Samples II announcement!

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SoundForce is releasing Samples II, a 5-channel 4-HP Eurorack USB Sample Player. Samples II is a follow-up of the Samples serie of modules, initially released back in 2020. Samples II can now play back and stream wave files directly from a USB memory stick giving users the flexibility to change samples, offering them extensive memory space and no wave file length limitation.

Samples II is now shipping directly from sound-force.nl at 199 euros (when incl 21% VAT), price might differ based on your location. There is also stock available or en route at Perfect Circuit (USA), Signal Sounds (UK), Cicada Sound (Canada), Schneiders Laden (Germany) and MIDI Amsterdam (The Netherlands).

For more information, check out the product page.

Releasing the SFC-OB MIDI controller

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Another Christmas miracle 🎉 The SFC-OB, my MIDI controller for OB-style synth plugins, is now ready to ship from sound-force.nl. Stock is on the way to the USA at Perfect Circuit with pre-order available soon. In the UK, Signal Sounds has stock. Units will ship to Canada to Cicada Sound next week. And Dupertuis in Switzerland will have stock soon as well.

As with previous controllers, users can enjoy 2-way integration using the latest Arturia OP-Xa V. This means that the controller interface can be updated when presets are changed in the plugin, when plugin instances are switched or even manually on demand. The controller even accounts for discrepancies between a plugin pot-position and a controller pot-position, and implements pick-up or smoothing modes to avoid juming values. This allows for an improved and tighthly integrated workflow. Other traditional 1-way MIDI CC mapping is available for the brand new GForce OB-X, SonicProjects OP-X PRO-II, DiscoDSP OB-Xd and Synapse Obsession. Those modes, even though more limited, still offer a fantastic new hands-on experience for virtual synth users.

The controller is assembled in The Netherlands with parts from Europe and Asia. It is built to last and withstand intense usage on tour and in the studio. SoundForce has an excellent track record for its controller line, with many units built and very little registered issues and repairs. The enclosure is made of 100% sheet metal and is manufactured by Grawart (http://www.grawart.pl). The case is made of bent steel and powder coated in black. The front panel is aluminum, also powder coated and screen printed with scratch-proof white and blue ink. Walnut wood side panels of 8mm thickness are fitted to both sides of the controller. On the electronics and firmware side, the controller is powered by the same STM32 Cortex-M micro-controller platform used successfully in previous products, insuring a very high level of compatibility with different computers and DAWs.


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Chorus modules divkid demo video

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Once again I asked Ben Divkid to do a demo video of the chorus modules. He prepared some beautiful patches and examples of Chorus effects in Eurorack, with plenty of surprising and original patches. Between patches Ben played back some patreon-submitted audio through the modules, which was also interesting to hear the modules on very different kind of audio material. I am very pleased with the results, thanks Ben!