Akai Analog Drum Machine

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Re: Akai Analog Drum Machine

Post by kingink » Wed Oct 08, 2014 7:46 am

I wonder if the bass sequencer can send note data out to other synths...from reading through the manual i'd guess not..

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Re: Akai Analog Drum Machine

Post by jaypodesta » Wed Oct 08, 2014 10:30 am

meatballfulton wrote: :lazy: :lazy: :lazy: :lazy: :lazy:
? Did I miss something ;)

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Re: Akai Analog Drum Machine

Post by kingink » Wed Oct 08, 2014 5:51 pm

http://createdigitalmusic.com/2014/03/a ... f-details/

The answer is yes...you can use the sequencer to sequence external gear. Which makes this more like a roland mc groovebox meets mpc. Officially sold

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Re: Akai Analog Drum Machine

Post by meatballfulton » Wed Oct 08, 2014 7:55 pm

jaypodesta wrote:
meatballfulton wrote: :lazy: :lazy: :lazy: :lazy: :lazy:
? Did I miss something ;)
Wake me up when it's actually in stores to buy, thx ;)

BTW, the User Guide is now at Akai's website.

Not much about MIDI (no info on channels or note # for the pads) but it does say the RWolf will send to both the MIDI Out and over USB. Pads send velocity but the internal engine only recognizes three levels. Ties (slides) for the bass synth are supported. No velocity on the 16 "keys" but you can enter velocity ("accent") in the step editor. Real time programming is quantized. Interesting, but I'll wait for more complete info.
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Re: Akai Analog Drum Machine

Post by Aaron2 » Wed Oct 08, 2014 10:18 pm

So I guess they're shipping today. I just received an e-mail from Sweetwater saying that mine had gone out. So I'll report back and let you know what I think. :)

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Re: Akai Analog Drum Machine

Post by Sir Ruff » Wed Oct 08, 2014 10:30 pm

Aaron2 wrote:So I guess they're shipping today. I just received an e-mail from Sweetwater saying that mine had gone out. So I'll report back and let you know what I think. :)
thanks for the FYI--just pre-ordered one myself!
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Re: Akai Analog Drum Machine

Post by wiss » Thu Oct 09, 2014 6:49 pm

It arrived today, it's pretty damn good, super easy to program, the sounds aren't horrible (the bass synth isn't too bad), the howling wolf feature (distortion) was an unnecessary feature but I can say without a doubt most people will find it much more useful than a scatter feature.

I have spent $200 on much much worse.
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Re: Akai Analog Drum Machine

Post by Aaron2 » Fri Oct 10, 2014 5:23 am

Thanks for the review, wiss. I'm looking forward to getting it.

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Re: Akai Analog Drum Machine

Post by Stab Frenzy » Fri Oct 10, 2014 10:35 am

wiss wrote:It arrived today, it's pretty damn good, super easy to program, the sounds aren't horrible (the bass synth isn't too bad), the howling wolf feature (distortion) was an unnecessary feature but I can say without a doubt most people will find it much more useful than a scatter feature.

I have spent $200 on much much worse.
Yeah this thing is such a bargain, particularly considering the werkstatt is almost twice the price. I'm almost tempted to get one to see what mods can be done to it. But I have enough gear already.

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Re: Akai Analog Drum Machine

Post by jaypodesta » Fri Oct 10, 2014 11:10 am

wiss wrote:It arrived today, it's pretty damn good..
Is it built good too?

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Re: Akai Analog Drum Machine

Post by wiss » Fri Oct 10, 2014 6:01 pm

jaypodesta wrote:
wiss wrote:It arrived today, it's pretty damn good..
Is it built good too?
The chassis/buttons/pads are solid but I do not like the midi in/out and the outputs could be a concern in a few years.
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Re: Akai Analog Drum Machine

Post by Stab Frenzy » Sat Oct 11, 2014 12:49 am

wiss wrote:
jaypodesta wrote:
wiss wrote:It arrived today, it's pretty damn good..
Is it built good too?
The chassis/buttons/pads are solid but I do not like the midi in/out and the outputs could be a concern in a few years.
Have you opened it up yet? Would love to see some pictures of the inside, especially seeing as the guy doing the first product demo said it would be easy to mod and would have a lot of space inside for modding. I wonder if it's got test/mod points marked on the PCB like the little Korgs do?
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Re: Akai Analog Drum Machine

Post by Ashe37 » Sat Oct 11, 2014 6:57 am

Stab Frenzy wrote: Have you opened it up yet? Would love to see some pictures of the inside, especially seeing as the guy doing the first product demo said it would be easy to mod and would have a lot of space inside for modding. I wonder if it's got test/mod points marked on the PCB like the little Korea do?
My guess is you were typing on something with awetoekorrekt.

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Re: Akai Analog Drum Machine

Post by Stab Frenzy » Sat Oct 11, 2014 8:13 am

Hahahaha fixed.

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Re: Akai Analog Drum Machine

Post by StepLogik » Sat Oct 11, 2014 2:51 pm

My unit seems to have some clock/digital noise leakage into the main output. Not too bad, easily lost in the mix, but definitely noticeable with headphones. Nothing a gate can't fix.

The snare drum is mediocre (but definitely has character) but all the other sounds are very interesting. The monosynth isn't all that flexible but it sounds good. I wish it were a little punchier, its just a bit lethargic on the attack transient for my taste.

For the price though, it is a really fun box and it blends well with other synths.

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