Akai Professional EWI4000s Electronic Wind Instrument

Akai Professional EWI4000s Electronic Wind Instrument

Akai Professional EWI4000s Electronic Wind Instrument

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  • Touch Sensitive Keys
  • Wireless or Wired Operation
  • Includes Built-In Sound Module
  • Octave Roller
  • Breath, Vibrato, Glide Time, Bend
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Akai Professional EWI4000s Overview

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The EWI4000s from Akai Professional is an electronic wind instrument controller designed for live and studio applications. The most unique feature of the controller is that it has a built-in sound module, which allows performers to plug a wireless MIDI or audio setup into the base of the unit and move freely while they play. The EWI4000s has a combination of touch sensors and physical keys for control.

A special EVI fingering mode is available for brass players, and the unit can be played in the typical saxophone fingering mode. All vibrato, breath, bend, and glide time controls are fully-adjustable to give you the desired performance. The unit also has great connectivity options with MIDI input and output connectors, 1/4" and 1/8" outputs, and a DC power input for use with the optional power adapter. The EWI4000s can run on four AA batteries for up to eight hours so you know you won't run out of juice during a performance.

High-quality electronic wind controller
Built-in analog synthesizing sound module allows wireless playing
Integrated sensors detect lip and breath pressure for natural control of volume, pitch, and tone
Choose saxophone-style fingering or EVI mode for brass players
Touch-sensitive keys let you finger, pitch bend, and glide easily
Octave shift rollers provide an eight-octave control range
Built-in effects include delay, reverb, and chorus for customizing your sound
Runs for up to eight hours on four AA batteries. An optional wall adapter is available separately
MIDI input and output connectors let you connect to sound modules or your computer. 1/4" and 1/8" outputs let you connect headphones and other devices
Mac/Windows software allows you to store, recall, and customize internal sounds
UPC: 825213002203
In the Box
Akai Professional EWI4000s Electronic Wind Instrument
  • 4 x AA Batteries
  • Neck Strap
  • Mouthpiece Cover
  • Cleaning Cloth
  • Vyzex Editor and Librarian Software
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Akai Professional EWI4000s Specs

    Type Wind-Instrument Type Controller
    Synthesis Method Analog Modeling Synthesizer
    Presets Voices: 2 (With Octave and Hold Function)
    Oscillators: 2
    Filters: 2
    Sound Capacity: 100
    Range 8 Octaves
    Effects Reverb, Delay, Chorus
    Functions Transpose, Tune, Note Hold, Octave, Program Change, Key Delay
    Keys/Sensors Note Keys: Touch Sensors
    Mouthpiece Breath: Air Pressure Level Sensor
    Lip: Pressure Level Sensor
    Bend Up/Down Plates: Touch Sensors
    Glide Plate: Touch Sensor
    Octave Shift Rollers: Touch Sensors
    Program Key: Touch Sensor Level: Key
    FX: Key
    Setup: Key
    Transpose: Key
    Octave: Key Hold: Key
    Connectors 1 x 1/4" Line Output
    1 x 3.5mm Headphone Out
    2 x MIDI Connectors (1 In, 1 Out)
    1 x DC Power Input
    Power 4 x AA Batteries (Included) or
    Power Adapter (Sold Separately)
    Dimensions (WxDxL) 2.4 x 2.7 x 26.4" (61 x 69 x 671mm)
    Weight 1.9 lbs (874g) (Without Batteries)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 4.5 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 30.0 x 8.0 x 6.0"

    Akai Professional EWI4000s Reviews

    EWI4000s Electronic Wind Instrument is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 12.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Expressive I am actually a trumpet player and have played the Electronic Valve Instrument or EVI since 1979. I have had the pleasure of playing the Steiner-Parker version, the Crumar version, the AKAI EVI100 version, and now am practicing the EWI4000s using the reverse EVI fingering mode. For other EVI players out there, there is a little learning curve, but after about 20 minutes things just clicked and it felt natural after that. I am impressed that the built-in synth is expressive- I had always played analog synth modules and this digital instrument doesn't disappoint. Next on my list is a wireless system for it...
    Date published: 2012-10-29
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from wonderful instrument I purchased this wind controller in stead of buying a saxophone after I saw a demo on youtube showing how versatile it can be. This ewi4000s has a very good build quality. All interfaces that you will need in midi world. The best of all is that it can be played right out of box with a set of headphone. The sound patches in it are not very good as people said, but it doesn't matter To a rookie like me. The convenice is more important for now, and I can find some good sound pathes later after I am a better player. B&H has the best price in US, so look no further.
    Date published: 2013-12-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must for any wind instrument player Great solid build instrument. The octave key is a little tricky to get used to it, it take a couple of hours (as a sax player). The presets sounds arent so good, so it's a must the midi-usb interface (not included) to get it customize with your computer or use your ewi as a midi controller, i use reason, logic pro, garage band and works great, you can configure what parameter you what to control with the breath (such as volume, velocity, etc) so you can configure to have a great expressiveness. It's a little expensive, so it would be nice if it include a case, or even sell one separately, i still use the original package to transport it!!, the accesories are cheap, the neck strap, even the cleaning cloth is a joke. I really recommend it is so fun to play with it, and is great to have an quiet alternative to practice (with headphones) in the night (with the sax it simply not possible)
    Date published: 2008-11-28
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Hubby Loves his EWI Purchased the EWI4000 for my hubby for Christams. He used to own a Yahama Wind Controller and said this one is much more sturdy and because the keys are sensors, it is much more sturdy. Having said that, you will definitey need to purchase a sound bank, the sounds that come with the EWI are worthless. At the time of purchase which was back in December, BandH had the best price ever on the device. There is a definite learning curve if you are not a sax player and the instructions arent that easy, but it's an overall good device.
    Date published: 2014-02-18
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Need more accessory It is a expensive instrument, so more accessory should be available to make it more valuable. Ex. Hard case, Wireless connection to AMP or MIDI, etc.
    Date published: 2008-05-21
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great instrument This is a bit of a 'niche' instrument which works best when combined with a number of other units. Do your homework on the third party hardware and software that is available for this item and you will be able to get spectacular results. This is a bit pricier than the USB version, but you can feel the higher quality and this allows you to go fully wireless and not have to go through a computer with all those potential problems. If you can get over the looks of this thing - it is a great piece of equipment. In a band situation it will do everything a keyboard synth will do and hugely more with the dynamics on offer. If you buy this on it's own, you will probably be disappointed as the onboard sounds are not the best. Do your homework and obtain the other items that unlock it's potential and you will be very pleased.
    Date published: 2012-02-28
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from EWI4000S I have played Irish Whistle for many years but I am a novice with this particular instrument. A pre-purchase review of the manual was a little daunting but the Alistair Parnell's YouTube lessons persuaded me to try the instrument. The Service from B&H was top notch. The company appears to have the best price out there. Their price was at least 20% better than the competition. The the shipping and delivery was very fast. The option to pay duty and taxes at the purchase point was a definite plus (I live in Canada)and the shipping cost were low. I have explored the instrument for a couple of days and I am pleasantly surprised at how intuitive is the fingering and I am looking forward to many hours of enjoyment with the instrument. If you are even remotely interested in wind instruments this is well worth exploring.Rod WilsonB.C. Canada
    Date published: 2013-01-11
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Quality Machine This truly is state-of-the-art for wind controllers; however, the octave key rollers take a lot of time to get used to, and the 100 cheesy synth sounds that come pre-loaded on it are of little use except to test the playability of the instrument. The first thing you'll need to do is get a real sound bank; check the web if you don't already know where to find one. The keys are touch-sensitive, so they have no moving parts; this requires some getting used to, but not much. You'll have to learn a new way to use vibrato, but it's not that hard really. It has a transposition feature that allows you to play in the key of any instrument out there. It uses AA batteries, or you can plug-in the optional AC power. The EWI 4000s is not a power hog, so I just keep rechargeable batteries on hand.
    Date published: 2011-08-30
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