Presenting the all new Boss RE-2 Space Echo Pedal, a faithful tribute to the original Roland RE-201 Space Echo, giving you the authentic Space Echo experience in a Compact Pedal.
Introduced in 1974, the original Roland RE-201 Space Echo stands among the most legendary and sought-after effect units ever produced. This tape-based classic remained in production for over 14 straight years, and its distinctive rhythmic echo sounds, warm character, and highly playable sonic quirks still inspire musicians, producers, and audio mixers over four decades on.
With the RE-2, the authentic sound and behavior of the Space Echo is now available in the famous BOSS compact series for the first time. Backed by intensive R&D and Boss's latest innovations, the RE-2 delivers the coveted magic of the RE-201 in a pedalboard-friendly footprint—realized in flawless detail by the company that designed the original.
Let's look at some of the features of the RE-2:
- Authentic sound and behavior of the legendary Roland RE-201 Space Echo in a BOSS compact pedal
- Classic multi-head tape echo sound with expanded delay time
- Original three-head configuration and 11 different sound combinations
- Vintage RE-201 spring reverb sound with modern stereo operation
- Wow & Flutter control for introducing varying levels of natural tape modulation
- Twist effect with footswitch control
- Select between the unprocessed analog dry signal or the modeled sound of the original Space Echo preamp
- Tap tempo and carryover functions
- True stereo input and output
- Expandable control via external footswitches or an expression pedal
- BOSS five-year warranty
When tape-based echoes were standard in the music world, the original RE-201 was a leader in its class. Equipped with three evenly spaced tape heads and a spring reverb tank, it could produce everything from clean, single delays to dense, rhythmic echoes and ambient washes. The RE-201’s appealing sound was influenced by many factors, from the warm compression of magnetic tape saturation to the evolving modulation produced by motor speed fluctuations, friction, and other elements. Last but not least, analog preamp circuitry was a key ingredient in the Space Echo’s rich sonic recipe.
In developing the RE-2 and its big brother, the
RE-202, BOSS engineers have fully reproduced all the complex, non-linear behaviors that contribute to the RE-201’s immortal character. We carefully analyzed several vintage RE-201s, including a pristine original unit from the BOSS and Roland factory archive. Everything that influences the sound has been recreated with all-new algorithms, including the tape path, record/playback mechanism, motor variations, preamp coloration, spring reverb character, and more.
The RE-2 squeezes the complete sonic character of the RE-201 into the classic BOSS compact pedal format. The 11-position mode selector lets you dial in different virtual tape heads with or without spring reverb, and you can balance the echo/reverb blend with independent level knobs. Every behavior is accurately replicated, such as the gradual pitch change that occurs with Repeat Rate tweaks and the runaway feedback that happens when maxing the Intensity knob. And with the expressive Wow & Flutter control, you can conjure all the natural modulation characteristics that are essential to the Space Echo sound.
The RE-2 takes the legendary Space Echo experience further with versatile features for today’s music. The Delay time has been doubled and tap tempo control is supported, and there’s a cool Twist function for creating evocative special effects as you perform. For the dry sound, you can choose between the warm and fat RE-201 preamp tone or a clean signal with zero processing. Full stereo I/O is available, and it’s possible to mute the dry signal for parallel effect setups and studio use. The RE-2 also supports expanded control via external footswitches or an expression pedal, including continuous pedal control of multiple panel functions at once.
BOSS RE-2 Space Echo | Authentic Space Echo in a Compact Pedal
Modes: 11 modes
Nominal Input Level: INPUT A(MONO), INPUT B: -20 dBu
Maximum Input Level: INPUT A(MONO), INPUT B: +7 dBu
Input Impedance: INPUT A(MONO), INPUT B: 1 M ohm
Nominal Output Level: OUTPUT A(MONO), OUTPUT B: -20 dBu
Maximum Output Level: OUTPUT A(MONO), OUTPUT B: +7 dBu
Output Impedance: OUTPUT A(MONO), OUTPUT B: 1 k ohm
Recommended Load Impedance: OUTPUT A(MONO), OUTPUT B: 10 k ohms or greater
Bypass: Buffered bypass
REPEAT RATE knob
WOW & FLUTTER knob
Indicator: CHECK indicator (Used for indication of check battery)
INPUT A(MONO) jack, INTPUT B jack, OUTPUT A(MONO) jack, OUTPUT B jack: 1/4-inch phone type
CTL/EXP jack: 1/4-inch TRS phone type
DC IN jack
Power Supply: Alkaline battery (9 V, 6LR61)
AC adaptor (PSA series: sold separately
Current Draw: 75 mA
Expected battery life under continuous use: Alkaline: Approx. 4.5 hours
*These figures will vary depending on the actual conditions of use.
Leaflet ("USING THE UNIT SAFELY," "IMPORTANT NOTES," and "Information")
Dry battery (9 V, 6LR61)
Options (sold separately)
AC adaptor: PSA series
Dual footswitch: FS-6, FS-7
Expression pedal: FV-500H, FV-500L, EV-30, Roland EV-5
SIZE AND WEIGHT
Width: 73 mm (2-7/8 inches)
Depth: 129 mm (5-1/8 inches)
Height: 59 mm (2-3/8 inches)
Weight (including battery): 450 g
1 lb* 0 dBu = 0.775 Vrms*
The specifications are subject to change without notice.
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