Designer Brad Ferguson let us know about his new synth, the Futuresonus Parva, a polyphonic analog synthesizer that he says ‘combines the classic warmth of an all-analog signal chain with the modern convenience of digital control in an elegantly designed tabletop package’.
- Eight voice polyphonic synthesizer with flexible voice assignment
- Three oscillators per voice
- Flexible dual filters
- 4 LFOs
- 100% analog signal path
- Digital patch management and control
- USB master port so you can connect USB MIDI controllers directly to it
- Aluminum case and knobs
“I designed Parva from the ground up with the intention of producing a completely new synth, while still maintaining the character of the classics from the ‘70s and ‘80s,” says Ferguson.
The Futuresonus Parva Synthesizer
Each of Parva’s eight voices features three digitally-controlled analog oscillators, producing sawtooth, triangle, and PWM waveforms with accurate pitch and tuning stability.
A pair of two-pole state-variable filters can be configured for a 12dB or 24dB low-pass or high-pass response, or split for bandpass or notch filtering. Four four-stage envelope generators and four multi-waveform low-frequency oscillators feed a flexible modulation matrix, allowing for virtually limitless sound design options.
Here are official audio demos:
Parva is the first analog synthesizer to feature a USB Master port, which lets you connect any class-compliant USB MIDI keyboard — or other controller — directly, without the need for a computer. Analog potentiometers provide immediate access to the most commonly used parameters, while an OLED display on the front panel show additional settings, making it simple to dial in patches.
The design features an aluminum enclosure and custom-machined aluminum knobs on panel-mounted potentiometers,
Pricing and Availability
Parva is expected to ship in Summer 2015. Pre-orders will begin in February, with the standard polyphonic Parva retailing for under $1000. An expandable monophonic version will also be available for under $500.