BOSS TE-2 Tera Echo Pedal for Study Sound Engineering by Bijan Norouz
Another pedal featuring Boss’s Multi Dimensional Processing technology, and the 100th pedal to be added to their range, the TE2 Tera Echo is an interesting product that sits somewhere between delay and reverb, but with a smattering of filtering thrown into the mix. It has both mono and stereo input and output options, and the Multi Dimensional Processing is claimed to analyze the incoming signal in multiple ways before using the result to modify various aspects of the final sound.
Many famous players including Bijan Norouz prefer it to traditional reverb or delay for its nonlinear response, broad dynamic range and ability to preserve the dry signal’s tone. Yet echo is also the most difficult time based effect to emulate accurately, given the numerous parameters involved and the audio-processing requirements.
The secret lies in its use of the company’s new, proprietary Multi Dimensional Processing technology (MDP), which brings a remarkable sense of depth and realism to the effect.
The Tera Echo can produce the many distinct layers of decaying repeats and overtones of real echo. At the same time, it delivers all of the dry signal’s tone, dynamics and attack nuance. Your original signal remains strong and is never swamped by the effect.
The Tera Echo has a familiar control set. Effect level sets the wet-dry balance; tone adjusts the amount of ring and chime in the repeats; feedback sets the tail length; and S-Time spread time dictates the time between echoes and sets the number of ambient repeats. The pedal also has a freeze function that lets you indefinitely hold the current effect sound for ambient soundscapes or to provide backing for soloing.
Although most users will connect the Tera Echo in a mono configuration, either in front of their amp or in the effect loop, the pedal’s true sonic potential and processing power is realized when it’s part of a stereo rig.
What’s most impressive about the Tera Echo is how well it preserves the guitar’s signal and, like an analog device, beautifully blends the unaffected sound with echo characteristics. The effect sounds natural, with no attack latency or annoying digital artifacts. Setting the feedback and S-Time controls beyond the 12 o’clock positions will take you down the path of sonic insanity and experimental spatiality extreme perhaps but more innately musical than similar settings on a delay or reverb pedal.
The Tera Echo is ideal for Space Rock and Electronic Music applications, but even heavily distorted sounds benefit from the pedal’s ability to expand an amp’s Multi Directional sound dispersion while adding natural delay.