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Boss Tera Echo TE-2
Review by: Dan Morrell

 
 
             
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Echo is the ever so desirable effect that falls nicely between delay and reverb, adding body without removing clarity. Its roomy sparkle has been utilized by the likes of Jimmy Page, Eddie Van Halen, and countless others. The Tera Echo TE-2, Boss’s centurial pedal, elaborates on the classic effect by adding an innovative, multi-layered twist that will take your playing to the great beyond.

The immersive auditory capabilities of the TE-2 bring echo to the next level thanks to some clever pitch shifting technology at work on the inside, with options for the outlandish and obscure as well as the sensible and safe, making this pedal certainly usable by the average blues traveler, but stellar for the ambient rocker.


Features

3.5 Stars

The layout of the Tera Echo is as straightforward as any typical Boss pedal.  Housed in the familiar, rugged metal box, it includes an Effect Level for the balance of your wet and dry signal, Tone for the amount of jangle or rumble you desire, Feedback, which will set the tail length, and S-Time, or spread time, which determines the amount of repeats and the lapse between echoes. The pedal also includes a freeze feature that can be engaged when stomped and held, which is great for achieving ambience or simply adding body to a solo – perfect if you are the only the guitarist in the band.

Although most players use a mono rig setup, the Tera Echo also sports stereo usability, which really unleashes the impressive soundscaping this pedal is capable of.  If lugging around two amps isn’t your thing, give it a shot in the studio by having one amp boost highs and the other, lows. Trust us—you’ll be happy with the results. Or, try using it with other instruments. The pedal sports stereo inputs as well as outputs.

The Tera Echo TE-2 works on battery, with a PSA adapter, or all of the popular 9V power supply units such as the Voodoo Lab Pedal Power 2 Plus, T-Rex Fuel Tank, etc.


Usability


3 Stars

The Tera Echo TE-2 is extremely simple to operate. We plugged it into the front our Fender Twin ’65 Reissue and were ready to be tera-echofied in minutes. Of course, it can also run through an effects loop, and if you are utilizing the stereo capabilities the process is simply doubled.

The TE-2 was keenly responsive to our playing dynamics as well. It produced a very unique sort of laser-unicorn-growl-flutter-thing upon quickly striking and choking a chord or dead notes, cool for intros and outros. The Multi-Dimensional Processing (MDP) that Boss developed for this pedal (as well as for the Multi Overtone and Adaptive Distortion pedals) focuses on analyzing the audio signal in many dimensions and applying the “ideal effects” to each band. This sound is the core of the TE-2 and is continuously occurring behind your playing. This choking technique gives an insider’s perspective to the inner spectral workings of the unique pedal. 

The freeze feature could be better, however. When the pedal was already engaged and the footswitch was held to activate the freeze mode, the TE-2 turned off momentarily, causing the effect to cut out, and then it came back on about a second later to latch on to our note. This sounds awkward if you are playing a constant riff and trying to employ the freeze.


Sound


3.5 Stars

The Tera Echo can conjure the many distinctive layers of degenerating repeats and the unique overtones of real echo that guitarists have been chasing for decades, while still leaving your dry signal—along with your playing nuances, intact. Although not true bypass, the TE-2 leaves as much of your tone unaltered as you desire.

As mentioned earlier, Boss has applied their new Multi-Dimensional Processing (MDP) that “analyzes audio signals in many dimensions and applies ideal effects to each.” By applying different dynamic changes relative to the input signal in real time, Boss’s MDP can create “bold, all-new sounds with a previously unattainable range of expression.” We really can’t say the sound of the TE-2 sounds any different than the product marketing descriptions.

The cross-dimensional modulation allows for a very involved reverbish, delayish, phaseish, chorusish, effect that sounds like several layers occurring at once in the background that basically creates something we’ve never heard before, or simply put: it sounds like the love child of a broken Echoplex and a laser-shooting unicorn. And that said, while we can put this effect pedal in the same ballpark with the Eventide Space pedal you’re undoubtedly thinking of, these are actually quite different sounding effects pedals.

Despite the fact that the Terra Echo TE-2 is a digital effects pedal, it still sounded perfectly warm running through our Fender Twin ’65 Reissue with a stock 2006 Gibson Standard SG. On the neck pick up, we got some tremendously psychedelic soundscape tones with the potential to give listeners the chills. Flicking to the bridge pickup with the amp on bright gave us a tone that would be great for some spacey country or Jim Campilongo-style jazz.

Make no qualms about it; you can get very weird and abstract with the TE-2, but its ability to retain practicality makes it a winner.  Turing the S-Time all the way down with the Effect Level at 10:00 and the Tone and Feedback around noon produces a nice, warm, slap-back effect for those who have no use for the weird.

Seconds after we had it hooked up, we already found a setting that we loved with the S-Time set to about 3:00 and the rest of the controls set at noon, which yielded a large and warm echo, adding a spectacular atmosphere behind picked chords and sparse leads. Another great setting we were easily able to dial in was a chimey, lush, rush of echo that was great for ethereal pieces with the Effect Level at noon, Tone at 9:00, Feedback at 1:00, and S-Time at noon.


Documentation and Product Support

3.5 Stars

The Tera Echo comes along with an in-depth support manual that covers all the bases, and there is some documentation found online as well.


Price


4 Stars

The Boss Tera Echo TE-2 (MSRP $291.50) sells for approximately $180, which is a bargain compared to the other pedals that deliver lush, ambient, studio-quality, time-based effects.


Contact Information

Boss
www.bossus.com


Overall Rating - Product Summary


   
   
Category Value Rating
Features 20% 3.5 Stars
Usability 25% 3 Stars
Sound 25% 3.5 Stars
Documentation & Support 10% 3.5 Stars
Price 20% 4 Stars

OVERALL RATING = 3.5

3.6 stars or better: Outstanding, WIHO Award
3 stars or better: Worth considering
2 stars or better: Suited to specific needs
1 star or less: Not recommended
 
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Dan Morrell is a NJ-based guitarist and songwriter for PandaJAM & Damn Stargazers. Reach him at danielmorrell@outlook.com.

   
             
             
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