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Help make the Tempest a priority for Dave Smith Instruments

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The DSI Tempest is an analog drum machine released in 2011 for $2,000. Upon release, many features were missing out of the box. While most of these issues have been addressed in previous updates, there is still a sizable list of problems and glitches to address. Now in 2016, It's been over a years since the latest update and we fear that Dave Smith Instruments may never finish programming on the product.

Many Tempest owners are frustrated in this lack of support that has led to a problematic workflow and and the inability for some to back up their work.

Sign this petition to help make the Tempest a priority again for Dave Smith instruments. Request that they finish development on the product they released over 5 years ago so we can make the most of this amazing machine.

We love the Tempest, and would be thrilled to see it feature complete and (hopefully) bug free.

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**Additional note from Joe-Lou**3/30/16
I would just like to add that most Tempest users (myself included) love this machine and we are in no way trying to dissuade anyone from purchasing the Tempest. If anything, more Tempest sales should lead to more interest and attention for the machine. We just want DSI to give it the attention it needs. (This note was added on my own personal accord but more details in the conversation can be found at http://dsiforum.com/viewtopic.php?f=24&t=7571&start=120 
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Below you will find a list of bugs and errors to address:

Longstanding bugs:

1. Tempest not being able to discern between note 'velocity' and pad 'pressure'...
2. Note sustain without a duration limit...
3. "MIDI sequencer sound" prevents the corresponding internal sound from triggering, yet the 'OFF' setting remains broken...
4. Adding swing to the 'ROLL/ARP' function...
5. The missing "Env Shape" parameter as seen on page 16. of Operation Manual 1.0...
6. Basic file management...
7. The envelope/LFO bug that causes the digital oscillators to quit or otherwise not trigger when modulated to, from, or through a relative 'level' of zero...
8. Tempest not remembering the folder-of-origin when saving...
9. 'Key Follow OFF' not working for the digital osc's...
10. Glide not working for the digital osc's...
11. Pitch Bend not working for the digital oscillators...
12. The ever-present but still not functional Glide/Legato modes...
13. The 'Playlist' crash bug...

And those introduced with OS 1.4:

14. Using the 'ROLL' function to record a part causes other pads to randomly trigger - even pads with parts already recorded on them - and these unintended triggers also get recorded...
15. Using the 'ROLL' function to record in '16 Levels' mode fails to record the correct velocities: i.e. it only repeats the velocity of the lowest pad pressed...
16. Recording a 'ROLL' with a sound assigned to a voice results in the pad lighting up as if it is being triggered, yet there is no sound...
17. There is an advanced bug that causes the pad names to randomly change when auditioning sounds; it happens most predictably when you have auditioned a sound from one pad and then try to audition a sound from another pad. When this happens the available sound folder also changes, not just the pad name: i.e. the 'Kick' pad, for instance, will suddenly become a 'Snare' pad - *which instantly loads a snare sound by the way (devastating!) - after which you can no longer access the kick folder from that pad at all, unless you "revert" the sound...
18. If the Tempest receives a RAM sound dump via USB, while also receiving note-on/off data on the MIDI DIN input, then USB MIDI sys-ex is not received correctly half of the time: i.e. it just stands there waiting for MIDI data in those cases.
19. There are still issues with loading older projects: i.e. voices dropping-out...

Other miscellaneous bugs:

20. When switching beats on-the-fly, the first step of the sequencer-out is consistently late; so if you're triggering a sample loop on the one, every time you switch beats on the Tempest, it will be out of sync for the first pass...
21. Pad names need to be added for all the sound folders, and vice versa. And many of the existing pad names need to be properly linked to their respective parent folders, so "Tamb" doesn't default to "Shaker", etc. when auditioning sounds (not to be confused with point 17. which is a completely different bug)...
22. When triggered via MIDI, sustained ADSR sounds hang whenever the bank those sounds are from is not the currently selected bank...
23. The Tempest's timing drifts in 'Slave' mode when using the MIDI DIN input, gradually losing sync with the 'Master' clock source; and this behavior is further exacerbated with use of the 'ROLL' function...

Thank you so much for your time and support.
(This forum was written as a collective on the DSI community message boards. For more information please visit dsiforum.com)

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