They are calling the SOLAR 50 the “Big Ambient Machine” designed for creating atmospheric sounds and super polyphonic electro symphonies. Some photos and a teaser video has popped up on the ELTA Music Facebook feed although there’s nothing on their website yet. What do we know so far?
We know that it has 50 analogue oscillators, it’s semi-modular and it uses a touch-plate style controller. Since the teaser video was dropped a few days ago a handful of better images have arrived that give us some more clues. Each voice appears to have 5 oscillators with separate pitch controls and mute buttons. Two oscillators are set “Low” two to “MID” and one “HIGH”.
The patching system is with patch-wires and each voice seems to have a block of 12 CV inputs as do all the various sections of the synth. On each voice there are CV inputs for each oscillator plus an envelope input and these appear to be doubled up. On the LFOs there appears to be both triangle and square waves with 6 CV outputs each. There are some external CV connections that take regular patch cables and convert them into the patch-wire format.
The effects section appears to have an SD card which suggests it’s a DSP section with loadable algorithms.
Looking at the touch-plate each pentagon has a number 1-10 so we can assume this refers to the 10 voices.
The audio in the prototype video is not particularly awesome but it does give you a flavour of what the SOLAR 50 can do.
That’s all the information we have at the moment. ELTA Music says they have more videos and information coming soon.