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Expert Sleepers – Now a Record Label

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Expert Sleepers – Now a Record Label

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Expert Sleepers are proud to announce their new record label, showcasing music made with Expert Sleepers hardware and software. Each release will have a sumptuously designed physical edition.

The debut release from Summer Kagan offers two sides of all-enveloping analog drone and bubbling synths – a palimpsest of tape recordings; deep layers of texture like a Rothko painting in sound.

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Expert Sleeper’s first release is from the Edinburgh-based producer Summer Kagan. Summer uses pretty much everything Expert Sleepers has to offer, combining the absolute precision of our sample-accurate triggering with the swathes of lush sound obtainable using Expert Sleepers audio processing.

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The physical edition is a translucent pink cassette, with jewel case and full-colored o-card, in a limited edition of 100.

To launch the album, and indeed the label, Expert Sleepers are live-streaming the whole album on Thursday, April 16th, 9 pm BST (GMT+1). Expert Sleepers actually going to play one of the cassettes live on air. Please join them at this link, or simply find it on the Expert Sleepers YouTube channel.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DQkpZIRxEcA

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Reel Life | Instruo Lubadh Part 02 | Grand Theft Audio

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Instruo Lubadh – Grand Theft Audio

With the Expert Sleepers ES-8 as an audio interface, I can basically grab and rip any audio on my PC so there’s a huge potential for samplers, granulators and loopers. But there’s also the risk of getting a copyright claim when you record/sample something that’s owned by a big name or label and decide to upload it. I know some artists have large teams protecting their works. The economy of music is changing and the audience expects music to be free. But you can’t create a great new album if you can’t even break even.

So if you ever copy original sound sources, make sure you use it fair and transformative.

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Tutorial Expert Sleepers ES8 + Native Instruments Reaktor

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Expert Sleepers ES8 + Native Instruments Reaktor

In my humble opinion, the personal computer (mac/pc) is the most powerful modular synth you can get. You’d need a wall of modules to get even close to that processing power. The ES-8 helps you utilize that power. It’s not cheap, but it can help you to start small – before you end up with that wall of modules.

ES-8 is a PC audio interface you can mount in a eurorack and share all kinds of analog and digital signals between the PC and the real world. It works well with a lot of ‘virtual modular’ applications like VCV-Rack, Softube & Reason. I picked Reaktor 6 because I own a license and barely used it except for exploring presets. There’s a lot to learn and discover here. So I kind of feel like Omri Cohen firing up VCV for the first time. I’ll definitely share some more videos about how to integrate Reaktor and the ES-8 (ES-9 is about the same, but includes speaker and headphone outputs).

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Eurorack Live Patch Explained – Drums and Samples

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Eurorack Live Patch Explained – Drums and Samples

Hey there! This is the second video of a three-part series explaining the patch on my eurorack modular synth for live performances. This time we’ll have a look at the parts of the patch responsible for drums and sample playback. Next week we go over how I clock and mix everything.

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