Qu-Bit Electronix Nautilus: sub-nautical sonar delay
Nautilus is a complex delay network module inspired by the pings of sonar used in the navigation and exploration of sub-nautical environments. Now with video (below).
Qu-Bit always likes to make things deep and complicated if they can. In Nautilus, they have a module that pings its sonar system to reveal a generated topography of complex feedback interactions. Ok, but it’s a delay, right? It’s a stereo delay module? Yes, it is, but look at how beautiful it is, how intriguing and mysterious with lots of interesting named ports and knobs. Let’s get on our wellies and wade into the wash.
So, as I understand it, Nautilus can act as a stereo digital delay. It has 8 codependent delay lines that can hold up to 20 seconds of audio each. They all pull fragments of sound in different directions. You can set up stereo receptors, sonar frequencies and aquatic materials that filter the space between Nautilus and its surroundings. No, I don’t know what that means either, but heck, full steam ahead Captain Nemo.
Looking at the front panel, which is beautiful, we can see the stereo input and output, feedback and clock connections that will be familiar with any other stereo delay. But then things get interesting with Resolution and Reversal knobs in the middle. There’s something about Sensors, Dispersal and Depth which all fall into the nautical theme. There’s a Freeze button, a Chroma knob and a Mix output that’s not audio but generated CV. How it all works together is difficult to know at this point, but I am certainly intrigued.
Nautilus will be available from the 6th of October for $399.