Universal Audio Starlight Echo Station review

A high-end delay with layers of immaculately crafted old-school sounds

Universal Audio pedals
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Guitar World Verdict

Exemplary tones – there are no multi-taps, but for straight old-school delay sounds you’re covered.


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    The delay sounds are unquestionably superlative.

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    Nice range of options with each delay type.

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    Quality build and design.


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    No multi-taps.

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Universal Audio has a formidable reputation for studio hardware and DSP-powered plugin emulations, and with its guitar effects pedal debut, it is a lock that this rep is going to extend to our pedalboards.

There are three options so far. The Golden Reverberator reverb pedal; the Astra Modulation Machine, which does exactly as you might imagine, gathering chorus pedal, vibrato, tremolo and phaser all in one enclosure; and this, the Starlight Echo Station, a delay pedal offering three different flavours of repeats plus an extra downloadable bonus mode. 

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Trevor Curwen

Trevor Curwen has played guitar for several decades – he's also mimed it on the UK's Top of the Pops. Much of his working life, though, has been spent behind the mixing desk, during which time he has built up a solid collection of the guitars, amps and pedals needed to cover just about any studio session. He writes pedal reviews for Guitarist and has contributed to Total Guitar, MusicRadar and Future Music among others.