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Dave Smith Instruments Tempest
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The Tempest by Dave Smith Instruments combines authentic analog and digital synthesis with an intuitive interface, 16 velocity/pressure-sensitive pads, and a powerful sequencer. It's an instrument clearly meant to extend the capabilities and expand the imaginative reach of beat-oriented musicians everywhere. Each of the 6 analog voices has 2 analog oscillators plus 2 digital oscillators (with a large bank of included samples), Dave's classic analog low-pass filter with audio-rate modulation, an additional high-pass filter, analog VCA with feedback, 5 envelopes, 2 LFOs, an extraordinary variety of analog modulation routings, and stunning sonic quality, warmth and punch. Although optimized for drum sounds, it excels at tuned sounds as well, and even doubles as a 6-voice analog synth. In addition to the 6 direct voice outputs, there are stereo mix outputs and phones outputs, plus 2 inputs for foot switches or expression pedals, MIDI in/out and USB.The performance-oriented operating system, 90 panel controls, and bright 256 x 64 OLED display work together to provide a tightly integrated, non-stop workflow: record a drumbeat in real-time, switch to another drumbeat and use the lit pads to record it using step programming, switch to another drumbeat and record tuned keyboard parts, use the 2 touch controllers to to record real-time note or beat-wide parameter animations, use the generous sound controls to edit any of the drum sounds, tweak the analog effects or drum mix, arrange beats in real time and record the live arrangement into a song, enter/exit Song mode and much more, all without ever stopping play.16 pressure- and velocity-sensitive lit pads are arranged in a 2x8 configuration, providing intuitive access to all your fingers and providing the ideal compromise between the popular 4x4 pad arrangement (popular for real time programming ) and 1x16 arrangement (popular for step programming) because Tempest does both. The pads can be used to play 32 drum sounds (2 bank
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Playing the pads are a joy. They are very responsive and can be thumped hard.
The owner's manual is okay and has changed with the successive firmware updates. However, Roger Linn has a series of YouTube videos to help learn the instrument. watching the videos is highly recommended.
Overall, this is not a beginner's instrument. But, Roger Linn's MPC 60 sampler for Akai wasn't for beginners and that is supposedly what DJ Shadow learned on.
Technical hiccups aside, I love my Tempest more than any product I have ever owned. Its has reinvigorated my love for music and completely changed my creative process.
I absolutely love the Tempest but I us it as my main instrument. Those looking to add it to an already massive rig may not have the patience or attention required to really get the most out of one of this thing. It's a truly robust machine that requires a lot of time and care. Pre-set jockies, Dj's and casual jamm'ers look elsewhere.
Otherwise, this is an awesome investment and loads of fun.