The ESX-8GT is an expansion module for the ES-4, ES-40 or ES-5, adding 8 on/off outputs for use as gates, triggers, clocks etc. from one expansion header.
The ES-4/5 Controller software (part of Expert Sleepers Silent Way) also allows the ESX-8GT outputs to be used for DIN sync or MIDI output* (note - not just MIDI clock output, but as an actual MIDI port, capable of sending any MIDI messages). Since these outputs are driven from an audio connection, they have sample-accurate timing, which no USB MIDI interface can claim. See the accessories page for the necessary cables. Note there is also the ESX-8MD module, which is dedicated to MIDI and DINsync duties.
* Note - the MIDI out feature is only officially supported at sample rates of 48kHz and above, though some users report success with specific hardware when running at 44.1kHz.
The ESX-8GT's specifications are as follows:
• Panel width: 4HP
• Module depth: 24mm
• Analogue outputs: 8x 3.5mm jacks, DC-coupled
• Output voltages: 0V/5V
• Indicators: LED per channel
• Current draw: None (the module is entirely passive)
The front panel is drilled for both Doepfer and Analogue Systems mounting holes (using a 'slot' rather than a single round hole).