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Empress Echosystem

Empress Effects

Empress Echosystem

Spanning the gambit of known delay possibilities and beyond, the Echosystem could be the ultimate delay-crafting tool. Faithful emulations of classics like digital, tape and analog delays are numerous, as well as Empress' own take on each of these delay styles. Moving beyond the traditional, the vast amount of sonic ground the Echosystem can cover becomes apparent. Check out the ambient modes when you're feeling chilled out, or perhaps a visit to the multi tap modes for a taste of inspiration.

The Dual Engine functionality allows any 2 of these delays to be used together, routed in either parallel, series, or left/right configurations.

In addition to delays, there's the super-useful reverb combos, which will elevate any guitar part. Oh, and don't forget Whisky mode, best accompanied by a dram of whatever you've got!

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Features

  • 36+ studio quality algorithms and counting - The pedal has 12 algorithm types, all with multiple variations. For example, there are 4 different tape delays on tap.
  • Classic Sounds - Emulations of classic tape and analog units are available, as well as our take on these types of delay.
  • Easy to use and fast to dial in - All the algorithm controls are sitting on a knob in front of you, no fiddling through laborious menus.
  • Tap Functions - Global tap tempo as well as local tempo with lots of subdivisions are available on all modes, in addition to being able to set the delay time directly with the knob.
  • Low Noise signal path - Features a signal to noise ratio of >104dB and maintains an analog dry path.
  • Dual Delay Engines - 2 delays can be used at the same time, each with its own full set of controls and routed in serial, parallel or left/right.
  • Up to 35 Presets - Settings can be saved to 35 presets. With three stomp switches, accessing the presets is easy.
  • 2 Preset Modes - Bank style or scrolling style preset modes.
  • True Bypass and Buffered Bypass - It can be configured to run with true bypass or buffered bypass if you want to hear trails.
  • Cabinet Simulator - 3 variations to choose from, perfect for recording, practicing or for gigs without an amp.
  • Output Transformer - Get hum-free operation when operating in stereo with two amps. Output 2 is isolated with a transformer to eliminate nasty ground loops.
  • High Quality Audio - 48kHz sampling, with 24 bit conversion and 32 bit internal processing.
  • Analog Dry Path - Dry signal is left untouched, and blended with the wet signal using VCA. (no zipper noise, hooray!)
  • Unsurpassed Connectivity - The Universal Control Port allows you to connect an expression pedal, external tap switch, control voltage, external audio input and MIDI - all using a standard 1/4" jack!
  • Advanced Configuration Menu - The Advanced configuration menu lets you configure how your delay works. Select from true or buffered bypass, 0-35 presets, MIDI configuration, Control Port(expression pedal, external tap, control voltage and MIDI) as well as which style of preset system to use, input signal pad, output transformer enable and more!
  • Small Size - The enclosure measures approximately 5.7" by 3.75" by 1.75", which is delightfully small when considering all the features packed into this unit.

Digital Delay

The digital modes are clean and pristine or meant to emulate some of the characteristics of classic digital delays. These modes allow for full bandwidth and distortion-free operation.

In Use:
They sound great as a rhythmic dotted eighth delay. Or try using for a classic slap-back sound.

Pristine

Very pristine, this is a perfect delay which allows you full control over the modulation width and depth with the thing 1 and 2 controls.

Mode Specific Controls

Thing 1 - Modulation Depth: Turning up the knob increases the depth of the modulation on the delay line.
Thing 2 - Modulation Speed: Turning up the knob increases the speed of the modulation on the delay line.

Short Stuff 1980

This mode allows you to dial in short delay times with ease. It adds a 8x multiplier to any time that's tapped. This allows you to do some of the really fun tricks the Lexicon Timeline could do with short delay times and high feedback settings. The (thing 2) bandwidth control simulates the anti-aliasing filter that was present in a lot of early digital delays who's delay time was scaled by changing the sample-rate. These delays were brighter at shorter delays times and darker sounding as the sample rate decreased at longer delay times.

Mode Specific Controls

Thing 1 - Modulation Depth: Turning up the knob increases the depth of the modulation on the delay line.
Thing 2 - Bandwidth: Turning up the knob increases the bandwidth in the delay line. This emulates the anti-aliasing filter present in early digital delays.

Ping Pong

This mode ping pongs the delay back and forth between the left and right speaker. So, if you have a mono input you'll hear the first repeat on the left, then on the the right, and then back to the left, and so on. For a stereo input, it will swap the left and right sides with each repeat. With a mono output, this mode will have an odd pattern to the repeats. This mode is great for adding with when combined with a more mono sounding mode.

Mode Specific Controls

Thing 1 - Modulation Depth: Turning up the knob increases the depth of the modulation on the delay line.
Thing 2 - Modulation Speed: Turning up the knob increases the speed of the modulation on the delay line.

Dynamic Duck

This mode turns down the feedback when you're playing loud, so your sound gets cleaned up, but then turns the feedback up when you stop playing so you get a nice tail. It's not crazy, but your sound gal or guy will love you for not muddying up the sound.

Mode Specific Controls

Thing 1 - Duck Amount: Turning up this knob will duck the delay signal more for a given input signal.
Thing 2 - Release Speed: Controls how quickly the delay volume is turned up when the input signal gets quieter.

Dynamic Feedback

The sound in the delay loop gets compressed based on the input signal.

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Mode Specific Controls

Thing 1 - Duck Amount: Turning up this knob will duck the delay signal more for a given input signal.
Thing 2 - Duck Threshold: Set how loud the input signal must be to start ducking the delay line.

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Specifications

Input Impedance 1MΩ
Output Impedance 100Ω
Output Impedance (transformer) 600Ω
Frequency Response (-3dB, dry) 10Hz – 50kHz
Frequency Response (-3dB, wet) 10Hz – 23.4kHz
Total Harmonic Distortion (dry) 0.09%
Total Harmonic Distortion (wet) 0.22%
Dynamic Range (dry) 106.9 dBA
Dynamic Range (wet) 105.5 dBA
Input Headroom (dry) +10.0 dBu
Input Headroom (wet, no pad) +0.5 dBu
Input Headroom (wet, 6dB pad) +5.7 dBu
Input Headroom (wet, 12dB pad) +10.8 dBu
Output Headroom +16.2dBu
Power Input Connector 2.1mm Barrel Connector
Power Input Voltage 9V
Required Current 300mA
Height (enclosure only) 1.75”
Height (including controls) 2.25”
Length 5.7”
Width 3.75”
Weight 1.5lbs