Error Instruments continues to boggle our minds and fill the world with exciting boxes of noise. Their latest box is called Broken Tape and is a “broken tape simulation because sometimes we miss the sound of the unexpected errors.”
This is not a little bit of warp, saturation or flutter this is something bad happening in exciting and intriguing ways. Sure it has a warmth and some lo-fi crunchiness, there’s oodles of bit crushing and distortion. But there’s a weird mix of looping and delaying inside that glitches the heck out of whatever is going through it in a way that sounds like your Walkman has just mangled your favourite cassette.
There’s not a whole lot to play with. It has one rather odd (and nice) looking knob that controls the speed of the tape loop feedback and a smaller knob that messes about with time. You’ve then got a bit-crush and distortion button and a red button that breaks up the input, introducing the choppy glitchiness of…. broken tape!
It sounds deliciously awful. Check this out.
Or for a bit more of a walkthrough try this:
Broken Tape can be yours for €120.
- Error Instruments Broken Tape website.