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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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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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graphicbreizh's review (Akai - EWI USB)

By graphicbreizh, 12/11/2013
I use it for over a year.

Before I did not practice the south by keyboard or guitar (equipped GK-3 or on a Yamaha EX500 with the Ghost system). I was looking for specific tones instruments like sax, clarinet, flute etc ...

What is less well in Flash is that it takes at least an iPad or computer and kontakt or other libraries and its instruments. Ideal for the home studio, not practical for the stage ...

This instrument provides for an affordable price full range of the afternoon with this velocity and accents of a wind instrument. Ideal for beginners without breaking the bank.
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Great wind controller, who is ready to tame (Akai - EWI USB)

By Plougot, 11/02/2013
I use it for a little less than a year. I have not tried its closest competitor, the Yamaha WX5 from home.

Is not a wind instrument player, but a pianist, I was looking for a good wind controller. In the absence of breath sensor alone worthy of the name, I decided to buy the ewi usb to use as breath sensor + bite (double-checking the mouth) in addition to my keyboard ( in the workplace), and also as an instrument in its own right, just for fun.
I use it with virtual instruments Sample modeling that are particularly suitable for revealing the full potential of the beast.
So why only 8/10?
Already, because it is still expensive for something that by itself produces no sound (provided the bank with not worth the detour).
But more importantly, because the manual is lacking, and the software configuration is unstable and extremely wrong. I myself run 32bit version on my W7 64bit, the 64bit version crashing consistently ... Go figure ...

But this is a minor little shadow, which should in no way obscure the overall very positive assessment of this tool, provided with the right to use virtual instruments behind (Sample Modeling is shown again ).
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