One of my highlights of the NAMM 2017 was the Pioneer DJ Toraiz AS-1 Synhtesizer. At the first moment, it sounds confusing when you hear Pioneer make Synthesizer products. But after their successful release with the sampler, I’m pretty sure this new device will be also a good seller. At the NAMM floor I was also a bit: why Pioneer release a Synthesizer with Dave Smith components but after a brief check of the features and of a sound check, I was surprised to see such a good device from a DJ company. It’s more than a 303 clone because you have complete mono Dave Smith Prophet 6 inside which is full accessible via an editor. Also you can access the sequencer via an external editor which makes it really comfortable to make changes. I would love to see more knobs on the front of the AS-1 but it’s fine if you need only the important sound parameters.
For me one of my highlights of the NAMM 2017 because it sounds great, has a lot of features not available on the main device but in the editor and the price is very fair when you check the features. Check out my sound demo to get an overview how the AS-1 from Pioneer DJ sounds.