Sonicbytes EST has been updated to v1.0.1. This update adds new features, which are primarily designed to enable use of EST as an pure instrument in addition to its step-sequencer capabilities. New play-modes transform EST into a 12-layer sampler/synth-combination with potential for creating living, rhythmical instruments and arpeggios. The beat-slicing capabilities have also been improved.

New features:
  • Instrument and Arpeggio mode.
  • Sample to Slot batch conversion (complete directories).
  • Filter Cutoff and Resonance step-inertia for smooth automation.
  • Slot browser in piano-roll and drum-grid.
  • Cool hit-modes for Beat-slicing and Pass-Through-Sample issues.
  • Noise oscillator and Ring modulation mix-mode in the OSC section.
  • Additional LFO waveforms RND and S&H.
  • Extended clipboard commands (copy/cut/paste triggers together with value-rows).
  • Better mouse handling (customizable grid) for automation rows.
  • Many new presets, kits, slots and skins.
  • Reference Manual.


  • Loading of presets outside EST.
  • MIDI in channel is now handled correctly, even if no key-zone is defined.
  • Crash when alternately using ERA and EST.
  • Minor fixes.

Sonicbytes have also announced a collaboration with 7fan and they have released EST-BLOCK:01 which features 4 sample-kits plus various patterns for EST. EST-BLOCK:01 costs 4.99 EUR.


  • Eleven samples, mono and stereo, 16 bits 44 KHz, processed and ready to use.
  • Various patterns ready to put in action and perform in your tracks.
  • Patterns use many of EST features so they will help you to get more from EST.
  • You can use the patterns as a rhythmic basis and customize later the groove with your own sounds, or mix other Kits with other patterns.
  • The pack has a new colour schemes for EST, and other graphic goodies.


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