The Akai Professional EWI5000 combines innovative instrument design, wireless connectivity, and a sound library by SONiVOX to create the most expressive and versatile wind instrument available to today's musicians. The game-changing instrument combines the functionality of a wind synthesizer with the capabilities of a full featured MIDI wind controller. This article walks through a number of Frequently Asked Questions about the Akai Professional EWI5000.
- How many Factory presets are built in to the EWI5000?
- How many User presets are available for use in the EWI5000?
- Are the included sounds stereo or mono samples?
- Can the wireless capability send audio, MIDI, or both?
- What is the maximum continuous operation time when the unit is fully charged?
- Is it possible to rename a program or backup a program to a computer?
- How long does it take to charge the EWI5000?
- What are the wireless specifications of the EWI 5000?
- How to I adjust the sensitivity?
- Can I Use the EWI 5000 with an iPad?
- Are the audio jacks on the EWI 5000 wireless receiver balanced or unbalanced?
- How Can I Clean and Care for my EWI 5000?
- Further Technical Support
There are 100 factory presets built into the EWI 5000, numbered 00 through 99. These sounds are more than 3GB of multi-sampled patches created by SONiVOX, including synth sounds as well as acoustic sampled sounds from traditional wind instruments. A complete patch listing is located here.
There are 100 user presets for the EWI 5000, numbered 00 through 99.
The sound library in the EWI 5000 are multisampled stereo patches.
The wireless function of the EWI 5000 is for audio only. MIDI is not transmitted wirelessly to the receiver. The USB port on the EWI 5000 allows MIDI transmission to the computer. The USB port on the wireless receiver is for electrical power only. With the wireless receiver connected to the computer, it can be selected as an input device in the computer DAW program.
The EWI 5000's 3.7V Lithium Ion battery can last up to thirteen hours when using Line Out, and over six hours when using it wirelessly.
Currently, patches are stored in the unit, not on the computer and there is no patch storage transfer possible.
It takes about 2 hours to fully charge when using the included USB wall charger. The EWI 5000 will also charge when connected to a powered computer USB port.
The EWI 5000 uses a 2.4 ghz RF connection. The maximum range is about 50 feet, depending on environment. The wireless connection passes stereo audio to the two 1/4" balanced outputs on the wireless receiver.
The EWI 5000's sensitivity can be adjusted by doing the following:
- Press and hold the LEVEL button. Use the Hold/interval buttons to adjust the volume to about 66-75.
- Under the control cover above the display, rotate the BREATH knob to the right until you see the SETUP light come on. Note this value. This should occur about 70-75, but individual units will vary. Rotate this back about 10 numbers or so from the value noted previously.
- Press and hold the TRANS button. Rotate the BREATH knob to about the same value as the BREATH was set on the display. This setting is the Breath Gain, which corresponds to the volume range that the Breath Sensitivity creates by applying air to the mouthpiece. You may desire to set the value a little higher or lower depending on your tastes. Extremely high values can cause strange sound artifacts such as choppy sounds on soft notes.
NOTE: Both steps 2 and 3 should be completed together in this sequence to optimize the sensitivity.
The EWI 5000 can be used with an iPad and the Apple iPad Camera Connection Kit as well as a powered USB hub. The EWI 5000, though it is internally powered with the 3.7 V Lithium Ion battery, requires a powered hub because it charges from the USB port. The iPad battery cannot provide enough power to charge the EWI 5000.
The jacks on the wireless receiver are mono balanced (TRS).
Usrs can clean the EWI 5000 by wiping the unit with a soft, non- abrasive cloth.
Mouthpieces can be removed with a Philips #00 screwdriver. These can be cleaned with mild, non-lotion, clean-rinsing soap (such as dish detergent) and a small brush such as a pipe cleaner or baby bottle brush, or even a cotton swab.
The internals of the instrument should be maintenance free as long as the user takes care of the instrument just as any other wind instrument-- avoiding food or sugary drinks immediately before playing. If this can't be avoided, then a small amount of water to rinse your mouth before playing.
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