ES-5 "ES-3 Expander"

ES-5 - Introduction

ES-5 mk2, frontES-5 mk2
The ES-5 is 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 gate/clock/sync/MIDI outputs on the ES-5 itself, plus further expansion headers to connect up to six expansion modules e.g. the ES-4 Gate Expander.

Specifications

The ES-5's specifications are as follows:
  • Panel width: 4HP
  • Module depth: 49mm
  • Digital input: connection from ES-3 module
  • Analogue outputs: 8x 3.5mm jacks, DC-coupled
  • Output voltages: 0V/5V
  • Indicators: LED per channel
  • Expansion
  • Current draw: 8mA on the +12V rail, 0mA on the -12V rail (8mA total)

The front panel is drilled for both Doepfer and Analogue Systems mounting holes (using a 'slot' rather than a single round hole). The power connector is a Doepfer standard 16 way IDC, with -12V furthest from the top of the board.

Note that connection to the ES-3 is by a simple plug-in cable for the ES-3 mk2 only. The original ES-3 requires some soldering to add the required connections.

For more detail, please see the user manual.

ES-5 mk2

From February 2014, the ES-5 is shipping in a revised "mk2" form, matching the look of the ESX-8GT mk2. There are no functional differences between the ES-5 mk1 and mk2.

Software Requirements

Unlike the ES-3 itself, the ES-5 requires particular software in order to generate meaningful output signals. Currently, the only such software is the 'ES-5 Controller' plug-in, part of Expert Sleepers Silent Way, and our Max/MSP external (see below).

Silent Way is available in AudioUnit and VST formats for Mac OS X and Windows. Use of Silent Way therefore requires a compatible host application (DAW). For Pro Tools users, Silent Way is known to work with the FXpansion VST-RTAS wrapper.

A Silent Way licence is not included with the ES-5 - however, the ES-5 Controller plug-in functions in a licence-free mode, so ES-5 users are not forced to buy Silent Way. Such users can than evaluate the rest of the Silent Way suite in demo mode.

Max/MSP External

We provide an 'external' for Max/MSP to enable users of Max to easily integrate the ES-5 into their patchers. This can be downloaded from the downloads page.

Expert Sleepers es5encoder~ Max/MSP external on Vimeo.