Pioneer DJ Toraiz SP-16 Sampling Workstation

Sampling Workstation with 16-step/256-pattern Sequencer, Dave Smith Instruments Prophet-6 Filters, and 2GB of Preloaded Loopmasters Samples
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Standalone Sampler with Step Sequencer

Whether you're a DJ looking to add more electronic music production elements to your set or a producer who's always wanted a standalone sampling workstation that's as powerful as software, you're going to love the Pioneer Pro DJ Toraiz SP-16. The Toraiz SP-16 is the result of a joint effort by Pioneer and Dave Smith, and it combines a powerful sample playback engine with intuitive hands-on sequencing and iconic Prophet-6 analog filters and signal processing. It's a sampler that plays like a synth. Loaded with 2GB of top-quality Loopmasters sounds in its 8GB memory, you'll be ready to lay down original grooves from the minute you plug in your Toraiz SP-16.

Pioneer Pro DJ Toraiz SP-16 Sampling Workstation at a Glance:
  • Lay down the groove with a 256-pattern, 16-step sequencer
  • Loaded with Dave Smith filters from the Prophet-6 synthesizer
  • Pro DJ Link and MIDI clock let you create coordinated performances
Lay down the groove with a 256-pattern, 16-step sequencer

Between its 7" full-color touchscreen adorned with six soft encoders and its array of multicolor pads and buttons, the Pioneer Pro DJ Toraiz SP-16 sampling workstation makes navigation and song creation incredibly easy. Sixteen step divisions let you lay down grooves effortlessly, which you can store in 256 locations, while four scenes let you instantly recall patterns whenever you need them. When it comes to groove production, you just can't beat this classic workflow.

Loaded with Dave Smith filters from the Prophet-6 synthesizer

When we heard that Dave Smith teamed up with Pioneer on this groove machine, many of us at Sweetwater could hardly believe it. When we got to hear it in action, we were totally floored. Onboard the Toraiz SP-16 is the complete filter section from the Dave Smith Instruments Prophet-6, including the 4-pole highpass and lowpass section with drive control. But that's not all. The Toraiz SP-16 comes packed with all kinds of sound manipulation tools, from amp envelope and time-stretching options to a pitch-bend touch strip that makes this DAW play like an instrument.

Pro DJ Link and MIDI clock let you create coordinated performances

Chances are, you'll want to incorporate your Toraiz SP-16 into the rest of your DJ rig. If you're already using Pioneer Pro DJ gear, then it's as simple as connecting your Toraiz SP-16 via Pro DJ Link Ethernet, which locks your patterns to the beat. Talk about easy! Even if you're using other DJ gear or synths, the Toraiz SP-16 comes loaded with MIDI clock sync, allowing it to easily play with the rest of your music production gear.

Pioneer Pro DJ Toraiz SP-16 Sampling Workstation Features:
  • A powerful sampling workstation with Dave Smith technology onboard
  • Create up to 256 patterns via the onboard 16-step sequencer
  • 4 Scene locations let you instantly recall your favorite patterns
  • 7" full-color touchscreen delivers detailed sample information
  • Load samples and edit waveforms in exquisite detail
  • Multicolored pads with velocity sensitivity provide excellent expression
  • 8GB of flash memory comes preloaded with 2GB of Loopmasters content
  • Real-time processing provides you with non-stop music production
  • Touch strip controller lets you bend notes like a synth
  • Analog highpass and lowpass filters from the DSI Prophet-6 synthesizer
  • Drive, Cut Off, and Resonance filter controls let you get extra sonic character
  • Pro DJ Link and MIDI clock lock your grooves to the beat
Unleash epic music-creation power with the Pioneer Pro DJ Toraiz SP-16!

Additional Media

Pioneer DJ Toraiz SP-16 Sampler/Sequencer Demo

Tech Specs

Sequencer 16-step, 256 patterns
Manufacturer Presets 2GB pre-loaded samples/loops
Analog Inputs 2 x 1/4"
Analog Outputs 2 x 1/4" (main out), 6 x 1/4" (3 stereo outputs)
MIDI I/O In, Out/Thru
Sampling Yes
RAM 8GB internal memory
Additional Media Storage USB Flash drive
Effects Types Dave Smith instrument filters, drive, resonance, pitch bend, time stretch
USB 1 x Type B, 1 x Type A
Other I/O 1 x Ethernet (Pro DJ Link)
Power Supply 12V DC power supply
Depth 10.2"
Width 17.2"
Height 2.9"
Weight 7 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number SP-16

Customer Reviews

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Love this sampler. I've had the mac 2000xl, mpc1000(with the jj os) and still have the mv-8800. This sampler is awesome!!!!! It's simple, direct and easy to use. I also use the original cdj2000(not nexus) with the djm2000nexus. So it won't sync to my tables but who cares!!!!!!! The bpm is tight and if you can mix then this sampler is perfect even if you can't sync. Def great for live use. Loading is short and navigating is fast and easy. In the studio its also a beast. You can run anything in your rig through the famous dave smith filters used in the prophet. Chopping up samples from wax or anywhere is a breeeeeeeeeeeeze. The touch screen makes navigating while chopping super easy. i love this addition to my studio. I'd recommend it for beginners or experienced users


I've been looking for a stand-alone groove sequencer for quite some time. Something to jam out with, and create some slick beats with enough variations to satisfy my needs. This fit my needs, precisely. It is extremely easy to learn, and an absolute blast to create beats on. It has breathed great enjoyment into my music production workflow. Hats off to Pioneer and Dave Smith!
Music background: Producer and DJ

One of the Best Gear Choices I've Ever Made.

I've been waiting a long time for a sampler like the Toraiz SP-16 to come into existence. I've used Maschine Studio, Traktor, and a Roland Sp404SX for years. And all three of those things will always have a place in my production and workflow. But The Toraiz is a game changer. The PERFECT blend of old-school-standalone and modern sampling, editing, and arrangement tools. Simply the best workflow i've ever experienced. Super easy to load and store samples and projects, and highly intuitive operation if you know what you're doing whatsoever. I've been using Maschine for probably 5 years and still don't feel that i grasp all aspects of it's operationl. In a week of using the Toraiz, it's operation is beyond second nature. Between the step sequencer, the ability to tune samples with unheard-of ease, the playability of the touch-strip, the quality of the filters, the simplicity of the interface...the Toraiz is one of the best things to ever happen to my creative process. One negative i will say: don't bank on the Time Stretch feature working so great. It's fine for some samples of unnatural or synthetic sounds, which are designed to be compatible with that kind of feature. And it's usually fine for loops and samples which are pretty close to being the correct rhythm and duration and just need a little stretch. But it can make anything else sound pretty unnatural. Luckily, it's very easy to enable and disable as needed, and i find that i hardly ever need it and it often works when i do. That said, everything else about this device makes up for it ten-fold. When you think about certain legendary hip hop producers (Easy Mo Bee; J Dilla; DJ Shadow), if you know your history, they all usually had a moment where they discovered the best sampler their era had to offer (or that they could obtain), and they fell in love and never looked back (Mo Bee, for example, still uses an E-Mu to this day, from what i understand). And that's exactly how i feel about the Pioneer Toraiz SP-16. It has some limitations, certainly. It may or may not be right for you, depending on your own wants, needs, and goals. But it was the missing piece in my process, and i don't ever want to be without it again. The bottom line: if you can't make phenomenal beats with this device, you're probably in the wrong line of work.
Music background: Musician; Turntablist; Producer.

The Best Sampler I have ever used!!!

The workflow is so intuitive, this is a lot easier than Octatrack.
Music background: Music Producer / Audio Engineer and DJing by hobby

Toraiz : the workflow King!

I don't usually write reviews but I had to share my thoughts on the Toraiz. As a producer for over 20 years, I have been through lots of drum machines that I enjoyed working with but there was always some small antiquated task involved in the process that would stop my workflow (i.e. Memory cards,voice limitations,sampling time limitations, lack of outputs,etc...) The Toraiz SP16 is the solution. The workflow is simple and intuitive: very little time scrolling through menus. Loading samples is a breeze via the usb flash drive port and the sample Editing function is also very strait forward. The 16 pads and inclusion of a 16 step sequencer all on the same unit is brilliant! No more sharing the pads for sounds with the sequencing. On the fly selection of scenes and patterns makes it feel like a real performance tool. I could go on about all the other feutures I like about the Toraiz but the main point I'm trying to convey is that this sampler will get your ideas out faster. I didn't give it a full five stars because there are a couple of additions I would have included; 1.16 physical outputs (so you don't have to pan) 2.internal bounce of stems like the electribe series. Other than that, I'm very pleased with this unit.
Music background: Multi genre producer

Sweetwater Advice

Allison Swingley

The Pioneer DJ Toraiz SP-16 is one of the most fun and simple little samplers I've gotten my hands on. It's easy to navigate the basic controls, but there are a ton of extra features just below the surface. The preloaded Loopmasters samples are pretty amazing, and the onboard Prophet-6 filters from Dave Smith Instruments offer serious sound-design options.
See also: Drum Machines, Pioneer DJ, Pioneer DJ Sequencers, Pioneer DJ Drum Machines & Samplers