VOCU VTE-2000 Japanese Tape Echo

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VOCU VTE-2000 Japanese Tape Echo

Post by pustule » Wed Jul 15, 2015 8:53 am

Hey guys, just grabbed a VOCU VTE-2000 Tape Echo unit from Japan and I'm having a lot of fun messing around with it. A version was released in the States by Hiwatt, but I hear those are hard to come by.

The thing i'm really enjoying is being able to control the delay time via CV. I'm using a Moog expression pedal on it, but haven't tried it yet with my modular gear... I always wished that I could CV my Roland Space Echo, so this is a really fun addition.

Check out a crappy instagram video of it being CV'd: HERE

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Post by z3r01 » Wed Jul 15, 2015 9:03 am

Daaamn! I have been searching for a VTE-1600, for months now, and still can't seem to track one down.

Did you purchase it from a physical store, or through an online shop?

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Post by pustule » Wed Jul 15, 2015 9:08 am

z3r01 wrote:Daaamn! I have been searching for a VTE-1600, for months now, and still can't seem to track one down.

Did you purchase it from a physical store, or through an online shop?
Yeah man, been looking for a 1600 as well, it'd be cool to have that lil' guy!
I have a buddy who imports stuff from Japan regularly who helped me acquire this. It was new-old-stock too, and came with the power supply and manual (most that you find don't come with the power supply for some reason)

I don't think you can CV the echo time on the smaller 1600, but I believe both units can be turned into a looper with a foot switch like a HOSA FSC-501 or something.

Don't see them pop up too often!
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Post by z3r01 » Wed Jul 15, 2015 9:15 am

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z3r01 wrote:Daaamn! I have been searching for a VTE-1600, for months now, and still can't seem to track one down.

Did you purchase it from a physical store, or through an online shop?
Yeah man, been looking for a 1600 as well, it'd be cool to have that lil' guy!
I have a buddy who imports stuff from Japan regularly who helped me acquire this. It was now-old-stock too, and came with the power supply and manual (most that you find don't come with the power supply) Don't see them pop up too often!

Yeah, tracking down a Vocu VTE 1600, or VTE 2000, is tough, but trying to find a 16V adapter for it is another problem altogether. Lucky you! :tu:

I did read that the Hiwatt ain't as good as the Vocu ones, even though it was supposed to be similar. Can't remember why it isn't as good though.

P.S.: Ahem..if your friend does come across another one (the 1600, or 2000)...ahem...please do hook me up...pleaseeee...ahem... :razz:

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Post by lmgrovllum » Wed Jul 15, 2015 9:16 am

Wow, would love to get one! The CV control over the speed would make it invaluable, as well as the small footprint. Any chance of an extra popping up :tu:

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Post by sparvs » Wed Jul 15, 2015 11:37 am

This, or the Hiwatt variant, seems to be what Nate Young is using here:

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I've been wondering what that unit was for some time.

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Post by pustule » Wed Jul 15, 2015 11:40 am

Yup that's a Hiwatt version of this. Nates also got a Vocu 1600 in his rig these days

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Post by cupwise » Fri Jul 17, 2015 1:32 am

oh man, cv control over tape is like my dream

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Post by Hainbach » Fri Jul 17, 2015 4:53 pm

cupwise wrote:oh man, cv control over tape is like my dream
Dunno if that is part of your dream, but Gieskes 317 module allows you to cv cassette walkmen. Lots of fun!

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Post by taylor12k » Sat Oct 03, 2015 4:06 pm

chiming in here because i got a VTE2000 from japan years ago and i just got it back from the repair shop. it's such a lovely box! so glad to have it back.

i can sort of figure out the looping aspect, but i can't seem to get it to do sound-on-sound looping...

anyone able to do this? or any time you record onto the loop it erases what's already there?

oh, and, yes, the power adapter is a huge part of it (literally!) and quite hard to find. it took my repair guy a while to find one. in fact, the one i ended up with says 12v but according to him it actually outputs 15v... and, it's been working fine.

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Post by subbasshead » Mon Nov 28, 2016 12:56 am

Managed to buy a VTE2000 yesterday ex Japan & while I wait for it to arrive I put the manual through google translate & made an english version, download etc here:

http://www.musicofsound.co.nz/VTE2000Manual_English.pdf

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Post by pustule » Mon Nov 28, 2016 9:11 am

Here is the English Hiwatt manual too: http://manualmachine.com/hiwatt/custom- ... er-manual/

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Re: VOCU VTE-2000 Japanese Tape Echo

Post by lmgrovllum » Mon Jan 20, 2020 4:22 pm

I finally found one of these in great condition and it seems all good. However, when the echo repeat is max it does not self-oscillate (echoes always go away) - anyone know if that's how they should operate or should it be able to self-oscillate?

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Re: VOCU VTE-2000 Japanese Tape Echo

Post by gorka » Thu Feb 06, 2020 6:45 am

lmgrovllum wrote:
Mon Jan 20, 2020 4:22 pm
I finally found one of these in great condition and it seems all good. However, when the echo repeat is max it does not self-oscillate (echoes always go away) - anyone know if that's how they should operate or should it be able to self-oscillate?
I think that is standard operation for this machine. Soundgas had one listed for sale that was modified by them to self-oscillate, so it is possible.

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Re: VOCU VTE-2000 Japanese Tape Echo

Post by lmgrovllum » Wed Feb 12, 2020 2:06 pm

Yes - I figured it out - it does need modification to self-oscillate as normal operation always engages the erase head... I kinda like being able to use it cranked with no fear of runaway self-oscillation, so going to keep it as-is :guinness:

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Re: VOCU VTE-2000 Japanese Tape Echo

Post by GrantB » Wed Feb 12, 2020 3:07 pm

lmgrovllum wrote:
Wed Feb 12, 2020 2:06 pm
Yes - I figured it out - it does need modification to self-oscillate as normal operation always engages the erase head... I kinda like being able to use it cranked with no fear of runaway self-oscillation, so going to keep it as-is :guinness:
Erase head disable only keeps you from doing sound on sound. Self oscillation is different.

You can make any echo self oscillate with a mixer that has aux sends:
route mixer aux send to echo input, echo output to a mixer input channel
set repeats = 0, mix = full wet on the echo
route source sound to another mixer input channel, aux send to echo
use echo return channel aux send and level to control repeats

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Re: VOCU VTE-2000 Japanese Tape Echo

Post by lmgrovllum » Fri Feb 14, 2020 10:57 am

Ooh interesting idea - will give it a go, thanks! :yay:

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