I managed to grab an Akai Rhythm Wolf as soon it was available in the UK. I was excited about getting this analogue drum machine following all the hype that Akai had been giving the thing. The build-up between the announcement of the product and the release was really well done by their marketing department especially getting the endorsement of Richard Devine.
Well it turns out that I fell foul to marketing hype.
This machine really was a let-down! Don't get me wrong, the look of the thing is great as it the build for the money - in comparison to Korg's plastic Volca range. I don't know what I expected for the price but it was something more .... So rather than Akai scrimping on nice things to keep the price down, I'd rather have paid a little bit more money to get those extra things.
If this had been a kickass drum machine - even for £100 more it could have been great competition for Roland and their Aira Drum Machine.
Watch the video above to see what I thought about the sound this thing puts out.
Below is a little jam with the Akai Rhythm Wolf, Teenage Engineering OP-1 and Arturia Beatstep. In general I found the Wolf really flat so the video below uses some reverb on the drums to give a little depth.