SoundForce 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 6 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. At Superbooth 2019, the DCO was announced and in the following months the Dual Filter and Dual ADSR were released as well.

Prior to starting SoundForce, I worked as an Industrial Programming Engineer as well as in the music business as an engineer/producer/composer.

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FAQ

  • Is the SFC-8 Jupiter-styled controller still coming and when ?

    I am terribly sorry for the delay. This controller was announced last year at the SuperBooth 2020 virtual edition. This product is still in the pipeline and I aiming for a Christmas 2021 release. The delay is caused by an increase in sales in 2020. I spent most of this last year keeping the products in stock and working on the SFC-60 V3 as well as the VCF/VCA 6 module.

  • How are the controllers working and do they auto-map magically ?

    The controllers are using plain and simple MIDI CC messages. They need to be mapped to the plugin you’d like to use. Some plugins makers have mapping presets, like Arturia, other don’t, like u-he. I have presets for Arturia on my support page but mapping by hand takes 1 minute. The mapping stays in the plugin memory and you only need to do this once. Unless you are using the SFC-60 V3 in combination with the TAL U-NO-LX, plugins are currently not sending MIDI out when presets are changed, it’s a 1-way communication and the controller interface does not update when you change presets.

    If you are not sure how this works you can experiment with any generic MIDI controller you might own and try to map few controls to a plugin. That way you can get a feel of what the experience might be like.

  • Can you change the MIDI CC numbers of the controller switches and knobs ?


    Yes, you can find on the support page Google Chrome applications to change the default CC numbers and store those in the controller’s memory. You can save the web pages and use them offline if you’d like too.

  • Will you make a custom controller for this or that plugin ?

    Most likely not. At the end of 2021, I will have 10/11 different products and with just 1 employee it’s a challenge to keep everything available at all times. I’d love to please everybody but there is not enough time. I need to choose my products very wisely.

  • Will you your controllers work with my obscure DAW from 2005 on Windows XP, and this plugin ?


    Of course I can’t test every single combination of OS and DAW. But so far, over hundreds of devices using the same hardware and firmware framework, nobody reported a total incompatibility on a certain system. Furthermore, any plugin that can be MIDI mapped could be controlled by a SoundForce controller.

  • Can I use the SFC-5 with the Repro-1 and the SFC-1 with the Repro-5 ?

    As you can observe in the plugins interfaces, they are very similar. The SFC-5 uses tactile switches + LEDs combinations and the SFC-1 uses slide switches. Most of the usual synth controls have the same layout. The main differences are in the modulation section. It’s up to the user to come up with strategies and workarounds. The user buttons and knobs are there to offer extra possibilities. The SFC-1 also has an extra sequencer/arp section as well as the FX section.

  • Will you update the SFC-5 with an added FX section ?


    No, I won’t. The SFC-1 is huge beast and it’s glorious. But it’s also very time-consuming to manufacture. The balance of the SFC-5 is much better and it allows me keep its price tag a bit lower.