The parametrically controlled analyzer (PCA) is a large PL/I program which has been designed to perform spectral analysis of speech signals. PCA features parametric selection of several analysis methods, including discrete Fourier transformation and linear predictive coding. Also, selection may be made among various smoothing, normalization, and interpolation methods. PCA develops high-quality spectrographic representations of speech for standard line printers and CRT displays. The PCA is described and numerous examples of various parameter settings are presented and discussed. Copyright © 1974 by The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc.