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Watch Pioneer DJ and Dave Smith’s powerful Toriaz AS-1 mono synth at NAMM 2017

FACT gets a closer look at the new analog synth aimed at producers and DJs.

One of the biggest surprises of this year’s NAMM show in California was the announcement of a new collaboration between Pioneer DJ and analog synth legend Dave Smith, the Toraiz AS-1 mono synth.

The AS-1 is the second collaboration between the two companies after last year’s Toraiz SP-1 sampler, and uses the same circuits and effects found in Dave Smith’s Prophet-6 synthesizer. However, its compact form is designed to bridge the gap between DJing, production and live performance.

From the outside it looks a lot like Roland’s classic TB-303 bassline synth on steroids, but as FACT found out from Pioneer DJ’s Stuart Murphy at NAMM 2017, it’s designed to be a lot more versatile.

The Toraiz AS-1 is released in March for €549. Find out more from the Pioneer DJ website, and look out for more videos from the world’s biggest musical instrument show on FACT this week.

Watch next: Watch Percussa’s unique digital modular synth in action at NAMM 2017

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