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
December 1, 2009 @ 7:52 pm
I borrowed one of these back in 1979-80 when my Octave Cat was in the shop and found it very difficult to get a decent lead patch out of it. The controls are very rudimentary.
August 23, 2009 @ 8:57 am
No more than a toy.. Very poor sound.
March 18, 2009 @ 2:42 pm
This one is built into the Elka X-707 and Super Artist organs. It is possible to play the Soloist with the lower manual - add some filtering and you'll have great moog-like bass sounds!
January 7, 2009 @ 4:26 pm
It's a cheap monophonic synth that you can use to create pads to give emphasys to your composition. Its sounds aren't so "real" but if you can use appropriately its presets you can create something "warm" and personal.
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  • The link above will take you to an eBay search for this synth to see active listings. If you don't find it there, try looking in our forum marketplace or post a wanted classified.
  • 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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