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  • Wheel, for the octave and key buttons for optimum access and system responsiveness
  • BEC to it for a maximum of expression
  • Built-in sound module from the controller
  • Midi input and output to the controller
  • Lightweight and portable, Power supply: 2x AA batteries
  • LED display: program number + 7 segments
  • Audio Output (6.35 mm asymétrique
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Technical Details
Item Weight862 g
Product Dimensions67.1 x 6.9 x 6.1 cm
Item model numberEWI4000S
ColourBlack, Silver
Material TypePlastic
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank 10,049 in Musical Instruments (See top 100)
Shipping Weight2.1 Kg
Date First Available5 Jan. 2007

Product description

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.
Other Characteristics:
Colour of product: Black, Silver
Finishing: Opaque
Material: Plastic
Quantity per set: 1

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This is a great addition to any woodwind player's set of instruments. It feels very solid and well made, as we have come to expect Akai Professional products to be.

Essentially it is a synthesiser laid out in clarinet / sax fingering. There are a number of instruments built in, and some great synth sounds. The unit also has the capacity for playing in harmony (polyphony) and adjustment of the attack, modulation etc of the notes played. It is very versatile in this respect. The user manual, as many have said before is basic, and will get you plugged in and switched on - after that it is up to you, but there are quite a few helpful websites.

Akai don't do a case for this at all, but if you buy a Ritter Soprano Sax case, it fits in perfectly, without rattling around, and has a pocket for cables, batteries etc, and a strap to sling it over your shoulder with. My son has lugged this all over the place to rehearsals, and the case has done a good job, with no damage so far.

When you consider what you are getting, this is actually a very good value unit. It as a stereo 3.5mm out jack, midi out, 1/4 inch out (he often plays it through a lead guitar amp with effects pedals)

We are very pleased we bought one, now saving up for the Eb clarinet....
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A wonderful versatile wind instrument but one which requires delicacy of touch; not for the heavy handed, however the instrument itself is well built and sturdy. It comes with 80 pre-set sounds (although 100 are listed; 20 are repeated!). Many of the pre-sets unfortunately sound a little too similar but there is sufficient variety to keep the keen amateur or casual professional entertained. It is possible to have sound patches downloaded from specialist sites; Akai themselves do not seem to engage in correspondence on such matters. The beauty of such an instrument is that it can be electronically linked to sound recorders without the fuss of using and choosing microphones and the problems that come with them. It has many useful features that a wind instrumentalist would appreciate and it is well worth the money costing a fraction of e.g. a top rate saxophone. Akai EWI4000S Wind Controller Synth
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I've only had it for a few weeks but it's very exciting:
I'm a recorder-family player, and was looking to beef up the sound I make while playing with guitar-players and a drummer.
Here's what to do: On an iphone or ipad get the "Sampletank" app to create sounds (sax, trombone, trumpet,etc). That's about 40 euros. Then you'll need to buy an iRig midi adapter (50 euros) to attach the EWI to your phone or ipad. Next, you'll need a cable to lead out of your phone/ipad headphone socket to either your mixing desk/speakers (or just headphones). Set your EWI to "CH" to control the sampletank app. I've spent the last few weeks working up sax and trombone parts and can clearly see the immense possibilites. The above set up is basic and functional. Next will be to explore the Kontakt software - massive sound library but with a 400 euro price tag. I'll learn my craft on the sampletank first! The EWI seems well built, responds well....can be adjusted to the last detail, but does not come with a case.I've found the ideal solution: an Arquitect's plans carry-case - it's perfect, costs about 10 euros and only needs bubble-wrap to ensure your 700euro EWI is snug and protected. Love it!
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Amazon.com: 4.3 out of 5 stars 26 reviews
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Really cool instrument 23 Jan. 2017
By Byron - Published on Amazon.com
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New to electronic wind instruments. It takes a bit of getting used to it but the more I play it the more I want to play it.
32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars What not to expect from the EWI 4000s 18 Nov. 2010
By Charles Bush - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great instrument, however 2 May 2016
By T. Brownlow - Published on Amazon.com
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Great instrument, however, there is a large learning curve to master all the possibilities of this wind controller. There is a newer model (5000). This one still suits and will more than meet the needs of
any musician.
5.0 out of 5 stars Very cool instrument and this one is a great model that ... 13 Feb. 2017
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This was a gift for my husband and he loves it! Very cool instrument and this one is a great model that professionals use. His teacher also uses this model.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it, but would have ordered the EWI5000 if it was in stock 10 July 2016
By Dan Sr - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a true professional synthesizer, much better and more expressive than a keyboard type controller.
Since I prefer the real orchestra instrument sounds, I would have gone with the EWI5000 which has sampled sounds. However, the lead time was longer than I wanted to wait, and everyone was out of stock. That worries me that there might be a reliability reason for manufacturing delays.
I am able to use software sampled orchestra instruments on my iPad mini 3, but the expression is limited compared to what should be on the EWI5000.
If I did I again, and I knew there were not any reliability issues, I would wait a month for the EWI5000. Yet, I am thrilled with the EWI4000s; it is a great synthesizer.
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