Originally Posted by unfiltered420
I am not into menus, I don't consider a piece of gear with menus or a display to be a real instrument, just my opinion, not baiting anyone. But I am interested in the Tempest. I usually like acoustic drums, but need some beats to mess with for ideas and maybe some recording.
The problem is, that thing looks complicated, and I am never satisfied unless I know the ins and outs of an instrument by heart. It took me more than 2 years to master a model D, and I still getting new glorious new sounds out of it because I took that much time with it. But the Tempest looks like years of tweaking before I get what I want out of it, especially because I am not really familiar with drum machines or sequencers. But I know analog synthesis pretty well, and learn fast. Are my concerns valid?
mmm the road can be longer for some, but I'd be lying if I'd say I or anyone would've mastered the art fully in two years. So, don't despair, it's part of a growth progress, the more you know, and find out the more things you'll discover, and the more fun it can be.
Everyone's different, that's why it's a good thing to really look for instruments that suit your particular way of thinking and playing. Dave Smith has a history of making instruments that are accessable and that make sense, in a musical way. I don't own a Tempest, but I'd say, from a distance, you could do much worse in that respect (accessable).
Also consider that once you've grasped the basic idea of synthesis, and of how sounds can be played and have an order in a music piece, that basic idea is also valid for other instruments: What you've learned with your Model D, you can put to use with the Tempest, or any other synth/drum machine.
What you need to figure out is what you need, to make music (no menus), and come up with a plan how to achieve that, using specific instruments. never buy anything because it's the cool thing of the month, always try to find out how these things work, how the controls are laid out etc.. Check the manual, then compare to other machines.
That Tempest is nice looking though, it's menus/screen are there to cram as much function in there that you could need. HOW you adress those functions is what makes it easier or not, not the particular fact that there are menus in the first place. I used to think I'd never get anything with a menu, I hated my Akai S2000 for that, but now, I've changed my mind a bit. Some machines have menus, screens, deeper functions, but are still easy to work on, and make music.