Along with a raft of new controllers, Akai has announced the imminent release of Rhythm Wolf - an all new analogue drum machine & bass module
The drum machine contains just five “tweakable” drum sounds – a kick, snare, open and closed hi-hat, and ‘metallic’ percussion. Users can customize the tuning, amplitude envelopes and volume of each drum voice in real-time. The bass synthesizer part features a selectable oscillator (sawtooth or square wave), classic filter, a filter envelope with a variable decay – ideal for classic bass sounds and leads.
Six MPC pads and a built-in 32-step sequencer complete the classic/familiar drum machine layout. Patterns can be fine-tuned with a swing function, pattern select and tempo controls. A custom distortion signal path is activated by the Rhythm Wolf’s “Howl” knob (lol). There’s USB-MIDI, MIDI In/Out, a gate trigger (fantastic!), which means the Rhythm Wolf should integrate into anybody’s modern or vintage set-ups.
At $199 or so this should fly off the shelves!