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Expert Sleepers announces ES-5 expansion module

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Expert Sleepers ES-5

Expert Sleepers has announced the ES-5, an “ES-3 Expander” Eurorack module.

We’re pleased to announce the ES-5, an expansion module for the Expert Sleepers ES-3 Lightpipe/CV Interface.

It piggybacks on one of the ES-3′s stereo channels to provide eight sample accurate, jitter-free gate/clock/sync/MIDI outputs on the ES-5 itself, plus further expansion headers to connect up to five ES-4 Gate Expanders.

The ES-5 is expected to be available late March 2012.

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Expert Sleepers launches ES-3 mk2

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Expert Sleepers ES-3 mk2

Expert Sleepers has announced the release of the ES-3 mk2, a new version of its popular ES-3 Lightpipe/CV Interface Eurorack module.

The ES-3 is a Eurorack format module which converts eight channels of ADAT Lightpipe input to DC coupled outputs on 3.5mm jacks, for the ultimate convenience in connection of a DAW directly to analogue synthesizers.

The outputs can be used as control voltages (CVs), for example with software such as Expert Sleepers Silent Way, and can also be used as audio outputs at high, modular synth-compatible levels.

With the ES-3, a single optical cable is all that is need to bring direct CV control from your DAW right into the heart of a modular system.

The ES-3 mk2 adds two headers to the PCB for connection to as yet unannounced expansion modules.

ES-3 mk2 modules are available to purchase for MSRP £159 GBP + VAT.

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Expert Sleepers updates Silent Way to v1.7.0

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Expert Sleepers has updated its Silent Way plug-in suite for modular analogue synthesizer systems.

Expert Sleepers Silent Way Sync
Expert Sleepers Silent Way Sync new in 1.7.0

Changes in Silent Way v1.7.0

  • A new plug-in, Silent Way Sync, is added to the suite. This takes the DIN sync generator from the ES-4 Controller plug-in and expands on it to become a general purpose clock/trigger/sync plug-in.
  • Fixes various issues with parameter automation and GUI updates.
  • Fixes the ES-4 Controller plug-in’s response to MIDI channels (previously it would respond to messages on any and all MIDI channels) and adds a ‘Channelise’ capability to the MIDI Out section.

Silent Way for Windows and Mac is available to purchase for $49 USD plus VAT if applicable.

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Expert Sleepers updates Silent Way to v1.6.14

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Expert Sleepers Silent Way

Expert Sleepers has updated Silent Way, the plug-in suite for use with analogue synthesizers.

The plug-ins produce no sound themselves, nor do they process sound – rather, they generate signals to be used as control voltages (CVs), which can be patched into the control inputs of oscillators, filters, VCAs etc. of an analogue system. Also, with the addition of the CV Input plug-in, it is possible to bring CVs from the synth into the computer, for recording or processing.

Changes in Silent Way v1.6.14

  • Added a Trigger Length control to Silent Way Voice Controller and Silent Way Trigger.
  • Fixed a bug in the behaviour of Newest note priority mode in Silent Way Voice Controller.
  • Added Trigger Length controls to Silent Way ES-4 Controller, allowing the 40 independent gate outputs to operate as triggers instead.

Silent Way for Windows and Mac is available to purchase for $49 USD plus VAT if applicable.

More information: Expert Sleepers / Silent Way

Expert Sleepers updates Silent Way ES-4 Controller software to v1.6.12

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Expert Sleepers has updated its Silent Way ES-4 Controller software to version 1.6.12.

Expert Sleepers Silent Way ES-4 Controller
Expert Sleepers Silent Way ES-4 Controller

In this version DINsync and MIDI clock generation has been largely rewritten, offering much improved behaviour.

Also, an offset control has been added to each, to allow the timing to be brought forward or pushed back by a small amount, to compensate for any timing delays in the hardware being synced.

More information: Expert Sleepers / Silent Way

Expert Sleepers updates Silent Way to v1.6.11

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Expert Sleepers has updated Silent Way, a suite of plug-ins designed for use with analogue synthesisers, and especially as part of a modular analogue synthesiser system.

The plug-ins produce no sound themselves, nor do they process sound – rather, they generate signals to be used as control voltages (CVs), which can be patched into the control inputs of oscillators, filters, VCAs etc. of an analogue system. Also, with the addition of the CV Input plug-in, it is possible to bring CVs from the synth into the computer, for recording or processing.

Expert Sleepers Silent Way LFO
Expert Sleepers Silent Way LFO

Changes in Silent Way v1.6.11

  • The AU Generator variants of the Silent Way DC, Silent Way CV Input, Silent Way LFO and Silent Way Step LFO plug-ins have been replaced by AU Instrument variants, so as to be compatible with AU validation under OS X Lion.
  • Added a ‘Reset By Note’ option to Silent Way LFO, allowing the LFO to be reset by incoming MIDI note-on messages.
  • Added visual feedback of the LFO’s position in its cycle to Silent Way LFO.
  • Added a ‘Create ES-4 Calibration’ button to Silent Way Quantizer, removing the need to load a suitable calibration file when using the Quantizer with the ES-4 module.
  • Made a slight adjustment to the ES-4 Controller’s input processing to match that in the Silent Way Voice Controller and Silent Way Quantizer.

Silent Way is available to purchase for $49 USD excl. VAT.

More information: Expert Sleepers / Silent Way

Expert Sleepers releases ES-4 S/PDIF / CV Interface and ES-4 Gate Expander

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Expert Sleepers ES-4

Expert Sleepers has announced two new additions to their range of Eurorack format synth modules, the ES-4 S/PDIF / CV Interface and the ES-4 Gate Expander.

The ES-4 converts a standard S/PDIF input into five channels of control voltage.

Two of the five channels are calibrated to provide over 5 octaves of 1V/octave pitch CV. In conjunction with the supplied software, this gives the ES-4 the functionality of a traditional two channel MIDI/CV converter, but with sample accurate timing, something USB-based interfaces can only dream of.

The remaining three channels are general purpose outputs (for use as e.g. gates, envelopes, LFOs) and each have a nominal range of 0-10V or ±5V (user selectable).

The ES-4 will connect to any audio device using the S/PDIF standard. This includes the digital audio output provided as standard on all recent Macs.

Expert Sleepers ES-4 Gate Expander

The ES-4 Gate Expander is a Eurorack module which works in tandem with the ES-4 to offer 8 on/off outputs for use as gates, triggers, clocks etc.

Up to five ES-4 Gate Expanders can be attached to one ES-4 – one per ES-4 channel. (The 8 outputs of the Gate Expander reflect the 8 bits of CV information passed to the ES-4′s DACs.)

Therefore you can combine the modules to create a system with up to 40 independent gate outputs – all driven from a single S/PDIF connection.

The ES-4 Software also provides the ability to use each Gate Expander output as a MIDI port. This allows the user to generate sample accurate, jitter-free MIDI, without any of the timing problems that plague traditional MIDI interfaces (famously described by Vince Clarke of Erasure).

The ES-4 is available to purchase for MSRP £151 GBP; The ES-4 Gate Expander is £64 GPB. Prices excl. VAT.

More information: Expert Sleepers / ES-4

Expert Sleepers updates Crossfade Loop Synth to v3.2.0

Expert Sleepers Crossfade Loop Synth

Expert Sleepers has announced an update for the Crossfade Loop Synth plugins for Windows and Mac.

From version 3, Crossfade Loop Synth is actually two plug-ins: Crossfade Loop Synth and Crossfade Loop Synth Effect. The effect version takes the power of Crossfade Loop Synth and turns it into a live sampler, a looper and a very unusual and powerful delay effect.

Changes in Crossfade Loop Synth v3.2.0

  • The Mac OS X AU & VST versions now support 64 bit operation.
  • The timing of note playback is much improved in the synth versions of the plug-in (now sample accurate).
  • Fixes a minor bug which would cause the plug-in to attempt to load an empty filename when loading a song in Plogue Bidule.

Crossfade Loop Synth for Windows and Mac (VST/AU) is available to purchase for $49 USD excl. VAT (if applicable).

More information: Expert Sleepers / Crossfade Loop Synth