The Eccamatic valve-driven echo unit - assistance required!

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The Eccamatic valve-driven echo unit - assistance required!

Postby JimN » Mon Aug 21, 2023 9:02 pm

I bought one of these - fully assembled - from Ecca Thacker. Obviously, this was some years ago now.

Because I wasn't gigging with a rehearsed band, it regarded it as a bit of a long-term speculative purchase. It would be of little use at jam nights, where stage space and rigging time is at a premium. In that situation, the Magicstomp can't be beaten.

But yesterday, I decided to do a little archaeology in the garage and soon found my unused Eccamatic. Today I connected it up and switched on. Result: delight and bemusement in equal measure. There are ten different echo settings 0 - 9 inclusive, most of which appear to simulate the various settings of the Meazzi namesake. But there's also a "Mode" rotary switch. I wonder what that does?

In short, is there anyone out there who has a document which gives details of what all the non-obvious controls do, please?

I would ask Ecca, but...
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Re: The Eccamatic valve-driven echo unit - assistance requir

Postby RogerCook » Mon Aug 21, 2023 9:51 pm

I almost certainly have a data sheet, and if I can't find it, I know where to get one.
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Re: The Eccamatic valve-driven echo unit - assistance requir

Postby JimN » Tue Aug 22, 2023 4:24 pm

Hi, Roger. Thanks for the response.

I'm all ears!
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Re: The Eccamatic valve-driven echo unit - assistance requir

Postby RogerCook » Tue Aug 22, 2023 7:48 pm

I've dug out the eTapHW build docs and user manual and emailed them. They're not Eccamatic specifically but the control functions of the digital signal processor (DSP) are the same as Piet Verbruggen's original code.

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Re: The Eccamatic valve-driven echo unit - assistance requir

Postby Iain Purdon » Wed Aug 23, 2023 12:14 am

Should I assume that this information is not available in our eTapHW forum here?
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Re: The Eccamatic valve-driven echo unit - assistance requir

Postby davec » Wed Aug 23, 2023 6:39 pm

Jim,
Here’s a link to some eTap2hw user instructions:

https://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&rct=j ... i=89978449

Note that the 8 emulations under the 10-position Program selector switch are numbered from 0 to 7 but Ecca sometimes used 1 to 8. You’ll have to experiment.

The original eTap had a rotary 5-position Patch selector that Ecca labelled as “Mode”.

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