Pioneer DJ AS-1 Synthesizer Review – Best Affordable Analog Mono Synth?

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► Pioneer DJ announced in January the AS-1 Synthesizer, a new collaboration with Dave Smith Instruments. The core of the AS-1 is a Mono Prophet 6 Synthesizer. After one month of testing, here is my review of the AS-1 Analog mono Synth

+ Noble & excellent fat sound quality
+ Easy-to-use step sequencer
+ Big sound possibilities
+ Excellent build quality….

– Advanced features inside the step sequencer …

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whormongrmuzik says:

the monologue is almost half the price – at this price point you have to compare to the minilogue which is the same price point, even though it is a polysynth –

Valdis Krebs says:

So, AS-1 for $495, or Erebus/NYX for $595 or DeepMind 6 for $695 ???
Like the 64 step sequencer… but synching problem… WTF??? Could be a show-stopper.

MinimalWave1982 says:

Its a pity you cant transpose the sequences if u use trigger in.

det rechter says:

I bought the AS-1 because of your video’s! These gave me a real good look in the possibilities and sound quality. When the As-1 arrived I wasn’t disappointed: what a great piece of gear. I was a bit scared for the menu diving, but the lay out is very intuitive: no problems al all. The only downside for me is the step sequencer. I like live recording as is possible with the Arturia Beatstep Pro. But I don’t think such a request is easy to implement.

spacezignul says:

Please dont say Ass One

RemixSample says:

Great video! Wow almost 500 presets huh. That’s pretty crazy.

(WxkR) says:

Because of the sound, I was thinking the AS-1 could compete with more expensive monos like the Erebus. Which of the two you’d choose if you had to? Why?

The Drümünkey says:

Tom, do you recall if the keyboard hold and arp function if you use an external midi keyboard or another sequencer? I.e. If I send a quarter note chord on beat 1 of measure one from another sequencer, and have hold and arp turned on, will those work based on the input conditions I’ve described?

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