PioneerDJ slaps NI and Ableton right in the Face! PioneerDJ Toraiz SP -16 Sampler

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PioneerDJ is starting to remind me of an episode of Pinky and the Brain — on a demented quest to take over the world! Enter the Pioneer Toraiz SP-16 Sampler – Did you read the headline? Not only did Pioneer kick Native Instruments in the gonads with the release of their own software/hardware combination this year they are now taking a headshot at Ableton’s Push and NI’s Maschine. The core DJ/Producer that whats to create/remix on the fly or in the studio now has a machine that has so much going for it, it may become a fixture in many DJ booth’s –Bold Statement? Time will tell. Dave Smith filters, On-board Sequencer and MPC pads all connected to Rekordbox and some CDJ’s, let your creative juices flow my friends. This is something that NI should have done years ago with Traktor and Maschine. Pioneer has beat them to the punch and have created a device that can run in stand alone mode. Wether you are a Hip-Hop beat maker or a Deep House producer the SP-16 will be in a lot of gig bags. Hopefully, this also pressures other software companies to up their game and get creative – Fast!  Read the Official Release from Pioneer.

 

5th April 2016: Take your creativity to another level in the booth, the studio and on stage with the TORAIZ SP-16 sampler and step sequencer. The tactile sampler features an intuitive touch screen and layout, 16 powerful sampler engines, analogue filters based on Dave Smith Instruments’ Prophet-6 synthesiser and quantize via Pro DJ Link. And you can use it as a stand-alone unit – no need to take a laptop into the booth.

We’ve poured more than 20 years of electronic music industry experience into our first sampler to create a versatile sound machine. Load samples via USB or from the internal memory; then use the 16-step sequencer to create patterns, or playback loops or trigger one- shots with the multicoloured Performance Pads. And if you’re connected to CDJs via Pro DJ Link, everything is synced to the beat of the master deck, so you can get creative with confidence.

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We’ve partnered with the legendary synth creator Dave Smith to add his Prophet-6 analogue filters to the sampler, so you can give your creations a rich, analogue warmth and presence. Plus a touch strip gives you instinctive control of various parameters including pitch bending. The real-time processing engine means you can reliably manipulate the sound using time stretch, pitch bend and amp envelope.

The 7-inch full-colour touch screen puts you in complete control. Pick the Track Menu to see the full information about your sounds and their parameters – which you can manipulate using the six rotary dials just below the screen. The sampler comes with 2GB of samples already on board, courtesy of Loopmasters, so you can start creating bass lines and loops right out of the box.

The TORAIZ SP-16 will be available from summer 2016 at an SRP of €1,599, including VAT. Watch our video to see the sampler in action.

KEY FEATURES

  1. Create up to 256 patterns using the 16-step sequencerDrop sounds into the sequencer to create your own 16-step loops and use the six dials to modulate the sounds. The multicoloured buttons reflect the colours you’ve assigned each sound: for example, kick drums in red. You can save your patterns then play them back instantly in the booth or on stage.

  2. 7-inch full-colour touch screen with detailed sample information The large touch screen puts all the information you need in your line of sight. Quickly browse and load samples, and allocate colours to them for a visual guide. Or see real-time waveforms and full details of the sample’s characteristics, and use the dials underneath to manipulate a variety of parameters.

  3. Multicoloured Performance Pads with Velocity ModeThe Performance Pads are taken from our DJ controllers to give you a truly tactile experience. Load up to 16 samples to the pads, then finger drum freely to layer sounds on-the-fly. The lights reflect the colours you’ve assigned to each sound, while Velocity Mode lets you control the volume of the sample with how hard you hit the pad.

  4. 8GB of flash memory and real-time processing for non-stop music productionThe TORAIZ SP-16 delivers 16-voice polyphony so you can play all 16 samples at once – even when you’re using time stretch or editing the sound using the touch screen amp envelope. The 8GB of flash memory means you’ve got plenty of space – and you can use it as a stand-alone unit, with no need for a laptop.

  5. Analogue filters from Dave Smith Instruments’ Prophet-6 synthesiserWe’ve collaborated with Dave Smith to add the analogue filters from his iconic Prophet-6 synthesiser to the TORAIZ SP-16. Use the dials to sculpt your sound – manipulating Drive, Cut Off and Resonance – and add true analogue warmth and presence.

  6. Pro DJ Link and MIDI clock mean you’ll never miss a beat Add the TORAIZ SP-16 to your CDJ or XDJ set-up using Pro DJ Link and the sampler will snap your one-shots and loops to the beat of the master deck. So you can layer multiple sounds over your tracks and they’ll always be in sync. It also has a MIDI clock so you can connect other devices via USB and stay in sync, and we’ll be adding connectivity with DAWs and synths at a later date.

  7. Other features:

    • Use the touch strip to control various parameters

    • Comes with 2GB Loopmasters samples already on board

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MAIN SPECIFICATIONS

Input ports Phone x 2
Output ports Phone x 8, Headphones
Other ports USB, LAN, MIDI
Max external dimension 436.5 x 261.2 x 74.3 mm (W x D x H)
Weight 3.2 kg
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