December 17, 2012 by tonetribune
After scouring the internet and finding virtually nothing about this elusive rack delay of a bygone era, I have decided to present the digital world with one of the best sounding tape-less tone generators out there….the Evans AE 205 analog delay.
There are so many flavours to choose from in the tasty world of time shifting and I have been lucky enough to sample the rich, saturated tone of the Maestro Echoplex and Roland Space Echo, the glassy reflection of the TC 2290, the warm slap-back of the Boss DM-2, the flashing modulated clarity of the Eventide Timefactor and most of the other time bending heavyweights from then and now.
When I took apart this Japanese beast from 1980 to spray out the pots, I noticed what any vintage delay lover would want to see under the hood. Two big MN3005 delay chips staring back at me! These increasingly scarce components can be found in the greatest time-based effects of yesteryear and are revered for their warm, lively and full-bodied sound.
You could certainly describe the sound of the AE 205 as warm and lively, but with the treble and bass controls for the repeats you can achieve a clarity and body the likes of which I have not heard on any other bucket brigade device (including the famously clear Aqua Puss). You can create a gorgeous 3-D atmosphere with the repeats that will not turn to mush or chirp out like other analog units tend to do when they reach self oscillation. Like all great vintage echo units, it is not just the delay that it provides, but an amazing preamp that that can either push the front end of your amp or goose the power tubes in an effects loop. You also have input and out put gain adjustments to fit into any musical scenario.
Sometimes nothing sounds better than a big, fat vintage rack unit and this is the most full frequency tape-less analog delay that I have ever heard. If you want the fat warmth of a vintage preamp, the clarity of a digital delay and the organic feel of a tape delay without all the maintenance of magnetism, this is your huckleberry. A peerless unit.
Follow the link below for the only demo of the AE 205 on the web…..