February 2017 sees the launch of the "ES-5 mk3". Functionally
equivalent to the ES-5 mk2, the mk3 adds illuminated jack sockets,
and matches the look of the ES-8 and the other
The ES-5 is an expansion module for the Expert Sleepers ES-3 Lightpipe/CV
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 six expansion modules e.g. the
The ES-5's specifications are as follows:
- Panel width: 4HP
- Module depth: 49mm
- Digital input: connection from ES-3 module
- Analogue outputs: 8x 3.5mm jacks, DC-coupled
- Output voltages: 0V/5V
- Indicators: LED per channel
- Current draw: 8mA on the +12V rail, 0mA on the -12V rail (8mA
The front panel is drilled for both Doepfer and Analogue Systems
mounting holes (using a 'slot' rather than a single round hole).
The power connector is a Doepfer standard 16 way IDC, with -12V
furthest from the top of the board.
Note that connection to the ES-3 is by a simple plug-in cable
for the ES-3 mk2 only. The original ES-3 requires some soldering to
add the required connections.
For more detail, please see the user
From February 2014, the ES-5 is shipping in a revised "mk2"
form, matching the look of the ESX-8GT mk2.
There are no functional differences between the ES-5 mk1 and
Unlike the ES-3 itself, the
ES-5 requires particular software in order to generate meaningful
output signals. Currently, the only such software is the 'ES-5
Controller' plug-in, part of Expert Sleepers Silent Way,
and our Max/MSP external (see below).
Silent Way is available in AudioUnit and VST formats for Mac OS
X and Windows. Use of Silent Way therefore requires a compatible
host application (DAW). For Pro Tools users, Silent Way is known to
work with the FXpansion VST-RTAS wrapper.
A Silent Way licence is not included with the ES-5 - however,
the ES-5 Controller plug-in functions in a licence-free mode, so
ES-5 users are not forced to buy Silent Way. Such users can than
evaluate the rest of the Silent Way suite in demo mode.