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Audiofanzine FR's review (Akai - EWI USB)

By Audiofanzine FR, 04/12/2008
(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?

Excellent!

- 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
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Waiting for the 6000 (or an OS update) (Akai - EWI 5000)

By 16 Music, 14/09/2014
I took possession yesterday, so the view will inevitably be published in the coming days ...
It complements my EWI4000S that I use daily for over 4 years (and so I know pretty well). This will make a reference.
First impression (check), it seems lighter.
The grip is the same. The beak seems a bit harder but after two hours of play, I do not know the difference.
Sounds internally have not fooled me. May be that the editing, you can get something a little more interesting. Akai has figured the trick since 5000 has two banks of 100 tones (a + preset a User). However, it must wait until I provide a PC with Windows 7 because no program for XP ... It's a little nerd ...
The transition from one sound to another is not smooth: It takes a few seconds to load the new sound (bug ???) and HF "wins" during those few seconds. The sound is chopped, almost as if the samples were struggling to load ...
HF precisely. Talk. It outputs the audio (it was specified at the outset). But damn! MIDI would be more than welcome. Not until 6000, Mr. Akai?

Expressive side, there, I admit that there is a real difference between the 4000s and 5000 can be accessed at very fine adjustments for breath (breath) and pressure (cock) with many parameters. It can transmit aftertouch plus a wealth of continuous controllers (I will give details when I will control all that correctly). Anyway, the 5000 is much more expressive (connected to my Yamaha PLG150-VL) the 4000s (I now hear the "Growl" of saxes and I better check the "breath" on flutes).

So hot, most are: expressiveness, mobility in audio mode (HF), configuration of the nose (and also keys), effects (many controllable parameters on the reverb, chorus and delay).
Cons: No noon HF, no XP software, means internal sounds very ...
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& promising to tame (Akai - EWI 5000)

By alex bluesberry, 28/09/2014
- I use it for 2 weeks
- I already have the 4000S

what I love most:
- New sounds (particularly trumpets and organ, excellent keyboards)
- Rechargeable battery
- Binding without son

what I like least:
- No manual in French as detailed EWI 5000 has the potential to change many parameters, missing a video tutorial to setup,

- The software utility is not sufficiently explained while he has many possible settings

- Small bug a few seconds to change her,
- Sensitivity potentiometer is poorly calibrated in the software akai ewi5000 (for settings with the mouse)
- Overall, the beast seems underused in bank donation level (no strings / strings, no good big bass)

-the production looks strong - but pricey ..
- Disappointed at first, and then the more I tame (the standard settings), the more I love it! Now I do not regret this purchase.
- I encourage AKAI us to update and develop the tutorial section for sounds whose origins settings are very "average"
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saxoubet's review (Akai - EWI4000S)

By saxoubet, 21/01/2008
I have an AKAI ewi 4000 S and I bought a PatchMan file, but I can not load the sounds the instrument can someone help me, I'm lost because I did not understand the English ...... Thanks
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[NAMM] The Akai EWI 5000 has been unveiled

Published on 01/22/14
Akai will officially debut tomorrow at NAMM the new version of their EWI electronic wind instrument.

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