So I got my Tempest in the post this morning. Initial impressions:
- Solid build. Looks great
- Somewhat smaller than I expected (in a good way though)
So then I switch it on and press play…
These are like the worst demo beats I’ve ever heard.
I’m gonna erase all these ridiculously bad demo beats off it. C’mon really?? Here I am struggling to find work and the guy with the dream job programming beats into drum machines (and getting paid for it) at DSI can’t get it together to make some decent demos to show off what the machine can do. They could of at least hired someone in who could have done a good job better. Honestly If I had demo’d this thing in a store (which I didn’t) beforehand, I’d never have bought it. End rant about the demos anyways. Hopefully some hands on time will bear sweeter fruit.
The distortion is just shit. No other words for it. Feels lazy to me that they haven’t implemented a better solution here. The noise off it. And it sounds like it’s introducing some kind of Hi-pass filter making it impossible to get low end. I was expecting a warm analog fuzz that gains intensity but I got no such thing. Crap!!
I know the A4 uses Drive (not distortion) but how does it sound so much cleaner (and useable) ? Surely engineers at DSI could have heard that this was a poxy circuit ???
Oh well. won’t be using that much.
I know it’s only early days (lol hasn’t even been a day) but I couldn’t help but moan about these two initial turkeys that jumped straight out at me.
I’m certainly not going to give up on this thing. The sequencer does seem really solid. With nice features that make performance quite enjoyable.
If I can synthesize kits that sound anywhere near as nice as my A4 then it will have been worth it. Sorry bout the rant. Will hopefully have something better to say after a while
BTW anyone know what’s going on over at their forums?
I can’t register at either of them which means I can’t view any threads etc.
When I click the register button I get a bogus warning and no registry page. Would be great to see what their own user community has to say. I emailed DSI about this but they don’t run the forum. Anyone here got any contacts for admin of either site. Would be much appreciated.
Edit: Ok maybe not all the presets are that bad. But certainly the first ones you come across (the initial impressions presets) are bloody awful. And I’m finding hard to believe how some of them made it on here at all.