Via an “Engineer’s Update” video Behringer shows us the finished SOLINA String Ensemble and says that it should be on the market in the next few months.
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 and I’m sure the price will be very attractive.
In the video Adam says it’s nearly ready and should be in the shops in a couple of months.