Boss RE-20 Space Echo Delay

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  • Accurate recreation of the Roland RE-201, with a few extras
  • Spacious, analog tone of the original
  • Reborn as a twin pedal with all the retro feel of the original
  • RE-201 tape flutter and magnetic head sound saturation
  • Mode Selector knob with 12 placements
  • Tap input pedal allows delay time to be set by foot
  • Longer delay time than the RE-201
  • Control parameters with the Expression pedal
  • Power by 9V battery or AC adapter (not included)


Making its debut in 1973 the Roland RE-201 Space Echo was THE space echo. Taken to heart by the likes of Pink Floyd and David Bowie, along with many reggae and dub outfits the tape delay unit gave the artist’s sound extra expression with plenty of chaos to boot. Now seen in the hands of Radiohead, Portishead and even Brian Setzer its time for an update to this classic. Roland and Boss have therefore created the Boss RE-20 Space Echo Delay, which itself has already been taken on by Ivor Novello award-winners, Massive Attack.

Recreating a Classic

Every care has been taken to keep the unit as close to the original as possible with every sonic detail and nuance accounted for. The Boss RE-20 Space Echo Delay Guitar Effects Pedal gives you the same atmospheric, space-filling, analog tone echo of the original. Although it utilises modern technology the Boss RE-20 also gives an accurate recreation of the RE-201’s tape flutter and magnetic head sound saturation, for that retro feel. The Mode Selector knob is still intact with its 12 placements.

Building on a Legend

With the all the period details intact Boss have also taken their design that little bit further with the Boss RE 20 Space Echo Delay Pedal. With its twin pedal design you gain extra control of the units abilities with the Expression pedal giving you hands-free control of parameters such as Repeat Rate & Intensity. A tap input pedal gives you the ability to set the delay time by foot. The Boss RE20 Space Echo Delay can also have the delay set to a longer duration than the RE201 was capable of.

ModelRE-20 Space Echo
Dimensions (H x W x D) 57 x 173 x 158 mm
Weight 1.2kg
Nominal Input Level-20 dBu (INPUT VOLUME knob: center), max +4 dBu
Input Impedance 1 M ohms
Nominal Output Level +/- 1 cent
Output Impedance1 k ohms
Recommended Load Impedance10 k ohms or greater
DisplayVirtual Tape Display
  • EFFECT ON/OFF pedal
  • TAP pedal
  • BASS knob
  • TREBLE knob
  • REPEAT RATE knob
  • INTENSITY knob
  • ECHO VOLUME knob
  • DIRECT switch
  • POWER indicator (serves also as battery check indicator)
  • PEAK LEVEL indicator
  • EFFECT ON/OFF indicator
  • TAP indicator
  • INPUT jacks A/MONO, B (1/4-inch phone type)
  • OUTPUT jacks A/MONO, B (1/4-inch phone type)
  • EXP PEDAL jack (1/4-inch TRS phone type)
  • DC IN jack (DC 9 V)
Power Supply DC 9 V: Dry battery LR6/R6 (AA) type x 6, AC Adaptor (PSA series)
Current Draw 75 mA (9 V max.)
* Expected battery life under continuous use: Carbon: 9 hours, Alkaline: 32 hours
These figures will vary depending on the actual conditions of use.
Included Accessories Owner’s Manual
Leaflet (“USING THE UNIT SAFELY,” “IMPORTANT NOTES,” and “Information”)
Dry battery R6 (AA) type (carbon) x 6
Options (sold separately) AC Adaptor (PSA series)
Expression pedal (Roland EV-5)

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