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The Echo breakout

Published: one year ago

The Echo is an effect that got introduced in Reason 6. While it is well documented in the manual there is one element in the manual that is barely touched: the Echo Breakout section. As defined in the manual "The Echo features special Breakout jacks which allow you to insert other effect devices into the feedback loop. The signal is processed externally and then fed back into the loop, meaning that each delay repeat will be more colored by the effect(s) connected to the breakout jacks."

It is an interesting technique (which I sometimes used with digital delays in its own feedback loop) but because that technique requires a lot of wiring and some form of controlling the level (since the output could become distorted pretty fast). The break out jacks just makes things a lot easier.

The basic connection

To set up the breakout, it is a no-brainer. First, you create an instrument. Then hook up an echo inside the insert effect chain (or attach it directly to the instrument itself). Last, pick an effect and attach the effect using the Breakout output/input. That is all.

Echo Breakout

The following file is an insert effect you can plug in to any instrument you like.

echo-breakout insert effect 

What will happen is that in this case the foldback distortion becomes a part of the feedback loop. While in this context I am using a very short delay time (8ms) this may also result in an endless feedback loop (because the delay time is very short). Some effects may have a result of increasing the output levels (Scream 4 comes to mind). If that is the case the changes are great that the endless feedback would occur

Which kind of brings me to the next point  Be aware of the level and the feedback amount.

Sometimes these things can be quite awesome to fiddle around with, however (especially if it is your thing to do so).

Feedback loop and changing the breakout puts

On a personal note, I love to use the feedback loop and its breakout to make changes in the breakout loop itself. This can be done by using any Control Voltage inputs of the effect itself that sits inside the breakout loop. In the following example I am using the following chain in the breakout loop itself: Audiomatic and a Low Pass filter (ECF-42).

audiomatic feedback loop

The pulsar dual LFO is in this case used as an LFO source. These LFOs will then be connected to the Transform section and the Dry/Wet balance of the Audiomatic. And the Filter and resonance of the ECF-42 filter section. By using the LFOs connected to different parameters the feedback loop itself will constantly change color. In the end, this results in an always changing delay loop more or less.


and if you really get funky on this whole matter you could always do something like the following:


Both patches are created as insert effects. So you will need to make an instrument first before applying these patches.

Have a nice weekend.


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Reason RackBasic routingThe EchoBeginnerReason 10Reason 6.5Reason 9

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13 Mar 2018 


hey hyd, today i was wondering what for is the breakout I/O, nice work, i will try it later with some fx on percussions.thx

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