Expert Sleepers has released version 1.6.5 of Silent Way, adding Silent Way SMUX to the suite of plug-ins designed for use with analogue synthesisers.
Silent Way SMUX provides a hack to workaround the reduction in channel count over ADAT connections when running the audio system at 88.1/96kHz.
When using an audio interface to produce your CVs that is connected via ADAT (for example, the Expert Sleepers ES-3 Lightpipe/CV Interface), and when the audio system is being run at a ‘double speed’ rate (typically 96kHz), the number of audio channels that can be sent down the ADAT connection is reduced from the usual 8 down to 4. The 4 double-speed channels are multiplexed onto the 8 ADAT channels – this system is usually referred to as ‘S/MUX’, or sample multiplexing.
The Silent Way SMUX plug-in gets around this reduction in channel count by providing a complementary multiplexing scheme, which takes 4 channels of CVs and combines them onto 2 channels of the double-speed audio stream. When the ADAT output is then decoded by a normal-speed interface (such as the ES-3 mentioned above), the channels are demultiplexed, and so you get your 4 channels of CV back again.
Silent Way for Windows and Mac (VST/AU) is available to purchase for $49 USD (plus VAT if applicable).
More information: Expert Sleepers / Silent Way
Expert Sleepers has released version 1.0.2 of Spectral Conquest, an FFT frequency spectrum manipulation effect plug-in for Windows and Mac.
Spectral Conquest is an effect plug-in that lets you directly manipulate the frequency spectrum of audio signals.
Changes in Spectral Conquest v1.0.2
- Fixed reporting of plug-in latency to host.
- Fixed GUI issues in REAPER on Windows.
- Mac VST version now supports native 64 bit usage.
Note: only the VST versions (Mac and Windows) are updated.
More information: Expert Sleepers / Spectral Conquest
Expert Sleepers has announced the ES-3, a new lightpipe/CV interface.
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.
- Panel width: 8HP.
- Module depth: 53mm.
- Input connection: optical, ADAT Lightpipe standard, 44.1/48kHz.
- D/A conversion: 24 bit, 105dB SNR typical.
- Output connections: 8x 3.5mm jacks, DC-coupled.
- Maximum output voltage: approximately ±10V DC.
- Indicators: LED for ADAT clock sync; 2 LEDs per channel indicate output voltage (+ve/-ve).
Available as standard with a black aluminium or translucent black acrylic front panel. There will also be a limited edition of 25 individually numbered modules with an orange acrylic panel to match the ES-1/ES-2-2 modules.
The ES-3 is expected to be available from February 2011. Pricing TBD.
More information: Expert Sleepers / ES-3
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Expert Sleepers has released version 3.1.3 of Crossfade Loop Synth, a sample playback synth instrument and sampler effect 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 v3.1.3
- Fixed: Bug in the plug-in’s response to a MIDI All Notes Off message. In Plogue Bidule, this could cause a problem with the drones not reactivating when a plug-in was switched in and out of Bypass mode.
Crossfade Loop Synth for Windows and Mac (VST/AU) is available to purchase for $49 USD (plus VAT if applicable).
More information: Expert Sleepers / Crossfade Loop Synth
Expert Sleepers has announced the release of the ES-2-2, a new CV/audio interface in Eurorack format.
The ES-2-2 is a Eurorack-format synthesizer module designed for use with software such as Expert Sleepers Silent Way. It takes as inputs CVs from an analogue synth/effect unit on 3.5mm jacks, and outputs audio signals on 1/4″ jacks for connection to a computer audio interface. The Silent Way CV Input plug-in is then used to interpret the audio signal and output CVs to the DAW for recording, processing etc.
The ES-2-2 is available immediately from Expert Sleepers, priced at £59 GBP +VAT (including delivery). US distribution is handled exclusively by Analogue Haven, who will have stock of the ES-2-2 very soon.
More information: Expert Sleepers / ES-2-2
Expert Sleepers has released version 1.6.4 of Silent Way, a suite of plug-ins for use with modular analog 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 v1.6.4
- Support for the Expert Sleepers ES-2-2 module to the Silent Way CV Input plug-in.
- 6 channel variant of the Silent Way AC Encoder VST plug-in added, for convenience of use in Cubase where a 6 channel bus is being used for the Silent Way Voice Controller plug-in.
Silent Way is available to purchase for PC and Mac (VST/AU) for $49 USD, plus VAT if applicable.
More information: Expert Sleepers / Silent Way
Expert Sleepers has released version 2.3.0 of Augustus Loop, a delay effect plug-in for Windows and Mac.
Augustus Loop is an emulation of a tape-based delay effect, with some extra features to facilitate its use as a looping device.
Changes in Augustus Loop v2.3.0
- First 64 bit Mac OS X VST release.
- Improved handling of mouse events (dragging knobs would temporarily freeze the host UI on some platforms).
- Improved accuracy of MIDI event handling.
Augustus Loop is available to purchase for PC and Mac (VST/AU) for $49 (excl. VAT if applicable).
More information: Expert Sleepers / Augustus Loop