Version 4.4 of the disting mk4 firmware is now released. This adds a new Programmable Quantizer algorithm, using Scala scale files, and adds Scala support to the MIDI/CV algorithm. Also new in this release is preset save & recall, and a number of other small feature additions.
Firmware v2.0 for the FH-1 USB MIDI Host module is now available. Base on an all-new USB stack, the new firmware has two key additions - support for USB hubs (so you can connect more than one MIDI device at the same time), and support for USB HID peripherals (e.g. trackballs, gamepads etc.).
Silent Way v2.6.1 is released (VST3 (macOS & Windows) and AAX (Windows) only).
Changes in this version: • Fixed a crash when closing the plug-in UI window on Windows (AAX). • Fixed a bug with automation of SW Step LFO parameters (VST3). • VST3 plug-ins now expose the full 16 MIDI channels as expected.
Firmware version 1.8 for the FH-1 module is now released. This adds a small number of new features and fixes, but is primarily released for compatibility with High Speed USB devices such as the Electron Digitakt.
Version 3.9 of the disting mk3 firmware is now released. This adds a number of new algorithms (Audio Recorder, Dual Quantizer, Dual Euclidean Patterns, Dual Delayed Pulse Generator, Dual Sample and Hold) and enhances some existing algorithms with new parameters.
Changes in this version: • A VST3 version (macOS and Windows) is now available. • Added ‘Delay Start/Stop’ buttons to SW ES-4 Controller & SW ES-5 Controller (a workaround for an apparent issue with Ableton Live’s External Audio Effect).
Version 4.1 of the disting mk4 firmware is now released. This adds the new MIDI-enabled algorithms mentioned below, as well as a few new features in existing algorithms. It also overhauls the bank/algorithm naming system.
The disting mk4 has a pair of MIDI ports (in and out), allowing it to both receive MIDI (for additional control over the algorithms) and generate MIDI (to control external MIDI gear from its algorithms and CV inputs). New dedicated MIDI-to-CV and CV-to-MIDI algorithms have been added; existing algorithms have had MIDI output added — notably the Quantizer and MIDI File Playback. The MIDI ports are accessed by an expansion module, and details are available so people can make their own DIY version, which is a very simple project. It is also planned to release a kit version of the expander — stand by for news on that.
1st April 2017 - Expert Sleepers announce a new Eurorack module, the General CV, which places a full General MIDI sound set under CV control.
"For too long, Eurorack users have been denied important sounds such as 'Voice Oohs', 'Orchestra Hit' and 'Shakuhachi'," says Expert Sleepers founder Andrew Ostler. "We're delighted to finally bring these classic tones under CV control where they belong."
The General CV will show at the Superbooth show, Berlin, in April 2017.
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.)