The Akai Professional EWI4000S is a newly designed electronic wind controller. This expressive musical instrument incorporates several improvements in the development of MIDI/ Synth instrument capabilities. Built-in analog synth sound module.
The EWI4000S has many of the long sought after controls and functions that are necessary for expressive performance. While these benefits have been proven by its predecessors, the EWI offers these features at a much lower price. There are several improvements to the design as well, such as having a built-in sound module, direct MIDI IN and Out to control external MIDI instruments and software, and other updated operating functions. These features make playing the EWI4000S easier than any other electronic wind instrument.
With the sound module and the instrument integrated into one product, players no longer need to be tethered to a sound module. By using MIDI and audio wireless transceivers, EWI4000SS players can move freely on the stage as they play. The user can easily switch between programs on the EWI4000SS directly with a dedicated Program selection button, or use the note keys to select stored patches.
The internal sounds of the EWI4000S are based on a virtual analog synth sound module that is very responsive to the players nuance. With easily accessible controls for breath, vibrato, glide time, and bend width, users can adjust the settings of the EWI4000S to their specific playing style. You can send multiple MIDI messages via breath control to send expression and aftertouch control messages.
The EWI4000S offers some new performance control features as well, such as the Octave Key. When you activate the Octave mode, you get an automatic doubling of notes one octave below the note you are playing. There is also a Hold Mode, which holds a note that you select enabling you to solo around that note. This is the first EWI with sostenuto capability!
Besides being a great wind controller, you also get a first-rate synthesizer. The EWI4000S has new synthesis features that were not available on previous EWIs. The internal analog modeling synth has two voltage-controlled oscillators (sawtooth, triangle, square with pulse width waveforms) with individual volume control. The voltage-controlled filter has a feature that allows you to change from 2 to 4 pole filters.
The EWI4000S's new noise generator and a dedicated Voltage Controlled Filter (VCF) add more realism to your playing, emulating breath noise.
The EWI4000S has a new sweep function, which works more effectively than a typical envelope generator. As you change the force of your playing, the sweep parameter will alter the shape of the sound. The synth contained inside has a LFO (low frequency oscillator) specifically for the voltage controller filter modulation. This LFO affects vibrato as you use the bite sensor. The EWI4000S also has built-in effects, a first for Akai EWI products, such as Reverb, Chorus, and Delay to thicken or double-up your solos.
Since it would difficult to put all the knobs and buttons on the EWI-4000 that are needed to adjust the various parameters, the EWI4000S ships with a computer editor program to allow users to customize their sounds ahead of time for live performance. This editor ships standard in both Windows and Mac versions. All of your edited Programs can be stored inside the EWI4000S, so you can recall your settings instantly during your performance.
The EWI4000S is Akais new, state-of-the-art Electronic Wind Controller. This one of a kind instrument contains an industry first internal sound source. With multiple functions previously unavailable to wind players, the EWI4000S pushes the envelope of MIDI/Synth capabilities and is available at an affordable price.
Sound Generator Analog Modeling Synth
Preset Sounds with 2 VCO + 2 VCF, Dual Voice Analog Modeling
Basic direct editing capability on the EWI4000. PC and Mac editing software included for extensive sound editing
General 2 Digit 7 Segment LED Program Display
Shows program number when the Program Change sensor is touched
Standard accessories: Software CD
HOLD key for playing second note while sustaining first note
Connections Audio Out:
1/4" phone jack- unbalanced
1/8" stereo jack
MIDI Out x 1, MIDI In x 1
AC Adaptor input
Cable Holder to prevent cables from slipping off the EWI4000S during performance
Power Battery power using AA batteries
Optional AC Adaptor