StudioLogic SL88 Grand - 88 Key MIDI Controller with Graded Hammer Action

StudioLogic SL88 Grand - 88 Key MIDI Controller with Graded Hammer Action

StudioLogic SL88 Grand - 88 Key MIDI Controller with Graded Hammer Action

B&H # STSL88GRAND MFR # SL88-GRAND
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Product Highlights

  • Graded Hammer-Action Keyboard
  • Wooden Keys with Ivory Touch
  • 3 Contacts per Key
  • 6-Way Control Knob
  • 3 Function Buttons
  • 4 Programmable Zones and Pedal Inputs
  • 3 Programmable Stick Controllers
  • TFT Color Graphic
  • Editing and Programming Software
  • Includes Sustain Pedal
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StudioLogic SL88 overview

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The SL88 Grand from StudioLogic is an advanced MIDI controller with ivory touch wood keys and a graded hammer-action keyboard. Each key offers three contacts with note on/off velocity and aftertouch for professional performance. Additionally, the keyboard offers a key-balance function, offering a balance between white and black keys or to fine-tune each key individually.

Other features include a TFT color graphic display, four programmable zones, four programmable pedal inputs, and a dedicated software editor for programming the on-board controls to work with any modern hardware or virtual instruments. The controller includes a magnetic rail system to adapt an optional music rack or plate for laptops and tablets. The SL88 ships with a sustain pedal and a power adapter.

  • Graded hammer-action keyboard with wooden keys and ivory touch
  • 3 contacts per key with note-on and note-off velocity + aftertouch
  • 6-way control knob (4 direction switches + 1 rotating encoder + 1 push button)
  • 3 function buttons
  • 4 programmable zones
  • 4 programmable pedals connections
  • 3 programmable sticks controllers
  • TFT color graphic display (320x240) with intuitive navigation
  • Editing and programming software for computers and tablets - available as a free download
  • User programmable key balance and 6 editable velocity curves
  • Magnetic rail system to adapt a music rack or a plate for laptops and tablets
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StudioLogic SL88 Grand - 88 Key MIDI Controller with Graded Hammer Action
  • VFP1/10 Sustain Pedal
  • Power Supply
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    StudioLogic SL88 specs

    Keyboard Graded Hammer Action: 88-key
    Wooden keys with ivory touch
    3 contacts per key
    Note on/off velocity and aftertouch
    Controls Function Buttons: 3
    Programmable Zones: 4
    Programmable Pedal Connections: 4
    Programmable Stick Controllers: 3
    Display TFT color graphic display (320 x 240)
    Dimensions (W x D x H) 49.6 x 12.2 x 4.3" / 126.0 x 31.0 x 11.0 cm
    Weight 45.9 lb / 20.8 kg
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 53.2 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 53.0 x 17.6 x 9.8"

    StudioLogic SL88 reviews

    SL88 Grand - 88 Key MIDI Controller with Graded Hammer Action is rated 3.3 out of 5 by 6.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from no complaints I have to say that it is exactly what I hoped it would be. The feel is excellent, configuration is a breeze, and the computer plate option fits my MBP 15 perfectly. I don't have any sticky keys or any other imperfections that I can identify. I added the SLP3-D Triple Pedal and like the SL88, it is also built like a tank. I was thrilled that Synthogy Ivory II American Concert D was included and it sounds fantastic. If I had to nag on one thing I would wish for a way to dim the LCD. It is very bright and can be a bit distracting at times. Again, no real complaints...
    Date published: 2017-01-19
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Really bad quality control I really wanted to like this keyboard. It arrived with three sticky keys. I thought that this was an isolated incident but it appears from other reviews that this is the norm for this keyboard. It really is a shame, its built like a tank and has a weight to match. Fatar dont appear to have much in the way of quality control and that is terrible considering how much this midi controller costs.
    Date published: 2017-01-11
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Poor construction Wanted to like this. Looks nice, feels nice. Initially, I was a little disappointed by the thudding noise when pressing the keys. It was a little annoying, but I could live with it. Unfortunately, after a year of use it has only gotten worse. Several keys have developed a very loud clicking noise when released. It appears the foam used to catch the hammers when they return to their starting position is not firm enough to prevent them from hitting the frame. Also, the LCD display has faded badly. I would not recommend this item.
    Date published: 2017-09-20
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent keyboard with piano feel, simple to use I bought this to replace a Studiologic SL-990, which started to have key contact problems after 15 years of use and abuse (contacts wearing out and a huge amount of accumulated dirt and grime in the switch contact areas). So that product amounted to about $50/year cost over the lifetime of the product. The new SL88 Grand has an amazingly authentic piano-touch feel. It also is very flexible in all the configuration parameters. No longer in audio/music production, I do not have need any more for all the different things it is capable of doing as a MIDI controller, so to those who may be contemplating purchasing it for more mundane purposes, I would still highly recommend it. For example, I use the keyboard to drive only the grand piano program on an Alesis Nanopiano (a late 1990's piano module with Bsendorfer samples), connecting that to powered satellite speakers and a powered bass/sub. The default velocity curve was fine, and I was easily able to disable the sticks from affecting anything (by default one caused pitch-bend and one of the non-return-to-center sticks adjusted the reverb amount). Keep in mind that today's electronics and programmable features are not expensive; you are paying the extra cost for the physical construction that affects the mechanical action. Note that the SL88 Studio is $400 less expensive than the SL88 Grand for that reason, though it has the same electronics and associated features.
    Date published: 2016-08-25
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Design flaw: keys knocking after a year, display fading I bought this in August 2016, as you will see another review from me. With a few months' use the LCD display faded considerably. I can still read it, but it is much fainter and not cosmetically pleasing to look at. The most serious problem now is a mechanical design problem. After a year's use, several keys started making knocking sounds. I looked inside the keyboard to investigate, and found the problem. There is a foam cushion strip that the metal hammers hit upon release of the hammers. The foam is too soft, not elastic enough, and after a while the metal hammers hitting against it permanently deform it to the point that the hammers hit the metal frame. I saw that this would be the destiny of all the hammers that were frequently played. What I did was to build up the spot for each of the 88 hammers with silicone rubber seal/glue to both strengthen the foam somewhat and make an improvised rubber ridge for each key, where the hammer might otherwise eventually hit the metal frame. This was a major rework effort and not a quick and easy fix! I downgraded to three stars (It's okay) but, to most others, having the keyboard get this problem after only a year, with no easy fix, would be totally unacceptable. Potential buyers be warned! Our keyboard does not get heavy use, nor is there anyone who plays it particularly hard. It is not used on the road, but sits on a stand in a house in one place. I would estimate that it is played about 30-60 minutes a day.
    Date published: 2017-09-21
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wood keys feel great but lacks live controller functionality I bought this for my rig at church. As a piano player, I love the feel of the keyboard but there's a few things lacking. My prior controller was the M-Audio oxygen88, which felt ok but it had 9 sliders and buttons and 8 knobs which were perfect for controlling my MainStage setup as mute and faders. (Not to mention that the Oxygen88 is TERRIBLY flawed - bad contacts). The SL88 Grand is lacking this needed control which has forced me to purchase the Icon i-controls. Another thing I dislike about the SL88grand is the compact control knob which you can push in 4 different directions to access various menus, twist for different menu options, and push for selections. But a lot of times when I push to select, it actually moves in one of the directions which changes the selection altogether. This is very annoying for a live setting. The volume adjustment is soon slooowwww. I'm used to faders to control my volume and this would almost be a deal breaker for me because it's crucial for me to be able to quickly blend my patches during a performance. The panic & transpose options should NEVER be in a menu. they should always be readily accessible on the surface of the controller. I've ordered a USB hub and when it arrives, I assume I'll have no problem assigning all of the fader, mute, panic and transpose features I had on the Oxygen88. I actually wish I could take the keyboard from the SL88 and put it in the Oxygen88! Having said all that, feel is the MOST important thing I was going for in purchasing the SL88 Grand and it accomplished that big time. I was told at NAMM that many other add-on modules would be available in the near future (like perhaps the volume faders) but that should have been thought out from the start and who knows when the near future would come.
    Date published: 2017-03-14
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