The Polyphonic MicroBrute

This video, via Expert Sleepers, shows one way to get a Polyphonic MicroBrute – use four Arturia MicroBrute synthesizers.

The MicroBrutes are connected via MIDI to an Expert Sleepers ESX-8MD module, driven by the Expert Sleepers Silent Way software. Silent Way takes the polyphonic MIDI generated by the controller keyboard and distributes it between the MicroBrutes, so that each works as one voice of a polysynth. Continue reading

Expert Sleepers Intros Three New Modules: ES-40, ESX-8CV & ESX-8GT mk2

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Expert Sleepers has introduced three new modules:

  • The ES-40 SPDIF Interface (£94.80) converts a standard S/PDIF input to five channels of expansion headers, which are used in conjunction with the Expert Sleepers ESX range of expanders.
  • The ESX-8CV CV Expander (£130.80) is an expansion module for the ES-4, ES-40 or ES-5, adding eight CV outputs from one expansion header.
  • The ESX-8GT mk2 Gate Expander (£54) 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.

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Expert Sleepers Intros Max/MSP External Objects

Expert Sleepers has announced their first 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. Continue reading

Glow In The Dark Patch Cables

Expert Sleepers has introduced a new way to pimp your Eurorack rig – glow in the dark patch cables.

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Silent Way v2 Adds 5 New Plugins, 64-Bit Support, MIDI Learn & More

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).
  • Numerous other small fixes and enhancements.

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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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