disting mk4 firmware v4.9 released

Version 4.9 of the disting mk4 firmware is now released. This update contains many new features, including new Compressor and Logic algorithms.

Download the new firmware from here.






FH-2 firmware v1.4 released

Version 1.4 of the FH-2 firmware is now released. This adds a number of new features, including Scala microtuning support and operation with USB gamepads; it also includes some important bug fixes, notably when being driven from Elektron boxes e.g. the Octatrack.

Download the new firmware from here.

New module: FHX-8GT to be released at Synthfest UK

We're glad to announce the FHX-8GT Gate Expander, an expansion module for the FH-2 'factotum', providing 8 extra clock/gate/trigger outputs.

Expert Sleepers FHX-8GT Expert Sleepers FHX-8GT, front

Up to four FHX-8GTs can be attached to one FH-2. Each FHX-8GT can also be expanded with the ESX-8GT, for a total of 64 outputs.

This is in addition to the seven FHX-1s that can be added to an FH-2 for extra CV outptus.

The FHX-8GT will launch at Synthfest UK (October 6th 2018) and will be available immediately thereafter.

MSRP: UK £75 (inclusive of VAT), US $89 (exclusive of sales tax), EU €72 (exclusive of VAT)

disting mk4 firmware v4.8 released

Version 4.8 of the disting mk4 firmware is now released. This is a large update including many new features, including new 'Audio Playback with Crossfade' and 'Quantizer 2' algorithms.

Download the new firmware from here.





FH-2 firmware v1.3 released

Version 1.3 of the FH-2 firmware is now released. This adds support for the new FHX-8GT Gate Expander. It also adds the ability to route MIDI between the FH-2's various MIDI ports.

Download the new firmware from here.

General CV firmware v1.4 released

Version 1.4 of the General CV firmware is now released. This adds a new 'Programmable' mode, allowing the use of the General CV as a general purpose CV-to-MIDI converter (in conjunction with the MIDI Breakout).

Download the new firmware from here.

FH-2 firmware v1.2 released

Version 1.2 of the FH-2 firmware is now released. This adds a number of new features, notably envelope generators for the MIDI/CV converters, and greatly enhanced arpeggiators.

Download the new firmware from here.




Silent Way v2.7.2 (macOS) released

Silent Way v2.7.2 is released (update for macOS only). This version fixes a display issue in the SW Learner plug-in on Retina displays.

Download now from the downloads page.

Augustus Loop v2.4.10 (macOS) released

Augustus Loop v2.4.10 is released (update for macOS only). This version fixes a macOS-only issue which could cause audio degradation when using the pitch control or LFO.

Download here.

disting mk4 firmware v4.7 released

Version 4.7 of the disting mk4 firmware is now released. This adds a new multisample audio playback algorithm, as well as some smaller enhancements and fixes.

Download the new firmware from here.


FH-2 firmware v1.1 released

Version 1.1 of the FH-2 firmware is now released. This adds some general enhancements, including the ability to use the FH-1 module as an expander for the FH-2.

Download the new firmware from here.

FH-2 now shipping

The FH-2 'factotum' is shipping now.
Expert Sleepers FH-2Expert Sleepers FH-1, front

The FH-2 is an 8HP Eurorack module combining the following functions:

  • MIDI to CV conversion including polyphonic and MPE operation.
    • The FH-2 is simultaneously a USB MIDI host, a USB MIDI device, and also supports traditional 5-pin DIN MIDI.
    • Support for drum triggers including triggers with velocity or accents.
    • Support for automatic VCO calibration (similar to that in Silent Way).
  • Clock generation and synchronisation.
    • MIDI clock (in and out), analogue clock (in and out), or internal clock (BPM or tap tempo).
  • LFO generation, including tempo-synced LFOs.
  • Arpeggiators.
  • Euclidean pattern generators.
Find your local store on the Where To Buy page.

'Rubadub Special Edition' disting mk4

JINGS, CRIVVENS AND A HOOTS OF MY BOB, IT’S A VERY LIMITED EDITION DISTING MK4!
disting mk4, front

To celebrate Expert Sleepers's recent move to Scotland and our distribution partnership with Rubadub we are very proud to announce a limited edition run of the Disting mk4. This Disting mk4 features a face-plate designed by artist, Andrew Beltran, and draws its inspiration from a topographic map of the Scottish highlands. Each one will ship with some very special Scottish gifts.

Place your order here.

ES-8 now includes Bitwig 8-Track


We're excited to announce that the ES-8 USB Audio Interface module now comes with a free licence for Bitwig 8-Track.

"Bitwig 8-Track, the trim and effective digital audio workstation to start producing, performing, and designing sounds like a pro. 8-Track includes the entire collection of Bitwig Studio devices for use on up to eight project tracks with audio or MIDI. Also included, the Bitwig Essentials Package, a versatile selection of presets and sounds handpicked from the flagship Bitwig Studio Library. Connect your controller, record your instrument, produce simple arrangements, design new sounds, or just jam."

T-shirt competition winner

Congratulations to Colin Selstrom who won our disting mk4 giveaway competition at Superbooth '18!

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FH-2 demos from Superbooth





Superbooth '18

Expert Sleepers are at Superbooth '18, May 3rd-5th. We'll be at booth H251, showing the new FH-2 and Select Bus breakout modules, as well as most of the rest of our line (including more disting mk4's than you usually see in one place).

Come and say hello if you're there!

Announcing the FH-2 'factotum'

Expert Sleepers FH-1

Based on three years of valuable feedback from the Expert Sleepers customer base we are very proud to announce the successor to the FH-1, the FH-2!

The FH-2 is an 8HP Eurorack module combining the following functions:

  • MIDI to CV conversion including polyphonic and MPE operation.
    • The FH-2 is simultaneously a USB MIDI host, a USB MIDI device, and also supports traditional 5-pin DIN MIDI (via breakout).
  • Clock generation and synchronisation.
    • MIDI clock (in and out), analogue clock (in and out), or internal clock (BPM or tap tempo).
  • LFO generation, including tempo-synced LFOs.
  • Arpeggiator.
  • Step sequencer.

The FH-2 will launch at Superbooth '18, and is expected to arrive in stores early June 2018.

MSRP: UK £249 (inclusive of VAT), US $299 (exclusive of sales tax), EU €239 (exclusive of VAT)

Down To The Wire presentation

On 11th April 2018, Os of Expert Sleepers travelled down to Elevator Sound (Bristol) to give a presentation, which is now available to watch online.

Nearly two hours of demos, covering Silent Way and various Expert Sleepers interfacing options, as well as the disting mk4 and General CV modules.


disting mk4 firmware v4.6 released

Version 4.6 of the disting mk4 firmware is now released. This adds a stereo noise gate algorithm and two new LFOs, as well as a large number of smaller enhancements and fixes.

Download the new firmware from here.





T-shirts available - Superbooth prize draw

Expert Sleepers t-shirts are available again for a limited time only. There's a choice of short or long sleeve, with a choice of colours for each, including "none more orange".

What's more, we're linking this to a prize draw. Visit the Expert Sleepers booth at Superbooth 2018 to be entered into a prize draw to win a disting mk4!

Visit Mercht to place your order.


General CV firmware v1.3 released

Version 1.3 of the General CV firmware is now released. This adds two new modes, 'Granular' and 'Shepard/Risset', and a variety of useful enhancements.

Download the new firmware from here.





disting mk4 firmware v4.5 released

Version 4.5 of the disting mk4 firmware is now released. This adds four new sample playback modes, as well as some minor enhancements and fixes.

Download the new firmware from here.






Silent Way v2.7.0 released

Silent Way v2.7.0 is released (all platforms and plug-in formats).

Changes in this version:
  • Added support for microtonal tunings via Scala files to SW Voice Controller.
  • Added an ‘Any Note’ parameter to SW Trigger.
  • VST3 versions now support all MIDI CCs (e.g. for SW Learner input, or for transmission as MIDI by SW ES-4 Controller).
  • Fixed a problem where the UI would freeze when closing the plug-in window under macOS 10.13 “High Sierra”.
  • Fixed the range of the ‘Input To Gates’ knobs in SW ES-5 Controller.

Download now from the downloads page.

Plug-in releases for High Sierra compatibility

The following plug-ins are updated for compatibility with macOS 10.13 "High Sierra":

Augustus Loop v2.4.7
Crossfade Loop Synth v3.2.10
Little Spacey v1.1.4
Meringue v2.1.4
Minky Starshine v1.1.4
Oomingmak v1.1.5
Spectral Conquest v1.0.8
Warbler v1.2.3
USAMO v1.0.12

Download now from the downloads page.

General CV firmware v1.2 released

Version 1.2 of the General CV firmware is now released. This adds a new mode, 'Additive', and some important enhancements, notably the ability to remap CV inputs to your own choice of parameters, and to redefine the effect of the Mod Wheel.

Download the new firmware from here.





Expert Sleepers at NAMM '18

While we will not ourselves be at NAMM this year, our modules will be there.

The ES-8 will be visible on the Bitwig stand (booth #10706), being used to demonstrate DAW interaction with modular systems.

The disting mk4 and General CV will be in the Mordax Systems rack (booth #10702), joining in with the fun.

Please let us know if you see Expert Sleepers products elsewhere!

Issues with macOS "High Sierra"

The most recent update to macOS 10.13 "High Sierra" appears to have introduced an issue which causes hangs when closing the UI of Expert Sleepers plug-ins. We are working around this and will update all the plug-ins soon. In the meantime there is a beta release of Silent Way to address this issue here.