In collaboration with Dave Smith Instruments, Pioneer has created a new monophonic synthesizer for music production and live performances: the TORAIZ AS-1. The synth is the second musical instrument in the Pioneer TORAIZ series that brings new creative possibilities to the studio and stage, and its release follows the launch of the 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.