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Review MIDI keyboard Studiologic SL88 Studio. Where to buy it?

Studiologic is a manufacturer of digital musical instruments such as pianos, synthesizers, house organs and more. I’ll tell you how this post is built. First I will list the features of this Studiologic SL88 Studio keyboard, then you have a video or two, purchase links and useful comments from other users and then you have one of the most useful parts; comparison tables with similar keyboards so you can compare.

  • 88 keys
  • TP/100LR hammer action keyboard
  • 3 contacts per key + aftertouch
  • Innovative 6-position control knob (4-way switch + 1 rotary encoder + push button)
  • 3 function buttons
  • 4 programmable zones
  • 4 programmable pedal connections
  • 3 programmable joystick controllers
  • TFT colour graphic display (320 x 240)
  • Editing and programming software (SL Editor)
  • User programmable key balance
  • 6 editable speed curves
  • Magnetic rail system to adapt a music stand or plate for sheet music, etc. (music stand and plate as optional equipment)
  • Dimensions: 1260 x 310 x 125 mm
  • Weight: 13.7 kg
  • Includes 9V DC 1A power supply, PS 100 sustain pedal and a collection of virtual instruments after hardware registration

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This MIDI keyboard is usually priced at around €379/£349/$385 and offers an 88-key keyboard with hammer action and aftertouch function. This means that they have a real pressure sensitivity, giving a greater realism than those without this function.

It also offers 1 innovative 6-position control knob (4-way switch + 1 rotary encoder + ‘push’ button), 3 function buttons and 3 programmable joystick controllers.

In connections we have, USB connection, power supply input, input for 4 pedals, and one input and two MIDI outputs. It also includes an SL Editor license, an editing and programming software.

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Studiologic SL88 Studio vs Arturia KeyLab 88 MkII

The Studiologic SL88 Studio MIDI Keyboard is priced at €379/£349/$385 when the Arturia KeyLab 88 MkII is priced at €875/£789/$866, with a difference of almost €600. Let’s go face-to-face:

  • Both offer an 88-key hammer-action weighted keyboard with sensitivity and aftertouch.
  • In controls, the Studiologic SL88 Studio offers 1 innovative 6-position control knob (4-way switch + 1 rotary encoder + ‘push’ button), 3 function buttons and 3 programmable joystick controllers. When the Arturia KeyLab 88 MkIII offers 16 pads, 9 assignable knobs, 9 faders, transport buttons (rec, play, pause, etc) and modulation and pitch bend wheels.
  • In connections, the Studiologic SL88 Studio integrates a USB connection, power supply input, input for 4 pedals, and one input and two MIDI outputs. And the Arturia KeyLab 88 MkII integrates USB connection, pitch outputs, Gate output, Mod 1 and Mod 2, inputs for sustain, expression and three auxiliary pedals, CV in, MIDI output and input, and an external power supply input.
  • The Studiologic SL88 Studio includes SL Editor licenses. The Arturia KeyLab 88 MkII includes Analog Lab 4 with 6000 synthesizer sounds, Ableton Live Lite, Arturia Wurli V, Arturia VOX Continental V, and Arturia Piano V.

Let’s put the features of these keyboards in a table so you can compare

Studiologic SL88 Studio

Arturia KeyLab 88 MkII

  • 88 keys
  • TP/100LR hammer action keyboard
  • 3 contacts per key + aftertouch
  • Innovative 6-position control knob (4-way switch + 1 rotary encoder + push button)
  • 3 function buttons
  • 4 programmable zones
  • 4 programmable pedal connections
  • 3 programmable joystick controllers
  • TFT colour graphic display (320 x 240)
  • Editing and programming software (SL Editor)
  • User-programmable key balance
  • 6 editable speed curves
  • Magnetic rail system to adapt a music stand or plate for sheet music, etc. (music stand and plate as optional equipment)
  • Dimensions: 1260 x 310 x 125 mm
  • Weight: 13.7 kg
  • Includes 9V DC 1A power supply, PS 100 sustain pedal and a collection of virtual instruments after hardware registration
  • With 88 keys and CV connections
  • Fatar plywood keyboard, with hammer action (Fatar — TP100LR)
  • Speed sensitive and Aftertouch
  • 16 illuminated pads with chord memory function
  • 9 faders
  • 9 rotating knobs
  • LCD screen
  • Transport section
  • Tone and modulation wheels
  • MIDI Input/Output
  • Input for a sustain pedal and 6.3 mm jack expression
  • 3 assignable pedal inputs 6.3 mm jack
  • 3.5 mm mini-jack CV input
  • Tone and door output 3.5 mm mini-jack
  • Output Mod 1 and Mod 2 3.5 mm mini-jack
  • USB connection
  • Input for 9 — 12 V DC power supply 1.0 A
  • Aluminum housing with wooden side panels
  • Includes magnetic templates for Ableton Live, Logic Pro X, Pro Tools, Cubase, Studio One, Reaper and Mackie/HUI configurations
  • Score/iPad support
  • Removable laptop shelf
  • The software package contains: Analog Lab 4 with 6000 synthesizer sounds, Ableton Live Lite, Arturia Wurli V, Arturia VOX Continental V and Arturia Piano V
  • Dimensions: 1293 x 322 x 112 mm
  • Weight: 15 kg

In our first comparison, we find two similar MIDI controllers, on one hand, the Studiologic SL88 Studio which offers a keyboard with 88 weighted keys and aftertouch plus 1 innovative 6-position control knob (4-way switch + 1 rotary encoder + ‘push’ button), 3 function buttons and 3 programmable joystick controllers. In addition, the Arturia KeyLab 88 MkII offers 88 weighted and aftertouch keys, plus 16 pads, 9 assignable knobs, 9 faders, transport buttons (rec, play, pause, etc.) and modulation and pitch bend wheels.

Both have their advantages and disadvantages, starting with the Studiologic as advantages we can comment its price, which is almost half of its competition, however as disadvantages we can comment that apart from the knob and joystick it does not have more control functions. And the Arturia KeyLab 88 MkII as an advantage we can comment that it has many functions that we have already listed, and as a disadvantage, we can comment its somewhat high price compared to the first one. If you have the budget go for the Arturia, if not the Studiologic is a good product for the price.

And here is a video of the Arturia KeyLab 88 MkII

If you want to know more about this option, click on the following link to see the Arturia KeyLab 88 MkII review.

Studiologic SL88 Studio vs M-Audio Hammer 88

The Studiologic SL88 Studio MIDI Keyboard is priced at €379/£349/$385 and the M-Audio Hammer 88 is priced at €422/£366/$419. Having a difference of 80 euro between the two, let’s move on to the face-to-face:

  • Both offer an 88-key hammer-action weighted keyboard with sensitivity, and the Studiologic keys also offer aftertouch functionality.
  • In controls, the Studiologic SL88 Studio offers 1 innovative 6-position control knob (4-way switch + 1 rotary encoder + ‘push’ button), 3 function buttons and 3 programmable joystick controllers. When the M-Audio Hammer 88 offers 1 volume fader, octave up/down keys, and modulation and pitch bend wheels.
  • In connections, the Studiologic SL88 Studio integrates a USB connection, power supply input, input for 4 pedals, and one input and two MIDI outputs. And the M-Audio Hammer 88 features an integrated USB connection, MIDI output, power supply input, and MIDI output.
  • The Studiologic SL88 Studio includes SL Editor licenses. The M-Audio Hammer 88 includes the AIR “Mini Grand” Acoustic Grand Piano, AIR “Velvet” Vintage Electric Piano, AIR “DB-33” Tonewheel Organ Simulator, and SONiVOX “Eighty-Eight Ensemble” Authentic Piano Instrument and Ableton Live Lite.

Let’s put the features of these keyboards in a table so you can compare

Studiologic SL88 Studio

M-Audio Hammer 88

  • 88 keys
  • TP/100LR hammer action keyboard
  • 3 contacts per key + aftertouch
  • Innovative 6-position control knob (4-way switch + 1 rotary encoder + push button)
  • 3 function buttons
  • 4 programmable zones
  • 4 programmable pedal connections
  • 3 programmable joystick controllers
  • TFT colour graphic display (320 x 240)
  • Editing and programming software (SL Editor)
  • User-programmable key balance
  • 6 editable speed curves
  • Magnetic rail system to adapt a music stand or plate for sheet music, etc. (music stand and plate as optional equipment)
  • Dimensions: 1260 x 310 x 125 mm
  • Weight: 13.7 kg
  • Includes 9V DC 1A power supply, PS 100 sustain pedal and a collection of virtual instruments after hardware registration
  • Controller with a keyboard with a counterbalanced hammer mechanism
  • 88 keys
  • USB-MIDI connection, Plug & Play compatible on Mac or PC
  • MIDI output for connection to external MIDI peripherals
  • Pitch-Bend and modulation wheels
  • Volume Fader and Up/Down Buttons
  • Keyboard zone assignment for split and layer functions and chord function with 1 finger (4 voices)
  • Easy parameter editing via the included Hammer 88 editor
  • Compatible with iOS with Apple iPad Camera Connection Kit connector (available separately)
  • Includes licenses for the following software packages: AIR “Mini Grand” Acoustic Grand Piano, AIR “Velvet” Vintage Electric Piano, AIR “DB-33” Tonewheel Organ Simulator and SONiVOX “Eighty-Eight Ensemble” Authentic Piano Instrument
  • Ableton Live Lite
  • Includes 3-month license for Skoove for online piano lessons
  • Includes score support
  • Powered by USB port or external power supply (not included)
  • Dimensions: 1420 x 300 x 130 mm
  • Weight: 17.5 kg

Once again, we find a comparison of 88-key MIDI controllers. On the one hand, the Studiologic SL99 Studio offers its revised functions and features, while the M-Audio Hammer 88 offers an 88-key hammer-action counterbalanced keyboard, plus 1 volume fader, octave up/down keys, and modulation and pitch bend wheels.

The advantage of the Studiologic is its control functions and a slightly lower price. And something that we can mention as an advantage of the M-Audio Hammer would be its licenses that it includes, but in functions, it stays a little behind, it is oriented to users that only look for a controller where only the keyboard is used. The best option will be the Studiologic SL88 Studio.

Here’s a video of the M-Audio Hammer 88 keyboard

If you want to know more about this option, click on the following link to see the M-Audio Hammer 88 review.

Studiologic SL88 Studio vs Studiologic SL88 Grand

The Studiologic SL88 Studio MIDI Keyboard is priced at €379/£349/$385 while the Studiologic SL88 Grand is priced at €769/£699/$785. Let’s go face to face:

  • Both offer an 88-key hammer-action weighted keyboard with sensitivity and aftertouch function. The Studiologic SL88 Studio keyboard is a TP/100LR, while the Studiologic SL88 Grand keyboard is a TP40Wood with wood-core keys and ivory touch.
  • In controls, the Studiologic SL88 Studio offers 1 innovative 6 position control knob (4-way switch + 1 rotary encoder + ‘push’ button), 3 function buttons and 3 programmable joystick controllers. When the Studiologic SL88 Grand offers 1 innovative 6 position control knob (4-way switches + 1 rotary encoder + ‘push’ button), 3 function buttons and 3 programmable joystick controllers.
  • In connections, both integrate USB connection, power supply input, input for 4 pedals, and one input and two MIDI outputs.
  • Both include the SL Editor license.

Let’s put the features of these keyboards in a table so you can compare

Studiologic SL88 Studio

Studiologic SL88 Grand

  • 88 keys
  • TP/100LR hammer action keyboard
  • 3 contacts per key + aftertouch
  • Innovative 6-position control knob (4-way switch + 1 rotary encoder + push button)
  • 3 function buttons
  • 4 programmable zones
  • 4 programmable pedal connections
  • 3 programmable joystick controllers
  • TFT colour graphic display (320 x 240)
  • Editing and programming software (SL Editor)
  • User programmable key balance
  • 6 editable speed curves
  • Magnetic rail system to adapt a music stand or plate for sheet music, etc. (music stand and plate as optional equipment)
  • Dimensions: 1260 x 310 x 125 mm
  • Weight: 13.7 kg
  • Includes 9V DC 1A power supply, PS 100 sustain pedal and a collection of virtual instruments after the hardware recording
  • 88-key keyboard with hammer mechanism TP40Wood with Aftertouch
  • Wood-core keys with Ivory Touch surface
  • New 6-way control joystick
  • 3 function buttons
  • 4 programmable zones
  • 4 programmable pedal connections
  • 3 programmable joystick controllers
  • 320 x 240 px TFT colour graphic display
  • Editable and programmable software
  • New user-programmable key balance function
  • 6 editable speed curves
  • Magnetic rail system to adapt a lectern or laptop holder (lectern and holder not included)
  • Dimensions (L x W x H): 1260 x 310 x 110 mm
  • Weight: 20.8 kg
  • Includes 9V DC 1A power supply, VFP1/10 sustain pedal and virtual instrument collection (after registration of the hardware)

In this comparison we found two very similar devices, actually if you could see the table the only differences we found are the keyboard, which in case of the Studiologic SL88 Grand is of a superior quality and finesse, so also instead of the knob, we have a joystick for its main control. Just like the last comparison, if you have the budget go for the Studiologic SL88 Grand, and logically if you want to have a MIDI controller with a very realistic digital piano keyboard simulation. If not, the Studiologic SL88 Studio is a great option.

And here is a video of the Studiologic SL88 Grand keyboard

If you want to know more about this option, click on the following link to see the Studiologic SL88 Grand review.

Studiologic SL88 Studio vs Roland A-88 MKII

The Studiologic SL88 Studio MIDI Keyboard is usually priced at €379/£349/$385 when the Roland A-88 MKII is priced at €959/£859/$949. Let’s go head to head:

  • Both offer an 88-key hammer-action weighted keyboard with sensitivity and the Studiologic keys also offer the aftertouch function.
  • In controls, the Studiologic SL88 Studio offers 1 innovative 6-position control knob (4-way switch + 1 rotary encoder + ‘push’ button), 3 function buttons and 3 programmable joystick controllers. When the Roland A-88 MKII offers 8 pads and 8 knobs both assignable, octave up/down keys and modulation and pitch bend joystick.
  • In connections, the Studiologic SL88 Studio integrates USB connection, power supply input, input for 4 pedals, and one input and two MIDI outputs. And the Roland A-88 MKII integrates USB connection, MIDI input and output and power supply input, plus damper pedal input, FC1 and FC2.

Let’s put the features of these keyboards in a table so you can compare

Studiologic SL88 Studio

Roland A-88 MKII

  • 88 keys
  • TP/100LR hammer action keyboard
  • 3 contacts per key + aftertouch
  • Innovative 6-position control knob (4-way switch + 1 rotary encoder + push button)
  • 3 function buttons
  • 4 programmable zones
  • 4 programmable pedal connections
  • 3 programmable joystick controllers
  • TFT colour graphic display (320 x 240)
  • Editing and programming software (SL Editor)
  • User programmable key balance
  • 6 editable speed curves
  • Magnetic rail system to adapt a music stand or plate for sheet music, etc. (music stand and plate as optional equipment)
  • Dimensions: 1260 x 310 x 125 mm
  • Weight: 13.7 kg
  • Includes 9V DC 1A power supply, PS 100 sustain pedal and a collection of virtual instruments after the hardware recording
  • 88-key weighted keyboard with Ivory Feel (PHA-4 Standard)
  • Three definable keyboard zones
  • Joystick for Pitch/Modulation function
  • +/- buttons for octave selection and keyboard sensitivity adjustment
  • Arpeggiator and chord storage
  • 8 Pads and rotary controllers with RGB lighting for controlling MIDI hardware and software (16 freely programmable banks)
  • Standard MIDI 2.0 support
  • Robust housing with wooden elements and high quality materials
  • USB-C port
  • MIDI input and output
  • Connection for 6.3 mm Sustain Jack pedal
  • 2 connections for expression pedal 6.3 mm jack
  • Powered by USB-C port or external transformer (PSB-1U, not included)
  • Dimensions (W x D x H): 1429 x 274 x 119 mm
  • Weight: 16.3 kg

Again we have a MIDI controller comparison of 88 keys, on the one hand the Studiologic SL88 Studio that we have already analyzed before, and on the other hand the Roland A-88 MKII that offers a PHA-4 keyboard with 88 weighted keys, hammer action and ivory feel, as well as 8 pads and 8 knobs both assignable, octave up/down keys and modulation and pitch bend joystick.

Like the latest comparisons, the Roland A-88 MKII is a MIDI controller with advantages, including its high-quality keyboard and the functions it offers. If you have the budget and the need for a high-end MIDI controller, go for it. If not the Studiologic will not stop being an excellent and more economical option.

And here is a video of the Roland A-88 MKII keyboard

Studiologic SL88 Studio vs Kawai VPC1

The Studiologic SL88 Studio MIDI Keyboard is priced at €379/£349/$385 when the Kawai VPC1 is priced at €1,268/£1,168/$1,295. This is the face-to-face one:

  • Both offer an 88-key hammer action weighted keyboard with sensitivity and the Studiologic keys also offer aftertouch function.
  • In controls, the Studiologic SL88 Studio offers 1 innovative 6-position control knob (4-way switch + 1 rotary encoder + ‘push’ button), 3 function buttons and 3 programmable joystick controllers. The Kawai VPC1 offers a graphical interface.
  • In connections, the Studiologic SL88 Studio integrates USB connection, power supply input, input for 4 pedals, and one input and two MIDI outputs. And the Kawai VPC1 integrates USB connection, MIDI input and output, USB to host, power supply input, and damper and sustain pedal input.

Let’s put the features of these keyboards in a table so you can compare

Studiologic SL88 Studio

Kawai VPC1

  • 88 keys
  • TP/100LR hammer action keyboard
  • 3 contacts per key + aftertouch
  • Innovative 6-position control knob (4-way switch + 1 rotary encoder + push button)
  • 3 function buttons
  • 4 programmable zones
  • 4 programmable pedal connections
  • 3 programmable joystick controllers
  • TFT colour graphic display (320 x 240)
  • Editing and programming software (SL Editor)
  • User programmable key balance
  • 6 editable speed curves
  • Magnetic rail system to adapt a music stand or plate for sheet music, etc. (music stand and plate as optional equipment)
  • Dimensions: 1260 x 310 x 125 mm
  • Weight: 13.7 kg
  • Includes 9V DC 1A power supply, PS 100 sustain pedal and a collection of virtual instruments after hardware registration
  • 88-key master keyboard with Stage Piano Design
  • 88 wooden hammer action keys RM3 Grand II
  • Keyboard mechanics with 3-sensor system
  • Let-off simulation and Ivory Touch key surface
  • Settings: Normal, Ivory II, Pianoteq, Galaxy Vintag D, Alicia’s Keys
  • Graphical interface
  • Unlimited number of Touch Curves with unlimited points each
  • Touch Learn function
  • Velocity Off Set for each key
  • Midi/USB Routing
  • Midi Send Channel
  • Free pedal assignment (VPC Editor compatible with Windows XP/Vista/7/8), Connections: 3 pedals
  • Midi (in / out)
  • USB to Host
  • Power supply via USB (1.0 W) or DC12V (3.0 W) power adapter
  • Dimensions: 1380 x 425 x 185 mm
  • Weight: 29.5 kg
  • Includes F-30 Foot Pedal Unit with Half-Damper Function, lectern, AC adapter and instruction manual

In this last comparison we have two 88-key MIDI controllers, on the one hand the well known and tested Studiologic SL88 Studio, and on the other hand the Kawai VPC1 which is one of the most expensive MIDI controllers on the market. It offers an 88-key master keyboard with Stage Piano Design, with 88 wooden keys with RM3 Grand II hammer action, plus many functions typical of a digital piano, and also includes an F-30 pedal unit with Half-Damper function. It is only a MIDI controller for demanding pianists, if you are one of them and have the budget go for it, otherwise the Studiologic SL88 Studio is an excellent choice at a more affordable price.

And here is a video of the Kawai VPC1 keyboard

If you want to know more about this option, click on the following link to see the Kawai VPC1 review.

Where to buy the Studiologic SL88 Studio keyboard

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