Apr 10

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MUSIKMESSE 2016 and Pioneer has teamed up with Dave Smith Instruments to reveal an awesome-looking new sampler and step sequencer, the TORAIZ SP-16. This looks like a perfect piece of kit that has stuff I really prefer over the AKAI and Native Instruments equivalents such as the MPC and the Maschine. This beast is Standalone and is something I always wanted rather than be subject to the problems of a PC.

It’s built with 16 powerful sampler engines and Dave Smith Instruments-created analogue filters based on the fantastic Prophet-6 synth. If you want to load your own samples you can do this from a USB stick or from its own 8GB internal memory as it comes with 2GB of Loopmasters sounds already on board.

The Toraiz SP-16 will be available later this year and will be priced at €1599/£1279. That is quite a bit of money and I think that as soon as you have a name like Dave Smith on board you know it is going to be expensive but you also know that the quality is going to be great from his high-pass and low-pass filters to the array of outputs necessary to make this a true standalone unit.

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So what do you get for your money apart from the filters and the 2 GB of Loopmasters sounds? Well as you can see from the image above there is a 7-inch full-colour touch screen with detailed sample information. You can create up to 256 patterns using the 16-step sequencer using the Multicoloured Performance Pads which have Velocity Mode. You have a 16-track real-time playback engine, an Amp envelope and time stretching and 8GB flash memory, a Touch strip with Pitch Bend and a Pro DJ Link and MIDI clock for synced one-shots and patterns.

Have a listen to Dave Smith:-

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