Introduction

Expert Sleepers FH-2 Expert Sleepers FH-1, front

fac·to·tum (noun) /fækˈtəʊ.təm/
A person having many diverse activities or responsibilities1

The FH-2 is an 8HP Eurorack module combining the following functions:

  • MIDI to CV conversion including polyphonic and MPE operation.
    • The FH-2 is simultaneously a USB MIDI host, a USB MIDI device, and also supports traditional 5-pin DIN MIDI.
    • Support for drum triggers including triggers with velocity or accents.
    • Support for automatic VCO calibration (similar to that in Silent Way).
  • Clock generation and synchronisation.
    • MIDI clock (in and out), analogue clock (in and out), or internal clock (BPM or tap tempo).
  • LFO generation, including tempo-synced LFOs.
  • Arpeggiators.
  • Euclidean pattern generators.

The FH-2 has 8 high precision CV outputs, expandable to 64 with the FHX-1 Output Expander. Up to 64 extra gate/trigger/clock outputs can also be added with the FHX-8GT Gate Expander.

The module can be completely configured via its own UI, but a convenient web-based configuration tool is also available here, which communicates with the module directly via MIDI SysEx.

Typical usages

With a MIDI keyboard

Up to 16 note polyphonic conversion, with optional pitch/gate/velocity etc. CVs per note. Also features arpeggiation, keyboard splits and more.

With an MPE controller

Up to 16 simultaneous touches converted with full position/pressure/glide etc. per touch.

With a MIDI controller

Up to 64 outputs. Direct control of CVs from faders, flexible and syncable LFOs, triggers from pads etc.

With a 'groovebox'

Multiple clock outs at different divisions, run/stop triggers etc. Groovebox, FH-2, or another module can be the clock master.

With a computer/tablet/phone

All of the above, plus SysEx for configuration of the FH-2.

As a clock generator

The FH-2 can operate as the clocking centre of your modular, also generating (syncable) LFOs, with no USB connection.

Demos

Specifications

The FH-2's specifications are as follows:

  • Panel width: 8HP
  • Module depth: 48mm
  • Current draw: 118mA on the +12V rail, 48mA on the -12V rail
      plus the power requirement of any attached USB device. See the manual for information on calculating the current draw on the +12V rail from the USB device.
  • Outputs: 8
    • Digital-to-analogue conversion: 14 bit
    • Voltage range: software selectable between ±5V, 0-10V
  • Inputs: 2 CV inputs
  • USB host:
    • Type A connector
    • Class Compliant USB MIDI host.
    • Class Compliant USB HID host (for mice, gamepads etc.).
    • Supports USB hubs.
  • USB device:
    • Type C connector
    • Class Compliant USB MIDI device (plug'n'play with macOS, Windows, Linux and iOS).
  • Expansion:
    • Header for connecting FHX-1 or FHX-8GT expanders.
    • Header for 5-pin DIN MIDI via a compatible breakout.
    • An FH-1 may also be used as an expander, over USB.
  • Controls: 1 rotary encoder (with push button), 1 push button
  • 0.91" OLED display

For more detail, please see the user manual.

Pricing & Availablity

The FH-2 is available now.

MSRP: UK £249 (inclusive of VAT), US $299 (exclusive of sales tax), EU €239 (exclusive of VAT)

For purchasing links, please see Where To Buy.


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