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NAMM 2017: Dave Smith Explains & Explores Rev 2 & Pioneer DJ Toraiz AS-1 Synths

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Posted on: February 1, 2017
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Dave Smith was on hand at NAMM to show us the new REV 2 polyphonic analog synthesizer and the new collaboration with Pioneer DJ that has seen the birth of the Toraiz AS-1 sub-$500 monophonic analog synthesizer.

In this video Dave explains what makes the REV 2, the successor to the hugely popular Prophet 08, such a “monster”. He also takes us on a tour of the Toraiz AS-1 synth:

Pioneer DJ Toraiz AS-1

Pioneer DJ Toraiz AS-1

To find out more details on the Toraiz AS-1 go here.

For more info on the REV 2 read some details from Dave Smith Instruments below:

“The most obvious difference between the REV2 and its predecessor is polyphony. The REV2 has 16-voices as its standard configuration — twice the polyphony of the Prophet ’08 (though an 8-voice option is also available). Since the synth features bi-timbral operation, two completely independent sounds can be stacked or split — layered together or assigned to two different zones on the keyboard.

DSI REV 2

DSI REV 2

 

“The essence of its sound comes from two DCOs (plus a sub-octave generator on oscillator 1) per voice, with 4 waveshapes (sawtooth, triangle, sawtooth + triangle, and pulse) and a 2/4 pole low-pass, resonant Curtis filter per voice. These are the same filters used not only in the Prophet ’08, but also in many classic instruments of the ’70s and ’80s. A new feature unique to the REV2 is waveshape modulation. You can vary the “pulse width” of any of the four waveforms by manually dialing in a desired waveshape width or by using an LFO or other modulation source for continuously shifting timbre.

“An effects section provides reverb, delays (standard and BBD), chorus, phase shifter, ring modulation, and distortion. In stacked or split voice mode, you can apply a different effect to each layer. Effects parameters can be modulated through the mod matrix, which is twice as extensive as its predecessor, with 8 individual slots and many more sources/destinations.

“A new polyphonic step sequencer allows up to 64 steps and up to 6 notes per step. A different sequence can be created for each layer when working in stacked or split voice mode. A separate gated sequencer functions as a modulation source, allowing you to create up to 4 different 16-step sequences for complex modulation. Sequences allow ties and rests, and can sync to an external MIDI clock. The arpeggiator features note repeats, re-latching, and can be synced to external MIDI clock, as well. Other improvments include a premium-quality, five-octave, semi-weighted keyboard with velocity and channel aftertouch, an integrated power supply, USB support, and a crisp OLED display.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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