When two of the most experienced engineers in electronic instruments come together, it’s tough not to imagine the results being this good. Hearing Dave Smith made a drum machine was enough to make a lot of jaws dropped. Hearing Roger Linn, designer of the classic hit making LinnDrum series, also designed this machine made it all the much more legit and a must have analog drum synth. Create Digital Music did an in depth write up and interview with Dave and Roger on how this synth came to be. In it Dave describes how you’re getting a similar synth engine to his Tetra and Prophet models, this time wrapped in a drum sequencer. The sequencer itself looks like they left no stone unturned or functionality. MPC style pads are perfect or playing and recordering your patterns live. Step editing and the 2 x 8 horizontal pad layout give it 808 feel. Switching through sequences and muting channels also mimic some of my favorite aspects of an MPC’s layout and watching dave switch through modes that fluidly makes me want to get my hands on it and try it myself. They’ve even taken a cue from Korg’s Eletribe series and added midi sliders on the let side.
In the Tempest we finally get a drum machine that makes sounds via analog electronics. And controlling and programming those sounds looks just as easy as sequencing with all the on board knobs available. Loading samples and kits can be time consuming and uninspiring when producing. There’s only so many sounds you can go through and so much you can pitch a drum before it’s quality starts to break up. Going back to a simpler means of sound creation, this analog drum machine may deliver more bounce to the ounce in inspiration letting you create electronic sounds from scratch on electronic components the way they’re supposed to be.