Elka Soloist 505

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The Soloist 505 is a very simple monophonic synth. Its look reminds one of a Roland SH-1000, but with its controls on the front. To make the organ-look complete it has a really ugly sheet-music stand. The sound is very clear and clean like many Italian cousins (Siel). There is a preset section but the waveforms can also be modified in 'free' mode. Don't expect any huge sound experiences out of this heavy thing. But the keyboard is good and there are some presets such as the sax and trombone which have some power worth exploring. It's cute and slightly rare - but don't pay any big money for it. No MIDI or CV here.

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14 Visitor comments
janne järvinen
November 3, 2013 @ 1:35 am
got two of these ; built in my Elka 707 and X705 :)
September 28, 2013 @ 9:58 pm
In the right hands this little baby can sing. If you feel the arp soloist you will feel this. The ney sayers on this board don't know how to play with expression. Run this baby through a good reverb and a delay line.....great, expressive sound.
Similar in style to the arp soloist but with a different feel. If the arp soloist is female then this is the male version.
To the ney sayers...Learn to play.
Dean aspinol
May 4, 2013 @ 8:50 pm
Beautiful sounding synth - Every bit as exciting as the ARP soloist but with a different, interesting sound. Put this through some reverb and or delay and you are away in gorgeous lead heaven.
I own an arp soloist and I also own this 505 and to me it is a really interesting sounding bit of kit.
April 9, 2013 @ 8:08 am
Well, I wrote the original description and amazingly enough I stand by it still after all these years. I have owned around 100 synths since and circa 50 has stayed. The Elka wasn't among them and if you want a Moogfilter - get a real one, I did. If you want a decent solo synth this is still OK for the job.
October 8, 2012 @ 2:33 pm
I do not agree with the journalist who wrote this article. Does he know that this Elka has a ( copied ) moog-filter inside?! And that on the label on the back of the synth stands "patters pending".So you can get beautiful fat sounds out of this Elka.I could buy one only for 150 Euros.Mine has chromatic touches as on a chromatic accordion.
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - Monophonic
  • Oscillators - 1 VCO
  • Filter - Slow attack, decay, wow
  • LFO - None
  • Arpeg/Seq - None
  • Keyboard - 49 keys
  • Memory - None
  • Control - None
  • Date Produced - 1978 - 1980
  • Resources & Credits
  • Thanks to Jesper Odemark for providing this information and image.

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