Arturia today released the Solina V, its latest venture into classic keyboard emulation territory — bringing back the still-sought-after sounds of the Seventies-vintage Solina String Ensemble as an authentic-sounding software recreation of one of the era’s sonically-defining string machines.
The silky-smooth, shimmering sounds of the Solina String Ensemble effectively defined the late-Seventies disco era, ending up on countless hit records recognizable by the ensemble/chorus effect to which it lends its name.
This is achieved by passing the sound through three modulated delay lines to produce pitch-shifting, sounding thicker and animated as a result. Reliant on paraphonic-playing-enabling divide-down technology found in organs of the time, that these sounds became so sought-after is a happy accident of sorts since they started out as part of Dutch home organ manufacturer Eminent’s 310 Unique dual-manual model.
Arturia artfully ‘opens up’ the still-sought-after Solina String Ensemble sound still further by offering other OPEN mode-accessible additions. An EFFECTS section includes a vintage-sounding dual PHASER — perfect for (re)creating those slow phased strings showcased so beautifully by French synth showman Jean-Michel Jarre’s multi-million-copy-selling breakthrough Oxygene and Equinoxe albums — as well as a CONVOLUTION REVERB (with no fewer than 24 modeled vintage spring and digital reverbs); MIDI-sync-able DIGITAL DELAY; three-mode ANALOG CHORUS; and ANALOG DELAY.
Deeper still, a lively LFO section and dedicated BASS SECTION controls such as a 24dB/octave filter emulation and BASS ARP (arpeggiator) also serve to open up sound sculpting possibilities well above and beyond the creative scope of the original instrument.
“For someone who has spent most of their life playing live with real analogue instruments, I’ve always found it hard to replicate their warmth and fullness with software. Solina V bridges that gap so perfectly that I imagine my instruments will be gathering dust in my studio now!”
- Kevin Baird, 2014 (Two Doors Cinema Club)
Watch videos demonstrating the Solina V:
For more info on the Solina V, visit the Arturia site.
The AAX-, AU-, VST-, and VST3-compatible Solina V is available to purchase as a boxed version for $99.00 USD from any authorized Arturia dealer or online as a boxed version or download directly from Arturia here.