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.

(Update - these are now available. See the ES-8 page for details.)

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.
February 2017 module refresh

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.

Expert Sleepers at NAMM '16

Expert Sleepers will be at the NAMM Show, January 21-24, 2016. We’ll be on Booth# 5000 (right on the edge of Halls B & C), alongside many other modular manufacturers large & small. Do come by if you can.

NAMM 2015 coverage




Expert Sleepers at NAMM 2015

Expert Sleepers are going to NAMM! We’ll be part of the Muffwiggler booth, Booth# 1371 (Hall E), next to Pittsburgh Modular and Make Noise, amongst others.

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.