Parallels

Dual-source dream-synth.

In Stockholm, Sweden, there’s a synth emporium like no other – a store with such vibrancy, such range, such color, that you’d need a dozen eyes and ears to take it all in. And the guy who runs it is no ordinary guy. He’s special, in all the best ways. His imagination fizzes and crackles with delight at the sounds of a million billion sparkling circuit boards.

Out of this hot-bed, this toy-box, this fantasy-factory, Parallels was born; an instrument with not one but two sound sources, each running painstakingly recorded and exquisitely calibrated multi-waveforms from every dream-machine must-have synth you could ever want, and sculpting the resulting sounds with the highest-quality Softube filters, modulators, and effects. If you’re looking for inspiration and sheer sound-quality in your music, this is your golden ticket.

There are many possible approaches to take in creating a brand new instrument. Parallels focuses on two main things. First, it should always sound fantastic, with a minimum of fuss. And second, it should inspire the artist with elegant workflow, superb layout and visual feedback, and a sense of endless possibility.

In a sea of same-same and sound-alike soft-synths, Softube is harnessing the power of what’s currently possible and making a unique, beguiling and beautiful-sounding new instrument. I love this thing and best of all, it’s super simple to use!

BT a.k.a. Brian Transeau, American music producer, composer, technologist, audio technician, multi-instrumentalist

A huge part of the first point is taken care of by the source material. Almost a hundred high-quality pre-recorded multi-waveforms live at the heart of Parallels. These come from classic synths, digital and analog, hard-wired and modular, FM and phys mod, and from environmental and combined sources too. Even some super-rare and unreleased pieces are represented.

Parallels is my kind of software: it has a sleek and easy to understand design which makes it accessible for beginners and advanced users alike. I am big on modulation options and the way you can set up cross fade between modulation sources is intuitive. And the wavetables included are rich in character and complexity. All in all a great tool.

Bobeats, Synth educator and YouTuber

Each waveform has a progression of some kind in its 15 second duration – a filter sweep, or a pitch diffusion for example – and playback can start from any point of the artist’s choosing, providing almost infinite sounds-per-sound, even at the source. The playback method can be described as wavescanning, with pre-calibrated loop lengths per source for the best possible sonic outcome. The artist can choose how far the playhead will move through the source scene, and at what rate, before returning to its start point and settling into its sustain loop. All this with up to fourteen voices at once.

Parallels is awesome! It's a very powerful and creative synth with endless possibilities.

Jacob & Victor Andersson a.k.a. ManyFew, Swedish DJ/producer duo

Even just one of these source sections would be an intriguing instrument on its own. Parallels has two; independent and blendable in parallel; and much more besides.

Each source can pass through its own shaper section, for example, with a choice of three analog-modeled filter types; a state-variable filter (low, high, or band-pass), a vactrol-style low pass gate, or a triad of resonant peaks.

And what about the four ‘mod pods’ on the left! Each one can be filled by one of five modulator types (LFO, random, Euclidian sequencer, step sequencer, or envelope) and can modulate almost any parameter in the instrument, even pairing up to co-modulate single parameters in a blend amount selected by the artist. Apart from being utterly beautiful, the five modulation source options are versatile and intuitive, bringing all sorts of possibilities to the rest of the instrument.

A joy of an instrument to use with a sleek, forward thinking UI that inspires fast and fun results.

John Tejada, Electronic music artist, music producer, DJ and record label owner

Perhaps best of all; the effects. Softube’s track record for rich, living effects in software is well-established. Many synthesizer effects are an afterthought. Ours have been our very essence for more than a decade. Parallels features five three-knob effects in sequence; individually adjustable, modulatable, and bypassable. A hot and hairy distortion precedes a chewy, tasty chorus. Then a flanger with stereo spread built into its feedback control. Finally delay, and a succulent purpose-built algorithmic reverb to kiss the output signal goodbye.

Parallels is a software instrument like no other; a beautiful, intuitive, single-page interface concealing a wealth of treasures within. Created by dreamers, controlled by you.

In short

  • A plug-in soft-synth with dual wavescanning source sections
  • Almost a hundred high-quality pre-recorded multi-waveforms
  • Sonic progression within each waveform means near-infinite source-material
  • Two parallel sources means blended sounds, opening up exponentially more possibilities
  • Up to fourteen voices (seven per source when both sources are active)
  • Hundreds of expertly-created presets from world-leading synth artists, engineers, and sound-designers, including Brian Transeau a.k.a. BT, Richard Devine, Inhalt, and more.
  • Three analog-modeled filter types (state-variable, vactrol LPG, and resonant peaks)
  • Five sophisticated types of modulation source; LFO, random, Euclidian sequencer, step sequencer, and envelope
  • Five top-quality effects options; distortion, chorus, flanger, delay, and reverb
  • Inspirational, creative, and beautiful
  • Crucially, it always sounds amazing

Full tracks

Full tracks

Short sound examples

Short sound examples
Parallels Product Video
Parallels: Overview
Parallels: Sources
Parallels: Modulators
Parallels: Shapers
Parallels: Effects
Click to show Brian Transeau a.k.a. BT

In a sea of same-same and sound-alike soft-synths, Softube is harnessing the power of what’s currently possible and making a unique, beguiling and beautiful-sounding new instrument. I love this thing and best of all, it’s super simple to use!

BT a.k.a. Brian Transeau, American music producer, composer, technologist, audio technician, multi-instrumentalist

Click to show Bobeats

Parallels is my kind of software: it has a sleek and easy to understand design which makes it accessible for beginners and advanced users alike. I am big on modulation options and the way you can set up cross fade between modulation sources is intuitive. And the wavetables included are rich in character and complexity. All in all a great tool.

Bobeats, Synth educator and YouTuber

Click to show ManyFew

Parallels is awesome! It's a very powerful and creative synth with endless possibilities.

Jacob & Victor Andersson a.k.a. ManyFew, Swedish DJ/producer duo

Click to show John Tejada

A joy of an instrument to use with a sleek, forward thinking UI that inspires fast and fun results.

John Tejada, Electronic music artist, music producer, DJ and record label owner

Click to show INHALT

It’s a really straightforward interface and it sounds great. Especially the FM tones.

Matia Simovich, Sound designer for Sequential, Elektron / Producer INHALT, Peter Baumann

Click to show Eryck Bry

This instrument is ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC! I love how flexible and easy it is to manipulate and design sound without going through too many steps. Everything is in reach with its awesome layout! Parallels sounds amazing.

Eryck Bry, New York-based music producer and mix engineer

Click to show Richard Devine

I'm super inspired by Parallels. This synth is so good at creating thick, warm textures. It really is amazing how musically lush Parallels can sound.

Richard Devine, Electronic artist and music producer (Warp, Schematic)

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