Rekkerd has released WolfPack, a free sample pack crafted by SampleScience. The pack contains a collection of sounds that were sampled from the Rhythm Wolf, Timbre Wolf, and Tom Cat hardware instruments by AKAI.
Rhythm Wolf, Timbre Wolf, and Tom Cat haven’t received the warmest of welcomes from the target audience, especially considering that they are relatively affordable analog synthesizers. I can’t help but wonder if AKAI’s analog trio is truly as dissapointing as some users described them, or if the backlash was caused by the company’s, perhaps somewhat misguiding, marketing approach. Despite not having the chance to use one myself yet, I always thought that AKAI’s analog boxes looked kind of promising, even while watching some of the less positive video reviews and demos.
Either way, the three synths were definitely good enough for SampleScience who used them to create a pretty neat free sample pack. WolfPack contains 97 sounds in total, including 41 drum loops, 24 synth loops, 9 one-shot synth samples, and two complete Rhythm Wolf drum kits. The samples are completely royalty-free and are available for direct free download from Rekkerd, no registration or signup required.
At some point, after downloading hundreds upon hundreds of plugins and testing a number of hardware instruments, I started to appreciate the positive creative impact of having a smaller set of music making tools at my disposal. For example, I think that I would, in a way, prefer making a track with AKAI’s analog trio as opposed to making the same track in a studio with dozens of different instruments. Having a wider variety of options is nice, but being limited to a smaller set of tools forces you to get the best out of them. The short WolfPack demo track embedded above shows what SampleScience was able to do with just the Rhythm Wolf, Timbre Wolf, and Tom Cat.
WolfPack is available for free download via Rekkerd (65.6 MB download size, ZIP archive, contains 97 audio samples in 24-bit WAV format).