Expert Sleepers now in Hungary

We’re glad to welcome AnalogueZone, based in Budapest, as our latest international reseller.

The horrors of USB MIDI timing

This video shows a comparison of the timing of MIDI clock generated from a MOTU FastLane USB MIDI interface, and from the Expert Sleepers ES-4 module.

As you will see, the timing of USB MIDI isn’t particularly tight.


More ES-4 demo/tutorial videos

ES-4 & Ableton Live Drum Rack on Vimeo.

Shows how to set up a Drum Rack in Ableton Live to drive the Expert Sleepers ES-4 Gate Expander. Here the Gate Expander is triggering a selection of drum synth modules.

ES-4 & Silent Way LFOs on Vimeo.

Simple demo of using Silent Way LFOs with the Expert Sleepers ES-4 SPDIF/CV Interface.

ES-4 Audio Demo on Vimeo.

Shows how the Expert Sleepers ES-4 SPDIF/CV Interface can also be used to output audio. Here we process the audio with a modular synth's filter, modulated via an LFO also produced from the ES-4.

ES-4 now in stock at Analogue Haven

The ES-4 and ES-4 Gate Expander modules are now in stock at Analogue Haven for immediate dispatch. Go there.

Two new ES-4 demo videos

ES-4 Controller Simple Setup on Vimeo.

A simplest-possible setup of the Expert Sleepers ES-4 SPDIF/CV Interface module and the ES-4 Controller plug-in, in Ableton Live.

ES-4 and Silent Way Voice Controller on Vimeo.

A demo of the new 'ES-4 Mode' in the Silent Way Voice Controller, making integration easier with the Expert Sleepers ES-4 SPDIF/CV Interface module.

ES-4 direct orders now being taken

The ES-4 modules are now available for purchase direct from Expert Sleepers from our store.

UK/USA customers please remember that we do not accept direct orders from your countries - please use Post Modular/Analogue Haven.

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New demo video for Crossfade Loop Synth

Expert Sleepers modules coming soon to Australia

Australian distributor Equinox Oz will soon have stock of Expert Sleepers modules. Pre-orders are being taken now.

New-look Expert Sleepers Newsletter

The Expert Sleepers Newsletter is sent to all our customers every now and then, containing a summary of recent news and announcements. We’ve recently given it a major facelift, and added the option to subscribe to the list manually (without actually becoming a customer).

You can read the July 2011 newsletter here, and you can sign up to the mailing list here.

Expert Sleepers modules arrive in Canada

Expert Sleepers modules are now in stock at Moog Audio, Canada. Currently they have the ES-1 (Jack version) and ES-3.

Silent Way/ES-3 video by vcoadsr

Silent Way live videos

Paul Chambers pointed out that he’s using Silent Way to control the analogue gear in these videos.



New Augustus Loop skin posted

A new skin for Augustus Loop called ‘duochrome’ has been sent in by lindefelt. Get it from the skins page.


ES-1 modules back in stock

More stock of the ES-1 module has arrived, including a new aluminium-panelled version of the ES-1 Jack. Order now from the Expert Sleepers Store.

Replacement aluminium panels are also available for existing owners of the acrylic-panelled ES-1.
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Expert Sleepers on the Sonic State podcast

The Sonic State podcast episode 214 says some very nice things about Silent Way, the ES-3 module, and Expert Sleepers in general. Check it out here - skip about 30 minutes in for where they start talking about Expert Sleepers stuff.

Video and photos from the Musikmesse

I’m back from the Musikmesse.

sonicstate.com did a very nice video interview with me, in which I explain the ES-3, Silent Way, and show the ES-2-2 in action, which is not something you often see - if you’re still unclear on what this module does, this video should help. You can watch it here.

This is a little video tour of the Schneidersbuero booth, starting from the Expert Sleepers area:


And here are a few photos:

Expert Sleepers at the Musikmesse Frankfurt 2011

Expert Sleepers will be at the Musikmesse Frankfurt from April 6 to April 8.

I will be demonstrating Expert Sleepers hardware and software on the SchneidersbueroSuperbooth’ (Hall 5.1 Stand C70).

If you use the Musikmesse’s iPhone or Android app’s ‘Buddy Finder’ you should find me under ‘Andrew Ostler’ or os at expert-sleepers.co.uk.

Audio processing with the ES-3

Modular audio processing with Expert Sleepers Silent Way and ES-3 on Vimeo.

A real-time demo of processing audio samples using Expert Sleepers Silent Way and a modular synth, connected via the Expert Sleepers ES-3 Lightpipe/CV interface.

A drum loop is processed first with a phase shifter controlled by Silent Way LFO, and then with a VCF controlled by Silent Way Step LFO.

Escape From Noise to sell Expert Sleepers modules

We’re happy to report that Swedish webshop Escape From Noise will be selling Expert Sleepers products. They will have stock of the ES-2-2 and ES-3 modules very soon.

Silent Way/ES-3/modular demo video

Modular patching with Expert Sleepers Silent Way and ES-3 on Vimeo.

A real-time demo of using Expert Sleepers Silent Way and a modular synth, connected via the Expert Sleepers ES-3 Lightpipe/CV interface.

First the oscillator is connected and calibrated using the Silent Way Voice Controller plug-in. Then a simple patch is made using a VCA and an envelope generator, triggered by a gate signal from Silent Way.

Other modulation options are then explored, using another envelope from the Voice Controller, the Silent Way Step LFO plug-in, and the Silent Way LFO plug-in.

Darkroom - Ahead Finitely

A reminder of why I started writing Silent Way in the first place - so I could use it to make music.

Here are some videos that my band Darkroom recently produced. You can see and hear Silent Way in action fairly prominently.

Enjoy!

Ahead Finitely from Andrew Ostler on Vimeo.


The Making of 'Ahead Finitely' from Andrew Ostler on Vimeo.


ES-2-2 now in stock at Analogue Haven

Analogue Haven now have stock of the ES-2-2 module. Their page for it is here.

Pricing is $99.

ES-2-2 and CV To MIDI video

CV To MIDI with the Expert Sleepers ES-2-2 from Andrew Ostler on Vimeo.


Augustus Loop features in Warp's Brian Eno interview

Not an explicit mention, but you can see the Augustus Loop plug-in GUI on Brian’s screen right at the start of the video.


ES-1s now in stock at Analogue Haven

Analogue Haven now have stock of the ES-1 module. Their page for it is here.

Pricing is $195 for the DB25 version and $215 for the Jack version.

ES-1s are back in stock

The ES-1 module is back in stock.

Customers not in the USA can now order directly from the ES-1 page.

US distribution is handled exclusively by Analogue Haven, who will have stock very soon.

Modding an ES-1 with LEDs

We’ve posted a Flickr set showing step-by-step instructions on how to modify an ES-1 module with per-channel LEDs.

The set is here: ES-1 LED mod

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ES-1s sold out - more October

The ES-1 module is currently sold out. More stock is expected mid-October.

All-EMS VCS3 track using Silent Way

Scot Solida posted this track, made entirely with Silent Way controlling an EMS VCS3:

EMS VCS 3 tune

Silent Way is a freakin' miracle. Thanks to Expert Sleepers, even something as cantankerous as my old EMS VCS3 can be called into duty for something more than simulating cosmic flatulence.

Eight tracks of nuthin' but VCS3 (and a delay), recorded in Logic, using the Silent Way Voice Controller plug-in to keep the old feller in tune. Sure, there are some cosmic flatulence patches, but they give way to Berlin-school sequencery and an utterly masturbatory lead (forgive the indulgence. It's not every day that I can play the thing in perfect tune for this long without the oscillators getting into an argument with one another!)

It's an improv exercise, but if you like old Mark Shreeve or Wavestar, you might find it entertaining. I am just blown away by the fact that Silent Way can tame the old thing.

ES-1 modules in stock

We have a small amount of stock of our ES-1 module. Please contact us to place an order. Pricing details on the ES-1 page.

More ES-1 modules now shipping

The new batch of ES-1 modules is now shipping to customers who placed pre-orders.

To pre-order, please add your name to this thread.

First ES-1 modules sold out - more coming

The first batch of ES-1 modules is now sold out.

More will be available from around August 9th 2010. To pre-order, please add your name to this thread.

Some example Spectral Conquest scripts

I posted a couple of example scripts for Spectral Conquest on the forum here - a filter with LFO, and a ‘Freeze’ script.

ES-1 modules now shipping

The first batch of ES-1 modules is currently being prepared for shipping.

As you’ll see here, there were far more pre-orders than actual units made. Expect another, larger production run soon.

Silent Way hardware update

The previously mentioned Silent Way hardware is progressing well. Here are a couple of photos - you can see more on the Flickr set.

Read more on the forum here.

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The first Expert Sleepers iPhone app

We’re happy to report that the first ever Expert Sleepers iPhone app has been submitted to the App Store, and is awaiting approval.

The app is part of the Silent Way family, and is called the CV Generator. Read all about it here.



Silent Way AC Encoder active circuit prototype

Please see this forum thread for news of a prototype active circuit for use with Silent Way AC Encoder.

Silent Way AC Encoder breakout box

I’ve made a small interfacing module for use with Silent Way AC Encoder, to show how good it can look and how simple it can be to build.

Custom acrylic panel by ProModular. More photos on Flickr here.

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Silent Way AC Encoder breakout box, rear detail

Logic 9.1 64 bit compatibility

Good news - all Expert Sleepers plug-ins appear to work fine under Logic 9.1’s 32 bit Audio Unit Bridge, when running Logic in 64 bit mode.

The one slight oddity is when clicking on text boxes in order to type values into the GUIs. Normally this requires a single click to activate the text field (at which point it goes green) - when running under the 32 bit bridge, it requires a double click. Other than that, everything works normally.

If you experience any oddness when using the 32 bit bridge, let us know.

DP? OK

I just got a chance to check all the current (commercial) Expert Sleepers plug-ins running under Digital Performer 6.

The good news is - they all work fine.

w00t.