This video, via nonstoppicnic, captures an arrangement of Bach’s Canzona in D-Minor for the Akai Timbre Wolf.
The Timbre Wolf is strange and often misunderstood keyboard. It’s built like a tank, and has four analog synth voices. But the synth voice are very basic, and are configured essentially as four independent monosynths, which can make it awkward to use for standard polysynth tasks.
The video highlights this quirkiness, as the Timbre Wolf’s ’round-robin’ voice allocation makes it challenging to expressively control Bach’s individual polyphonic parts.
Here’s what nonstoppicnic has to say about it:
“I realize this video looks somewhat ridiculous. Playing this was kind of like playing a video game actually, because the Timbre Wolf does round robin so I’m basically chasing after and trying to anticipate the voices to make tweaks to them. Couple that with the fact that TW’s knobs don’t really change a whole lot, and it looks like these dramatic knobs tweaks result in nothing or subtle changes. But all that said, it does allow for some constantly changing articulations. I mixed in a little octave pitch up, vibrato from the awesome Airwindows, and some Valhalla shimmer.”