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

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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!

(DSI Tempest + Teenage Engineering OP-1) x 2 Synth Jam

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Sunday Synth Jam: Edison & Anon Day, mano a mano, on twin Dave Smith Instruments Tempest + Teenage Engineering OP-1 setups.

The track is the choicely named, We Will Kill You In The Face And Dick.

Edison vs The Dave Smith Instruments Tempest

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This video captures a downtempo drum machine synth jam by Edison, featuring the Dave Smith Instruments Tempest:

just a quick mellow track i put together this morning…
got my new tempest from the nice folks at DSI
giving some sounds a try…
this machine is really inspiring and fun….
sounds great!

the tempest is master tempo…
ableton is providing backup percussion and melodies…
hope you dig

via edisonsbeats

The Dave Smith Instruments Tempest Analog Drum Machine Is A Sick Mopho

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Dave Smith and Roger Linn have released a new demo compilation for their Tempest drum machine.

The Tempest is a professional drum machine that generates its sounds using six analog synthesis voices. It features a performance-oriented operating system that lets you create, edit, arrange, and manipulate beats in real time, without ever stopping.

Each of the six analog voices has two analog oscillators plus two digital oscillators (with a large bank of included samples), the classic Curtis analog lowpass filter with audio-rate modulation, an additional highpass filter, analog VCA with feedback, five envelopes, two LFOs and a large variety of analog modulation routings. Although the synth engine is optimized for drum sounds, it can do more traditional synth sounds as well.

The compilation offers a variety of examples that demonstrate the range of what the Tempest can do.

Who Needs A Synth When You’ve Got A Tempest Drum Machine?

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This video synth jam demonstrates the type of bass sounds you can get from a Dave Smith Instruments Tempest.

While ostensibly a drum machine, the Tempest has six flexible analog/hybrid synth voices. While they are optimized for drum sounds, this video highlights that you can still get some pretty wicked bass sounds out of it.

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