ESX-8GT Gate Expander

This page describes the ESX-8GT mk2. For the original ESX-8GT aka the ES-4 Gate Expander please see the ES-4 page.

ESX-8GT - Introduction

ESX-8GT mk2 frontESX-8GT mk2
The ESX-8GT is an expansion module for the ES-4, ES-40 or ES-5, adding 8 on/off outputs for use as gates, triggers, clocks etc. from one expansion header.

The ES-4/5 Controller software (part of Expert Sleepers Silent Way) also allows the ESX-8GT outputs to be used for DIN sync or MIDI output* (note - not just MIDI clock output, but as an actual MIDI port, capable of sending any MIDI messages). Since these outputs are driven from an audio connection, they have sample-accurate timing, which no USB MIDI interface can claim. See the accessories page for the necessary cables. Note there is also the ESX-8MD module, which is dedicated to MIDI and DINsync duties.

* Note - the MIDI out feature is only officially supported at sample rates of 48kHz and above, though some users report success with specific hardware when running at 44.1kHz. The ESX-8MD mk2 module works for MIDI output at all sample rates.

Expert Sleepers ESX-8GT mk2 demo on Vimeo.

Expert Sleepers ES-40/ESX-8CV/ESX-8GT demo from Andrew Ostler on Vimeo.

Specifications

The ESX-8GT's specifications are as follows:
  • Panel width: 4HP
  • Module depth: 24mm
  • Analogue outputs: 8x 3.5mm jacks, DC-coupled
  • Output voltages: 0V/5V
  • Indicators: LED per channel
  • Current draw: None (the module is entirely passive)

The front panel is drilled for both Doepfer and Analogue Systems mounting holes (using a 'slot' rather than a single round hole).

For more detail, please see the user manual.

Pricing & Availablity

The ESX-8GT mk2 is available now.

For purchasing links, please see the store.