Akai EWI USB MIDI Wind Controller

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EWI-USB

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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.

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

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 youre 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.


MULTI MODE
EWI USB offers multiple fingering modes including sax, traditional EWI, flute, oboe, and EVI (brass), so whether youre just starting out as a woodwind student or an old pro wind player, youll 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.

Discover the world of expression that only wind instruments can offer with EWI USB.


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

INCLUDES:
EWI USB wind instrument
Neck strap
Cleaning cloth
USB cable
Software DVD
Quick start guide

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I have an old Akai EWI from the 80's. It still works. I got one of these, it had connectivity issues that Akai were not at all helpful with, and then broke down completely about 3 months out of the one year warranty, and I heard lots of reports of others having issues with no help from Akai. Total crap. Akai should be ashamed.
Posted by anonymous on Jun 7, 2020
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No software support1 of 2 customers found this review helpful

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I've had the EWI USB for a few years. It' used to work on my iMac but for reasons that remain obscure I now get a message "Can''t connect with Aria engine. Please re-install." Several re-installs later it still does not work and support from Akai is virtually non-existent. It still works on my Macbook Pro, but Akai seems to have abandoned this product.
Posted by Ken on May 10, 2020
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totally useless6 of 15 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreMontréal, Quebec
The cd with the software and the sounds was cracked in 2 sections. Impossible to get a new one from anywhere. It is now a useless piece of plastic/ No support from AKAI
Posted by Pops on Dec 26, 2016
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