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Announcing the SFC-1

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Not a 1st April joke ๐Ÿ˜‰

SoundForce presents a new model to its dedicated USB-MIDI controllers product line: the SFC-1, a controller especially designed for the fantastic u-heโ€™s Repro-1 plugin. See the SFC-1 product page : here.

Features
With a whopping total of 51 pots, 41 slide switches and 6 tactile switches, you can control every single MIDI-mappable parameter of the plugin in analog fashion. The awesome effect chain is also fully-covered on the bottom section of the controller.

Every control is assigned to a default CC number, but that can be changed using our control panel app in Google Chrome. A shift button unlocks an alternative channel for each pot, allowing you to control potentially 51 extra parameters. Even more user-specific controls are possible with the extra set of user-assignable switches and pots.

Build quality
The enclosure is made of 100% sheet metal. The case is made of bent steel and powder coated in black. The front panel is aluminium, also powder coated and screen printed with scratch-proof white ink. Please note that the final product will have a plain black powder coat, not structured like the pictures are showing. Discrete and minimalistic wooden pieces of 6 mm thickness are added to the sides. Dimensions are: 380 mm x 173 mm x 55 mm (Length x Width x Height).

The SFC-1 is a boutique controller manufactured in small batches in the Netherlands. A lot of operations are still performed by hand and automation is used when possible to improve quality and processes.

Shipping & pricing
The controller will start to ship in June. You can come check it out at Prolight+Sound/Musikmesse in Frankfurt (on Thursday and Friday only, in Hall 8 Booth B10 – Audio Maker Square) and Superbooth in Berlin (Booth O501). 100 pieces will be made in the first batch. The price will be 329 euros including VAT for EU-customers and 271 euros outside the EU. Pre-order now on the webshop.

3 other SoundForce MIDI controllers are still currently available : SFC-Mini (for Minimoog plugins), SFC-60 (for the TAL Juno 60 emulation plugin) and SFC-5 (for the P5 plugins).

Superbooth 2019 Countdown starting – 10 weeks

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We’re 10 weeks away from Superbooth 2019 and the race to finish up the new products has started. This year will be amazing I am sure, last year was totally worth. If you are considering to go as a visitor, you should totally do it if you can.

I will be showing the new mystery controller as well as at least 3 new fully-assembled commercial eurorack modules. And I have a really neat new location, at the beginning of the hallway at the top of the big staircase.

New controller prototype enclosure

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Update from GRAWART, the prototype enclosure for the new controller is manufactured this week. So far it fits all nicely together. It’s a sheet metal enclosure with aluminum all around. First time doing this, this is an improvement on the previous generations controllers.

New controller in the making

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I’ve been working on different new products for a while now and finally made real progress on the next controller. This thing will be a beast with more than 100 controls . The enclosure will be an improvement on the actual line-up of controllers.

All controllers in stock

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The 3 controllers are now in stock. My partners did a great job. The PCBs are soldered to perfection and the front panels are really gorgeous.

Orders are shipping usually within a week.

New DIY Eurorack projects available

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I added the product pages for 2 new cool DIY projects. They are digital Eurorack Modules. Clocky is an Arduino-nano based clock divider/multipler. The second module is the STM32DUINO dual trigger to CV, a very powerful little module for modulation purposes with firmwares for dual LFO and ADSR. Both modules have Arduino compatible open-source firmwared that you can hack and change to your linking. It’s all through-hole so easy to build and I am making tutorial videos to explain the hardware and software. Available in the webshop now!

MIDI controllers : manufacturing update

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Hi there,

I got updates from the electronics assembly as well as the front and back panel manufacturer.

The soldering of the PCBs are starting this week and Grawart (http://grawart.pl/) are working on the first samples of front and back panels for the SFC-5. When the samples are approved they will go on with the whole batch. For the SFC-60 and SFC-Mini, I found 3 different companies : one to cut the metal, another powder coating and then a last one to do screen printing. It was cheap but took so much time to pick up stuff and prepare the material for the next step. Also, most powder coating companies are used to do rough and quick jobs, while front panels need a huge amount of patience and care. I have some panels I cannot use from the SFC-60 and Mini because they are not perfect. I am positive that Grawart can deliver perfection based on what I have seen at Superbooth.

Without any major issues, the controllers should be shipping at the beginning of July.

Cheers,
Nicolas