The Akai Pro Rhythm Wolf Analog Drum Machine was one of the biggest stories coming out of this year’s Musikmesse. The new drum machine promised analog synthesis, MPC style drum pads, tons of tweakability and a killer $199 price.
The only catch? It wasn’t ready to demo at Musikmesse.
Now that’s changed.
Here’s the first video of the Rhythm Wolf drum machine in action. It’s not an official ‘polished’ demo video – it’s just 7:48 of uncut analog drum machine action.
The video below is some additional footage from Akai’s 6/17 video shoot. It shows some additional sound tweaking with the Rhythm Wolf.
Again, it’s not a polished musical demo or a intro video, just a preview of the new machine. Headphones or monitors are recommended, laptop speakers can’t reproduced the low end on this.
Rhythm Wolf Highlights:
- 5-voice analog drum machine and synth, with analog design that references classic rhythm machines and synthesizers
- 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 sources
- Dedicated outputs for the drum machine and synth-bass
Pricing and Availability
Akai Pro’s Rhythm Wolf is expected to be available in the Fall with a street price of US $199.99. For more information, check out the Akai Professional website.