ELTA Music SOLAR 42 Microtonal Drone Ambient Machine Now Available To Pre-order

ELTA Music has announced that their SOLAR 42 analog microtonal drone ambient machine is now available to pre-order.

The SOLAR 42 is described as “an improved model of the SOLAR 50”, an earlier 50-oscillator/10 voice synthesizer, that they said was designed for making atmospheric sounds, background music, microtonal music, ‘super polyphonic electro symphonies’ and more.


  • Two white noise generators.
  • Two Samples and Holds
  • Two volt octave VCO voices with different waveform variations, including
  • Two LFOs as in SOLAR 50.
  • 5 step analogue sequencer
  • Preamp for contact mic.
  • Envelope follower
  • Stereo mixer with panoramic left and right channels
  • Dual polyvox stereo filter
  • Dual cartridge effector combiner with CV control. Now you can load a different
    effect on each channel.
  • Stereo audio output
  • Dry audio outputs volt octave voices
  • External audio input.
  • Joystick
  • Separate push-button keypad for six drone voices
  • Touch sensitive keypad controller for volt octave voices.
  • Power supply unit no longer needs to be reset.
  • Reduced output noise compared to SOLAR 50.

Pricing and Availability:

The SOLAR 42 is available to pre-order, priced at 1500 euros + shipping. They expect shipments to start around October 2024. Audio and video demos are to come at the ELTA site. For info, contact [email protected].

5 thoughts on “ELTA Music SOLAR 42 Microtonal Drone Ambient Machine Now Available To Pre-order

    1. I believe that’s 2 (quantity) volt per octave (1v/oct) oscillators.
      any oscillator can play notes between scale notes (microtones).

  1. I know I am being pedantic here, but for a drone / ambient machine, I really would have loved a more gentle, calm looking UI. This one’s UI is sooo busy, I prevents me from buying it. I would love to see a future incantatioon of this synth being somewhat more inspired by SOMA than modular; vertical symmetry would go a long way I think of making it look pleasant The synth itself is lovely though, and does a great job of taking the typical drone boxes into the stratosphere!

    1. I understand your take, but we’re talking about a Nuclear Submarine equivalent of Drone Machines – I think the panel fits the degree

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