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Akai Professional EWI USB Electronic Wind Controller

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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 inst... Click To Read More About This Product

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Gear returned in mint condition. If you're looking for a virtually new instrument in possibly less-than-perfect packaging, this is a great value.
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Gear returned in great condition, with only minor signs of use, such as slight scuffs or pick marks. It looks and plays like new and may be considered an equivalent to display units found in retail stores.
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Overview

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.

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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    • Expedited repair or replacement
    • Free shipping (for returns or repairs)
    • 100% coverage for commercial use
    • Extended price protection
    • No lemon guarantee
    • Free transfer of coverage to a new owner
    • Repair costs covered for up to five years from date of purchase
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    Akai ProfessionalEWI USB Electronic Wind Controller
     
    4.9

    (based on 7 reviews)

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    (15 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Excellent instrument, decent software.

    By Ryan Leber

    from Pittsburgh, PA

    Comments about Akai Professional EWI USB Electronic Wind Controller:

    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.

    (14 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Cost Effective Wind Controller

    By Paul A.

    from Pawtucket, RI

    Comments about Akai Professional EWI USB Electronic Wind Controller:

    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 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Horn

    By Hammzee

    from Chichago,IL

    Comments about Akai Professional EWI USB Electronic Wind Controller:

    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.

    (10 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Pretty good... need more sounds

    By Andrew DeGarmo

    from Chicago, IL

    Comments about Akai Professional EWI USB Electronic Wind Controller:

    I like the way it works. This may just be me, but the octave rollers seem to be pretty sensitive and the volume control is a bit constrained. I remember playing real loud on my sax and on this you just can't get it to play super loud no matter how hard you blow into it. I've not played a woodwind instrument in years so it's gonna take me a while to get it back, but overall it's a very nice piece of equipment.

    (3 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Good Sounds

    By Reeses Daniels

    from baton rouge, louisiana

    Comments about Akai Professional EWI USB Electronic Wind Controller:

    They have an interesting sound and it has a very interesting look that makes it unique!!!!

     
    5.0

    Like having a real instrument, just as tough as learning 1.

    By Double G

    from Gilbert,AZ

    About Me Novice

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Functional
    • Good Quality
    • Improves Sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Practicing

      Comments about Akai Professional EWI USB Electronic Wind Controller:

      Difficult to use if you don't know how to play a wind instrument. the software is simple and awesome. can layer sounds to create something unique. This was a great buy.

       
      5.0

      Great Controller

      By Altbouch

      from NYC

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Functional
      • It Tracks Flawlessly

      Cons

      • Takes Some Practice

      Best Uses

      • Recording

      Comments about Akai Professional EWI USB Electronic Wind Controller:

      The buttons don't move and they are laid out differently. Took some getting used to but it makes a great controller for recording. Also good for practice late at night. For programming horn parts it give you articulation you simply not get from a keyboard.

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