EWI USB, Electronic Wind Instrument from Akai in the EWI series.

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All user reviews of 5/5 for the Akai EWI USB

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Average Score:4.3( 4.3/5 based on 13 reviews )
 4 reviews31 %
 8 reviews62 %
Value For Money : Excellent
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Audiofanzine FR12/04/2008

Audiofanzine FR's review

(Originally written by billouze/translated from Audiofanzine FR)
- How long have you been using it?

24 hours!

- Which feature do you like the most / the least?

Rugged, light, very reactive.

- Did you try any other models before buying it?

No. Like a lot of people, I dreamed about an EW400... But it was too expensive!

- How would you rate its value for money?


- Based on your experience, would you buy this product again?

Yes!!!!!!! One day of use is not much... But I didn't sleep a lot yesterday. The software provided gives good results. So I imagine the possibilities with Samplemodeling's The trumpet or any other high-quality software are huge... Even a big virtual synth would give stunning results.

Back to the product: I think Akai ought to provide a bag or a cover for the instrument...

But I love Akai anyhow

sgenevay's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" A "must have" in music programming"

I've had about 10 months.
No difficulty when out of the box. quickly recognized as a midi controller.
the module from its base (GARITAN aria) is absolutely realistic but definitely not all.
on the other hand, coupled with sound banks Sample Modeling (sounds studied for windcontrolers) and a good reverb (Altiverb), then the result is more than impressive.
Not knowing necessarily play a wind instrument (clarinet and saxophone) I chose EWI fingering Standart (one of the different fingerings offered by EWI) behaves roughly speaking as a single flute fingering. Therefore no difficulty in handling except perhaps managing to integrate octave but it is also quite fast.
Once the presentations ... we quickly realized that we are able to program with the EWI breath controller and things infeasible to the modulation wheel. touch or programing will never replace the instinct that you put in a breath.
In any case my settings (orchestral) reached a much higher level of realism that I did before with this (low) investment.
It is clear that there will be more sophisticated devices such as EWI4000 which has additional functions ... but for a simple composition in the studio, the EWI USB is perfect
Bought in a shop on Ebay for much less American than Europe.

ulriclarg's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Instrument I reu dernire week and I use it with Reason 4, More precisely with the sampler NNXT. The rsultats are remarkable, the changes rponse blast is effective and no latency. I have used for many years a yamaha WX7 unfortunately down now, and frankly, I'm particulirement satisfied with this new instrument.

charlyjojo's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

How long do you use the
I use it for three weeks
What is so special that you like most and least?
I like the controller
on the other hand, (this is strictly binds me, matter of taste) provided soft sounds are not very realistic for my taste for cons with Mr. Sax T is the dream!

is the first model wind controller I try, not at all but very amateur saxophonist sax (I'm guitarist)

unbeatable value for money
I would definitely do it again the choice

a little demo