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TORAIZ SP-16

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Description

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

...detailed reply Cornish1999 Overall I’m thinking about getting back to Toraiz, but not sure which unit because I had SP-16 back in Firmware 1.3 so that was awhile ago. I do love the sound and the filter, but felt like maybe DJS got more advanced updates with more fx and slice modes. ...

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Dave Smith Pioneer DJ Collaboration: Toraiz SP-16

...Live I thought I wanted a machine that made ample use of a touchscreen, but my experience taught me otherwise. The SP-16 has been a breath of fresh air in comparison. Its capabilities are extremely limited compared to the Live, but what it can do, it does extremely well. I have learned that over the...

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Behringer RD-8MKII v/s ROLAND TR-8s (audio samples)

... I personally don’t find much value in the whole groovebox / sample player thing. I’ve got a TORIAZ SP-16 which does it better. So hence my “it’s what you’re after” if it’s raw analogue sound, Behringer for sure, if polished plugin sound, but better chassis, sample player and “all in one” groovebox production value,...

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