Now this is exciting. Long in the making, the collaboration between synthesis demigods Dave Smith and Roger Linn has had many forms over the years. Originally a project called BoomChik, it has evolved over a few years into this: The Tempest.
Aside from being dazzling good looking, Tempest boasts a feature set to make other drum machines and even synths green with envy
Aside from being dazzling good looking, Tempest boasts a feature set to make other drum machines and even synths green with envy. A combination of real analogue and the best of digital, every voice has two analogue and two digital oscillators (with a variety of samples), analogue lowpass filter and amplifier, highpass filter, five envelopes, two LFOs, and a massive amount of modulation possibilities. And that’s every one of six voices. The voices can be tuned and the machine can act as a six voice synthesiser, the stereo output has an analogue compressor and distortion circuit as well as a beat synced delay and ‘stutter’ which sounds similar in operation to loop roll.
The 8×2, pressure and velocity sensitive pad matrix is backlit, there are over 90 panel controls including two pressure and position sensitive ribbon strips, real time swing settings (bear in mind that we’re talking about the same guy behind the classic MPC swing), step sequencer, and a great looking high res OLED screen – the list of desirable features goes on and on.
Take a look at the following video, and head over to Dave Smith Instruments or Roger Linn Design for in depth information on Tempest. The suggested launch price is $1999, which for such a fully featured and desirable looking machine could be a bargain…