The first product from a new Austin-based synth maker, the Parva's signal chain is all analog but features a number of novel digital conveniences.
If you haven't heard of Futuresonus, fear not—they were only formed last year in Austin, Texas, and the Parva is their first product. It's a strikingly contemporary synth, in that it both plays on synth head's current fascination with all things analog and employs a number of digital touches. For the former, the polyphonic synth features three all-analog oscillators, plus voltage-controlled filters and envelopes, which lend it a warm, vintage sound. The control, though, is digital, and this gives the synth a level of flexibility that makes it unique. You can save and recall patches, employ complex routing via a digital modulation matrix and connect USB MIDI controllers directly to the synth, no computer necessary. Each of the aluminum-enclosed synths will be assembled by the company in Austin.
The Parva will ship this summer, but Futuresonus say they'll begin taking preorders this month. They also say they'll be offering a monophonic version down the line. Though the synth was first announced a few weeks ago, they've just released a video on their YouTube account showing it in action. Watch it below.
Futuresonus will release the Parva in Summer 2015 for an estimated retail price of under $1000.