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.


Video: Silent Way Soundplane

Expert Sleepers Silent Way and Madrona Labs Soundplane on Vimeo.

Demo of using a Madrona Labs Soundplane instrument with Expert Sleepers Silent Way and a modular synthesizer.


MIDI & DINsync adaptor cables now available

Pre-built adaptor cables for connecting MIDI and DINsync cables to the ES-5 or ESX-8GT (aka the ES-4 Gate Expander) are now available to buy direct from the Expert Sleepers store.

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Module Overview page added

We’ve added a ‘Module Overview’ page to the site, to give a quick comparison of the various Expert Sleepers CV interface modules. If you’re unsure which is the right choice for you, this would be a good place to start.

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 named in CDM's "Greatest New Stuff In Eurorack"

The rather excellent Create Digital Music blog published an article at the end of 2011 entitled “Modular Mega-Roundup: Some of the Greatest New Stuff in Analog+Digital Eurorack for Musicians”, which we’re proud to say included the Expert Sleepers ES-4 module. Read the full article here.

The comment thread below the article includes this rather nice comment:

“what Expert Sleepers is doing today is definitely a game changer and certainly can implement all sorts of ties between computer based music to a greater extent. Ties aren't new between computers and analog synths, but the approach of audio devices outputting precision DC signals and the ready to use software tools readily available is a new dimension”

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.


The horrors of USB MIDI timing

This video shows a comparison of the timing of MIDI clock generated from a MOTU FastLane USB MIDI interface, and from the Expert Sleepers ES-4 module.

As you will see, the timing of USB MIDI isn’t particularly tight.


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.

More ES-4 demo/tutorial videos

ES-4 & Ableton Live Drum Rack on Vimeo.

Shows how to set up a Drum Rack in Ableton Live to drive the Expert Sleepers ES-4 Gate Expander. Here the Gate Expander is triggering a selection of drum synth modules.

ES-4 & Silent Way LFOs on Vimeo.

Simple demo of using Silent Way LFOs with the Expert Sleepers ES-4 SPDIF/CV Interface.

ES-4 Audio Demo on Vimeo.

Shows how the Expert Sleepers ES-4 SPDIF/CV Interface can also be used to output audio. Here we process the audio with a modular synth's filter, modulated via an LFO also produced from the ES-4.

ES-4 now in stock at Analogue Haven

The ES-4 and ES-4 Gate Expander modules are now in stock at Analogue Haven for immediate dispatch. Go there.

Two new ES-4 demo videos

ES-4 Controller Simple Setup on Vimeo.

A simplest-possible setup of the Expert Sleepers ES-4 SPDIF/CV Interface module and the ES-4 Controller plug-in, in Ableton Live.

ES-4 and Silent Way Voice Controller on Vimeo.

A demo of the new 'ES-4 Mode' in the Silent Way Voice Controller, making integration easier with the Expert Sleepers ES-4 SPDIF/CV Interface module.

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.

ES-4 direct orders now being taken

The ES-4 modules are now available for purchase direct from Expert Sleepers from our store.

UK/USA customers please remember that we do not accept direct orders from your countries - please use Post Modular/Analogue Haven.

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ES-4 now available

The ES-4 SPDIF/CV Interface module is now available. The first units are in stock at postmodular.co.uk, and schneidersladen.de are taking pre-orders. Other dealers will have stock soon - in particular Analogue Haven will have them around September 8.

The first release of the Silent Way ES-4 Controller plug-in is also now available from the downloads page.

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DINsync from the ES-4

This video shows how the Expert Sleepers ES-4 SPDIF/CV module can also be used to send DIN sync, via a simple cable adaptor and using features of Expert Sleepers' Silent Way software.

Because the DIN sync is being sent via an audio interface, it is sample-accurate with the audio.

MIDI from the ES-4

This video shows how the Expert Sleepers ES-4 SPDIF/CV module can also be used to send MIDI, via a simple cable adaptor and using features of Expert Sleepers' Silent Way software.

Because the MIDI is being sent via an audio interface, it is sample-accurate with the audio and free from the timing jitter normally associated with USB MIDI interfaces.

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More ES-4 details - Gate Expander announced

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The ES-4 page has been updated with some preliminary information on the ES-4 Gate Expander module.

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Some preliminary details and specifications of the forthcoming ES-4 module are now available here.