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Akai Professional EWI USB Electronic Wind Controller

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Use your computer and this electronic wind instrument for unprecedented control over your sound.

The Akai Professional EWI USB electronic wind controller is for musicians seeking an easy-to-play, easy-to-use instrument. Akai Professional's decades of experience in wind and electronic musical instruments are rolled into Akai's most user-friendly-and most affordable-EWI controller ever.

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For over 20 years, Akai Professional has studied the art of playing saxophone, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, and other traditional wind instruments and developed electronic wind instruments that enable wind players to enjoy the same expressive control as in an acoustic instrument. Akai Professional designed the EWI USB to give wind players the expressive musical capabilities previously found only in much more expensive instruments.

Akai Professional Performance

EWIs are the only choice for serious wind players looking to make music electronically. While EWI USB is easy and fun to use, it's also powerful, flexible, and-most importantly-reliable enough for use on stage and in the studio by professional musicians.

Computer Control

The Akai EWI USB controller is extremely flexible because it harnesses your computer to generate its sounds. Its USB interface means that all you need is nearly any Mac or PC and the included EWI USB software, and you're ready to practice, perform, create, and record with a full collection of wind instrument sounds. Aria Player software was produced specifically for use with EWI USB, providing wind players with an unprecedented level of expressive control.

FEATURES
Electronic wind instrument controller 
Easy to play, easy to use
Powerful, flexible, and reliable
Plug-and-play USB connection to Mac or PC
Custom Garritan Aria Player software, contains wind instrument sounds
Multiple fingering modes: sax, traditional EWI, flute, oboe, and EVI (electronic valve instrument) fingering for brass players
Expandable sound palette
Removable, dishwasher-safe mouthpiece

Includes:
EWI USB wind instrument
Neck strap
Cleaning cloth
USB cable
Software DVD
Quick start guide
Safety instructions
SPECIFICATIONS
Sensors: 
Mouthpiece: air-pressure level sensor & bite sensor
Note Keys: 13 touch sensors
Octave Rollers: 2 mobile, 2 fixed touch sensors (5-octave range)
Bend Plates: 2 touch sensors
Ground Plates: 2 touch sensors

General:
Class-compliant, plug-and-play USB device
MIDI Output Channels Over USB: 1
Mac and PC compatible

Hardware:
Dimensions: 2-3/4" W x 23-1/8" L x 2-3/4" H
Weight: 1.3 lb.
Power: 100mA, 5V via USB
Terminals: 1 slave connector (MIDI over USB)

Minimum system requirements:
Mac: OSX
PC: Windows XP or Vista
USB port
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Akai ProfessionalEWI USB Electronic Wind Controller
 
3.0

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5.0

LOVE IT. THANK YOU AKAI

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from Boston, MA

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Comments about Akai Professional EWI USB Electronic Wind Controller:

There seems to be so many negative reviews on the EWI USB. But I've loved it ever since I got it. Works great with my MacBook Pro and Reason. I use it in a cover band I'm in to play the original synths for the songs we play (I create them in Reason and play it on stage live). It's a lot of fun and it helps me pay the bills. I definitely recommend it to saxophonists who want to push their skills over the edge.

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5.0

needs some attention

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from Nova Scotia, Canada

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Comments about Akai Professional EWI USB Electronic Wind Controller:

works best with a mac computer or a pc running windows 7 with an ASIO4ALL driver. The EWI settings are software adjusted. Read the FAQ at www.patchmanmusic.com for more information. I have been playing an EWI USB for over a year and am quite happy with it. Kontakt 5 from Native Instruments is a great sampler to use with it.

(18 of 20 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Same old problems

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from New Zealand

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Comments about Akai Professional EWI USB Electronic Wind Controller:

I bought a brand new USB EWI pro. You imagine buying something with the glowing reports that Akai send out, and just open the box and off you go. I have a new pc and happily opened the box and set it all up. The manual would have been fine if it had worked.A few hours later it eventually played noises that didn't sound like an alien farting. My comp repair man said the software was set up wrongly. I started with a scale on what was supposed to be a saxophone.It was so sensitive that you couldn't play a semibreve on it's own without other notes playing (ad lib). It also took lots of breath pressure to blow it which gave my daughter and I a head ache after a fruitless hour of practice. I e-mailed the seller and checked why it sounded so bad and asked if I was just not carefull enough.(Still waiting for a reply), having read other reviews it seems you have to buy better sounds for it. There isn't even a bass guitar for if you want to have a jam. I had a yamaha wind synth about 15 years ago. I really thought that this would be precise and do what it said on the box. Very disapointed:0(

(25 of 139 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Cannot make EWI USB Work

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from Cedar Park Texas

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Comments about Akai Professional EWI USB Electronic Wind Controller:

I purchased an EWI USB about a year ago and have never been able to make it work decently with the included software. Latency was terrible. I downloaded ASIO4all and invested in a low latency sound card; still no luck. I frequently experienced stuck notes that will not shut off. Finally I put in the closet and forgot about it. Several other reviewers on other sites have reported simiilar problems but some folks have made the EWI USB work and are happy with it. Part of the problem may be the software and that can be replaced. Maybe I am just not computer literate enough for this instrument. My computer was an HP pavillion 6532a with Windows Vista first, then Windows XP.

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