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Universal Audio Starlight

Universal Audio Starlight

Regular price $499.00
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Unmatched Authentic Vintage and Modern Delay Effects.

Fasten your seatbelts for sonic time travel with UAFX Starlight Echo Station, featuring jaw‑dropping emulations of classic tape echo, bucket-brigade, and digital delay units in a single, uber‑powerful stompbox.

Built upon futuristic UAFX dual‑engine processing and unflinching sonic accuracy, Starlight sets a new benchmark in delay effects, beautifully crafted to travel the farthest reaches of your imagination for decades to come.

NOW YOU CAN:

  • Create with stunning emulations of iconic tape echo hardware, with selectable New, Used, and Worn tape machines
  • Quickly access sounds with Live/Preset modes, and play with silent switching, spillover, optional preamp coloration, tap tempo, and true or buffered/trails bypass
  • Craft legendary bucket-brigade analog delay effects with the color, texture, modulation, and haze of the original hardware
  • Download additional vintage Cooper Time Cube delay effect at product registration
  • Play pristine, studio-grade digital delays with dynamic and inspiring modulation textures
  • Build your pedalboard around timeless UA design and robust craftsmanship, built to last decades
  • Tape EP-III: Perfectly Captured Tape Delay and Preamp
  • *True/trails bypass selection available via UAFX Control software (coming Spring 2021).

A glorious system of motors and tape, vintage early‑'70s tape echo units are beyond legend — and Starlight Echo Station's Tape EP‑III is, soup‑to‑nuts, the most complete circuit emulation of the classic hardware. From its wow/flutter randomness to the sound of the tape splice, every eccentric trait of the hardware is here, including its incredibly musical preamp circuit. Plus, you can tweak your repeats with New, Used, and Worn tape machines for tons of color and texture.

Analog DMM: Iconic Bucket‑Brigade Effects

Syrupy repeats, thick modulation, and mind-bending sci‑fi effects are calling cards of this vintage American bucket‑brigade delay. Starlight Echo Station captures the best characteristics of multiple handpicked units from the late‑'70s/early‑’80s, modeling the entire circuit — right down to the colorful preamp and unpredictable clock rate dumping — giving you startling "whoosh" effects, astonishing vibrato and chorus textures, and all the hazy zaniness of the original.

Precision: Hi-Fi Delays, Inspired Modulation

Featuring pristine, mirror‑image repeats with dynamic, shimmering modulation effects, the Precision effect is a goldmine of modern delays. Easily craft with hi‑fi studio‑grade flange and chorusing textures and pepper your creations with ping‑ponging repeats, adding movement and interest to your parts.

Dual Stereo Delay Engines for Endless Creativity

Starlight's UAFX engine powers separate stereo instances of each delay effect, thanks to its unique dual‑engine processing. It's like having two tape or bucket-brigade hardware units running simultaneously, giving you a full stereo spread of complex, awe‑inspiring spatial textures, and seamless delay effect transitions with trails.

A State-of-the-Art Stompbox

With modern, high‑powered features like studio-grade conversion, dual‑processing engines, additional downloadable effects at registration, Live/Preset modes, true/buffered bypass* with silent switching, effect trails/spillover, tap tempo, and analog dry through, Starlight Echo Station is your interstellar delay navigator — from here to the never‑ending beyond.

UAFX Power Requirements

Note: Power supply is not included.

UAFX pedals require an isolated 9 volt DC, center negative, 2.1 x 5.5 mm barrel connector (same as standard Boss connectors) power supply, which can provide 400 mA of current. Each UAFX pedal must be connected to a separate power supply, or connected to an isolated power connection from a multi-output power supply. Daisy-chaining (running multiple pedals from one output of a power supply) is not supported. 

UAFX Power Recommendations

Any modern high-current pedal board power supply that meets the requirements below will work with UAFX pedals. Manufacturers such as Voodoo LabCioksTruetone, and Strymon make power supplies that work great with UAFX pedals.

Contact your authorized UA dealer for additional details and recommendations.

Current

Each UAFX pedal requires 400 mA (milliamps) of current. If the supply cannot provide 400 mA of current, your pedal might not operate properly, even if the LEDs and switches seem to be working. It’s OK to connect a supply that can deliver more than 400 mA; the pedal only draws the current it needs, and will not be damaged as long as the supply is 9VDC.

Isolation

An isolated supply provides power and grounding that is electrically separated, usually by means of a transformer for each connector. If the power connection isn’t isolated, you might hear noise and/or ground loop hum in the pedal signals. 

Multi-outlet supplies

If your power supply has multiple outputs, make sure that each output provides true isolation. Some low-cost supplies have separate connectors but don’t provide true ground and power isolation (the connectors might be internally daisy-chained instead of electrically isolated).

Voltage

Be careful to connect your UAFX pedal to 9 volt DC power only. Higher voltages and/or AC power can damage UAFX pedals.

Polarity

Connect your UAFX pedal to center-negative DC power only. For example, some effects (such as Eventide H9) require center-positive power. Center-positive supplies and/or cables typically (but don’t always) have a red connector tip.

Power Interruption

If power to your UAFX pedal is interrupted during operation, processed audio stops. However, your dry audio signal still passes through the pedal. When the pedal is unpowered, and when it’s starting up, the signals are pure analog dry-through from input to output, without buffering or any other circuitry, via mechanical relays. 

Daisy Chained Power

Daisy-chaining (running multiple pedals from one output of a power supply) is an unsupported configuration. UAFX pedals require isolated power for optimum performance.

What is an isolated power supply and why are you recommending it?

An isolated power supply has a power input that is electrically independent from its power output, and with multi-output supplies, the outputs are also electrically independent from each other. We recommend using isolated power to prevent ground loops and other noise issues. You can use a dedicated power supply for each pedal on your pedal board, but this is often both space-consuming and inconvenient. 

The best solution is to use a dedicated multi-output pedal power supply, but this is where isolation matters. Some cheaper multi-output power supplies have one power input that is simply cascaded to multiple outputs without any isolation, which is a common cause of noise issues. When buying a multiple output power supply, one should make sure that each output is individually isolated.

Incompatible Power Supply

The power supply listed below is known to be incompatible with UAFX pedals.

  • GigRig TimeLord

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