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Dave Smith Instruments Tempest Analog Drum Machine

MPN: TEMPEST

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  • Tempest
  • Power supply
  • Owner's manual

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List Price: $2,199.00

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Tempest is 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 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.


Tempest Voice Architecture

Manufacturer Dave Smith Instruments
Condition New
Number of Pads 16
Snare Pad Zones/Surface
Tom Pad Zones/Surface
Cymbal Zones
Kick Pad Surface
Hi Hat Stand Included N/A
Kick Pedal Included N/A
Snare Stand Included N/A
Throne Included N/A
Instrument Sounds 6 voices:
2 analog oscillators per voice
2 digital oscillators per voice loaded with over 450 drum samples and waveforms
650 Sound Program locations
Drum Kits
Trigger Inputs (2) Expression pedal/foot switch
Metronome Yes
Sequencer/Recording Yes
Songs/Patterns
Inputs
Outputs (2) Main Out - Left, Right
(6) Voice Out
(1) 1/4" Headphones
Connectivity MIDI, USB
Storage Type Internal
Unique Features Pressure and velocity sensitive lit pads
Two pressure and position sensitive touch sliders
8 x 8 modulation matrix
Sophisticated realtime sequencer

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***IMPORTANT NOTE: Please test your item before getting it fully assembled. For example, with digital pianos, unpack the keyboard portion, power it on and test all the keys. It is very rare that these items arrive with defects, but it is still a good idea to test it before spending time getting it fully assembled. Use caution when unpacking your purchase from its box, as some needed parts and pieces may be packed in and amongst the packing material. Be sure to save the carton and all packing materials, in case of a needed return. Do not write on the box and do not discard!

Dave Smith Instruments warrants that DSI products will be free from defects in materials and/or workmanship for 1 year from the date of purchase. Please register your product online at www.davesmithinstruments.com to establish the date of purchase. (This is not a requirement for warranty service, but it will help expedite the process.)

Please contact support@davesmithinstruments.com to determine the best course of action for getting your product repaired. For your own protection, as well as ours, please do not return any product to Dave Smith Instruments without a return authorization (RA) number.

If you need to return your instrument for repair, you are responsible for getting it to DSI. We highly recommend insuring it and packing in the original packaging. Damage resulting from shipping a product with insufficient packaging is not covered by warranty.

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