ARP Solina String Synthesizer

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The Solina String Synthesizer is the rare brother of the String Ensemble. Only about 100 were made, so they are very hard to find. The String Synthesizer pictured above is painted white, but they originally have a standard wood case like the Ensemble models. The String Synthesizer is basically a combination of the String Ensemble and the Arp Explorer 1. You can select between Preset sounds (trumpets, flutes, and clarinets) or make your own using the added VCO, courtesy of the Explorer. It offered way more sound editing than the String Ensemble, and was capable of more diverse sounds.

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14 Visitor comments
February 26, 2010 @ 1:00 pm
I have a 1974 Eminence keyboard from Holland.
It contains a Solina String Synthesizer and an explorer one.
These are wired together and have an onboard echo and 'Leslie' simulation. I'm amazed it works and Eminence is amazed I have one, ultra rare according to their former technician. It sounds almost exactly like something you'd expect Dr Who theme song to be performed on.
Accounts show it was sold to a church in Toronto, perhaps only one or two inexistance. I have pics if anyone interested.
sunny pedaal
August 21, 2009 @ 5:13 am
great combination, best solinastringversion+ arp filtering.
warm sound.
quite heavy, can carry it alone , but not dance with it
very rare also in the netherlands.
approx.75 made.
price on the moment (2009) about 2000€, if you find them.
one of the rarest commercialy produced synth's
Ian Fermor
October 7, 2008 @ 3:57 am
I owned one a few years ago. I bought it from a music shop which was closing down. I loved it - so retro! It sounded fantastic. Unfortunately I had to sell up due to an expanding family and shrinking house! If I had know they were so rare I would never have! When I read the above description my hear sank! No wonder they bit my arm off! I won't tell you how much I sold it for... I once had a dig around and knew it was something a bit special when I saw all the circuits with little Arp logos on them. I will stop now as I am depressing myself further.

A fantastic machine which I deeply regret selling. Those guys must have laughed all the way home!
September 10, 2008 @ 1:20 pm
Owned one and i must say that it has a special place in my heart. Bought it non functional (Arp part was dead, Solina part worked), had it restored by Saint Eric and ended up with a near mint super rare Solina string Synhesizer.
It is a MK1 Solina string ensemble married to a Arp explorer with the option of routing sounds thru the Arp filter.
Many great sounds can be produced and i am not shure if i loved the strings going thru the Arp filter but on its own both parts are great.
The "Arp Explorer" panel has the same VCO as the 2600 and has some simular functions as the Little Brother.
Beware of the famous Arp sliders, they are dead 9 out of 10 times and must be recoverd by spe [beep] t.
The white colour on the machine pictured above is not factory standard and must have been done by its owner.
The Explorer panel can be found in Solina C112 Explorer organ as well.
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 16 Voices
  • Oscillators - One VCO plus viola / violin / cello / contrabass / horn / trumpet
  • LFO - Yes, One
  • Filter - Yes, 24dB/oct self-resonant
  • VCA - Yes, One with Attack, Decay, Sustain, Release controls
  • Keyboard - 49 keys
  • Arpeg/Seq - None
  • Control - CV/GATE
  • Date Produced - 1975

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