Dave Smith Instruments Tempest
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Tempest, Drum Machine from Dave Smith Instruments.

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Average Score:3.8( 3.8/5 based on 11 reviews )
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Deathkillaz06/18/2012

Deathkillaz's review

Dave Smith Instruments Tempest
The features are available at the manufacturer's website, so it makes no sense to list them here.

UTILIZATION

Even if it has a good number of controls on the front panel, you still need to browse the menus to access the countless functions of Tempest, but that's almost inevitable unless you would like to have a giant and very expensive instrument. I do regret, however, that it doesn't have dedicated pots for envelope sustain and release without the need to use the shift function.

Editing sounds is easy if you are comfortable with the basics of sound synthesis. On the other hand, you do need to familiarize yourself with the editing modes (beat, pad, time step, mute, etc), especially to know which functions are available in the mode selected. It requires some adaptation time at first... But afterwards it all depends on your sound-design competencies.

The manual is clear, but the Tempest has evolved so much since it came out due to the numerous OS updates, that many functions are not listed. Although I'm sure DSI will provide updated manuals online.

SOUNDS

The factory sounds available on the Tempest are basically based on samples, which is disappointing for an analog drum machine.
So you need to get dirty and create your own sounds to get the best out of it. In terms of architecture, the Tempest presents itself as a 6-voice synthesizer, so if you know how to quickly program analog drum machine sounds on a synth, it shouldn't pose much of a problem. By the way, I think it does a fine job as a polyphonic synth, too!

OVERALL OPINION

I've been using the Tempest for 4 months. I had previously an Elektron Machinedrum SPS1 MKII. The Tempest offers much more possibilities, but is still a bit less "robust," for the time being, because its OS is still in a very active development phase...
Nevertheless, I like it a lot and every OS update provides a handful of good things, allowing you to go further with the Tempest every time.
I had very good feelings about it the first time I used it to improvise, playing with the different Live controls, and I won't get rid of it.
If I had to, I'd buy it again!
ThisIsTheSky12/31/2011

ThisIsTheSky's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)"A very sleek drum"

Dave Smith Instruments Tempest
Drum machines / analog synthesizer (with additional digital wavetables), six votes.

- Midi in / out, midi over USB (coming soon)

- 8 + headphone audio outputs, two expression pedal inputs

- Low Pass Filter with internal resonance, high-pass amplifier feedback, distortion, analog, analog compressor, analog envelopes and LFO.

- 16 rubber pads, two ribbons tactile effects, high quality LCD screen, knobs.

- Real-time programming and not (step sequencer sensbible to velocity), sequencer on the fly

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UTILIZATION

Tempest is very fine, with nice attention to detail finish. His pads are very nice to play and feel the whole instrument is excellent, it was designed by Roger Linn, the man behind the drum machines like the Roland R5 or Akai MPC 60, and this feels. Almost everything is in its proper place and easily and intuitively editable. Tempest makes the most of its LCD screen rather small, but very high quality.

The pads are top quality. I much prefer the pads of the Akai MPC series and MPD. For comparison, they are almost identical to those of NI Maschine, duty rubber and bright when pressed, but the instrument gives an impression of superior strength compared to the Native Instruments midi controller.

Editing sounds is relatively intuitive upon first use, but becomes really easy with a little practice.

SOUNDS

I see Tempest primarily as an instrument of "sound design". The first two versions of the embedded OS is relatively poor in the bank's pre-programmed. We are here far from the software solutions like Geist, BPM and Maschine or huge sound libraries come with pre-chewed the product. Here, it is not enough to press "play" to be satisfied. Some demos embedded TMEM its rather poor.

Tempest features four oscillators per voice (voice polyphony simmultanées six), two analog oscillators (triangle, sawtooth up to the full extent of the squares), and two wavetable oscillators offering several hundred digital samples, which all the white noise, pink, green, etc.., classic TR-808, TR-909, LinnDrum, Simmons, and digital sound samples of all kinds, and wavetable derivatives Prophet 5V. These four oscillator can be combined together or used alone.

The subtraction circuit includes two analog filters with a low-pass resonant (switchable 2 or 4 poles), envelopes, LFO modulations or return amblification (Amp Feedback), a floor of analog distortion and compression stage analog (the latter two floors only on the master output, however). In other words, the sonic possibilities are endless!!

Purely analog sounds are clearly superior to those produced by a software simulator. They can range from enjoyable to tom-tom sounds more disconcerting imaginable.

The samples were embedded in 16-bit 44.1 kilos. But make no mistake these chiifres, they are all of excellent workmanship. The choice is not infinite as in a software sampler (and attention, we can not add their own samples !!!), but the restriction avoids the error, and the range is wide enough to allow the design sound just ready all possible. The drum samples are provided by FXpansion (Geist, Guru) and Goldbaby. I personally was surprised by the quality of return of samples shipped by Tempest. The analog circuitry makes digital samples better than any software for my taste (and hop a light tap filter and compression!)

This drum machine is not suitable for rendering realistic acoustic drum though. For this, the transition to specialized software (Toontrack, Addictive Drums, BFD2) is required. This instrument covers the history and current events of the drum, so focus more electro, pop, cold wave, hip hop, techno.

Experience Tempest can initially be quite disconcerting, in that its sounds are not banks in the state's current OS formatted as much as other software products. The list of embedded samples is not as comprehensive. It is not enough to press "play". Tempest is not ready to open the carton. You have to spend time for "designer" sound that we love, the range of possibilities is very large. Not being a software, Tempest does not benefit from the integration of plug-in delay, reverb and other effects of all kinds. on the other hand there are eight separate outputs to process his sound afterwards. Some sounds are analog rather disconcerting, in that they are so big and rich that they will require some control in order not to drown the whole rhythm. Tempest is an instrument that requires a degree of control and in this sense, not necessarily ideal for novice or lazy user.


OVERALL OPINION

I do not use it for a long time but I wanted to quickly publish a notice because the product is still new and I liked to read a few before you buy.

The best is still to go in the store to listen (something I have not done yet ;-) )

I ocllectionné a lot of drum machine software and hardware in my life. This one is located in the firmament of the quie possible to st. It will probably show its age.

This product is very different from the popular Maschine from Native Instruments. Its sequencer is much better designed, and its purpose quite different in philosophy sound. Maschine offers software and other handling of samples galore, Tempest is a tool for analog sound design quality.

Tempest is also still under development. Free updates of the OS are coming. Perhaps it is wiser to be patient (I did not ;-) )

I would return here in a few weeks if I feel that things are changing in my opinion.
11/14/2011

Anonymous 's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" good machine .. forthcoming"

Dave Smith Instruments Tempest
direct out / midi / pedal in / usb but no audio in.
saturation and compress only the general.
a lot of samples of plants are not many "preset" factory.
4 sequencer steps to 32T have made no measurements to quantify (for now)
no publisher (for now)

UTILIZATION

the first version of the OS was very limited (no PFL sound backup system so long) it's getting better with updates, but much remains to be done to make something really powerful. USB is not ACRIF, the undo not etc. .. promised many functions that are not there. we must look at this post to be an exhaustive list:
http://dsiforum.org/viewtopic.php?t=1777
PYM is active on the forum it was he who developed the tempest for DSI. (Rather hefty the guy)
the sequencer is very effective in my opinion. can be programmed on the fly. in the last OS you can user to audition the sounds you want to load and it will be improved in order to be made during playback.
editing and sound management of the machine in general seems to me frankly efficient and well thought through on the screen. qq enough days and a good week to master the entire architecture (the MODPATH allocation of FX etc. ..)

SOUNDS

I posted a lot of opinions conernant disappointing sound.
the machine has four generators. 2 analog and 2 digital oscilloscope. the two are used for digital noises and sample library. Excluding the samples are very very present constitution das tempest of sound. Personal m'ntéresse it does not. as an MPC or take samples for kontakt. Especially since we can not import your samples.

I thought that until the developer (pym) make some pure analog sound. He promises to release a preset bank KD SD 100% analog. the first I've heard are really good and can use the functions of the tempest without FX depitch specific sample or loss of transients.

I made some progress let envbisager also is a very good analog machine. for the live performance pad FX are very powerful and provide world completely barred and sometimes much better than the original beat. it's very creative.

the compressor and distortion have no control (except more or less) but work very well. architecture is really about brooms and 5 and the MODPATH can do many things in analog. the only thing to regret is not being able to choose to send the osc to the LP or HP. forcing the two filters are in series. it would have been interesting to have the samples in the HP to avoid loading down the spectrum between analog and samples.

So I changed my mind and I'll use more and more this machine by adding sound personal because those factory does not suit me.
But it is a "risk" for DSI released a box "analog" when all the basic presets are not: S is perhaps why PYM is quite active on the issue and proposed out "rapidly" a bank analog (the minimum is not it?)

Another cool thing is exactly what pym. a particularly good guy in his programing and that is more active on the forum and meet everyone at the same time actively developing for the tempest. he took and discusses every sense of the forumers which is very good.

OVERALL OPINION

I never liked you travel with a laptop to make ziq. Once back because an often should redo everything so the vsti and the mixed sound to the headset sounds rotten. but I will go well with the tempest because it is fun to program for both the sequencer for sound.
11/14/2011

Anonymous 's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" good machine .. come"

Dave Smith Instruments Tempest
Direct out / midi / pedal in / usb but not in audio.
satu and compress only in general.
a lot of samples of plants not many "presets" factory.
squenceur 4 steps up 32T not obliged to quantify compounds measures (for now)
no publisher (for now)

USE

First the OS version was very limited (no prcoute long backup system sounds etc) has is improving with updates but there is a LOT to do to make the really powerful thing. USB is not yet ACRIF the undo etc .. not many promised features that are not l. we must look at this post to have an exhaustive list:
http://dsiforum.org/viewtopic.php?t=1777
PYM is very active on the forum it is he who develops the tempest for DSI. (Rather hefty the guy)
the squenceur is very effective I think. you can program the fly. Last in the OS can prcouter the sounds you want to load and will still be able to amlior be done during playback.
Editing the sounds and the management of the machine in general seems to me frankly effective and well thought thanks to the screen. qq days are enough and a good week to master the whole architecture (FX assignment MODPATH etc ..)


SONORITS

I post a lot of notice dcevant conernant sound.
the machine has four generators. 2 analog tilt and 2 numriques. 2 numriques used for noises and sample bank. Excluding the samples are very VERY das Introduced the tempest of sounds constitution. Custom m'ntresse has not at all. so take a MPC kontakt or for samples. ESPECIALLY we can not import its samples.

I was thinking up what dveloppeur (pym) make some pure analog sound. he promises to release a bank KD SD 100% analog presets. the first I've heard are pretty darn good and enable the use of the tempest FX functions without the proper depitch the sample or perter transients.

some progra I made leave envbisager also that it is a very good analog machine. for performance live FX pad are very powerful and give completely barrs universe and sometimes better than the original beat. it is very cratif.

compressor and distortion have no rglage (except more or less) but they work very well. the architecture is really hefty and approx 5 and the MODPATH allow for much in analog. the only thing to regret is not being able to choose the osc send to the LP or HP. 2 filters are necessarily in series. it would have been interesting to have the samples in the HP to avoid loading the lower spectrum between analog and samples.

so I changed my mind and I'm going to use more this machine by adding sounds personal because those factory does not suit me.
But it is a "risk" DIS released a box "analog" while all basic presets are not: S is also perhaps for only PYM is quite active on the issue and offers released "soon" an analog bank (the minimum right?)

Another cool thing is precisely what pym. dou particulirement a guy and his programing which in addition is very active on the forum and everyone responds the same time he actively develops for the tempest. he takes and discuss all ideas of forumeurs which is very good.

NOTICE GLOBAL

I never liked you travel with a laptop to make ziq. Once back often and because a must redo everything so much vsti and sound mix in the headphones sounds rotten. but I will go well with the tempest because it is fun to program in both sequencer that sound.

I had a boss 909 and I find the sound as punchy with