Pioneer DJ and Dave Smith Instruments have announced the second offering in the Toraiz Line of Instruments. Toraiz AS-1 is a monophonic analog synthesizer that features the discrete analogue circuitry in Dave Smith Instruments’ Prophet-6 synthesizer and features 7 of it’s on board effects.
The unit itself was designed for both studio and live performance usage, featuring quickly accessible controls for manipulating sound during performance. For synthesis, the AS-1 features two voltage controlled oscillators, with continuously variable triangle, sawtooth, and pulse waveforms as well as Dave Smith designed 4-pole low-pass and 2-pole high-pass filters. Modulation is presented in the form of two envelopes as well as an LFO and can be controlled utilizing the 64-step sequencer, in addition to the built in slider, which allows for modulation of 7 different parameters.
For DJs looking for a hybrid performance approach, Toraiz AS-1 is designed to integrate with the previously released SP-16 as well as CDJs via MIDI. While live performance was certainly a consideration of it’s design, the synthesizer would certainly have it’s place in the studio as well. To get things started, the unit comes with equipped with 495 presets with room for 495 of your own across 5 user banks.
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