Chris Randall (Audio Damage) has been working with the new Dave Smith Instruments Tempest drum machine, making presets for it, and shared his thoughts on the box at his site.
“To describe this thing as bad ass is to understate the matter entirely,” says Randall.
“DSI were kind enough to loan me one of the first production versions of the upcoming Tempest drum machine for beta testing and to write some presets. The word “loan” there is loaded, because they’re gonna have to send heavily armed gear ninjas to my house to get it back. ”
See Randall’s post for his full impressions.
The bottom line?
“This is my dream drum machine, and I’m turning my house into a bunker to fight off Dave Smith and his Ninja Army.”
Sound designer Richard Devine has also been working with an early unit. The demo above captures Devine working with four analogue synthesis kits that he created.
Devine notes that the Tempest offers “Interesting drum synthesis and parameter control allows for some really cool beat manipulation.”
Sounds like Dave Smith has another hit on its hands. For an in-depth look at the beast, see Roger Linn’s Tempest drum machine demo.
Image: Chris Randall