The Akai Rhythm Wolf is an analog rhythm machine and bass synthesizer targeted towards budding music producers eager to turn their musical ideas into reality, but lacking the patience or resources needed to learn to play a real set of drums or a bass guitar. It is described by Akai as combining “the coveted sounds of early electronic and hip-hop music with genuine Akai Professional Workflow.”
The Rhythm Wolf’s drum machine features five customizable analog drum kit sounds—a kick, snare, open hi-hat, closed hi-hat and metallic percussion. On-board controls allow beat-makers full control over the tuning and volume levels of each drum sound. The bass synth is able to produce deep, guttural bass sounds or more screechy, twangy bass sounds.
It seems like the Rhythm Wolf is targeted towards old-school beat-makers who extol the virtues of the dying art of analog beat-making and mourn the dominance of modern digital techniques in music production and performance.