2017 NAMM Show: Pioneer DJ has announced a new collaboration with Dave Smith Instruments: the Toraiz AS-1, a monophonic synthesizer for music production and live performance.
The Toraiz AS-1 features a fully-programmable, true analog synthesis engine, based on the discrete analog circuitry in Dave Smith Instruments’ Prophet-6 synthesizer , which is itself a modern reboot of his classic Prophet-5.
The controls include parameter knobs that let you make both subtle and dramatic changes to the tone of your music to create your own personalized sound. You can use the touchpad-style keyboard and slider to manipulate sounds during performances. And it’s easy to manipulate the seven on-board effects, which – with the addition of a brand-new digital distortion – come from the Prophet-6 synth.
Here’s the official intro video:
You can connect the TORAIZ AS-1 synth to the TORAIZ SP-16 live sampler via MIDI and use the sampler’s sequencer to create more complex patterns with the analog sounds you’ve created in the synthesizer. The two TORAIZ instruments can also be connected to your DJM mixer via Pro DJ Link and MIDI, creating a set-up where the CDJs play the track, the TORAIZ SP-16 adds loops and one-shots, and the TORAIZ AS-1 can generate unique analog leads, in sync with the BPM of the music.
Pricing and Availability
The TORAIZ AS-1 will be available starting in March 2017 at an SRP of €549 including VAT. See the Pioneer DJ site for details.