disting EX firmware v1.3 released

Version 1.3 of the disting EX firmware is now released. This update adds two new algorithms - Multi-Switch and Looper - and fixes a number of bugs. It also fleshes out the i2c implementation considerably.

Download the new firmware from here.

disting mk4 firmware v4.16 released

Version 4.16 of the disting mk4 firmware is now released. This update contains a new 'Chaos' algorithm, many small feature additions, and some bug fixes.

Download the new firmware from here.

disting EX firmware v1.2 released

Version 1.2 of the disting EX firmware is now released. This update adds new features to the WAV Recorder and SD Multisample algorithms, and fixes a number of bugs.

Download the new firmware from here.

All plug-ins updated for Logic 10.5 compatibility

The AU versions of all Expert Sleepers plug-ins have been updated for compatibility with the recently-released Logic 10.5.

Download from the downloads page.

FH-2 firmware v1.9 released

Version 1.9 of the FH-2 firmware is now released. This version includes a variety of enhancements, as well as improving accessibility of the configuration tool for visually impaired users.

Download the new firmware from here.

Announcing the disting EX

We're delighted to announce our new Eurorack module, the super disting EX plus alpha, or disting EX for short.
disting EX, frontdisting EX

The disting EX is a multifunction Eurorack module, building on the rich legacy of the previous disting incarnations, which can operate as
  • two souped-up disting mk4s, or as
  • a single powerful module in its own right.
Fully DC-coupled, all inputs and outputs can be CVs or audio, depending on the selected function. The functions on offer include audio processing (filters, delays etc.), CV processing and generation (quantizers, pattern generators etc.), oscillators (VCOs, LFOs etc.), and sample playback.

Brand new features for the disting EX include an eight voice polyphonic sample (WAV) player, a powerful stereo tape delay (based on our own Augustus Loop), and a dedicated WAV recorder mode.

When acting as two disting mk4s, the disting EX offers these advantages:
  • Higher sample rate (96kHz)
  • Much more RAM (so all delays, reverbs etc. can be much longer)
  • Lower latency when triggering samples (now 700µs)
  • And of course, an OLED display.

The module ships with a MicroSD card containing some excellent samples and wavetables from our friends at Spitfire Audio, Goldbaby and Adventure Kid.
Spitfire Audio
Adventure Kid

The disting EX is available immediately. Please visit your local modular store (virtually - sadly it's unlikely that any actual physical stores are open right now) to order.

Summer Kagan album now released

Announcing the Expert Sleepers record label

Expert Sleepers are proud to announce our new record label, showcasing music made with our hardware and software. Each release will have a sumptuously designed physical edition.

Our first release is from the Edinburgh-based producer Summer Kagan. Summer uses pretty much everything Expert Sleepers has to offer, combining the absolute precision of our sample-accurate triggering with the swathes of lush sound obtainable using our audio processing.

The physical edition is a translucent pink cassette, with jewel case and full-coloured o-card, in a limited edition of 100.

From the Bandcamp description:

The debut release from Summer Kagan offers two sides of all-enveloping analogue drone and bubbling synths - a palimpsest of tape recordings; deep layers of texture like a Rothko painting in sound.

Livestream album launch

To launch the album, and indeed the label, we'll be live-streaming the whole album on Thursday April 16th, 9pm BST (GMT+1). We're actually going to play one of the cassettes live on air. Please join us at this link, or simply find us on the Expert Sleepers YouTube channel.

The album will then be available from Bandcamp.

ES-9 firmware v1.1.1 released

ES-9 firmware v1.1.1 is released. This version adds separate configurations for 'hosted' and 'standalone' modes, making it much easier to swap between using the ES-9 with a computer and without (for example, to use it as a standalone mixer without a computer).

Download the new firmware here.

Beardyman in Computer Music Magazine

Beatboxing legend Beardyman explains how Expert Sleepers Crossfade Loop Synth and Augustus Loop are central to his live rig, in this video from Computer Music Magazine.

FH-2 firmware v1.8 released

Version 1.8 of the FH-2 firmware is now released. This version includes various enhancements, and works around a connectivity issue with the Expressive E Touché SE.

Download the new firmware from here.

Videos from the ES-9 launch event