Has anyone with an Empress Echosystem downloaded the latest firmware? I'm really curious to hear what the new Echorec algorithm is like.
I watched a video from Empress yesterday that said "New Tape was originally born in our Superdelay" and "Old Tape comes from our Vintage Modified Superdelay." It makes me think that they didn't rework the algorithms and just reused the existing ones. But I could very well be wrong as I've owned neither and it sounds like you have. What seemed different about the tape emulations in the Echosystem?I'd buy it again if it had a tape sim like the old Superdelay
I really liked the both the Belle Epoch and the Deluxe, but I think there were quite a few bugs with the first couple of batches of BED's. From the TGP feedback it seems that that is improving. My BED was good functionally, but I didn't like that there were no detents between modes (it was very easy to knock it into a different delay mode), and a lot of the modes were kind of useless to me. Also, I don't really like using an external pedal for adjusting the delay time, I still find it odd they didn't include tap. I sold it after a month or so. If they introduce a stereo version (with tap tempo maybe), just the echoplex mode, with the adjustable preamp like their EP pre pedal, I'd be all over it.Thanks for the great response @zdogma !
I've tried the Catalinbread Belle Epoch and Echorec and liked them very much. I actually had the Belle Epoch Deluxe for a day, but the expression wasn't working quite right, so I had to take it back.
I owned the Empress Reverb for a little while as well, and something about it didn't sound right to my ear with that one as well. The top end seemed abrasive to me. It would be a shame if the Echosystem suffered from issue.
I had a look at the latest release notes and I don't see anything about changes to existing modes, mostly just improvements to the looper, the new Echorec mode, and saving/loading presets from an SD card. Full release notes are here:
Echosystem Release notes
Even with its potential challenges, it does seem like a pretty cool all-in-one pedal, especially if the new Echorec mode comes close to the other great Echorec pedals.