Chris Martirano

Sledge Black EditionSL88 Grand
I love Studiologic products! I use my Black Sledge extensively on many of my musical projects. The warm, fat sound, and easy to use control panel make it an ideal synth. The SL 88 Grand controller has an amazing graduated hammer-weighted keyboard action! It responds perfectly to my touch, allowing me to fully express myself when connected to my favorite VI plug-ins.


Christian Martirano is a highly sought after musician, clinician, consultant, and sound designer. He has spent more than 40 years as an expert in synthesis. Chris has worked for such legendary companies as Sequential Circuits, Kurzweil Music Systems, Synthogy, Yamaha, Nord, Novation, and Roland. He holds a masters degree Music Education, with a Bachelor in piano performance. He has taught as an adjunct professor at Hartford U.

As Director of Product Development for Kurzweil Music Systems for more than 12 years, Chris Martirano contributed significantly to their award winning products. He created many of the sound programs used by renown artists and musicians worldwide. They are heard in many films, television programs and music recordings. While at Kurzweil, he also designed 5.1 sound FX for animated video shorts.

Chris has a long list of credits creating sounds used by artists and bands including Stevie Wonder, Rick Wakeman of Yes, members of Pink Floyd, Billy Joel's band along with many Broadway productions. He has lent his expertise to recordings on just about every label including recording with his own band Voices on Atco, a division of Atlantic Records.

Chris now runs his own business, Designsounds, where he continues to work independently as a consultant and sound designer for many manufacturers. He continues to serve as choir director and church musician for several area churches and performs with many musical ensembles. Chris is the Director of International Business Development for Synthogy, makers for IvoryTM virtual piano software instruments that have set the industry benchmark for realism and performance.

Chris' endless passion for music, sounds and products makes him a great asset as a clinician. He is able to not only demonstrate products with an expert touch, but he also draws from his wealth of knowledge to bring the listener to a full understanding of how things work and sound good. American Music and Sound is privileged to bring Chris and his depth of experience to demonstrate Nord, Kurzweil and Studiologic products to dealers across the nation.