Behringer head Uli Behringer today announced their take on a Solina String Ensemble clone in Eurorack format.
While the company has shared detailed illustrations and specifications, they say they don’t have any concrete plans, yet, for if or when they will manufacture the synth.
The original was made by Eminent, and marketed as the Solina String Ensemble and the ARP String Ensemble. It uses divide-down technology, which allowed for full polyphony using 70’s technology.
The classic string synth sound was a staple of 70’s disco, pop and synth music.
The Behringer clone plans combine an updated take on the classic string synth design with a clone of the classic EHX Small Stone phaser effect.
Here’s an example of the original Solina + EHX Small Stone combo in action, via spentzos74:
- Analog stereo string ensemble synthesizer
- Authentic reproduction of original “ARP/Eminent Solina SE-II*” circuitry
- Ensemble chorus effect utilizes Bucket Brigade Devices (BBDs) controlled by 2 LFO’s
- Phase shifter modeled after “Small Stone*”
- Dedicated Rate control and separate Color switch for fine-tuning of effects speed and tone
- String section featuring violin, viola, trumpet, horn, cello and contrabass instruments
- 12 tone generators with octave divide-down technology to provide full polyphony
- Complete Eurorack solution – main module can be transferred to a standard Eurorack case
- 16 controls give you direct and real-time access to all important parameters
- Comprehensive MIDI implementation with MIDI channel and Voice Priority selection
- 3-Year Warranty Program
Pricing and Availability
Behringer’s product brochure mockup (pdf) for the Solina String Ensemble says the synth will be released in Q4 2018, priced at US $249. But Uli Behringer says “Ignore the date and price, as we haven’t decided if and when we will build this recreation.”