Boss RE-20 Space Echo Pedal

Stereo Tape-emulation Effects Pedal, Re-creation of Roland RE-201 Space Echo with 2 1/4" Inputs, 2 1/4" Outputs, and Expression Pedal Input with Tap Tempo and 12 Modes
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Defy the Laws of Space and Time

The BOSS RE-20 is all modern, but its tone is absolutely timeless - that's because it's a re-creation of Roland's renowned RE-201 Space Echo, one of the most beloved echo effects ever made. You get that unmistakably warm, saturated tape sound - perfect for synthesizers, guitars, drum machines, and more - all in one BOSS-rugged effects pedal. BOSS and Roland gave the RE-20 Space Echo every detail and nuance of the RE-201 - and the result is pure magic. Get lost in space with the BOSS RE-20 Space Echo!

BOSS RE-20 Space Echo Tape-emulation Delay Pedal at a Glance:

  • Timeless tone - a spot-on re-creation of the legendary RE-201 Space Echo

  • Modern controls to improve on the original
  • Incredible warm, saturated tape sound - use it on everything
  • BOSS guitar pedals: rugged, reliable, more than 10,000,000 sold

Timeless tone - a spot-on re-creation of the legendary RE-201 Space Echo
If it's a timeless delay effect you want, then look no further - the RE-20 is a faithful re-creation of the famous Roland RE-201 Space Echo. Since its introduction in 1973, the RE-201 Space Echo swept stages and studios for its incredible warm, tape-saturated echo effect. In fact, even many modern bands - including Radiohead - still turn to the original RE-201 Space Echo for its amazing effect. But now, you can have all that tone - without the vintage price tag and without having to replace tape heads - with the BOSS RE-20 Space Echo.

Modern controls, to improve on the original
With the BOSS RE-20 Space Echo, you get the same controls as the original RE-201 - but you also get a few handy "extras" that improve on the classic. To start, there's an 11-position rotary mode selector, which includes four Repeat Modes and seven Reverb Echo Modes. There's also a Reverb Only Mode you can select. Six knobs on the left of the pedal let you tweak bass, treble, reverb volume, repeat rate, intensity, and echo volume - which allow you to take your tone in an incredible range of directions. What's more, the BOSS RE-20 offers up a dedicated tap tempo pedal - one feature the original didn't. That way, you can control the effect on and off in real time while you adjust its sound to each turn in the song.

Incredible warm, saturated tape sound - use it on everything
You can put virtually anything through the BOSS RE-20 Space Echo to warm up its sound and achieve an awesome effect - natural choices include analog and digital synthesizers as well as electric guitars, but try putting your drum machine or electronic drum kit through it for truly cool results.

BOSS guitar pedals: rugged, reliable, more than 10,000,000 sold
More than 10,000,000 BOSS guitar and bass effects pedals have been sold to players worldwide, including such top players as Yngie Malmsteen, Dave Navarro, John Petrucci, Marty Friedman, Steve Vai, and Joe Satriani. You've also no doubt heard BOSS pedals recorded and onstage beneath the feet of bands of all genres, including Muse, The Killers, and Silversun Pickups. The reason for the success is clear: not only do BOSS effects pedals sound great - but they're also built like tanks and designed with serious use in mind. Each BOSS pedal is housed in a stomp-ready metal box and features a rubberized stomp area and base to help safeguard against slipping. So, whether you're a fresh-out-of-the-gate beginner, an axe-veteran designing your dream pedalboard, or anywhere in between, you can depend on BOSS's proven line of pedals to craft your tone.

BOSS RE-20 Space Echo Tape-emulation Delay Pedal Features:

  • Re-creation of the famous Roland RE-201 Space Echo tape effect

  • Models the RE-201's tape flutter and magnetic head sound saturation
  • Tap pedal allows delay time to be set by foot
  • Longer delay time than the original RE-201
  • Can control parameters such as repeat rate, intensity, and more via expression pedal
  • 11-mode rotary selector with additional "Reverb Only" mode
  • Bass, treble, reverb volume, repeat rate, intensity, and echo volume controls
  • In: 2 x 1/4" - Mono or stereo operation
  • Expression pedal input
  • Out: 2 x 1/4"
  • Optional AC adapter - Roland PSA-120S
The BOSS RE-20 Space Echo packs vintage, must-have tape effects into one incredible stompbox!

Additional Media

BOSS RE-20 Owners Manual

Tech Specs

Pedal Type Delay
Maximum Delay Time 6 seconds (6000ms)
Inputs 2 x Instrument
Outputs 2 x 1/4"
Batteries 6 x AA
Height 2.25"
Width 6.8"
Depth 6.25"
Weight 2.8 lbs.
Power Supply Included No
Manufacturer Part Number RE-20

Customer Reviews

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Best effects yet!

YES! This is what I was looking for. The time it takes to believe in your sound is what makes this a precious addition to anyone's arsenal. Very much worth every penny!
Music background: Experimental / Drone

Vintage Sound, Modern Package

This pedal makes a very vintage, dark sounding delay. I've never heard a real re-201 in person, but I am the proud owner of a 1971 ep-3 echoplex. Does this delay sound as good as an echoplex? Probably not when your echoplex is in tip-top shape. But if your tape machine is lacking somewhere, like most are now a days, needing new tape, felt tensioners, or pinch rollers, this thing will sound better than your tape delay by a long shot. Its a very versatile delay if you're only used to the old tape delays like I am. The tap tempo is great for matching up with your drummer, and it does a great job going into self oscillation with the feedback knob. This pedal does a good enough job that my old echoplex has a new home in the studio and this thing is on my pedal board for live shows. No more worry about my tape delay being lost or stolen and I have something that sounds just as good and that I could replace tomorrow if something happened to it.


So the RE20 and I have been together since 2007. The unit does not feel,respond,or sound like a simulation of the Original RE-201 ect... It has all of the original character of the vintage someone canned the presence of the old Echo and blessed it with the form factor and reliability that BOSS stomp boxes are known for. The pedal is not a gimmick, it is a tool for someone looking to dial in a signature sound. The pedal has not left my pedal board since has been used and abused and shows no sign of degradation in its tone or build quality. The only feature that I can think of that more modern pedals have may the simulation of a worn tape unit..where you get a warble in your wow and flutter. It dirties up the signal a bit and this is intentional as it simulates a warmer analog throughout. If you so wish you can use an EQ to color the tone how you see fit. I would recommend keeping the unit on its own dedicated power supply....its touchy when you use it in a power chain like in a pedal power unit... My RE20 would get noisy and the tone was lean...putting it back on its dedicated power supply resolved the issue. I love it and I will never leave it.
Music background: 20 years guitars and keys

great product

My product specialist Ben was very knowledgeable about the Roland space eco glad that I made the purchase, very spacious and great sounding delay pedal, so many options. Very inspiring! Great with other pedals.
Music background: church band, writing recording

Must Have Pedal!

Wow! This is a great pedal. Very good emulation if the Roland RE-201 Space Echo. Probably about as close as they could get in a pedal form. This thing looks awesome too!
Music background: Hobbyist, Composer

Sweetwater Advice

Carson McClain

This is a great tool for the reggae, dub, dance hall, hip-hop or electronic producer. The RE-20 emulates the original RE-201 space echo which was one of the most popular echoes throughout the history of electronic music. Add this to a drum machine, an analog or digital synth, and of course, a Strat to get that classic sound your music has been lacking. Use your ears to dial in the perfect sound, just like you did with the original. Check out the reviews, you will not be disappointed.
See also: Reverb Pedals, Boss, Boss Reverbs and Delays