NAMM 2015: Akai Pro Introduces Timbre Wolf Analog Synth and Tom Cat Analog Drum Machine

Following last year's Rhythm Wolf release, Akai Pro tells us their new electronic instruments, Timbre Wolf & Tom Cat deliver authentic analog sound, giving musicians ability to create ‘gutsy’ sounds.  

Ash Vale, UK (January 22, 2015)—Akai Professional (akaipro.com), a leading innovator of music equipment for production and performance, today announced the introduction of their new Timbre Wolf analog synthesizer and Tom Cat analog drum machine.

The Timbre Wolf is an authentic analog 4-voice polyphonic synthesizer. Configurable as 4 mono synths, a 4-voice unison or a 4-voice polysynth, Timbre Wolf includes a professional quality 25-key custom Akai Pro keybed. The user can easily customise the sound of each voice independently as they play, and there is a 32-step sequencer for each voice. An LED display and Octave +/- controls add further control and flexibility for the user.

Timbre Wolf adds a distinctive, convincing traditional voice to any musician’s repertoire of tools.

Akai Pro Timbre Wolf adds a distinctive, convincing traditional voice to any musician’s repertoire of tools.

Tom Cat is an exciting true analog drum machine with five built-in percussion voices, including Kick, Snare, and Clap sounds with chromatically tunable Disco Toms. Onboard controls—all continuously variable—enable users to customise the tuning, amplitude envelopes, and volume of each drum voice separately for precise real-time adjustment.

Outfitted with six MPC-style pads and a built-in 32-step sequencer, Tom Cat provides an ultra- responsive interface with a classic drum machine layout. Drum patterns can be fine-tuned using the Swing function, Pattern Select, and Tempo Control knob. A custom signal path, activated by its unique “Maul” circuitry, lets the user ‘dirty up’ their drum beats for just the right effect.

Akai Pro Tom Cat features MPC-style pads and a 32-step sequencer.

Akai Pro Tom Cat features MPC-style pads and a 32-step sequencer.

Akai Professional Product Manager Dan Gill notes, “With our new introductions of Timbre Wolf and Tom Cat, we’ve put those classic analog synthesizer and drum machine sounds directly into the hands of today’s musicians. Our goal was to make a compact analog polyphonic synthesizer / keyboard and an analog multi-voice drum machine that easily integrate with both modern and vintage music equipment, so musicians could effortlessly bring that great analog sound into their music. That’s what these two do and the creative potential they open up is endless.”

Timbre Wolf and Tom Cat will be available in Q2 with MSRPs of £299.99 GBP and £149.99 GBP respectively. Please visit Akai Professional at NAMM, Booth number 6700 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA, January 22-25.

Web: akaipro.com

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