I guess the AS1 has deeper synthesis abilities/ more modulation options?
When I heard about this here were my reactions, in order:
- “Pioneer are making a synth. Why?!?!”
- “I thought Pioneer only made car stereos.”
- “Dave Smith must be on the medical.”
- “This thing looks like Native Instruments.”
- “So hideous.”
Then my brother bought one and immediately used it on a track. Here were my reactions, in order:
- “What’s that spicy string lead? That’s the AS-1? Ohhhhh.”
- “Wow that sounds great.”
- “Okay so it’s one voice of a Prophet? Seems good.”
- “That’s a fair price when you consider what other ordinary monosynths like MiniBrute cost.”
- “Doesn’t take up much space, that’s good.”
- “Still fuckin’ hideous.”
I’ve just come to the realization that I get super annoyed by people who spend so much effort bitching and whining about gear they’ve never tried. It makes me want to take a break from these forums in general.
I was skeptical to. Then fooled around with it. Not gonna lie, best sounding synth I own. Hands down. Really good for old school techno sounds.
The Mac version will certainly not work … If Macs are still a thing for musicians in 10 years which I highly doubt, judging by the way Apple are going.
Regarding the sync issue: It syncs initially perfectly, but as soon as you change the patch (for a new sound and/or pattern), it’s completly out of sync. You always have to restart your midi master clock device or restart AS-1 perfectly on the first beat.
It’s the perfect sounding mono synth (the best i own) with the worst sequencers I know. There are many other issues with the sequencer. I would recommend using an external sequencer, but then you will miss slides.
Is it DSI or Pioneer that need to sort it out?
That’s a bummer. Oh well.
Pioneer are going as far as calling it a feature, that the user is able to start it on time, and that they designed it on purpose this way.
While I don’t see it as such, I would like for this behavior to stay as an option if they ever fix it. It can be really useful.
Program your notes legato, choose the a legato slide setting on the as-1, and it will work just fine.
I picked up one real cheap after reading this comment and must say I fully agree. It sounds great and it’s surprisingly straightforward to program.
Love the sequencer in AS-1 --super quick to punch in stuff like sh-101
its amazing that stores are selling these in fire sale mode as low as USD$299
Yeah, it’s pretty insane if you consider you’re essentially getting a souped-up Pro One with patch memories and effects for that.
Had a Prophet 6 and the AS-1 is actually better sounding than one voice of the Prophet 6
Filter is beefed up on AS-1
Had a DSI PRO 2 and this $299 AS-1 sounds better
Had a Sequential PRO-ONE and this AS-1 is as nice sounding
Best $299 iVE ever spent
I think the AS1 has been lost in the noise over the sp16.
That’s awesome man!
Say. Where are people finding the AS-1 for $299?
No idea. I got mine for €320 excluding VAT over here in The Netherlands. That discount is currently no longer available from the same supplier, so I guess they were getting rid of overstock.
Nice set i see you used sampler (Elektron Octatrack), drum machine (Elektron Analog Rytm), and a synth (Pioneer Toraiz AS1), all into a dj mixer (DJM 800). What about CDJs?
Don’t need them with the octatrack, made it into a two deck player with scenes doing transitions between the two, using master and cue outs to get two channels into the dj mixer.
Damn 299$ for a DSI synth ? Help a brother out and post links please