Let’s skip the obligatory race to the last paragraph. This thing is f’ing amazing. You need one.
We bought it at dv247 Romford after 20 mins noodling and we haven’t stopped playing since.
Granted, we haven’t used it in a track yet but no there’s no panic. It’s obvious it’ll fit in a mix like a plastic glove on a drug inspector.
So, sounds by Dave Smith and playability by Roger Linn. What more do you need?
Fully analogue with 4 oscillators (2 analogue, 2 dig) of varying kinds for each of the 6 voices, the Tempest is a delicious mash up of warmth, tweak-ability and midi control.
The sound is thick, organic and gritty where needed. The bottom end feels bowel shakingly lively and the distortion and compressor on the master out add a little magic or outright filth. It’s a shame that these can’t be ‘per’ sound but perhaps some version of that might come in a future OS.
On the playability side, ole Roger may have the dulcet tones of a hypnotherapist, but he’s a magician when it comes to ergonomics and feel. On stage, this thing will come alive and whilst getting everything set up may take a little getting used to, the options are vast. Pressure sensitive pads and 2 ribbon controllers mixed with knobs galore mean tweaking becomes addictive.
If we have one niggle in this area it’s the knobs above the display are placed such that our fat heads get in the way of the screen making it hard to see what’s going on. Knobs by the side would have been better but hey ho.
The last paragraph is the same as the first!
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