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Empress Effects Echosystem Dual Engine Delay Pedal

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Echosystem Dual Engine Delay Pedal

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Spanning the gamut 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.

6+ 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.
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.
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.
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!
12 Modes - Digital, Tape, Analog, Multi, Mod, Filter, Ambient, Delay and Reverb, Reverse, Stutter, Lo-Fi and Whisky

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
Dimensions (including controls): 5.7" x 3.75" x 2.25" (14.5cm x 9.5cm x 5.7cm)
Weight: 1.5 lb (0.68 kg)


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The Empress of Ottawa has become Queen of Athens 0 of 0 customers found this review helpful
Product Experience   I own it
Closest Store   Ottawa, Ontario
The Echosystem is my third pedal from Empress Effects for the last month (after their Compressor Mkii and Reverb which I purchased from L&M). I purchased the Echosystem directly from Empress Effects since they had a 20% discount in the first couple of days of 2023 (Steve Bragg also made me a 20% discount on the Reverb I purchased at L&M, I could not believe that!). I enjoy now the three pedals and wait for the right moment to buy their ParaEQ which is the Queen of tone shaping. For about 2 weeks the three pedals changed my way of playing and I can not imaging playing without them. Before buying the Empress Compressor I tried a couple of other pedals such the ones from Xotic and Keely, but the Empress alternative was irresistible. The Reverb and the Echosystem replaced the EarthQuaker Avalanche Run V2. A great pedal but hard to compete with the Empress giants in terms of tone quality and overall potential. But hear this. I am currently in Athens, Greece, on a business trip, and have visited a great pedal store - Music Accessories: I spent 40 min in the store checking things out and talking to the guy who had a perfect English and deep knowledge of the industry. The store had several of the Empress pedals. The guy new the history of the company, the value of their pedals etc. As he said: "Empress is as good as it gets." He explained to me why he personally liked the Reverb and pointed out that bouzouki players in Athens like the ParaEQ a lot. As he said, this is one of the few cases of a pedal when the customers call you back to say thank you.
Posted by Stoyan Tanev on Jan 15, 2023
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Best delay pedal of all time 1 of 1 customers found this review helpful
Product Experience   I own it
Closest Store   Toronto (Bloor St.), Ontario
it does everything, sounds great, has a looper, and has great vcas stereo ins and outs.
Posted by anonymous on Jul 22, 2022
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EXPENSIVE BUT DEFINITELY WORTH IT 1 of 1 customers found this review helpful
Product Experience   I own it
Closest Store   Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
I have had the Echosystem for 6 months now and it is hands down the best delay box I have ever owned. Every single mode is outstanding, highly tweakable, yet still intuitive to use with NO menu diving. Tons of ways to setup each delay with a single engine, dual engine, series/parallel, you name it. Another thing that has really impressed me how you can blend the delay with your existing sound. The "Mix" knob controls this. You can dial in the exact amount of delay and it blends in extremely well. Even with a lot distortion with my amp (Mesa Boogie) you can add as much or as little delay to the signal as you want. It does not seem to suck the tone or drown it out when playing or recording. It is NOT muddy, especially the digital mode which sounds awesome. Other delays I have used put a 'blanket' over the sound, not this one. The Tone knob also allows you to darken or brighten things up just right for the room or guitar. I have only explored the surface of this pedal. My favourite modes so far are Digital, Tape and Delay + Reverb. You can actually use the Reverb mode with no delay tempo, effectively giving you a very nice digital hall reverb (one of the best I've heard). The Ambient mode is also really cool Another thing that is cool is the way the Tape delays fade out with the feedback, it really does a good job at balancing the highs & lows. The delay trails sound phenomenal with each mode. As expensive as this pedal is, I have to say that its a tremendous value. To get this many good sounding delays and modes might seem overkill, but you'll never go searching for a delay box again. Empress also periodically releases new firmwares which add even more modes to the existing delays, you simply cannot beat it.
Posted by anonymous on Apr 18, 2021
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Echosystem Review 0 of 0 customers found this review helpful
Product Experience   I own it
Closest Store   Waterloo, Ontario
I rated the ES a 4.5 because overall I'm happy with it but I am still in the honeymoon stage. I like that it has decent algorithms for Echoplex, RE-201, BBD, Echrec, digital and DMM. The ability to run duel engines is great for creating ambient soundscapes to jam with (think early Pink Floyd) on my looper. Some things that I don't like is the set screws, in particular on the Mode mode knob... for $600+ could Empress not afford to add a bit of thread locker... embarrassing really. There have been comments on various threads about the lack of a Spring reve yes, that is also something I agree is missing... BUT, if you have ever heard the Spring algorithm on the ER you would NOT want it on the ES. It is hands down awful and completely unusable so I don't really "miss" it. Now if the Spring sounded like the Source Audit, then I'd be begging to include it in a future update. I added an EP booster pre-delay and, combined with the Echoplex sound, can easily give any other high end "Deluxe Belle Epoch" some serious competition.
Posted by Ingar Fosse on Mar 19, 2021
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High Quality Delay for Guitar or Keyboard 1 of 1 customers found this review helpful
Product Experience   I own it
Closest Store   Prince George, British Columbia
I've had my Echosystem for nearly a year now, and I use it all the time. Pros: tap tempo with lots of subdivision choices, easily accessible presets, high quality sound of direct and effected signal, a good selection of delay types, stereo operation, two delay engines, supports line and guitar level signals, master level control, analog dry path. The two engines can run in series, parallel, or left/right, or you can just run one engine in single engine mode. Cons: Need to keep the manual close by for some functions, no spring reverb, no new algorithms since launch. I know this is a delay pedal, but if you're going to include any reverbs at all in a guitar-centric pedal, why no spring reverb? It has Hall and Plate only. Note: keep those set screws tight! If the mode select knob gets a bit loose, it can cause the push button action that switches between engine 1 and 2 not to work. If that happens, simply raise the knob and tighten it up or email Empress support. Conclusion: This is a great pedal live with easy to select presets and tap tempo. It also shines for recording because it sounds great, has a full set of controls and many algorithms. If you don't need a spring reverb, the included reverbs are very good and you could forego a dedicated reverb pedal.
Posted by Lawrence on Jun 26, 2019
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