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Behringer SOLINA

Behringer SOLINA  ·  Source: Behringer

Behringer SOLINA

Behringer SOLINA  ·  Source: Behringer

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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.

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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 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.

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2 responses to “Behringer SOLINA String Ensemble almost ready for release”

  1. Andy says:

    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…

  2. MatthewGB says:

    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.

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