I use the EWI1000 EWV2000 and 5 years. It is a fascinating instrument, a marvel of electronics. I love the thrill and the instrument sounds. 8 octaves (the roll of the photo), portamento and pitch bend, vibrato by the mouth etc ... The main diffrence with the other models is the possibility to play chords with 4 MIDI sounds with the instrument and the lack of reed which allows anyone (or almost) to play of EWI. There is no cls The models like Yamaha or Lyricon, they are just sensitive keys. The contact is made by the body mass is therefore to convey the changes notes.
This instrument is sensitive trs and unfortunately sensitive to changes in temprature (scne spots on such formidable enemies are). Michael Brecker pays the price in the Steps Ahead Live in Tokyo ("Sumo") on DVD. For me, the great matre of the instrument is Michael Brecker, first because he is the instrument with which advelopp Neil Steiner and AKAI, and although its great my sr sorts of technical and musical instrument. He did a great job on the instrument sound.
The models I tried Yamaha but I have not felt the same sensations with the EWI. It is hard to find second-hand, unfortunately, and especially in good condition (mine were false contacts). It is difficult trs matriser to beginners and ncessite a standard work of precision that the contacts which are the mtalliques cls frlement are sensitive to the slightest! A simple C major scale is a vritable ordeal. Most saxophone players who play the EWI the transpose (in B flat as a tnor or soprano).
Today, it is difficult to buy an EWI nine (I know, only one store ct de la Villette still sells at a price of 650 for the controller and the gn 1440 sound operator). The analog is the synthse EWV2000 which gives a lot of heat. It is now only sold MODEL saxophone (EWI3000). For the trumpet MODEL (EVI), you have to buy the MODEL EWI and expdier Neil Steiner (the inventor) who intends to convert it to ITS. 2 sound modules to choose from: traditional sounds of analog instruments wind. The analog MODEL me parat be the best choice. For Repair Tool, it is best to contact Neil Steiner rpar you without problem.
I bought my EWI Used (2nd Hand DJ 4000 Fr 5 years ago and I do not regret it. It is an instrument of ncessite normment prcautions for keep it in good condition but what rgal!! If c'tait again ....
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