software updates

Spectral Conquest v1.0.7 and Minky Starshine v1.1.3

Spectral Conquest v1.0.7 and Minky Starshine v1.1.3 are released. Both are maintence updates to address a potential crash when used in macOS 10.12 Sierra.

All macOS plug-ins & Licence Manager updated

All macOS plug-ins (AU, VST & AAX) and the Licence Manager have been updated for compatibility with macOS 10.12 'Sierra'.

The only changes are related to the licensing system. When updating to the new plug-in versions, you must also update, and run at least once, the Licence Manager.

The new versions are:

Licence Manager v1.3.0
Augustus Loop v2.4.6
Crossfade Loop Synth v3.2.8
Little Spacey v1.1.3
Meringue v2.1.3
Minky Starshine v1.1.2
Oomingmak v1.1.4
Silent Way v2.5.5
Spectral Conquest v1.0.6
Warbler v1.2.2
USAMO 1.0.11

Download now from the downloads page.

macOS 10.12 'Sierra'

Expert Sleepers software is not yet compatible with the new macOS 10.12 'Sierra'. Please do not update at this time. New, compatible, releases are expected very soon.

Augustus Loop v2.4.5 (Windows x64) released

Augustus Loop v2.4.5 has been released. Only the Windows 64 bit VST has been updated.

This releases fixes a possible crash when closing the plug-in UI on recent versions of Windows.

Silent Way v2.5.4 released

Silent Way v2.5.4 is released.

Changes in this version:
• Fixed crash when starting the DAW transport if the SW Step LFO Beats parameter was set to zero.

Download now from the downloads page.

Spectral Conquest v1.0.5 (VST versions) released

Spectral Conquest v1.0.5 (Mac OS X and Windows VST versions only) is released. This update fixes a problem where the plug-in settings would not be restored properly after saving and reloading a song in the DAW.

Download now from the downloads page.

USAMO plug-in v1.0.9 (Windows VST) released

A new version of the USAMO software is now available, v1.0.9. This update is for Windows VST versions only, and fixes a possible crash when closing the plug-in UI under recent versions of Windows.

Download now from the downloads page.

Licence Manager v1.2.0 now available

The Expert Sleepers Licence Manager tool has been updated to v1.2.0. This version allows users to deactivate their licences themselves before transferring them to another machine, which previously could only be done by Expert Sleepers admin.

Silent Way v2.5.3 (Windows VST) released

Silent Way v2.5.3 (Windows VST format only) is released.

Changes in this version:
• Fixed crash when closing the UI using the Windows ‘X’ button after adjusting plug-in parameters.

Download now from the downloads page.

Silent Way v2.5.1 released

Silent Way v2.5.1 (all platforms and formats) is released.

Changes in this version:
• Fixed UI behaviour in multiple monitor setups with a mix of Retina and non-Retina displays.
• Fixed MIDI output on Gates 6/1-6/8 in Silent Way ES-5 Controller.
• Enabled full support for the Expert Sleepers MIDI & OSC Lua scripting system.

Download now from the downloads page.

USAMO plug-in v1.0.8 released

A new version of the USAMO software is now available, v1.0.8.

Changes in this version:
• Fixed UI behaviour in multiple monitor setups with a mix of Retina and non-Retina displays.
• Fixed the rendering of the message history windows on Retina displays.
• Added the ‘Delay Start/Stop’ buttons (for compatibility with Live’s External Audio Effect).

Download now from the downloads page.

Windows 10

A note to Expert Sleepers customers thinking of upgrading to Windows 10:

There appear to be various incompatibilities between Windows 10 and Expert Sleepers plug-ins at the moment. If you rely on Expert Sleepers software, you are recommended not to upgrade at this time.

We are working on resolutions to these issues.

Silent Way v2.5.0 released

Silent Way v2.5.0 (all platforms and formats) is released.

New in this version:
• Added exponential envelope shapes to Silent Way Voice Controller and Silent Way Trigger.
• Added FSK (‘tape sync’) support to Silent Way Sync.
• Silent Way Learner now supports MIDI channel pressure (aftertouch).
• Fixed an issue with MIDI clock generation in Silent Way ES-4 and ES-5 Controllers.
• Fixed the behaviour of the Offset control in certain circumstances in Silent Way ES-4 and ES-5 Controllers, and Silent Way Sync.

Download now from the downloads page.

Crossfade Loop Synth v3.2.7 (AAX, Mac) released

Crossfade Loop Synth v3.2.7 is released. The Mac OS X AAX version only is updated.

This version fixes an issue where the sample file path would not be stored with the plug-in preset settings.

Download now from the downloads page.

USAMO plug-in v1.0.7 released

A new version of the USAMO software is now available, v1.0.7.

This version fixes a bug in the generation of MIDI clock at certain tempos, and fixes the behaviour of the Offset control in certain situations.

Download now from the downloads page.

Augustus Loop v2.4.4 (Mac OS X) released

Augustus Loop v2.4.4 (Mac OS X versions) is released. This version fixes some distortion issues that could occur when changing the tape speed away from zero.

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All plug-ins now available as AAX

The entire range of Expert Sleepers plug-ins is now available in AAX format, for Mac OS X and Windows.

Download now from the downloads page.

All plug-ins now available as Windows 64 bit VST

All Expert Sleepers plug-ins are now available as 64 bit VST plug-ins for Windows. The plug-ins which are new to 64 bit support are:
Crossfade Loop Synth v3.2.6
Little Spacey v1.1.1
Meringue v2.1.1
Minky Starshine v1.1.0
Oomingmak v1.1.2
Spectral Conquest v1.0.4
Warbler v1.2.0

Download all the above from the downloads page.

All Mac OS X plug-ins updated (again)

All Mac OS X versions of Expert Sleepers plug-ins have today been updated again. All have the same small fix applied for compatibility with some older OS X installs. The new versions are:
Augustus Loop v2.4.3
Crossfade Loop Synth v3.2.6
Little Spacey v1.1.2
Meringue v2.1.2
Minky Starshine v1.1.1
Oomingmak v1.1.3
Silent Way v2.4.4
Spectral Conquest v1.0.4
Warbler v1.2.1

Download all the above from the downloads page.

All Mac OS X plug-ins updated

All Mac OS X versions of Expert Sleepers plug-ins have today been updated. This is primarily a maintenance update to allow an update to the Licence Manager, but there are new additions too.

The Licence Manager is updated to v1.1.0, with changes for compatibility with recent OS X releases. With this Licence Manager, please use the versions of the plug-ins listed below (or later). If you update any of your plug-ins to these new versions, please be sure to update all of them, and the Licence Manager. If you subsequently have activation issues, please work through the suggestions on the Licence Manager page before contacting us.

Silent Way is updated to v2.4.3. Changes in this version:
• Added support for MIDI output of Song Position Pointer.
• Added support for MIDI output of sysex data to the AAX version.
• Fixed a possible crash when using the OSC browse dialog in 64 bit hosts.
• Added ‘Match Note Offs’ feature to Silent Way ES-4 Controller and Silent Way ES-5 Controller.

Minky Starshine is updated to v1.1.0 and Warbler is updated to v1.2.0. These are the first 64 bit releases of these two plug-ins (happily bringing the full Expert Sleepers line to 64 bit; adding AAX compatibility for everything is next on the list).

The following releases are for Licence Manager compatibility only, and add no new features:
Augustus Loop v2.4.2
Crossfade Loop Synth v3.2.5
Little Spacey v1.1.1
Meringue v2.1.1
Oomingmak v1.1.2
Spectral Conquest v1.0.3

Download all the above from the downloads page.

Silent Way v2.4.2 released

Silent Way v2.4.2 (all platforms and formats) is released.

New in this version:
• The ES-4 Controller now supports MIDI output at 192kHz.
• The ES-5 Controller now supports MIDI output at all sample rates, including when used with SMUX.

Download now from the downloads page.

Crossfade Loop Synth v3.2.4 (AU) released

Crossfade Loop Synth v3.2.4 (Audio Unit version) is released. This version fixes some minor compatibility issues with recent DAW and OS X versions.

Download now from the downloads page.

Silent Way v2.4.1 (Mac OS X) released

Silent Way v2.4.1 (Mac OS X only) is released.

This update adds Retina-resolution rendering when the plug-ins are used in a compatible host (pretty much anything except 32 bit VST hosts).

Download now from the downloads page.

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Retina rendering in Silent Way 2.4.1

Silent Way v2.4.0 released

Silent Way v2.4.0 (all platforms and formats) is released.

New in this version:
• Added new Run modes and a periodic reset feature to Silent Way Sync.
• Added virtual MIDI input ports to Silent Way ES-4 Controller and ES-5 Controller.
• Added ‘Manual DAC’ feature to Silent Way Step LFO.
• The Audio Unit version now implements Apple’s newer Audio Component API, allowing usage in modern (post-OS X 10.6) hosts that do not support the older Component Manager API.
• Updated Silent Way Soundplane’s OSC support for the new t3d format in the Soundplane Client v1.0 and above.

SW Step LFO v2.4.0

Download now from the downloads page.

Silent Way v2.3.0 released

Silent Way v2.3.0 (all platforms and formats) is released.

New in this version:
• Added Silent Way ESX-8CV Combiner.
• Added polyphonic MIDI splitting to Silent Way ES-4 Controller and Silent Way ES-5 Controller.
• Added ESX-8CV mode to Silent Way Voice Controller.
• Fixed a bug which was causing glitches in the paraphonic envelope outputs of Silent Way Voice Controller in poly master mode.

Download now from the downloads page.

Little Spacey v1.1.0 (Mac OS X AAX) released

Little Spacey v1.1.0 is now available in AAX format (for Pro Tools 10 & 11, Mac OS X) for the first time.



Augustus Loop v2.4.1 released - now AAX

Augustus Loop v2.4.1 (Mac OS X/Windows, AU/VST/AAX, 32 & 64 bit) is released. New in this version:
* first AAX release (Mac OS X and Windows, for Pro Tools 10.3.6 & 11)
* fixed the skinning system, which was broken by v2.4.0.

Download now from the downloads page.

Silent Way v2.2.3 (Windows AAX) released

Silent Way v2.2.3 (Windows AAX) is released. This is the first Windows release compatible with Pro Tools 11 (also compatible with Pro Tools 10.3.6).

Download now from the downloads page.

Crossfade Loop Synth v3.2.3 (AU) released

Crossfade Loop Synth v3.2.3 (Audio Unit version) is released. This version adds a preferences option to ignore AudioUnit Reset messages, sent by some DAWs (notably Logic and Live) on transport start/stop, which means that the effect version’s recording buffer doesn’t get wiped when stopping/starting the transport.

Download now from the downloads page.

Silent Way v2.2.2 (Mac OS X AU & VST) released

Silent Way v2.2.2 (Mac OS X AU & VST) is released. This fixes an issue with some 64 bit hosts, notably Presonus Studio One.

Oomingmak v1.1.1 (Mac OS X AU & VST) released

Oomingmak v1.1.1 (Mac OS X AU & VST) is released, bringing 64 bit VST compatibility.



Little Spacey and Meringue OS X VST now 64 bit

Little Spacey v1.1.0 and Meringue v2.1.0 (Mac OS X VST versions) are released, bringing 64 bit compatibility.




Silent Way v2.2.1 (Mac OS X AAX) released

Silent Way v2.2.1 (Mac OS X AAX) is released. This is a 32 & 64 bit release compatible with ProTools 11, as well as maintaining compatibility with ProTools 10.3.6.

Augustus Loop v2.4.0 (Windows) released

Augustus Loop v2.4.0 (Windows VST, 32 & 64 bit) is released. This is a maintenance release that rolls up a lot of minor enhancements and stability improvements to the code shared with Silent Way v2.

Download now from the downloads page.

Little Spacey v1.1.0 released - 64 bit AU

Little Spacey v1.1.0, Audio Unit version, is released. This version adds 64 bit support.


Meringue v2.1.0 released - 64 bit AU

Meringue v2.1.0, Audio Unit version, is released. This version adds 64 bit support.


Silent Way Voice Controller Rack Extension released

The first Silent Way Rack Extension (and indeed, the first ever Expert Sleepers Rack Extension) is now released.

Silent Way Voice Controller allows you to control your analog synths directly from Reason, in conjunction with a DC-coupled audio interface or an Expert Sleepers hardware module. Think of it as a MIDI/CV converter on steroids - but one that is sample accurate, free of jitter, and which automatically calibrates for perfect tuning. The Voice Controller is the first element of the renowned Silent Way suite to become a Rack Extension. Look out for others joining it soon!


Available now from the Propellerheads Shop.



Silent Way Rack Extension coming soon

Silent Way Rack Extension Teaser on Vimeo.

Silent Way Voice Controller, part of the Silent Way plug-in suite, will soon be available as a Rack Extension for Propellerhead Reason.

Silent Way offers deep control over analog synthesizers direct from your DAW.

Max/MSP externals now available

We’re happy to announce the first Expert Sleepers Max/MSP externals. These native Max objects support the ES-4, ES-5 and ESX-4CV modules, so it is no longer necessary to use the Silent Way plug-ins to drive these modules from Max.

Download now from the downloads page.


Silent Way now available as Windows AAX

Silent Way v2.2.0 is now available in AAX format for Windows (the AAX version for OS X was released last year).

Download now from the downloads page.

Silent Way v2.2.0 released

Silent Way v2.2.0 is released. This is a free update for all owners of a v2 licence. Changes in this version:

• Added Silent Way Logic Project.
• Added controls for Interface Categories.
• Silent Way Step LFO can now be reset and/or triggered by MIDI notes and/or incoming CVs.
• Added ‘Gate Length’ control to Silent Way Step LFO.
• Added ‘Random’ feature to Silent Way Step LFO.
• Silent Way CV To MIDI, VST version, can now output MIDI direct to the host.
• Silent Way CV To MIDI can now output MIDI directly to Silent Way Learner.
• Silent Way Learner now supports MIDI polyphonic pressure messages.
• Added ‘SMUX Proof’ mode for Silent Way ESX-4CV Combiner.
• Fixed Silent Way Learner, VST and AU versions, to correctly output silence.

Download now from the downloads page.

Silent Way Step LFO new features in v2.2.0 on Vimeo.


Ping Pong Delay v2.0.9 released

Ping Pong Delay v2.0.9 is released. This update adds 64 bit support to the Mac OS X AU and VST versions.

You won’t have seen Ping Pong Delay mentioned here for some time. It’s a free (as in beer) delay plug-in.

Silent Way v2.1.0 released

Silent Way v2.1.0 is released. This is a free update for all owners of a v2 licence. Changes in this version:

* Added a new plug-in: Silent Way Function. SW Function applies simple mathematical operations to incoming CVs. It is intended to be particularly useful in conjunction with the forthcoming ES-6 and ES-7 modules.
* Added "Calibrated" mode to Silent Way Follower, allowing it to use calibration profiles generated in SW Voice Controller, for accurate pitch tracking from incoming audio to your analogue VCOs.
* Added "Transport2" sync mode to Silent Way LFO. Like the existing Transport mode, but stops when the host transport stops.
* Added a “Transfer” button to Silent Way Soundplane and Silent Way Follower, allowing one click transfer of a calibration from Voice Controller to another plug-in that uses is, without having to save the calibration to disk and load it back in.
* Added support for the Expert Sleepers ES-5 module to Silent Way Sync.
* Added sustain pedal support to Silent Way Voice Controller.
* Fixed a bug that would cause Silent Way Follower to lock up the host application.

Download now from the downloads page.



Silent Way AAX released (Mac OS X)

We’re proud to announce our first plug-in in Avid’s AAX format (for Pro Tools 10): Silent Way v2.0.3. Currently available for Mac OS X only, with the Windows version to follow early next year.

Download now from the downloads page.

Crossfade Loop Synth v3.2.2 released

Crossfade Loop Synth has been updated to v3.2.2 (Mac AU and VST only). Changes in this version:
- Fixed a crash when attempting to load an unsupported sample file (e.g. mp3).

Download now from the downloads page.

Augustus Loop v2.4.0 (Mac) released

Augustus Loop v2.4.0 (Mac AU and VST) is released. This is a maintenance release that rolls up a lot of minor enhancements and stability improvements to the code shared with Silent Way v2.

Download now from the downloads page.

Silent Way v2.0.2 released

Silent Way v2.0.2 is released (Windows only). Changes in this version:
- fixed blank UI problem in Cubase.

Download now from the downloads page.

Crossfade Loop Synth v3.2.1 released

Crossfade Loop Synth has been updated to v3.2.1 (Mac AU and VST only). Changes in this version:
- Fixed blank UI in Vienna Ensemble Pro.
- Fixed inaccessibility of the plug-in status bar (for saving presets etc.) in Cubase Mac 32 bit.

Download now from the downloads page.

Silent Way v2.0.1 released

Silent Way v2.0.1 is released. Changes in this version:
- fixed a problem that prevented use of the plug-in status bar (mute, presets etc.) in Cubase Mac OS X 32 bit.
- added the ability to skin the colours of the various graph elements in the UIs (e.g. envelope displays).

Download now from the downloads page.

Silent Way v2.0.0 released

Silent Way v2.0.0 is released, the first major update to our best-selling plug-in suite for controlling analogue hardware. Changes and additions include:

• Added 5 new plug-ins: Silent Way ES-5 Controller, Silent Way ESX-4CV Combiner, Silent Way Follower, Silent Way Learner and Silent Way Soundplane.
• 64 bit support (OS X and Windows).
• New GUI look.
• Added skinning - fully customisable GUIs.
• Added MIDI learn for easy remote control from MIDI control surfaces.
• Added new OSC control features for trivial setup with popular OSC apps such as TouchOSC.
• All plug-ins are now installed in a single bundle (OS X)/dll (Windows).
• Numerous other small fixes and enhancements.

Please refer to the user manual for a fuller list of changes.



Pricing: Silent Way v2.0.0 is $59. An upgrade from v1.x is $20. Users who bought v1 in 2012 are entitled to a discounted upgrade price of $10 - contact Expert Sleepers with your serial number for a discount coupon.

Special Offer! For a limited time we’re also offering analogue-style delay plug-in Little Spacey for just $10 when purchased with a Silent Way v2 upgrade.

Download Silent Way v2 and Licence Manager 1.0.18 (required for upgrades) now from the downloads page.

Silent Way v1.7.3 released

Silent Way v1.7.3 is released. This version adds a workaround to the Silent Way Sync plug-in for a Logic Pro bug which could cause erratic clock output.

Download now from the downloads page.

XFadeLooper CM (free instrument) available now

XFadeLooper CM, a free version of our Crossfade Loop Synth plug-in, is currently available via the cover DVD of Computer Music Magazine Issue 180 (July 2012). Get it while you can!




Silent Way v2.0.0 beta released

We’re pleased to announce the availability of a public beta of Silent Way v2.0.0.

The headline changes for v2 are:
- 64 bit support (Windows and Mac OS X)
- new UI design
- skinnable UI

To encourage active participation and feedback, the beta process is being run via the Silent Way forum. Please see this thread for more info, and for download links.

silentwayv2betascreenshot


ES-4 Controller v1.7.2 released

A new version of the Silent Way ES-4 Controller software is now available from the downloads page.

This version adds ‘Accents’ controls, allowing ES-4 Gate Expander outputs to operate in pairs: a normal trigger, and a velocity-switched accent trigger. This is extremely handy when triggering drum synths/modules with accent inputs (e.g. the TipTop Audio 808 range of modules, as in the video below).


ES-4 Controller v1.7.1 released

A new version of the Silent Way ES-4 Controller software is now available from the downloads page. Changes in this version:

* The behaviour of the MIDI clock output has been fixed when the host DAW’s transport is in cycle mode.
* A ‘Panic’ button has been added, to remedy any stuck MIDI notes etc.


Silent Way v1.7.1 released

Silent Way v1.7.1 is released. This version fixes the behaviour of the Silent Way Sync plug-in when the host’s transport is in cycle mode.

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Silent Way v1.7.0 released - new Sync plug-in

Silent Way v1.7.0 is released. This version contains the following changes:
* A new plug-in, Silent Way Sync, is added to the suite. This takes the DIN sync generator from the ES-4 Controller plug-in and expands on it to become a general purpose clock/trigger/sync plug-in.
* Fixes various issues with parameter automation and GUI updates.
* Fixes the ES-4 Controller plug-in’s response to MIDI channels (previously it would respond to mes- sages on any and all MIDI channels) and adds a ‘Channelise’ capability to the MIDI Out section.

Download now from the downloads page.


Augustus Loop v2.3.4 released - Windows 64 bit

Augustus Loop v2.3.4 is released. This is the first release of a 64 bit Windows VST version of Augustus, and indeed of any of our plug-ins.

Note that an updated Licence Manager is also available, which is required for activation on 64 bit systems.

Download now from the downloads page.

Silent Way v1.6.14 released

Silent Way v1.6.14 is released. This version contains the following changes:
* Added a Trigger Length control to Silent Way Voice Controller and Silent Way Trigger.
* Fixed a bug in the behaviour of Newest note priority mode in Silent Way Voice Controller.
* Added Trigger Length controls to Silent Way ES-4 Controller, allowing the 40 independent gate outputs to operate as triggers instead.

Download now from the downloads page. Note that there is an updated version of the user manual for this release.

ES-4 Controller v1.6.12 released

A new version of the Silent Way ES-4 Controller software is now available from the downloads page.

In this version DINsync and MIDI clock generation has been largely rewritten, offering much improved behaviour. Also, an offset control has been added to each, to allow the timing to be brought forward or pushed back by a small amount, to compensate for any timing delays in the hardware being synced.


Silent Way v1.6.11 released - Lion compatible

Silent Way v1.6.11 is released. New in this release:
• The AU Generator variants of the Silent Way DC, Silent Way CV Input, Silent Way LFO and Silent Way Step LFO plug-ins have been replaced by AU Instrument variants, so as to be compatible with AU validation under OS X Lion.
• Added a ‘Reset By Note’ option to Silent Way LFO, allowing the LFO to be reset by incoming MIDI note-on messages.
• Added visual feedback of the LFO’s position in its cycle to Silent Way LFO.
• Added a ‘Create ES-4 Calibration’ button to Silent Way Quantizer, removing the need to load a suitable calibration file when using the Quantizer with the ES-4 module.
• Made a slight adjustment to the ES-4 Controller’s input processing to match that in the Silent Way Voice Controller and Silent Way Quantizer.

Download now from the downloads page. Note that there is an updated version of the user manual for this release.

Silent Way v1.6.10 released

Silent Way v1.6.10 is released. This version adds two new features to the Silent Way Voice Controller plug-in:
- ‘ES-4 mode’, allowing direct use with the Expert Sleepers ES-4 module without routing through the ES-4 Controller plug-in.
- a transpose setting.

Download now from the downloads page. Note that there is an updated version of the user manual for this release.

ES-4 Controller v1.6.9 released

A new version of the Silent Way ES-4 Controller software is now available from the downloads page.

This adds the ability to route audio or CVs through the plug-in to the ES-4, allowing integration with the rest of the Silent Way suite. It is also now possible to ‘stack’ multiple ES-4 Controllers, allowing for e.g. multiple streams of output MIDI.

Crossfade Loop Synth v3.2.0 released


Crossfade Loop Synth has been updated to v3.2.0.

There are two main changes:
- The Mac OS X AU & VST versions now support 64 bit operation.
- The timing of note playback is much improved in the synth versions of the plug-in (now sample accurate).

This version also fixes a minor bug which would cause the plug-in to attempt to load an empty filename when loading a song in Plogue Bidule.

Download now from the downloads page.

Mac OS X Lion compatibility

Here’s a quick update on compatibility of Expert Sleepers plug-ins with the recently released Mac OS X 10.7 ‘Lion’.

So far, we have only one reported problem, which is that the AudioUnit validation tool in Lion is objecting to the few Silent Way plug-ins classed as ‘AU Generators’, resulting in Logic objecting to loading them. The plug-ins themselves work fine - it’s just a detail of the validation process that is tripping things up, which is arguably a bug, and we’ve reported it to Apple as such.

So if you use Silent Way and Logic, there seems to be reason to hold off upgrading to Lion. If you use our other plug-ins, or other DAWs, there are no known problems as of now.

CV Generator v2.0.0 released

Our iOS app CV Generator has been updated to v2.0.0. It is now an iPhone/iPad Universal app and so works at full screen resolution on iPads.

Silent Way v1.6.7 released

Silent Way v1.6.7 is released. This version adds an ‘output configuration’ option to the VST versions of the Silent Way Voice Controller plug-in (Mac OS X and Windows), allowing the plug-in’s outputs to be presented to the host as either a 6-channel bus, three stereo busses or six mono busses.

Download now from the downloads page. Note that there is an updated version of the user manual for this release.

Crossfade Loop Synth v3.1.4 released

Crossfade Loop Synth has been updated to v3.1.4.

This release fixes a rare crash that could occur when automating parameters in Cubase, using the 64 bit version of Cubase and the 32 bit plug-in bridge.

Download now from the downloads page.

Silent Way v1.6.6 released - CV Input fix

Silent Way v1.6.6 is released. This version fixes a major problem in the Windows VST version of the Silent Way CV Input plug-in, preventing proper operation with the ES-2 module.

Download now from the downloads page.

Augustus Loop v2.3.3 (OS X) released

Augustus Loop v2.3.3 is released. Only the Mac OS X AU & VST versions are updated - the Windows VST is unchanged.

* Fixed an issue introduced in v2.2.0 which would cause unpleasant audio artefacts at certain pitch settings.

Download now from the downloads page.

Augustus Loop v2.3.2 (AU) released

Augustus Loop v2.3.2 is released. Only the AudioUnit version is updated.

* Fixed an issue with keyboard handling that could interfere with shortcuts in the host application when the Augustus Loop UI was open.

Download now from the downloads page.

Silent Way v1.6.5 released - new SMUX plug-in

Silent Way v1.6.5 is released.

This release adds a new plug-in: Silent Way SMUX.



Silent Way SMUX provides a hack to workaround the reduction in channel count over ADAT connections when running the audio system at 88.1/96kHz.

When using an audio interface to produce your CVs that is connected via ADAT (for example, the Expert Sleepers ES-3 Lightpipe/CV Interface), and when the audio system is being run at a ‘double speed’ rate (typically 96kHz), the number of audio channels that can be sent down the ADAT connection is reduced from the usual 8 down to 4. The 4 double-speed channels are multiplexed onto the 8 ADAT channels - this system is usually referred to as ‘S/MUX’, or sample multiplexing.

The Silent Way SMUX plug-in gets around this reduction in channel count by providing a complementary multiplexing scheme, which takes 4 channels of CVs and combines them onto 2 channels of the double-speed audio stream. When the ADAT output is then decoded by a normal-speed interface (such as the ES-3 mentioned above), the channels are demultiplexed, and so you get your 4 channels of CV back again.

Download now from the downloads page.

Spectral Conquest v1.0.2 (VST) released

Spectral Conquest v1.0.2 is released. Only the VST versions (Mac and Windows) are updated.

Changes in this version:

- Fixed reporting of plug-in latency to host.
- Fixed GUI issues in REAPER on Windows.
- Mac VST version now supports native 64 bit usage.

Download now from the downloads page.

Crossfade Loop Synth v3.1.3 released

Crossfade Loop Synth has been updated to v3.1.3.

This release fixes a bug in the plug-in’s response to a MIDI All Notes Off message. In Plogue Bidule, this could cause a problem with the drones not reactivating when a plug-in was switched in and out of Bypass mode.

Download now from the downloads page.

Silent Way v1.6.4 released

Silent Way v1.6.4 is released.

This release adds support for the Expert Sleepers ES-2-2 module to the Silent Way CV Input plug-in.

Also added is a 6 channel variant of the Silent Way AC Encoder VST plug-in, for convenience of use in Cubase where a 6 channel bus is being used for the Silent Way Voice Controller plug-in.

Download now from the downloads page.

Silent Way v1.6.3 released

Silent Way v1.6.3 is released. Only the Windows VST versions are updated.

This update fixes a problem some users were encountering where only one plug-in’s UI would work when multiple plug-ins were opened at the same time.

Download now from the downloads page.

Minky Starshine v1.0.12 released

Minky Starshine v1.0.12 is released. Only the AU version is updated.

This release fixes a problem where the plug-in would not respond to MIDI CC messages.

Download now from the downloads page.

Augustus Loop v2.3.1 released

Augustus Loop v2.3.1 is released. Only the Windows VST version is updated.

* Fixed an issue with the Prefs button.
* Fixed an issue where knobs would not work correctly if the mouse was dragged off the top of the plug-in window.

Download now from the downloads page.

Silent Way v1.6.2 released

Silent Way v1.6.2 is released. This update adds multipliers the Silent Way Voice Controller’s envelopes, allowing for very long or very short envelope times.

Download now from the downloads page.

Augustus Loop v2.3.0 released - 64 bit Mac VST

We’re proud to announce the release of Augustus Loop v2.3.0.

The headline here is that this is our first 64 bit Mac OS X VST, and so is usable without a ‘bridge’ in apps such as the 64 bit version of Reaper, and will be usable in any forthcoming 64 bit Mac release of Cubase.

The AU and Windows VST versions are also updated. Full change list:

* First 64 bit Mac OS X VST release.
* Improved handling of mouse events (dragging knobs would temporarily freeze the host UI on some platforms).
* Improved accuracy of MIDI event handling.

Download now from the downloads page.

Spectral Conquest v1.0.1 released

Spectral Conquest v1.0.1 is released. Changes in this version:

- Improvements to the interactive painting of dense spectral data.
- (VST versions) Fixed issues with slow GUI updates when running scripts or painting spectral data.

Download now from the downloads page.

Silent Way v1.6.1 released

Silent Way v1.6.1 is released. This update increases the maximum range of the Silent Way Voice Controller’s pitch bend function.

Download now from the downloads page.

Crossfade Loop Synth v3.1.2 (Windows) released

The Windows VST version of Crossfade Loop Synth has been updated to v3.1.2. This simply brings it up to date with the Mac OS X releases, already on v3.1.2.

Download now from the downloads page.

Spectral Conquest v1.0.0 released - new plug-in

We’re proud to announce the release of a new plug-in - Spectral Conquest v1.0.0.



Spectral Conquest is an effect plug-in that lets you directly manipulate the frequency spectrum of audio signals.

The incoming signal is analysed via a FFT (Fast Fourier Transform), resulting in the familiar spectrum plot where the full audio spectrum is split into a number of narrow frequency bands. The outgoing audio is then regenerated by an Inverse FFT. The interesting bit is that the plug-in lets you modify the frequency spectrum in between.

Spectral Conquest allows you to modify the spectrum in two ways:
  • By setting a multiplier for each frequency band. You can simply draw out the multipliers in the GUI.
  • By applying a script to the spectrum. Some basic scripts are included with the plug-in to perform operations such as filtering and gating, but you can also write scripts yourself to do whatever you like.

Available immediately for Mac OS X (AU, VST) and Windows (VST), priced at $29.

Spectral Conquest is also available as part of the Ultimate Bundle (now priced at $155) and the Creative Effects Bundle (now priced at $55).

Silent Way v1.6.0 released

Silent Way v1.6.0 is released.

Changes in this release:
- Added support for musical scales to Silent Way Quantizer.
- Changed all the plug-in names (that appear in host UIs) from “Silent Way ...” to “SW ...”, so that more of the actual name is visible when space is limited.
- Fixed a GUI issue in Reaper on Windows.

Download now from the downloads page.

Augustus Loop v2.2.2 released

Augustus Loop v2.2.2 is released.

Issues addressed in this release:
- Fixed GUI issue in Reaper on Windows.
- Added new OSC command (registerOSCPathForFunction).
- Fixed a keypress issue in certain VST hosts (plug-in would respond to numeric input but not to pressing Return).

Download now from the downloads page.

CV Generator iPhone app now available

CV Generator is now available from the App Store, here.



Silent Way v1.5.5 released

Silent Way v1.5.5 is released. This update extends the range of the Silent Way LFO’s Beat Divisor parameter down to 1/128th notes. This addresses a problem with setting up the VST versions of the plug-in to output DIN Sync.

Download now from the downloads page.

Silent Way v1.5.4 released

Silent Way v1.5.4 is released. This update fixes a bug in the Silent Way Quantizer plug-in that could cause the quantized note name to be displayed incorrectly when in ‘Calibrated’ mode.

Download now from the downloads page.

Silent Way v1.5.3 released

Silent Way v1.5.3 is released. This update adds a VSTi configuration of the Mac OS X and Windows VST versions of the Silent Way Voice Controller plug-in, so the plug-in can now be used either as an instrument or as an effect.

Download now from the downloads page.

Silent Way v1.5.2 released - adds AC Encoder plug-in

We're happy to announce the release of Silent Way v1.5.2, which adds an important new plug-in to the suite - Silent Way AC Encoder.

Silent Way AC Encoder removes the need for a DC coupled audio interface and lets you use Silent Way with almost any audio interface. The two requirements are

* your interface must have balanced outputs (almost all do).
* you need to make some special cables.

The cables are a very simple job, well within the scope of anyone with basic soldering skills.

Please see this page for more details.

Download now from the downloads page.


Latency Fixer v1.0.3 released - 64 bit AU, plus VST versions

Latency Fixer v1.0.3 is released.

The AU version is now a 32/64 bit Intel-only build for OS X 10.5 and above.

Mac OS X and Windows VST versions are also now available - previously the plug-in was AU-only.

Download now from the downloads page.

Oomingmak v1.1.0 released - 64 bit AU

Oomingmak v1.1.0 is released. This is a 32/64 bit Intel-only release. Only the AU version is updated. There are no other changes, so unless you need the 64 bit functionality, you do not need this update.

Download now from the downloads page.

Microtonal tuning scripts updated

The microtonal tuning scripts for use with Silent Way Voice Controller have been updated to support Python 2.5 (the version that ships pre-installed with Mac OS X 10.5) as well as 2.6.

Augustus Loop v2.2.1 (AU) released

Augustus Loop v2.2.1 is released. This is a bugfix release addressing some issues with the previous version (v2.2.0). As before, this is a 32/64 bit Intel only release for OS X 10.5 and above, so you only need this update if you specifically need the 64 bit functionality.

Issues addressed in this release:
- Fixed compatibility with OS X 10.5.
- Worked around a bug in Digital Performer 7.1 which would cause a crash when the plug-in prefs dialog was used.
- Generally improved stability of the Cocoa UI.

Download now from the downloads page.

Minky Starshine v1.0.11 (VST) released

Minky Starshine v1.0.11 is released. Only the VST versions are updated.

This release fixes an issue where Ableton Live 8 would not recognise parameter adjustments, resulting in an inability to add Minky Starshine’s parameters to Live’s automated parameter list.

Download now from the downloads page.

Augustus Loop v2.2.0 released - 64 bit AU

We’re proud to announce the release of Augustus Loop v2.2.0.

This is a milestone for Expert Sleepers as it’s our first 64 bit release. Specifically it’s a 32/64 bit Intel Audio Unit, and so can be used in native 64 bit mode in Logic 9 and Mainstage 2.1 when those hosts are running as 64 bit applications.

From now on we anticipate that all our Mac releases will be Intel only, will support 64 bit use, and will require Mac OS X 10.5 or 10.6.

There are no new features in Augustus Loop v2.2.0 other than the availability of a 64 bit variant. If you’re not using 64 bit hosts, there’s no reason to take this update.

If you are though, download the update now from the downloads page.

Update: there appears to be a problem with this version’s GUI and Digital Performer. Please use v2.1.2 with Digital Performer (which is 32 bit, so there’s no reason to use this 64 bit build anyway).

Update: MOTU have confirmed this problem in DP 7.1.

Update: there is also a problem with this version and OS X 10.5. A fix is being worked on.

Scripts for microtonal tuning with Silent Way

One of the new features of Silent Way v1.5.1 is the ability to load and save calibration data from the Voice Controller. By processing this data, it is easy to retune the Voice Controller to generate arbitrary scales instead of the standard equal tempered scale.

We’ve written some scripts to do this. More details here.




Silent Way v1.5.1 released - adds Quantizer and CV To MIDI plug-ins

We're happy to announce the release of Silent Way v1.5.1, which adds two new plug-ins to the suite - Silent Way Quantizer and Silent Way CV To MIDI.

Silent Way Quantizer is a CV processing plug-in that constrains the incoming (continuous) CVs to a number of discrete values. For example, it can constrain a pitch CV to exact semitone values. This is especially useful when combined with the Step LFO plug-in in order to accurately sequence musical notes, but it can also be used with e.g. the regular LFO plug-in, or with the Voice Controller plug-in to turn portamentos into discrete glissandos.
The Quantizer plug-in is capable of loading the calibration data from the Voice Controller plug-in, in order to output accurately calibrated pitches.

Silent Way CV To MIDI translates CV signals (such as those produced by Silent Way CV Input, for example) into MIDI messages. These can in turn be used to control all sorts of software and hardware devices. Used in conjunction with, say, Silent Way LFO, the CV To MIDI plug-in provides a standalone means of generating MIDI LFOs, giving Silent Way an application to musicians who have no analogue gear at all.

Other changes in v1.5.1:
* Added ‘Random Tuning’ feature to Silent Way Voice Controller.
* Added ability to save and load calibration data to Silent Way Voice Controller.

Download now from the downloads page.


Minky Starshine v1.0.10 (Windows VST) released

Minky Starshine v1.0.10 is released. Only the Windows VST version is updated.

This release fixes a possible crash when opening the plug-in GUI on some low end graphics hardware.

Download now from the downloads page.

Little Spacey v1.0.2 (Windows VST) released

Little Spacey v1.0.2 is released. Only the Windows VST version is updated.

This release fixes a possible crash when opening the plug-in GUI on some low end graphics hardware.

Download now from the downloads page.

Silent Way v1.5.0 released - adds Step LFO plug-in

We're happy to announce the release of Silent Way v1.5.0, which adds a new plug-in to the suite - Silent Way Step LFO.

Silent Way Step LFO is a combination step sequencer and LFO generator. It shares many of the features of the LFO plug-in, but rather than generating waveforms based on simple sine, triangle etc. waves it generates a waveform that the user draws in the GUI. When the waveform is interpreted as a series of discrete values, rather than as a continuous wave- form, then the output is that of a traditional analogue step sequencer.

Other changes in v1.5.0:
* The Smooth control on all plug-ins is now calibrated in milliseconds, and has a much larger range.
* All Mac OS X versions now require Mac OS X 10.4.11 or higher.

Download now from the downloads page.





Silent Way v1.4.4 released - adds CV To OSC plug-in

We're happy to announce the release of Silent Way v1.4.4, which adds a new plug-in to the suite - Silent Way CV To OSC.

Silent Way CV To OSC translates CV signals (such as those produced by Silent Way CV Input, for example) into OSC messages. These can in turn be used to control all sorts of software and hardware devices. See the Expert Sleepers YouTube channel for some ideas.

Download now from the downloads page.


Minky Starshine v1.0.9 released

Minky Starshine v1.0.9 is released. This is a minor update to the AU version only, and addresses an issue where the plug-in would fail Digital Performer's Audio Unit validation.

All Expert Sleepers plug-ins now Snow Leopard compatible

The following updates are released for compatibility with Mac OS X 10.6 "Snow Leopard":

* Augustus Loop v2.1.2
* Crossfade Loop Synth v3.1.2
* Little Spacey v1.0.1
* Meringue v2.0.3
* Minky Starshine v1.0.8
* Oomingmak v1.0.1
* Warbler v1.1.1

Note that Silent Way was already compatible with Snow Leopard.

In all cases only the AU & OS X VST versions are updated - the Windows VST versions are unchanged.

Download now from the downloads page.

Silent Way v1.4.3 released - adds CV Input plug-in

We're happy to announce the release of Silent Way v1.4.3, which adds a new plug-in to the suite - Silent Way CV Input.

Silent Way CV Input is something of a breakthrough in audio interface-based computer/CV interaction, since it lets you get your CVs back into the computer (most other CV-generation software focusses entirely on generating CVs). Moreover this plug-in has no special requirements on the audio interface, and so is not just usable by those with DC-coupled interfaces.

This release also fixes an issue with the AU Generator versions of Silent Way DC & LFO (added in v1.4.1) when loaded as mono plug-ins.

Download now from the downloads page.

Silent Way (Mac OS X VST) v1.4.2 released

The Mac OS X VST versions of the Silent Way plug-ins have been updated to v1.4.2.

This update addresses an issue where the GUIs would appear in slightly the wrong place in Cubase.

Download now from the downloads page.

Silent Way DC & LFO v1.4.1 released - adds AU Generators for Logic

The Audio Unit versions of the two Silent Way plug-ins Silent Way DC and Silent Way LFO have been updated to v1.4.1.

The new versions add an 'AU Generator' variant to each plug-in, which can be used in Logic on software instrument tracks at the start of the signal chain.

Download now from the downloads page.

Silent Way v1.4.0 released - adds Trigger plug-in, portamento, and swing

We're happy to announce the release of Silent Way v1.4.0.

Changes and additions in this release:
* Added Silent Way Trigger plug-in.
* Added smoothing option on all outputs of all plug-ins.
* Added ‘swing’ feature to Silent Way LFO.
* Added portamento feature to the Voice Controller.
* Fixed a bug that would very occasionally cause the GUIs to be corrupted.

Silent Way Trigger is a simple plug-in for generating a gate or envelope in response to an incoming MIDI note. A typical application would be for triggering drum sounds, where you might have a number of different sounds mapped to different notes.

Download now from the downloads page.




Silent Way v1.3.0 released - adds polyphonic mode

We're happy to announce the release of Silent Way v1.3.0.

The major new feature in this release is a polyphonic mode for the Voice Controller. Other changes:
* Added a per-envelope Reset To Zero control, which controls whether the envelopes always start from zero when triggered, or whether they start from their current value (which is the common behaviour in hardware envelope generators).
* Updated all plug-ins for the font changes in OS X 10.6 (see below).

Download now from the downloads page.


Silent Way v1.2.0 released - adds LFO plug-in

We're happy to announce the release of Silent Way v1.2.0.

This release adds a new plug-in to the Silent Way suite - Silent Way LFO. As you might guess from the name, this plug-in is a low frequency oscillator device. It offers a variety of waveforms, tempo sync, and can be combined with the control outputs (e.g. envelopes, velocity) of the Voice Controller plug-in to achieve effects such as vibrato that fades in during each note.



Download now from the downloads page.

Augustus Loop v2.1.1 released

Augustus Loop is updated to v2.1.1.

This version adds the new OSC functionality as recently added to Warbler and Silent Way for TouchOSC compatibility.

Warbler v1.1.0 released

Exactly two years to the day since the last time it was updated, Warbler v1.1.0 is released.

New in this version:
* All-new factory presets.
* MIDI and OSC control and scripting.
* Revamped GUI, with text value displays under the knobs.

This is a free update for all current users of Warbler. The price for new users is held at $19.


Silent Way v1.1.0 released




We're happy to announce the release of Silent Way v1.1.0 (all platforms & formats).

This is primarily an update to the Voice Controller plug-in, though the DC plug-in also benefits from the OSC enhancements.

The full list of changes in this version is as follows:

• The Voice Controller AU now has an effect variant so it will work in Digital Performer.
• Added new OSC commands (registerOSCPathForParameter() and registerOSCPathForParameterNormalized()) added, primarily for compatibility with TouchOSC.
• Output configuration changed from a set of drop-down menus to a full matrix of knobs.
• Envelope scale parameters removed, since the same functionality is now offered by the output matrix.
• Added new 'velocity' output.
• Added velocity-based scaling of envelopes.
• Added Hz/V calibration mode.
• Areas of the full MIDI note range note covered during calibration are now filled with ‘wrapped around’ values from octaves that are covered.
• Added note priority modes (last/low/high) and retrigger modes (on/off).
• Added ‘panic’ button.
• Fixed some incorrect envelope triggering behaviours.
• The ‘trigger’ output is now slightly longer than before (it was previously a single audio sample).

NB the reworking of the output configuration unfortunately means that v1.1.0 of the Voice Controller is not preset-compatible with earlier versions. If you install this version and then load up a song that already uses the Voice Controller, some of the settings (notably the envelopes) will be wrong. This is something we usually go to great lengths to avoid in Expert Sleepers plug-ins, but we felt it was acceptable in this case as most workflows will involve using Silent Way to control a synth which is then recorded as audio before moving on - so to some extent storing presets is irrelevant, since you can't store the state of the synth along with it.

Get the update from the downloads page.

Silent Way VST updated to v1.0.2

The VST versions (Mac and Windows) of Silent Way have been updated to v1.0.2.

These are identical except now the Voice Controller plug-in is no longer a VSTi. This makes it possible to use in Cubase, since Cubase has problems routing audio to virtual instruments.

NB if you were successfully using v1.0.1 (e.g. in Live) you may find you need to slightly reconfigure your song files to take account of this change. We apologise for the inconvenience.

The AU version is unchanged, and remains a virtual instrument.

A new tutorial showing how to set up the Voice Controller VST from scratch in Live has been added to the tutorials page.

Silent Way now available in VST (Mac/Windows) format

No changes since the v1.0.1 version - just now available for Windows and Mac OS X VST.

Silent Way v1.0.1 released

Silent Way v1.0.1 contains an update to the Voice Controller plug-in allowing it to be used in Logic Pro.

Silent Way v1.0.0 released - new modular synth controller plug-ins

We're proud to announce the release of Silent Way, a suite of plug-ins designed for use as part of a modular analogue synthesiser system. The plug-ins produce no sound themselves, nor do they process sound - rather, they generate signals to be used as control voltages (CVs), which can be patched into the control inputs of oscillators, filters, VCAs etc. of an analogue system.

There are currently two plug-ins in the Silent Way suite - Silent Way DC and Silent Way Voice Controller. These are described in more detail below. It is anticipated that more plug-ins will be added to the suite in the future - watch the website for product announcements.

All plug-ins also feature
* full MIDI and OSC control.
* MIDI/OSC scriptability.
* sample-accurate handling of MIDI note messages.

Silent Way DC
Silent Way DC is a simple plug-in that generates constant output signals. It is intended to be used in conjunction with parameter automation (via MIDI or directly by the host application) to generate varying signals. For example, you could use it as an LFO where you draw out the LFO waveform in your host’s parameter automation GUI.



Silent Way Voice Controller
Silent Way Voice Controller is a virtual instrument plug-in designed to directly control an analogue synthesiser by generating the appropriate CV and gate signals via an appropriate audio interface.

By listening to the synthesiser’s output signal, the plug-in is able to calibrate itself to generate the appropriate pitch CV for the incoming MIDI notes.

As well as the basic pitch and gate signals, the plug-in can generate three multi-stage envelope CVs which you can feed to VCAs, VCFs etc. in your synth.

Pricing and availability
Silent Way is available immediately in Mac OS X Audio Unit format, priced at $49. Mac and Windows VST formats to follow.

Read more here; download the demo here.

Little Spacey v1.0.0 released - new plug-in!




We're proud to announce the release of Little Spacey, a new plug-in for Mac OS X (AU/VST) and Windows (VST).

Little Spacey is delay effect, inspired by classic analogue ‘bucket brigade’ delays but with refinements only possible in the digital arena - not to mention a maximum delay time that would cost a small fortune to realise in hardware.

Great care has been taken to give Little Spacey the smooth, creamy sound which makes analogue delays still popular today.

In common with the best analogue delays Little Spacey allows you to modulate the delay time for chorus or vibrato effects. Unlike most analogue delays, Little Spacey is not restricted to mono operation, and works well in stereo or multi-channel (AU only) settings, offering variation of the effect between the channels for particularly rich and involving sounds.

Download the free demo and user manual from the downloads page. The plug-in includes a number of presets (described in the manual) which show off the range of possibilities that the plug-in offers.

Available immediately, priced at $29 (USD, plus VAT if applicable).

Please read the following blog post (above this one, if you're reading on the Expert Sleepers home page) for details of how to get Little Spacey for just $5!

Augustus Loop v2.1.0 released + new script/skin

Augustus Loop v2.1.0 is now released (all formats/platforms).

v2.1.0 adds some new functionality to Augustus's MIDI/OSC and GUI scripting.

Timing functions

In MIDI/OSC scripts you can now
* get the time between two events
* ask for a function to be called after a certain amount of time, or regularly at a specified interval.

Using these functions you can do useful things like distinguish between short and long footpedal presses, or detect double taps etc.

GUI indicators for MIDI/OSC script status

A new form of the existing 'indicator' GUI item has been added, together with some corresponding MIDI/OSC script functions, to allow you to create GUI elements that reflect the state of scripted variables.

As usual, get the update from the downloads page.

These new features were developed after a request from Axel Baesler, who has used them to make a fairly complex script based on my Multilooper script. He's also made a custom GUI to go with the script, and provided a sample Live set and even a FCB1010 footcontroller patch to use with it. Get the script from the scripts page.

Augustus Loop v2.0.4 (AU) released

Augustus Loop v2.0.4 is now released. This is an AU-only bug fix release. It addresses an issue where no audio would reach the fx loop outputs with certain combinations of parameter settings.

Oomingmak v1.0.0 released - new plug-in!




We're proud to announce the release of Oomingmak, a new plug-in for Mac OS X (AU/VST) and Windows (VST).

Oomingmak is a pitch- and envelope-tracking (re)synthesis effect. Or, to put it another way, if you feed a sound source (e.g. a guitar) into Oomingmak it will come out sounding like you're playing an analogue monosynth. Or maybe something else entirely.

To celebrate the release of our first all-new product for quite some time, we're offering $10 off any other Expert Sleepers product when purchased at the same time as Oomingmak. Simply enter this coupon code at the checkout: CPN3866168290

Please note that to take advantage of this offer you'll need to make your purchase via the online store, as the Licence Manager doesn't allow you to buy more than one thing at once.

Augustus Loop v2.0.3 (AU) released

Augustus Loop v2.0.3 is now released. This is another AU-only release, which further improves the behaviour of parameter automation in Logic - specifically:
* the pitch buttons now cause automation to be recorded.
* the four delay time parameters (delay slider min/max, max delay and delay time) now use 'high resolution' mode automation.

Augustus Loop v2.0.2 (AU) released

Augustus Loop v2.0.2 is now released. This is an AU-only bug fix release. It addresses an issue with recording parameter automation in Logic Pro.

Crossfade Loop Synth v3.1.1 (Windows VST) released

Crossfade Loop Synth v3.1.1 is a minor bugfix release, which addresses an issue in the Windows VST version that would prevent certain WAV files from loading successfully.

Crossfade Loop Synth v3.1.0 released

Crossfade Loop Synth and Crossfade Loop Synth Effect have been updated to v3.1.0 (AU, Mac & Windows VST). The changes in this version are:
• Added next/previous sample buttons, for quickly auditioning multiple samples in a folder on disk.
• Added OSC control.
• Added MIDI/OSC scripting.

Augustus Loop v2.0.1 released

Augustus Loop v2.0.1 is now available (for all platforms) from the downloads page.

Changes in this version:
* It is now possible to completely override the default MIDI/OSC script with a custom script. (Previously it was only possible to extend the functionality, not replace it.)
* Added a new preferences option, 'Ignore AudioUnitReset', which can be useful when using the AU version of the plug-in in a live context. See the manual for a fuller explanation.

MidiNull v1.0.0 released

MidiNull is a simple utility plug-in, created in response to the requirement identified in this post on the Ableton forums.

It's a VST instrument that passes through audio unchanged, and does nothing in response to MIDI.

It's free, and is a Mac OS X VST only.

Augustus Loop v2 now released - skinning competition extended

Augustus Loop v2 is now officially released, and available for purchase.

Read the what's new page here, and download it from the downloads page. Remember you'll need a new licence manager too.

With regard to the skinning competition - in retrospect it wasn't reasonable to ask people to make skins using the beta release, so I'm extending the submission deadline until November 24th. Get going on those skins!

Augustus Loop v2.0.0 beta (Windows VST) released

The Windows VST version of Augustus Loop v2 is now available - see the post below for more general details on the beta.

You can download the Windows version (and an updated manual) here:

Augustus Loop v2.0.0 beta (OS X) released

We're proud to announce a public beta release of Augustus Loop v2, a major update to our popular tape echo/looping plug-in. Only the Mac OS X (AU and VST) versions are available right now - the Windows VST version will follow soon.

For new features in v2, see the what's new page.

You can download the beta here:

You can also download example skins and scripts for use with v2.

Please note that Augustus Loop v2 uses a new serial number from previous versions, so if you have a licence for v1.8 or earlier it won't work with v2, and the plug-in will operate in demo mode. It is not yet possible to purchase licences for v2.

Please post comments and feedback on the forum.

Augustus Loop v1.8.1 (AU) released

This is a small bug-fix release, aimed mainly at users of Logic Pro. Changes:
  • Fixed a problem where Augustus Loop's GUI would stop Logic's Key Commands from working.
  • Fixed an issue which could cause Apple’s AU validation tool (as used by Logic) to run very slowly when validating Augustus Loop on OS X Leopard.

Augustus Loop v1.9.0 beta 1 released (AU only)

We're proud to announce a public beta of a new Augustus Loop release. This is quite a big one. Changes:
  • Augustus Loop’s GUI is now fully skinnable and scriptable.
  • MIDI behaviour is now scriptable.
  • Added Record Offset feature, which helps with latency problems in live situations (see this thread).
  • Fixed an issue which could cause Apple’s AU validation tool (as used by Logic) to run very slowly when validating Augustus Loop on OS X Leopard.
You can download the beta here:
Please post comments and feedback on the forum.

Latency Fixer 1.0.2 released

Latency Fixer v1.0.2 fixes a problem where the correct latency would not be applied when recalling a preset.

Augustus Loop v1.8.0 released

Changes in version 1.8.0:

* New 6-in 6-out configuration of the plug-in, allowing audio to be routed through external processing either side of the virtual tape.
* Fixed an issue that could cause a crash in Logic 8 when opening a song containing multiple instances of Augustus Loop with their GUIs open.

Clocker v1.0.0 Audio Unit released

This is the first AU version of Clocker.

Clocker v1.0.0 Mac OS X VST released

This is the first Mac VST version of Clocker. AU version to follow.

Crossfade Loop Synth v3.0.5 released - Windows VST

The Windows version of Crossfade Loop Synth is now released. Go get it from the downloads page.

New plug-in: Clocker 1.0.0 released (Windows VST only)

A brand new freebie plug-in for you today: Clocker.

Enjoy!

(Though I'm afraid it's Windows-only right now, sorry. Rest assured this is not the beginning of the end of Mac support from Expert Sleepers. It's just a quirky little thing someone asked me for and they wanted it on Windows. If I get enough (any at all!) requests for a Mac version, it'll follow eventually.)

Crossfade Loop Synth v3.0.5 beta released - Windows VST

The first beta Windows version of Crossfade Loop Synth is now available - v3.0.5 beta.

You can download it here, and the manual is here.

Augustus Loop v1.7.3 released (Windows only)

v1.7.3 now works on systems which do not have SSE2, notably certain Athlon processors (SSE is still required). Systems with SSE2 continue to use an optimised version.

Augustus Loop v1.7.2 released (OS X only)

v1.7.2 fixes an issue which would cause the VST version to crash if the AU version were not also installed. It also further improves the plug-in's resilience to font installation issues.

Augustus Loop v1.7.1 released (OS X only)

v1.7.1 is a minor bugfix update, addressing an issue on certain systems which have had the system fonts moved or uninstalled.

See also this page.

Augustus Loop v1.7.0 released - Windows/OS X VST & AU

We are proud to announce the release of Augustus Loop v1.7.0. Changes for this release:
  • First Windows version.
  • First Mac OS X VST version.
  • New GUI.
  • Fixed various filter problems. In particular, the filter cutoff was being limited to about 2kHz - now the full range up to 8kHz is usable. Therefore, this version may sound different to previous versions at the same settings. A preferences setting is provided to revert to the previous behaviour, which may be useful if you have to re-visit an old mix after upgrading.
  • Added ‘Tape Stop’ feature.
This is a free update for owners of the previous version. Download from the downloads page.

Augustus Loop v1.7.0 beta 2 (Mac VST) released

The first ever Mac VST version of Augustus Loop is now available for beta testing. Features are the same as the earlier 1.7.0b1 (AU).

You can download it here.

Augustus Loop v1.7.0 beta 1 (AU) released

I've just posted the first beta of the new Augustus Loop. The main new thing is the new GUI, which has been re-implemented using the same technology as the other plug-ins. This is what's going to enable a Mac VST and Windows VST version of Augustus not too far in the future.

Other changes:
- The filter has been fixed. Previously the cutoff frequency was limited to about 2kHz, even though the knob goes up to 8kHz. Also it was possible to get nasty artefacts when using extreme filter LFO settings. Note: this does change the sound of the plug-in, if you were using cutoff frequencies above 2kHz. A global preferences setting to retain the old behaviour has been provided for people who need to use the new version to go back and revisit an old mix.
- A 'Tape Stop' button has been added. This is great for 'finger on the turntable' type effects.

Right now I'm very keen to hear from people who are experienced with previous versions of the plug-in, to find out if the new GUI has introduced any major issues.

You can download it here.

Crossfade Loop Synth v3.0.4 and v2.1.6 released (VST only)

The VST version of Crossfade Loop Synth has been updated to v3.0.4. The older v2 Crossfade Loop Synth has been updated to v2.1.6.

This version fixes a crash that could occur when loading a preset file in the host app with the Crossfade Loop Synth GUI hidden, as reported in this thread.

Merger v1.0.2 released

Merger has been updated for stricter requirements of recent Logic auval versions.

Minky Starshine v1.0.7 released - now for Windows too

Minky Starshine is now available for Windows too.

Crossfade Loop Synth v3.0.3 released

v3.0.3 fixes a potential crash when using very small buffer sizes.

Augustus Loop v1.6.5 released

v1.6.5 now responds properly to AudioUnitReset(), so in e.g. Logic the delay buffer will be cleared when song playback is started etc.

Crossfade Loop Synth v3.0.2 released

v3.0.2 now responds properly to AudioUnitReset(), so in e.g. Logic the delay buffer will be cleared when song playback is started etc. (AU version only updated.)

Meringue v2.0.2 released - now for Windows too

Meringue is now available for Windows!

Warbler v1.0.2 released

v1.0.2 fixes compatibility issues with some Windows installations that could cause a crash when the GUI was displayed.

Warbler v1.0.1 released - now for Windows too

Warbler is now available for Windows (VST).

Warbler v1.0.1 released

v1.0.1 fixes a compatibility issue with FXpansion's VST wrappers on Intel Macs.

Meringue v2.0.1 released

v2.0.1 fixes a compatibility issue with FXpansion's VST wrappers on Intel Macs.

Multitap Delay v1.0.7 released - now for Windows too

Multitap Delay is now available for Windows too.

Phaser v1.1.5 released - now for Windows too

Phaser is now available for Windows too.

Ping Pong Delay v2.0.8 released - now for Windows too

Ping Pong Delay is now available for Windows too.

Crossfade Loop Synth v3.0.1 released

v3.0.1 fixes two bugs in v3.0.0 - the first related to use of very small host buffer sizes, and the second causing a failure in MOTU's AU Examiner (resulting in the plugin being unusable in Digital Performer).

NINJAM plug-in v1.1.0 released

NINJAM plug-in v1.1.0 released.

Augustus Loop v1.6.3 released

v1.6.3 adds 'rounded tempo' mode (a workaround for MIDI sync issues in Ableton Live).

Latency Fixer v1.0.1 released

First Universal Binary version.

Buffer Delay v1.1.0 released

- first Universal Binary version
- added 'Multiplier' parameter

Augustus Loop v1.6.0 released

v1.6.0 adds 'digital mode', giving the option of clean, 'digital' looping, and saving CPU load into the bargain. See the manual for more information.