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Binson (Milan - Italy) was an early manufacturer of echo machines. Unlike most other analog echo machines, they used an analog magnetic drum recorder instead of a tape loop. Their most famous product was the Binson Echorec.

After using Meazzi Echomatic machines successfully to establish his signature sound, Hank Marvin of The Shadows began using Binson echoes. He used various Binson units on record and stage for much of the mid-to-late 1960s, in conjunction with Vox AC30 amplifiers and Burns London guitars. Marvin continued to use Binsons until c.1979/1980, when he began using the Roland RE-201 echo.

Binson units were used to great effect by Pink Floyd's original frontman Syd Barrett and guitarist David Gilmour. The classic Binson delay effect can be heard on songs such as "Interstellar Overdrive", "Astronomy Domine", "Shine On You Crazy Diamond" and "Time".[1] Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin also used a Binson echo unit which was used on the drums in "When the Levee Breaks." Binson echo units were also used by Hawkwind, and more recently by Tarantula Hawk. Jon Courtney of British Nu-Prog band Pure Reason Revolution is also a frequent user of the Binson units.

In Pink Floyd's 23-minute long song "Echoes", Roger Waters used a Binson Echorec to create the eerie underwater wind noise heard during the first interlude (10:40-15:02 on studio recordings, underneath the screaming whale song produced by Gilmour); he vibrated the strings of his bass guitar with a steel slide and fed the sound through the Echorec. Waters reproduced this sound during live performances. The Binson Echorec was a major part of the early Pink Floyd sound, until they started to use the VCS3 Synthesizer in 1972. [2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Tolinski, Brad (September 1994). "Welcome to the Machines". Guitar World. Retrieved 2011-07-29. 
  2. ^ Prendergast 2003, pp. 260


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Durham Herald Sun

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Tue, 21 Jul 2015 10:51:59 -0700

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The Macomb Daily
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Las Vegas Sun
Sun, 12 Jul 2015 23:03:23 -0700

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Tue, 28 Jul 2015 05:56:15 -0700

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The Macomb Daily
Tue, 16 Jul 2013 14:29:26 -0700

There's a row of recliners lined up at Binson's Home Health Care Center in Center Line, and Jim Binson is reminiscing about the grand opening of the store his father founded 60 years ago on July 15. “It's 60 years ago today,” he told a group of local ...
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Sun, 20 Oct 2013 05:26:00 -0700

Two hospital-based health systems in Michigan and an affiliate of Center Line-based Binson's Home Health Centers have agreed to merge their operations into Hart Medical Equipment Co. to sell durable medical equipment to seniors after the systems failed ...

Premier Guitar

Premier Guitar
Wed, 07 Aug 2013 09:44:24 -0700

Though it's not exactly a secret among the effects cognoscenti, the Binson Echorec may be one of the most widely heard effects nobody ever heard of. That so many have enjoyed the strange, lush atmospherics of the Echorec—if not it's name—is thanks ...

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