Soundforce SFC-5 V2 MIDI controller allows you to use your Prophet 5 emulation like a hardware synthesizer without being one.
Hardware synthesizers are nice. You can touch them, turn them and screw your favorite sound together. It’s a real experience. If you want hardware control with software, you either have to use the computer mouse or a classic MIDI controller. For many musicians, however, rather unsexy.
For several years now, the developer Soundforce has been building controllers that are specially designed for certain Synthesizer plugins with which you get hardware feel. So a kind of pseudo hardware synth although you operate software. For example, there are controllers for emulations of the Minimoog (Arturia Mini V3), Pro-1 (U-he Repro-1) but also for the Roland Juno series (TAL-U-NO-LX). Today he released an updated version of its SFC-5, a controller specially made for Prophet 5 emulations such as the Arturia Prophet V or U-he Repro-5
SoundForce SFC-5 V2
The SFC-5 V2 models offers significant upgrades compared to the original version. It comes now in a 100% metal case, wobble-free metal shaft, and walnut side panels. The unit features 32 rotary pots and 28 switches that give you full control over your favorite Prophet 5 emulation. A couple of extra “user” controls let you control for instance your external FX plugins. That’s pretty handy.
The controller is not just made for these specific synth plugins. It sends out standard MIDI CC messages and so it can be used with any software that is MIDI-mappable. Also nice to see is the web-based control panel app that allows you to change the cc messages number for each control and load/save the different configurations, nice.
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 aluminum, 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/
At first glance a very nice controller that can be especially helpful for all musicians who use the Prophet 5 emulations almost daily. This brings a real Prophet 5 synthesizer a little closer.
SoundForce SFC-5 is available now for a price of 299€ incl. VAT and 247€ for customers outside the EU.
More information here: SoundForce