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Dave Smith Instruments TEMPEST Analog Drum Machine

Tempest is collaboration between Smith and longtime friend and fellow instrument designer Roger Linn. Sam Ash Direct has the guaranteed lowest price and fast free, shipping.


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The Dave Smith Instruments’ Tempest Analog Drum machine features 16 velocity- and pressure-sensitive pads that are arranged in an 8 x 2 array to facilitate both real-time and step entry of beats. Two pressure- and position-sensitive Note FX slide controllers provide a unique new method of performance and control.

Each of the Tempest’s 6 analog voices has 2 analog oscillators plus 2 digital oscillators (with a large bank of included samples), Dave's classic analog low-pass filter with audio-rate modulation, an additional high-pass filter, analog VCA with feedback, 5 envelopes, 2 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 6-voice analog synth. In addition to the 6 direct voice outputs, there are stereo mix outputs and phones outputs, plus 2 inputs for foot switches or expression pedals, MIDI in/out and USB.

The Dave Smith Instruments’ Tempest features two pressure- and position-sensitive Note FX slide controllers that 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, or control similar parameters affecting the entire beat.

A variety of unique effects are built into the Tempest while maintaining a pure analog signal path: 1) Stereo analog compressor and distortion circuits affect the stereo output mix, 2) beat-synced delay is achieved by generating additional delayed note events within the sequencer, and 3) 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.

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Things You Will Get:

  • Drum Machine

solid drum machine with great workflow


Great machine and sound. Easy to use but not for everybody. If you're looking to load your own sounds this is not for you. If you're looking to create your own then consider the tempest. If you depend on midi thru ports, note that this machine does not have one.



TEMPEST Analog Drum Machine

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Warranty Info:

TEMPEST Analog Drum Machine

The manufacturer's warranty covers parts for one year and labor for one year from date of purchase. The warranty excludes damage from misuse, abuse, and contains other exclusions.