Dave Smith Instruments Updates Tempest OS, Adding User-Requested Features

Dave Smith Instruments Tempest analog drum machine

Dave Smith Instruments has released a new operating system for the Tempest drum machine, adding user-requested features, new sounds, beats and projects and more.

The new operating system, OS 1.4, and the new sound set ship with newly purchased instruments. Continue reading

Dave Smith Instruments Tempest Gets OS Update

Dave Smith Instruments Tempest drum machineDave Smith Instruments has released a new OS for the Tempest analog drum machine.

Here’s what’s new in Tempest OS 1.3:

New Features:

  • Playlist playback and live recording added
  • MIDI remote pad play and sound/beat/mutes triggers added
  • Undo/Revert sound function added
  • Huge change in sequencer code, improving latency and many timing related features
  • Polyphonic pad pressure handing implemented in 16 tunings/levels
  • System menu navigation improved
  • Improved voice stealing algorithm
  • Added pad calibration routine

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Anti Laptop Live Tempest Jam Takes Drum Machines Into Unexplored Territory

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Sunday Synth Jam: This video captures r.domain performing a live improvised set at the Anti Laptop Music Event II. 

The only gear used was a Dave Smith Tempest, Korg Kaoss Pad 2 and an Eventide Space pedal. The Tempest was the only sound source.

Analog Pads, Basses & Leads – From A DSI Tempest Drum Machine

Dave Smith Instruments Tempest drum machine

Here’s a series of videos that demonstrate that the Dave Smith Instruments Tempest drum machine is more than meets the eye.

Each of the Tempest’s six analog voices has two analog oscillators, plus two digital oscillators (with a large bank of included samples). They also feature a classic Curtis analog lowpass filter with audio-rate modulation, an additional highpass filter, analog VCA with feedback, five envelopes, two LFOs, a variety of analog modulation routings.

Smith notes, “Although optimized for drum sounds, it excels at tuned sounds as well, and even doubles as a six-voice analog keyboard synth.”

Check out the video, via dreamprobe, that show the Tempest being used for pads, basses and leads, and let us know what you think!