Studiologic Sledge 2.0

61-key Virtual-analog Synthesizer, with Fatar TP-9 Keybed, Full Hands-on Controls, Waldorf PPG Synth Engine, Sampling, and Onboard Effects
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Get Your Hands on Epic Synth Power

Whether you're performing with an electronic jam band, or performing sonic alchemy in your studio, there's a lot to love about the Studiologic Sledge 2.0 synthesizer. Besides the familiar tweaker-friendly workflow and buttery playability, the Sledge 2.0 adds auto dual mode, extended sample editing both onboard and via the Sledge 2.0 Spectre editor, and extended polyphony to 24 notes to an already sought-after synth. And you'll instantly appreciate how expressive and responsive this sound engine is when you get your hands on the 5-octave Fatar TP-9 keybed. At Sweetwater, we love synths that pack a lot of control and a ton of different sounds, and the Studiologic Sledge 2.0 delivers!

Studiologic Sledge 2.0 61-key Virtual-analog Synthesizer at a Glance:
  • Sledge 2.0 introduces sampling and other cool benefits
  • Get creative with oscillators, wavetables, and samples
  • All the right synthesis tools to create epic sounds
Sledge 2.0 introduces sampling and other cool benefits

While the Sledge 2.0 closely resembles its predecessor, its expanded feature set offers you more sound-creation and performance options than ever. To begin with, Studiologic expanded the Sledge's polyphony from 16 to 24, voices, which is a particularly useful when you explore the Auto Dual mode, which lets you quickly set up splits and layers. You can even set up the pitch and hold controls to affect each sound independently. Incidentally, you can save dual-mode sounds in the 1,000 available preset memory slots. Speaking of memory, the expanded 60MB of internal flash memory also lets you load up samples, so you can create completely original sounds of your own. Sledge Spectre software even makes sample editing and mapping easy, thanks to it's logically laid out graphic environment.

Get creative with oscillators, wavetables, and samples

You've got a lot of sonic options when you sit down to create new sounds on the Studiologic Sledge 2.0. You'll find the usual oscillators you'd expect like saw, square, triangle, sine, and sample & hold and ramp too. Sledge 2.0 also packs a set of 66 digital wavetables from the revered Waldorf PPG Wave synthesizer. So, with Sledge 2.0 you can create everything from analog-style '70s synth bass, to modern, aggressive dubstep sounds, and cover a lot of sonic territory in between too. Finally, Sweetwater synth nuts are really excited about the 60MB of sample memory onboard the Sledge 2.0, and thanks to the logically laid out Sledge Spectre application, you can easily create and arrange samples via your computer.

All the right synthesis tools to create epic sounds

Whether you like stacking similar tones to create monster leads, or tweak out on creating multi-layered atmospheric drones, you're in luck with Sledge 2.0. And beyond stacking oscillators, there's a lot of sound-twisting potential here too. Oscillators 2 and 3 can be hard-sync'd, and when you use sine and triangle waveforms for frequency modulation and add in the noise generator, you'll be amazed by the huge sounds you can create. Factor LFOs, Waldorf filters, a powerful arpeggiator, and both onboard reverb and delay (both of which you can use at once), and you'll never run out of ideas when you start tweaking knobs on your Sledge 2.0.

Studiologic Sledge 2.0 61-key Virtual-analog Synthesizer Features:
  • Virtual-analog synthesizer with high-quality Fatar TP-9 keybed
  • 24-voice polyphony, with splits and layers lets you build massive sounds
  • Includes 66 digital wavetables from the PPG Wave digital synth
  • Create your own sounds with 60MB of internal sample memory and a dedicated editor application
  • Exceptional sound quality, thanks to modeling and filter technology from Waldorf
  • Filters can easily be driven to self-oscillation
  • Add excitement with a 10-octave multimode arpeggiator
  • Create splits and layers with independently assignable pitch and hold controls
  • Create depth and dimension with onboard reverb and delay effects
  • Two LFOs per voice, two envelopes per voice (filter/amplifier)
The Studiologic Sledge 2.0 could be your new go-to performance synth!

Tech Specs

Sound Engine Type(s) Digital
Number of Keys 61
Type of Keys Semi-weighted (Fatar TP-9 keybed)
Other Controllers Pitchbend
Polyphony 24 Voices
Number of Effects 5
Effects Types Reverb, Chorus, Phaser, Flanger, Delay
Arpeggiator Yes
Audio Outputs 2 x 1/4", 1 x 1/4" (Headphones)
USB 1 x Type B
MIDI I/O In/Out/USB
Pedal Inputs 1 x Expression, 1 x Sustain
Height 4.33"
Width 38.19"
Depth 15.94"
Weight 18.3 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number AMS-SLEDGE-2

Customer Reviews

4.5/5
Based on 6 reviews
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5/5

Great synth at a great price

Anyone looking for a VA synth should seriously look at this. Very well layed out for quick editing on the fly. Great on-board sounds and easy to create new patches. Keys feel really good.
Music background: Full-time, stage and studio
5/5

Big Bird

I purchased the Studiologic Sledge 2.0, and I would sum up this synthesizer as follows: Axel Hartmann designed, Waldorf powered, complex sound machine that has the option to combine the original classic PPG Wavetables with virtual 70s, 80s analog sounds with the added bonus of a sampler (Ferris Bueller comes to mind) and the ability to play two sounds at the same time (split/layer) --- I think that this combination of features make it stand out as a unique synthesizer linked to synthesizer history that is capable of producing an incredible amount of different sounds including epic virtual analog polyphonic sounds; I really like the knob layout and the retro-futuristic white font used on the panel and it definitely has a vintage analog design vibe; has 61 keys which is useful; well-known synthesizer dudes play it: Geoff Downes from Yes, Jordan Rudess, and I believe Gaz Williams (Sonic State) has one; I recommend giving Big Bird a try!
Music background: synthesizer enthusiast, new musician
4.5/5

Very enjoyable synth

Finally! A synth that focuses more on sounds and lots of tweaking, instead of arpeggiator bleeps and blips (although, it has that too). The ability to load samples makes it even more serious for work, and that construction hat yellow makes me feel like working! Well, maybe it's the big accessible knobs that lend themselves to easy tweaking that inspired me to create about 20 patches on my first day. Either way, this is a synth that I needed in my studio. I also needed a controller, so the 61 keys, aftertouch, and CC from each knob were perfect. I couldn't believe how great this VA sounds in comparison to my real analog synths, and 24 voices with layering (giving you 6 osc per note) just makes it huge! It is definitely my go to synth for sounds now. The lowered price made it a no-brainer.
4.5/5

Bang for the Buck!

If you're looking for a really meaty synth engine that is similar to a Moog or the warmth of a Roland, look elsewhere. If you're tired of little toys being pushed onto the market with limited controls and miss full size keys on a 61 keybed with a plethora of controls on the front panel, this is the unit you need. I had been eyeing the Sledge since 2013 when I saw one in NYC. I was looking for a current synth to add to my rig, and I knew what I was looking for: at least 61 keys with all the controls front face on the panel (no internal parameters to delve into). I had pretty much swore off many of the new units for it was increasingly rare to have an analogue instrument without having plunked down $3000-$4000. Make no mistake--the Sledge is NOT analogue, it's quite digital, but don't give up hope just yet. This instrument is really unique--manufactured in Italy, with a sound engine originating from Germany...yep, it says on the front panel clearly "powered by Waldorf." I knew nothing about wavetable synthesis prior to getting this gem, and I'm still getting acclimated to programming her. For you vintage purists out there, this is like having a modern day PPG Wave 2.3. There are some great sounds in this. It's not clunky to play, the build quality, although hard plastic, comes off sturdy. The knobs are large enough that they're "sexy" to handle and tweak in realtime. Yellow wasn't my color preference, but it definitely stands out in my rig. If you are looking something unique that won't break the bank, Sledge is the answer. I can guarantee that not many people will have or are familiar with these synths. Be the new kid on the block and get one! Big shout out to Stuart Niven, my sales guy. He was amazing in telling me more about this instrument.
Music background: professional musician
4.5/5

Addendum

An add on to my last thoughts. Jordan Rudess has been saying that he like this board a lot and bought himself one so that may have something to do with it being in short supply. When he praised the Korg Radius and said he had 2 of them, they no longer made them, but the used price went through the roof within weeks and stays there. I have one that needs a volume pot and a keybed. I had it with my M-3 and it got water on it...don't really want to use an 88 key weighted bed with it and the pot is proving impossible to find.
Music background: keys
See also: Studiologic, Studiologic Synthesizers