TUBE saturation via The Echo [video]

The Echo is one of my favourite effect devices in Reason. Both the OVDR (overdrive) and TUBE settings are super useful for adding some analog grit to your sound. The TUBE setting creates a nice and strong EVEN 1st harmonic even when the Drive is at 0.

Listen how a pure sine-wave at 440 Hz (A3) changes into a tone with an obvious and pleasant EVEN octave harmonic using The Echo (starting at 00:04):

This was created using the TUBE setting with the Drive of The Echo at 0. Very tubelike!

Check out my video below. You can see how I am not using any Drive on The Echo. I am feeding it a very hot input signal, using two Selig Gain devices. Notice how the peak level stays the same at -9 dB but the overall loudness perception increases when using The Echo. The OVDR setting is more transparent sounding than the TUBE setting which sounds a little more compressed.

UPDATE: You can now download the Combinator patch I have created for this example:

  Input Drive (v1) (127.2 KiB, 266 hits)

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6 Responses to TUBE saturation via The Echo [video]

  1. Mikael June 29, 2016 at 5:42 pm #

    thank you. it’s one of my most overlooked devices – I’m a creature of habit with the 7k – so this was really helpful.

  2. michael September 8, 2016 at 5:16 am #

    Errm tube demo on drums = meh . Can i bravely suggest if you want to show how great a tube effect is try guitar. I’ve yet to hear anything that gets close to a real fed back sustained and distorted via tube sound but id pay well for it.

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