap for a practice session. (My old Ernie Ball one broke :meh:) I'm thinking about going back there tomorrow to test the thing out if it's still there and see what it can do. Right now I don't have a delay pedal, but I have been thinking about adding one to my board... :help:
  4. power should be fine. a pedal power 2 has 2 units adjustable from 12v to 9v. have at it.

    cool pedal. if i ever did a mini board i'd have this as my delay. my memory lane is doing the job right now though.
  5. The BurgerMeister

    The BurgerMeister musician.

    Apr 13, 2006
    Big Bear, CA
    i'm keeping an eye out for this little box at work. i'll let you know when i've tested it out!
    http://[malware url removed].net/vicious-smiley-1815.gif
  6. TheMutt

    TheMutt Guest

    Apr 28, 2007
    Just toyed around with one today at my local music shop, man I love these guys. I have had my eyes set on a delay pedal for a while now. After playing with it for a little bit, I found that there is not a whole lot of useful settings on this box (for me personally). It can go from a very short echo-y type delay, to a really long drawn out delay. The number of repeats can also be one or two all the way to an almost infinite number of repeats. I really wished that there was a better way to control the number of repeats than just a switch labeled feedback (probably asking too much) or that there was an exact numbering system for the amount of delay in milliseconds, or a tap-tempo function. For a digi delay it is very simplistic, which some people might appreciate (not to mention how dinky this thing is). It does not run off of a battery, and is sold with a power supply for it according to the sales rep that is master of all EHX effects. I also tried out the Line 6 DL-4 pedal and EHX Deluxe Memory Man for comparison. Honestly, as far as delay parameters go, the #1 Echo is very easy to use. Much more so than the DL-4, and only a little easier than the DMM. The sound quality was actually very good compared to the DL-4, but both still sounded really sterile compared to the DMM (IMHO). Tracking with the #1 was also really good on all four strings, and with double and triple stops.

    That all being said, I am siding with the DMM as my final choice for a delay pedal when I decide to get one. But the #1 Echo isn't too shabby at a small fraction of the size and cost. Definitely worth looking into!
  7. Sir Edward V

    Sir Edward V Not Actually Knighted... Yet!

    Dec 11, 2006
    Didn't know tracking was ever an issue with delays...

    if you like the DMM I would say hold out for one of the new ones that are coming out
  8. SpankyPants

    SpankyPants That's Mr. SpankyPants to you.

    Aug 24, 2006
    Brooklyn, NY
    It isn't.
  9. TheMutt

    TheMutt Guest

    Apr 28, 2007
    It's not an issue, I'm just overly thorough in case someone asked. :D

    Yeah I was thinking about doing just that! :D
  10. JanusZarate

    JanusZarate Low End Avenger Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 21, 2006
    Petaluma, CA, USA
    We seriously need a sticky defining tracking. It seems to get used for everything around here... :meh:

    Even I sometimes use it wrong. :(
  11. :eek: :eek: :eek:

    haha. Boo get the dang pedal already and tell us how it is.:D
  12. JanusZarate

    JanusZarate Low End Avenger Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 21, 2006
    Petaluma, CA, USA
    I just ordered one this morning. ;)

    I'd have ordered a Soul Preacher too, but I'm waiting for Bongomania to review it. Plus, I've got to sell another pedal first!
  13. NICE!!! I know how you feel, I'm unloaded a bunch of stuff as well. And downsizing to the PT-2. who would have guessed?
  14. Not me!:eek:

    What stays?
  15. Sorry to derail Boo.

    Staying are the Meatball, Cheese Source, Diamond Memory Lane, Analogman CHorus, Subdecay Quasar, Korg Tuner, and I'm getting an Akai Deep Impact (yes i know im getting rid of the EHX BMS, and I know I gave the DI bad reviews, but space and presets are my big needs right now).
  16. Yeah Boo, sorry about derailment, but I had to know. (Admit it, you guys wanted to ask too:D )

    Well it sounds like an awesome 'Meat and Potatoes' board as far as what kind of effects, and an awesome 'This Pedalboard Costs More Than Your Life' board as far as the actual pedals themselves;)
  17. youre exactly right. i tried a bunch of wild effects (subdecay noisebox, moog bass murf, etc.) and realized I'm a "meat n potatoes" effect guy. hence the new smaller lineup. alright enough about me.

    Echo #1 - I wonder how much the delay time knob will vary with each movement. since it's got 2 seconds of delay at max, it's got a lot of room to cover in that little distance, i wonder if that will be an issue?
  18. I think the best candidate for a mini pedal board delay would be the Guyatone mini. And as for tracking on a delay, I usually use it to refer to how a delay responds to real time changes to the time parameter. The Guyatone does a good job with this and you can also wring out crazy duple meter artifacts by messing with the three position short/medium/long switch. The smoothest tracking delay I've used (analog or digital) was the SIB Echodrive. Mine stopped working properly after a while, which was very disappointing. They have a newer version now with more bells and whistles (footpedal inputs, the slam feature from the little Mister Echo, etc) but my old one breaking down doesn't exactly inspire confidence. I still miss it though.
  19. JanusZarate

    JanusZarate Low End Avenger Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 21, 2006
    Petaluma, CA, USA

    But yeah, I can understand why you'd go for the DI, Mark. It really is a better pedal than I give it credit for, but I couldn't get enough sonic goodness out of it to justify buying my own.

    I guess I'm just spoiled by my generally great experiences with Electro-Harmonix :D

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