If you've always wanted a Sequential Circuits Pro-One but only have the u-he software emulation, here's your chance to get closer to the real thing in a tactile way. SoundForce has introduced the SFC-1, a class-compliant USB MIDI controller dedicated to the Repro-1. Here's their description of it:
With a whopping total of 51 pots, 41 slide switches and 6 tactile switches, you can control every single MIDI-mappable control 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.
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. 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.
A spokesperson told us, “SoundForce designs boutique music production hardware. The company’s mission is to develop beautiful tools with both unique functionality and DIY-friendly design. Our products are hand-made in small series in The Netherlands. We love the sound of classic analog hardware and the workflow of digital recording. The first products to be released are MIDI controllers laid-out specifically to software vintage synthesizers.”
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).
Pricing and Availability:
Available for pre-order €329 (€271 outside Europe)