Synth Site: ARP: Solina String Ensemble: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.5 out of 5
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John Volanski a professional user from USA writes:
The Solina String Ensemble is a very unique instrument, and it has appeared on *many* albums in the past. It uses a top octave divider circuit to provide the top frequencies, and then these frequencies are divided down for each of the notes in each octave. The unit has a 4 octave organ-style keyboard (C to C)without MIDI or aftertouch. The Solina is most famous for the lush string sounds. These string sounds are made possible by the awesome onboard chorus circuit in the Solina. It uses 3 separate delay lines with 2 individual LFOs. The delay time for each of the delay lines is basically the same, but the LFOs have different rates to modulate the delay lines. The outputs of these 3 delay lines are all added back together to create this lush sound full of motion. The sound is so unique, that many people have gutted their Solinas, removed the chorus circuit, and made it into a rack mount effect! Perhaps a better strategy would be to modify the unit to accept an external audio input that could be mixed with the internal voices or run through the chorus unit separately. Be advised that this old analog chorus unit is fairly noisy by today's digital standards. You may need to use a noise gate with it if you use the chorus as a standalone effect. Besides the violin, viola, cello and contrabass string sounds, the unit also generates horn and brass sounds. These are nothing to write home about, so don't get too excited. On the back panel, the unit has a low level output and a high level output (which is essentially a line level output). The unit generates control voltage (CV), gate and trigger outputs from the keyboard. It also has an input for an expression pedal. I bought my Solina for 30 dollars in 1991. It was in marginal shape, missing a key and with a hacked up wooden case. I replaced the missing key, repaired and pained the wood case, and now I have a sweet Solina machine for dirt cheap. And no, I'm not interested in selling it. John Volanski Electrical Engineer San Diego, CA

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Friday-Mar-08-2002 at 13:54
Neil Reck a hobbyist user from USA writes:
I found mine in the trash.Plugged it in, hooked up a Crate G-10 XL.....And Baby!......Ain't I Funky?Crunch it.Compress it.I love the sound.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Jan-31-2002 at 11:23
christian a professional user from boston writes:
Wonderfully lush string sounds. The prices are starting to get ridiculous on these guys though. I prefer the ARP Quartet because it's got almost exactly the same string sound (probably better), for a dirt cheap price....and it's a much more versatile unit. Pick up one of the quartets if you see one.....they're a real gem that most people have overlooked. Massive Attack uses them....

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Monday-Aug-27-2001 at 23:18
WAVEVIOLATOR writes:
<center><a href="http://www.btinternet.com/~waveviolator">WAVEVIOLATOR</A><p>The Solina still keeps going. The sound of this machine is difficult to replicate, due to the old , analogue chorus which is the real heart of the machine. The only other machines that come near it ar the ARP Omni and The <a href="http://www.btinternet.com/~waveviolator/paraphonic.html">Roland Paraphonic 505.</a>

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-May-24-2001 at 07:50
Bruce Pilbeam a professional user from USA writes:
Although a very heavy unit,this early synth has such an amazing resonance to it,that I could never part with it. The cabinet is made of that cheap fiberboard and I had to replace it. So,I've got the only solid oak Solina in existence now-and it's even heavier!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Apr-30-2001 at 22:02
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