Roland RE-20 Owner's Manual

Roland space echo owner's manual.
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Thank you, and congratulations on your choice of the BOSS RE-20 Space Echo.
Before using this unit, carefully read the sections entitled: "USING THE UNIT SAFELY"
and "IMPORTANT NOTES" (separate sheet).
These sections provide important information concerning the proper operation of the unit.
Additionally, in order to feel assured that you have gained a good understanding of every
feature provided by your new unit, this manual should be read in its entirety. The manual
should be saved and kept on hand as a convenient reference.
● The RE-20 uses COSM technology to faithfully simulate the characteristics of the famed
Roland SPACE ECHO RE-201.
● Faithfully reproduces the characteristics of the RE-201, including the echo's distinctive wow-
and flutter-induced wavering and the compressed sound obtained with magnetic saturation.
● The Mode Selector carries on the tradition of the RE-201, offering twelve different
reverberation effects through various combinations of the three playback heads and reverb.
● You can set delay times with the TAP input pedal and use an expression pedal (
) for controlling parameters.
● Equipped with a "Virtual Tape Display," which produces a visual image of a running tape.
About COSM (Composite Object Sound Modeling)
Composite Object Sound Modeling—or "COSM" for short—is
BOSS/Roland's innovative and powerful technology that's used
to digitally recreate the sound of classic musical instruments and
effects. COSM analyzes the many factors that make up the original
sound—including its electrical and physical characteristics—and
creates a digital model that accurately reproduces the original.
Copyright © 2007 BOSS CORPORATION
All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced in
any form without the written permission of BOSS CORPORATION.


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  • Page 1: Main Features

    Main Features ● The RE-20 uses COSM technology to faithfully simulate the characteristics of the famed Roland SPACE ECHO RE-201. ● Faithfully reproduces the characteristics of the RE-201, including the echo’s distinctive wow- and flutter-induced wavering and the compressed sound obtained with magnetic saturation.

  • Page 2: Table Of Contents

    Troubleshooting... 20 Sample Settings ... 21 Main Specifications ... 22 The Roland SPACE ECHO RE-201 tape echo debuted in 1974. Even today, with the machine no longer in production, it remains a world- famous device that is still widely acclaimed.

  • Page 3: Panel Descriptions, Front Panel

    Panel Descriptions Front Panel TREBLE Knob Adjusts the echo’s high-frequency range. The frequency response is flat when the knob is at the center position; turning the knob to the right (clockwise) boosts the high frequencies, while turning it to the left cuts the high frequencies. BASS Knob Adjusts the echo’s low-frequency range.

  • Page 4: Power Indicator

    Panel Descriptions POWER Indicator This indicator shows whether the power is on or off, and also functions as a battery-check indicator. * When the indicator starts to dim or fails to light, the batteries are exhausted. When this occurs, install new batteries.

  • Page 5: Rear Panel

    Unplug any connected cords when the unit is not in use. OUTPUT Jacks (OUTPUT A/MONO, OUTPUT B) Use these jacks to connect the RE-20 to a guitar amp, a keyboard amp, or to an effects processor, mixer, multitrack recorder, or other such device.

  • Page 6: Installing Batteries

    Installing Batteries Insert the batteries as shown below, being careful to orient the batteries correctly. fig.010 • When turning the unit upside-down, get a bunch of newspapers or magazines, and place them under the four corners or at both ends to prevent damage to the buttons and controls.

  • Page 7: Making The Connections

    A/MONO jack turns on the power; the power is switched off when the plug is disconnected. Be sure to unplug the cable from this jack when the RE-20 is not in use. • If there are batteries in the unit while an AC adaptor is being used, normal operation will continue should the line voltage be interrupted (power blackout or power cord disconnection).

  • Page 8: Mono Output Connection

    Making the Connections Mono Output Connection fig.020 Electric Guitar Keyboard fig.030 Guitar Amplifier Mixer AC Adaptor PSA series (sold separately)

  • Page 9: Stereo Output Connection

    Stereo Output Connection ■ Mono Input fig.060 Electric Guitar Keyboard ■ Stereo Input fig.070 Effector + Electric Guitar Keyboard Making the Connections AC Adaptor PSA series (sold separately) Guitar Amplifier Mixer AC Adaptor PSA series (sold separately) Guitar Amplifier Mixer...

  • Page 10: Connecting To Send/return, With Guitar Amps

    Making the Connections Connecting to SEND/RETURN With Guitar Amps ■ Mono Send/Mono Return fig.060 Electric Guitar ■ Mono Send/Stereo Return fig.070 SEND RETURN R Electric Guitar SEND RETURN Guitar Amplifier RETURN L Guitar Amplifier AC Adaptor PSA series (sold separately) AC Adaptor PSA series (sold separately)

  • Page 11: Connecting To An Mtr Or Mixer

    Connecting to an MTR or Mixer If you want to turn off output of the direct sound—for example when connecting to a mixer’s SEND/RETURN—set the DIRECT switch to OFF. ■ Mono Send/Mono Return fig.060 SEND ■ Stereo Send/Stereo Return fig.070 SEND R Set DIRECT switch to OFF...

  • Page 12: Operating The Re-20, Basic Operation

    2. Using the INPUT VOLUME knob device, adjust the input level so that the PEAK LEVEL indicator momentarily when the instrument connected to the RE-20 is played forcefully. 3. Set the MODE SELECTOR knob 4. Turn the ECHO VOLUME knob 5.

  • Page 13: Adjusting The Input Volume, Switching The Echo And Reverb Variations

    Adjusting the Volume of the Reverb Sound You can adjust the volume of the reverb sound with the REVERB VOLUME knob Operating the RE-20 and TREBLE * Enabled only when the MODE SELECTOR knob is set to any position from 5 through 11...

  • Page 14: Setting The Delay Time With The Tap Pedal (tap Delay Time)

    Operating the RE-20 Setting the Delay Time with the TAP Pedal (Tap Delay Time) 1. Using the MODE SELECTOR knob, select the Variation mode for which the tap delay time is to be set. * For more on the playback heads for which the tap delay time is set, and the maximum values of the settings, refer to “About the Variation Mode”...

  • Page 15: Switching The Repeat Rate And Delay Time Mode

    * Be sure not to turn off the power while the TAP indicator is flashing rapidly. * This setting is saved even after the power is turned off. * When the RE-20 is set to Long mode, the EFFECT ON/OFF indicator and TAP indicator flash rapidly immediately after the power is turned on.

  • Page 16: Control Using An Expression Pedal

    * Use only the specified expression pedal (Roland EV-5; sold separately). By connecting any other expression pedals, you risk causing the unit to malfunction and/or damage to the unit.

  • Page 17: Setting The Function Of The Expression Pedal

    4. Press the TAP pedal to set that function. The TAP indicator flashes rapidly, and the setting is saved to the RE-20’s memory. When setting is saved, the TAP indicator remains lit, and the RE-20 returns to its normal operating status.

  • Page 18: About The Variation Mode, About The Playback Heads

    About the Variation Mode You can use the MODE SELECTOR knob to switch among the twelve Variation modes, which offer different combinations of echo and reverb. MODE SELECTOR ● Play- back Heads REVERB ● : The playback heads set with the tap delay times REPEAT (MODE SELECTOR knob “1”–“4”) : REVERB ECHO (MODE SELECTOR knob “5”–“11”) : REVERB ONLY (MODE SELECTOR knob “REVERB ONLY”) : Reverb only...

  • Page 19: About The Roland Space Echo Re, Re-201

    About the Roland SPACE ECHO RE-201 The Roland SPACE ECHO RE-201 is a reverb-equipped tape echo that debuted in 1974. About the Configuration of the Tape Echo/Reverb The tape echo section features an erase head, record head, and three playback heads arranged sequentially at equal intervals, such that a sound is played back three times at equal intervals.

  • Page 20: Troubleshooting

    ❍ Have the batteries run down? → Replace them with new batteries (p. 6). * The batteries included with the RE-20 are meant only to confirm that the unit is functional at the factory. * To reduce battery consumption, be sure to disconnect the plug connected to the INPUT A/ MONO jack whenever the unit is not in use.

  • Page 21: Sample Settings

    Sample Settings ■ AMBIENCE This sound adds a sense of space using a short delay and reverb. ■ RICH ECHO This is a sumptuous sound with a rich reverb added to the delay. This produces an even greater effect when played back in stereo.

  • Page 22: Main Specifications

    Main Specifications RE-20: Space Echo Nominal Input Level -20 dBu (INPUT VOLUME knob: center), max +4 dBu Input Impedance 1 MΩ Nominal Output Level -20 dBu Output Impedance 1 kΩ Recommended Load Impedance 10 kΩ or greater Display Virtual Tape Display...

  • Page 23

    For EU Countries...

  • Page 24

    This product complies with the requirements of European Directive 89/336/EEC. FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION RADIO FREQUENCY INTERFERENCE STATEMENT This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules.

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