Pioneer DJ Unveils TORAIZ AS-1 Synth

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Pioneer DJ TORAIZ AS-1

Pioneer DJ is best known for its digital hardware, but today at the NAMM trade show they showed off an addition to their production range that’s resolutely analog.

Designed in collaboration with Dave Smith Instruments, the TORAIZ AS-1 is a monophonic analog synthesizer. It has a touchpad-style keyboard and slider control and includes seven onboard FX.

Although the AS-1 doesn’t come with a Pro DJ Link port to synchronize with the company’s DJ gear, it can connect to the TORAIZ SP-16 sampler to enable control via MIDI. With that connectivity, the AS-1 can be used in hybrid DJ-live setups.

Key features of the AS-1:

– True analog sound from Dave Smith Instruments’ Prophet-6
– Two voltage-controlled oscillators
– Two voltage-controlled filters
– Two envelope generators
– Voltage-controlled amplifier and low-frequency oscillator
– Full programmability with 495 presets, 495 user programs and Quick Program
– Dual FX engine with seven FX (six from the Dave Smith Instruments Prophet-6 synth)
– Touchpad-style keyboard and slider
– Scale mode
– Arpeggiator
– 64-step sequencer with Sequence Lock
– Bright OLED display
– Easy connection to a PC/Mac or an external MIDI device

Watch Pioneer’s promo video below and learn more about the synth on their website.

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