Many people wanting to buy a Dave Smith Instruments Tempest are looking to find a replacement for the classic Roland TR909 Rhythm Composer.
Not only are the two drum machines years apart (almost 30 years!) but they also have a vastly different architecture and design philosophy. However, that doesn’t stop us from trying to emulate 909 style sounds on the Tempest and with the onboard samples (minus the very distinctive open hi-hat) we can get a fairly close approximation.
From the video:
Can the DSI Tempest emulate a Roland TR909? You decide…
Here’s a simple test, 6 drum sounds from the Tempest and a randomized acid bass line to fill out the mix.
The kick drum has been programmed with one triangle wave, a bit of pitch and amp envelope and a light click from the digital oscillator/samples.
The remaining drums are all Tempest’s digital (sample) oscillators.