Expert Sleepers release Silent Way suite of plug-ins 30/06/09
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Expert Sleepers have announced the release of Silent Way, a suite of plug-ins designed for use as part of a modular analogue synthesiser system. The plug-ins produce no sound themselves, nor do they process sound - rather, they generate signals to be used as control voltages (CVs), which can be patched into the control inputs of oscillators, filters, VCAs etc. of an analogue system.
There are currently two plug-ins in the Silent Way suite - Silent Way DC and Silent Way Voice Controller. These are described in more detail below. It is anticipated that more plug-ins will be added to the suite in the future.
All plug-ins also feature
full MIDI and OSC control.
sample-accurate handling of MIDI note messages.
Silent Way DC
Silent Way DC is a simple plug-in that generates constant output signals. It is intended to be used in conjunction with parameter automation (via MIDI or directly by the host application) to generate varying signals. For example, you could use it as an LFO where you draw out the LFO waveform in your host's parameter automation GUI. Silent Way Voice Controller
Silent Way Voice Controller is a virtual instrument plug-in designed to directly control an analogue synthesiser by generating the appropriate CV and gate signals via an appropriate audio interface.
By listening to the synthesiser's output signal, the plug-in is able to calibrate itself to generate the appropriate pitch CV for the incoming MIDI notes.
As well as the basic pitch and gate signals, the plug-in can generate three multi-stage envelope CVs which you can feed to VCAs, VCFs etc. in your synth. Silent Way On YouTube
This video shows the Expert Sleepers Silent Way plug-ins controlling an Analogue Systems RS Integrator modular synth. The plug-ins are running in Ableton Live. The audio interface is a MOTU Ultralite Mk3.
The Silent Way Voice Controller is generating the pitch and gate CVs; the Silent Way DC plug-in is generating an LFO via Live's parameter automation, which is controlling the waveshape input of the RS-95 oscillator.
Pricing and Availability:
Silent Way is available immediately in Mac OS X Audio Unit format, priced at $49. Mac and Windows VST formats to follow.