Review – McDSP EC 300 Echo Collection
Before you ask, this is a “character” plug-in. Yes, you can generate interesting and complex delays with Logic Pro X’s Delay Designer, Tape Delay, and Stereo Delay. But the new EC 300 Echo Collection plug-in from McDSP has so much character, colour, and vibe; that to me, it’s in a class of its own.
McDSP EC 300 Echo Collection
The EC 300 is branded as an Echo Collection. Although it is a single plug-in, the EC-300 Echo Collection brings the sound of dozens of echo and chorus effects into a single plug-in. The three delay types – Magnetic, Digital, and Analog – come with a generous collection of user controls, plenty of character modes, highly stylized visual feedback, and McDSP’s nearly two decades of gear modeling experience.
Each EC-300 delay type comes with additional character modes to create new and unique sounds. Other delay features include adjustable saturation, wow and flutter, delay output ducking, in-loop filtering and EQ, and level control at the input and output stages. The EC-300 can operate in single, dual, and ping-pong modes, and delay time can be synced to session playback or to a tapped tempo.
I had a ball playing with it and found it to be not only versatile, but full of personality that gave an interesting vibe to the tracks I used it on. Setting the dual delays to tight delay times, combined with pitch modulation and saturation yields really interesting chorus effects. The character modes all sound unique and slightly different. More traditional tempo synced effects sound great and really special when combined with the built in saturation and pitch modulation. The Delay model is really interesting. You can integrate the SIMs (Synthetic Impulse Models) from McDSP’s Futzbox to generate some really interesting EQ that can be placed either in or after the feedback loop.
Video Review – McDSP EC 300 Echo Collection
Check out this video to see and hear the McDSP EC 300 Echo Collection in action in Logic Pro X 10.3.