Now here's something we weren't expecting from PioneerDJ or Dave Smith Instruments. A full blown, bonafide monophonic analog synthesizer for under $500. The TORAIZ AS-1 was made in collaboration with Dave Smith Instruments and shows how Pioneer feels studio production and performance needs are overlapping more than ever.
The standout features of the Toraiz AS-1 (which I find incredibly difficult to type btw) include a 64 step sequencer, arpeggiator, touch-pad style keyboard and slider, 495 preset sounds and 495 user sounds.
Here's the official press release and video from PioneerDJ for the Toraiz AS-1 mono analog synth:
In collaboration with Dave Smith Instruments, we’ve created a new monophonic synthesizer for music production and live performances: the TORAIZ AS-1. The synth is the second musical instrument in our TORAIZ series that brings new creative possibilities to the studio and stage, and its release follows the launch of our popular TORAIZ SP-16 live sampler in August 2016.
The TORAIZ AS-1 is driven by a fully programmable, true analog synthesis engine based on the discrete analog circuitry in Dave Smith Instruments’ Prophet-6 synthesizer. It produces powerful analog audio and features intuitive controls that let you create your own personalised sound. You can use the touchpad-style keyboard and slider to manipulate sounds during performances and it’s easy to control the seven on-board effects, which – with the addition of a brand-new digital distortion – come from the Prophet-6 synth.
You can connect the TORAIZ AS-1 synth to the TORAIZ SP-16 live sampler via MIDI and use the sampler’s sophisticated sequencer to create even more complex patterns with the sounds you’ve created in the synthesizer.
The TORAIZ AS-1 will be available from March 2017 at an SRP of €549 including VAT.
Price: $499 USD / €549 EUR
Availability: March 2017