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Some Info On The Upcoming Electrix Repeater MKII

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by Bryan R. Tyler, Aug 26, 2005.


  1. Bryan R. Tyler

    Bryan R. Tyler TalkBass: Usurping My Practice Time Since 2002 Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    May 3, 2002
    Connecticut
    They've delayed the availability date for this thing a thousand times now, but it currently looks like it will come out sometime in mid to late September.

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    For those of you who don't know what the Repeater is, it's a rack-mount looping unit (similar to the Echoplex) with LOTS of really cool features. The biggest problem the original Repeater had for live musicians was that you couldn't go from the initial record direct into overdub, which made it a poor unit to use for improved on-the-fly recording.

    It will have four separate tracks upon which you can overdub whatever you want, so you'll be able to bring in and take out completely different loops using the four tracks. Apparently you can access and use all of these functions by using a programmable MIDI pedal. What I'd really like to know is exactly how much flexibility you have in setting up the MIDI pedal (ie, if it be set up with four record footswitchs for each of the four tracks, four Stop switches for each of the tracks, and an Undo switch for each of the four tracks, or use a single Record, Undo, and Stop switch that will control all four tracks, with the addition of another footswitch to toggle between each of the four tracks). Problem is is that Electrix has little to no customer service to answer questions right now.
    Some of the new features are:
    o Independent track looping control (can act like a sampler as well).
    o Initial Record direct into overdub.
    o Loop length pre-programming.
    o Completely overhauled MIDI implementation that will give you greater control over more features.
    o Persistent settings on power down/power up. The unit now remembers your setup.
    o Sticky settings (stereo link, pan, pitch, metronome) optionally imported to new loops on creation.
    o Utilities menu for controlling system operation from the front panel, including MIDI channel.

    Issues fixed from System 1.10

    o Vastly improved MIDI clock quality.
    o Positive indicaton of muted channels."


    If everything is as planned, this could be a great (and less expensive) option besides the Echoplex.
     
  2. One, please. :D
     
  3. Bryan R. Tyler

    Bryan R. Tyler TalkBass: Usurping My Practice Time Since 2002 Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    May 3, 2002
    Connecticut
    Yup, street price is $500. Getting a big MIDI floorboard will be around $100-200 (or more) depending on what you want (you can use a simple 3-switch one as well for far less if you don't need all the options), but the floorboard for the Echoplex is $125 anyways, so the price is comparable.

    Apparently almost any function can be operated through MIDI controls. Only way to know for sure how well it works will be to try one.