Where we get to feel like Alice, tumbling down the rabbit hole, with the White Rabbit experimental Delay and Reverb effects module.
Errors and Rockets
Both Error Instruments and This is Not Rocket Science (TiNRS) have their own form of madness. It’s like artistic chaos meeting scientific bonkerism. This is going to be strange.
I’ve been a long-time follower of both these brands. I’ve been a little bit too intimidated to enter into the world of Error Instruments. I’ve felt that it’s a little too glitchy and noisy for my palette but Paul at Error Instruments has just sent me a couple of modules to try and they are fascinating. I haven’t tried them yet, but I fully intend to embrace the madness. The White Rabbit looks like the perfect companion, so I might have just ordered one, and I’m looking forward to a deep exploration.
TiNRS originally blew my mind with the Edgecutter envelope, and I’ve kept a close eye on them ever since. Recently they sent me the new Wobbler2, which I’ve reviewed for Sound On Sound magazine, and I should be making a video on it after I’ve finished this article.
TiNRS and Error Instruments working together on a module has got to result in something special. Suffice to say I have great expectations of the White Rabbit.
So this is a DSP-based Delay and Reverb effects module. That sounds nice and easy, maybe even normal. However, I’m not getting a very normal video from the demo videos. Paul makes very weird demos from an experimental perspective that don’t always give you the full picture of what’s happening – mystery is the source of Error Instruments power.
White Rabbit is about deep-sounding spatial effects where you plot a course through otherworldly spaces. Each effect, Delay or Reverb, has three different options; a regular one, an experimental one and a wrong one. For Delay you get regular echo and ping-pong stereo explorations where the X and Y CV inputs control time and feedback. The third option goes in Karplus Strong plucks with vaguely controllable self-oscillations. With the Reverb you get a nice Hall and some Cinematic shimmering with X and Y dealing with size and brightness. The third option has you sticking your head in a bucket with granular ripping and oscillating feedback.
Sounds like fun!
I’ll definitely be making a video about it over the next few weeks. But in the meantime, see if you can work out what’s going on from Paul’s experimental demo.
- Error Instruments website.