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ES-6 mk2 CV/Lightpipe Interface

February 2017 sees the launch of the “ES-6 mk2”. Functionally equivalent to the original ES-6, the mk2 adds these improvements:

  • Illuminated jack sockets
  • Less HP
  • Less deep

The ES-6 is the counterpart to the ES-3 Lightpipe/CV Interface, offering up to 8 channels of CV input with output via an optical lightpipe connection.

The ES-6 itself has 6 input sockets; the remaining 2 channels are provided by an expansion module e.g. the ES-7.

Please note that a connected ES-3 is required for operation. The ES-6 gets its clock signals from the ES-3, which derives them from its lightpipe input.

Specifications

The ES-6’s specifications are as follows:

  • Panel width: 6HP
  • Module depth: 52mm
  • Sync input: connection from ES-3 module
  • Analogue inputs: 6x 3.5mm jacks, DC-coupled
  • Input voltage range: ±10V
  • Input impedance: effectively infinite (FET buffer)
  • Digital output: optical, ADAT Lightpipe standard
  • A/D conversion: 24 bit, 103dB SNR typical
  • Expansion
    • Header for connecting expansion modules e.g. the ES-7
  • Current draw: 67mA on the +12V rail, 24mA on the -12V rail (91mA total)

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.

Other modules by Expert Sleepers | ES-1 (Jack) | ES-1 (DB25) | ES-2-2 | ES-3 mk4 Lightpipe/CV Interface | ES-4 SPDIF/CV Interface (black aluminium) | ESX-8GT Gate Expander for ES-4/ES-5 | ES-40 SPDIF Interface | ESX-4CV CV Expander | ES-5: expander for ES-3 | ESX-8GT Gate Expander mk3 | DJ-1000 MIDI/3.5mm Jack | ESX-8CV CV Expander | ES-7 CV Input Expander | DJ-1200 DINsync/3.5mm Jack | ES-5 mk3 | Floating Ring Cables | ESX-8MD mk2 | Disting mk4 | FH-1 (USB MIDI Host) | FHX-1 (expander for FH-1) | ES-8 USB Audio Interface