Pioneer unveils new sampler and step-sequencer
Pioneer has unveiled their latest product, the fully-equipped TORAIZ SP-16, a combination sampler and step-sequencer. As to be expected coming from the industry leader, the SP-16 is loaded with features: a full 16-step sequencer, multiple control knobs, velocity sensitive pads capable of triggering one-shots and loops, a 7-inch touch screen for loading samples, and 8gb of built-in storage — not to mention a USB port for accessing external samples.
There are two aspects of the SP-16, however, that set it apart and make its debut exciting. First, while the SP-16 can easily be used in the studio, Pioneer has placed a heavy emphasis on its viability in a live setting. Through the company’s Pro DJ Link system, the SP-16 will sync up with Pioneer’s industry standard CDJs and keep the user’s samples copacetic with the master deck, allowing performers to launch and manipulate sounds in real time over a track and bring an increased sense of live performance to their sets.
Perhaps even more promising, the SP-16 features analog filters from renowned audio engineer Dave Smith — the “Father of MIDI.” Smith provides both low-pass and high-pass filters — with the high-pass pulled directly from his Prophet-06 synthesizer — that provide the warmth of tone only possible using analog hardware.
This combination of hardware and playability won’t come cheap, however, as the SP-16 will retail for $1,499.00. A brief video of the SP-16’s features and interview with Dave Smith is available above.