Behringer has shipped the SOLINA String Ensemble and it is now available to order via Thomann. The time for wobbly strings has come.
Update 11th May 2023
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.
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.
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.
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
- Behringer SOLINA: Behringer
- Behringer Solina: Behringer