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Akai unveils Rhythm Wolf - analog drum machine and bass synth Drum Machines & Samplers
Old 10th March 2014
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Akai unveils Rhythm Wolf - analog drum machine and bass synth




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
Old 10th March 2014
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Analog? For real? Cheez!
Old 10th March 2014
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Holy ****!
Old 10th March 2014
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I'm so gonna get one, even if it sounds ****.
But Akai, please change the name before release. :D

"Rhythm Wolf"? How ****** is that?
Old 10th March 2014
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^ Yeah. I think with the name choice they've dropped a howler....
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Old 10th March 2014
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no way!
a simple analog drum unit for 200$????

at last!

time to say bye bye to my DR-202!
Old 10th March 2014
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This will be the Analog Rytm for broke people like me!
Old 10th March 2014
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Holy ****!
holy **** is right

200 bucks and all those features including individual outs, insane

great job akai
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Is this for real or did someone just photoshop this?

Seriously!
Old 10th March 2014
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looking cool - nice move Akai

will be interesting how the drums sound on that box
Old 10th March 2014
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Canceled my TR-8 preorder lol. I already have the samples put through a Fairchild, and a Maschine. I'll save $300 and get this. Amazing.
Old 10th March 2014
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I predict these will sell like hotcakes
Old 10th March 2014
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A higher quality pic:

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Is this for real or did someone just photoshop this?

Seriously!
http://www.akaipro.com/tradeshow/mes...hythm_Wolf.pdf
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only two outs. One for drums and one for bass.
at 300 not not a nearly a deal breaker but I would pay extra for the full 6 outs.
Old 10th March 2014
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Holy ****!
This, for 200? And people still doubt Analog polys can be done for sub 1k?
Old 10th March 2014
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Rebirth in a box!



For only $200?

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and the tr-8 and tb-3 pre order cancels just got really big

brilliant move by akai
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only two outs. One for drums and one for bass.
Shiit, hopefully there's enough space for modded extra outputs.
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Shiit, hopefully there's enough space for modded extra outputs.
maybe it will have individual outs via usb like the tr-8
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If this is digital, Holy ****. If this is analog, then there is no adequate expression in English, or any other language.
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Wow, real analog, no modeling? For that price? Pretty interested.

Looking forward to hearing how it sounds.
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If this is digital, Holy ****. If this is analog, then there is no adequate expression in English, or any other language.
It's full analog.
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This looks truly awesome as is, but if they added one of these as a preorder bonus, it would be EPIC.

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it has SWING OMG OMG OMG SWING OMG

VOLCA BEATS CAN ---- IT
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Is that real wood or am I just pleased to see it?
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Quote:
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This looks truly awesome as is, but if they added one of these as a preorder bonus, it would be EPIC.

I would love to play the rhythm wolf in the three wolf ****.
Old 10th March 2014
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maybe it will have individual outs via usb like the tr-8
Very, very likely to be the case.
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