In July, we reported that FutureRetro had closed down after 25 years of synth building. Now, they are back with a new team, new products and a new optimism.
It was a very welcome and very unexpected announcement on Facebook that put FutureRetro back on the map. The website is still a little bit under construction, but as we understand it, things are moving in the right direction.
FutureRetro was the creation of Jered Flickinger with his 1997 prototype 777 synthesizer. He would spend the next 25 years designing and manufacturing interesting and unique synths and controllers. Frustrated with the global supply issues and difficulties around getting things built, Jered decided that it was time to close and find something else to do.
Shortly afterwards, a group of synthesizer enthusiasts, engineers, musicians and interested individuals purchased the remaining assets with the intention of carrying on the legacy of Jered’s exceptional work and taking it into the future. While not taking an active role, Jered will continue to be involved in the design and development.
It should be noted that while Jered is no longer involved in the day to day business at FR, his continued involvement in design and consultation is seen by new ownership to be imperritave to the success of the company as we move forward, and his desire and agreeability to remain connected to FutureRetro is welcomed with a great deal of excitement and gratitude. We look forward to what can happen with a TEAM dedicated to the FutureRetro name and respectful of the FutureRetro brand and styling.
Currently, the new team is focusing on the Vectra Synthesizer of which only 90 have been made and shipped so far. It hopes to start shipping to dealers in December.
It’s early days for this new chapter in the FutureRetro story, but it’s fantastic to see a company resurrected like this. I look forward to what develops and hope to get my hands on a Vectra sometime.
- Future Retro Vectra: Future Retro