Dave Smith Instruments TempestItem ID: Tempest
Analog/digital Hybrid Drum Machine and Synth
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The Ultimate Analog Drum MachineIf you're going to design an analog drum synth, who better to turn to than the inventor of several of the most influential drum machines ever made, Roger Linn? That's exactly who Dave Smith connected with when he set out to design the Tempest. To call the The Dave Smith Instruments Tempest a "drum machine" is nothing short of a colossal understatement. Rather, the Tempest is an all-in-one beat creation machine, capable of synthesizing, sequencing, and performing complete beat-based music. Don't let its old-school look fool you. There's absolutely nothing outdated about this fantastic instrument.
Whether you want to tweak sounds in the studio, or perform live with 16 velocity-sensitive pads and 90 realtime controls, this is the drum machine for you. The back-lit drum pads are arranged in a convenient 8 x 2 matrix, so you can use them for live sound triggering or for step programming. In fact, the Tempest is so powerful, that every beat can have an entirely different set of parameters and completely different sounds.
Each of the Tempest's six analog voices has two analog oscillators plus two digital oscillators. It also comes with a massive bank of included samples, so you start off with plenty of sounds to manipulate and play with. Speaking of manipulations, the Tempest includes a VCA with feedback, five envelopes, two LFOs, and incredibly flexible modulation routings. You also get complete access to analog effects and processors, including compression and tube-style saturation/distortion. A large graphic display surrounded by dynamic function controls are makes routing and sound editing easy.
What's more, the Tempest also has excellent hands-on controls, including dedicated knobs for every common synthesis parameter, and two position-sensitive slide controllers, which are great for modulating effects parameters. If you've been dreaming of drum machine that gives you the best of analog and digital synthesis, you absolutely need to pick up a Dave Smith Instruments Tempest!
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Get the best of old-school synthesis and modern digital stability, with the Dave Smith Instruments Tempest analog drum machine!
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Henry, Marion, IL
Reviewsbased on 6 reviews
by Harlan Miller from Boise IDHigh Quality high cost easy interface but lacks that Punching sound
May 25, 2012
Music Background: Sequence guru
Synthesis to a whole new level
by Daniel from Boston, MAI am truly blown away by this incredible machine. It really forces you to approach synthesis from a whole new level. Being able to trigger all of YOUR own drum sounds right from the source... unbeliev... read more [+]able. Truly makes me proud to be a musician.
May 23, 2012
Music Background: Audio Engineering Student, Musician, Producer
If you are into analog synthesis and want to transform your sound, this is right for you. Anywhere from the punchiest kicks to the softest melodic synth sounds, this thing can do it all. The sequencer is incredibly intuitive as well. This really might just be the only drum machine you will ever need. close [-]
Just buy it!
by Patrick Petro from Bloomington, INThis thing is just incredible! I've used about every drum machine made to date. And many synths. And every midi percussion controller. This is the best single device I've used yet. It's like the best ... read more [+]parts of an MPC, analog synth, Ableton Live, the old E-mu Command Stations, and some of the great Monome apps have all been brought together into a single machine.
January 25, 2012
Music Background: Drummer and percussionist for over 20 years, electronic musician for 5, co-designer of the Zendrum ZAP
And the online community working with this device is a great source for new sounds and beats. I purchased Tempest within a few months of its release and there's already been a huge OS update, with more to come. The guy who codes the software participates regularly in the forum, and listens to user suggestions.
Beyond all of that, the pad sensitivity is the best I've come across for rubber or silicone pads. I'm a bit of a drum pad snob, having only found the awesome Zendrum to give me the pad sensitivity I'm looking for as a long-time drummer and percussionist. I'd say these pads are about 90% as sensitive as the Zendrum pads, which are at least twice as sensitive as anything else I've played.
DSI has created a beast of a machine, truly combining the best that Dave Smith and Roger Linn have to offer. You will NEVER regret this purchase. Get it and be happy! close [-]
by Randomseed from Akron, OhWhoever says this does not have punch has not dug into into enough. It is not for the faint of heart or people who are not generally into getting deep into synthesis but for those who are this thing i... read more [+]s a pandoras box.
June 4, 2012
Music Background: Electronic
4+1 Osc per track W/ 5 envelopes! If that means something to you...you want this. If that does not make sence to you keep looking for something simpler. close [-]
Your prayers have been answered! The Dave Smith Instruments Tempest brings the brains of two electronic music icons together, one responsible for MIDI, the other responsible for the MPC. Tempest is both analog and digital in one unit, which is a HUGE plus for the modern drum machine enthusiast and electronic music producer. If you've been waiting on the perfect hardware drum machine that everyone refused to make, look no further because they made it!
Dave Smith Instruments Tempest
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