Ok, I have had about a week to play with the Toraiz AS-1 and here is my conclusion....
First of all, trying to even post HERE was a huge challenge because A. There is no TORAIZ section listed in the support forum menu (don't ask me how I even found this page because I don't know). and B. Safari seems to have a hard time loading this correctly. So, little bit of a headache just to get to this post!
The sounds of the AS-1 are incredible, I love the variety and the way the presets are laid out. I had ordered this unit and thought this would be the perfect unit to make awesome lead's and bass lines and use it with my LIVE performance. I am a techno guy so I was really interested in using the step sequencer. The Step Sequencer plays really nicely when it is in sync. The big thing here is WHEN it stays in sync. If Roland had this figured out in 1982 with the TB-303 then why in 2017 does Pioneer have a hard time making this work properly? That is by far my biggest let down with this unit. I have two friends in Chicago and Minneapolis who both purchased the AS-1 and have been scratching their heads like me trying to figure out how to get this to play nice. Both are contemplating using an external sequencer as the AS-1 WILL NOT STAY IN SYNC! I have tried using the gate inputs, adding CC's to dummy clips in Ableton, USB sync, MIDI Cable Sync. Even when locking the sequencer pattern there is a pause and the AS-1 looses sync. This is a MAJOR PROBLEM AND SHOULD BE ADDRESSED IMMEDIATELY!
The second gripe I have with the step sequencer is how the notes are entered and edited. Entering the steps should NOT stop the sequencer first of all, secondly when you go to edit each step you have to scroll past other parameters corresponding to the step. Making the process of editing notes tedious and time consuming. Another HUGE MISTAKE is to not provide the ability to play the notes in real time and be captured by the 64 step sequencer. I hate to give more credit to Roland but the engineers of the AS-1 need to look at how the TB-3 plays and records in real time in addition to the step recording all without losing sync! Cant there be an option to lock sync, or only change pattern on measure be added? FOR THE LOVE OF GOD PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Further more another bug or problem that I have found with the unit is the sequencer does not seem to play when I power up the unit unless I hit the "global" button first. Surely scares the crap out of me everyday when I go to make some noise. I end up turning the volume up on the AS-1 and then I remember I have to hit global to get the sound to play and its LOUD, really dont want that to happen on stage.
Another thing I want to mention is the SoundEditor software as a companion to the AS-1. I really like the software as well and I will be using it frequently. I wish there was a Randomize pattern and a better way to draw midi notes. The sequencer sounds good but entering the notes is painful.
There has to be some light at the end of the tunnel with this.... The AS-1 has the potential to be a real game changer. These issues must be addressed or I will NOT be taking this out for gigs!
Any suggestions anyone? Does anybody know if these issues will be adressed in a future update?