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Expert Sleepers Disting EX

¥57,900 (Tax excluded ¥ 52,636)
The strongest Disting with special features that go beyond just two Distings

Format: Eurorack
Width: 8HP
Depth: 50mm
Current: 229mA @ + 12V, 50mA @ -12V
Manual and latest firmwarehereYou can download from.

* 32GB micro SD card with Spitfire Audio or Goldbaby sample pack is also included

MUSICAL FEATURES

Super Disting EX Plus Alpha Disting EX is a versatile module packed with a large number of utility functions.Distinguished mk4 It is an evolutionary system of.It can be operated as two independent Distings or as a single high-performance module.In addition to the audio samples, wavetables, and presets on the MicroSD card that came with the module,Expert Sleepers websiteAdditional content provided in is also available.

  • Disting Mk4 Operates as two units (dual mode).In this case, the difference from Disting EX's Disting mk4 is that the sample rate upper limit (96 kHz in EX), RAM increased, and the sample trigger latency dropped to 700 uS. In EX, the display is OLED.
  • It operates as a stand-alone high-performance module (single mode).You can use algorithms that are not available in regular Disting, such as Matrix Mixer, Augustus Loop, Polyphonic Sample Player, etc.

HOW TO USE

Basic operation

The Disting EX has 6 analog inputs and 4 analog outputs and is designed with a DC coupling to accommodate any Eurorack signal approximately ± 10V wide.The inputs are the jacks labeled with numbers on a white background, and the outputs are the four jacks at the bottom of the module. The Disting mk4's Z, X, Y, A, B are also labeled orange. Disting EX has two rotary encoders (P and V, usually for'Parameter'and'Value') and two rotary knobs (L and R, left and right), all four controls are push-push. It also has a button function.

In the Disting mk4, the Z knob and Z jack are always linked, and the Z jack LED indicates the combination of knob value and jack signal.This is true in Disting EX dual mode, but in single mode the knobs are completely independent of the jack, so the jack LED only shows the input signal.

Menu

Many of the module's non-real-time features are accessed through menus.Press "P" in single mode and "P" and "V" at the same time in dual mode to enter the menu.On the menu screen, scroll the item with "P" and click to select it (if the menu is a submenu, it goes down to the next menu hierarchy). Click "V" to go up one menu level, and press and hold to return to the normal screen from the menu screen.

Single mode and dual mode

The Disting EX is designed based on the Disting mk4 and can basically be used as two Disting mk2s with a shared display (dual mode).The difference from Disting mk4 in this case is that the sample rate upper limit (96kHz in EX), RAM is increased, and the latency of the sample trigger is reduced to 700uS.In EX, the display is OLED.on the other hand,In single mode, the module operates as a single high-performance module and executes Disting EX's unique algorithm.Switch modesSelect either "Algorithms"> "Choose single" or "Enter dual mode" from the menu screen.

Single mode concept --Presets and mappings are the basic elements that define the behavior of single-mode algorithms.presetIs the state of the algorithm's parameters, a set of numbers that control how the algorithm works.For example, the delay time of a delay effect or the selection of a sample file in a WAV playback algorithm.mappingDefines how parameters are controlled from various control sources such as MIDI and i2c centered around the module's CV input.

Dual mode preset ――You can save and load presets on the left and right as well as Disting mk4, but the number of available slots has increased to 256.Also, from the main menu, you can save and load the "Dual preset" that allows you to save all the left and right parameters.

Presets

Disting EX presets store the following information:

  • Preset name
  • Current algorithm
  • Algorithm parameters
  • Mappings loaded when loading presets
  • Current parameters
  • Selected "Z" function (dual algorithm)
  • Any filename / folder name used by the algorithm (single algorithm)

Presets can be stored in the module's flash memory, MicroSD card, or both.It is also possible to save all 256 presets to a MicroSD card at once.All preset functions are accessed via the "Presets" menu in the top menu hierarchy.

Mappings

The mapping stores all the information about how the parameters of the algorithm are controlled by CV or MIDI.Mappings are treated differently than presets because they are changed less frequently than presets.Mappings can also be stored in the module's flash memory, MicroSD card, or both.Flash memory has 64 mapping slots.It is also possible to save 64 mappings to a MicroSD card.All mapping functions are accessed via the "Mappings" menu in the top menu hierarchy.For all types of mapping, only the first 64 parameters of the algorithm can be mapped.

CV mapping

By using CV mapping, you can control the parameters of the algorithm from the 6 CV inputs of the module.You can assign all parameters to one CV input at the same time and set the response of each parameter to that CV individually. CV mapping offsets manually set values.That is, the parameter value calculated from the CV voltage is added to the value set with the P and V knobs.When switching to the new algorithm, some CV mappings may be set by default.Even for parameters that do not have a valid CV mapping set by default, the CV scaling is set properly so that you can control the parameter in a proper way simply by enabling the CV input, which is usually the case. Maps the ± 5V range over the entire parameter range.On the mapping edit screen, use the P knob to move the cursor and the V or R knob to adjust the cursor value.The cursor positions are the following five.

  • Parameter number --Select the mapping of the parameter you want to edit.
  • input --Select the CV input you want to use.
  • CV polarity --Select Bipolar if you want to use both positive and negative CV voltages, and Unipolar if you want to use only the positive.
  • Whether to treat CV as a gate --Select "Norm" to treat it as a normal CV, and select "Gate" to treat it as a gate.In gate type mapping, the maximum and minimum values ​​of the parameter are switched at the input of 1V or more.
  • CV scaling --Set the relationship between the incoming voltage and the parameter value.For example, when CV input 20.0 controls the input level with 4% / V scaling, the input level becomes 5% with 100V CV.

Knob mapping

Knob mapping allows you to control algorithm parameters from the module's L and R knobs.All parameters can be assigned to one knob at the same time, and the response of each parameter to the knob can be set individually.Knob mapping can offset manually set values ​​(the parameter values ​​calculated from the knobs are added to the preset values), or you can set the parameter values ​​directly.Some knob mappings may be set by default when switching to the new algorithm.Even for parameters that don't have knob mapping by default, the knob scaling is set properly, so simply enabling the knob will control the parameter properly and will usually map the knob to the full range of parameters. ..On the mapping edit screen, use the P knob to move the cursor and the V or R knob to adjust the cursor value.The cursor positions are the following six.

  • Parameter number --Select the mapping of the parameter you want to edit.
  • Knob --Select the knob you want to use.Select a hyphen if you do not want to use it.
  • Offset the parameter value with the knob (""Rel "Is relative mode) or set directly ("Abs "Is absolute mode).
  • KnobUnipolar(Range 0 to 1) orBipolarIs it (range ± 1)?This is to make it easier to set the following scale and offset values.
  • Of the knoboffset, And ↓
  • Of the knobス ケ ー ル..These two values ​​define the relationship between the knob position and the value set in the mapping.Values ​​are offset + K * scale, where K is a value in the range "2, 0" or "-1, 1" (depending on Uni / Bi settings).

Button mapping

With button mapping, you can control the parameters of the algorithm by pressing the "L" and "R" knobs on the module.All parameters can be assigned to one button at the same time, and the response of each parameter to that button can be set individually.Button mapping offsets manually set values.The parameter value from the button is added to the value set with the P and V knobs.On the mapping edit screen, use the P knob to move the cursor and the V or R knob to adjust the cursor value.The cursor positions are the following three.

  • Parameter number --Select the mapping of the parameter you want to edit.
  • ボ タ ン --Select the button you want to use.Select a hyphen if you do not want to use it.
  • offset --The value added to the target parameter when the button is pressed.

MIDI mapping

MIDI mapping allows you to control algorithm parameters with a MIDI Continuous Controller (CC).All parameters can be assigned to one CC at the same time, and the response of each CC to that CC can be set individually. MIDI mapping can be used to control modules from MIDI devices and MIDI controller software.As an example,hereThen.Touch OSCYou can see the convenient layout of. MIDI mapping sets the basic parameter values ​​just as if you manually changed the values ​​with the V knob.When you switch to the new algorithm, the default MIDI mapping will be applied and you will be controlling parameters 7 and above (all except the common Athenuberter parameters) with MIDI CC 7 and above. A range of CC values ​​from 0 to 127 is mapped to the entire range of parameter values.On the mapping edit screen, use the P knob to move the cursor and the V or R knob to adjust the cursor value.The cursor positions are the following six.

  • Parameter number --Select the mapping of the parameter you want to edit.
  • CC number --Select the MIDI CC number you want to use to control the parameters.
  • Enable / disable setting
  • CC is normal (Standard) Or symmetric (Sym). For Norm, the range 0-127 is mapped to the entire range set by the min & max settings below. If Sym is selected, the value 64 is mapped to the midpoint of the range, and values ​​above and below are scaled by half of the entire range.Symmetrical mapping is suitable for parameters that have a range of two poles centered on zero (eg panning position) and is useful if you want the center to be exactly zero when the MIDI value is 64.
  • minimum value, And ↓
  • Maximum parameter value.

Press the P knob while editing a MIDI mapping to enter "MIDI Learn" mode. After enabling Learn, the first CC received by the module will be assigned to the current mapping. There is also a setting whether or not the mapping set in Learn automatically cancels other mappings that use the same CC. Press the P knob again to cancel Learn.Disting EX can also use MIDI mapping in reverse to send parameter changes back to the device / software that controls them.This is enabled in the "Send CCs" settings (below).The choices are "Off", "On preset load", "On parameter change", and "Both".

I2C mapping

I2C mapping allows you to control the parameters of the algorithm via the I2C bus.All parameters can be assigned to one I2C controller at the same time, and the response of each parameter to that controller can be set individually. I2CThe mapping sets the basic parameter values ​​just as if you manually changed the values ​​with the V knob.When you switch to the new algorithm, the default I2C mapping is applied, controlling I2C controllers 0 and above to parameters 7 and above (all except the common Athenuverter parameter).The controller range 0-16383 is mapped to the full range of parameter values.On the mapping edit screen, use the P knob to move the cursor and the V or R knob to adjust the cursor value.The cursor positions are the following six.

  • Parameter number --Select the mapping of the parameter you want to edit.
  • Controller number --Select the I2C controller used to control the parameters.
  • Enabled / disabledsettings of
  • CC is normal (Standard) Or symmetric (Sym). For Norm, the range 0-16383 is mapped to the entire range set by the min & max settings below. If Sym is selected, the value 8192 is mapped to the midpoint of the range, and values ​​above and below are scaled by half of the entire range.Symmetrical mapping is suitable for parameters that have a range of two poles centered on zero (eg panning position) and is useful if you want the center to be exactly zero when the controller value is 8192.
  • minimum value, And ↓
  • Maximum parameter value.

Press the P knob while editing the I2C mapping to enter "I2C Learn" mode. After enabling Learn, the first I2C controller received by the module will be assigned to the current mapping. There is also a setting whether or not the mapping set in Learn automatically cancels other mappings that use the same controller. Press the P knob again to cancel Learn.

Load mapping

Read the mapping from flash memory. Use the P knob to select a mapping slot.The mapping name will be displayed at the bottom of the screen, or "Empty" will be displayed if the slot is empty.It also shows the algorithm in which the mapping was saved. 

Save mapping

Saves the current module mapping state to flash memory. Use the P knob to select a mapping slot.If the slot is not empty, the mapping name and algorithm will be displayed.

Reset mapping

Resets the current mapping to its initial state (current algorithm).

Name mapping

Edit the current mapping name.It is useful to edit the mapping before saving it. Use the P knob to move the cursor, and the V or R knob to edit the cursor character.

Lord from SD card

Read the mapping from the MicroSD card. Use the P knob to select the mapping file you want to load.The mapping file is stored at the top level of the card or in a folder.If the folder contains files, you will also see (folder) in addition to the name you can select with the P knob. You can enter the folder by pressing the P knob and browse the internal mapping files. Select <..> to return to the parent folder.

Save to SD Card

Save the current mapping to a file on the SD card.The file is placed in the root folder and the filename is automatically generated from the mapping name.

Lord All from SD Card

Read the "All Mappings" file from the MicroSD card.Note that this feature replaces all mappings stored in flash memory with a file that reads from the card. Use the P knob to select the mapping file to load.

Save All to SD Card

Saves all mappings in flash memory to a file on the MicroSD card.The file is placed in the root folder and the file name is "ALL" .dexmappings ".Is an increasing number to identify the file name.

Single Mode Algorithms

Here, we will introduce an algorithm unique to Disting EX.It is not possible to run multiple single-mode algorithms at the same time.Click the algorithm name to watch the explanation video of each algorithm.Parameter details for each algorithmmanualfor more information.

Matrix Mixer ――This flexible 6-input 4-output mixer is designed mainly for CV processing, but it can also handle audio signals.With this algorithm, it is possible to generate complex and dynamic mixing or CV by using CV mapping as well as static mixing.For example, by automating input and output offsets, you can generate four CVs that control patches in your system in a "macro" style.

Augustus loop --Same name as Expert Sleepers' early VST plug-in, this algorithm is a stereo delay inspired by tape delay.The maximum delay time that can be set by manual operation, tap tempo, or external clock is about 44 seconds.The speed of the tape can be changed via the CV, and patching the modulation can produce a variety of effects, from delicate detunes to extreme changes.You can also stop the tape or play it in reverse.Also, the Pitch CV input at input 5 changes the tape speed with 1V / Oct scaling.There are four tape read heads, each with an independent delay time and stereo position for a simple stereo delay / ping-pong delay / hybrid multi-tap delay.Inertia freeThe mode is related to the behavior of the algorithm when the delay time is changed by changing the master delay time, multiplier, or the four LLs, LRs, etc. When Inertia free mode is disabled, the effect behaves as if the physical tape head of the tape machine adjusts the read / write head gap along the tape. When Inertia free mode is enabled, the algorithm introduces a more subtle effect by crossfading between the old and new delay times.The crossfade time can be set with the "Inertia fade time" parameter.Also, the algorithm when Inertia free mode is enabled is limited to operation at 4kHz.

SD Multisample --This algorithm is an 8-voice polyphony sample player that plays WAV files from a MicroSD card. This algorithm, which can be set up to three CV / Gate input pairs or controlled via MIDI, supports both velocity switches and per-sample round-robin.Also, of the companyGeneral CVImplement a module-based code / arpeggio generator.The algorithm is based on the Disting mk4's J-6 Multisample Audio Playback, but offers more capabilities than the mk4's.The gate input is velocity responsive, and the voltage of the gate signal is treated like the velocity of a MIDI note, with a maximum velocity of 5V.Also, the algorithm isLadderSupports microtonal tuning using software. --- Explainer video 2

SD6 Triggers --Designed primarily for playing drum samples, this algorithm provides 6 voices with independent trigger inputs and sample selection. It has more capabilities than Disting mk4's "I-8 Dual Audio Playback with Z-Speed" and supports velocity switches and sample-by-sample round-robin.The gate input of this algorithm is also velocity responsive, treating the voltage of the gate signal like the velocity of a MIDI note. 5V corresponds to the maximum velocity.Each input triggers each voice, such as triggering to input 1 triggers voice 1.

WAV Recorder --This algorithm records audio (or CV) as a WAV file on a MicroSD card.Up to 6 channels of audio can be recorded at 48 or 96kHz, 16 or 24-bit.Various WAV playback algorithms offer even more possibilities, but you can also play back previous recordings.It also implements an "Auto Sampler" feature that automatically captures multiple samples. --- Explainer video 2

Multi Switch --This algorithm provides 6 highly configurable sequential / VC switches. Disting EX is designed with DC coupling, so it can handle both audio and CV.Each switch consists of two parts, an "Input sub-switch" that selects the six inputs of the module and an "Output sub-switch" that selects the four outputs of the module, and the selected input is the selected output. Will be routed to.If multiple switches share the same output, their signals will be added together.In addition, each sub-switch can be cross-faded at the time of migration, shortening the fade prevents click sound at the time of migration, and setting it longer allows blending between sources.The switch can be controlled via the CV input or with one of the Macro parameters controlled by knobs / buttons / MIDI / i6c.

Looper --This algorithm provides four simultaneously usable loopers with two buttons, Record / Overdub and Play, found in many effect pedal loopers.The looper can operate in 2/4 / 8-bit and monaural / stereo, and the maximum loop time can be adjusted by setting.By default, 16-bit monaural has a maximum time of about 32 seconds for each of the four loops.The inputs and outputs of each looper can be flexibly set, allowing each to share I / O, assign their own I / O to each, or set in between.It also has an output mix control that can be used to monitor each loop and the input mix.Each loop, and overdubbing, can be crossfaded, all designed to easily create smooth ambient loops.All of these loop creation processes can be synchronized to the clock input.Each loop can also be played in the opposite direction and at half the speed (one octave down).

Dream Machine --Inspired by the theory of American contemporary musician La Monte Young, this algorithm is designed for drone creation and enables the quest for non-traditional harmonies based on prime ratios.The output is a combination of five notes, consisting of a fundamental and four harmonies.The prime ratio, which defines the relationship between each frequency, is controlled by parameters.The algorithm uses wavetable synthesis to generate the tone.The fundamental tone can also be set to a pure sine wave / triangular wave / square wave.Each tone implements a simple attack / release envelope controlled by its own gate parameters.

Filter Bank --This algorithm provides a bank of eight parallel stereo bandpass filters / resonators.The level of each filter can be controlled manually and via a CV or an envelope activated at the input gate.Each pitch can also be set manually / CV / MIDI.It also has eight built-in LFOs that can be applied to each filter level.Resonators are especially suitable for playing as chords via MIDI, such as the Alesis Quadraverb Plus.The filter can be set to resonator / bandpass / multiband.The resonator is an all-pass filter with peaks that greatly emphasizes the narrow band around the center frequency.Bandpass filters are a basic type of filter that attenuates bands away from the center frequency.All eight filters are completely independent in either of the above modes.However, in multi-band mode, the filter frequency sets a series of crossover points, similar to a multi-band compressor.Therefore, the frequencies that pass through each band are limited by the frequency of its own on the one hand and by the frequency of the next band on the other.

Poly Wavetable --This algorithm is a complete 8-voice polyphonic synthesizer with a wavetable oscillator.Each voice has two envelopes, a filter, an LFO, and a delay and chorus effect.The algorithm can be played equally with CV / Gate or MIDI. When using CV / Gate, the gate input is velocity responsive.Automatic code generation and an arpeggiator are also provided.The output can be stereo or mono mix, or each voice can have its own output.Also, the algorithm isLadderSupports microtonal tuning using.

Granualtor --This algorithm, which implements the Granular Synthesis Engine, can be used as a source material for either real-time audio input or audio read from a MicroSD card.Granular synthesis works by playing "grains," which are typically short pieces of sound, about 100 milliseconds.Often, various grain properties such as timing / length / pitch / stereo pan are randomized to some extent.In this algorithm, grain generation is controlled by notes.Notes can be input to the engine via CV / Gate pair or MIDI / i2c like Poly Wavetable etc., control the start and end timing of the grain cloud, and other other such as grain pitch. It also affects functionality.The algorithm also provides three "drone" voices that can be easily enabled with a regular parameter interface.If you want to use the algorithm as an audio processing effect, you can have one or more of these drones enabled and manipulate other grain parameters.As with any algorithm, you can choose between 3 and 1 CV / Gate pairs for playing notes. By reducing the selection of CV / Gate pairs, you can have more inputs to map to the parameter's CV control (0 pair of CV / Gate by default).Note that the algorithm will not work until you record the audio or read the audio from the MicroSD card.

Multi FX --This algorithm is a flexible stereo multi-effect unit that allows you to use EQ / pitch effect / delay / reverb at the same time.In addition, the internal sampling frequency of the DSP can be changed by providing the Variable Sample Rate function that can be applied creatively.

Dual Mode Algorithms

Below is an algorithm that runs in dual mode and is not implemented in Disting mk4.

J-5 Oscilloscope --This algorithm implements a simple and convenient 2-channel oscilloscope. X and Y are two signal inputs, and a copy of the signal is output from A and B.In the display mode that can be set with parameter 2, you can select the display method from four types.

K-6 24dB / Oct VCF --This algorithm is a 4dB / Oct lowpass filter that emulates a 24-pole transistor ladder filter. X is the audio input and A and B are both audio outputs. Y is the cutoff frequency CV input of 1V / Oct response, Z is the resonance control, and self-oscillation is possible at high settings.

K-7 Delay Stereo --This algorithm has the same functions and parameters as the Disting mk4 "Stereo Clockable SD Delay", except that it does not use a MicroSD card, with a maximum delay time of 10.9 seconds.

K-8 Delay Stereo Clk --This algorithm also has the same functions and parameters as the Disting mk4 "Stereo Clockable SD Delay (Z clock)", except that it does not use a MicroSD card, with a maximum delay time of 10.9 seconds.

N-8 Dual VCO --This algorithm provides a dual wavetable VCO. X and Y are pitch inputs with 1V / Oct response, and 0V = C3 (about 130.81Hz). A and B are the corresponding VCO outputs, respectively, with parameter 0 selecting the wavetable. 

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