Expert Sleepers Silent Way + Madrona Labs Soundplane + Modular Synthesizer

Here’s a demonstration, via , of the new Madrona Labs Soundplane controller being used with Expert Sleepers Silent Way to control a Eurorack modular synthesizer.

Eigenharp Control Voltage Setup, With EigenD 2 Workbench, Silent Way, ES-3 & Slim Phatty

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Eigenharpist Geert Bevin let us know about this tutorial, which looks at using an Eigenharp Pico to control a Moog Slim Phatty via control voltages:
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Expert Sleepers ESX-4CV CV Expander

Expert Sleepers has introduced the ESX-4CV CV Expander,an expansion module for the ES-4 or ES-5, adding four CV outputs from one expansion header. Using Expert Sleeper’s Eurorack Modules, you can use your computer as a powerful control voltage source with a modular synthesizer.

The ESX-4CV’s specifications are as follows:

  • Panel width: 4HP
  • Module depth: 26mm
  • Digital input: connection from ES-4 or ES-5 module
  • Analogue outputs: 4x 3.5mm jacks, DC-coupled
  • Output voltages: ±5.33V, hardware calibrated
  • D/A conversion: 12 bit, using high precision Analog Devices DACs
  • Indicators: 2 LEDs per channel (+ve and -ve voltages)
  • Current draw: TBC

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Announcing The ES-5 “ES-3 Expander”

Expert Sleepers has introduced the ES-5, an expansion module for the Expert Sleepers ES-3 Lightpipe/CV Interface.

It piggybacks on one of the ES-3′s stereo channels to provide eight gate/clock/sync/MIDI outputs on the ES-5 itself, plus further expansion headers to connect up to five ES-4 Gate Expanders.

Expert Sleepers’ Eurorack modules let you integrate computers with your modular synthesizer. They can be used with the Silent Way suite of plugins to add computer-controlled LFOs, MIDI control and more.

The ES-5 is expected to be available late March 2012.

Synthesis Technology Intros New Eurorack Modules

At the 2012 NAMM Show, Paul Schreiber of Synthesis Technology was at the Analogue Haven booth introducing his latest modules:

  • The E610 USB Interface is a very interesting single row Eurorack USB to CV and Gate module. It’s designed for use with software plug-ins such as the Expert Sleepers Silent Way suite. Its class compliant though – which means you should be able to hook up your Mac, PC, iPad or Android device. Gets you thinking, doesn’t it?
  • The E335 Morphing Dual LFO is a cheaper version of the SynthTech Morphing Terranium, focusing on LFO use.

Schreiber says he’s working on the ’3.0′ version of his SynthTech company/hobby, moving to automated production with surface mount parts and mass-producing his modules to be able to deliver them more reliably.

Note: The audio is bad on the first few seconds of this video.

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Expert Sleepers Intros ES-3 mk2 Lightpipe/CV Interface

Expert Sleepers has announced the release of the ES-3 mk2, a new version of its popular ES-3 Lightpipe/CV Interface Eurorack module.

The ES-3 mk2 is identical in every way to the original ES-3, except for the addition of a couple of expansion headers on one of the PCBs. What will these connect to? Expert Sleepers says “Expect some announcements soon.”

The ES-3 is a Eurorack format module which converts eight channels of ADAT Lightpipe input to DC coupled outputs on 3.5mm jacks, for convenience in connection of a DAW directly to analogue synthesizers.

The outputs can be used as control voltages (CVs), for example with software such as Expert Sleepers Silent Way, and can also be used as audio outputs at high, modular synth-compatible levels.

Expert Sleepers Updates Silent Way

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Expert Sleepers has updated Silent Way – their suite of software controllers for modular synthesizers.

Here’s what’s new in Silent Way v1.7.0:

  • 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.

It’s a free update for current users. See the Silent Way site for details.

Crossfade Loop Synth Demo

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This is a preview and demo of Expert Sleepers’ Crossfade Loop Synth.

Crossfade Loop Synth is actually two plug-ins: Crossfade Loop Synth and Crossfade Loop Synth Effect. The effect version takes the power of Crossfade Loop Synth and turns it into a live sampler, a looper and a very unusual and powerful delay effect.

Here’s what they have to say about it:

Crossfade Loop Synth

Crossfade Loop Synth is at heart a simple sample playback synth plug-in. It plays samples in the classic sampler manner – by simply altering the playback speed according to the desired note. No fancy timestretching or pitchshifting is applied.
You can control how the sample is looped as it is played. An adjustable amount of crossfade can be applied to the loop endpoints to smooth the transitions. This makes it extremely easy to produce glitch-free pad sounds. The loops can also be played backwards and alternately forwards and backwards (pendulum-style).

Further sound processing can be applied in the form of overdrive/saturation, filtering, envelopes (for amplitude and filter), pulse-width modulation, oscillator sync and LFOs (one each for filter, pitch, PWM and sync).

The synth is 32 note polyphonic, and all parameters can be controlled by MIDI controllers.

Crossfade Loop Synth Effect

Crossfade Loop Synth Effect is the same as Crossfade Loop Synth except you can record live audio to use as the sample, rather than just loading it from disk.
You can record continuously, even while playing back. This allows you to use the plugin as an extremely unusual and creative delay effect. For example you can have the delays played back at double the pitch/speed you played them. Or at double the pitch and backwards. Or as a chord. Or repeat the first beat of every bar… the possibilities are legion.

You can save the recorded sample to disk as an AIFF/WAV file for later use.

Crossfade Loop Synth is $49 at the Expert Sleepers site.