Expert Sleepers has released version 2.0.0 of Silent Way, its suite of plugins designed to let you use your computer as part of a modular synthesizer system.. The plugins make no sound, but are designed to generate control voltages.
Silent Way v2.0.0 updates include:
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 customizable 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).
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)
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.
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.
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.