Dave Smith and Roger Linn have announced the Tempest, a new analog drum machine, introduced at the 2011 NAMM Show.
Tempest is a collaboration between Smith and longtime friend and fellow instrument designer Roger Linn. Though they’ve consulted with each other on past projects, Tempest marks the first time a product will carry both the Dave Smith Instruments and Roger Linn Design logos. “If you’re going to make a drum machine, who better to have in your corner than Roger Linn?” said Smith, referring to Linn’s legacy as inventor of the digital drum machine.
Though Smith is also responsible for some fine drum machines—most notably Sequential’s DrumTraks and Studio 440—Tempest is his first to utilize analog synthesis to generate the sounds. “We’ve designed a very flexible new synth voice for Tempest,” said Smith. Linn added, “The design of Tempest reflects a rethinking of what a drum machine needs to be in the current era. It’s not so much a drum machine as a new musical performance instrument for the creation, manipulation, and arrangement of beat-oriented music, with an intuitive and efficient use of human gestures.”
Tempest’s 16 velocity- and pressure-sensitive pads are arranged in an 8 x 2 array to facilitate both real-time and step entry of beats. Two pressure- and position-sensitive Note FX slide controllers provide a unique new method of performance and control.
“We’re very excited about Tempest,” said Smith. “It’s an instrument with a lot of personality and it’s great fun to play. It has been a long time since there has been anything new in the drum machine world.”
Tempest is expected to be available by June 2011 with a projected MAP of $1,999 USD.
Kontaktbanks.com has launched its website with the release of Revolver for Kontakt, an analogue synth library based on the sounds of DSI Evolver synthesizer.
The Kontakt version of Revolver is not just a conversion of the refill! It has been entirely rebuilt starting from the scratch, and thanks to the Kontakt’s advanced scripting technology we were able to create a software instrument that sounds and behaves as a real hardware!
Revolver for Kontakt features
253 Kontakt patches (in 7 categories).
Over 1.5 GB of 44kHz/24 bit samples (1956 perfectly looped wav files).
12 midi controllable knobs for realtime tweaking and for midi automation of the most important synth parameters.
Extensive editing techniques: multiple velocity layers, round-robin, alternate sample starts to achieve fat, lively and realistic analogue sounds.
Exclusive IR sample collection for the convolution reverb of Kontakt.
Revolver for Kontakt 3.5 or higher (full version) is available to purchase for 27 EUR.
A free demo (20 Kontakt patches, based on 75 MB samples / 76 instrument samples, 2 IR samples) is available to download from the Kontaktbanks website.
What if blowing tunes on beer bottles was raised to the level of musical science?
Through even the mundane medium of packaging, design can transform the everyday. DJ and designer Matt Braun of Philadelphia, collaborating with Chris Mufalli, use labels to tune the level of beer remaining in the bottle for musical results. Pitches are printed on the labels, allowing you to exactly match the liquid inside to a pitch you want, and join along with your fellow imbibers for a performance.
It’s not just a label that’s different. Ridges on the sides of the bottles make them double as Guiro-style percussion. The neck was adjusted for ergonomics. Even the wooden box becomes a tongue drum.
I love Ableton Live’s workflow and while I’m a big fan of Ableton Sampler, Operator, Impulse, Drum Racks etc… I do heavily utilize VST’s to extend Live’s range even further. I try to find plugins that not only sound great, but also integrate into and compliment Live’s workflow. One recent addition to my software rig is Sonic Charge’s fantastic pattern based drum-machine synth uTonic.
In this post, I’ll show you how to use MIDI to change patterns on the fly within uTonic. This will allow you to use uTonic as a drum machine in conjunction with your other Live clips and scenes.
At the Kansas City Mini Maker Faire, Taylor Jessee introduced me to his one of his latest creations, the Mini Drumset. Dissatisfied with plastic miniatures that look authentic but lack the full sound of real drums, he decided to design his own. He spent lots of time perfecting the snare sound with multiple layers of wrap, wire, and sugar, and finding the appropriate materials to produce a good symbol crash- in this case, a sawed-off candlestick holder. But he didn't stop there, and produced the above infomercial to advertise the kit. He is actually selling them, too!
ReasonBanks has released Revolver, an analogue synth ReFill and multi-sample library, based on the sounds of the DSI Evolver keyboard.
In other words, it can be viewed as a continuation of the Analogue Monsters series: REVOLVER provides vivid, dynamic and rich-sounding real analogue sounds, giving you a powerful new synth in your Reason rack.
1.63 GB multisample in 24 bit wav format. All samples are perfectly looped and contain the unity note info for quick and proper automapping. The sample source is also included as a multisample library.
Eric Beam has released MoControl VST, a free instrument plug-in for controlling a DSI Mopho.
Like most other DSI MoPho & Prophet 08 owners I wanted VST integration to control/automate parameters. This is the much pre-mature outcome of that desire. Feel free to Beta test & make suggestions in the comment section.
Forgive the horrid graphics, I’ll be giving the gui, fixes, & changes my attention during creative downtime. As always I hope other like minded musicians get some use/fun out of these efforts. (On that note, any graphic designers out there that would like to take on a project let me know.)
MoControl is available to download at no cost, donations are appreciated.
Dave Smith Instruments has announced that the Potentiometer Edition of the Poly Evolver Keyboard Synthesizer is now available.
The new version boasts 60 potentiometers among its complement of 78 rotary controls. “The response to the pot edition of the Prophet ’08 has been overwhelmingly positive,” said company founder Dave Smith, “so we decided to extend that functionality to the Poly Evolver, as well.” Unlike endless rotary encoders, potentiometers allow the full range of a knob’s values to be accessed in a single turn of about 300 degrees. That simplifies filter sweeps and other more performance-oriented gestures. A kit with potentiometer-equipped panel boards is available to convert older Poly Evolvers.
There have also been some cosmetic changes. “We needed both lined and unlined knobs to distinguish between the pots and encoders, so we’re using Prophet-style knobs,” said DSI’s Andrew McGowan. “And we’ve updated the panel graphics a bit without changing them significantly.” The wood end panels are now made from bubinga.
Poly Evolver Potentiometer Edition features
Each voice is a complete Evolver with four oscillators per voice, two analog and two digital.
True stereo signal path with separate Curtis analog low-pass filters in each channel for each voice. Each voice has its own independent effects (feedback, delay, distortion, high-pass filter, etc.).
Highly accessible sound control for easy, intuitive operation: 78 knobs (60 of them potentiometers) and 58 switches.
Clocked, pulsing blue LEDs and hardwood end-panels.
Each voice has an independent 16 x 4 step sequencer. Everything (sequencer, LFOs, and delay) syncs perfectly to MIDI.
In Program mode, all four voices play the same sound. In Combo mode, voices can be allocated however desired: stack all 4 for a huge unison sound, split or layer the keyboard in any configuration, and/or play one or all sequences at the same time. Each voice can respond to a different MIDI channel.
Each voice has its own stereo output in addition to the mix and headphones outputs.
Stereo audio input that can be routed to any or all of the voices, enabling parallel audio processing of external stereo or mono signals. The output of one voice can be routed to the input of another for interesting double-processing effects.
The Poly Evolver PE Keyboard Synthesizer is available now with an MSRP of $2,899 USD and an MAP of $2,599 USD. The conversion kit requires nothing more than a screwdriver for installation and is available directly from DSI for $399 USD or factory installed for $449 USD.