TORAIZ-SQUID is available now for just a little over £500
Pioneer has expanded its TORAIZ range of music-making hardware with the announcement of TORAIZ-SQUID.
SQUID is a multi-track hardware sequencer that features, at its heart, 16 multicoloured LED pads which you can use to trigger patterns, samples and loops on the fly. It can handle up to 16 tracks, with 64 patterns per track, step resolution from 1/4 to 1/32 of a note, eight-voice polyphony per step and an overall maximum of 128 projects.
Trigger, Transpose, and Scale modes offer a variety of performance options, while sounds can be tweaked further using the Interpolation, Harmonizer, Speed Modulation, Running Direction and Groove Bend features. Another interesting feature is Time Warp, which lets you play back and save phrases that you just jammed out, rather than having to try and remember what you did and then repeat it.
As well as the USB and MIDI connections you'd expect, which allow you to hook up the SQUID to your Mac/PC and to hardware synths and samplers, there are also two sets of CV/GATE outputs, plus CLOCK and DIN SYNC inputs/outputs, which can be used if you want to deploy the SQUID alongside vintage or modular kit. And when you're done messing around, the supplied SQUID Manager software makes transferring the results back onto you Mac/PC a piece of the proverbial cake.
Compatible with Macs running Higher Sierra 10.12 or above and PCs running Windows 7 or above, the unit measures 375x224x72mm and weighs 1.9kg – making it eminently portable – and is available now, priced £519.
For more information, see the video below or hit up Pioneer's own website.