Pioneer DJ and Dave Smith make noise with the new Toraiz AS-1 synth

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pioneer dj torcia as-1Pioneer DJ team up with Dave Smith Instruments again to make the Toraiz AS-1 monophonic analogue synth.

Based on the modern classic Prophet-6 synth (which itself is modelled on the original Prophet-5) , Pioneer DJ worked with Dave Smith Instruments to make the Toraiz AS-1 a truly analogue synthesiser with authentic sounds.

Create your own unique sounds and fat bass lines then shape them with two VCOs , two VCFs  a VCA and LFO.

Play with the touch based keyboard or use the midi input to control the Toraiz AS-1, likewise you can send midi out to your other studio devices.

The Toraiz AS-1 has 495 presets to use as templates and build upon, then save your sequences up to another 495, using the 64 step sequencer.

Tune your sounds with dual PRouget- 6 FX engines.

Read on for more and below for video.

Full features:

1.True analog sound from Dave Smith Instruments’ Prophet-6

Create your own fat bass and edgy lead sounds thanks to the synthesis engine at the core of the TORAIZ AS-1, which is based on the discrete analog circuitry of Dave Smith Instruments’ revered Prophet-6 synthesizer. The TORAIZ AS-1 has two voltage-controlled oscillators (VCO) with continuouslyvariable triangle, sawtooth and pulse wave shapes. Sculpt your sound using the two voltage-controlled filters (VCF) also from the Prophet-6: a 4-pole, resonant low-pass filter that can self-oscillate and a 2-pole, resonant high-pass filter.

2. Full programmability and 495 presets

Use the TORAIZ AS-1 to create one-of-a-kind sounds using two VCOs, two VCFs, one VCA,1 two EGs,2and one LFO,3 then save each sound and its parameter settings as a program so you can access it later. There are 495 preset programs to give you inspiration, each with a different sound and 64-step sequence that can be edited independently. In addition, you can save up to 495 of your own programs in the five user banks, and you can assign up to 13 programs as Quick Programs to each key on the keyboard and instantly recall them at any time.

3. FX from the Dave Smith Instruments Prophet-6 synthesizer

Get creative with the Prophet-6-derived dual effects engine. Add a single effect or pair two together to add extra texture to your sounds. True bypass preserves a pure analog signal path.

• FX1: Bucket Brigade Delay, Distortion, Ring Modulation
• FX2: Chorus, High-resonance Phaser, Low-resonance Phaser, Maestro Phaser
4. Intuitive user interface and performance features

Create unique sounds and phrases using the intuitive touchpad-style keyboard and slider. Harness features such as the 64-step sequencer, arpeggiator and Scale Mode to bring even more creative possibilities to your performance.

• Keyboard and Scale Mode: Use the touchpad-style keyboard to perform with the sounds you create. Use Scale Mode to change the notes assigned to the keys, choosing from any of the 21 on-board scales. You don’t need a deep understanding of musical theory. Just select the scale in which you want to play and the TORAIZ AS-1 will make sure your performance is in perfect harmony.
• Slider: Add dynamism to your performances by moving your finger up and down the slider to manipulate your choice of seven different parameters. Change the pitch of two oscillators at once, adjust the amount of FX, and more. The slider is sure to become an essential tool in your live performances.

 • ArpeggiatorPerform a repeating chord pattern by holding notes on the touchpad-style keyboard. Change it in real time, either by octave or by changing its key in semitones. Experiment with combinations of different scales, or match the scale with that of a track that’s playing.

 • 64-step sequencer: Use the 64-step sequencer for step recording of patterns. Change the musical key of a pattern in real time by touching the relevant key of the keyboard during playback. Find inspiration from a preset sequence pattern and use Sequence Lock so you can play the keyboard and quickly edit the sound without editing the pattern that’s playing.

 5. Other features

• Bright OLED display shows parameter information
• USB-B port and MIDI terminals (IN, OUT/THRU) for easy connection to a PC/Mac or an external MIDI device
• Robust metal chassis suitable for use in the studio or on stage

The Toraiz AS-1 will be available in March priced at £479

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