Introduction

The ES-9 is a Eurorack 16-in/16-out USB audio interface, with DC-coupled inputs and outputs that can be used for both audio and CVs.

With its balanced 1/4" main outputs & headphone socket, it's the perfect one-stop solution for integrating a modular synth and a laptop/tablet, either in the studio or when playing out at a gig.

The ES-9's 14 analogue inputs allow simultaneous tracking or mixing of a large number of sound sources in your modular, while the 8 DC-coupled outputs are perfect for controlling the modular with Silent Way, Max/MSP, Ableton's CV Tools, Bitwig Studio or similar, or for sending audio out to the modular for processing.

For even more outputs (up to 48 more), the ES-9 can be expanded with the ES-5*. It also has a pair of S/PDIF sockets for connecting other digital audio gear.

The ES-9 also provides a pair of MIDI sockets (via a breakout).

* The ES-9 has a dedicated pair of audio channels for the ES-5. Unlike the ES-3 or ES-8, you don't lose audio outputs when using the ES-5. Please note that the ES-5 outputs are not audio outputs. Refer to the ES-5 page for more details.

Reviews

The ES-9 scored 9.0 in Future Music's review (issue 369).

the ES-9 provides a whole lot of top quality interfacing. The robust module clears physical and mental clutter, allowing you to interact with your music the way you want to.

Specifications

The ES-9's specifications are as follows:

  • Panel width: 16HP
  • Module depth (including power cable): 50mm
  • Current draw: 451mA on the +12V rail, 133mA on the -12V rail (at 96kHz)
  • USB socket: Type C
  • Driver suport: class-compliant USB 2.0 (no driver required for macOS and iOS - Windows drivers provided for Windows 7, 8 & 10)
  • Channel count: 16 in, 16 out
  • Supported sample rates: 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz
  • Audio sample depth: 24 bit
  • Analogue outputs:
    • 8x 3.5mm TS jacks, DC-coupled, Maximum output voltage approximately ±10V
    • 2x 1/4" TRS balanced jacks, AC-coupled (main outs)
    • 1x 1/4" TRS stereo jack, DC-coupled (headphones)
  • Analogue inputs:
    • 14x 3.5mm TS jacks, DC-coupled, Input voltage range approximately ±10V
  • Digital I/O: 1x S/PDIF input (TOSlink), 1x S/PDIF output (TOSlink)
  • MIDI I/O: 1 input, 1 output (on breakout)
  • Expansion headers: 1 for ES-5, 1 for MIDI breakout
  • Panel controls: headphone volume
  • Internal mixer: 8x8 crosspoint mixer (can be used with no USB connection for standalone operation)

For more detail, please see the user manual.

What's in the box

  • ES-9 module
  • Power cable (16 way, 200mm, keyed)
  • Bag of 4 mounting screws (M3x6mm)

A USB cable is not included. You will need a USB C-to-USB C or USB A-to-USB C cable, depending on what you'll be connecting the ES-9 to.

Pricing & Availablity

The ES-9 is available now.

MSRP: UK £499, US $569 (exclusive of sales tax), EU €469 (exclusive of VAT)

For purchasing links, please see where to buy.

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