Akai Professional EWI5000 - Electronic Wind Instrument

Akai Professional EWI5000 - Electronic Wind Instrument

Akai Professional EWI5000 - Electronic Wind Instrument

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Product Highlights

  • Authentic Wind-Instrument Performance
  • Wireless Stereo Audio
  • 13 Touch Sensors
  • 8 Precision Dials
  • Up to 6 Hours Battery Play Time
  • USB Port and Headphone Output
  • 3GB SONiVOX Acoustic and Synth Sounds
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Akai Professional EWI5000 overview

  • 1Description

The EWI5000 from Akai Professional combines innovative instrument design, wireless connectivity, and a sound library from SONiVOX to create an expressive and versatile wind instrument. The unit features a responsive mouth piece with an air-pressure level sensor and bite sensor for precisely controlling volume and pitch dynamics. Eight precision dials allow for adjusting instrument or effect parameters on the fly - tweak filter, reverb, chorus, LFO, breath amount, bite amount, semitone tuning, and fine tuning.

With 2.4 GHz low-latency wireless connectivity, the EWI5000 allows for performing freely without being captive to an output cabling. It supports stereo wireless audio and includes a receiver for instant mobility on the stage or in the studio. The instrument also supports wired audio and MIDI connections for integrating with other external performance and production hardware. A 1/4" output can connect directly to a PA system and a 1/8" headphone output allows for private practicing. And since it is powered by a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, it can be played anywhere.

Multiple finger modes support flute, oboe, and saxophone fingering. An EVI (Electronic Valve Instrument) Mode is also included for brass players. The controller ships with more than 3 GB of built- sounds designed by SONiVOX, with instruments that span just about every music genre and provides traditional orchestral sounds (e.g. horn, brass, woodwind, and strings) and non-traditional sounds (e.g. progressive synths, basses, and leads) for immediate access.

A software editor allows for manipulating the included sound library using a Mac or PC computer. Simply connect the instrument to the computer via USB, call up an instrument from the library, and use the filter, two LFOs, pan knob, tune control, and multiple envelopes to tweak it into something entirely new. Custom edits can be stored directly on the EWI5000 for a personalized instrument library.

Authentic wind-instrument performance and response
Wireless stereo audio for onstage freedom (receiver included)
Up to six hours of play time using the rechargeable lithium-ion battery (charging adapter included)
Eight precision dials for quickly tweaking instrument and effect parameters
USB port for USB-MIDI connection and battery recharging
1/4" audio and 1/8" headphone output
3 GB of onboard acoustic and synth sounds created by SONiVOX
UPC: 694318015254
In the Box
Akai Professional EWI5000 - Electronic Wind Instrument
  • Wireless Receiver
  • USB Cable
  • USB Wall Charger
  • Neck Strap
  • Cleaning Cloth
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Akai Professional EWI5000 specs

    Mouthpiece Air-pressure level sensor and bite sensor
    Note Keys 13 x Touch sensors
    Controls 8 x Instrument and effect precision dials
    Octave Rollers 6 x Mobile, 2 x fixed touch sensors (8-octave range)
    Plates 2 x Pitch-bend 2 x Ground
    Wireless Connectivity Stereo wireless audio (2.4 GHz)
    Connectors 1 x USB type-B port (USB MIDI)
    1 x 5-pin DIN MIDI Out
    1 x 1/4" (6.35 mm) TRS line output
    1 x 1/8" (3.5 mm) TRS headphone out
    Power Requirements Internal rechargeable lithium-ion battery
    Charged via USB port (charges with included USB cable or wall adapter)
    System Requirements Mac
    OS X 10.7 through 10.9
    2 GB RAM

    PC
    1 GHz processor or faster
    Windows 7 or Windows 8
    1 GB RAM for 32-bit OS, 2 GB RAM for 64-bit OS
    Dimensions (WxDxH) EWI5000: 26.6 x 1.7 x 2.4" (676 x 43 x 61 mm)
    Wireless Receiver: 4.8 x 3.6 x 2.4" (122 x 91 x 61 mm)
    Weight EWI5000: 2 lb (0.9 kg)
    Wireless Receiver: 4.8 oz (136 g)
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    Package Weight 5.15 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 29.6 x 7.0 x 6.0"

    Akai Professional EWI5000 reviews

    EWI5000 - Electronic Wind Instrument is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 5.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent- Remember, Folks: It's a EWI!! I'm gonna put it to you straight: I love this thing.Great things about it? Multiple fingering modes, two banks, rechargeable, wireless with ridiculously low latency (even when battery gets low) and a sound editor software that delivers. Having higher quality sounds compared to EWI4000s is great and being able to layer or octave those sounds without being hooked up to a computer is great for random creativity. For starters, it has a good sound that is actually adaptive to your style of play. I went through the whole of the sound bank and was pleased as I believe it's a true update. There will be uninformed haters out there that will say the sounds are not realistic or sound kazoo-like after listing to samples through a YouTube video, but what they're failing to realize is that it is an EWI, not a reed instrument; and, YouTube sound quality considering the source material and player isn't always that great. The EWI accomplishes everything it set out to and does not misrepresent what it can do in its instruction manual or marketing. I find that if I do a forceful brass hit or a strong blow using the saxophone sounds that there is a distinct difference in how the sound is presented and how it is carried. I find this ability built into the vast majority of sounds I use. These are the great things about the instrument.Areas in need of improvement? Let's see.. some thought that having a wireless MIDI ability would be useful, but honestly, I don't find this that important. Use a cord or acquire a wireless setup that you trust and believe in. Being able to load your own sounds? Get an iPad or a computer, VST library and software and use a cord. Again, I don't find this to be a hang-up. I owned the EWI4000s and did just fine with cords. I did fine then and I'll do fine now.All in all a great buy. Highly recommended. Highly responsive. Highly customizable. And a highly prized member of my instrument collection.
    Date published: 2014-09-11
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Impressive!!! I must admit, the first time I unboxed the instrument, I was amazed at the build quality. It has some heft, the keys are properly and ergonomically placed and you know Akai really took their time to perfect this wind controller. But as a long time saxophone player, the first time I actually played some scales, I was quite disappointed - it didn't feel like a saxophone. I was beginning to regret my purchase and thought about exchanging it for the WX5. So I gave it a few more days. Days turned to weeks, and I am beginning to appreciate this instrument. Keep practicing those scales, breathing with the mouthpiece and you realize how this is such an amazing wind controller. I made a mistake thinking that this is a replacement for a saxophone in an apartment situation. In reality, you should think about how this instrument can be an extension to your musical endeavors. The possibilities you can do with the sounds and playability are endless. There are a few usable synths prebuilt, but I suggest using the Akai EWI 5000 Editor to really play and edit your sounds then save it to the user bank. Also there are synths out there that can be used if you plug the EWI as just a midi wind controller; unfortunately you can't upload other synth sounds into the controller. Definitely give it some time to get used to the instrument especially moving from one octave to another. Keep practicing and you'll appreciate that there's hardly any moving parts here. I was opposed at it first since horns have that tactile and key feedback. But with the touch sensitivity, it really felt I was playing an instrument from the future. Again, you just have to get used to it - think about when mobile phones shift from physical keyboards to the modern phones we have today. And here I am today still keeping my purchase and writing a review. I thank Akai for making a top-notch wind controller and continuing the support for the modern electronic wind musician.
    Date published: 2016-08-15
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Delivered as advertised! Delivered as advertised!
    Date published: 2016-12-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from This EWI is easier to use for a trumpet player than expected The set up is pretty simple. Got it playing in minutes. The battery and wireless work so well. The fine tuning computer stuff is not essential, but it is complex. Learning the new fingering has some cool benefits for octaves and quick phrase transposing up down. It is a bit of a surprise, all the possibilities to figure out. Making the Trumpet scale transitions will take practice. All Good. Great sounds and dynamics. Fancy stuff.
    Date published: 2017-09-21
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Impressive!!! I must admit, the first time I unboxed the instrument, I was amazed at the build quality. It has some heft, the keys are properly and ergonomically placed and you know Akai really took their time to perfect this wind controller. But as a long time saxophone player, the first time I actually played some scales, I was quite disappointed - it didn't feel like a saxophone. I was beginning to regret my purchase and thought about exchanging it for the WX5. So I gave it a few more days. Days turned to weeks, and I am beginning to appreciate this instrument. Keep practicing those scales, breathing with the mouthpiece and you realize how this is such an amazing wind controller. I made a mistake thinking that this is a replacement for a saxophone in an apartment situation. In reality, you should think about how this instrument can be an extension to your musical endeavors. The possibilities you can do with the sounds and playability are endless. There are a few usable synths prebuilt, but I suggest using the Akai EWI 5000 Editor to really play and edit your sounds then save it to the user bank. Also there are synths out there that can be used if you plug the EWI as just a midi wind controller; unfortunately you can't upload other synth sounds into the controller. Definitely give it some time to get used to the instrument especially moving from one octave to another. Keep practicing and you'll appreciate that there's hardly any moving parts here. I was opposed at it first since horns have that tactile and key feedback. But with the touch sensitivity, it really felt I was playing an instrument from the future. Again, you just have to get used to it - think about when mobile phones shift from physical keyboards to the modern phones we have today. And here I am today still keeping my purchase and writing a review. I thank Akai for making a top-notch wind controller and continuing the support for the modern electronic wind musician.
    Date published: 2016-08-15
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