San Francisco, CA—January 3, 2015—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)
• 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.
About Dave Smith Instruments
Launched in 2002, Dave Smith Instruments is helmed by legendary musical instrument designer and Grammy® award winner Dave Smith. Dave’s many accomplishments include the creation of the Prophet-5—the world’s first fully programmable polyphonic synthesizer—and his legacy as the primary driving force behind MIDI (Musical
Instrument Digital Interface).
Dave Smith Instruments’ products are used by an ever-growing roster of well-known musicians and are available from music retailers worldwide. Instruments include the Pro 2, Prophet 12, Prophet 08, Mopho, Tetra, and Evolver synthesizers, and the Tempest analog drum machine. Dave Smith Instruments is based in San Francisco, where the instruments are also manufactured. For more information, visit www.davesmithinstruments.com.