Cherry Audio ‘Hot-Rodded’ Stardust 201 plugin is a $19 Roland Space Echo Emulation that will “never break down”


Cherry Audio has introduced Stardust 201 Tape Echo, an unofficial “hot-rodded” software emulation of the classic Roland Space Echo tape echo effects of the 70s and 80s.


While the Tape Echo section includes all seven head modes from Roland’s hardware, you also get a tape speed mod section, along with a wow and flutter control and a motor on/off ‘kill’ switch for creative tape-stop effects.


Other modern niceities include DAW tempo sync and a ‘wide’ mode that quadruples the maximum delay time.


In addition, you get the BBD chorus effect that was added to later Space Echo models. This now has speed and depth controls, along with a true stereo mode. If you’re after some warm overdrive, you can choose up to 1,000% input gain, while further niceities include a spring reverb section, bass/treble tone controls and four different visual themes.


Here’s what they say about it:


“Stardust precisely recreates the limited fidelity and stability of audio tape, providing a natural rolloff of bass and treble frequencies for super-warm tonality and minor speed variances, lending an organic chorusing quality to repeats. Cranking the intensity knob overloads the circuit, generating the signature other-worldly runaway echoes and feedback that only a tape echo can produce.


Cherry Audio Stardust 201 Tape Echo includes features from the original RE-201 and RE-301 Space Echo units, and we’ve added some of our own to create a great-sounding, super-flexible, ideal tape echo effect that never breaks down and never needs demagnetizing, all for less than the price of a Space Echo replacement audio tape loop!”





  • “Authentically modeled” vintage tape echo, including seven virtual tape head modes
  • 4x-extended “wide mode” delay time range
  • LFO echo time mod section
  • Sync to DAW master tempo
  • “Motor kill” switch
  • True-stereo modeled BBD chorus circuit
  • Modeled input overdrive for crunchy tones
  • Dual independent tape loops for super-wide stereo imaging
  • Stereo spring reverb
  • Selectable mono/stereo modes
  • Bass and treble EQ controls
  • User-selectable color themes


Stardust 201 is available for Mac & Windows, with an intro price of $19 , regular price $29.


Find out more on the Cherry Audio website.




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