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Behringer SOLINA

Behringer SOLINA  ·  Source: Behringer

Behringer SOLINA

Behringer SOLINA  ·  Source: Behringer

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Behringer has shared a new video of the upcoming SOLINA String Ensemble. After a lengthy R&D process, the remake of the classic string machine is now complete. Behringer says that it’ll hit the market as soon as they can secure the required chips for production.

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Update (August 24, 2022)

We first wrote about a possible Behringer clone of the SOLINA String Ensemble back in May 2019, and then again when the manufacturer shared an engineering update in February of last year. And today, Behringer finally shared a video of the completed SOLINA String Ensemble. Besides a recreation of the classic circuits, it features a built-in phaser (based on the 1970s Small-Stone), external patching capabilities, as well as 5-pin and USB MIDI.

Unfortunately, the SOLINA String Ensemble will be placed on the long list of Behringer synths waiting for chips for the time being. While the shipping date is yet to be announced, the manufacturer expects a price of USD 359.

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SOLINA

Based on the ARP Solina String Ensemble and offers a handful of classic string ensemble sounds. The original was simple, elegant and had that electric organ vibe of the early 1970s. It used an “octave divide-down” method of achieving full polyphony across every key which was then passed through the same envelope and filter section making it paraphonic.

Behringer SOLINA

Behringer SOLINA

The Behringer SOLINA mimics the look but doesn’t really achieve the vibe of the original keyboarded instrument – but it’ll do! Anyone else notice the melted Viola button on the unit in the video? Looks like a soldering iron went astray.

In terms of polyphony Behringer is using exactly the same method with an imaginary 49 note keyboard which will be available over MIDI or USB. They’ve also added some patch points to things like the modulation.

The video is quite fascinating in that it describes how the individual sounds are achieved through wave folding, filtering and modulation and compares it to the origianl.

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Behringer are aiming for authenticity with their SOLINA replica and it sounds like they nailed it. I’m not a fan of the form factor although as the SOLINA is a relatively simple device there’s no problem with space or layout

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7 responses to “Behringer shares a new video of the SOLINA String Ensemble”

    Andy says:
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    The Solina remake looks and sounds nice and a lot of people love that sound and are waiting for the module’s release. Maybe they missed Behringer’s Roland VC clone (and Roland’s ACB remake), which does strings and vocoder? Prefer that VC sound myself, but each to their own…

    MatthewGB says:
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    It’s worth mentioning that the Solina wasn’t really an ARP,. It was manufactured in the Netherlands and licensed and Rebadged as the ARP String ensemble,. ARP were desperately trying to get a polyphonic synth out there. before Moog could release the Polymoog. I first heard it on a Gary Numan album quite possibly Telekon. Either way it’s a lovely bit of kit.

    Geoffrey says:
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    When will the Solina become available ?

    ram says:
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    Sounds alot like some of the sections of the analog Wersi organs of the same time period. A semi-modular clone of those would be nice also.

    Faze to phase says:
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    That sounds like the original to me. Fair play to Behringer, they’ve put some work into making it. The phaser sounds great too, absolutely spot on. But will it be in the shops anytime soon? Nah. We’ll have to wait. You CAN get the modded out 303 though, which is a bit before the 2037 we were expecting…..

    Joe Ramone says:
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    Love the cigarette burn melted button…I had many guitars with linear ciggy burns above the nut.

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