Rainger FX Echo-X review

The digital delay with X-pression factor

  • £119

MusicRadar Verdict

The Echo-X is a perfect blend of untameable and controllable.


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    Great sounds.


  • -

    A little sensitive.

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It makes some of the UK's most eccentric pedals, such as the Dr Freakenstein Fuzz, but recently Rainger FX has focussed on mini-pedals, and the Echo-X is the latest - a digital delay with real-time control, courtesy of the included Igor pressure pad.

First, a whistle-stop tour: level, rate and feedback handle your usual delay duties, while input controls the input level and volume handles the overall output. Two push-buttons determine the Igor's functionality: push the right button in to adjust feedback, out to adjust rate.

The left button activates the send function: this leaves your signal dry until you step on the Igor, which re-engages the delay; step off and the pedal loops the current repeats so you can play unaffected over the top - great for atmospheric intros.

It all adds up to a wealth of entertaining pitch swoops and oscillation revs, although the core delay tone is pretty tasty, too, courtesy of the PT2399 chip (as used in many boutique delays), which delivers a slight low-and high-end roll-off for an analogue flavour. 540Ms is your max delay time, though repeats tend to get a little crunchy beyond 350ms.

Michael Astley-Brown

Mike is Editor-in-Chief of GuitarWorld.com, in addition to being an offset fiend and recovering pedal addict. He has a master's degree in journalism, and has spent the past decade writing and editing for guitar publications including MusicRadar, Total Guitar and Guitarist, as well as a decade-and-a-half performing in bands of variable genre (and quality). In his free time, you'll find him making progressive instrumental rock under the nom de plume Maebe.