The Trumpet sound was essentially the same waveform with a high-frequency component added, whereas the Horn was more muted, with a lower frequency high-frequency component if you see what I mean. The end result was an incredibly deep, shimmering effect that gave the notoriously thin frequency-divided oscillators a lushness that made the Solina sound remarkably realistic for its time—especially if you then drenched it in plate reverb. There's minor wear and there are a few scratches and scuffs but nothing at all major. Besides the original features of the Solina, Arturia took it all a step further and expanded the sonic pallet beyond anything the original designers could have imagined. Maybe the Synthmaster player coming afaik will enable to use the pc soundbanks, as the Art rock basics bank which I bought includes excellent sample based String ensemble patches. Plugin Boutique do not have nor do they claim any association with or endorsement by these brands. Whatever the reason, the String Synthesizer was not a commercial success and only 100 were manufactured.
Whilst Googling around for ideas and how-to-do articles, I came across a fantastic , beautifully demonstrated here by a builder of the project: The sound of this fits perfectly with the feel of the music that I make, so I set out to make one for myself. However, that was where the conventional organ technology ended. This item is sold As-Described This item is sold As-Described and cannot be returned unless it arrives in a condition different from how it was described or photographed. The most famous use of a 310 was by Jean-Michel Jarre on his albums Oxygene and Equinox. Like the lower half of the keyboard, the four upper instruments are all based on the same frequency-divided oscillators, so again, any significant sonic differences between the two boil down to filtering.
As someone who has coveted a good string synth this is a perfect first project. But the company got its start in the keyboard market buying and rebranding a design by an Italian company, Siel. But what about the fourth button for the upper manual? So, for example, you could mix the strings, 'Ensembled' principals and 'straight' tibias on the upper manual, with strings and chorused principals on the lower, while playing the polyphonic bass pedals without modulation. The other three control panels made the 310 very special indeed. This unit sounds incredible and has been thoroughly tested and is working perfectly.
Of course, the monosynths could only respond to single triggers and provided just a single filter for all the notes played on the Ensemble, but this 'paraphonic' technique was also used more or less successfully on later single-filter synthesisers such as the Polymoog, the Korg Poly 800 and the Korg Delta. As a result, the 310 lacked the high-frequency edginess of the Freeman, so it sounded warmer in comparison. The output from this was divided down into the frequencies needed for the top octave, and then divided repeatedly to generate the various footages. The Orbitone panel allowed selected sounds to be treated with a gentle but effective Chorus or Tremolo effect. It also offered a three-channel output socket, so you could create a wonderful, warm stereo field of chorus and Ensemble, not just using its multiple internal speakers, but on recordings too.
Waldorf Streichfett Ever since the German synthesizer outfit Waldorf returned to the scene in 2007, it has made a name for itself designing low-cost, compact synthesizers with magnificent sound. Plugin Boutique or its Suppliers do not accept any liability in relation to the content of the product or the accuracy of the description. Convolution reverb includes a collection of vintage plate models. Defeating all the organ tabs and pressing the 8' button on the upper manual produced a deep, lush string ensemble sound. In 2013, the company started a line of square, black, tabletop synthesizers that you can throw in a backpack, including its own string synthesizer the Streichfett. The panel was built but turned out oddly wonky this time — must have gone wrong somewhere in my process for this one, but I can live with it for now.
In the '70s, one company ripping off another's design and selling it in a different market was a pretty common practice. Full licensed version of Kontakt 5. It offered way more sound editing than the String Ensemble, and was capable of more diverse sounds. I am assuming these can be removed but I didn't try. More importantly, the Explorer I was married with the Solina String Ensemble to create one of the rarest of all keyboard instruments, the Solina String Synthesizer. However, Freeman wasn't the only one chasing this goal back in the 1970s, and this month we're going to take a look back at another participant in the race.
To cut a long description short, the Orbitone module was a gentle two-speed chorus that allowed you to select which of four sections — the upper principals and solos, the lower principals, the tibias and the sustains — were treated, and which were not. The free libraries for Sunrizer are ok too, but not sample based. The 8' Cello and 16' Contra-bass offered similar timbres but had slower envelopes. In both cases, the outputs from the three delay lines were connected individually to the three output channels but, apart from modulation depth and speed, the main difference between the two effects was that the Ensemble circuits were cross-connected, to create a wider and more swirly effect. Let's face it: it had no means to mix sounds in any proportions other than zero or 100 percent, and its envelope could choke, re-trigger or even re-introduce previously released notes.
Based on the Eminent 310 electronic organ, its sound was so distinctive and ubiquitous that it transcended genres. Well, maybe 'rebadged' is too strong a word. Ah, but that's a story for another time. The voice options create timbral variety and there are multiple outputs for recording on the rear of unit. Other controls include gate time, tempo sync, time division, swing, note order and octave shift. I am lucky to have one myself.
The conventional organ-like Timbre, Vibrato and Reverberation sliders of the Eminent 310 Unique. Even hardware manufacturers like Waldorf are getting into the game, with their recently released Streichfett desktop module reviewed Nov. Of course, it was the Ensemble effect that made the instrument what it was. Trust me on this one, if you love synth strings, you cant dislike this one. The fourth balanced the volumes of the upper and lower manuals. The new product is described as l egendary analog string ensemble Synthesizer with 49-voice polyphony, ensemble chorus, vintage-style phase shifter, and Eurorack format.
This unit is in really nice shape for a used item of its type and age. Unlike the majority of string synth manufacturers, Moog was not an organ company. In our February Retrozone article, we featured the story of Ken Freeman, the pioneering keyboard designer who was instrumental in creating and bringing to market early polyphonic string synthesizers, for the many players keen to find a way of affordably producing orchestral-style timbres. You can add the trumpet or horn instruments to the strings for a slightly different character, imparting a bit more midrange. Solina bridges that gap so perfectly I imagine my instruments will be gathering dust in my studio now! Does one need a Solina in the Eurorack format? It's a solina string with an explorer 1. Full credit to Jan for a great piece of programming here! The Siel Orchestra utilized a common sound-generating technique for string synths called divide-down synthesis. To top it off, Solina Redux adds in two fully programmable step sequencers, one for the Solina instrument and one for the analog synthesizer.