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Akai Professional EWI4000S Electronic Wind Controller  

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Sounds are built in; no external module required!

The Akai EWI 4000S wind instrument is a big step forward in the development of MIDI controllers and synthesizer instruments. It offers customizable sax-style fingering with advanced controls and functions for expressive performance and makes a number of higher-end synth features available. For more information on fingering options, download the PDF Manual on this page that contains fingering charts.

Most significant on the MIDI wind controller is an onboard sound module so you no longer have to play tethered. By using MIDI and an optional wireless transceiver, you can move freely onstage and switch between stored programs from the instrument. Its internal sounds are based on a virtual analog synth sound module and are very responsive to nuances of your playing. Breath, vibrato, glide time, and bend width are easily adjusted to suit your musical style, and you can send multiple MIDI messages via breath for expression and aftertouch changes.

The Akai EW14000S MIDI wind controller is also an octave key and mode that automatically doubles below the note you play, a Hold Mode which sustains a note while you play around it. It has 2 oscillators with separate volume controls, and a voltage controlled filter that can go from 2 to 4 pole filters. The EWI4000S improves breath noise emulation and also has sostenuto.

The EWI 4000S also has a sweep function that is more effective than typical envelope generators. By changing the force of your playing you can alter the sweep parameter to give dynamic shape to your sound.

To keep controls to a minimum, the Akai EWI 4000S comes with a MAC/PC editor program on which to customize your sounds. You can store edited programs and recall settings instantly during performance.

  • Touch-sensitive keys
  • Customizable sax-style fingering
  • Preset sounds with 2 VCO + 2 VCF, dual-voice analog modeling
  • 2-Digit 7-Segment LED program display
  • Chorus, reverb, and deverb effects
  • Octave roller
  • Breath sensitivity for expressive dynamics
  • Onboard analog-modeling synth sound module
  • MIDI output
  • PC and Mac editor software for internal sounds
  • MIDI output for use with sound modules
  • Lightweight and portable
  • MIDI I/O
  • Battery power (AA x 2) or optional AC adapter

It's the most powerful, playable controller yet in its price range. Get with the latest—order your EWI4000s right now.

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Excellent product


from Maryland

Comments about Akai Professional EWI4000S Electronic Wind Controller:

This is my first wind controller. I have to admit, the product is a bit confusing at times, especially since the manual it comes with is horrible, but I was able to use it effectively within a few days. It has the fingering of a saxophone, but it feels completely different, which turns out to be a good thing. It doesn't come with that many great onboard voices in my opinion, but you can always use it as a controller and hook it up to a module to get more voices. My only complaints are about the software and the manual. Both are very hard to understand for someone who hasn't ever used MIDI. I had to get most of my info from online. These faults are easily overlooked however. The akai is an excellent product.

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Perfect wind-synth


from Baltimore, MD

Comments about Akai Professional EWI4000S Electronic Wind Controller:

AKAI got it right! I have earlier EWIs and this new EWI has features many wind-synth players have wanted and waited years for. Read the specs for yourself. Understand that the sounds on this thing are great. Hear samples on Also download the manual so you can see what it is capable of doing The one minor bug they're fixing. However, all upgrades and newer features can be downloaded . It plays great with an excellent feel and EWI players no longer have to lug around a separate sound module. I can't say enough about it. Listen to the samples and try one then decide for yourself. I know you'll like it.

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