"below that is a new keyboard of mine, a very striking keyboard you can see by its unique color it's a little bit different, it's new but it's made to kind of be very Mini Moog like if you will. It's got the knobs, big knobs so you can really get your hand on it and do some tweaking." - Jordan Rudess at 5:40.more
Geoff Downes use the Studiologic Sledge in his keyboard rig. In the video he tells us why Studiologic Sledge is an essential part of his rig. Here is what he says about Studiologic Sledge on Studiologics website: "Having just completed another major USA TOUR with the band, YES, I can’t begin to say how great it’s been having the addition of the mighty Sledge as part of my keyboard rig. I first saw this baby at the NAMM Show earlier in the year, and was hugely impressed by it, and I consider it to be one of the finest additions to the keyboard world for some time. Words to express: deep, powerful, reliable, sweet-sounding, intuitive – the Sledge has got it all. If you haven’t got one by now, wise up – you won’t regret it, I promise you! The addition of the Sledge to the keyboard rig has been a real innovation. It's a very intuitive device. The Sledge really blew me away. It's great for lead lines. In addition to great analog mono sounds you get really fat, rich, polysynth stuff as well. It's been very useful having something as comprehensive as this. The Sledge has a lot of multi-purpose operational things that as a programmer I find to be very intuitive. You have a very detailed, instant way of editing parameters with a control panel; rather than scrolling through countless windows. It means it's an all encompassing synth with sufficient knobs to be able to create new sounds very quickly. It's a great machine!"more
I actually love the colour. It's often mentioned in reviews as a bad thing but it's a lovely cheerful yellow. I have heard people call this cheap feeling too but it doesn't feel cheap to me. It's really heavy for a start, and the plastic it's made out of is pretty rugged. The one worrying thing for me is the headphone jack: sometimes when I put the headphones in it comes out mono. It also makes a nasty loud noise when you turn it off, even with the volume on zero. // I haven't described the sound much because that's something you can preview on youtube and decide for yourself. The synth is not as versatile as a lot of modern VSTs but the hands-on nature of all the knobs make it a lot of fun. If you buy one, make sure you get the "V2" of it as it comes with a licence for the sampling engine, which lets you use a program on pc to import your samples to the machine. If you own a V1 of the sledge you have to pay to get this facility after upgrading the firmware. It's a really good firmware update too, giving you more polyphony, the ability to split the keyboard to play 2 sounds etc.
Got rid of this and bought a classic Oberheim, so i dont regret getting the Oberheim, but i do regret letting this incredible synth go.. like someone has said.. massive sounds in no time thanks to those great Waldorf algorithms, best virtual analog made in my opinion.. Lovely BBd delay and reverb section too. Someone got some really nice sounds from mine when i sold it.