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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
 
3.5

(based on 11 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

70%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (8)
  • Portable (4)
  • Responsive / good action (3)

Cons

  • Limited sound selection (4)

Best Uses

  • Electronic music (7)
  • MIDI (5)
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    • Experienced (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Versatility at it's best!

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...Read complete review

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!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

A one-trick any but it's not a bad trick

It's a sturdy, simple little thing, intuitive and tactile. Knobs, baby! The sequencer is also simple to use and fun. As everyone notes, it makes one sound. Yeah, change the...Read complete review

It's a sturdy, simple little thing, intuitive and tactile. Knobs, baby! The sequencer is also simple to use and fun. As everyone notes, it makes one sound. Yeah, change the wave form and filters and tuning but in the end it's pretty much one sound, but if you play it in Unison mode and barely wobble the sounds and tuning you gat some fun, fat bass sounds. You can also generate a solid mono signal and run it through your guitar pedalboard, and let's face it: no one complains that guitars make one basic sound. Treat it like a key-operated bass guiar and it's fun. It's definitely a specific-purpose thing, and we added it to our Roland JD-Xi (a very powerful little beast), live git-tar and vox, and Mac backing tracks to put some new low-end sounds in our music. Just know what you're getting into - no saving presets, you can't have one voice in a different octave, you can't apply the "Howl" distortion to only one voice, etc. - and it's fun.

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(5 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Somewhat boring...

By Ryan

from Detroit, MI

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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.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    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!

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      A one-trick any but it's not a bad trick

      By Rickster

      from Atlanta

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Responsive / Good Action

      Cons

      • Limited Sound Selection

      Best Uses

        Comments about Akai Professional Timbre Wolf Analog Polyphonic Synthesizer:

        It's a sturdy, simple little thing, intuitive and tactile. Knobs, baby! The sequencer is also simple to use and fun. As everyone notes, it makes one sound. Yeah, change the wave form and filters and tuning but in the end it's pretty much one sound, but if you play it in Unison mode and barely wobble the sounds and tuning you gat some fun, fat bass sounds. You can also generate a solid mono signal and run it through your guitar pedalboard, and let's face it: no one complains that guitars make one basic sound. Treat it like a key-operated bass guiar and it's fun. It's definitely a specific-purpose thing, and we added it to our Roland JD-Xi (a very powerful little beast), live git-tar and vox, and Mac backing tracks to put some new low-end sounds in our music. Just know what you're getting into - no saving presets, you can't have one voice in a different octave, you can't apply the "Howl" distortion to only one voice, etc. - and it's fun.

        (2 of 13 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!

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        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.

          (1 of 2 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.

               
              5.0

              Behringer Nails It

              By Juno106

              from Pocono Mountains

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Easy to Use
              • Portable

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Electronic Music
                • Learning
                • MIDI

                Comments about Akai Professional Timbre Wolf Analog Polyphonic Synthesizer:

                I've only had the Behringer Model D less than a day, (so this is an early report) but I am impressed with build quality and sound. As a programmer, I am only adequete, but found it easy to dial in fat basses, filthy midrange and powerful leads. Off hand, this sounds way better than my micro brute se and costed less!!!

                 
                1.0

                Solidly built: very limited

                By Juno106

                from Pocono Mountains

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Easy to Use
                • Portable

                Cons

                • Limited Sound Selection

                Best Uses

                • Electronic Music

                Comments about Akai Professional Timbre Wolf Analog Polyphonic Synthesizer:

                Besides being the subject of infamous demo videos, the Timber Wolf basicly deserves all of the scorn it generates.

                The positive traits are in this era of extra cheap build quality for synths, theTimbre Wolf is built like a tank. If it actually sounded good (which it doesn't) it would be road worthy. The step sequencer is easy to use and fun: probably the best part of the Wolf. The Wolf has a distincive look with a clean white, blue, grey and black body, and real imitation fake wood sides. But considering its aggressive name its looks are rather mundane.

                The main problem is that the Wolf only produces one basic tone. In that respect, it is inferior to any Volca product and certainly not comparable to other low cost Analog keyboards from Korg, Arturia, Roland, etc. The one basic tone is editable through knobs controlling a very few paramaters. Unfortunately, they don't change the tone at all and merely effect the charateristics. Chords are difficult because the four voices are independent. The Howl overdrive is not very useful-I'd rather have a basic chorus like on the Juno 106 (1983!)

                Simply put this is a great chassis with a very flawed, next to useless sound engine. Down the line, someone may figure out a way to improve the engine or it may become a minor classic because it is a bad synth. As it stands I bought mine from Guitar Center used for about $120 and it isn't even worth that, much less the money of a new one.

                 
                5.0

                Fun synth!

                By Reviewrrr

                from Indianapolis, in

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Easy to Use
                • Great sound
                • Sends midi through usb so it can be a controller
                • Step sequencer

                Cons

                • Can only save one set of sounds (4 mono though)
                • Limited Sound Selection

                Best Uses

                • Accompaniment
                • Electronic Music
                • MIDI

                Comments about Akai Professional Timbre Wolf Analog Polyphonic Synthesizer:

                Picked this up instead of a midi controller since it was on sale for about the same price and will do the same thing plus it's an analog synth. It's been so much fun to play with on its own I haven't even hooked it up to a computer yet. If you are looking for tons of different sounds and effects , look elsewhere. If you want a straightforward nice sounding synth that can be used as a controller through usb as well this is great. Manual explained everything well and I had it down in about 30 minutes . Might be one to try out in a store as it's kind of unique but for what I paid the build quality and sound quality is excellent. Especially good bass sounds if you have a secondary synth, kinda stranger things-esque. Oh and it's pretty much a mono synth so be aware since that could be a deal breaker for some people.

                 
                3.0

                Product itself works great, the box was in bad condition.

                By Angel

                from undisclosed

                Verified Buyer

                Comments about Akai Professional Timbre Wolf Analog Polyphonic Synthesizer:

                I ordered the Timbre Wolf Polyphonic Synthesizer because it was on sale and thought it would be fun to play around with. When it was shipped to my house, the box itself looked beat up, appeared that it was open and such. The shipping box was completely fine so I know it was at the store. When I opened it everything seemed fine, but the problem was that there was no power supply. I looked online and in the manual and both showed that a power supply is suppose to be included with the Synthesizer. Unfortunately I had to drive to my local Guitar Center and pay extra money for a item that was suppose to be included with my order. As for the synthesizer itself, its amazing. I ordered this to experiment with, and so far I have been having a blast. I took away 2 stars for the box and the no power supply, the item was fine.

                 
                5.0

                So much fun

                By grasspike

                from Washington DC

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy to Use
                • Portable
                • Realistic Sound
                • Responsive / Good Action

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Electronic Music
                  • MIDI

                  Comments about Akai Professional Timbre Wolf Analog Polyphonic Synthesizer:

                  The wolf is a true classic in the making, if you are getting one because you think it's going to be a Jupiter 8, you will be sadly disappointed, if on the other hand you enjoy things like Volcas you will have a lot of great fun and music

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