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Akai EWI USB Electronic Wind Instrument Controller

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Product Description

The Akai EWI USB is an easy-to-play electronic wind instrument that’s versatile for the professional, yet simple enough for the beginner. Akai Professional’s decades of experience in wind and electronic music instruments are rolled into our most user friendly and most affordable EWI ever.

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

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.

EWI USB Features:
  • Electronic wind instrument controller
  • Easy to play, easy to use, and easy to own
  • 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 brass
  • Expandable sound palette
  • Removable, dishwasher-safe mouthpiece
Computer Control
EWI USB is the most flexible EWI 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.

Large Sound Palette
You get over 75 different orchestral, concert band, jazz band, and synthesizer sound sets expertly recorded and programmed by Garritan, renowned for its ultra-realistic instrument sound libraries.

Multimode
EWI USB offers multiple fingering modes including sax, traditional EWI, flute, oboe, and EVI (brass), so whether you’re just starting out as a woodwind student or an old pro wind player, you’ll find EWI USB easy to play. EWI USB is designed for you to spend your time playing music; not learning technology.

Surprising Affordability
Historically, electronic wind instruments have fallen into two different categories: high-end, professional instruments and toys. EWI USB breaks the price barrier, bringing professional quality, expressive control, and a studio-ready sound library to a price the professional-wind-instrument world has never seen.

Includes:
  • EWI USB wind instrument
  • Neck strap
  • Cleaning cloth
  • USB cable
  • Software DVD
  • Quick start guide
  • Safety instructions
Discover the world of expression that only wind instruments can offer with EWI USB.

Product Specifications
Akai EWI USB Electronic Wind Instrument Controller 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
  • For a MIDI Implementation Chart, please refer to the EWI USB Quickstart Manual under the Docs & Downloads tab.
Hardware
  • Dimensions: 23 1/8 x 2 3/4 x 2 3/4 inches
  • Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Power: ~100mA, 5V via USB
  • Terminals: 1 slave connector (MIDI over USB)
System Requirements
  • Mac: OSX
  • PC: Windows XP or Vista
  • USB port


Helpful Info about the Manufacturer
Phone:  401-658-4032 Warranty:  1 Year
Mr Blade from Milwaukee Wisconsin USA
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Has the worst sound samples I have ever heard
Quality
Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable?
Its built very nice does not feel cheap.. the action is smooth as butter.very comfortable to use.
Features
What do you consider to be the best features of this product? What features would you add to this product if you could?
everything is A+ as far as the hardware but software??? the sounds they give you I don't know what Akai was Thinking!! the worst sounding samples I have ever heard.that of a cheap casio.I would ad a real sax sound like that of the sax brothers samples.and better analog lead sounds like those of native instruments. or at least allow you to import these samples with the software they give you.
Ease of Use
How easy is this product to use? How easy is the product to use with other products? Did it take long for you to learn to use this product? Was the manual helpful? How playable do you consider this product to be?
it plays very easy till you get to the octave rollers on the back that takes some work getting used too. but its very playable for live music or recording.
General
Your general opinion of this product.
Its a great Product aside from the lacking disappointing software and sounds they give you.
Value
Was this item an overall good value?
as a hardware device that can trigger other sounds yes as a instrument out of the box no and this is because of the software sounds.
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