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Pioneer DJ AS-1 synth - MusicRadar hands-on

Simon Arblaster and Future Music Editor, Si Truss demo and discuss the latest addition to Pioneer DJ’s collaboration with Dave Smith Instruments, the Toraiz AS-1.

Following on from last year’s release of the Toraiz SP-16, we knew that there would be more to come from the fledgling music production range.

Fast forward to the NAMM 2017 show and the launch of the AS-1, a monosynth with a single voice from the DSI Prophet 6 lying within, encapsulated in a more ‘DJ-friendly’ chassis.

While we were very pleased with the sounds on offer, we weren’t too sure about the choice of controls and keypad deployed. So then, what better reason to take a closer look AS-1 to see what else lurks under the hood.

MORE INFO: NAMM 2017: Pioneer DJ and Dave Smith have announced the Toraiz AS-1 monophonic analogue synth (opens in new tab)

In case you've missed any of our previous hands-on tech vids (where have you been?), you can catch up below.

Simon Arblaster
Simon Arblaster

I take care of the reviews on MusicRadar and Future Music magazine, though can sometimes be spotted in front of a camera talking little sense in the presence of real musicians. For the past 30 years, I have been unable to decide on which instrument to master, so haven't bothered. Currently, a lover of all things high-gain in the guitar stakes and never one to resist churning out sub-standard funky breaks, the likes of which you'll never hear.

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