Well, the Black Box is all digital - with the details that count in all the right places. Sounds great, smooth and no hassle recording, solid fx for what’s there (including the compressor) - a classy studio product of the modern age.
The Tempest is a rowdy, crunchy and messy beast of analog drum machine. It’s all over the place. You can almost smell the electricity, as it throws punches to the left and right when you work with it. No digital instrument can ever come close to what the Tempest can do when you go deep and far with it, and while the Digitakt certainly pushes the boundaries of the digital realm, it still remains in spirit closer to another digital product.
My favourite move with the Tempest is to work out a beat I’m happy with, then switch to Beat mode where pitches, filter cut off and resonance, the amp and feedback and so on, affects all patches at one, while playing live. The sounds you get from that, sounds cooler than anything I’ve heard from any drummer. And the sequencer is so funky. I know Roger Linn has said there’s nothing going on in the MPC groove that you won’t find elsewhere, but we all know he’s just modest. Whatever magic’s in the Tempest sequencer, it doesn’t translate to anything else I’ve heard.
I love Elektron’s stuff but when I want to go as far away from them as possible and don’t turn to modular, the Tempest is my bet.