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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Elka Soloist 505
Elka SOLOIST 505
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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


Thanks to Jesper Odemark for providing this information and image.