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Over the last 20 years, many pedal companies have done everything they can to bring you the perfect delay pedal. They either concentrate on replicating your original note exactly or give you countless options, the vast majority of which you would never use. The end result is that most digital delay units these days sound sterile, flat and cold, while most analogue units are using "compromise" parts that can't recreate the authentic tone of classic pedals' special chips.
We believe that this pursuit of variation to the point of confusion on the digital side and compromise on the analogue side has taken guitarists away from the two things that were great about early echo units. Tone and warmth.
The dream would be to have a delay pedal that gave you the consistency of a digital unit, but with all the warmth and character of an old tape echo unit. A hybrid pedal, a fusion of analog and digital to create something greater than the sum of its parts.
Wampler Pedals gives you that pedal. Based on the highly acclaimed Wampler Faux AnalogEcho, the Faux Tape Echo offers everything you love about digital without sacrificing the warmth, responsiveness and simplicity that recalls the heritage of classic analog delays.
With a completely original modulation circuit (not a basic chorus effect) that speeds up and slows down according to the attack from your playing, the Faux Tape Echo gives you fantastic "wow and flutter" emulation without ever dropping a beat, without ever letting you down. It can be enabled or disabled for even more versatility. Analogue and digital come together under the Wampler Pedals banner and the result is something truly special.