String Theory

Solina V models the hugely popular ensemble keyboard made by Eminent and later rebadged by ARP.

Chillwave, vaporwave, nu-disco, old disco, ambient, classic funk, and even trance just wouldn’t be the same without the gluey, cosseting vibe of analog string machines. Gary Wright, Jean Michel Jarre, Vangelis, Styx, The Buggles, and Parliament-Funkadelic all immortalized their sound.

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Before polyphonic synths, there were string machines

Needed a backing orchestra for your band? Far-out sounds to stack atop your electric piano? The Solina was your ticket.

Onstage, it opened up a new world of sound to keyboardists eager for options beyond piano, organ, and monosynth. In the studio, it brought real orchestration power to artists who weren’t in the “just hire orchestra players” league. It became a staple of prog, funk, and disco. Its sound is as ear-catching today as ever.

The history of string machines goes back to the 1960s, when keyboardist Ken Freeman experimented with a Selmer Clavioline and multiple delays, hitting on a combo that made a solitary voice sound like a section. His Freeman String Symphonizer (a.ka. Cordovox CSS) sounded incredible but was neither first to market nor most popular. That honor would go to the Solina.

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Fresh Out of the Box

Like a never-used Solina, only better.

We’ve preserved the controls layout and paid homage to the look — and added just the right extras to elevate the Solina experience.

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The Solina Everyone Always Wanted

Heart of a string machine, brains of a synth

If Solina players longed for one thing, it was for their instrument to be more like a synth. Open up the Advanced Panel, and that’s exactly what Solina V is. These features enhance your playing when you want them and get out of your way when you don’t.

Hear it in action

You know all about swirling pads and roller-disco string parts, but Solina V can have a far broader job description in your music.

These artists took its versatility for a test drive and came up with some tracks that prove our point.

Artists corner


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Legendary Keyboards Reinvented

This instrument is also part of the V Collection -your complete dream line-up of the legendary synths, organs, pianos and more that made keyboard history. They’re modeled with the most advanced technologies for authentic realism, and enhanced with new creative options. Whether you use it as DAW plugins in the studio or standalone at gigs, V Collection puts the greatest keys of all time at your fingertips for instant inspiration.

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TAE® Powered

The exclusive analog modeling technology that makes our emulations indistinguishable from the originals.

By accurately mimicking the characteristics of analog oscillators, filters, and soft clipping, we can provide astonishing component-accurate detail and authentic analog charm in equal measure.

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