Torso Electronics Intros S-4 Sampler

Torso Electronics has introduced the S-4 ‘sculpting sampler ‘, described as “a futuristic platform for crafting unique soundscapes and compositions, using samples and real-time audio processing.”

The S-4 has four parallel stereo tracks, each with an audio engine featuring a chain of audio devices including samplers, live granular processing, morphing resonators, and a range of audio effects. You can capture sounds on the fly with the onboard microphone and stereo line input, or load samples from the four gigabyte internal flash storage.


  • Audio engine:
    • 4 parallel stereo audio tracks
    • Tape player with live looping capabilities
    • Polyphonic sample player
    • Live granular processing with time-warping and pitch-shifting algorithms
    • Morphing resonator (48-band filter bank)
    • Bit crushing, drive, and compression
    • Combined reverb and delay with pitch-shifting and shimmer
  • Modulation features
    • 4 modulators per track
    • Modulate any parameter of the audio engine
    • Modulator types:
      • Complex LFOs
      • Generative sequencing tools
      • Envelopes
  • Hardware
    • Quad-core 1.5 GHz processor
    • 4 GB flash memory (sample pool)
    • 24-bit / 48 kHz stereo audio in and out
  • I/O
    • 2 line-inputs
    • 2 line-outputs
    • Built-in microphone
    • Stereo headphone output
    • MIDI in/out
    • Analog sync in/out
    • USB-C
  • Miscellaneous
    • WiFi – Ableton Link
    • Class-compliant USB audio interface
    • Expandable number of inputs/outputs with class-compliant USB interfaces
  • User Interface
    • High-resolution LCD color display, 3.5 inch
    • 21 tactile RGB buttons
    • 9 high-quality endless encoders

Pricing and Availability:

The Torso Electronics S-4 is available to pre-order for $899, with shipping planned for March 2024.

26 thoughts on “Torso Electronics Intros S-4 Sampler

  1. I might be too old, but this seems like an update of the Roland SP-808. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it is deja vu all over again.

    1. My first thought was it being their take on the Korg Wavestate, especially due to the generative aspect of it. Owning their T-1, I’m going for it… As I suspect their interaction with their users will blow this instrument way beyond its original intent, as with said sequencer.

    2. The 808? I got one boxed up in the garage and I think you made a mistake. The 808 was closer to the 202/303/404/505/555. No sequencer but 4 audio tracks and millions of FX and parameters. Best machine until the zip drive goes bonkers. No really seeing the comparison beyond the 4 tracks.

  2. I don’t know. Maybe it’s because I’m old but I keep seeing the term “sampler” used to refer to a device’s ability to fuck with a .wav file and not, necessarily, to what I would call sampling. If this is a ‘sampler’, wouldn’t it be prudent to include specs such as how much sampling memory is included, what bit rates and quantization resolutions are supported, etc. Looking at this description, I have no idea what this device actually does. Is this thing a “sampler” or just another lame ‘sample modification’ device?

    1. They did a thorough Q&A on their Discord channel. So yeah, I agree they should have made their product page a whole lot clearer. Especially when they want to get people to pre-order this.

      It’s basically an 8-tracker (2×4 stereo) that has a sampler function, as in… It can trigger samples if you want it to, but it seems to be more about looping samples than triggering samples. It for instance, lets you feed the output of one channel back into another channel. So if you messed with tape of cassette in the past, the basic idea should become clearer.

      Bitrate is 24-bit / 48 kHz stereo audio in and out. It streams the sample from USB, so length is essentially endless.

  3. Given their other product, seem odd this has no sequencer in this (or maybe they want you to buy both?). So its a creative sampler you just plug a keyboard or hardware sequencer in to play?

  4. “Right, get me a stack of at least four Torso S-4s and we’ll get this outsider dub folk tango record cut within 70 minutes and still have time to catch the game on television.”

    -Rupret ‘Hitrecordsmith’ Simms, Captain of the Yale Music Production Society

    1. Everyone raves about an Ipad th emoment gear cost too much so I assume everyone has one or is aware they exist and what they’re capable of. So Ipad= tons of sequencer apps. There you go. Curios to know how it works with no sequencing. Just tape loops, if so, then it’d be weird to have a sequencer on, lets say, a Tascam running tape loops.

  5. The generic 8 encoders and buttons with screen user interface could easily be replicated on something like the Ableton push, which says to me that there isn’t much value in this hardware over a software sampler.

  6. Would be interesting if it could actually automatically sample synths using MIDI – then you could sample your mono-synths, vintage gear, or whatever, and play them polyphonically with all sorts of interesting effects!

    1. For $900 you can be roped into Apple’s cycle of perpetual updates and planned obsolescence

      Your iPad will be worth fuck all in 3 or 4 years because it will have been replaced by newer versions and the second hand market is already saturated with old iPads

      You’ll eventually be locked out of using newer versions of GarageBand and Logic on your old iPad and forced to upgrade

      Whereas a T-4 will always be a niche instrument with appeal to a small number of people. It’ll be worth more or less the same in 10 years as it is now

      1. I have 3 ipads, including the original from 2009 or whatever, integrated into my studio and all are useful to this day. All still work, all can hold a charge for months, all look and work like new.

  7. i got 4 ipads, but no apps that can do this( maybe spacecraft).
    want this probably. t-1 is amazing. hope for the best.
    waiting for youtube though.
    4gb is to little i think. and i dont care so much for resonator, but the modulation sounds nice

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