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DSi Tempest & Part 4 of Drum Machine 1949 – Present (Akai 1000, 2500, 5000 & Dave Smith Instruments Tempest)


Having done a quick Hangout with #iFSS where we discussed the DaveSmith Instruments – Tempest (2011) drum machine, it confirmed what I always believed, YES, I definitely want a DSI-Tempest it would make a great addition to my current studio setup.

As I mention in the video (link below), I like the fact that it is its own stand alone unit with its own sounds. The fact that you can’t add samples to it or sample with it adds to the mystique of the instrument. To me the tempest is an instrument not just a bit of kit to add a bit of sparkle to your production.

It requires dedication and as mentioned it isn’t currently expandable, like a traditional instrument e.g. piano or saxophone, violin etc…
The fact that you are limited by its options doesn’t leave your starring at it like a blank canvas, much the same way as other DAW controllers/instruments with forever expanding capabilities. There is a starting point.

For me, the boundaries of what you have, you have to make do, which forces you to find something new, innovate and be different. Otherwise you will always sound the same.

I can image its like a true analogue synth, in so much as you become part of the sound, part of the whole design, part of the machine.

Push past where you found it !

DSI Tempest all the way.



Below is part 4 in a series of youtube/Google hangouts on the history of the drum machine from 1949 – present day.
Hangout features: Meek Poitier, DJ Air Wax & Sipp Eazy

Here Infamous Foreign Sound Society #iFSS discuss the Akai 1000, 2500, 5000 and the stunning Dave Smith Instruments – Tempest.



MPC1000 (2004)

MPC2500 (2006)

MPC5000 (2008)

Native Instruments Maschine (2009)
(Sipp Eazy doing demo)

Dave Smith Instruments Tempest (2011)

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