Tempest Recipes


Here are my collected notes on synthesis with the DSI Tempest.

Note: This series is now concluded. Thank you for your kind words of encouragement – they wouldn’t have been written otherwise.

Here are some sysex kits and sounds I remembered to backup before I sold my Tempest.

Good luck Tempesters! πŸ™‚

  1. First things first – what you MUST know.
  2. Bass Drums part 1
  3. Cowbells
  4. SID sounds
  5. HiHats, shakers, zaps
  6. 1-Voice Chords
  7. Snare drums
  8. Tom-Toms
  9. Apito – The Samba Whistle
  10. Donk Bass
  11. Sub-bass
  12. Bass Drums Part 2
  13. Congas
  14. Tuned woods, sidesticks and clicks
  15. Bells and alien idiophones
  16. Claps

33 Responses to “Tempest Recipes”

  1. safirebba Says:

    so much great information in here, wicked stuf mate!

  2. Daniel Babai Says:

    this is pure gold. thank you for this!

  3. Techno Says:

    Cheers for this. really useful tutorials.

  4. Anonymous Says:

    More please .. kick drums part two…

  5. Tom Says:

    Agreed – these posts are awesome!

  6. john gorton Says:

    happy i sold this garbage

  7. sara Says:

    Thank you very much for this !

    Would you have some recipes about how to make physical modeling percussion sounds ?
    like making a timbre metallic or wood for example, and how to work envelopes to make it sounds like hitting a string, or an elastic, etc. ?

  8. thanks for these great tips!

  9. Anonymous Says:

    Thanks for taking the time to do this.

  10. Anonymous Says:

    Thank you very much for this great job .

  11. Andrew Jensen Says:

    Great stuff. Im just gutted you sold your Tempest so there will be no more tutorials! Thanks for the guidance, this is my first “drum” based synth so its been a great help!

  12. alpha channel Says:

    wow thanks for this, I’m just getting into my tempest and I’m super excited. Thanks for all the info here πŸ™‚

  13. Anonymous Says:

    Merci pour ce guide. =)

  14. Pedro Says:

    This is great, thanks, but where is the surdo tutorial? I would really love to read that…

    • stimresp Says:

      Never got as far as writing the recipe for that, but I do remember getting good results from a filtered triangle with 2 gentle pitch envelopes, and using pitch and filter LFOs to get a nice interesting tail. Think along the lines of a flabby kick layered with a tom.
      Also, important the ensemble surdos are often tuned and interweave with other tuned percussion to produce melodies. Check the web for details.

      Good luck.

  15. Ron D Says:

    Your sysex patch links are broken.

  16. Bill ambrose Says:

    amazing, thankyou

  17. Matt Says:

    Amazing resource! You’ve helped me achieve more than I imagined with this little beastie

  18. AcousmatiK Says:

    Thanks a lot for your work, and your Sysex files are the cherry on the cake!!!
    Hope you are fine with your new muse πŸ˜›

  19. AcousmatiK Says:

    Cool, is it a software or hardware Sequencer?
    I did some sequencers as well with Reaktor, max/msp and max4live and the lemur a while ago, it was quite great but CPU hungry and some bugs made it a bit of a pain to have a fluid workflow… 😦
    Now I am full hardware and very happy with the Cirklon, and can avoid the computer if I want to… πŸ™‚

  20. james Says:

    Hi.. im a total newb to Tempest.. I dont see a sine wave in the oscillators… you use it in a few of your drum tutorials….
    am I missing something obvious here

  21. Dan Says:

    Big thanks mate, you’ve really helped open up the Tempest for me, new songs abound!

  22. sdpf Says:

    this is amazing


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