Futuresonus recently announced the Parva – a polyphonic analog synthesizer that they say’combines the classic warmth of an all-analog signal chain with the modern convenience of digital control in an elegantly designed tabletop package’.
Here’s a sneak preview of the Futuresonus Parva in action:
The Futursonus 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.
- 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
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.
32 thoughts on “Futuresonus Parva Synthesizer Sneak Preview”
I think it sounds good so far. I’d like to hear some more demos, a 1000 bucks for a 8 voice poly synth, I can live with that.
sounds good. audio- and pricewise.
Nice to see a desktop unit. Had enough of these new synths with shitty keys attached. The display is very nice too, as it displays a lot of parameters all at once…opposed to the usual mono-functional display in most other synths.
The multiple little displays are very cool but I fear I will need trifocals to use this.
sounds nice, but this demo couldn’t be more boring
maybe some lame sounddesign but warm, i cannot help myself …. this thing sounds warm
Sounds very nice. A good price point for 8 voices and analog. And a wonderful industrial design.
I do like the layout, nice to see a smart design going against traditional setup.
I’m giving them the benefit of the doubt that they are more focused on delivering a quality product than on making an in-depth demo. This one is very good at this stage, showing some nice sounds but also showing the full experience of the displays coupled with the knobs. Hopefully the next demo will show off the polyphony and depth of the sound engine a bit more, but I’m almost sold already on this – desktop form factor, stylish design, analog, and high polyphony!
I read the specs, but it’s a shame the video didn’t go into more depth to show-off the Parvas’ sonic capabilities. Nonetheless, a very tidy & nicely made box by the looks of it.
Seems cool to me, but I know some people will complain about the small text size.
Wow, 8 voice polyphonic analog for <1000? That sounds amazing. Almost too good to be true. Even the prophet 08 desktop is way more (yes more feature rich but hey this is a small startup (?) company, not dsi).
Lovely daring ui. Not perfect but something out of the ordinary for sure. Kudos for that
Loopable envelopes please?
No noise generator???
there is a noise generator …. just take a look on theire page and discover the schematics
Thrilled to see a new polyphonic analog synth!! And I love the design, at first I thought it was yet another iPad app! 😀
It’s not retro, and that was the first selling point to me. Sounds good thus far, I’m in. I’ll post some info if I can get my hands on one.
I just read the specs. I really like the following part: “USB Master port for direct connection of USB MIDI controllers”
Yes! This is a significant feature! I would like to see more modules have a USB host port so that a USB MIDI keyboard can be directly connected. Parva save costs on the keys, we can use a controller we already have.
The soundcloud demos…..
Van Halen Jump
What decade is this?
It’s the decade of warm analog sounds after the decade of cold digital sounds
Let us refine this: It’s the decade of dirty analog sounds after the decade of clean digital sounds – I find the word “warm” disguises that warped sound as bonus, which is dependent on personal usage. Should a professional be illogically taking a dirty sound then cleaning it to taste or logically be taking a clean sound and then dirtying that up to taste? Or maybe people are just serving up the default dirt they get lumbered with? Which is just using presets in distressed dirty signals, when some are working beyond such limitations, and find nothing warm or inviting about them.
No ring mod?
Oscillators are hard sync-able. Filter FM, no oscillator FM. No ring mod.
Here are some more sound demos:
I want to know the mod-matrix routing possibilities?
Would be great to see a n editor App for iPad and/or PC.
Is this synth monotimbral? I hope not!
All of a sudden I’m having to constantly wipe drool off my chin.
are you sure it’s drool?
im guessing under 1000 means 950 or something… still, i want one
and yeh – i wonder if its multitimbral?? thats key
Under $1000 usually means $999. LOL
Not really a bad price for what it is.
NO MEMORY PATCHES ?