Kickstarter: Parva Polyphonic Analog Synthesizer

April 1, 2015 · Posted in Uncategorized 

Futursonus has launched a Kickstarter project to fund production of Parva – a new polyphonic analog synthesizer that combines an all-analog signal chain with the modern convenience of digital control.

The Parva can be configured as a monosynth all the way up to an 8-voice poly synth. Each synth voice offers three analog oscillators, dual multi-mode filters, four 4-stage envelopes, 4 LFOs, sample and hold and 40+ modulation destinations.

Features:

  • ANALOG – From the oscillators and wave-shapers to the voltage-controlled filters (VCF) and snappy OTA-based voltage-controlled amplifiers (VCA), Parva’s signal path is 100% analog. There’s no DSP here.
  • DIGITAL – Parva’s digital controls enable you to save and recall patches instantaneously, change parameters via MIDI, and route LFOs and envelopes to more than 40 destinations in the modulation matrix.
  • POLYPHONY – Parva can be configured for up to eight note polyphony. Extremely flexible voice assignment allows you to stack as many voices as you like for more complex sounds, split the keyboard up to eight ways, or both in any combination.
  • CONTROL – With its smooth analog potentiometers, Parva gives you direct access to all of the most commonly used parameters. Plus, each section of the synth has additional settings displayed on a high-visibility OLED, so the perfect patch is never more than a click away.
  • CONNECTIVITY – Parva is the first analog synthesizer to feature a USB Master port, which allows you to connect any class-compliant USB MIDI keyboard — or other controller — directly, without the need for a computer. Of course, standard MIDI DIN in and out connections and a “normal” USB port are also included, as well as individual outputs for each voice, and a stereo headphone jack.
  • CONSTRUCTION – Parva was designed with working musicians in mind, and features an aluminum enclosure, custom-machined aluminum knobs & sturdy panel-mounted pots,

Specifications

Parva can be configured as an expandable monophonic synthesizer, or as an eight-note polyphonic, eight-voice multi-timbral synth.

Each voice contains the following:

OSCILLATORS

  • 3 Digitally-controlled analog oscillators
  • Sawtooth, triangle, and PWM waveforms
  • New Feature: Variable-width saw waves
  • Tunable +/- 5 octaves
  • Hard Syncable
  • Independent level controls

FILTERS

  • 2 serial-connected multi-mode filters
  • 24db or 12db low-pass or high-pass modes
  • 12db bandpass mode
  • Self-oscillating
  • Filter FM

ENVELOPES

  • 4 4-stage (ADSR) envelopes
  • Exponential curves for punchy attack and natural decay
  • Linear mode also available
  • New Feature: Loopable envelopes
  • Routable to >40 destinations

MODULATION

  • 4 LFOs
  • Sine, sawtooth, triangle, and square waveforms
  • Random sample-and-hold
  • New Feature: Stepped LFOs
  • Free-running or key-synced
  • Routable to >40 destinations

Connectivity

  • New Feature: Individual 1/4″ stereo line-level outputs for each voice
  • 1/4″ left and right main outputs
  • Stereo 1/4″ headphone jack
  • MIDI DIN input and output
  • USB MIDI port
  • USB Master port for direct connection of USB MIDI controllers

The Parva is available to project backers, starting at $499 for the monosynth and $999 for an 8-voice version. See the project site for details.

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