Akai Pro EWI5000 - Updating the Firmware

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akai ewi5000 main1The 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 the means of updating the firmware for the EWI 5000 using the preset editor.



Download and install the Editor

Download and install the editor form these links.

OSX (Mac 10.7 -10.9)

Windows 7 / 8

Download the Firmware

Firmware is available from the Documents & Downloads section of the EWI 5000 product page:


Please note the location to which the firmware is saved.

Preparing for the Update

  1. Disconnect all other audio and MIDI devices from the computer.  This ensures that no other devices can conflict and interrupt or slow the firmware update.

  2. Connect the EWI 5000 directly to the computer via USB cable.  Do not use a 5 pin MIDI cable or the wireless connection.

  3. Open the EWI 5000 editor program.  Ensure that you are in the Controller mode, not Synth mode.  Click the Controller or  Synth at the top to cycle between the modes until you are in Controller mode.

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Updating the Firmware

  1. Click the Update button in the bottom right.  

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  2. Navigate to the firmware file.  

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  3. Click Open.

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  4. The unit will briefly display a spinning wheel on it's display.

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  5. The display will show Gd when the update is complete.  This may only take a few seconds.

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    You will see a confirmation message on the computer screen.

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Confirming the Firmware Update

Unplug and replug your EWI 5000.  Check the new firmware version in the bottom right of the editor screen.  Be sure you are in Controller mode to check the version.

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Further Technical Support

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