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Overview
Features
Specs
Requirements
FAQs
Docs & Downloads
  • EWI USB is an electronic wind instrument for musicians looking for an easy-to-play, easy-to-use controller. Akai Professional’s decades of experience in wind and electronic music instruments are rolled into our most user friendly — and most affordable — EWI ever.

    Premium Pedigree

    Akai Professional is the first name in electronic wind instruments. For over 20 years, Akai Professional has studied the art of playing saxophone, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, and other traditional winds, and developed electronic wind instruments that enable wind players to enjoy the same expressive control as in an acoustic instrument. We designed EWI USB to give wind players the expressive musical capabilities previously found only in much more expensive instruments.

    Professional Performance

    EWIs are the only choice for serious wind players looking to make music electronically. While EWI USB is easy and fun to use, it’s also powerful, flexible, and most importantly reliable enough for use on stage and in the studio by professional musicians.

    Computer Control

    EWI USB is the most flexible EWI because it harnesses your computer to generate its sounds. Its USB interface means that all you need is nearly any Mac or PC and the included EWI USB software, and you’re ready to practice, perform, create, and record with a full collection of wind instrument sounds. Aria Player software was produced specifically for use with EWI USB, providing wind players with an unprecedented level of expressive control.

    Large Sound Palette

    You get over 75 different orchestral, concert band, jazz band, and synthesizer sound sets expertly recorded and programmed by Garritan, renowned for its ultra-realistic instrument sound libraries.

    Multi Mode

    EWI USB offers multiple fingering modes including sax, traditional EWI, flute, oboe, and EVI (brass), so whether you’re just starting out as a woodwind student or an old pro wind player, you’ll find EWI USB easy to play. EWI USB is designed for you to spend your time playing music; not learning technology.

    Surprising Affordability

    Historically, electronic wind instruments have fallen into two different categories: high-end, professional instruments and toys. EWI USB breaks the price barrier, bringing professional quality, expressive control, and a studio-ready sound library to a price the professional-wind-instrument world has never seen.

    Discover the world of expression that only wind instruments can offer with EWI USB.

    • Electronic wind instrument controller
    • Easy to play, easy to use, and easy to own
    • Powerful, flexible, and reliable
    • Plug-and-play USB connection to Mac or PC
    • Custom Garritan Aria Player software, contains wind instrument sounds
    • Multiple fingering modes: sax, traditional EWI, flute, oboe, and EVI brass
    • Expandable sound palette
    • Removable, dishwasher-safe mouthpiece
    • Sensors

      • Mouthpiece: Air-pressure level sensor & bite sensor
      • Note Keys: 13 touch sensors
      • Octave Rollers: 2 mobile, 2 fixed touch sensors (5-octave range)
      • Bend Plates: 2 touch sensors
      • Ground Plates: 2 touch sensors
    • General

      • Class-compliant, plug-and-play USB device
      • MIDI Output Channels Over USB: 1
      • Mac and PC compatible
      • For a MIDI Implementation Chart, please refer to the EWI USB Quickstart Manual under the "Docs and Downloads" tab.
    • Hardware

      • Dimensions: 23 1/8" x 2 3/4" x 2 3/4"
      • Weight:1.3 lbs
      • Power: ~100mA, 5V via USB
      • Terminals: 1 slave connector (MIDI over USB)
    • EWI USB System Requirements
    • Mac

      • OSX
    • PC

      • XP – 8.1
    • USB Port
    • Aria Software Requirements

      • Mac
        • Standalone Software: 10.4 – 10.9, Intel Processor
        • VST Support for 32 bit hosts
        • AU Support: 32 bit hosts
        • RTAS Support: Pro Tools 7.3 - 10
      • Windows
        • Standalone Software: XP – 8.1
        • VST Support: 32 and 64 bit hosts
        • RTAS Support: Pro Tools 7.3 - 10
    • What's the difference between EWI USB and EWI4000s?

      Akai 's classic EWI4000s is the industry standard, but we wanted to design a simpler EWI for newcomers to the instrument and for those who don't need the advanced features of EWI4000s.

      EWI USB is essentially a wind controller that plays through Aria software (included) rather than from internal sounds. Aria is easy to use and pre-configured to be intuitive for beginners, but advanced players can still customize it for their own tastes. Also, EWI USB sends out MIDI information over a standard USB connection, so an experienced MIDI user can explore its other applications beyond Aria.

    • What are the system requirements for the included Aria software?

      For Aria's system requirements, please refer to the Aria software manual under the Docs & Downloads tab.

    • What fingerings are available on EWI USB?

      You can use EWI, saxophone, flute, oboe, and EVI (Electronic Valve Instrument) fingerings with EWI USB. You'll find these fingering charts in the EWI USB Quickstart Manual under the Docs & Downloads tab.

    • Does EWI USB have a glide plate?

      No. Unlike EWI4000s, EWI USB does not have a glide (or portamento) plate, but you may change the CC (Continous Controller) assignments in the Aria software so you can use portamento effects in your playing. Refer to the Aria software manual under the Docs & Downloads tab.

    • How can I record my EWI USB performance through my computer?

      The Aria software is capable of recording your EWI USB through the software and saving it to your computer. For more information about recording in Aria, please refer to the Aria software manual under the Docs & Downloads tab.

    • Aria isn't recognizing the EWI USB. Why?

      EWI USB must be already connected to your computer's USB port before your launch the Aria software. Restart Aria with EWI USB already plugged in.

      If EWI USB is connected to your computer through a USB hub, try connecting it directly to one of your computer's USB ports, then close and reopen Aria.

    • What do I do if there is no sound when I play?

      Make sure EWI USB is listed as an active MIDI source in the Aria software. Follow these steps:

      1. While in Aria, click on the Tools menu and select Preferences to adjust the MIDI settings.
      2. Select EWI USB from the list under Input MIDI Devices. If you are using Windows XP, EWI USB will appear as USB Audio Device. If you are using Windows Vista or a Mac, it will appear as EWI USB.
      3. Make sure the right Output MIDI Devices have been selected, as well. This will usually be your computer's soundcard, but if you have other devices connected you wish to play out of, select any of those.
      4. Click OK.
      5. Also, check to make sure the volume of your computer, speakers, or headphones is high enough.

    • What do I do if I encounter a stuck note (a note that won't stop playing)?

      Try closing and reopening Aria (with EWI USB still plugged in).

      If that doesn't work, the keys and sensors may need to be recalibrated. Follow these steps:

      1. Hold EWI USB by its plastic casing only. Do not touch any of its metal parts.
      2. Press and hold the RESET BUTTON. After five seconds, the STATUS LED will flash rapidly.
      3. When the STATUS LED stops flashing, release the RESET BUTTON.

      For more information, please refer to the Quickstart Manual under the Docs & Downloads tab.

    • What do I do if EWI USB is playing out of tune?

      Try closing and reopening the Aria software (with EWI USB still plugged in).

      If that doesn't work, the keys and sensors may need to be recalibrated. Follow these steps:

      1. Hold EWI USB by its plastic casing only. Do not touch any of its metal parts.
      2. Press and hold the RESET BUTTON. After five seconds, the STATUS LED will flash rapidly.
      3. When the STATUS LED stops flashing, release the RESET BUTTON.
      4. Also, make sure your transposition and tuning settings in Aria are correct. Please refer to the Aria software manual under the Docs & Downloads tab. Instructions on adjusting transposition settings are located under Performance Controls in the EWI Configuration section. Instructions on adjusting tuning settings are located under About in the Parameter Windows section.

      For more information, please refer to the Quickstart Manual under the Docs & Downloads tab.

    • What do I do if EWI USB's keys are not responding well?

      Try closing and reopening the Aria software (with EWI USB still plugged in).

      If that doesn't work, the keys and sensors may need to be recalibrated. Follow these steps:

      1. Hold EWI USB by its plastic casing only. Do not touch any of its metal parts.
      2. Press and hold the RESET BUTTON. After five seconds, the STATUS LED will flash rapidly.
      3. 3. When the STATUS LED stops flashing, release the RESET BUTTON.
      4. Also, you may use a very small amount of non-greasy hand lotion to improve the conductive connection between your hands and the keys.
      5. Also, make sure your key delay settings in Aria are correct. Please refer to the Aria software manual under the Docs & Downloads tab. Instructions on adjusting key delay settings are located under Setup Controls in the EWI Configuration section.

      For more information, please refer to the Quickstart Manual under the Docs & Downloads tab.

    • How do I clean EWI USB?

      You can clean the mouthpiece with disinfectant alcohol or a mild soap and dry it with a soft cloth. Alternately, you can remove the screw at the top of the mouthpiece, gently pull it off the body, and wash just the mouthpiece in the dishwasher.

      Keep the metal parts (note keys, octave rollers, ground platers, and pitch bend plates) dry and clean to ensure proper conductivity. Wipe them with a soft, dry cloth after playing. (Note: Over time, natural oils from your hands may slightly tarnish these parts, which is normal and shouldn't be a problem.)

      Moisture gathered from blowing into the mouthpiece empties out the moisture release valve at the very bottom of the instrument. Wipe this area periodically with a soft, dry cloth.

  • Documents
    Quickstart Manual [Rev.E] Aria Software Quickstart Manual [v1.1] Aria Release Notes
    Downloads
    Aria Software Update for Win XP/Vista [v1.005] Aria Software Update for Mac OSX [v1.006]

EWI USB

USB Wind Instrument

Overview

EWI USB is an electronic wind instrument for musicians looking for an easy-to-play, easy-to-use controller. Akai Professional’s decades of experience in wind and electronic music instruments are rolled into our most user friendly — and most affordable — EWI ever.

Premium Pedigree

Akai Professional is the first name in electronic wind instruments. For over 20 years, Akai Professional has studied the art of playing saxophone, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, and other traditional winds, and developed electronic wind instruments that enable wind players to enjoy the same expressive control as in an acoustic instrument. We designed EWI USB to give wind players the expressive musical capabilities previously found only in much more expensive instruments.

Professional Performance

EWIs are the only choice for serious wind players looking to make music electronically. While EWI USB is easy and fun to use, it’s also powerful, flexible, and most importantly reliable enough for use on stage and in the studio by professional musicians.

Computer Control

EWI USB is the most flexible EWI because it harnesses your computer to generate its sounds. Its USB interface means that all you need is nearly any Mac or PC and the included EWI USB software, and you’re ready to practice, perform, create, and record with a full collection of wind instrument sounds. Aria Player software was produced specifically for use with EWI USB, providing wind players with an unprecedented level of expressive control.

Large Sound Palette

You get over 75 different orchestral, concert band, jazz band, and synthesizer sound sets expertly recorded and programmed by Garritan, renowned for its ultra-realistic instrument sound libraries.

Multi Mode

EWI USB offers multiple fingering modes including sax, traditional EWI, flute, oboe, and EVI (brass), so whether you’re just starting out as a woodwind student or an old pro wind player, you’ll find EWI USB easy to play. EWI USB is designed for you to spend your time playing music; not learning technology.

Surprising Affordability

Historically, electronic wind instruments have fallen into two different categories: high-end, professional instruments and toys. EWI USB breaks the price barrier, bringing professional quality, expressive control, and a studio-ready sound library to a price the professional-wind-instrument world has never seen.

Discover the world of expression that only wind instruments can offer with EWI USB.

Features

  • Electronic wind instrument controller
  • Easy to play, easy to use, and easy to own
  • Powerful, flexible, and reliable
  • Plug-and-play USB connection to Mac or PC
  • Custom Garritan Aria Player software, contains wind instrument sounds
  • Multiple fingering modes: sax, traditional EWI, flute, oboe, and EVI brass
  • Expandable sound palette
  • Removable, dishwasher-safe mouthpiece

Tech Specs

  • Sensors

    • Mouthpiece: Air-pressure level sensor & bite sensor
    • Note Keys: 13 touch sensors
    • Octave Rollers: 2 mobile, 2 fixed touch sensors (5-octave range)
    • Bend Plates: 2 touch sensors
    • Ground Plates: 2 touch sensors
  • General

    • Class-compliant, plug-and-play USB device
    • MIDI Output Channels Over USB: 1
    • Mac and PC compatible
    • For a MIDI Implementation Chart, please refer to the EWI USB Quickstart Manual under the "Docs and Downloads" tab.
  • Hardware

    • Dimensions: 23 1/8" x 2 3/4" x 2 3/4"
    • Weight:1.3 lbs
    • Power: ~100mA, 5V via USB
    • Terminals: 1 slave connector (MIDI over USB)

System Requirements

  • EWI USB System Requirements
  • Mac

    • OSX
  • PC

    • XP – 8.1
  • USB Port
  • Aria Software Requirements

    • Mac
      • Standalone Software: 10.4 – 10.9, Intel Processor
      • VST Support for 32 bit hosts
      • AU Support: 32 bit hosts
      • RTAS Support: Pro Tools 7.3 - 10
    • Windows
      • Standalone Software: XP – 8.1
      • VST Support: 32 and 64 bit hosts
      • RTAS Support: Pro Tools 7.3 - 10

FAQs

  • What's the difference between EWI USB and EWI4000s?

    Akai 's classic EWI4000s is the industry standard, but we wanted to design a simpler EWI for newcomers to the instrument and for those who don't need the advanced features of EWI4000s.

    EWI USB is essentially a wind controller that plays through Aria software (included) rather than from internal sounds. Aria is easy to use and pre-configured to be intuitive for beginners, but advanced players can still customize it for their own tastes. Also, EWI USB sends out MIDI information over a standard USB connection, so an experienced MIDI user can explore its other applications beyond Aria.

  • What are the system requirements for the included Aria software?

    For Aria's system requirements, please refer to the Aria software manual under the Docs & Downloads tab.

  • What fingerings are available on EWI USB?

    You can use EWI, saxophone, flute, oboe, and EVI (Electronic Valve Instrument) fingerings with EWI USB. You'll find these fingering charts in the EWI USB Quickstart Manual under the Docs & Downloads tab.

  • Does EWI USB have a glide plate?

    No. Unlike EWI4000s, EWI USB does not have a glide (or portamento) plate, but you may change the CC (Continous Controller) assignments in the Aria software so you can use portamento effects in your playing. Refer to the Aria software manual under the Docs & Downloads tab.

  • How can I record my EWI USB performance through my computer?

    The Aria software is capable of recording your EWI USB through the software and saving it to your computer. For more information about recording in Aria, please refer to the Aria software manual under the Docs & Downloads tab.

  • Aria isn't recognizing the EWI USB. Why?

    EWI USB must be already connected to your computer's USB port before your launch the Aria software. Restart Aria with EWI USB already plugged in.

    If EWI USB is connected to your computer through a USB hub, try connecting it directly to one of your computer's USB ports, then close and reopen Aria.

  • What do I do if there is no sound when I play?

    Make sure EWI USB is listed as an active MIDI source in the Aria software. Follow these steps:

    1. While in Aria, click on the Tools menu and select Preferences to adjust the MIDI settings.
    2. Select EWI USB from the list under Input MIDI Devices. If you are using Windows XP, EWI USB will appear as USB Audio Device. If you are using Windows Vista or a Mac, it will appear as EWI USB.
    3. Make sure the right Output MIDI Devices have been selected, as well. This will usually be your computer's soundcard, but if you have other devices connected you wish to play out of, select any of those.
    4. Click OK.
    5. Also, check to make sure the volume of your computer, speakers, or headphones is high enough.

  • What do I do if I encounter a stuck note (a note that won't stop playing)?

    Try closing and reopening Aria (with EWI USB still plugged in).

    If that doesn't work, the keys and sensors may need to be recalibrated. Follow these steps:

    1. Hold EWI USB by its plastic casing only. Do not touch any of its metal parts.
    2. Press and hold the RESET BUTTON. After five seconds, the STATUS LED will flash rapidly.
    3. When the STATUS LED stops flashing, release the RESET BUTTON.

    For more information, please refer to the Quickstart Manual under the Docs & Downloads tab.

  • What do I do if EWI USB is playing out of tune?

    Try closing and reopening the Aria software (with EWI USB still plugged in).

    If that doesn't work, the keys and sensors may need to be recalibrated. Follow these steps:

    1. Hold EWI USB by its plastic casing only. Do not touch any of its metal parts.
    2. Press and hold the RESET BUTTON. After five seconds, the STATUS LED will flash rapidly.
    3. When the STATUS LED stops flashing, release the RESET BUTTON.
    4. Also, make sure your transposition and tuning settings in Aria are correct. Please refer to the Aria software manual under the Docs & Downloads tab. Instructions on adjusting transposition settings are located under Performance Controls in the EWI Configuration section. Instructions on adjusting tuning settings are located under About in the Parameter Windows section.

    For more information, please refer to the Quickstart Manual under the Docs & Downloads tab.

  • What do I do if EWI USB's keys are not responding well?

    Try closing and reopening the Aria software (with EWI USB still plugged in).

    If that doesn't work, the keys and sensors may need to be recalibrated. Follow these steps:

    1. Hold EWI USB by its plastic casing only. Do not touch any of its metal parts.
    2. Press and hold the RESET BUTTON. After five seconds, the STATUS LED will flash rapidly.
    3. 3. When the STATUS LED stops flashing, release the RESET BUTTON.
    4. Also, you may use a very small amount of non-greasy hand lotion to improve the conductive connection between your hands and the keys.
    5. Also, make sure your key delay settings in Aria are correct. Please refer to the Aria software manual under the Docs & Downloads tab. Instructions on adjusting key delay settings are located under Setup Controls in the EWI Configuration section.

    For more information, please refer to the Quickstart Manual under the Docs & Downloads tab.

  • How do I clean EWI USB?

    You can clean the mouthpiece with disinfectant alcohol or a mild soap and dry it with a soft cloth. Alternately, you can remove the screw at the top of the mouthpiece, gently pull it off the body, and wash just the mouthpiece in the dishwasher.

    Keep the metal parts (note keys, octave rollers, ground platers, and pitch bend plates) dry and clean to ensure proper conductivity. Wipe them with a soft, dry cloth after playing. (Note: Over time, natural oils from your hands may slightly tarnish these parts, which is normal and shouldn't be a problem.)

    Moisture gathered from blowing into the mouthpiece empties out the moisture release valve at the very bottom of the instrument. Wipe this area periodically with a soft, dry cloth.

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