Reviews and Problems with Akai EWI USB Wind Instrument Sythesizer Controller
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Good, but could be so much better
29 October 2011
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.
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: 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.