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Akai Pro Timbre Wolf - Frequently Asked Questions

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Article updated 06-27-2017

TimbreWolffixedAkai Professional's Timbre Wolf is a powerful and versatile four-voice polyphonic synthesizer. With the power to configure voicing as four mono voices, four-voice unison, or as a four-voice polysynth, you'll have the flexibility to build rich synth parts the way you want. With lots of sonic control and a 32-step sequencer for each voice, electronic musicians and synth heads are excited about the creative paths the flexible Timbre Wolf lets you wander. Whether you're looking for a new member of your synth pack or searching for your sonic alpha dog, the Timbre Wolf from Akai Professional is a great choice

Frequently Asked Questions




What makes an analog synthesizer different from a digital synthesizer?

Analog synthesizers use electronic components, such as oscillators and filters to manipulate the sound of the instrument.  There is audio in the form of electricity running through each individual component.  Analog synth enthusiast argue that this allows the synth to have a warm, organic sound that can't be 100% replicated by digital systems.  A digital synthesizer uses processors in order to generate and modify the sound.  While there are pros and cons of both, the Timbre Wolf was designed with a fully analog signal path which makes for easy knob per function editing of the parameters, as well as contributing to it's superior sound.


How many notes can I play at a time on the Timbre Wolf?

The Timbre Wolf has 4 Voices, which mean that you can play up to 4 notes at a time while in Poly mode.  Polyphonic refers to the ability of a synthesizer to be able to play multiple notes at a time, while offering independent parameters to edit for each voice.  


What's the difference between MONO, POLY, and UNISON?

MONO: The selected voice will play.  If a chord is played, only one of the notes will play.  This note depends on what your note priority is set to.  Hold Shift and press step number 9 to set the note priority to the highest, lowest, or last note you are fingering.  Mono mode is perfect for bass lines or leads, where only a single voice is needed.

POLY: Up to four voices will play simultaneously.  Make sure none of the voices are muted to take full advantage of the polyphonic capabilities in this mode.

UNISON: All active voices will play when a single key is pressed.  Try slightly de-tuning each voice for a thick sounding single note, perfect for bass lines.  Like with mono mode, if multiple notes are fingered, only the highest or lowest note will be played depending on what your note priority is set to.


Sometimes my Timbre Wolf goes a little sharp or flat. Is this normal?

This is absolutely normal.  The Akai Timbre Wolf is a fully analog instrument - like a piano or guitar - and will act in a similar manner.  For example, we recommend letting the Timbre Wolf warm up for a few minutes and then use the built in tuning function by holding SHIFT + TUNE (Step 1) and then pressing TUNE again to confirm.  It will take a minute for the built in utility to calibrate the Timbre Wolf's oscillators.  

Is the keyboard and step sequencer velocity sensitive?

Yes.  The keyboard on the Timbre Wolf will play louder if the keys are hit with more force.  Additionally, by pressing and holding the VELOCITY button, you can set the velocity of each individual step on the sequencer by pressing it.  The light indicates the velocity level, so green is low, yellow is medium, red is high.


Why does the Timbre Wolf get quieter as I turn up the FILTER RES knob?

The Timbre Wolf uses a Low Pass Filter. Naturally, these filters remove high frequencies as you turn down the FILTER CUTOFF knob. FILTER RES (Resonance) accentuates different parts of this filter so you can get a wide variety of tones from your Rhythm Wolf’s synth.

At extremely high settings, the FILTER RES knob will seemingly reduce the volume of the BASS SYNTH tone. This is normal and was designed specifically to allow for a very musical interaction between the BASS SYNTH filter and the HOWL knob. Experiment with different combinations of filter settings along with the HOWL and come up with your own signature tone!


Which outputs does the HOWL knob affect?

The HOWL knob affects the main output and headphone output, but does not affect the 4 individual Voice outputs.  The HOWL knob will add overdrive to the output signal, resulting in an aggressive, crunchy tone.


Can I set each voice to a different MIDI Channel?

Yes, in order to set the MIDI channel for each voice, hold down SHIFT and press STEP 10, MIDI CH.  Use the TEMPO knob to set the MIDI Channel for voice 1.  Once voice 1 is set, voices 2, 3, and 4, will use the next highest MIDI channels in sequential order.  So if voice 1 is set to MIDI CH 3, then voice 2 will be MIDI CH 4, voice 3 will be MIDI CH 5, etc.


What is the Gate Trig In and Out used for?

The Gate Trig In and Out is used to send and receive control voltage, or CV from other synthesizers and sequencers.  Unlike MIDI, CV uses voltage to trigger certain events.  In this case, the voltage being sent in or out will send or receive a message to turn notes on and off.  For example, you could connect an Akai Rhythm Wolf's gate trigger out to the gate trigger in of the Timbre Wolf.  This would make it so that every time the Rhythm Wolf makes a sound, the Timbre Wolf will follow, based on whatever note is sequenced at that moment.  

When I press play, my sequence isn't starting.  What should I do?

Make sure your Tom Cat's sync clock source is set to Internal. Hold down Shift and press step number 13 until the display reads Int.

Can I use the Timbre Wolf as a MIDI controller?

Yes.  Using the USB or MIDI cables, you can interface the Timbre Wolf with your computer and any other hardware that sends and receives MIDI.


Can I record my audio directly to the computer with a USB cable?

The USB connection is specifically for transferring MIDI and timing information between the computer and the Timbre Wolf only.


How many steps can be recorded into the step sequencer?

While there are 16 available steps to record, you can hold SHIFT the press SEQ VARIATION to switch between playing one sequence or to automatically switch between SEQ A and SEQ B, leaving you with a total of 32 steps to sequence.


How many patterns can I store?

The Timbre Wolf can store 16 patterns, but each pattern stores 4 complete sequences.  Sequence A, Sequence B, Fill A, and Fill B can all be saved to the pattern.


How can I save my presets?

Once you've found a sound you like, you may be compelled to save it for future use.  With the Timbre Wolf, each knob is controls an analog electronic component.  This information is not stored digitally, so what you see is what you hear when it comes to parameter values.  There is no saving of presets, which isn't uncommon for analog synthesizers.

Further Technical Support

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