The ARP String Ensemble, produced by Solina from 1974 to 1981, is a fully polyphonic multi-orchestral synthesizer with a 49-key keyboard. The sounds it incorporates are violin, viola, trumpet, horn, cello and contrabass. The keyboard uses 'organ style' divide-down technology to make it polyphonic. The built-in chorus effect is truly wonderful and gives the intrument it's famous sound. ARP Instruments, Inc. ... 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (the link is to a full 1974 calendar). ... 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... In music, the word texture is often used in a rather vague way in reference to the overall sound of a piece of music. ... A synthesizer (spelling var. ...
The Buggles played a Solina String Ensemble in Video Killed the Radio Star and has been used by bands such as The Cure, Joy Division and Styx. The Age of Plastic The Buggles were a pop/rock band formed in 1977 consisting of Geoff Downes (percussion, keyboards), Trevor Horn (bass guitar, guitar, percussion, vocals) and Bruce Woolley. ... Video Killed the Radio Star is a 1980s New Wave song (released in 1979) by the British group The Buggles that celebrates the golden days of radio. ... The Cure is a British rock band, widely seen as one of the leading pioneers of the British alternative rock scene of the 1980s. ... Joy Division were a rock band formed in 1976 in Salford, Greater Manchester. ... Styx is the first musical act to ever have four consecutive triple platinum albums. ...
The Solina string sound was also used by Kim/Ricky Wilde, PInk Floyd & Air. Jean-Michel Jarre's early trademark sound is this string sound (taken from Eminent) put through a small stone phaser.
In the right circumstances, the ARPStringEnsemble could be surprisingly convincing, expecially in the upper registers.
There were several manufacturers producing string synths that utilised the same basic technique in the mid to late '70s - Elka, Crumar and others - but it was the ARPStringEnsemble that offered possibly the smoothest and most convincing string sound of all.
The ARPStringEnsemble went on to form the basis of the ARP OMNI which added synth a filter and ADSR envelope and so forth to create a basic 'pseudo-polyphonic' synth.
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