Building on decades of experience, the EWI USB from Akai Professional is designed to deliver ultimate musical expressiveness to wind instrument artists. Forget the past “normal” of electronic wind instruments either being expensive investments or unprofessional toys—the EWI USB breaks down these barriers with this user-friendly electronic instrument that is both pro-quality and affordable. Add to that its enhanced accessibility to a studio-ready sound library, and you’re equipped for nearly limitless options for creativity.
Taking into account over 20 years of researching traditional wind instruments, Akai Professional specifically crafted the EWI USB so musicians could enjoy the feel and freedom of acoustic winds with the added flexibility made possible by an electronic instrument. The EWI USB offers multiple fingering modes to replicate saxophone, traditional EWI, flute, oboe, and brass, along with over 75 ultra-realistic orchestral, concert band, jazz band, and synthesizer sound sets.
With a USB interface that makes it fast and simple to plug into a computer, this EWI is the most flexible electronic wind instrument, giving you expansive access to ultra-realistic sounds. This EWI also comes with specially designed Aria Player software custom-developed by Garritan. Aria Player provided unprecedented control for musicians to pick and choose their sound and playing style. Just connect to nearly any Mac or PC and you’re ready to practice, perform, and record using your choice of a full collection of wind instrument sounds.
High-quality, versatile sound, expressive control, and its vast sound library make this affordable electronic wind instrument ideal for students and professionals alike. The EWI USB’s user-friendly, intuitive layout is designed so you can give your focus to the music, not learning how to use the technology, while its reliability gives you the confidence to play both in the studio or on the stage.
Akai 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
- EWI USB Electronic Wind Instrument1
- 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
- Class-compliant, plug-and-play USB device
- MIDI Output Channels Over USB: 2
- Mac and PC compatible
- For a MIDI Implementation Chart, please refer to the EWI USB Quickstart Manual under the "Docs and Downloads" tab.
- 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)