And now for something competely different. Pioneer DJ release their first proper Production hardware.
So Pioneer DJ don’t just do DJ, here’s something we didn’t expect, the new Toraiz SP16.
It’s a sampler and sequencer with 16 velocity sensitive pads, 16 step sequencer, touch screen and syncs with Pioneer DJ Link.
In a nutshell, you can record your own sounds directly in to it on the fly or use ready made samples and build / play / perform an entire track using those sounds and manipulate them using the built in Dave Smith filters.
It’s starting to look like a familiar design layout for this type of unit, but lets take a look at each section:
Touch strip for pitch bending and effect parameter control
16 performance pads. All backlit with multi colour LEDs and a velocity mode to play at different levels depending on how hard you hit them.
7″ touch screen to see all the information clearly, like wave forms and assigning sample colours, access menus and more. For example you can label different groups of sounds with different colours, like snares or vocals.
16 step sequencer to create up to 256 patterns, all multi colour back lit. Or use them fo one shot sample triggers.
8GB of built in flash memory lets you store loads of samples on board, you can load samples from a USB stick or record them on the fly. The Toraiz SP16 ships with 2gb of samples from Loopmaster.
Dave Smith analogue filters – taken from the legendary Prophet 6 synth, built in and at your fingertips, for that authentic analogue warm sound.
We can see this being used in DJ setups, linked to a CDJ / DJM NXS2 system using the Aux send and return on a DJM900 NXS2 to grab samples and using the DJ link (ethernet) to BPM sync with the CDJ’s.
The possibilities of this unit are huge and we can’t wait to get our hands on one and get in front of a camera!
The Pioneer DJ Toraiz SP16 is due late summer 2016 priced at £1279.
(Oh, apparently it’s pronounced “tour-rise”)