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Digital Subscriptions > MusicTech > Nov-16 > PIONEER DJ Toraiz SP-16


A hardware sampler? Interesting. A hardware sampler from Pioneer DJ? Really interesting. With Dave Smith’s Prophet-6 analogue filters? Now you’ve got our attention. Martin Delaney samples the SP-16…

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Pioneer DJ

Toraiz SP-16

Price £1,279


As we all know, hardware synths are back in a big way; hardware samplers, not so much. We’ve seen Elektron’s Octa track, Korg’s Electribe Sampler, and that’s about it; Akai – which used to dominate hardware sampling, seems content to attach its MPC brand to MIDI controllers and iOS apps at the moment. Surprisingly, however, there’s a new entry in the category from Pioneer DJ – the DJ people – in the shape of the SP-16, which it says is the first in a new Toraiz range of DJ/production tools. And that would be news enough, don’t you think: a hardware sampler from Pioneer DJ? But this one also features an analogue filter from Dave Smith Instruments’ Prophet-6 synthesiser. Throw in a seven-inch touchscreen, step sequencing, onboard effects, and sample import from USB storage devices, and you’ve got the makings of a very interesting new toy.

The packaging is basic – other than the SP-16 itself, you get a mains power supply, USB cable, LAN cable (for Pioneer Pro DJ Link connection), and a printed Quick Start guide. There’s also 2GB of sample content from Loopmasters, and some demo projects, preloaded into the 8GB of total available storage. The SP-16 weighs in at 3.2kg, and measuring 74.3 x 261.2 x 436.5 mm (h x d x w), which makes it reasonably chunky, but still portable and just about backpack-friendly. From a control-surface point of view, it’s like a Greatest Hits package of interface trends – 16 backlit velocity-sensitive pads, 16 step-sequencer buttons, the touchscreen, a touch-control strip, and other assorted knobs and buttons.

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About MusicTech

The idea of this month’s MusicTech is to give you a flavour of what it’s like to record a band, with all the technical know-how that goes with it. We asked MT expert Mike Hillier to imagine you are sitting watching him prepare the studio and mic the band up and in doing so, Mike offers a hell of a lot of advice. Like I say, it’s like you’re with him... At the other end of the scale we have the new Pioneer Toraiz, a unit that, on the face of it, is packed with DJ appeal. Yet dig beneath the surface and you’ll find an incredibly powerful piece of hardware for the music producer. Talking of scales, we go from dance music remixing and production with Mason (p34) to mastering it with Label Worx. So we cover the complete process of recording to release which, quite handily, brings us right back to our cover feature! The November issue of MusicTech is out now!