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Akai Professional EWI4000S Electronic Wind Controller


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  • Includes Electronic Valve Instrument (EVI) fingering mode for brass players
  • Touch sensitive keys and octave roller for quick and responsive playing
  • Sensitive breath sensor for expressive dynamics
  • Built-in analog modeling synth sound module
  • Built-in MIDI output for use with sound modules and PC and Mac Editor software for customizing, storing and instantly recalling internal sounds
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 26.4 x 2.7 x 2.4 inches ; 1.9 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 4.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • Shipping Advisory: This item must be shipped separately from other items in your order. Additional shipping charges will not apply.
  • ASIN: B000UTIJ0O
  • Item model number: EWI4000S
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,375 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: October 2, 2001

Product Description

The Akai Professional EWI4000S is a giant leap in the evolution of wind instruments. The heart of the EWI4000S is its "first in the industry" built-in sound module that lets musicians plug a wireless MIDI or audio set up into the base of the EWI, and move freely around the stage without being tethered by wires. At Akai Professional, we understand that artists want to concentrate on creating and performing music, not manipulating buttons, so we've made the breath, vibrato, glide time, and bend width controls easily accessible and totally adjustable. In addition, the included software lets both Windows and Mac users edit, customize, store and recall sounds with their computer. The EWI4000S delivers incredible versatility, ultimate mobility and remarkable creative expression that brings a musical revolution to your fingertips.

Customer Reviews

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I play clarinet, alto sax and flute.
Simdude
The only BAD thing I can say is that there is no case available for it.
Carmen Scriptor
We highly recommend this instrument.
MC

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

53 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Simdude on September 24, 2007
I just received my EWI4000S and already love it. First, some quick background.

I am a software engineer by trade and a hobbyist musician. I minored in music focusing on Jazz. I play clarinet, alto sax and flute.

After reading numerous reviews and having tried various wind synths starting back around 1988, I finally decided the 4000s was the instrument to go with. I never like the other instruments requiring a separate sound module and found the built in synth on the 4000s just what I was looking for. I was concerned about reviews indicating the built in sounds were a bit thin, so I decided to buy from patchman music and add their sound library to the package. It was only another $50 so for $750, you get a great instrument, with nice sounds ready to go. As a bonus, they update the OS in the instrument and calibrate for you at no charge.

I set up the instrument with sax fingerings and found it fairly easy to adjust to the touch sensitive keys. The one area that I see needing a lot of work on my part is moving through the octaves. With rollers instead of a single octave key, this looks like the biggest hurdle. Even so, I was able to pull out a Charlie Parker solo book, and play much of the content albeit at a bit of a slower pace than the Bird. It was still encouraging enough to let me know that with some work, I should be able to sound pretty decent.

It's also a blast to be able to plug in headphones and play at all hours of the night without disturbing the family or neighbors. I have noticed a tiny bit of hiss on the headphones, but have not determined yet if it is a headphone issue or the instrument. I suspect there will be a tiny amount of noise since the internal synth is analog.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Carmen Scriptor on October 31, 2006
The Akai EWI 4000S is a great instrument. The only BAD thing I can say is that there is no case available for it. Akai needs to get on the stick and make one available. Surely anyone that spends $700 for a musical instrument wants, needs and will buy a case. It's a pain to have to keep the shipping box and pack the instrument up and carry the box around. Otherwise, it's a great instrument. It's very responsive, feels good and sounds good. It's really nice to have an onboard synthesizer. All the ports are good: audio; midi and headphone. It's nice to have the choice of battery power or the optional AC adapter (not necessarily optional, really). If you want a wind controller, go for it.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Mrs Betty Turner on February 22, 2012
[by Betty's other half]

First let me note that I'm not a beginner or an amateur. I have two degrees in music and have been playing music professionally for over thirty years. I'm a multisection doubler with brass and woodwind experience but really poor keyboard skills. I've been looking at windsynths for several years but just recently made the jump because the 4000s doesn't require a laptop (as does the EWI usb) or a tone generator (as do most of the past incarnations of the windsynth). I'm impressed.

It's not a toy or a curiosity. This is a real professional instrument. As such, by comparison to other professional instruments, it's far from "expensive" and is, in fact, "cheap" compared to say a Selmer Paris sax or a Fender pro guitar. It's probably also not the best choice for a beginner looking for an alternative to flute, clarinet, sax - it's not those. It's a synthesizer that you blow into to play. It's perfect for those, like me, who want to get into electronic synth music but don't do so well with a keyboard. It's also a reasonable substitute for some other instruments when you just don't happen to have a real one or the player available.

Fingering: As a woodwind doubler I found the fingering transition a breeze. A few minutes and I was up and playing. The octave rollers took a little while to get and even after a few months I still miss a jump on occasion - but, it's a really effective solution to octave keys. The choices of fingering modes cover just about anyone with woodwinds experience and the sax fingering mode is intuitive. The brass fingering emulation take a lot of practice though - it's not as easy as picking up a trumpet.

Sound banks: The sounds it ships with aren't the greatest.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Charles Bush on November 18, 2010
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Hi, all.
This is an expensive instrument.
Most of the demos I heard around the internet sounded great. . .
The EWU4000s ships with a terrible bank of sounds, however.

There are no specific instruments: no trumpets, no trombones, no clarinets, saxes, guitars. . .just weird synthesized sounds.

So, if you want to play the instrument and have good sounds, you'll have invest another [...] for a banks of sounds. The only place that sells EWI4000 sound presets is [...].

Tech support: Akaipro tech support is pretty bad. Waits range from 3-20 minutes. I called to ask what their recommendation is about the sounds. The guy there said, "Uh, hang on, let me see." He came back ande said we don't sell presets. I asked him if he has a recommended source for sounds. Again he said, "Uh, just a minute." He eventually came back with the [...] site.

As far as help at the Akaipro website, forget it. There are no instructions, no help, nothing.

The manual is pretty bad, too. My EWI came with a Japanese language manual, but it did have an English manual in PDF format.

Bottom line? EWI4000s is well made, and I'm sure it will sound good once I get some decent sounds in it.

Buy one and you're on your own.
PS Power Adapters won't be available until February, Akai says.
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