Dave Smith Instruments Tempest
Old 13th January 2011
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It looks sweet from what I read. I realize it's a new analog instrument, but it sure would have been cool if they somehow pulled off to incorporate the old Linndrum samples , 12 bit converters and with midi automation of tuning, decay parameters etc. :-)
Old 13th January 2011
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Dave Smith Instruments Tempest
Press release

6 Voice Analog Drum Machine
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Discuss!
Nice, congrats!

-Hi pass filter: Cool, so, here it is!

-Analog efx: Very cool! Distortion as well as feedback, analog compression!

-MIDI delay (mentioned in the video) is a fine solution for keeping the price down imo., although I'm unsure what will be possible.
Pym, can you say whether one will be able to assign delay to individual sounds, or not? If yes, would it be technically possible to slave the lo-pass filter to the delay echoes, to get darker echoes, closing the filter a bit for each echo? And maybe other paramaters could be interesting too? (Trust me, this is a non vital issue, it is just an idea. And it might even sound awful, lol, as it would affect the whole sound, of course.)

-Slide controllers: Love it, especially that they are assignable.

- It's got a decent amount of knobs, though we always want more of them dedicated knobs, of course. But then I know they come at a price, so it's always a balance. In the end I think this is a really good machine for getting to work a bit outside the box. I wonder if the knobs/some of them will be assignable?

- Soundwise, in the video it sounds a lot like my Mopho, in the video. Are they the same oscillators, basically, can you say anything about that Pym? And are the digital oscillators the same as the Evolver's?

-Concerning the visual design, I must admit I'm not a big fan of the grey front. On Linn's page the image is in high contrast and I kinda like the blueish tint it gives. Perhaps it also relates to the texture of it as opposed to the woody/smokyness of the frame and body. We can't leave out any details here

-The only other thing I might wish for (besides VCOs, ) would be a CV control/gate/filter out, but I guess you can't have everything and connectivity is otherwise fine.

- All in all a very desireable machine, this will be very high on my wanted-drum machines list, for sure. It's a bit pricey for me personally, for a drum machine, - but then it also has a lot of cool features.

- Can't wait to hear it in actual tracks! And to hear it making pad sounds


Pym, on another note, I wonder if a DSI produced MIDI-controller could be an idea? For controlling the Mo-module, Tetra, Evolver-module and the Tempest. Knobs with markings to control the common parameters, and a certain amount of knobs unmarked for the uncommon features. Loaded with pre-made setups and the possibillity to switch between setups on-the-fly would be very cool.
Old 13th January 2011
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Ha, I love how cool these two are in interviews...

"It’s funny, I’ve been through this cycle so many times. And it’s really hard to predict ahead of time, because so much of this is just a fashion thing, where if the right people decide this is the thing that everybody has to have right now, then it will go crazy. If that doesn’t happen, we’ll still sell a lot, but it can make a pretty big difference."

Judging from this thread, they got the fashion thing right.
Old 13th January 2011
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When can we expect some high quality sound examples?
Old 13th January 2011
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Very, very exciting!
Old 13th January 2011
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Wow massive GAS!!!!!!!

There goes my bank account...

Anybody want to buy an xbase09



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Old 13th January 2011
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OOH LA LA!! NAMM 2011 product of the show already?! Finally the DSI Roger Linn drum machine makes its appearance. That is exciting enough in itself but this looks like a seriously deep drum machine. Anyone still interested in the new Arturia drum machine? No, me neither! Not even remotely!!
Old 13th January 2011
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It seems very flexible and punchy ! I wonder how practical its use as a six voice synth would be (tuning, voice assignment, midi channels, multitimbral setup sound programming etc...) ?
Old 13th January 2011
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The LinnDrum 2 still exists as well: LinnDrum 2

I presume that one will have sample loading before the Tempest does, as I believe working with samples is more in the field of Roger Linn.

Possibly also a reason why the Tempest in OS 1.0 does not have the sample loading capability?
Old 13th January 2011
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Interesting...
Old 13th January 2011
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Fugly and very expensive.
Old 13th January 2011
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Very nice.

I know everybody would rather have the Tempest but I'm wanting a desktop Evolver 2.0 similar in size to the Tempest and with that beautiful LED display and a UI similar to the MEK instead of the matrix editing. Rackmountable too.
Old 13th January 2011
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Dave Smith Instruments Tempest

HELL YEAH!!! well done DSI. you fooled us all! What an awesome surprise :D
Old 13th January 2011
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Fugly and very expensive.
I wouldn't say it's very expensive. Your getting a lot for $2000.
Old 13th January 2011
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I wouldn't say it's very expensive. Your getting a lot for $2000.
I'd tend to agree. At first I thought the price was a bit high too, but then I read it can also be used as a 6-voice synth. Awesome. This thing is gonna rock.
Old 13th January 2011
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Dave Smith Instruments Tempest

Don't tell my lm-1/lm-2/forat 9000 I'm pre-ordering and saving from now ....Linn and Smith are really back on the spotlight now, it sounds great at first listening, let's have more demos please! Only "disappointing" part is the non-sampling choice, why oh why ? -


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Old 13th January 2011
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More expensive than the prophet 08, interesting...
Old 13th January 2011
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I'm getting this it looks amazing, an analogue drum machine and a 6 voice analogue poly synth......

edit...but i just blown all my money on a MBP and I still need to get Komplete and an S4....sob sob
Old 13th January 2011
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I am not ecstatic with the visual choices (purple-lit pads, LCD and wood = something doesn't click here) but I would love to check it out. If it loads samples it'd be very cool.
Old 13th January 2011
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Oh my god! 2011 is going to be one hell of a GASsy year! I need to start saving for this one!

Wow, really awesome!
Old 13th January 2011
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i will wait for the LinnDrum 2 before i get too excited about this. i need an MPC and every other drum thingy killer.
Old 13th January 2011
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Mmmm... Very interested in this! Can't wait to get my hands on one and see what it can do in person.

Get the feeling I'll be buying one eventually.
Old 13th January 2011
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Looks killer. I got question about sequencer. Dear Pym - is the sequencer going to have advanced options like the Octatrack one? I mean - microshift forward and backward of the steps, different pattern lenghts? Would it be possible to controll externall Midi gear with it?

Would greatly appreciate any light on this one.

Cheers
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Old 13th January 2011
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..Would it be possible to controll externall Midi gear with it?

Would greatly appreciate any light on this one.
There's MIDI out so I can't see why not.
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Old 13th January 2011
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This thing will sell millions.
At $1,999 I doubt that. Very interesting but a bit pricey for many.
Old 13th January 2011
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A MAP of $1999 is a bit high in today's economy. If it's street price was around $1499 - $1549 they would be unstoppable and grab more market share. At $1999 it only really appeals to the niche market. At that price the Machinedrum UW+ is $250 cheaper and Jomox's XBASE 999 roughly $175 cheaper. Ignoring the pricing it's very interesting though. Bring the price down and I'm sold.
Old 13th January 2011
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It can't get over the fact that it's a full analog poly synth aswell. If they allow sample import and it's sequencer is fairly full featured you could produce whole tracks on it.
Old 13th January 2011
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this looks ridiculously cool. its like a hybrid of an mpc and a linndrum....understandably. ill probably buy one
Old 13th January 2011
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Who needs samples when you have REAL Analog oscillators???
Erm.. lot's of people I imagine. Particularly for the price
Old 13th January 2011
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i'm pretty surprised you can't sample with it.. does not compute!
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