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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 choo...Click To Read More About This Product

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True analog 4-voice polyphonic synthesizer.

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
 
4.1

(based on 9 reviews)

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71%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (5)
  • Portable (5)
  • Responsive / good action (4)

Cons

  • Limited sound selection (3)

Best Uses

  • Electronic music (6)
  • MIDI (5)
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(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Timbre Wolf: A unique little synthesizer

By Synthtron

from Tidewater, Virginia

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Pros

  • Easy to Use
  • Four Voices, with their own individual outputs
  • Portable
  • Produces synth bass sounds similar to TB-303
  • Responsive / Good Action

Cons

  • Tune Knob adjusts fine tune, no octave tune

Best Uses

  • Electronic Music
  • MIDI
  • Synth Bass sounds
  • Travel

Comments about Akai Professional Timbre Wolf Analog Polyphonic Synthesizer:

The Timbre Wolf is a unique synthesizer. It is designed to produce sounds similar to the Roland TB-303 and does a great job. It is very easy to use with its limited controls. The simple synth engine/limited controls are useful in dialing up your favorite sounds because there is no patch/preset memory. The tonal palette on the other hand does suffer a bit. The envelope is very simple, Just an envelope amount and decay knob and there is no LFO. It is pretty basic just like the TB-303. My biggest complaint is that the Tune knob controls the fine tuning of the oscillator's pitch but it cannot go up or down a full octave. So no Sub-oscillators can be created on the Timbre Wolf. What I do like about the Timbre Wolf is that each of its four analog voices has an individual output and the ability to be mixed together into a single mix output called Main Out. Also I like the ability to play each of the four analog voices as individual mono synths, or stack them together in Unison mode, or have the option to play the four voices polyphonic. Each of the Analog voice sections has their own Step sequencer which could be useful. I rarely use these step sequencers that have been appearing on a lot of synths lately but maybe one day I will incorporate their use. I purchased the Timbre Wolf because it was small and unique. I already have several Poly synths so this fits nicely into my set-up. I would not recommend this synthesizer for someone that wants a variety of sounds because It will be too limited for that. If you have other synths and want to add something a bit different into the mix the Timbre Wolf could be an interesting choice.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Introductory synthesizer

By David G

from Jupiter, FL

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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.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

The sequencers are the best thing

By Crazy Davey

from New Hampster

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Pros

  • Easy to Use
  • Portable
  • Responsive / Good Action

Cons

  • Limited Sound Selection
  • Poor Instructions

Best Uses

  • Electronic Music

Comments about Akai Professional Timbre Wolf Analog Polyphonic Synthesizer:

This looks pretty simple and is, but the more you play around with certain aspects of it, the more you find it can do. I think for anyone starting out they will probably be better off with a more versatile sound making set up, but I am fascinated by the sequencer options you can play with on the Timbre Wolfe. The fact that each voice has its own out means, too, that you can route each voice to a different processor or effect making the limitations in voice sound something you can work around. Of course that requires outboard processors but most of us have a few of those kicking around. At the regular price it may be overpriced but at half price it is a decent deal.

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome Synth. Underrated.

By Jonathan Aspen

from Aspen, CO

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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.

    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    Would pass on this one.

    By Liam

    from NY

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    Pros

    • Touch Sensitive Keys

    Cons

    • Limited Sound Selection
    • Poor Instructions
    • Unrealistic sound

    Best Uses

      Comments about Akai Professional Timbre Wolf Analog Polyphonic Synthesizer:

      Just an incredibly limited synth with too many features and not enough control over those features. The sounds you could create werent all that noteworthy.

      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Play-ability over programming

      By Nile the River

      from Durham, NC

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      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Portable
      • Realistic Sound

      Cons

      • No Speakers

      Best Uses

      • Accompaniment
      • Electronic Music
      • MIDI

      Comments about Akai Professional Timbre Wolf Analog Polyphonic Synthesizer:

      I've had a MicroKorg for 7 years, and haven't had nearly as much fun as the first 3 weeks with this Timber Wolf. I fell in love with it within 15 minutes of playing it in the store. The controls are simple and immediate, without all the menus and tiny buttons proliferating more complex digital synths. It's got me playing music more frequently again, and helped me get comfortable with MIDI controls by joining it with my multi-tracker's drum machine. And those analog voices have some serious bone! Deep synth-heads may not be impressed, but rock/punk/alt/etc players who prefer more organic instrumentation will love this piece of gear.

       
      5.0

      Excellent for Bass and Basic Analogue Synth Sounds

      By Robert E.

      from Tucson, AZ

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      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Portable
      • Responsive / Good Action

      Cons

      • Limited Sound Selection

      Best Uses

      • Electronic Music
      • MIDI

      Comments about Akai Professional Timbre Wolf Analog Polyphonic Synthesizer:

      This little synth is basically a one-trick pony, but it performs that trick very well. It is wonderful for sequencing or playing bass lines and can produce other analogue synth sounds at a basic level. The lack of a more versatile filter section, ADSR envelope controls, LFOs, etc., limits its versatility and utility, but it is very, very good within its limited range. The oscillators were in tune right out of the box and have remained in tune after a week of continuous operation. At the current price, this is a wonderful bargain and a lot of fun to play with. It looks and sounds great.

      I hope Akai will build on the knowledge gained from the Timbre Wolf and will consider offering a more full-featured version of this product in the future.

       
      4.0

      Underrated synth, simple, musical, different

      By 11011011

      from Phoenix, AZ

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      Pros

      • Durable, road-worthy
      • Easy to Use
      • Portable
      • Responsive / Good Action
      • Touch Sensitive Keys

      Cons

      • No Transpose

      Best Uses

      • Electronic Music
      • MIDI

      Comments about Akai Professional Timbre Wolf Analog Polyphonic Synthesizer:

      Great to sub in for bass guitar for live band, or EDM sounds (303-ish). It's like having 4 separate 303-ish synthesizers which you can use 3 ways: single voice, unison (even detuned), or round-robin polyphonic (interesting and unique for a single synth). Very playable, good sound, impossible to program a "bad" noise. Great with guitar pedals (1/4" jacks, either 1 per voice or 1 summed) like delay, reverb. Includes a solid sequencer for each of the 4 voices. My only dings are: weird, not-so-great overdrive, and lack of transpose (even for the sequencers).

       
      5.0

      A Gift For My Boyfriend

      By Juelz

      from Lodi, NJ

      Verified Buyer

      Comments about Akai Professional Timbre Wolf Analog Polyphonic Synthesizer:

      I don't really know much about this but my boyfriend is a producer and I saw him looking at this a year ago when we first started dating. He's trying to be a producer and I wanted to get him something he could learn and explore so he could add some more dimension to his music and create different things. He was speechless when he got it. That's all I can really say.

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