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Wireless electronic wind instrument.
EWI5000, the latest addition to the EWI series, combines innovative instrument design, wireless connectivity, and a sound library by SONiVOX to create the most expressive and versatile wind instrument available to today's musicians. Building upon the legacy of the original Electronic Wind Instrument, Akai Professional created EWI5000 with the same objective in mindâdeliver unprecedented musical expression to wind players everywhere. Experience the next generation in wind-performance technology with an instrument that's built for the contemporary player.
With 2.4GHz low-latency wireless connectivity, EWI5000 empowers you to perform freely with a dynamic performance instrument in hand. It supports stereo wireless audio and includes a receiver for instant mobility on the stage or in the studio. EWI5000 also supports wired audio and MIDI connections for integrating with additional external performance and production hardware. Plus, its powered by a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, so you can take EWI5000 with you and play it anywhere.
For precisely controlling volume and pitch dynamics, EWI5000 features an ultra-responsive mouth piece with an air-pressure level sensor and bite sensor. In addition, eight dedicated precision dials allow you to adjust instrument or effect parameters on the fly; tweak Filter, Reverb, Chorus, LFO, Breath Amount, Bite Amount, Semitone Tuning, and Fine Tuning for a sound that's as expressive as your playing.
Multiple Finger Modes
EWI5000 is a powerful instrument that expands the performance capabilities of woodwind and brass musicians alike. With support for multiple playing styles, its interface can be switched to flute, oboe, and saxophone fingering modes. An EVI (Electronic Valve Instrument) Mode is also included for brass players. Whether you're a classically trained flutist looking for a modern instrument, or a seasoned EWI player looking for finger-position flexibility, EWI5000 has you covered.
Hook It Up
USB-MIDI connectivity and a 5-pin MIDI output enable you to expand your sonic palette by controlling software synths, virtual samplers, or traditional MIDI modules. EWI5000 comes with a built-in 1/4-inch output for connecting it directly to PA systems and a 1/8-inch headphone output for practicing privately. A USB cable and wall adapter are included to recharge battery power via USB or wall power.
Any Sound For Any Performance
EWI5000 comes loaded with more than 3GB of built-in high-quality sounds designed by SONiVOX, a leading creator of premium virtual instruments and software synthesis technologies. These instruments span across just about every music genre and put traditional orchestral sounds (e.g. horn, brass, woodwind, and strings) and non-traditional sounds (e.g. progressive synths, basses, and leads) at your fingertips.
EWI5000 Sound Editor
Expand your creative capabilities with the EWI5000 Sound Editor software. This custom software editor is a powerful platform for manipulating EWI5000's sound library on your Mac or PC. Connect EWI5000 to your computer via USB; call up any instrument from the library; and use the filter, two LFOs, pan knob, tune control, and multiple envelopes to tweak it into something entirely new. Then, store your edits directly on your EWI5000 for a customized instrument library that's ready to perform whenever you are.
Order today for a next-generation wind instrument.
EWI 5000 Wireless Electronic Wind Controller
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Comments about Akai Professional EWI 5000 Wireless Electronic Wind Controller:
Bottom Line: If you already own the EWI 4000s you may not want the EWI 5000.
I had owned both the Yamaha WX11 and the AKAI EWI 4000s and found the Akai to be far superior. The sounds were reasonable but then I found PatchMan Music and got some really great sounds out of it. They are synth sounds but are expertly crafted to take full advantage of the wind controllers expressiveness. Before I was content to just play around at home, but with the new patches I actually started playing it out on gigs to very positive reviews. I also decided to midi it to a Yamaha Motif XS to layer it with really awesome sounds and again loaded patches from PatchMan which really took advantage of the EWI's strengths. It was the perfect combination. Sure, it was a little more gear to carry, but the sounds I could get were well worth it.
So when I discovered there was a new Akai EWI I immediately put myself on the mailing list to be notified when it would be in stock. The preliminary improvements I read about seemed to take a great thing and make it better so I thought, why not? I got it and right away noticed it was the exact same mold used for the 4000s but the silver was replaced with black so it did look a little cooler. It weighed a little bit less and had a few things switched around but had the exact same feel as the 4000s, so no differences in playability.
The plate covering the battery is secured with a screw and reveals a small compartment barely bigger than the battery itself. At the bottom of the compartment is a very small port to connect the battery. On the battery itself the cable is only a few inches so it's quite difficult to connect as it's hard to fit both your fingers and enough of the battery to get it connected.
Once connected I plugged it into my mixer and powered it up. I went through the first couple of sounds (saxophones) and noticed there was a significant delay between when the patch was changed and when the unit was playable again. Not every patch, but enough to make me think changing patches while playing live might not be the best idea. (I've since heard from Akai tech support who report that the unit loads sounds into memory as you select them so the initial load can take some time but subsequent loads will be faster while the unit is powered on).
Going through the patches I was amazed at the number of "saxophone" patches. Being a saxophonist myself, I've never heard a decent sampled sax that would be acceptable on a gig, so I was shocked at how bad these patches were and how many were there. They sounded more like kazoos than horns. I know it's a matter of taste, but the majority of the patches were completely unusable in professional situations except for the harmon trumpet and some of the organs. Everything else was poor imitations or real instruments or cheesy synth sounds you would be embarrassed to play on a gig.
I hooked it up to my computer and loaded the editor and found very little in the way of configurable settings. The analog synth is completely gone in favor of the much less programmable sample synth. You can change the LFO's and a filter but you can't do much with the wave apart from select it. It just seemed very limited compared with the previous unit's capabilities.
So I killed the audio and midi'ed it up to my Motif XS with the PatchMan patches and it performed just as brilliantly as my 4000s. But there is one annoying little side effect. When you switch the unit on it automatically send a program change so whatever synth is midi'ed changes patches whenever you power the EWI on. Who would want that? This leads me to ask the question "why did I buy this thing?" All the onboard sounds are unusable so the wireless option is a moot point, and the only improvement is a rechargeable battery which is hard to replace and (by the way) will render the unit unplayable if it ever goes bad.
I can't really say I'm happy with my purchase, so much so that I'm probably going to be returning it. It's just not a real improvement on the 4000s and I think they could have improved certain areas rather than what they chose to change.
Here's the wish list of what I would like to have been in the 5000:
Compartment and cartridge for rechargeable battery. The battery cartridge would lock into place and possibly have an external charger so you could have multiple batteries ready. Should also have a cartridge which could be populated with AA batteries so you could replace them in a pinch.
Wireless MIDI. Most of the EWI performers I've seen layer the EWI with other synths on live gigs. Wireless MIDI is sorely needed for these applications.
Relocation of the display LED. It would be nice to be able to change patches without having to move the EWI around. Locating it somewhere in eyesight of the performer without having to shift would really help in live situations where you want to quickly change patches.
USB Connector. The addition of the USB port was a good idea and is extremely useful when connecting to a DAW.
Stereo audio out. The addition of stereo was a good idea.
The unit should be able to operate on AC alone even if no battery is connected.
NEVER GET RID OF THE ANALOG SYNTH!!! For me the EWI is the perfect platform for analog synthesis. The EWI, more than any keyboard, can more fully exploit the sonic capabilities of analog programming than any other type of controller.