An Interview With Synth Designer Axel Hartmann

This video captures an interview, via Nick Batt and sonicstate, with industrial designer Axel Hartmann.

If you’ve played a synthesizer, there’s a good chance you’ve played one designed by Axel Hartmann. Hartmann is responsible for the industrial design of:

  • Waldorf synths, including the MicroWave, Wave, Blofeld and others;
  • the Alesis Andromeda Analog Synthesizer;
  • the Hartmann Neuron;
  • the Access Virus Polar;
  • the Moog Little Phatty and Minimoog Voyager XL;
  • Arturia’s Origin, Spark & MiniBrute;
  • the StudioLogic Sledge;
  • the Schmidt Analog Synthesizer;
  • and many others.

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Studiologic Sledge Firmware Update Doubles Its Polyphony

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Mac Music reports that Studiologic has released a free firmware upgrade for their Sledge analog modeling synthesizer ($1599 MAP).

The upgrade effectively doubles the instrument’s polyphony from 8 voices to 16. The update is shipping in new units and is available as a download for units already in the field.

Details appear to be to come at the Studiologic site. If you’ve got more info, let us know in the comments!

Studio Logic Sledge Polyphonic Synth At Musikmesse 2012

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The Studio Logic Sledge synthesizer made its Musikmesse debut this week.

The Sledge is a new polyphonic keyboard, based on Waldorf’s sound engine.

Here’s a quick demo, from the Musikmesse show floor, that highlights the Sledge’s user interface, synthesis capabilities and offers an intro to the new synth’s sound.

Details are available at the StudioLogic site.

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The StudioLogic Sledge Polyphonic Keyboard Synthesizer

Studiologic Sledge synthesizer

At the 2012 NAMM Show, Studiologic introduced the Sledge polyphonic keyboard synthesizer – a new keyboard, based on a Waldorf sound engine.

The Sledge combines the power of the Waldorf engine with a retro, knobby front panel.

The synth is based around the latest Waldorf modelling technology, offering virtual analog and wave table synthesis, derived from the PPG wave. The three oscillators, plus a Noise generator, are fed into Sledge’s multimode filter, with selectable 24 / 12 dB slope.The old school interface makes clear the signal path and how each control affects the result.

And two built-in effect units deliver Chorus, Phaser and Flanger, as well as a reverb or an analogue style delay.

Details below. Check out the info and let us know what you think of the StudioLogic Sledge synthesizer.

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Studiologic Numa Organ Joey DeFrancesco Model Now Available

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2011 Winter NAMM Show: Studiologic announced that it’s now shipping the Numa Organ Joey DeFrancesco Model, an integrated organ and keyboard controller. The Numa Organ offers a physical model of the classic electro-mechanical organ, complete with rotary and scanner emulation.

Above, Joey DeFrancesco jams on the new Numa Organ.

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Studiologic Numa Piano Now Shipping

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2011 NAMM Show: Studiologic announced that the Numa Piano is shipping and widely available.

An integrated stage piano and master keyboard controller, the Numa Piano features the Fatar TP/100 Premium Weighted Hammer Action. The Numa Piano offers Grand Piano, Electric Piano, Clavinet, Pad, Organ, and Upright Bass sounds.

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Studiologic Shipping New Numa Nero Keyboard Controller

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Studiologic is shipping its new Numa Nero keyboard controller, handmade in Italy and featuring Fatar’s 88-note Grand Touch progressively-graded grand hammer-action key bed.

According to Studiologic, the Numa Nero features “the most inspiring grand piano action ever offered in a digital controller.” Continue reading