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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
sonicstate.com did a very
nice video interview with me, in which I explain
Silent Way, and show the
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
This is a little video tour of the Schneidersbuero booth,
starting from the Expert Sleepers area:
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
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
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
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.
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.
"Instruments that sound good inspire better music,
and it's a struggle to make music with bad-sounding
instruments, irrespective of how talented you might be.
Software instruments are no different: although they are
usually discussed and sold in terms of their 'features'
what really makes you return to an instrument
repeatedly is the much more elusive factor of inspirational
"I don't know enough about programming to understand
why some software tools fascinate you while others make you
want to get another job, but I do know that when I use
anything by ES I get excited by what I'm hearing. These
tools have the sonic richness of great analogue instruments
- with the features of innovative digital ones."