If you're a fan of drum machines and synthesizers, 2014 is off to a great start, and now Akai has added a device of its own to the fray. The pro audio outfit has announced the Rhythm Wolf, an analog drum machine and bass synth module designed with classic sound machines in mind. There's a built-in 32-step sequencer and six MPC pads to wrangle "highly tweakable" drum sounds and the bass synthesizer's selectable oscillator and classic filter design. A "Howl" knob (because, of course) adds a custom distortion circuit and the gate trigger allows use with other gear. As you might expect, USB MIDI and MIDI input/output are built in and there are separate audio outputs for the drum machine and bass synth modules. Ready to commit? You'll need to part with $200 when the Rhythm Wolf arrives this summer.