The Heartbeat of Your Setup: Meet the SQUID

Take control of your workflow and make new styles of music with the SQUID„¢. Named for the blend of functionality and creative stimulation it offers, the SQUID (SeQUencer Inspirational Device) is a brand-new multitrack sequencer in our TORAIZ„¢ series of musical instruments and production gear. Connect all your instruments to use the SQUID as the heartbeat of your studio and live setup, and get hands-on with innovative features never seen before on this kind of equipment.

Its easy to start making unique sequence patterns and phrases as soon as you hook the SQUID up to your instruments. The layout of the controls is optimized so you can effortlessly bring your ideas to life whenever inspiration strikes, and the workflow is perfect for on-the-fly music production. All this means you can spend less time looking at the units display and more time creating music.

With the first Groove Bend feature ever seen on a production tool,1 you can really feel the groove and generate original rhythms in real time by simply moving the spring-loaded slider to change the trigger timing. Use Running Direction to create different phrases by changing the playback direction of sequence patterns youve programmed on the 16 pads and fluctuate the playback speed of sequences whenever you want using Speed Modulation. All of these features contribute to a fresh, nonlinear way of making music that breeds creativity and helps you stumble across things that sound great.

When youve created a phrase you love, you can use the SQUID Manager to back it up, along with all your projects. SQUID Manager is a free dedicated application that enables you to quickly import/export sequence patterns between the SQUID and a PC/Mac.

Reaching out into your setup, the SQUID simultaneously controls up to 16 instruments with its master pulse. It keeps everything in sync, from your DAW to hardware instruments such as the TORAIZ AS-1 monophonic analog synthesizer and the TORAIZ SP-16 professional sampler. You can even run modular synths and vintage drum machines/synths seamlessly alongside your other kit.

The SQUID fits perfectly into any studio or live music environment and helps you turn your ideas into music. Its the third product in the TORAIZ series, which offers inspiring tools with unique features you can easily use to create new sounds.

The TORAIZ SQUID will be available from end of April at an MAP of $599.

Watch the SQUID introduction video or, for a detailed look at each unique feature, watch our walk-through video. Find out more about the SQUID here.

Download Information To use SQUID Manager, you’ll need to update to the latest firmware (ver. 1.10). Download link: http://bit.ly/2vblHDm

KEY FEATURES OF THE TORAIZ SQUID

1. Step Edit section for intuitively creating sequence patterns

Have fun creating phrases by tapping the 16 multicolored LED rubber pads. Set step parameters and play in real time as if the pads were keys on a keyboard, combining various sequence functions such as Interpolation and Harmonizer to help build your sounds.

  • 16 multicolored LED pads for enabling various features Instantly switch between features using the SQUIDs 16 multicolored LED rubber pads, which are linked to independent modes. Use Trigger mode to step-record sequence patterns, and transpose your patterns on the fly with Transpose mode. Scale mode enables you to play scales with the 16 pads as if you were playing a keyboard and you can add nuanced expression to your performances by varying the strength of your keystrokes, thanks to the high-precision velocity detection. Using Scale mode, you can also record dynamic performances in real time.
  • Interpolation: instantly make a phrase Use Interpolation to arrange phrases. Set each parameter (Pitch, Gate, and Velocity) for the beginning, middle, and the end of the steps, and the SQUID automatically interpolates (supplements) parameters for the steps in between them. Without needing to set the parameters of each step individually, you can quickly set the pitch and dynamics of the sound and create a phrase while the idea is fresh in your mind.
  • Harmonizer: intuitively create evolving phrases If you want inspiration for chords, Harmonizer enables you to play them easily by hitting the Harmonizer buttons with the Pitch value set on each step parameter as the root note. Up to six chords can be assigned to the Harmonizer buttons. You can record chord compositions into steps and record real-time performances with the Harmonizer buttons, so you can intuitively create evolving phrases.

2. Phrase arrangement section for rearranging sequence patterns in real time

Use Running Direction, Speed Modulation, and Groove Bend to further rearrange phrases youve created in the Step Edit section. Each feature has an optimized user interface so you can intuitively try out ideas as they spring to mind.

  • Speed Modulation: create unique grooves by fluctuating playback speed of sequence patterns Periodically increase and decrease the playback speed of a sequence to create unique grooves. You can switch between six waveform shapes, such as triangle and sawtooth, and adjust the rate and amount.
  • Running Direction: easily create new phrases You can easily create multiple new phrases from one sequence pattern by changing its playback direction on the 16 pads. Try the Zigzag or Clockwise directions, which take advantage of the SQUIDs 4 x 4 pads “ a unique feature never seen on a general sequencer before. By combining Reverse, Switch Back, and Flip with the six different Running Directions, you can try out 48 different playback directions and create a variety of different phrases.
  • Groove Bend: change trigger timing in real time In addition to Swing, which automatically delays trigger timing to create grooves, the SQUID features Groove Bend “ the first-ever function on a sequencer to change trigger timing in real time via a slider. This enables you to create grooves as if youre playing a musical instrument by simply moving the spring-loaded slider.

3. Time Warp: save your happy accidents

Never lose the phrases you make incidentally when youre trying things out. Use Time Warp to audition the previous phrase you created and save it as a new sequence pattern if you like it. Theres no need to stress over the workflow of practicing and recording take after take. Instead, feel free to just play around until you hear something you love, then capture it for use in a track or performance.

4. Multiple inputs/outputs: sync with various instruments

In addition to a USB B terminal and Midi terminals for your DAW and hardware synthesizers, you can sync and play with modular synthesizers using the two sets of CV/GATE outputs and CLOCK input/output terminals. DIN SYNC input/output terminals enable syncing with vintage synthesizers and drum machines. Various signals including notes and clocks are mutually converted inside the SQUID automatically, so you can easily expand your creative scope just by adding the SQUID to your current setup.

5. Import/export sequence patterns via PC/Mac

Using the SQUIDs dedicated SQUID Manager, you can quickly import and export sequence patterns between the SQUID and your PC/Mac. Easily import a sequence pattern created on your DAW to the SQUID, intuitively arrange it using the sequencers features, and return it to your DAW. Use SQUID Manager to back up the projects you create on the SQUID by saving them to your PC/Mac.

1 First slider-operated trigger timing feature in the music production category (according to research conducted by Pioneer DJ Corporation, as of April 18, 2019).

TORAIZ SQUID Specifications

Maximum number of tracks   16 tracks
Maximum number of patterns per track   64 patterns
Maximum number of steps per track   64 steps
Step resolution   Quarter note, Eighth note, Sixteenth note, Twenty-fourth note, Thirty-second note
Maximum number of notes per step (polyphony)   8 notes
Maximum number of projects   128 projects
Input / Output Terminals MIDI   MIDI IN MIDI OUT 1

MIDI THRU / OUT 2

USB   USB (Type B)
CV / GATE   CV OUT 1, CV OUT 2 (V/Oct, Hz/V)

GATE OUT 1, GATE OUT 2 (V-Trigger, S-Trigger)

CLOCK   CLOCK IN (step, 1, 2, 4, 24, 48ppqn, Gate)

CLOCK OUT (1, 2, 4, 24, 48ppqn)

DIN SYNC   DIN SYNC IN / OUT 2 (24, 48ppqn)

DIN SYNC OUT 1 (24, 48ppqn)

Maximum dimensions (W x D x H)   374.8 — 223.9 — 72.1 mm / 14.8 x 8.8 x 2.8
Weight   1.9 kg / 4.2 lb
Accessories   AC adaptor, Power cord, Quick Start Guide
 

SQUID Manager Requirements

Mac   macOS Mojave 10.14 (Updated to the latest version)

macOS High Sierra 10.13 (Updated to the latest version) macOS Sierra 10.12 (Updated to the latest version)

Windows   Windows 10, 8.1, 7 (The latest service pack)
CPU   Intel processor Core„¢ i7, i5, i3
Memory   4GB or more

* Disclaimer: specifications and price are subject to change.

* TORAIZ is a registered trademark or trademark of Pioneer DJ Corporation, Japan and United States, and other countries.

* SQUID is a trademark of Pioneer DJ Corporation, Japan and United States, and other countries.

* Mac, OS X and macOS are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.

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About TORAIZ

In 1994, we released the worlds first single CD player for DJs. Since then, weve been fanatical about using state-of-the-art technology to develop groundbreaking products for the music entertainment industry. We believe DJs are performing artists, not just people who play records. Touching the controls of a CDJ or mixer is like hitting the keys of a piano “ the crowd feels your creativity instantly.

For many years, we wanted to help people make their own music and inspire audiences by playing it live. Our mission was to use our technological expertise to make products that could help artists quickly realize their creative vision and deliver their own sound to listeners. The name TORAIZ is coined from various translations of the word triangle. Just as a triangle connects three parts, the TORAIZ series blends three elements: making music, playing it live, and delivering it to listeners. All three elements combine seamlessly in one process that allows artists to turn their ideas into songs.

About Pioneer DJ

Pioneer DJ Americas, Inc. is the subsidiary of Pioneer DJ Corporation responsible for sales and marketing in North, Central, and South America. For more than 20 years, Pioneer DJ has been a market leader in the design and production of innovative DJ equipment and software. The company works closely with DJs and clubs to deliver next generation products that inspire and shape the global dance music community and has recently launched a new range of musical instruments for production and live performances. Its portfolio includes brands such as TORAIZ, Pioneer Professional Audio and Pioneer DJ Radio, as well as social platforms KUVO and DJsounds. Pioneer DJ Corporation is a privately held company headquartered in Yokohama, Japan. The company is led by President and CEO Akio Moriwaki and Executive Vice President Yoshinori Kataoka.

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