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Chip shortage causing sourcing problems with digital and hybrid products

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The effect of the pandemic is hitting the electronics industry. A global chip shortage is rising and affecting different markets, even small boutique makers of music electronics like myself.

The digital and hybrid modules will be affected (DCO, Dual ADSR and Samples/S-909). The MIDI controllers will be affected too if this shortage is lasting until end of 2021, but if it is solved in the fall, I should be able to stabilize stocks.

This might affect the release of the SFC-8 (Jupiter style) controller even more. The next projects this year will be the come back and small update of the SFC-Mini (V3) and the release of the Dual LFO.

Blast from the past – SFC-101

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Youtuber KIKO 1 made a really nice demo of the TAL Bassline 101 together with my 2015 SFC-101 MIDI controller. I forgot how cool it sounded!

There was only a handfull of units made. At the time, it wasn’t very popular and the plastic enclosure didn’t help much. I am very happy I now use metal cases for every products.

I don’t plan a reboot of this model but it’s nice to see it out there still making people happy.

Martin Lorenz performance

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SoundForce user Martin Lorenz sent me a piece made with DCOs and Dual Filters along a lot of great other modules. I find its musically minimal and repetitive aspect to be mesmerizing.

2020 and a loopop review

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I would like to thank everybody for 2020. I feel thankful for being able to keep on making things and that people keep on wanting to buy them to make music. It was a bad year for so many human beings and I feel lucky for how it turned out for SoundForce. I hopeful about 2021 and can’t wait to witness science kicking out covid-19’s butt.

2021 could not start better with a loopop review for the SFC-60 V3.  If you are interested in synths and spend any time on youtube, you heard about loopop for sure. His reviews are thorough, well produced and unbiased. He explained perfectly what’s the deal about the SFC-60 V3. After 6 years of work on those machines it’s really exciting to see them in the spotlight

Updated the site

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I updated some backend stuff this week, mainly WordPress, woocommerce as well as the theme. Please let me know if you encounter anything weird on the site. I also secured the full site in order to allow Apple Pay in the near future. Previously only the checkout page was secured.

Releasing the SFC-60 V3 MIDI controller

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The SoundForce SFC-60 V3 is a boutique class-compliant USB-MIDI controller dedicated to the fantastic TAL-U-NO-LX Juno-60 emulation. The original SFC-60 was the first SoundForce product to come out. I have come a long way since 2014 and this new version is based on all the lessons learned from several years of designing and manufacturing similar products. With a solid sheet metal case, colorful front panel and new software integration, it’s my favourite controller so far. It is usable with any MIDI-mappable software or hardware but has special integrations with the TAL-U-NO-LX.


Features
In collaboration with Patrick from TAL, special features have been implemented to improve the user experience and the hardware/software integration. Finally, all the LED-based physical switches can update their states when a preset is changed in the plugin. Also when switching instances on different tracks, the plugin can sync the controller and update the switches as well. It works a bit differently in each DAW, more details and videos on that coming soon. For the sliders/faders, the pick-up or scaling modes (similar to the Takeover modes in Ableton Live) can help avoiding “jumping” parameters. Those features require the latest version of the plugin. I would like to thank Patrick for his time and his contribution on this project.


Build quality
The controller is assembled in The Netherlands with parts from Europe and Asia. 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, blue and red inks. Walnut wood side panels of 8mm thickness are fitted to both sides of the controller. The sides are made in Amsterdam by Rob Gould (http://www.gouldcaseworks.nl/).

Pricing and Availability
The SFC-60 V3 is available on the SoundForce webshop for 349 euros incl VAT in the EU and 288 euros for customers outside the EU. In the US, Perfect Circuit is distributing the SFC-60 V3 for 359.99$.