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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.

Premium Akai Pedigree

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.

Akai Professional EWI USB Electronic Wind Controller 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


Akai Professional EWI USB Electronic Wind 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

    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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  • Excellent instrument, decent software.

    As reviewed by Ryan Leber on 7/28/2009

    It's everything you'd expect it to be. It plays very well, the keys are incredibly responsive, it's comfortable, and the breath control responds very nicely. However, 1. The included Aria Software is very quiet, and not very punchy. It goes well with the EWI, and compliments the breath control of the EWI, but it's not really suited for being in a spotlight, as it's rather soft and lacks "strength." Luckily, since the instrument's USB powered, you can go ahead and plug it in to something better (like Reason!) 2. While I said the breath control mechanism responds very well, one thing it does NOT do is respond super-quickly. There's a horn patch in the Aria software, but it's nigh impossible to make it do the signature fortepiano effect that horns do. In other words, sharp dynamic changes are a little difficult to pull off. But hey, for the money, I'm very happy.

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  • Cost Effective Wind Controller

    As reviewed by Paul A. on 4/25/2009

    This USB wind controller has a five octave range and is a plug and play device for Mac and Windows.It works in various software hosts and in standalone mode. The advantage it has over Midi keyboards is offering the sostenutos on woodwinds like oboes,english horn,flutes and saxophones. If you have a sound library it will play your entire orchestra and synths adding much to your recordings. Even without woodwind experience the various fingering settings make it easy for anyone. For a cost effective professional Midi controller Akai gives you a lot for a small investment.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful.
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  • Great Horn

    As reviewed by Hammzee on 7/29/2010

    I have been looking at wind controllers for a few months now, and unless you want to go out some 7-9 hundred dollars, this is simply the best in it's class. I am a trombonist/bassist/euphonist who was looking to expand his sound palette. This instrument struck my eye because of It's Evi mode. Using the Garritan software included I down-tuned my Ewi to Bb, and now it plays almost exactly like a euphonium (albeit the excessive weight and the fact it can sound like nearly anything). Make sure when you set it up, If you desire to change it to Evi mode, (for valve players), that you have both the MIDI in and out set up for the Ewi, or else it won't take effect. If you want more sounds just hook this up to Garageband or a similar DAWS. Overall a beautiful instrument for horn players.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
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