The Solina Story

The Solina is best known as a product that was sold by Alan R. Pearlman’s company (ARP) in the mid- to late ‘70s. However the Solina actually originated from an organ company in the Netherlands.

It began its life as a part of the Eminent 301 organ, but due to overwhelmingly positive response Eminent decided to extract the string machine section and make the standalone Solina in 1974.

ARP had been experimenting with string machine designs but then cut a deal to license and sell the Solina as an ARP product. The ARP and Eminent versions of the Solina were exactly the same all the way through; only the silkscreen was different.

We used the schematics from the ARP Solina and then did careful audio analysis and measurements alongside a vintage Eminent organ to make sure the final models would have the same sound and character as the original products.

Strings and Things

When we started making our Solina model we wanted it to have some unique features that would enhance the sound and expand its capabilities. And so we decided to include a model of the famous Vox Humana from the 1978 Bob Moog's polysynth, a classic instrument that was built by Norlin. This was one of the greatest ‘top-octave’ instrument sounds from the late 70’s, perhaps most famous for its presence on Gary Numan’s early albums.

This same product had a unique filter bank with 3 filters in parallel and 3 modes for the filters. We added these features “under the hood” in our Open mode.

Solina V also has additional features for the bass section in Open mode, with an arpeggiator and a ladder-style filter providing even more innovative options for sound creation.

Eventually the original Solina Ensemble effect became stereo, making the MK2 model sound even more lush. We’ve included both the original mono ensemble as well as the stereo version in Solina V for full authenticity. This is a huge part of the Solina sound and something that you will not find in sampled versions of the Solina. No other products recreate this effect by modeling the original designs; most just give you a generic chorus effect and try to sell it as the real deal.

Phasers, echos and reverbs, OH MY!

Thanks to Jean-Michel Jarre, the world first experienced the Solina sound with a slow phase shifter applied. It is a classic sound that is loved by many. On the Solina V we added a very nice Dual Phaser that will get you that sound and many more. We also added a stereo chorus as well as a digital and analog delay. To round out the effects section we modeled the response characteristics of a number of vintage spring and digital reverbs. These convolution reverbs add an amazing spaciousness to Solina V sound.

Control Issues?

Arturia always makes it a point to provide complete control over the parameters of our modeled instruments. This is true of Solina V as well: you have access to every one of the parameters via a simple MIDI learn function. You can also store different configurations and recall them as needed. You’ll be able to adjust and automate the sound to your heart’s content.

Sounds like success

You might suppose that a String machine can only make string sounds. In most cases you would be correct, but with the new features we have added you get much more than just the best vintage synth strings around. You will find ambient pads, mono leads, basses, brass, arpeggios and more. So whether you are making prog rock, Berlin style, space music, acid lounge, tech hop, stadium rock, Norwegian death metal, Vegemite trance shuffle or any other style of music, Solina V provides excellent sounds that will add magic to your productions.


An obvious use for Solina V is the classic string machine sound!

Basses / Leads

Thanks to the extra features and included effects, Solina V can excel at other types of sounds as well, such as basses or leads.


Solina V is perfect for sustained passages and ambient soundscapes.


Solina V can produce sounds reminiscent of an organ.

Preset browser

Our redesigned preset browser lets you quickly find just the sound you’re looking for.

Search by name or simply select the appropriate tags to dial in on the exact sonic character you’re looking for. You can mark and recall your own favorites, enter comments, and set up playlists. There’s never been a more intuitive way to manage your library of designer and personal presets.

Resizable GUI

The user interfaces for all your Arturia instruments are now resizable, making it easy to work with any High Resolution screen, UHD or Retina.

You can decide whether you want to fill the screen with awesome graphic reproductions of classic instrument goodness, scale the window down when you’re working in a DAW and screen real estate is at a premium, or even zoom for detailed work.

Platform specifications

  • Windows: Win 7+ (64bit) PC: 4 GB RAM; 2.5 GHz CPU.
    1GB free hard disk space
    OpenGL 2.0 compatible GPU
  • Apple: 10.10+: 4 GB RAM; 2.5 GHz CPU.
    1GB free hard disk space
    OpenGL 2.0 compatible GPU

Required configuration

Works in Standalone, VST 2.4, VST 3, AAX, Audio Unit, NKS (64-bit DAWs only).

VST 2.4


The software is protected by the Arturia Software Center. You can learn more about it here.

Main Features

  • All of the original parameters of the ARP/Eminent Solina string ensemble
  • Vox Humana sound modeled after the original 1978 Bob Moog's Polysynth
  • Classic Paraphonic operation as well as selectable Polyphonic mode
  • 1978 Bob Moog’s polysynth resonator section on Upper Section
  • 24dB per octave resonant filter on Bass Section
  • Arpeggiator on Bass Section
  • LFO for vibrato, tremolo and filter modulation
  • Aftertouch and velocity level controls
  • Solina MK1 and MK2 ensemble modes
  • 3-mode stereo chorus
  • Stereo dual phaser
  • Analog delay
  • Digital sync delay
  • Convolution reverb with 24 modeled reverbs
  • 150 presets