Reviews and Problems with Akai EWI USB Wind Instrument Sythesizer Controller
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Value for money 4
No big deal.
Groz from Powell River BC., Canada, Sonic Electronix
14 June 2012
Conclusion: I have mixed feelings about this thing. I thought it could have been a lot more ergonomic, and not try to imitate something it isn't. I am not a musician, nor will I ever be. I also learned that living 45 years as a smoker doesn't help you blow a wind instrument, so I just haven't used the thing. I bought it out of curiosity more than anything, and am thinking of sell it. I thought the software a little non-intuitive to set up. I didn't have much fun.
Excerpt: I have not used the instrument long enough to know how well it sound compared to other natural instruments. However, I have heard others play the EWI in bands and for personal use and they sounded great. I bought mine to learn how to play a wind instrument, at 67 I couldn't blow a natural instrument if I was the wind. The EWI is so easy to blow into and make a sound.
Summary: I've been playing my EWI USB for about four months now. I'm an alto player who wanted to be able to play well without having to maintain my chops. ;) Things I like: 1. Price 2. USB MIDI (vs regular MIDI) 3. Quality Things I don't care for: 1. The touch sensitive keys - I find myself accidentally brushing some of the trill keys, which causes the note to change momentarily. Pain in the rear! (Also, the keys don't move) 2. USB...cable.
Summary: This takes the place of my trumpet or flugal horn. It fingers nearly the same except for octaves one has to run the thumb across 4 rollers for the different octaves. It takes a little playing around to get the hang of it all, but really is not difficult. My main complaint is the documentation which comes with it. Some more can be learned from YouTube or internet searches.
Fantastic instrument, absolutely a blast for the price.
RL Perc, amazon.com
31 July 2011
Summary: This instrument is absolutely amazing! I am a percussionist with a small wind-playing background and I thought I'd pick the instrument up just to keep my woodwind fingerings in tact, and to help with recording some electronic music that I do. The EWI is amazing. Since the instrument is a MIDI controller above all else, it works not only with the included Garritan Aria software, but also with Garageband, Sibelius, Reason, etc.
Summary: Disclaimer: I've been bashed in comments before as an Apple fan. So sue me for not wanting to spend half my life trying to fix my computer. I've got better things to do. I've had the EWI USB for about two weeks now. I am using it with a MacBook, and have been using it with GarageBand, SampleModeling's "Mr.
Summary: AKAI WIND CONTROLLER EWI VERY EASY TO USE---GREAT PRODUCT-- SOFTWARE INSTALLATION UPDATE FROM GARRITAN IS A LITTLE CONFUSING--- A MUST FOR WIND SOUND SYNTH-- AWSOME WHEN LAYERING MULTIPLE SOUND TRIGGERING-- ABILITY TO CREATE NEW SOUNDS UNHEARD OF FIRSTS--DYNAMIC CONTROLLING LOUD/SOFT__
Summary: I tried the software on 3 different pcs and different instrument settings. Unit consistently produced this muffled sound with lots of reverberations and produced additional notes once I disengaged from the mouth piece. This is a joke to be charging almost $250 for a defective toy. I will never buy another instrument made by Akai, which used to be a reputable Japanese company which produced reliable stero equipment in the old days when everything was made in Japan.
Summary: One thing I worried about when buying an EWI USB was whether or not my little netbook would be able to run the software adequately. As long as I don't turn on any of the effects, IT DOES. However the onboard sound is not up to the task and I had to add a USB sound dongle (Turtle Beach Amigo II) and use the ASIO4ALL driver. One complaint (which is probably common to the non-USB EWI as well) is that the unit allows for very little airflow through it.
Summary: My EWI-USB arrived early today and I spent a good portion of my afternoon and evening tinkering with it. I'm giving 2 stars and I'm also giving some thoughts to returning it. My only other wind controller experience is with my Yamaha WT-11. So I'll be using that for comparisons. Coincidentally, I bought 2 Akai products this week and both for the same reason: a midi input tool to use with Band in a Box on my laptop.