Originally Posted by BaconTastesGood
I don't regret my Tempest...yet. As I acquire more outboard gear I do worry how I'm going to get the good things about the Tempest (pattern mode/switching, live playing) while simultaneously working with other sequencers (like my RM1X -- the RS7K problems an earlier poster mention have me nervous now, since I haven't hooked the two up yet).
I think it was an impulse buy on my part and I kinda wish I had spent the money on a Cirklon, PEK, or P08.
But I'm going to hold onto it until after I have a chance to wire up everything and see how they all work together. Using it just as a drum machine seems pretty silly since the thing about it I love is its performance driven nature.
I ended up selling it (and took a bath on it too -- it seems that used Tempests are starting to hit the market pretty hard now whereas they were non-existent a month ago).
It's a fabulous instrument, I loved it to death, but I always seemed like I was either playing/composing on the Tempest OR using all my other gear. It just didn't seem like there was an easy to make the composing process integrate between the two short of really underutilizing the Tempest (i.e. using it as a polyanalog synth or just a straight up drum machine).
The things I specifically loved about the Tempest had everything to do with live performance and composition. I never really developed a workflow that worked well with composing on the Tempest in real time and then getting other gear involved, and unfortunately the Tempest just isn't full featured enough for my kind of music to rely on it exclusively.
It's a great instrument, and honestly it rekindled my love for making music because for 10 years being computer based just kind of...sucked the life out of me. So while I lost a few hundred bucks in the process I consider it money well spent because I'm now enthused about getting my Cirklon and using all my other outboard gear, whereas six months ago I was "happy" with Reason 6 but not inspired.
The Tempest was very inspirational and I'm very fond of it. But in the end I just wasn't using it that much compared to my RM1X and outboard gear, and I'd rather have the money that was tied up into the Tempest going to more gear =)