hardware updates

disting mk3 firmware v3.8 released

Version 3.8 of the disting mk3 firmware is now released. This adds a Crossfade/Pan algorithm and a Clocked Audio Playback mode.

Download the new firmware from here.




Announcing the disting mk4

NAMM 2017 - we're delighted to announce the next generation of the disting module - the disting mk4. The mk4 builds on the previous mk3 and adds these new features:
  • a dot matrix display, making menu navigation, parameter selection etc. a breeze.
  • a front panel accessible MicroSD card slot.
  • compatibility with the Macro Machines Storage Strip.
  • an internal precision clock allowing new algorithms such as a tuner, and pitch and frequency references.
The new version is largely software-compatible with the mk3, and the intention is to continue releasing new features for both the mk3 and mk4 in parallel.

The disting mk4 is expected to be available early March 2017. Pricing TBD.

disting mk4 prototypes

ES-8 standalone mode and Windows drivers

NAMM 2017 - two major updates for the ES-8 USB 2.0 Audio Interface module.

Firstly, a new firmware release scheduled for just after NAMM will allow the ES-8 to work in 'standalone' mode, that is, without a USB connection. In this mode, the ES-8 functions as an ADAT-to-audio converter, much like a combination of the ES-3 and ES-6 modules.

Secondly, we're glad to announce that Windows drivers for the ES-8 will (at last) be available in February 2017, allowing users of Windows 7, 8 & 10 to utilise the ES-8 for the first time.

New versions of ES-3, ES-5, ES-6 & ESX-8GT

NAMM 2017 - we are happy to announce new versions of four of our interfacing modules - the ES-3 mk4, the ES-5 mk3, the ES-6 mk2 and the ESX-8GT mk3.

All have been updated with self-illuminated jack sockets (as seen on the disting and ES-8), and are in general less deep. Otherwise functionality, and price, remains the same as the previous versions.

All are expected to be available February 2017.
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New FH-1 tutorial by Learning Modular

Learning Modular have published an excellent tutorial for getting going with the FH-1 'faderHost' USB MIDI host module.

Read it here.

The FH-1 works with Roli Blocks

Our FH-1 USB MIDI Host module works well with the new Roli Blocks controller, giving you expressive control of your modular in a neat little package. See these user videos:



GUI-based configuration tools for FH-1 now available

Newly available for the FH-1 USB MIDI Host module are a couple of GUI-based configuration tools, removing the need to write scripts by hand and mess about in the terminal to process them.

More details here.

FH-1 firmware v1.6 released

Firmware version 1.6 for the FH-1 module is now released. This adds a number of new features, including release velocity and trigger support in the MIDI/CV converters, the ability to step through presets with trigger inputs, and support for loading configuration scripts via SysEx.

Download the new firmware here.

disting mk3 firmware v3.7 released

Version 3.7 of the disting mk3 firmware is now released. This adds software emulation of the ES-1 and ES-2 modules, a new 'favourites' mechanism, and various other enhancements and fixes.

Download the new firmware from here.






ES-8 to launch at Synthfest

The new ES-8 module will launch at Synthfest, 1st October 2016.

In the meantime here's a brief video introduction:

Glow-in-the-dark patch cables now in blue

Our range of glow-in-the-dark patch cables is now available in blue, initially in 150mm, 300mm, 500mm and 650mm lengths. Check here for stockists.

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disting mk3 firmware v3.6 released

Version 3.6 of the disting mk3 firmware is now released. This is mainly a maintenance release to fix a couple of issues, but some small new features are also added.

Download the new firmware from here.

disting mk3 firmware v3.5 released

Version 3.5 of the disting mk3 firmware is now released. In addition to some important bug fixes for the SD playback modes, this version adds a new Bit Crusher algorithm.


Download the new firmware from here.

disting mk3 firmware v3.4 released

Version 3.4 of the disting mk3 firmware is now released. This adds MIDI file playback (from SD card) modes, as well as significant improvements to the audio file playback features. It also adds algorithms for interfacing Eurorack with Buchla standard synths.


Download the new firmware from here.

disting mk3 firmware v3.3 now released

Version 3.3 of the disting mk3 firmware is now released, adding the much anticipated SD card audio playback feature. Three sample playback algorithms are provided, offering various sample selection, pitch and retriggering options.

This update also adds two other new algorithms - a vocoder, and a version of the precision adder algorithm with fractional voltage offsets. The latter is largely intended to make it simple to achieve semitone offsets when processing pitch CVs.



Download the new firmware from here.

Squinky Labs disting firmware now mk2 compatible

Squinky Labs (Bruce Frazer & Lloyd Cole) have updated ThisThing - their complete alternative firmware for the disting module - to support the disting mk2.

Downloads, installation instructions and source code are all here.

Discussion and videos are here.


disting mk3 firmware v3.2 now released

Version 3.2 of the disting mk3 firmware is now released - download it from here.




FH-1 firmware v1.5 now released

The new firmware for the FH-1 mentioned below is now released. Get it here.

disting mk3 firmware v3.2 showing at NAMM

At NAMM ’16 we’ll be showing the new firmware v3.2 for the disting mk3 module, to be released immediately after the show.

New features include
- a clockable ping pong delay effect.
- 10 envelope generator algorithms, including clockable envelopes, dual envelopes and combined envelopes/VCAs.
- quantised and unquantized random voltage generators.
- random trigger generators.

We’ll also be showing an experimental new firmware version that allows WAV file playback from the MicroSD card slot normally used for firmware updates.

The release will be announced on the forum thread here. Come and see the new features for yourself at Booth #5000.

FH-1 firmware v1.5 showing at NAMM

At NAMM ’16 we’ll be showing the new firmware v1.5 for the FH-1 USB MIDI host module, to be released immediately after the show.

New features include
- new glide and gate length parameters for the built-in sequencers.
- portamento support for the MIDI/CV converters.
- per-device support in configuration scripts, allowing different configurations to be selected automatically when different MIDI devices are connected.
- front panel settings can be changed and menu actions can be performed via MIDI.

The release will be announced on the forum thread here. Come and see the new features for yourself at Booth #5000.

Squinky Labs releases alternative disting firmware

Squinky Labs (Bruce Frazer & Lloyd Cole) have released ThisThing - a full alternative firmware with 16 new algorithms for our disting module.

Downloads, installation instructions and source code are all here.

Discussion and videos are here.


Announcing the disting mk3

We’re proud to announce a major update to our popular disting Eurorack module - the disting mk3.

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The main changes as compared to the disting mk2 are:
* Smaller - now 42mm deep (from 53mm)
* Over 50% less power consumption - now 70mA combined draw (from 148mA)
* User-updatable code - via Micro SD card
* More algorithms - no longer limited to 16
* More functionality - new encoder and push buttons give more control options

New algorithms shipping with the disting mk3 include a voltage controlled delay, a tape delay, and a resonator/drum synthesizer. Many existing algorithms have been enhanced - with extra parameters, manual tap tempo (for the clockable LFO and delay modes), and a ‘knob recorder’ function. Refer to the updated user manual for details.


The disting mk3 is expected to ship in November 2015.

FHX-1 expander for FH-1 now available

The FHX-1 Output Expander for FH-1 is now available. Look for it in your favourite modular synth store or see Where To Buy.

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USAMO plug-in v1.0.7 released

A new version of the USAMO software is now available, v1.0.7.

This version fixes a bug in the generation of MIDI clock at certain tempos, and fixes the behaviour of the Offset control in certain situations.

Download now from the downloads page.

New FH-1 demos: EWI & MIDI clock

A couple of new FH-1 demo videos:


Announcing the FHX-1 Output Expander for FH-1

We’re glad to announce the FHX-1 Output Expander for FH-1.

The FHX-1 is an expansion module for the FH-1 'faderHost' USB MIDI Host Eurorack module, adding 8 more outputs to the FH-1’s own. Up to 7 FHX-1s can be added to an FH-1, for a total of 64 outputs controlled from the one USB device.
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The FHX-1 is showing for the first time today at the Brighton Modular Meet and is expected to be available in July 2015.

disting mk2 now shipping

A new batch of distings are starting to ship this week. These are ‘mk2’ versions, offering over twice the delay time in Clockable Delay/Echo mode - now over 1600ms.

New FH-1 demo: Launchpad Mini

Here’s a brief video demo of the forthcoming FH-1 module working with a Novation Launchpad Mini:


USAMO now available

The USAMO is now released. At this time it is available for purchase direct from our store only.

USAMO

The Expert Sleepers USAMO (Universal Sample-Accurate MIDI Output) provides a sample-accurate, jitter-free MIDI output from your DAW.

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.

Announcing the FH-1 'faderHost' USB MIDI Host

We’re pleased to announce our latest Eurorack module, the FH-1 ‘faderHost’ USB MIDI Host.

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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

The FH-1 will be unveiled at the NAMM show, January 2015.




Announcing the USAMO

We’re delighted to announce the first non-Eurorack Expert Sleepers hardware product: the USAMO.

The Expert Sleepers USAMO (Universal Sample-Accurate MIDI Output) provides a sample-accurate, jitter-free MIDI output from your DAW.

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.

The USAMO will launch at NAMM in January 2015.

ESX-8MD mk2 announced

We’re happy to announce the ESX-8MD mk2, an updated version of the MIDI/DINsync expander for the ES-40/ES-5.

Whereas the original ESX-8MD was sometimes incompatible with certain MIDI devices when running at a 44.1kHz sample rate, the mk2 is guaranteed to operate with all MIDI devices, at all sample rates.

The ESX-8MD mk2 is expected to be available in December 2014. Pricing unchanged.

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New module: the disting

We’re delighted to announce a new Eurorack module - the ‘disting’.

The disting is a 16-in-1 multifunction module, offering a variety of CV and audio processes, including a selection of oscillators
(LFOs/VCOs), in a compact 4HP package.

Unlike all previous Expert Sleepers modules, the disting is in no way reliant on a computer connection - it's a normal, standalone module.

Available now from all the usual stores.

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New module: ESX-8MD

The ESX-8MD MIDI/DINsync Expander is now available.

The ESX-8MD is an expansion module for the ES-4, ES-40 or ES-5, adding eight MIDI/DINsync outputs from one expansion header.

The ES-4/5 Controller software (part of Expert Sleepers Silent Way) allows the ESX-8MD outputs to be used for MIDI output (note - not just MIDI clock output, but as an actual MIDI port, capable of sending any MIDI messages). Since these outputs are driven from an audio connection, they have sample-accurate timing, which no USB MIDI interface can claim.

The Silent Way Sync plug-in would typically be used to send DINsync to the ESX-8MD, though any software capable of addressing the ES-4/5's expansion headers, via Silent Way or the Max/MSP external, can send clock pulses to it.

See the ‘where to buy’ page for purchasing information.


New modules: ES-40, ESX-8CV and ESX-8GT mk2

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We’ve just released three new modules:

* The ES-40 SPDIF Interface (£94.80) converts a standard S/PDIF input to five channels of expansion headers, which are used in conjunction with the Expert Sleepers ESX range of expanders.

* The ESX-8CV CV Expander (£130.80) is an expansion module for the ES-4, ES-40 or ES-5, adding eight CV outputs from one expansion header.

* The ESX-8GT mk2 Gate Expander (£54) is an expansion module for the ES-4, ES-40 or ES-5, adding 8 on/off outputs for use as gates, triggers, clocks etc. from one expansion header.

All are available immediately.

Expert Sleepers ESX-8CV & the Silent Way Voice Controller on Vimeo.


Expert Sleepers ES-40/ESX-8CV/ESX-8GT demo on Vimeo.


We’ve also announced the forthcoming ESX-8MD MIDI/DINsync Expander, expected to be available in the next couple of months.

ESX-8MD prototype


Announcing the ES-3 mk3

The new ES-3 is here and making its way out to distributors next week.

The ES-3 is now at mk3. Functionally equivalent to the ES-3 mk2, the mk3 adds these improvements:

* Higher spec DACs and lower noise circuitry
* Easier access to the expansion headers
* More robust ADAT port
* More visible LEDs

Pricing is unchanged.

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New modules - ES-6 & ES-7

We’re happy to announce two new Eurorack modules: the ES-6 CV/Lightpipe Interface and the ES-7 CV Input Expander.

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The ES-6 is the counterpart to the ES-3 Lightpipe/CV Interface, offering up to 8 channels of CV input with output via an optical lightpipe connection.

The ES-7 provides two channels of DC-coupled CV input to a connected ES-4 or ES-6 module.

Both are available now.

'Floating ring' cables now available

Expert Sleepers are now able to offer ready-made ‘floating ring’ cables, as long recommended when using a DC-coupled audio interface to generate CVs with Silent Way.

Buy direct here, or soon from your local reseller.

'floating ring' cable

Coming soon - ES-6 & ES-7 modules

Coming early 2013 - the ES-6 CV/Lightpipe Interface & ES-7 CV Input Expander.

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Glow-in-the-dark patch cables now available

See the Accessories page.

MIDI & DINsync adaptor cables now available

Pre-built adaptor cables for connecting MIDI and DINsync cables to the ES-5 or ESX-8GT (aka the ES-4 Gate Expander) are now available to buy direct from the Expert Sleepers store.

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Announcing the ESX-4CV module

We’re pleased to release some preliminary information on the forthcoming ESX-4CV module, which you can read here.

The ESX-4CV is an expansion module for the ES-4 or ES-5, adding four CV outputs from one expansion header.

Expected to be available early May 2012.

ES-5 "ES-3 Expander" module now available

The ES-5 module, which adds extensive expansion options to the popular ES-3 module, is now available. Please check the Where To Buy page for links to retailers who stock Expert Sleepers hardware.

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Announcing the ES-5 "ES-3 Expander"

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 gate/clock/sync/MIDI outputs on the ES-5 itself, plus further expansion headers to connect up to five ES-4 Gate Expanders.

Expected to be available late March 2012.

ES-5 (ES-3 expander)

Announcing the ES-3 mk2

We’re happy to announce a small update to the ES-3 Lightpipe/CV Interface, which will be known as the ES-3 mk2.

The ES-3 mk2 is identical in every way to the original ES-3, except for the addition of a couple of expansion headers on one of the PCBs. What will these connect to? Expect some announcements soon.

Expert Sleepers ES-3 mk2 expansion headers


The ES-3 mk2 will be available from all the usual sources just as soon as we can ship them out, with a choice of black aluminium or black acrylic panels.

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ES-4 now available

The ES-4 SPDIF/CV Interface module is now available. The first units are in stock at postmodular.co.uk, and schneidersladen.de are taking pre-orders. Other dealers will have stock soon - in particular Analogue Haven will have them around September 8.

The first release of the Silent Way ES-4 Controller plug-in is also now available from the downloads page.

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ES-2-2 back in stock / new stock at SchneidersBuero

The ES-2-2 module is back in stock at the Expert Sleepers store, and will soon be back in stock at SchneidersBuero. A consignment of ES-3 modules is also winging its way to Schneiders.
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DINsync from the ES-4

This video shows how the Expert Sleepers ES-4 SPDIF/CV module can also be used to send DIN sync, via a simple cable adaptor and using features of Expert Sleepers' Silent Way software.

Because the DIN sync is being sent via an audio interface, it is sample-accurate with the audio.

MIDI from the ES-4

This video shows how the Expert Sleepers ES-4 SPDIF/CV module can also be used to send MIDI, via a simple cable adaptor and using features of Expert Sleepers' Silent Way software.

Because the MIDI is being sent via an audio interface, it is sample-accurate with the audio and free from the timing jitter normally associated with USB MIDI interfaces.

ES-4 demo video

ES-3 back in stock - new orange aluminium version

The Expert Sleepers ES-3 module is back in stock. Orders are being taken now, for shipping around June 20th.

A new panel option is now available - orange aluminium, to match the ES-1 and ES-2-2 orange aluminium designs.

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More ES-4 details - Gate Expander announced

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The ES-4 page has been updated with some preliminary information on the ES-4 Gate Expander module.

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Some preliminary details and specifications of the forthcoming ES-4 module are now available here.

ES-3s now available

The ES-3 Lightpipe/CV Interface module is now available for ordering from the Expert Sleepers store. International distributors will have stock within the next few days.

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Coming soon - the ES-3 Lightpipe/CV Interface

We’re proud to announce a new Eurorack module - the ES-3 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.

The ES-3 is expected to be available from February 2011. Pricing TBD.

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ES-1 aluminium panels

A small number of ES-1 modules are now available with aluminium front panels. The panels are also available separately, for those wishing to replace their existing acrylic panel. See the ES-1 page for ordering details.
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ES-2-2 module now available

We’re proud to announce that the Expert Sleepers ES-2-2 CV/Audio Interface module is now shipping.

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The Expert Sleepers ES-2 CV/Audio Interface is a Eurorack module designed for use with software such as Expert Sleepers Silent Way. It takes as inputs CVs from your analogue synths/effects on 3.5mm jacks, and outputs audio signals on 1/4" jacks which you connect to your computer audio interface. You then use the Silent Way CV Input plug-in to interpret the audio signal and output CVs in your DAW for recording, processing etc.

For more detailed information, please see the ES-2 page.

New module coming soon - the ES-2

A new Expert Sleepers hardware product is coming soon - the ES-2 CV/Audio Interface. Watch this space for more details.

The ES-2 is a Eurorack module designed for use with software such as Expert Sleepers Silent Way. It takes as inputs CVs from your analogue synths/effects on 3.5mm jacks, and outputs audio signals on 1/4" jacks which you connect to your computer audio interface. You then use the Silent Way CV Input plug-in to interpret the audio signal and output CVs in your DAW for recording, processing etc.

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Expert Sleepers ES-1 module announced

Expert Sleepers ES-1 interface module

We’re proud to announce details of the first Expert Sleepers hardware product - the ES-1 Audio/CV Interface.

The Expert Sleepers ES-1 Audio/CV Interface is a Eurorack module designed for use with software such as Expert Sleepers Silent Way. It connects to an audio interface using standard 1/4" jack (balanced or unbalanced) or DB25 (aka DSub) connectors, and outputs CVs to your analogue synths/effects on standard 3.5mm jacks. When used with the Silent Way AC Encoder software, there is no requirement for the audio interface to be DC-coupled.

The ES-1 offers the following advantages over directly connecting an audio interface to analogue gear for CV control:

* No requirement for the interface to be DC-coupled.
* No need for special cables (e.g. TRS to TS 'floating ring' cables).
* No danger of damage to the interface - the ES-1's inputs are completely standard balanced audio inputs.
* Much greater output voltage range - up to 9x more than directly connecting a DC-coupled interface via a 'floating ring' cable.

For more details, please see the ES-1 page.