First day of NAMM 2017, and DJ/Producers already have some new Pioneer DJ gear to obsess over: the Pioneer DJ Toraiz AS-1. As you know, I’m not very familiar with producing gear so I leave it up to Stu from Pioneer DJ to give you the full details. The one thing I can say that the demo in the video is impressive and it sure invites DJs to go beyond playing someone else’s music and create sounds themselves.
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I had the pleasure of attending a full demo of the Toraiz AS-1 and the Toraiz SP-16 working together kindly delivered by Stu from Pioneer DJ, watch below!
COLLABORATION WITH DAVE SMITH: Working closely with Dave Smith himself, we have created a synth that produces powerful analogue sound. The TORAIZ AS-1 is an ideal addition to the setups of professional and aspiring producers.
PROPHET-6 ANALOGUE SOUNDThe AS-1 is based on the same analogue filters as Dave Smith’s renowned Prophet-6 synthesiser. It has 2 voltage-controlled oscillators (VCO) with continuously-variable triangle, sawtooth, and pulse wave shapes. Sculpt your sound using the 2 voltage-controlled filters (VCF), a 4-pole, resonant low-pass filter that can self-oscillate, and a 2-pole, resonant high-pass filter.
FULL PROGRAMMABILITY: Use the TORAIZ AS-1 to create one-of-a-kind sounds using 2 VCOs, 2 VCFs, and VCA, 2 EGs and 1 LFO, then save each sound and its parameter settings as a program so you can instantly access it later.
495 PRESETS: The inspiring 495 preset programmes each have a different sound and 64-step sequence that can be edited separately. You can also save up to 495 of your own programmes in the 5 user banks.
PROPHET-6 FX: Be creative with the Prophet-6-derived dual FX engine and use a single effect or pair 2 together to add extra texture to your sounds. FX includes Bucket Brigade Delay, Distortion, Ring Modulation, Chorus and Maestro Phaser.
KEYBOARD & SCALE MODE: The TORAIZ AS-1 will make sure your performance is in perfect harmony as you perform the sounds you create with the touchpad keyboard or change the notes assigned to the keys with Scale Mode.
SLIDER: Add dynamic changes to your performance by using the slider to manipulate 7 different parameters. Change the pitch of 2 oscillators, adjust the amount of FX and more.
The Toraiz AS-1 will be available in march 2017 and will be cost USD 499.