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Akai Professional Timbre Wolf Analog Polyphonic Synthesizer  

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The Timbre Wolf is Akai' premiere analog 4-voice polyphonic synthesizer with the option of being configured in multiple different modes. You can choose to use the Timbre Wolf as four individual monoph... Click To Read More About This Product

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The Timbre Wolf is Akai' premiere analog 4-voice polyphonic synthesizer with the option of being configured in multiple different modes. You can choose to use the Timbre Wolf as four individual monophonic synthesizers, a 4-voice unison monophonic synthesizer, or as a 4-voice polyphonic synthesizer. Even more, the Timbre Wolf gives users the ability to independently customize the sound of each voice as you play allowing for exceptionally creative performances and a wide range of sound design possibilities.

The Timbre Wolf features a 32-step sequencer that can be programmed individually per voice, allowing each of the four voices to have its own stepped sequence that can be played simultaneously. Each voice also has its own independent filter settings and tuning that can be adjusted individually, and each voice can also transmit its own MIDI messages for a wide range of routing possibilities.

Designed primarily as a bass synthesizer, similar to a classic 303, the Timbre Wolf doesn™t have a mod wheel, but does include a pitch bed knob. There are also four individual outputs per voice so you can route out individual sequences, or use a sum of all four voices from the master output. There' a gate trigger In/Out that will allow you to trigger sequences via modular synths, vintage sequencers, or external sound sources. All of this packaged in a rugged design with wood side trim, lined with Akai' professional-quality 25-key custom keybed.

Features
  • Configurable as 4 mono synths, a 4-voice unison or a 4-voice polysynth
  • Independently customize the sound of each voice as you play
  • 32-step sequencer for each voice
  • Professional-quality 25-key custom Akai Pro keyboard
  • Gate trigger In/Out, for triggering sequences via modular synths, vintage
  • sequencers or external sound sources
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Akai ProfessionalTimbre Wolf Analog Polyphonic Synthesizer
 
3.6

(based on 7 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

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  • 1 Stars

     

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57%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Electronic music (4)
  • MIDI (3)
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(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome Synth. Underrated.

By Jonathan Aspen

from Aspen, CO

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • EASY MIDI INTEGRATION WITH OTHER AKAI PRODUCTS
  • FOUR SEQUENCES PER PROGRAM!

Cons

    Best Uses

    • ANALOG MUSIC
    • Electronic Music
    • MIDI

    Comments about Akai Professional Timbre Wolf Analog Polyphonic Synthesizer:

    The Timbre Wolf is really something special. Each voice has it's own sequencer w/ (FILL, A PART and B PART), totaling TWELVE sequences per program in mono mode. You also have keyboard control over any non sequenced voices. I have mine paired with a TOM CAT (which is also turbo awesome), and the MIDI communication is flawless. You can edit sequences while sync'd and during performance. You can run the TIMBRE WOLF and the TOM CAT each in any combination of time signatures and pattern lengths using MIDI (CV is limited to 1/8 or 1/32). The tuning is stable and accurate. When combined, the TIMBRE WOLF will lend any unused voices in the sequence step to the TOM voice of the TOM CAT creating a maximum of 5(!) voices that route to the TOM, each with individual tuning adjustment, and it creates THUNDEROUS TOM TONES! In POLY mode you can dictate what order the voices rotate in a uniform pattern or by chromatic positioning. The HOWL is classy and doesn't create excess noise. It is built like a tank. Seriously, the TIMBRE WOLF is a no brainer for the cost. Don't listen to the haters. Thanks to AKAI and Musicians Friend for manufacturing a 4 voice analog synth that I can afford! A dream come true.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Introductory synthesizer

    By David G

    from Jupiter, FL

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Akai Professional Timbre Wolf Analog Polyphonic Synthesizer:

    I saw some really nice videos that sounded great but this didn't translate in my hands. Found it simplistic and lacking the flexibility of a more expensive synthesizer. I did like the build quality and for a standard synthesizer sound it's not bad. I'm liking the Microbrute more but even that isn't giving me the flexibility. I'm guessing you have to triple the investment and go with a Moog to get what I'm looking for. But it is a good deal so if you're not looking for sophistication it might pass for you.

     
    5.0

    I love it

    By B smith

    from Illinois

    About Me Novice

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • sequencer
    • value

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Electronic Music
      • jamming
      • MIDI

      Comments about Akai Professional Timbre Wolf Analog Polyphonic Synthesizer:

      I use this synth as my main jam box it's capable of midi, usb (midi only no sound) and CV so it plays well with things like volcas. Most peoples complaint about this synth is what I love about it 4 simple sounds sometimes being limited causes inpiration. my current jam setup is the timbre wolf, a volca bass, and a tr-707.

       
      5.0

      Versatility at it's best!

      By Space Fighter

      from Ft. Pierce, FL.

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Portable
      • Responsive / Good Action
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Electronic Music
        • MIDI

        Comments about Akai Professional Timbre Wolf Analog Polyphonic Synthesizer:

        The Akai Timbre Wolf is amazing! Most complaints are the "lack" of sounds. Yes, you do need to experiment with added delay and effects but the versatility is amazing and I hate it's getting a bad reputation. The ability to send each of the 4 oscillators to their own output makes it incredible. I have a Boss Digital Delay DD-3 hooked up to one of the oscillators allowing just delay on that one oscillators and not affecting my "bass" lines. I also have a Roland Ju-06 hooked up thru Midi and control one of the channel oscillators with it. This allows me to, but not limited too, sequence 3 of the oscillators on the Timbre Wolf and jam with the Roland while my sequences are playing. Bottom line, this Timbre Wolf screams creativity with endless possibilities and sounds. I don't regret buying it at all!

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Love it.

        By RupertPritikin

        from SF

        Pros

        • Easy to Use

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Akai Professional Timbre Wolf Analog Polyphonic Synthesizer:

            This thing is unique and has some deep sounds. What makes it cool is the fact it is unusual if you already have some synths this is a great addition plus you can always add some lfo and such externally at the price point of 199.00 it was a good deal and my wife loves it.

            (0 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            2.0

            Looking for a first synth? Look elsewhere.

            By Synth n00b

            from AZ

            About Me Novice

            Pros

            • Looks Cool
            • Polyphonic
            • Sequencer

            Cons

            • Boring sound
            • Limited Sound Selection
            • Limited synthesis
            • Overpriced

            Best Uses

            • Electronic Music

            Comments about Akai Professional Timbre Wolf Analog Polyphonic Synthesizer:

            Full disclosure, I don't own a Timbre Wolf. I spent a good amount time demoing one when they were on sale for really cheap over Labor Day weekend. I was looking for my first synthesizer, the low price (when it was on sale) and the fact that it boasted 4 voices of polyphony got me interested. No matter how much knob tweaking I did, this synth didn't really seem to make many cool sounds, it always just sort of sounded the same. I think the concept is really cool, and having individual outputs for all the voices is pretty neat, but it just doesn't offer a lot of options for synthesis. I honestly felt like the knobs just didn't change the sound all that much, even when they were turned all the way one direction or another.

            I ended up getting some used gear instead, I got a Meeblip Anode mono bass synth module and a 25 key MIDI controller for $150 total and I have had a lot of fun with that. I ended up with a Yamaha TX81z rack mount FM synth from the 80's (very cheap, but good synth) and a 49 key MIDI controller for polyphonic duty.

            If you have to buy a new synth, it has to be analog, it needs to have a keyboard (i.e. not a rack unit) and it has to be $500 or less, the Korg Minilouge seems to be much better. I haven't been able to try that one out, but just from watching the videos of it online it's a much better option if you must buy a new analog synth at this price point.

            I think this synth would be alright if you already have other synthesizers that can cover a lot of sounds and you want the specific sound of the Timbre Wolf, but I would still tell you to buy it on sale. There are videos of people making some cool tracks with the Timbre Wolf, but usually they are running it though some effects to get a better sound. I think for someone who owns a few synths already, it could be an interesting toy, but if you're looking for a first synth, look at all the other options! There are a ton of good, cheap synths out there!

            (3 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

             
            2.0

            Somewhat boring...

            By Ryan

            from Detroit, MI

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Great Sequencer
            • Large Keys
            • Smooth Pitch Wheel

            Cons

            • Limited Sound Options
            • No Real "Standout" Sounds
            • Unable To Turn Off Sequenced Voices "Poly" Mode

            Best Uses

              Comments about Akai Professional Timbre Wolf Analog Polyphonic Synthesizer:

              While i'm still rather new to the world of synthesizers, i know a little bit about them having owned a microKorg for about 2 years now. Since the microKorg is somewhat confusing to use at times (given that almost all of the sound options are menu-based), i was looking for an analog synth that had most of the tweakable sounds on the unit itself in the form of knobs. I decided to give the Timbre Wolf a try, but i'm planning on taking it back to the store within a few days because i just can't get any good sounds out of it. On paper, the Timbre Wolf seems like a great idea, giving you 4 voices that you can combine but the problem is that all the voices are the same, so you rely on how each of them interact with each other. This is a real problem because i never managed to get a great sound out of one voice, so it's even harder to do the same with the rest since it just muddies everything up the more you try. Another huge drawback is the fact that the polyphonic mode switches between the 4 voices every time a single note is pressed. This is a creative idea, but if you're trying to play chords it's really distracting unless you have every voice programmed to the exact same settings. This should have been an option you could turn off, but after an hour of looking in the manual and online, i couldn't figure out a way to do it besides the one i mentioned. I gave this 2 stars because the only real positive aspects i found were its ease-of-use and the sequencer, which is a total breeze to program. I also loved the fact that you can switch between 2 banks of sequences, an A and B, giving you 32 steps total, plus another 16 as a "fill" sequence. These can be switchable via one button, or you can set the A and B banks to play automatically, one right after the other. If i had another keyboard to run into this synth, i'd probably use it just for the sequencer alone, but since the sounds are so limited and bland, i'm taking it back. Overall, this synth leaves a lot to be desired.

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