18 thoughts on “Roger Linn Jams On The Dave Smith Tempest Analog Drum Machine

  1. I know I don't really need it. I know I don't really have enough money to buy one right now. I know I have more essential things to buy before a drum machine, among them a Mopho Keyboard. But still, this baby seems very, very cool!

    I would really like to get to play with one someday.

  2. I wonder if it is as "analog" as Mopho including maybe software oscillators, lfo's and modulation matrix feeded into analog one chip filter after da conversion…. I don't suffer anti-digital syndrome, but it is sometimes word "analog" is a bit overused.

  3. According to Dave Smith the sound engine is basically a more powerful Tetra (more voices + additional filter).

    You can plug in a keyboard and use Tempest as a six-voice analog poly synth…a Hextra.

  4. That's pretty cool.

    However, I'm not surprised if there is exactly same voice chipset as in Mopho, Tetra and Prophet 08. It's flexible and once it is developed, copying it to different purposes is efficient way to produce new instruments.

  5. They are Digitally Controlled analog oscillators. They are not software oscillators. My modular synth has a MIDI to CV module which is run by a microcontroller too, but that doesn't make it software oscillators πŸ˜‰

  6. hehee, never ending story…

    If I control minimoog with midi to cv, is it then dco πŸ˜‰ Or if my friend calls me by gsm while I'm tuning my diy modular and tells me to lower the pitch… It's a dco?

    I bet there is single microcontroller which does oscillators, modulation matrix, sequencers and lfo's and then feeds output to filter. You can open Mopho and you don't find ANY circuitry for oscillators, only microcontroller, filter and required components. Maybe, saying a word "dco" is only a bit moderate way to tell oscillation is done via microcontroller. So, there is no analog signal before feed to filter in Mopho.

    If there is real information on architecture of Mopho, which proves I'm wrong that would be very interesting.

  7. DCO's are analog oscillators synced to a stable digital clock. The idea is to deliver analog sound with digital stability.

    Some would argue that the instability of older oscillator designs is one of the most important characteristics of their sound, though……

  8. LOL at the GSM control πŸ˜€

    There are components (chips) that are the oscillators in mopho believe it or not, I have opened both Mophos and Tetras and moogs etc. There are also components (chips) that make up the oscillators in my moog too.
    I can state categorically – and you are welcome to check with DSI – oscillation in the mopho is not done by microcontroller but by DCO.
    Yes, there is a micro controlling the mopho. And the Moog phattys and voyager (except the old school) have microcontrollers. Also the Andromeda.

    DCO is explained here (briefly) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digitally-controlled
    "A DCO can be considered as a VCO that is synchronised to an external frequency reference."

    I'm not trying to prove you wrong, only saying that there is no software oscillator in a mopho, software oscillator is an extremely misleading description for a DCO.
    DCO != digital oscillator; DCO != software oscillator.

  9. LOL at the GSM control πŸ˜€

    There are components (chips) that are the oscillators in mopho believe it or not, I have opened both Mophos and Tetras and moogs etc. There are also components (chips) that make up the oscillators in my moog too.
    I can state categorically – and you are welcome to check with DSI – oscillation in the mopho is not done by microcontroller but by DCO.
    Yes, there is a micro controlling the mopho. And the Moog phattys and voyager (except the old school) have microcontrollers. Also the Andromeda.

    DCO is explained here (briefly) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digitally-controlled
    "A DCO can be considered as a VCO that is synchronised to an external frequency reference."

    I'm not trying to prove you wrong, only saying that there is no software oscillator in a mopho, software oscillator is an extremely misleading description for a DCO.
    DCO != digital oscillator; DCO != software oscillator.

  10. LOL at the GSM control πŸ˜€

    There are components (chips) that are the oscillators in mopho believe it or not, I have opened both Mophos and Tetras and moogs etc. There are also components (chips) that make up the oscillators in my moog too.
    I can state categorically – and you are welcome to check with DSI – oscillation in the mopho is not done by microcontroller but by DCO.
    Yes, there is a micro controlling the mopho. And the Moog phattys and voyager (except the old school) have microcontrollers. Also the Andromeda.

    DCO is explained here (briefly) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digitally-controlled
    "A DCO can be considered as a VCO that is synchronised to an external frequency reference."

    I'm not trying to prove you wrong, only saying that there is no software oscillator in a mopho, software oscillator is an extremely misleading description for a DCO.
    DCO != digital oscillator; DCO != software oscillator.

  11. LOL at the GSM control πŸ˜€

    There are components (chips) that are the oscillators in mopho believe it or not, I have opened both Mophos and Tetras and moogs etc. There are also components (chips) that make up the oscillators in my moog too.
    I can state categorically – and you are welcome to check with DSI – oscillation in the mopho is not done by microcontroller but by DCO.
    Yes, there is a micro controlling the mopho. And the Moog phattys and voyager (except the old school) have microcontrollers. Also the Andromeda.

    DCO is explained here (briefly) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digitally-controlled
    "A DCO can be considered as a VCO that is synchronised to an external frequency reference."

    I'm not trying to prove you wrong, only saying that there is no software oscillator in a mopho, software oscillator is an extremely misleading description for a DCO.
    DCO != digital oscillator; DCO != software oscillator.

  12. LOL at the GSM control πŸ˜€

    There are components (chips) that are the oscillators in mopho believe it or not, I have opened both Mophos and Tetras and moogs etc. There are also components (chips) that make up the oscillators in my moog too.
    I can state categorically – and you are welcome to check with DSI – oscillation in the mopho is not done by microcontroller but by DCO.
    Yes, there is a micro controlling the mopho. And the Moog phattys and voyager (except the old school) have microcontrollers. Also the Andromeda.

    DCO is explained here (briefly) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digitally-controlled
    "A DCO can be considered as a VCO that is synchronised to an external frequency reference."

    I'm not trying to prove you wrong, only saying that there is no software oscillator in a mopho, software oscillator is an extremely misleading description for a DCO.
    DCO != digital oscillator; DCO != software oscillator.

  13. LOL at the GSM control πŸ˜€

    There are components (chips) that are the oscillators in mopho believe it or not, I have opened both Mophos and Tetras and moogs etc. There are also components (chips) that make up the oscillators in my moog too.
    I can state categorically – and you are welcome to check with DSI – oscillation in the mopho is not done by microcontroller but by DCO.
    Yes, there is a micro controlling the mopho. And the Moog phattys and voyager (except the old school) have microcontrollers. Also the Andromeda.

    DCO is explained here (briefly) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digitally-controlled
    "A DCO can be considered as a VCO that is synchronised to an external frequency reference."

    I'm not trying to prove you wrong, only saying that there is no software oscillator in a mopho, software oscillator is an extremely misleading description for a DCO.
    DCO != digital oscillator; DCO != software oscillator.

  14. at first i was drooling over this, but after watching a few more videos of it i was ultimately not impressed with the sound. it could be the quality of the demo itself and the person demo-ing it. in any case, the potential sounds from this thing aren't really outside of what i might be able to make in software or anything else. while the box itself is extremely good-looking and i trust that the interface is very user-friendly (i've owned a Mono Evolver before), i'm not sold on its sonic power.

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