Pure Analog – Meet the TORAIZ AS-1 Monophonic Analog Synthesizer for Production and Live Performances

TORRANCE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Today, more than ever, producers are making tracks using electronic
instruments such as synthesizers and drum machines. Now, in
collaboration with Dave Smith Instruments, we’ve created a new
monophonic synthesizer for music production and live performances: the
TORAIZ AS-1. The synthesizer 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 which made its debut 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 – a modern reboot of his classic Prophet-5.
Working closely with Dave Smith himself, we’ve created a synthesizer
that produces powerful analog sound and makes an ideal addition to the
set-ups of professional and aspiring producers.

Our experience in making DJ equipment and production gear has been
poured into the development of the new synthesizer’s user interface and
performance features. The intuitive 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. Also, 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 synthesizer

You can connect the TORAIZ AS-1 synthesizer to the TORAIZ SP-16 live
sampler via MIDI and use the sampler’s sophisticated sequencer to create
even more complex patterns with the powerful analog sounds you’ve
created in the synthesizer. Together, the two TORAIZ instruments can 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 generates unique analog leads in sync
with the BPM of the music.

The TORAIZ AS-1 will be available in the United States and Canada in
March 2017, with a retail price of $499.00 USD.

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the TORAIZ AS-1 introduction video.
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more
about the TORAIZ AS-1 monophonic analog synthesizer.

KEY FEATURES OF THE TORAIZ AS-1

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 continuously variable 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,2 and 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.

 

Arpeggiator: Perform 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

 
1 Voltage-controlled amplifier
2 Envelope generator
3 Low-frequency oscillator
 
         
Sound generation      

Analog synthesis

Input / Output Terminals     Outputs       AUDIO OUT L/R ((¼-inch TS jacks), PHONES (¼-inch stereo phone jack)
MIDI       MIDI IN (5P DIN), MIDI OUT/THRU (5P DIN)
USB       USB (Type B)
    Others       TRIGGER IN (¼-inch TS jack)
Power supply       AC adaptor (DC 5V)
Power consumption       1,500 mA
Maximum dimensions (WxDxH)       267.4 mm x 177.7 mm x 68.6 mm / 10.5” × 7.0” × 2.7”
Weight       1.4 kg / 3.1 lb
Accessories       AC adaptor, Power cord, Quick Start Guide

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About Pioneer DJ
Pioneer DJ Americas, Inc. is the subsidiary
of Pioneer DJ Corporation responsible for sales and marketing in North,
Central, and South America. For more than 20 years, Pioneer DJ has been
a market leader in the design and production of innovative DJ equipment
and software. The company works closely with DJs and clubs to deliver
next generation products that inspire and shape the global dance music
community. Its portfolio includes brands such as TORAIZ, Pioneer
Professional Audio and Pioneer DJ Radio, rekordbox dj software, as well
as social platforms KUVO and DJsounds. Pioneer DJ Corporation is a
privately held company headquartered in Yokohama, Japan.

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