The Korg Stage Echo SE-300 launched in 1978, offering spring reverb and very flexible mixing and routing options between dry/delayed signal and the reverb tank. Given the fateful timing of their release, it’s hardly surprising that Korg’s Stage Echoes are harder to track down than their celestial Roland cousins, having been produced in much smaller quantities. However, scarcity is far from the only reason to seek out one of Korg’s Stage Echoes; their alternative approach to Roland’s staple fare offers the discerning echo enthusiast additional menu options to whet the appetite.They are highly regarded by those looking for a cleaner, more hifi echo sound than the earlier Space Echoes. Personally, I love the flexible mixing options on the SE-300: three uncomplicated balance knobs make this machine unique.
The controls are:
Reverb Input Balance – between direct and echo signals
Output Balance – between dry and echo/reverb signals
They offer immediate and complete control over the balance of the dry/echo/reverb signals enabling you to position the signal in the soundfield; as gratifying in use as it is simple in concept. If you want to push the repeats further into the distance, add some reverb to the echo signal only; or add reverb to dry/wet signals and adjust the balance to taste. Clumsy to describe in writing, simplicity itself in practice!