Studiologic SL88 Studio USB MIDI Keyboard Controller, 88-Key

Studiologic SL88 Studio USB MIDI Keyboard Controller, 88-Key

Pro pianists: Get more out of your MIDI software with 88 fully weighted hammer-action keys, three X/Y sticks for real-time control, and a full-color display.

Overall User Ratings (based on 4 ratings)
Overall:
3 out of 5 stars
Sound:
4.5 out of 5 stars
Features:
4 out of 5 stars
Ease of Use:
3.5 out of 5 stars
Quality:
4.5 out of 5 stars
Value:
4.5 out of 5 stars
Manufacturer Support:
2.5 out of 5 stars
The Wow Factor:
4 out of 5 stars
Overall: 3 out of 5 stars
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Submitted December 29, 2018 by Daniel S
"StudioLogic SL88 Studio"
Overall: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Verified Customer zZounds has verified that this reviewer made a purchase from us.
After having this controller for about 3 months now....I have to say, I love playing this thing. They weighted keys are great! I have been playing for about 30 years and have been through my share of keyboards and midi controllers. The navigation took a little getting used to as well as the stick controls, but I sincerely enjoy playing this board.I only wish that there were some more integration to the DAW as far as pads and slider controls but, I use an AKAI APC40ii to control Ableton. Once you learn the setup with the SL Studio Editor, it is a great asset. The documentation and online support could be a little better though.For $499, I am thinking about getting another one just to leave at my bands rehearsal room....not that transporting this is bad. It is pleasantly light to have such a good feeling keybed!
Musical Background:
Been playing for 30+ years. Play in gigging band, studio, church and sound reinforcement
Musical Style:
Rock, Christian
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Submitted January 29, 2019 by Carlos Polo in Edison, NJ
"Good controller"
Overall: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Verified Customer zZounds has verified that this reviewer made a purchase from us.
Like it, keys are smooth and quite. Controller Software is kind of complicated, but after all I will recommend this.
Musical Background:
20 years
Musical Style:
Christian
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Submitted December 11, 2021 by a customer from gmail.com
"A fine product but a serious annoyance that makes mine unplayable"
Overall: 0.5 out of 5 stars
Verified Customer zZounds has verified that this reviewer made a purchase from us.
I want to love my SL-88. I do love the action and its overall quality as an interface. The firmware is very versatile and intuitive and reliable. Unfortunately my SL-88 had one key with very different action from the rest of the board, and the problematic key is the A above middle C. No serious pianist would find this tolerable. I tried to put up with this for a little over a year and then finally decided I should do something about it.So StudioLogic and Fatar have this wonderful two year warranty, which I attempted to take advantage of. I followed the advice of StudioLogic support, and took the instrument to the repair center they recommended. The repair center, after six weeks, charged me fifty dollars and told me that they could not identify the problem.After being without the controller for six weeks, I decided to be open minded in case I'm just being too picky. But rather immediately the problem is extremely obvious to me, and now I've just added frustration on top of my earlier frustration. I don't even have any idea what I'm going to do now. Likely buy a different 88 key controller, but I don't expect that to be another StudioLogic. I'm not sure if that's entirely StudioLogic's fault but I'm just extremely disappointed because if 87 of the 88 keys had consistent action, it would be wonderful. Even if the problematic key wasn't right there in the middle octave, maybe I wouldn't focus on it so much. But it's different, it makes a noise, I don't find it credible at all that a service technician didn't recognize this, and charging me fifty bucks for the privilege of not having my keyboard repaired merely adds insult to injury.
Sound
My negative review might not be appropriate because other customers probably won't have the problem I have. It's likely a quality control issue affecting my individual unit. But it's a highly annoying problem that the service center would not acknowledge, charged me money for the privilege, and I'm just extremely disappointed by the whole experience.
Features
The action is wonderful, except for the one noisy and slightly less active key. The MIDI message signal is more precise and consistent across the board as any controller I've ever measured. The firmware is excellent -- simple enough to be usable in a performance environment, while also being rich enough to give the player very complete control over the devices and/or software that needs control via CC or program change or even sysex. Again, I want to love it. My issue with the board is purely a mechanical problem, and a rather subtle one, and the reason I'm writing this review is because both zZounds and StudioLogic referred me to a service techician who charged me money and then left me in the cold.
Ease of Use
It's easy to learn, easy to use, and if it works properly, is the best you're likely to find on the market at any price range.
Quality
The product is made well, but my experience has been poor, all because of that one key.
Value
I would say the product is well worth the selling price, if I hadn't had the specific problem I have.
Manufacturer Support
I dealt with the manufacturer. They sent me to a third party service center. The service center kept the device for six weeks, told me there was no problem they could identify, charged me fifty dollars for the in-warranty service, and now I have a SL-88 with an "A" key above middle C that has a noticeably different mechanical response to all the other keys, makes a noise, and I'm upset enough about it to write this review.
The Wow Factor
I've got a fine 88-Key hammer action board that has the best features of any MIDI controller device on the market, and it's probably going to end up at Goodwill because I can't use it with this problem and I don't believe I'm going to have a satisfactory outcome if I try any more options for support. I wish I'd bought a different product. I wish I'd had the sense to return the device the first minute I realized there was a problem instead of putting up with it and waiting. I wish I hadn't trusted StudioLogic support when they sent me to a third party service center. I wish I hadn't paid them $50 for the privilege of telling me there was no problem, when there is a very obvious, highly annoying problem with a key exactly in the middle of the octave where you don't want any variation or noise.
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Submitted January 22, 2022 by a customer from yahoo.com
"A thousand bucks for a 7-year-old keyboard?"
Overall: 2 out of 5 stars
Actually I would buy this keyboard ASASP if it was marked down $150. After all, it's not a REAL piano that generally doesn't depreciate. Practically all electronic devices depreciate in price except higher-end electronic keyboards. This keyboard was released 7 years ago so the electronic guts and features would be dated compared to something released today. The same could be said for the Yamaha P125 which was release 5 years ago and its price, too, hasn't budge in a long while. I don't blame the retailers since it's likely the music manufacturers are behind this. Fine by me but they're only depressing their sales in the end by bucking against the normal sales practice of offering some kind of discount to move old inventory. I'm sure there are many potential buyers like myself feel the same way. Food for thought.
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