February 22, 2018
Monophonic analog synthesizer contributes to sound of Best Remixed Recording winner.
LA-based producer and DJ Dennis White has used the Pioneer DJ TORAIZ AS-1 monophonic analog synthesizer in the making of his 2018 Grammy-winning track; a remix of ‘You Move’ by Depeche Mode.
Dennis White, AKA Latroit, won the award for Best Remixed Recording at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony, held in New York on 28th January 2018. Among other instruments, in the production of the track he used the TORAIZ AS-1; a monophonic synthesizer for music production and live performances driven by a fully programmable, true analog synthesis engine based on the discrete analog circuitry in Dave Smith Instruments’ Prophet-6 synthesizer.
On choosing to use the TORAIZ AS-1 on the remix, White said: “I love this little TORAIZ synth from Pioneer DJ and Dave Smith. It’s a real secret assassin – a full-on analog synth with super-fat sounds tucked discreetly into this polite, sexy little box that fits on my desk and looks great. I usually just fiddle around with it live and unquantized to give tracks warmth and texture because it’s super performance and ‘knob tweaker’- friendly. It’s definitely one of my ‘go-tos’ for inspiration in the studio.”
Synth legend, Dave Smith, was pleased to hear about the contribution of the TORAIZ AS-1 to the success of the track and said: "All of us at Dave Smith Instruments were thrilled to hear the AS-1 on a Grammy-winning remix! It was great to collaborate with PDJ on the AS-1 project, and when our instruments are used by top musicians like Dennis White, we know it was a successful product."
After hearing about White’s Grammy win, Pioneer DJ CEO and President, Akio Moriwaki, said, “Accomplishments like this keep pushing our team forward with passion and determination to bring happiness to all, beyond the music. We aim to continue with our efforts to support and contribute to the music industry.”