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Akai Rythm Wolf analog drum machine & bass synth

OzMike
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Posted : Mar 12, 2014 06:31:27



Musikmesse 2014: Following in the wake of the Korg Volcas and Roland's Aira range, Akai is the latest brand to get in on the vintage-inspired groovebox action with the announcement of the Rhythm Wolf – an analogue unit combining a five-voice drum machine and single-ocsillator bass synth.

The drum machine section of the Rhythm Wolf comprises kick, snare, metallic percussion, and open and closed hi-hat sounds, all of which are tuneable. The bass synth, meanwhile, can be switched between saw and square waveshapes, and features a filter with resonance control and a basic envelope shaper. Akai describes Rhythm Wolf as having an "authentic analog design that references classic rhythm machines and synthesizers" - no prizes for guessing which instruments the company is alluding to.

The whole unit is built around a 32-step sequencer, and also features six MPC pads for live performance. There's also a 'Howl' distortion circuit for adding a bit of dirt to the sounds. Additionally, the Rhythm Wolf features a USB MIDI connection and has both MIDI and gate in and out ports, so can be triggered via a DAW or external hardware. It packs a swing control on its front panel, and the unit also appears to have a built-in preset bank.

Arguably the most interesting aspect of the Rhythm Wolf, however, is its price. At an estimated street price of $199, the unit comes in at slightly cheaper than the combined price of the Volca Beats and Bass, and cheaper than either the Roland TR-8 or TB-3.

The Rhythm Wolf is due to arrive summer 2014. Visit Akai Professional for more details.

Rhythm Wolf highlights (from the official press release)
5-voice analog drum machine and synth—authentic analog design that references classic rhythm machines and synthesizers
Legendary analog drum sounds—kick, snare, open & closed hi-hat, and metallic percussion
Synth-bass module—selectable square or sawtooth wave with classic filter design for warm, deep basses and squelchy leads.
Onboard 32-step sequencer—classic drum machine workflow for quickly laying down grooves and melodies
Six genuine MPC pads—responsive controls for sequencing and finger drumming
Howl knob—custom distortion circuit for additional sound design
USB-MIDI and MIDI In/Out—flexible MIDI connectivity for easy integration into modern studios
Gate Trigger—triggering via modular synths, vintage sequencers, or external sound sources
Independent audio outputs—dedicated outputs for the drum machine and synth-bass module for precise mixing

Street price will supposedly be $200USD


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faxinadu
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Posted : Mar 13, 2014 06:21
looks cheap like it is           
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OzMike
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Posted : Mar 13, 2014 06:36
No cheaper than all the retro drum machines look/looked back in the day when they were cheap. At worst you'll basically get a Volca Beats & Volca Bass in a single unit for less than both Volca's.           Revisiting the past.
Djones
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Posted : Mar 13, 2014 21:47
I'm very curious how the bass section will sound.
vipal
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Posted : Mar 13, 2014 22:09
i guess its waiting for demos with this box, very low priced, who knows.. maybe we will line up for it.           http://soundcloud.com/vipal
woodster77
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Posted : Mar 13, 2014 22:55
You never know, stick a pedal on it and it might be banging
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Yidam
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Posted : Mar 15, 2014 08:40
So many videos on this and not one has a working demo. Weird.
Yidam
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Posted : Jan 9, 2015 12:18
Anyone tried this yet?
OzMike
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Posted : Jan 9, 2015 12:39
Yes. It lacks any depth. Really sad. Snare sounds like white noise/static. The baseline synth has no energy, minimum manipulation & the sequencer is horrid. Save double & go either Tr-8 or a bit more for Acidlabs Drumatix (this one is s dream my friend says!)           Revisiting the past.
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