Elta Music has recently announced the availability of its experimental synthesizer instrument, the SOLAR 42. It’s a microtonal ambient drone machine which may inspire you to find a new and spontaneous approach to composing music.
Designed for live performance, creating film and theatre soundtracks, atmospheric sounds, microtonal and background music, it’s an improvement on the SOLAR 50 model and was inspired by electronic musical instruments of the 1920s and 1950s, such as Leo Theremin’s Harmonium.
The company says that because it doesn’t look like a classic synth, it may initially look complicated, but claims that in fact it’s easy to use. It has eight voices as separate blocks, a mixer with pan and double effector, and various CV blocks.
- Two v/octave VCO voices with different waveform variations, morphing and touch sensitive keypad controller for volt octave voices
- Six drone voices with separate pushbutton keypad
- Two white noise generators
- Two S&H generators
- Two LFO generators
- 5 step sequencer
- CV Joystick
- Preamp for contact mic + envelope follower
- Stereo mixer with panoramic left and right channels
- Dual analogue 12 dB POLIVOKS filter
- Dual cartridge effectorcombiner 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
A second batch is being produced now and units can be preordered before the end of November. Price €1600. Product page