I am super stoked to announced that customers in the US can now order SoundForce products from Perfect Circuit (Burbank, CA). With great advantages such as free shipping (above 99$), easy returns and an extended warranty. Of course you can order online (https://www.perfectcircuit.com), but they also have a brick and mortar shop in Burbank, so you can try the products there before purchasing if you are in the area.
All the preorders have shipped last week. So far the feedback is excellent. Both products are now in stock and usually shipping within a week. I have few dedicated customers that ordered the full product line-up. I will post pictures of their setup when I receive them, first one is below.
This 14/15/16 of June I will get plenty of modular action. I am going to 3 events that are organised by dedicated and passionated people.
On Friday the 14th, there is an event in my hometown of Enschede, in the Netherlands. We have a great little of community of syntheads. Last edition was a lot of fun. It takes place in the sickhouse, an old Hospital building where all sort of cool underground and art things are going on. Link to event.
On Saturday, I will travel to Belgium (my country originally) to participate to the PULSE festival. There is a great live line-up and a nice makers maker. It sounds very promising, there is a second hand market and some interest for DIYers. Link to event.
On Sunday, I have the opportunity to present my modules at the Square Wave modular improvisation session in Deventer, The Netherlands. Link to event.
The SoundForce DCO is an oscillator for Eurorack based on the architecture of the Juno-60/106 oscillator section. It is a modern homage to that sound using technology from the future. It provides true analog waveforms with digital stability.
A DCO is not an all-analog VCO but also not a digital oscillator. It’s an hybrid design that combines the best of both. Similarly to many VCO’s, the DCO generates its core waveform, the saw wave, by charging a capacitor in an op-amp integrator configuration. A VCO will restart the waveform cycle when the signal has reached its maximum amplitude. But the DCO starts an new cycle when a micro-controller, a small computer chip, commands it to. The micro-controller also controls the rate at which the capacitor is charging, hence the frequency of the oscillator. As with a digital oscillator, the DCO acquires the CV input voltages and turns them into numbers that will later set the frequency of the oscillator. This is done inside the micro-controller using 16 bits sigma-delta analog to digital converters. All signals are true analog signals. The PULSE wave is derived from the SAW wave using a comparator and the SUB oscillators are generated using a flip-flop IC. Furthermore, the use of a very modern micro-controller with built-in 32 bits timers have improved the frequency accuracy a lot compared to the original design.
If you want to dive deeper in the technicalities of DCOs, check out this video from GOLT! : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mqY6cVJS9fo
The SoundForce DCO features 10 slide pots (faders) reminiscent of the Roland synths. 5 sound sources are available: SAW, PULSE, SUB1 (1 octave lower), SUB2 (2 octaves lower) and NOISE. The built-in mixer allows you to mix them together using the faders and the MIX output jack. The PULSE has manual pulse width control, as well as PWM with a CV input and an attenuator. An FM input is also available with an attenuator. The oscillator can be hard synced to another oscillator using the SYNC input.
– Frequency range : 20Hz – 14kHz
– Depth: 24mm (+ power connector)
– Power: +12V 82mA, -12V 26mA
– V/OCT input range -3 to 7V
– FM input range -5V to 5V
– PWM input range -5V to 5V
Price and availability:
The module will be shown on the SoundForce booth next week at Superbooth (booth O501) along with some more upcoming modules. It’s available right now to pre-order at 229 euros (189 euros outside of Europe) on the SoundForce webshop. It will be shipping in June.
New sign for Superbooth 2019 with led lights and everything! Come check it out at booth O501, where Thonk used to be last year. It’s just next to the pace where you can get the delicious pretzels… Also my neighbour will be Malekko!
Hello stranger and welcome to my website. My name is Nicolas and SoundForce is my company. It started in 2014 with a simple idea: wouldn’t it be cool to control software synthesizers with dedicated controllers? For the first time, I combined my Electrical Engineering background with my love for computer music. My first product was the SFC-60, a controller for the TAL U-NO-LX Juno-60 plugin. Back then, everything was made by me and by hand. Since then, I have developed 4 different models and improved design and manufacturing drastically.
In April 2016, I ordered my first Eurorack DIY kit from Thonk.co.uk. I was hooked instantly and started to build my own case, my own utility modules, few Mutable modules and started (too) many projects. At the time, I was working in local FabLab and could easily mill PCBs, laser front panels and CNC some Eurorack cases. This led to a couple of DIY products in 2017, such as Clocky and the 808 Kick and Snare. In 2018, I worked on the first Eurorack assembled module, the DCO, a modern homage to the Juno-60/106 oscillator section. For Superbooth 2019, the DCO is announced as well as some other upcoming modules.
Prior to starting SoundForce, I worked as an Industrial Programming Engineer as well as in the music business as an engineer/producer/composer. Both experiences never really fulfilled my expectations completely. Merging my both backgrounds was the best choice I ever made.