The Dave Smith Instruments Tempest is a powerful drum machine – but it’s also a capable analog synth in disguise.
Here’s what’s new in Tempest OS 1.3:
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!
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.
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….
the tempest is master tempo…
ableton is providing backup percussion and melodies…
hope you dig
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.