New OS fot the DSI Tempest analog drum machine

January 4, 2015 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

In this tutorial, we walk you through updating the Tempest OS via Mac or PC.

Dave Smith Instruments Releases New OS and Soundset for Tempest Analog Drum Machine Gets Enhanced Feature Set and New Sounds, Beats, Projects

Dave Smith Instruments has released a new operating system for their acclaimed Tempest analog drum machine that adds a number of highly requested features — as well as entirely new internal sounds, beats, and projects. The new version, OS 1.4, ships with newly purchased instruments and is also available for download from the company’s website for users wishing to upgrade instruments with older versions of the OS.

Notable among the new features are:
• Increased sequence length (up to 128 sixteenth notes, or 8 measures of 4/4) • Arpeggiation
• New modal scales
• Free-running LFOs
• Compressor envelope controls
• Quantize disable
• A total of 928 new factory sounds, 64 new beats, and 16 new projects

Co-developed by Dave Smith and noted instrument designer Roger Linn, Tempest has been embraced by musicians from a wide range of genres for both live performance and studio recording. “The new OS adds several powerful new features to an already powerful instrument,” said Smith. “And we’ve enlisted the talents of some heavy-hitting sound and beat designers to come up with a extensive amount of new content that’s not only fresh and inspiring, but also versatile.” The new content takes advantage of the new OS features and was over a year in the making.
As Smith puts it, “Our users have put Tempest to a lot of really creative and expressive uses and this upgrade is going to allow them to take it even further. We can’t wait to hear what they do with it.”

The Tempest has a MAP of $1999.

Price and specifications subject to change.

The new beginning

December 29, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Headphones highly recomended
An afternoon improvisation.
Gear used: Waldorf Blofeld and MicroQ, Arturia Microbrute through Eventide H9, Elektron Machinedrum, Akai mpc500 as main sequencer, Korg Ms2000, Clavia Nord Modular G2 and DSI Tetr4. Hardwire DL7 and RV8 were used on the Tetra.

DSI Pro 2 – Arturia MicroBrute – Eventide H9 : Performance Setup

December 22, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

A compact, computer-less performance setup that can create a wide variety of new (and old) sounds. The Dave Smith Instruments Pro 2 is the heart of the setup. In addition to its great sound engine, it provides the master MIDI clock to the H9 and sends tempo-synced LFOs, step sequences and more to the MicroBrute via one or more of its four assignable CV outputs.

The MicroBrute is in the cat bird seat here, but also shown is how that position can also be nicely filled by other analog, CV controllable synths. We also take a Moog Voyager for a spin.

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Dave Smith Instruments – Prophet 08 PE Synthesizer Demo

December 7, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Showcasing just 3 programs of the Prophet ’08 PE

Generative Music² by Old Beats

December 1, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Generative Music with Ableton Live
Dsi Prophet 08 launching clips in Ableton Live
Moog Voyager + Moog MF Delay
Moog Little Phatty
DSI Evolver
Akai VX 90
Roland Alpha Juno 2
Novation Bass Station 2
Jomox AirBase 99
Lexicon MX 300
TC Electronic M 350
Boss CE 20
Korg Monotron Filter on Cymbals
Allen & Heath Zed 428

DSI Tempest vintage synth sounds

November 25, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

DSI Tempest vintage synth sounds, patches by YellowRabbit, additional delay by Elektron Analog Four.

The Dave Smith Instruments Pro 2 – Sequencer Introduction

November 25, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Here is an introduction to an exploration of the Dave Smith Instruments Pro 2 Sequencer.

Amazing machines: Moog Sub37 & DSI Pro2

October 19, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

The Moog Sub37 & DSI Pro2 together with the GrooveAgent (Cubase)
I don’t wanted to show wich one is better – but how good they play together 😉
this was a special wish from someone of the german forum for better comparing the two…

The Dave Smith Instruments Pro 2- Introduction / Analog Sound

October 15, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Background video description:

Here is the first in a series of videos which demonstrate the sound and functionality of the Dave Smith Instruments Pro 2 synthesizer.
In this first video, I demonstrate how to get analog-sounding sounds out of the digital oscillators.

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Dave Smith Instruments Pro 2 – Best synth ever?

September 27, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Stack explores using the Pro 2s sequencer. Here’s what he hast to say about it:

The Dave Smith Instruments Pro 2 is the most useful synth I’ve ever played. I got to borrow one for a short while and it quickly became the central control and performance hub of my analog and digital gear. In addition to its great internal sounds, with four assignable CV Outputs (and four inputs!), it (much like the Moog Multi-Pedal) is able to lend new functionality to your older existing gear.

For example, a Moog Voyager sounds great but it has (for all practical purposes) no MIDI clock synced features. Pair it with a Pro 2 though and you can control things like the Voyager’s filter cutoff, volume, pan, wave shape and more with the Pro 2’s clock-synced LFOs, step sequencer tracks, envelopes and a variety of other elements.

I had a lot of fun connecting to multiple synths, starting the sequencer, and tweaking knobs. This video does not go into minute detail on showing how I did all this. It is meant as a quick look at some amazing possibilities. Think of it more as an “inspirational” than a “tutorial”. I wish I had more time to explore applications of the the Pro 2 while I had it.

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Just finished spending some short quality time with the Dave Smith Instruments Pro 2. With USB/MIDI and assignable CV Ins and Outs that can be sent to or from just about anything in its architecture, It’s like a great synth that fits into any electronic music workflow.

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