Spektro Audio updates CV Toolkit – Standalone to v1.3

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Spektro Audio has released version 1.3 of CV Toolkit – Standalone, an application that can be used to control analog synthesizers by sending CV signals through any DC-coupled audio interface or Expert Sleeper modules.

Spektro Audio CV Toolkit Standalone

This update includes five new modules, support for the Expert Sleepers ES-4, ES-40, ESX-4CV, and ESX-8CV modules, a new pitch detection algorithm, and various improvements and bug fixes.

Details on what’s new can be found at the Spektro Audio blog.

CV Toolkit – Standalone is available for purchase for $19.99 USD. The new 1.3 update is free for all CV Toolkit – Standalone Version customers.

More information: Spektro Audio / CV Toolkit Standalone

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Expert Sleepers releases USAMO

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Expert Sleepers has announced the release of USAMO (Universal Sample-Accurate MIDI Output), a hardware device that provides a sample-accurate, jitter-free MIDI output from your DAW.

Expert Sleepers USAMO

The MIDI signal is generated by the USAMO software, a plug-in which runs as a virtual instrument (AU/VST/AAX, Mac & Windows), as audio 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.

In addition to MIDI note and controller data from the DAW, the USAMO software also generates MIDI clock, Song Position Pointer etc. It can also handle Sysex.

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.

USAMO is available for purchase for £100 GBP (inc UK VAT at 20%) plus postage.

More information: Expert Sleepers / USAMO

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Expert Sleepers updates its plugins (incl 64-bit Windows VST & AAX)

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Expert Sleepers has announced it has updated its entire plug-in range to add 64 bit Windows VST support, and to add AAX support on Mac OS X and Windows.

The current supported formats for all plug-ins are:

Mac OS X: AU, VST, AAX (all 32/64 bit)
Windows: VST, AAX (all 32/64 bit)

The affected plug-ins are:

  • Augustus Loop – tape-style delay, looper and more.
  • Crossfade Loop Synth v3 – creative sample playback instrument and live sampling effect.
  • Little Spacey – ‘bucket brigade’ delay.
  • Meringue – backwards & forwards delay with a unique sound.
  • Minky Starshine – advanced additive/subtractive synth.
  • Oomingmak – pitch & envelope tracking (re)synthesis effect.
  • Silent Way – analogue/modular synth controller.
  • Spectral Conquest – spectral manipulation effect.
  • Warbler – vibrato/chorus/flange/weird effect.

Free demos of all plug-ins are available for download.

More information: Expert Sleepers

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Expert Sleepers intros FH-1 USB MIDI Host Eurorack module

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Expert Sleepers FH-1

Expert Sleepers has introduced FH-1, a new Eurorack module.

The FH-1 ‘faderHost’ is a USB MIDI Host in an 8HP Eurorack module, allowing you to directly connect a USB MIDI controller to your modular synthesizer.

Using a suitable connector box “USB MIDI controller” here includes an iPad or plain old computer.

As well as simple direct control of the output CVs from MIDI CCs, the FH-1 also offers

  • LFOs on each output
  • Step sequencers
  • Polyphonic MIDI/CV conversion
  • and much more

FH-1 will be unveiled at the NAMM show, January 2015, and is expected to be available around April 2015.

More information: Expert Sleepers / FH-1

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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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