Expert Sleepers has announced the ES-1, a hardware audio/CV interface module.
The Expert Sleepers ES-1 Audio/CV Interface is a Eurorack module designed for use with software such as Expert Sleepers Silent Way.
It connects to an audio interface using standard 1/4″ jack (balanced or unbalanced) or DB25 (aka DSub) connectors, and outputs CVs to analogue synths/effects on standard 3.5mm jacks. When used with the Silent Way AC Encoder software, there is no requirement for the audio interface to be DC-coupled.
The ES-1 offers the following advantages over directly connecting an audio interface to analogue gear for CV control:
- No requirement for the interface to be DC-coupled.
- No need for special cables (e.g. TRS to TS ‘floating ring’ cables).
- No danger of damage to the interface – the ES-1’s inputs are completely standard balanced audio inputs.
- Much greater output voltage range – up to 9x more than directly connecting a DC-coupled interface via a ‘floating ring’ cable.
ES-1 is expected to be available towards the end of June (2010), priced at £85 pounds for the module only (no panel or input connectors), £100 GBP for ES-1 + DB25 inputs, and £120 GBP for ES-1 + Jack inputs.