Expert Sleepers intros USAMO (Universal Sample-Accurate MIDI Output)

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Expert Sleepers has announced USAMO, a hardware device that generates a sample-accurate, jitter-free MIDI output from an audio input.

Expert Sleepers USAMO (prototype)

The audio signal is generated by the USAMO software, a plug-in which runs as a virtual instrument (AU/VST/AAX, Mac & Windows) in your DAW. The DAW sends MIDI to the plug-in; the plug-in translates that to audio and sends it to the USAMO hardware, via an output on your computer’s audio interface. The USAMO then reconstructs the MIDI and outputs it on a standard 5 pin DIN MIDI socket.

The USAMO software also generates MIDI clock, Song Position Pointer etc.

Because the MIDI signals are generated and transported as audio, they are guaranteed to be sample-accurately synced with your audio, and free of the jitter often associated with computer-generated MIDI.

The USAMO will launch at NAMM in January 2015.

More information: Expert Sleepers / USAMO

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Spektro Audio updates CV Toolkit Standalone to v1.2

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Spektro Audio has released version 1.2 of CV Toolkit, a standalone application that can be used to control analog synthesizers by sending CV signals through any DC-coupled audio interface or Expert Sleeper’s ES-3 module.

Spektro Audio CV Toolkit

We’re extremely excited to announce that the 1.2 update for CV Toolkit – Standalone Version is out!
This update fixes most of the issues we had with previous versions, brings many new features and set’s the path for the future of CV Toolkit.

Changes in CV Toolkit v1.2

  • New Virtual Slot System (VSS), swap modules inside the slots at any time and configure it to best suite your need.
  • 4 new modules:
    • CV Recorder (Slot #8) – Record the output of any other virtual module and play it back using Vari-Speed (-10x to 10x).
    • Comparator (Slot #8) – Performs a bipolar 1-bit quantization to an incoming signal.
    • Morphing VCO (Slot #10) – A digital oscillator that can be used as sub oscillator, a modulator for FM / ring-mod patches or as an audio-rate modulation.
    • Clock Generator (Slot #11) – Generate clock signals (gate or trigger) at different rates.
  • Significant CPU usage optimization.
  • CV Quantizer is now more reliable and contains 13 scales: Chromatic, Major, Minor, Harmonic Minor, Melodic Minor, Blues, Dorian, Lydian, Locrian, Major Pentatonic, Minor Pentatonic, Arabic and Augmented.
  • MIDI Notes Out – Send the output of the CV Quantizer module as MIDI notes to the selected MIDI output port. (Useful for layering sounds using other analog synths or virtual instruments).
  • Added a width control for the Step Sequencer Gate / Clock output (Available in the Options window)
  • Added curve adjustment for AD1 and AD2 (Logarithmic → Linear → Exponential)
  • Added Pitch Bend support (with adjustable range to up to +/- 12 semitones)
  • Improved voice handling
  • Improved sync for the S&H module
  • The Routing Matrix guidelines now have different colors for virtual modules (green) and analog outputs (blue).
  • Lemur template updated to include new virtual modules.
  • Minor design changes.

CV Toolkit for Windows and Mac is available for purchase for $19.99 USD.

More information: Spektro Audio / CV Toolkit

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Expert Sleepers releases Disting Eurorack synth module

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Expert Sleepers Disting

Expert Sleepers has announced the release of Disting, its latest Eurorack synthesizer module.

The Disting is a 16-in-1 multifunction module, offering a variety of CV and audio processes, including a selection of oscillators (LFOs/VCOs), in a compact 4HP package.

Unlike all previous Expert Sleepers modules, the disting is in no way reliant on a computer connection – it’s a normal, standalone module.

Disting features

  • Precision Adder with integer voltage offsets.
  • Four Quadrant Multiplier with integer multiply/divide.
  • Full-wave Rectifier.
  • Minimum/maximum.
  • Linear/Exponential Converter.
  • Slew Rate Limiter with linear and exponential slew.
  • Sample and Hold with noise source and adjustable slew rate.
  • Comparator with adjustable hysteresis.
  • Pitch and Envelope Tracker.
  • Quantizer with selectable scales.
  • Dual Waveshaper wavefolder and triangle-to-sine shaper.
  • Clockable Delay/Echo.
  • LFO with through zero frequency control and wave shaping.
  • Clockable LFO with multiply/divide and waveshaping.
  • VCO with linear FM sine and saw outputs.
  • VCO with waveshaping saw/triangle and pulse outputs.

Disting is available for purchase for MSRP £119 GBP/$170 USD.

More information: Expert Sleepers / Disting

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Spektro Audio releases DRG – Dual Rhythm Generator

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Spektro Audio has released DRG – Dual Rhythm Generator, a Max for Live device capable of generating clocks and rhythms that can be used with analog synthesizers and drum machines via control voltage.

Spektro Audio DRG

By using a combination of two clock generators and an optional boolean logic operator, DRG can generate anything from simple clock divisions to complex rhythms.
DRG is great for clocking analog sequencers, triggering envelopes, sequencing drum modules and etc.

DRG can be used in different situations. The workflow was thought out to work great both in the studio and in live concerts. Everything on the front panel, from the simple layout to the LEDs colors, was design to give you instant feedback of whats going on. Features such as the MIDI Controlled Presets let’s you add variation to your track and change the settings using either MIDI clips or any MIDI controller.

DRG requires an audio interface with DC-Coupled outputs or an Expert Sleepers ES-3 / ES-4 / ES-40 module.

DRG is available for purchase for $9.99 USD.

More information: Spektro Audio / DRG – Dual Rhythm Generator

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Expert Sleepers releases ESX-8MD MIDI/DINsync Expander

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Expert Sleepers ESX-8MD

Expert Sleepers has announced the release of the ESX-8MD MIDI/DINsync Expander, offering sample accurate and jitter free MIDI and DINsync.

The ESX-8MD is an expansion module for the ES-4, ES-40 or ES-5 Eurorack modules, adding eight MIDI/DINsync outputs from one expansion header.

The ES-4/5 Controller software (part of Expert Sleepers Silent Way) allows the ESX-8MD outputs to be used for MIDI output (note – not just MIDI clock output, but as an actual MIDI port, capable of sending any MIDI messages). Since these outputs are driven from an audio connection, they have sample-accurate timing, which no USB MIDI interface can claim.

The Silent Way Sync plug-in would typically be used to send DINsync to the ESX-8MD, though any software capable of addressing the ES-4/5’s expansion headers, via Silent Way or the associated Max/MSP external, can send clock pulses to it.

The ESX-8MD is now available for purchase for MSRP £89 GBP + VAT.

More information: Expert Sleepers / ESX-8MD

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