AKAI unveils at MusikMesse 2014 the Rhythm Wolf, a new drum machine and bass analog synthesizer with built-in sequencing.
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.
The bass synthesizer features a selectable oscillator (sawtooth or square wave), classic filter design, a filter envelope with variable decay, and is capable of creating powerful bass sounds and “squelchy” leads.
Rhythm Wolf Features:
- 5-voice analog drum machine and synth-authentic analog design that references classic rhythm machines and synthesizers
- Legendary analog drum sounds: kick, snare, open and closed hi-hat, and metallic percussion
- Synth bass module: selectable square or sawtooth wave
- Onboard 32-step sequencer
- Six genuine MPC pads for sequencing and finger drumming
- “Howl” knob: custom distortion circuit for additional sound design
- MIDI connectivity: USB-MIDI and MIDI In/Out
- Gate Trigger: for triggering via modular synths, vintage sequencers, or external sound
- Independent audio outputs: dedicated outputs for the drum machine and synth bass module for more precise mixing
- Dedicated outputs for the drum machine and synth-bass
The Rhythm Wolf is scheduled to arrive in summer of 2014.
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