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The TORAIZ SP-16 sampler/sequencer offers a 16-step sequencer, 16-voice polyphony, and 2GB of pre-loaded samples and loops, the new instrument allows DJs to trigger loops, one-shots, and electronic percussion live with its 16 multi-colored performance pads and other real-time controls. Dave Smith had this to say about the collaboration: “When Pioneer DJ approached us about working with them on one of their products, we were very excited. Given their expertise and deep knowledge of the DJ market, we knew that it was bound to be interesting. And when they asked us to adapt our filters from the Prophet-6, we immediately saw that it was going to be a great fit.” The TORAIZ SP-16 features two discrete voltage-controlled filters developed by Dave Smith Instruments: a four-pole, resonant, low-pass inspired by the original 1970’s-era Sequential Circuits Prophet-5 filter, and a two-pole high-pass filter. “The Prophet filters add real analog warmth to the TORAIZ SP-16. They also allow a lot of creative sound manipulation when you use the live-performance controls of the instrument,” explained Dave Smith. “DJs will put them to good use, I’m sure.” The TORAIZ SP-16 features a 7-inch color touch screen for accessing its factory sound library and viewing sound and performance parameters. The 16-step sequencer can store up to 256 patterns. Sixteen sequence step buttons allow color coding of sounds. Patterns can be saved as “scenes” for instant recall in the studio or on stage. When the instrument is connected to a Pioneer DJ CDJ or XDJ DJ Deck using Pioneer DJ’s Pro DJ Link, the system synchronizes its loops and one-shots to the beat of a master deck. (Users will need to update the TORAIZ SP-16 to the latest firmware to use this feature.) MIDI clock support allows users to connect and synchronize other devices.

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Dave Smith Pioneer DJ Collaboration: Toraiz SP-16

If I slave my SP16 to ableton and play something long like an arrangement, it gradually falls out of sync every time I record. The sync input is generally sluggish and does this even if I play a one bar pattern looping for several bars. As a MIDi master it's much better. Running off...

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Dave Smith Pioneer DJ Collaboration: Toraiz SP-16

...years to finishing several dozen tracks over the last 3 years since I got it. Obviously it wasn't JUST the SP-16 that did it but something about it clicked for me in a way that literally no other piece of gear I've ever owned did. It made making music much more fun. Everything I...

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Dave Smith Pioneer DJ Collaboration: Toraiz SP-16

...can happily report that in the v1.6 update MIDI song position sync now works! Since I use Ableton Live the SP-16 (in arrangement mode) now follows the song position of the tracks as I work with them (as long as I start playback on the beginning of a pattern). This makes my life so...

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