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Dave Smith Instrument Tempest Analog Drum Machine

Analog Drum Machine a First for Legendary Designers

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Product Description for the Dave Smith Instrument Tempest Analog Drum Machine

The Beat of a Different Drum

Tempest is the brainchild of legendary instrument designers, Dave Smith and Roger Linn. It’s a professional drum machine that generates its sounds using six powerful analog synthesis voices, and uses an innovative, performance-oriented operating system that permits an extraordinary level of control to create, edit, arrange, and manipulate beats in real time without ever stopping.

The performance-oriented operating system, ninety panel controls, and bright 256 x 64 dot 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 two touch controllers to record real-time note sound animations or perform beat-wide sound changes

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

And all of the above without ever stopping play

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, 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 six-voice analog keyboard synth.

Sixteen pressure- and velocity-sensitive lit pads are arranged in a 2 x 8 configuration, providing intuitive access to all your fingers and the ideal compromise between the popular 4 x 4 pad arrangement (popular for real-time programming ) and 1 x 16 arrangement (popular for step programming) because Tempest does both. The pads can be used to play thirty-two drum sounds (two banks), mute/unmute the thirty-two sounds on playback, play and arrange sixteen beats in real time, play one sound at sixteen tunings (in a variety of scales) or sixteen velocities, or as sixteen time steps for step programming. The ROLL button permits creating drum rolls or repeated groove patterns by varying pad pressure as the beat records, and doubles as a momentary “stutter” effect when the pads are assigned to play beats.

In addition to the six stereo direct voice outputs, there are stereo mix outputs and phones outputs, plus two inputs for foot switches or expression pedals, MIDI in/out and USB.

Two pressure- and position-sensitive Note FX slide controllers permit real-time recording of note or beat-wide sound parameter changes into the drumbeat as you play. For example, record simultaneous filter frequency, tuning, envelope decay, and pan changes for each note. The Playback key permits using the slider to override these parameters on playback, which can be recorded back into the beat. Plus, the sliders can be used in performance to alter beat-wide sound parameters like low-pass frequency or resonance, high-pass frequency, envelope attack or decay, and more.

A variety of unique effects are provided while maintaining a pure analog signal path:

Stereo analog compressor and distortion circuits affect the stereo output mix

Beat-synced delay is achieved by generating additional delayed note events within the sequencer

A beat-synced “stutter” effect is created entirely within the sequencer by looping short portions of the drumbeat on demand

The degree of swing timing can be adjusted in real time during playback. Roger used his entire bag of tricks to make the swing sound very human and natural.

In short, Tempest is a well-considered professional design that could only come from Roger and Dave, with a sonic quality and natural human rhythmic feel that are second to none, all in a compact, portable unit that measures a mere 15.4″ wide by 9″ deep by 2.5″ high

Features

OSCILLATORS

  • Two analog oscillators per voice capable of producing sawtooth, triangle, saw/triangle, and variable pulse width square waves, with hard sync
  • Two digital oscillators per voice loaded with over 450 drum samples and waveforms
  • One sub-octave generator per voice (one octave below oscillator 1)
  • Glide (portamento): separate rates per oscillator

FILTER

  • One classic Curtis analog low-pass filter per voice (switchable 2- or 4-pole) with audio rate modulation, self-oscillating in 4-pole mode
  • One analog high-pass filter per voice

VCA

  • Analog VCAs with programmable feedback level

ENVELOPES

  • Five envelope generators per voice (ADSR plus hold)

LFOS

  • 2 LFOs per voice

MODULATION

  • 8 x 8 modulation matrix

CONTROLLERS

  • 16 pressure and velocity sensitive lit pads
  • Two pressure and position sensitive touch sliders
  • Stunning OLED 256 x 64 display

EFFECTS

  • Analog compressor and distortion (available on Main audio outputs)    

SEQUENCER

  • Sophisticated realtime sequencer
  • Roger Linn Designed Swing modes
  • Hardware MIDI delay per voice
  • MEMORY              
  • 650 Sound Program locations

IN/OUT

  • USB type B receptacle
  • MIDI In, Out
  • Main audio outputs: 1/4″ phone jack (unbalanced)
  • 6 individual voice audio outputs: 1/4″ stereo phone jack (unbalanced)
  • Two pedal/control voltage (3.3 VDC max.) input (1/4″ TRS phone jack)
  • Headphone output: 1/4″ TRS stereo phone jack

PHYSICAL SPECS

  • Mahogany end panels
  • Dimensions: approximately 15.4″ L x 9″ W x 2.5″ H (39.1 cm x 28.8 cm x 6.4 cm)
  • Weight: 6.5 lb. (2.95 kg)

INCLUDED

  • Power supply for 100V – 240V AC operation
  • Operation manual
SKU DAV-TEMPEST
Brand Dave Smith
Weight 6.5000
Dimensions (WxHxD) 15.4" L x 9" W x 2.5" H

Customer Reviews

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Lot's of potential, Sounds Awesome, OS Needs Work
Review by NoiseProduction
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First off, this box sounds great. It has two analog oscillators, great samples and tons of modulation capabilities. The filters are awesome... and you can create just about any percussive sound you can think of. No problems there. It is also very well made. Attention to detail is first class, much like the Prophet '08. The sequencer has potential, but I found it to lack many things that COULD make it intuitive. The things that do make it intuitive are limited and once you get into doing complex structures, it can fall apart. This will surely be addressed with OS upgrades, but I for one don't have a money tree to pick leaves from while it sits in my studio waiting. Since it doesn't play well with my external sequencer, it's difficult to use. Yes, I was able to do some dub step type tracks with it, but I'm wanting to write some IDM songs, and that proved difficult. Also, the fact that the screen flickers randomly, but ALSO right before it starts dropping voices, I'm afraid it could be out of warranty before the OS is mature. These things said, my hat is off to Dave Smith and Roger Linn. I think it's an awesome product and can see the potential that it has. If it was half the price I would live with it. But at 2K, it has to deliver. Just my two sense. (Posted on 11/14/11)
lacks cv
Review by lover
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it has usb, and the standard for todays musicians should be playing this live and not in a studio. it didn\'t get 5 stars because its lacks cv outs, otherwise bless dave smith (Posted on 3/23/11)
Yea... this thing set us back a few decades... OVERPRICED JUNK
Review by Hater
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Totally unimpressed by this dinosaur... hahaaaa what way to bring back 1970! wohoooo analog drum machine.... Who is gonna fix this thing when it breaks. No usb... for output to daw... cmon folks... the industry standard for todays musician is pro-tools... not reel to reel. (Posted on 1/26/11)

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