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SFC-5 V2 out now!

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SoundForce is announcing the release of the SFC-5 V2 MIDI controller. The SFC-5 is a boutique MIDI controller for Prophet-5 virtual instruments such as the Arturia Prophet V and the U-he Repro-5. The 2020 V2 model offers fantastic upgrades compared to the original V1 model: 100% sheet metal case, wobble-free metal shaft pots and walnut side panels.

Features
With 32 rotary pots and 28 switches, you can finally control your virtual instrument in an instinctive and fun way. Create better synth sounds easier and improve your overall experience. A couple of extra “user” controls let you control for instance your external FX plugins. The controller sends out standard MIDI cc messages and can be used with any software that is MIDI-mappable. A web-based control panel app allows the user to change the cc messages number for each control and save or load different configurations.

Build quality
The enclosure is made of 100% sheet metal and is manufactured by Grawart in Poland (http://www.grawart.pl). 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. Walnut wood side panels of 8mm thickness are fitted to both sides of the controller. The sides are made in Amsterdam by Rob Gould from http://www.gouldcaseworks.nl/

The SFC-5 V2 is a boutique-manufactured product assembled in small quantities in the Netherlands. A lot of operations are still performed by hand and automation is used when possible to improve quality and processes. The price is 299 euros incl VAT in the EU and 247 euros for customers outside the EU. You can order in the webshop. In the US, Perfect Circuit is selling the device for 280$ with free shipping! You can pre-order with confidence if the item is out of stock, as they always restock them quickly.

SFC-5 version 2 in development

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The stock of the original SFC-5 is now depleted in my webshop as well as at the suppliers. The product will come back very soon with the same front panel layout but an improved sheet metal enclosure (similar to the SFC-1) and beautiful walnut sides made in Amsterdam by Gould Case Works. A second run of test boards is being made at the moment, see image below.

A major improvement will be panel-mounted metal shafts pots that eliminates any kind of wobble. I used thousands of high quality plastic shaft pots with great succes and no failure so far. But it seemed that the user experience is highly improved when using more rigid pots. There will be a slight increase in the price due to the new metal enclosure and the metal shaft pot upgrade. The new price “should” be 299 euros incl VAT (original version was 249 euros incl VAT).

Introducing the Dual Filter

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I am happy to finally release the Dual Filter module for Eurorack.

The SoundForce Dual Filter is a 2-stage cascaded OTA design based on the late MS-20. The design has been fine-tuned with extended resonance control as well as a resonance CV input. Each filter can be either a 12dB/oct low-pass or 6dB/oct high-pass. To keep the module HPs on the low side, the filter mode setting is located on the back of the module. The module was designed to be a very affordable full-featured modern filter.

Highly efficient design:
This design attracted me very particularly due to its beautiful simplicity. With only 2 poles, it uses a total of 3 OTA ICs and 4 OP-AMP ICs for both filters even with the added resonance voltage control. Early on, efficiency and part counts were a focus during testing and development. In combination with automated manufacturing and a very short supply chain, the module has a very high quality standard at a very affordable price. The module uses only A-brand ICs and passive and no costs were cut during purchasing.

Price and availability:
It’s available right now to order at 149 euros (123 euros outside of Europe) on the SoundForce webshop, Signal Sounds and Mattech Modular.