User guide | Akai EWI5000 Musical Instrument User Manual

User Guide
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Table of Contents
Introduction................................................................................................................................. 4
About the EWI5000 ................................................................................................................. 4
Support ................................................................................................................................... 4
Getting Started ........................................................................................................................... 5
Important................................................................................................................................. 5
1. Power the EWI5000 ............................................................................................................ 5
2. Hold the EWI5000 Properly ................................................................................................ 5
3. Connect .............................................................................................................................. 6
4. Play! .................................................................................................................................... 8
Features ...................................................................................................................................... 9
Advanced Functions................................................................................................................. 12
Adjusting Sound Parameters ................................................................................................ 12
Adjusting Sensors ................................................................................................................. 14
Note Delay (Note Keys) ................................................................................................... 14
Breath Sensor .................................................................................................................. 15
Bite Sensor ...................................................................................................................... 17
Pitch-Bend Plates ............................................................................................................ 19
Glide Plate ....................................................................................................................... 20
Calibrating Sensors............................................................................................................... 22
Key Delay (Note Keys) and Program Button ................................................................... 22
Breath Sensor .................................................................................................................. 23
Glide Plate ....................................................................................................................... 24
Pitch-Bend Plates ............................................................................................................ 25
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Assigning Controls ................................................................................................................ 26
MIDI Channel ................................................................................................................... 26
Hold Button ..................................................................................................................... 27
Interval Button ................................................................................................................. 29
Managing Programs ............................................................................................................. 31
Selecting Programs ......................................................................................................... 31
Using the Program Button ........................................................................................... 31
Using the Hold Button and/or Interval Button .............................................................. 32
Using the Note Keys.................................................................................................... 32
In an External MIDI Sound Module or Software............................................................ 33
Saving Programs ............................................................................................................. 33
Using Effects (FX).................................................................................................................. 34
Reverb ............................................................................................................................. 34
Chorus ............................................................................................................................. 35
Delay ................................................................................................................................ 35
Fingering Modes ................................................................................................................... 36
Restoring Default Settings .................................................................................................... 37
Updating the Firmware ......................................................................................................... 37
Appendix ................................................................................................................................... 38
Fingering Charts.................................................................................................................... 38
EWI .................................................................................................................................. 39
Saxophone ...................................................................................................................... 40
Flute ................................................................................................................................. 41
Oboe ................................................................................................................................ 42
EVI ................................................................................................................................... 43
EVI Reversed ................................................................................................................... 43
Menu Structures ................................................................................................................... 44
Setup Mode ..................................................................................................................... 44
FX (Effects) ...................................................................................................................... 47
Technical Specifications ....................................................................................................... 48
Trademarks and Licenses ..................................................................................................... 48
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Introduction
About the EWI5000
EWI5000, the latest addition to the EWI series, 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. Building upon the legacy of the
original Electronic Wind Instrument, Akai Professional created EWI5000 with the same
objective in mind—deliver unprecedented musical expression to wind players everywhere.
Experience the next generation in wind-performance technology with an instrument that's built
for the contemporary player.
Support
For the latest information about this product (system requirements, compatibility information,
etc.) and product registration, visit akaipro.com/ewi5000.
For additional product support, visit akaipro.com/support.
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Getting Started
Important
Before operating the EWI5000, please note the following:
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Do not bite the mouthpiece too hard—this can damage the vibrato sensor. Use the
mouthpiece cover after using or while carrying the EWI5000.
•
Always touch the grounding plate and octave rollers when playing. These are
sensors which use the performer's body as the ground.
•
Keep the mouthpiece clean before, during, and after using the EWI5000. You can clean
its outer surface with disinfectant alcohol.
1. Power the EWI5000
The EWI5000 is powered by a rechargeable battery. Please note the following about using it:
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Installation: Use a standard Phillips-head screwdriver (not included) to remove the
EWI5000's battery compartment cover below the Phones output, install the battery, and
re-secure the cover.
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Charging: Use the included USB cable to connect the EWI5000's USB port to either (A)
the included USB power adapter, connected to a power source or (B) an available USB
port on your computer (powered on). You can charge the battery while using the
EWI5000. While charging, a dot will flash in the EWI5000's display.
•
Battery life: Check the battery life by pressing and holding the Level Button and then
pressing and holding the FX Button. The amount of battery life (00–99) will appear in the
display.
•
Low-battery warning: When the battery power is low, the Preset LED or User LED will
blink to indicate that you should charge the battery.
•
Auto-power-off: If the EWI5000 detects no activity for approximately 10 minutes, it will
power off automatically. In general, though, power off the EWI5000 to preserve its battery
life when you are not using it.
2. Hold the EWI5000 Properly
1.
Secure the neck strap to the EWI5000's neck strap mount.
2.
Place the strap around your neck and hold the EWI5000 in the
same way you would hold a saxophone or clarinet, with the
instrument vertically right in front of you.
3.
When playing, place your left thumb on the octave rollers in the
back, and place your right thumb on the grounding plate
between the pitch-bend plates. This will ensure the best possible
conductivity and performance of the instrument.
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3. Connect
Important: The scenarios below are not mutually exclusive. The EWI5000 sends out audio
from its Line Out, from its Phones jack, and wirelessly to the receiver (if it is paired) all at the
same time. You can, for example, play EWI5000's audio wirelessly while also listening through
the headphones.
The exception is when the EWI5000 is connected to your computer and being used as a MIDI
controller (the fourth scenario in this section): it will send MIDI messages to your computer but
not send any audio. You can enable or disable audio in this scenario by pressing and holding
the Power Button until the Preset LED or User LED lights solid (audio is enabled) or flashes
(audio is disabled).
To play EWI5000's audio wirelessly:
or
L
LINE OUT
R
1.
Use the included USB cable to connect the wireless
receiver to your computer (powered on). Alternatively,
connect the receiver to the included USB power
adapter, and connect the adapter to a power outlet.
The receiver's Pair LED will flash.
2.
Press the EWI5000's Power Button to power it on.
The Preset LED next to its Bank Button will flash.
3.
Set the EWI5000's Wireless Switch to On. It will
automatically "pair" to the wireless receiver. When
paired, the receiver's Pair LED and the EWI5000's
Preset LED or User LED will light solid. The wireless
receiver will now send the EWI5000's audio to your
computer. (The wireless receiver's Line Outs will not
play the signal from your computer.)
PAIRED/POWER
Note: If the connection is lost, you can manually pair
the EWI5000 to the receiver by pressing the receiver's
Pair Button and then pressing the EWI5000's Power
Button once.
To play EWI5000's audio through an external amplifier,
audio interface, etc.:
1.
Use a standard 1/4" (6.35mm) cable to connect the
EWI5000's Line Out to the line-level input of your
keyboard amplifier, audio interface, etc.
Important: The Line Out is a stereo output. If you are
connecting to a mono input (like those on most
keyboard amplifiers, audio interfaces, etc.), use a TS
cable instead of a TRS cable.
2.
Press the EWI5000's Power Button to power it on.
3.
Set the EWI5000's Wireless Switch to Off.
or
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To play EWI5000's audio through headphones:
1.
Connect standard 1/8" (3.5mm) stereo headphones to
EWI5000's Phones jack.
2.
Press the EWI5000's Power Button to power it on.
3.
Set the EWI5000's Wireless Switch to Off.
To play EWI5000 as a "wired" MIDI controller:
1.
Make sure EWI5000 is powered off. If it is not, press
and hold the Power Button for a full second.
2.
Use the included USB cable to connect the
EWI5000's USB port to your computer.
3.
Make sure the EWI5000's Wireless Switch is set to
Off.
Important: In this mode, by default, the EWI5000 will
not send out any audio signal. You can enable or
disable audio by pressing and holding the Power
Button until the Preset LED or User LED lights solid
(audio is enabled) or flashes (audio is disabled).
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4. Play!
Hold the mouthpiece gently between your lips with your teeth, and exhale so your breath
passes through both sides of your mouth. The EWI5000 detects this wind pressure with the
breath sensor and expresses the change in sound volume and character, depending on how
you blow. (It should not take much breath to activate the instrument.)
Tips:
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There is a bite sensor in the mouthpiece. You can produce a vibrato effect by gently
biting the mouthpiece, which will bend the pitch up each time you bite, but do not bite
too hard.
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You can create small bursts of air by tonguing the mouthpiece for even more expressive
control.
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If the EWI5000's note keys, octave rollers, pitch-bend plates, or glide plates are not very
responsive, it could be because you are playing with dry hands (the EWI5000 works by
using the body's capacitance). If this happens, you can use a very small amount of nongreasy hand lotion to improve the connection between your hands and the keys.
Note Keys: The note keys are sensors that let you produce
sound with only a light touch. The EWI5000 has multiple fingering
options, so it can feel familiar to saxophonists, flutists, etc. You
can adjust the position of the three lowest keys by loosening the
screws that hold each of them in place.
To learn how to adjust the note keys' response, please see
Advanced Functions > Adjusting Sensors > Note Delay (Note
Keys).
Octave Rollers: Place your left thumb between any two octave
rollers (and over the grounding plate) on the EWI5000's back
panel. Slide your thumb up or down across the octave rollers to
shift its octave range up or down. While playing, keep your left
thumb in contact with the octave rollers. The position between
the two knurled octave rollers indicates the standard pitch.
Glide Plate: While playing a note, move your thumb across the
octave rollers (without rolling them) while touching the glide plate
on their right side to create a "glide" effect. This will smoothly and
continuously slide the pitch up or down—a technique known as
portamento.
Glide
Plate
Standard
Pitch
To learn how to adjust the glide plate's response, please see
Advanced Functions > Adjusting Sensors > Glide Plate.
Pitch-Bend Plates: Touch your thumb to either of these plates to
move the pitch of the note you are playing up or down. Touch the
upper plate to bend the pitch upward or the lower plate to bend
the pitch downward. Before you get accustomed to using these
plates, you may produce unexpected sounds by touching them
accidentally. You can adjust the position of each plate by
loosening its screw.
To learn how to adjust the pitch-bend plates' response, please
see Advanced Functions > Adjusting Sensors > Pitch-Bend
Plates.
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Pitch-Bend
Up
Pitch-Bend
Down
Features
1.
Mouthpiece: Hold the mouthpiece gently in
between your lips with your teeth and
exhale into it (like a traditional wind
instrument). You can produce a vibrato
effect by gently biting the mouthpiece while
blowing into it, but do not bite too hard.
2.
Note Keys: Press these keys in different
combinations while blowing into the
mouthpiece to determine the note. You can
adjust the position of the three lowest note
keys by loosening their screws.
3.
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FILTER
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Hold Button: Press this button to enter
Hold Mode. By default, Hold Mode is set to
Legato (LE); the first note of a phrase will
sustain while you play subsequent notes.
BREATH
BITE
SEMI
FINE
REVERB
CHORUS
LFO
SETUP
TRANS.
Interval Button: Press this button to enter
Interval Mode. By default, this is set to
Fixed Interval (Fd); when you play a note,
that note and the note at the assigned
interval will sound (an octave below, by
default).
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6.
7.
Parameter Knobs: These eight knobs
control some of the basic characteristics of
either the Program or the EWI5000 itself.
Display: Shows the Program number or the
setting value.
Setup Button: Press and hold this button to
enter Setup Mode. Its LED will light up when
you are in Setup Mode.
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While in Setup Mode, use this button to
move "down" by one value or setting.
5.
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Trans (Transpose) Button: Press this
button to activate or deactivate the
transposition function. Its LED will light up
when transposition is activated. To adjust
the transposition value, press and hold this
button and press the Hold Button to
increase it or the Interval Button to
decrease it.
To access the Parameter Knobs'
secondary functions, press and hold this
button before turning the knobs.
While in Setup Mode, use this button to
enter a submenu.
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FX
BANK
LEVEL
PRESET
SAVE
USER
WIRELESS
POWER
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18
ON
19
OFF
MIDI OUT
20
PHONES
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While in Setup Mode, use this button to
return to a "higher" menu or submenu.
8.
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While in Setup Mode, use this button to
move "up" by one value or setting.
4.
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9.
Grounding Plate: Always touch these plates while playing.
10. Octave Rollers: Move your thumb up or down over these rollers to shift the note keys'
range. You can shift them up to four octaves higher or up to two octaves lower. Always
touch these octave rollers while playing.
11. Glide Plate: Touch this plate while playing a note to produce a "glide" effect, which
smoothly and continuously slides the pitch up or down—a technique known as
portamento.
12. Neck Strap Clip: Connect the included neck strap here.
13. Program Button: Without touching any note keys, touch this screw to display the current
Program (internal sound) in the display. You can then press the Hold Button to move to
the next Program or press the Interval Button to move to the previous Program.
14. Pitch-Bend Plates: Touch the upper or lower plate while playing a note to raise or lower
its pitch, respectively. You can adjust the position of these plates by loosening their
screws.
15. FX (Effects) Button: Press and hold this button and then use the Hold Button and
Interval Button to select Reverb (rb), Chorus (ch), or Delay (dL). You can then release
the FX Button and use the Hold Button to increase the effect level or press the Interval
Button to decrease the effect level.
16. Level Button: Press this button to show the Main Output level in the display. You can
then press the Hold Button to increase the level or press the Interval Button to decrease
the level.
17. Bank Button: Press this button to switch between the bank of Preset Programs and the
bank of User Programs. The Preset LED and User LED next to it will indicate which bank
is selected, Preset or User.
18. Save Button: Press this button to enter Save Mode. The "destination" User Program
number will then blink in the display. Use the Hold Button and Interval Button to select
the User Program number you want to save to, and press the Save Button again to save
the Program, or press any other button to cancel the operation.
19. Wireless Switch: Selects whether or not the EWI5000 is "paired" with the wireless
receiver. To do this, connect the wireless receiver to a USB port on your computer.
(Alternatively, connect the receiver to the included USB power adapter, and connect the
adapter to a power outlet.) The receiver's Pair LED will flash. With the EWI5000 powered
on, set this Wireless Switch to On. It will automatically pair to the wireless receiver.
When it is paired to the wireless receiver, the wireless receiver's Pair LED and the
EWI5000's Preset LED or User LED (next to the Bank Button) will both light solid.
Note: If the connection is lost, you can manually pair the EWI5000 to the receiver by
pressing the receiver's Pair Button and then pressing the EWI5000's Power Button
once.
20. Power: Press and hold this button for a full second to power the EWI5000 on or off.
21. MIDI Out: Use a standard five-pin MIDI cable to connect this port to an external sound
module's MIDI In port, allowing you to use the EWI5000 as a MIDI controller for that
sound module.
22. Phones: Connect headphones (optional, sold separately) here with a stereo 1/8" (3.5mm)
cable.
23. Battery Compartment: Use a standard Phillips-head screwdriver (not included) to
remove the battery compartment cover, install the battery, and re-secure the cover.
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24. Line Output: Use a 1/4" (6.35mm) TRS cable to connect this output to the input of a
keyboard amplifier, audio interface, speaker system, etc.
Important: The Line Out is a stereo output. If you are connecting to a mono input (like
those on most keyboard amplifiers, audio interfaces, etc.), use a TS cable instead of a
TRS cable.
25. USB Port: Use a standard USB cable to connect this port to an available USB port on
your computer. This connection will power the EWI5000 and charge its battery as well as
send MIDI messages to your computer.
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Advanced Functions
The EWI5000 is a woodwind-instrument-type MIDI controller with an internal sound module
and built-in effects. It allows you to perform with the articulation of an acoustic instrument but
also with the character of an electronic instrument with a wide variety of sounds and tonal
colorings.
The EWI5000 has two modes: Performance Mode and Setup Mode. When you turn the
EWI5000 on, it will be in Performance Mode. Press the Setup Button to enter Setup Mode
where you can adjust the sensors' sensitivity or MIDI settings. To return to Performance Mode,
press the Setup Button until the display is blank.
The EWI5000 is a musical instrument much like other acoustic instruments, so the more you
practice, the better you'll play. You may find it challenging at first, but as you find and develop
your own playing style, we think you'll find it has unlimited possibilities—there are no hard and
fast rules.
For reference, you can see an overview of the entire menu structure of Setup Mode in
Appendix > Menu Structure > Setup Mode.
Adjusting Sound Parameters
Important: You can adjust the sound parameter knobs from either Performance Mode or
Setup Mode at any time.
You can adjust the EWI5000's sounds to your preference by using (1) the
included sound editor software and/or (2) EWI5000's eight parameter
knobs (remove the cover above the display to expose the knobs).
The eight parameter knobs control some of the basic characteristics of
either the Program or the EWI5000 itself, as described below.
Each Parameter Knob, except for Fine, has a primary and secondary function:
Access the primary function by simply turning the knob.
Access the secondary function by pressing and holding the Trans Button and then turning the
knob.
Filter
Primary: sets the Program's filter cutoff frequency.
Secondary: sets the Program's filter resonance.
FILTER
BREATH
BITE
SEMI
FINE
REVERB
CHORUS
LFO
Breath
Primary: sets the EWI5000's breath sensor offset (how much
breath is required to play a sound).
Secondary: sets the EWI5000's breath sensor's gain (how
loudly or quietly you can play; a higher setting decreases the
dynamic range).
Bite
Primary: sets the EWI5000's bite sensitivity (how much biting
the mouthpiece affects the sound).
Secondary: sets the amount of Delay effect applied to the
Program.
Semi
Primary: sets the EWI5000's tuning by semitones (half-steps).
Secondary: sets the rate of the Delay effect applied to the
Program.
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FILTER
Fine
Primary: sets the EWI5000's tuning by fractions of a
semitone.
Secondary: no function.
Reverb
Primary: sets the amount of Reverb effect applied to the
Program.
BREATH
BITE
SEMI
FINE
REVERB
CHORUS
LFO
Secondary: sets the room size of the Reverb effect applied to
the Program.
Chorus
Primary: sets the amount of Chorus effect applied to the
Program.
Secondary: sets the depth of the Chorus effect applied to the
Program.
LFO
Primary: sets the amount of modulation (CC#1) applied to the
Program.
Secondary: sets the frequency of the modulation's lowfrequency oscillator for the Program.
If you like the adjustments you have made and want to save them to the Program, press the
Save Button.
Important: When saving, only the settings that apply to the Program will be saved. Settings
that apply to the EWI5000 will affect all Programs because they affect the sensors and tuning
of the EWI5000 hardware itself.
Tip: To further customize your sound, use the EWI5000 sound editor software to adjust even
more Program parameters, and use the parameters knobs' additional functions to adjust the
EWI5000's sensors. Go to akaipro.com/ewi5000 to download the latest EWI5000 sound
editor to learn more.
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Adjusting Sensors
The EWI5000 has been given optimal default settings, but we recommend adjusting them to
your preference to get the most out of your performance. You can customize these settings in
Setup Mode.
To enter Setup Mode, press the Setup Button. The display will indicate the current setting.
Though adjusting the settings may seem complicated, you won't need to it every time you
perform. The values you set are essential to the EWI5000's functionality, and your
performance will be much more expressive and precise when the settings match your playing
style. Once you adjust everything to your preference, you won't need to adjust anything much
further.
You can adjust the following sensors. Click one of them to skip to that part of the chapter.
Note Delay (Note Keys)
Pitch-Bend Plates
Breath Sensor
Glide Plate
Bite Sensor
We also recommend seeing the Calibrating Sensors chapter. Calibrating the sensors ensures
their sensitivity and response fits your performance style the best.
For reference, you can see an overview of the entire menu structure of Setup Mode in
Appendix > Menu Structure > Setup Mode.
Note Delay (Note Keys)
The Note Delay function adjusts the response of the note keys. The EWI5000's note key
response is preset to accommodate rapid changes in fingerings, but you may occasionally
produce unexpected sounds, depending on your playing style. In this case, you may find that
you can play more smoothly by adjusting the Note Delay.
To adjust the Note Delay:
1.
Press and hold the Setup Button to enter Setup Mode.
2.
Press the Hold Button or Interval Button to scroll through the options until dL (Note
Delay) appears in the display.
3.
Release the Setup Button. The current Note Delay value will appear in the display.
4.
Set your desired value by pressing the Hold Button (to increase the value) or Interval
Button (to decrease the value).
Tip: You can play notes more smoothly with a larger Note Delay value, but it may prevent
you from playing quickly. We recommend setting as small a value as possible.
5.
Press the Setup Button to return to Performance Mode.
Tip: You can assign the note keys to select specific Programs when you are touching the
Program Button. This can make Program selection quick and easy. Please see Managing
Programs > Selecting Programs > Using the Note Keys to learn how to do this.
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Breath Sensor
The mouthpiece's breath sensor translates the strength of your breath into the volume and
character of the note you're playing. It's important to set the sensor's sensitivity so it suits
your playing style.
Tip: If this is your first time using the EWI5000, you may want use a "lighter" breath sensor
setting for easier blowing. With practice, you can set this control at a "heavier" setting for a
more expressive performance.
To adjust the breath sensor:
1.
Press and hold the Setup Button to enter Setup Mode.
2.
Press the Hold Button or Interval Button to scroll through the options until bS (Breath
Sensor) appears in the display.
3.
Release the Setup Button. The display will show the current mode. Use the Hold Button
or Interval Button to select any of the following options:
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vo (Volume): The breath sensor will send its messages using CC #7 and CC #39,
which are both Channel Volume. If you select this, press and hold the Trans Button
to set additional parameters:
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OF (Off): No messages will be sent using CC #7 or CC #39.
o
Lr (Low-Resolution): Messages will be sent using only CC #7.
o
Hr (High-Resolution): Messages will be sent using both CC #7 and CC #39.
(An additional message will be sent using CC #88 before each Note On
message except when the velocity is locked.)
EP (Expression): The breath sensor will send its messages using CC #11 and CC
#43, which are both Expression. If you select this, press and hold the Trans Button
to set additional parameters:
o
OF (Off): No messages will be sent using CC #11 or CC #43.
o
Lr (Low-Resolution): Messages will be sent using only CC #11.
o
Hr (High-Resolution): Messages will be sent using both CC #11 and CC #43.
(An additional message will be sent using CC #88 before each Note On
message except when the velocity is locked.)
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PP (Aftertouch): The breath sensor will send aftertouch (polyphonic pressure)
messages. If you select this, press the Trans Button to turn it on or off. When it is
on, a dot will appear in the display.
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CP (Channel Pressure): The breath sensor will send channel pressure messages. If
you select this, press the Trans Button to turn it on or off. When it is on, a dot will
appear in the display.
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br (Breath): The breath sensor will send its messages using CC #2 and CC #34,
which are both Breath. If you select this, press and hold the Trans Button to set
additional parameters:
o
OF (Off): No messages will be sent using CC #2 or CC #34.
o
Lr (Low-Resolution): Messages will be sent using only CC #2.
o
Hr (High-Resolution): Messages will be sent using both CC #2 and CC #34.
(An additional message will be sent using CC #88 before each Note On
message except when the velocity is fixed.)
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CC (Continuous Controller): The breath sensor will send a MIDI Continuous
Controller (CC) message. If you select this, press the Trans Button to set additional
message parameters:
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En (Enable): This determines whether CC output is enabled or disabled. If you
select this, press and hold the Trans Button, and press the Hold Button or
Interval Button to turn it on (On) or off (OF). When it is on, a dot will appear in
the display.
o
Cn (Controller Number): This is the CC number that will be sent when you
blow into the mouthpiece. Use the Hold Button or Interval Button to set the
CC number (01–127; values over 99 will be shown as the last two digits with a
dot between them). Match this number to the CC number of the parameter you
want to control.
Important: We recommend setting En to off (OF) before changing this
parameter to prevent accidentally muting the EWI5000's output while moving
through CC #7 (Volume).
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nb (No Breath): The value that will be sent with the CC message when you are
not blowing into the mouthpiece. Use the Hold Button or Interval Button to
set the value (00–127; values over 99 will be shown as the last two digits with a
dot between them).
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br (Breath): The value that will be sent with the CC message when you are
blowing into the mouthpiece. Use the Hold Button or Interval Button to set
the value (00–127; values over 99 will be shown as the last two digits with a dot
between them).
LV (Lock Velocity): When this is on, the breath sensor will not affect velocity; all
Note On messages will be sent with a fixed velocity. Press the Trans Button to turn
it on or off. When it is on, a dot will appear in the display.
To set the velocity, press and hold the Trans Button, and then use the Hold Button
or Interval Button to set the value (01–127; values over 99 will be shown as the last
two digits with a dot between them).
4.
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Ct (Capture Delay): This determines how much delay there is between the moment
you blow into the mouthpiece and the Note On message is sent. Press and hold the
Trans Button, and then use the Hold Button or Interval Button to set the amount
(01–10).
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CS (Constant Output): When this is on, the breath sensor send breath messages
with a fixed value, which you can set by turning the Breath Parameter Knob. Press
the Trans Button to turn it on or off. When it is on, a dot will appear in the display.
To return to Performance Mode, press the Setup Button until the display is blank.
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Bite Sensor
The bite sensor controls the character of the vibrato effect you generate when you bite the
mouthpiece while playing a note.
Note: The vibrato effect is obtained by biting the mouthpiece many times rather than a single
steady bite.
To adjust the bite sensor:
1.
Press and hold the Setup Button to enter Setup Mode.
2.
Press the Hold Button or Interval Button to scroll through the options until bt (Bite
Sensor) appears in the display.
3.
Release the Setup Button. The display will show the current mode. Use the Hold Button
or Interval Button to select any of the following options:
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FL (Filter): A high-pass filter will be applied to the bite sensor. When this is on, any
note that sounds as you bite the mouthpiece will eventually return to its original
state, even if you bite continuously. If you select this, press the Trans Button to turn
it on or off. When it is on, a dot will appear in the display.
•
Pb (Pitch Bend): Biting the mouthpiece will bend the pitch of the note. Press the
Trans Button to turn it on or off. When it is on, a dot will appear in the display.
To set the depth of the pitch bend, press and hold the Trans Button, and then use
the Hold Button or Interval Button to set the value: -63 to +63 (values under -9 will
be shown with a dot between the digits). Negative values indicate a downward pitch
bend, while positive values indicate an upward pitch bend.
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bS (Breath Sensor): Biting the mouthpiece will change the breath sensor's output.
Press the Trans Button to turn it on or off. When it is on, a dot will appear in the
display.
To set the depth of the change, press and hold the Trans Button, and then use the
Hold Button or Interval Button to set the value: -99 to +99 (values under -9 will be
shown with a dot between the digits). Negative values indicate a decrease in output,
while positive values indicate an increase in output.
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CC (Continuous Controller): Biting the mouthpiece will send a MIDI Continuous
Controller (CC) message. If you select this, press the Trans Button to set additional
message parameters:
o
En (Enable): This determines whether CC output is enabled or disabled. If you
select this, press and hold the Trans Button, and press the Hold Button or
Interval Button to turn it on (On) or off (OF). When it is on, a dot will appear in
the display.
o
Cn (Controller Number): This is the CC number that will be sent when you bite
the mouthpiece. Use the Hold Button or Interval Button to set the CC number
(01–127; values over 99 will be shown as the last two digits with a dot between
them). Match this number to the CC number of the parameter you want to
control.
Important: We recommend setting En to off (OF) before changing this
parameter to prevent accidentally muting the EWI5000's output while moving
through CC #7 (Volume).
4.
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nb (Not Biting): The value that will be sent with the CC message when you are
not biting the mouthpiece. Use the Hold Button or Interval Button to set the
value (00–127; values over 99 will be shown as the last two digits with a dot
between them).
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bt (Biting): The value that will be sent with the CC message when you are
biting the mouthpiece. Use the Hold Button or Interval Button to set the value
(00–127; values over 99 will be shown as the last two digits with a dot between
them).
To return to Performance Mode, press the Setup Button until the display is blank.
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Pitch-Bend Plates
When you touch either of the pitch-bend plates, the EWI5000 will bend the pitch of the note
you are playing, allowing you to be more expressive with your performance. Alternatively, you
can set the pitch-bend plates to send messages for other individual MIDI Continuous
Controllers (CCs).
Important: The overall change in pitch varies by how much of the plate your thumb is
touching as well how it is touching the plate. Experiment with these settings for the best
results.
To adjust the pitch-bend plates:
1.
Press and hold the Setup Button to enter Setup Mode.
2.
Press the Hold Button or Interval Button to scroll through the options until PU (PitchBend Up Plate) or Pd (Pitch-Bend Down Plate) appears in the display.
3.
Release the Setup Button. The display will show the current mode. Use the Hold Button
or Interval Button to select any of the following options:
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Pb (Pitch Bend): Touching the pitch-bend plate will bend the pitch of the note.
Press the Trans Button to turn it on or off. When it is on, a dot will appear in the
display.
To set the depth of the pitch bend, press and hold the Trans Button, and then use
the Hold Button or Interval Button to set the value: -63 to +63 (values under -9 will
be shown with a dot between the digits). Negative values indicate a downward pitch
bend, while positive values indicate an upward pitch bend.
•
CC (Continuous Controller): Touching the pitch-bend plate will send a MIDI
Continuous Controller (CC) message. If you select this, press the Trans Button to
set additional message parameters:
o
En (Enable): This determines whether CC output is enabled or disabled. If you
select this, press and hold the Trans Button, and press the Hold Button or
Interval Button to turn it on (On) or off (OF). When it is on, a dot will appear in
the display.
o
Cn (Controller Number): This is the CC number that will be sent when you
touch the pitch-bend plate. Use the Hold Button or Interval Button to set the
CC number (01–127; values over 99 will be shown as the last two digits with a
dot between them). Match this number to the CC number of the parameter you
want to control.
Important: We recommend setting En to off (OF) before changing this
parameter to prevent accidentally muting the EWI5000's output while moving
through CC #7 (Volume).
4.
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dU (Data-Up): The value that will be sent with the CC message when you are
not touching the pitch-bend plate. Press and hold the Trans Button, and then
use the Hold Button or Interval Button to set the value (00–127; values over
99 will be shown as the last two digits with a dot between them).
o
dP (Data-Press): The value that will be sent with the CC message when you
touch the pitch-bend plate. Use the Hold Button or Interval Button to set the
value (00–127; values over 99 will be shown as the last two digits with a dot
between them).
To return to Performance Mode, press the Setup Button until the display is blank.
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Glide Plate
The EWI5000's glide plate lets you use a glide effect called portamento to move between
notes for greater expressiveness in your performance. Alternatively, you can set the glide plate
to send messages for other individual MIDI Continuous Controllers (CCs).
Important:
Make sure PS is on if you want to use the portamento effect. The EWI5000's synth needs this
setting to be enabled in order for portamento to work properly.
Some sound modules may not handle portamento messages well, which could generate some
undesirable sounds. If this is the case, make sure PS is off.
To set the function of the glide plate:
1.
Press and hold the Setup Button to enter Setup Mode.
2.
Press the Hold Button or Interval Button to scroll through the options until GL (Glide
Plate) appears in the display.
3.
Release the Setup Button. The display will show the current mode. Use the Hold Button
or Interval Button to select any of the following options:
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Pt (Portamento Time): The glide plate will send its messages using CC #5, which is
portamento time. If you select this, press the Trans Button to set additional
parameters:
o
En (Enable): This determines whether CC #5 output is enabled or disabled. If
you select this, press and hold the Trans Button, and press the Hold Button
or Interval Button to turn it on (On) or off (OF). When it is on, a dot will appear
in the display.
o
dU (Data-Up): The value that will be sent with the CC message when you are
not touching the glide plate. Press and hold the Trans Button, and then use
the Hold Button or Interval Button to set the value (00–127; values over 99 will
be shown as the last two digits with a dot between them).
o
dP (Data-Press): The value that will be sent with the CC message when you
touch the glide plate. Press and hold the Trans Button, and then use the Hold
Button or Interval Button to set the value (00–127; values over 99 will be
shown as the last two digits with a dot between them).
Important: Make sure PS is on if you want to use the portamento effect. The
EWI5000's synth needs this setting to be enabled in order for portamento to work
properly.
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PS (Portamento Switch): The glide plate will send its messages using CC #65.
Press the Trans Button to turn it on or off. When it is on, a dot will appear in the
display.
Important: Turn this on if you want to use the portamento effect. The EWI5000's
synth needs this setting to be enabled in order for portamento to work properly.
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Lt (Legato Time): The glide plate will send its messages using CC #104, which the
EWI5000 uses for Legato Time. This is the time during which a note ends as a new
note begins. Shorter times will result in more abrupt changes between notes, while
longer times will result in more fluid changes that sound almost slurred. (This is
different from portamento, though, as Legato Time does not shift the pitch of any
notes.)
If you select this, press the Trans Button to set additional parameters:
•
o
En (Enable): This determines whether CC #104 output is enabled or disabled.
If you select this, press and hold the Trans Button, and press the Hold Button
or Interval Button to turn it on (On) or off (OF). When it is on, a dot will appear
in the display.
o
dU (Data-Up): The value that will be sent with the CC message when you are
not touching the glide plate. Press and hold the Trans Button, and then use
the Hold Button or Interval Button to set the value (00–127; values over 99 will
be shown as the last two digits with a dot between them).
o
dP (Data-Press): The value that will be sent with the CC message when you
touch the glide plate. Press and hold the Trans Button, and then use the Hold
Button or Interval Button to set the value (00–127; values over 99 will be
shown as the last two digits with a dot between them).
CC (Continuous Controller): The glide plate will send a MIDI Continuous Controller
(CC) message. If you select this, press the Trans Button to set additional message
parameters:
o
En (Enable): This determines whether CC output is enabled or disabled. If you
select this, press and hold the Trans Button, and press the Hold Button or
Interval Button to turn it on (On) or off (OF). When it is on, a dot will appear in
the display.
o
Cn (Controller Number): This is the CC number that will be sent when you
touch the glide plate. Use the Hold Button or Interval Button to set the CC
number (01–127; values over 99 will be shown as the last two digits with a dot
between them). Match this number to the CC number of the parameter you
want to control.
Important: We recommend setting En to off (OF) before changing this
parameter to prevent accidentally muting the EWI5000's output while moving
through CC #7 (Volume).
4.
o
dU (Data-Up): The value that will be sent with the CC message when you are
not touching the glide plate. Use the Hold Button or Interval Button to set the
value (00–127; values over 99 will be shown as the last two digits with a dot
between them).
o
dP (Data-Press): The value that will be sent with the CC message when you
touch the glide plate. Use the Hold Button or Interval Button to set the value
(00–127; values over 99 will be shown as the last two digits with a dot between
them).
To return to Performance Mode, press the Setup Button until the display is blank.
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Calibrating Sensors
The EWI5000's sensors can be adjusted and assigned as described in the Adjusting Sensors
chapter, but we recommend calibrating them, as well. Calibrating the sensors ensures their
sensitivity and response fits your performance style the best.
You can calibrate the following sensors:
Key Delay (Note Keys) and Program Button
Breath Sensor
Glide Plate
Pitch-Bend Plates
Important: The glide plate and pitch-bend plates are all partially associated, so their
sensitivities may need to be adjusted relative to each other. For example, while calibrating the
glide plate, you may want to touch each of the pitch-bend plates to ensure the latter are not
triggering the former.
Tip: It may be useful to test the sensitivity of any of the sensors with a constant breath output.
You can set the EWI5000 to do this at any time during calibration by setting the Breath
Parameter Knob to a high setting so that a dot appears in the display.
For reference, you can see an overview of the entire menu structure of Setup Mode in
Appendix > Menu Structure > Setup Mode.
Key Delay (Note Keys) and Program Button
To calibrate the note keys and Program Button:
1.
Press and hold the Setup Button to enter Setup Mode.
2.
Press the Hold Button or Interval Button to scroll through the options until CL
(Calibration) appears in the display.
3.
Release the Setup Button. The display will show the current sensor. Use the Hold
Button or Interval Button to dL (Key Delay).
4.
Turn the Chorus Parameter Knob to adjust the note keys' sensitivity. 00 is the lowest
sensitivity, while 99 is the highest.
You can touch the note keys or Program Button to test the setting. The Setup Button
LED will light up when the EWI5000 detects that you are touching a note key. The Trans
Button LED will light up when the EWI5000 detects that you are touching the Program
Button.
5.
To return to Performance Mode, press the Setup Button until the display is blank.
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Breath Sensor
To calibrate the breath sensor:
1.
Press and hold the Setup Button to enter Setup Mode.
2.
Press the Hold Button or Interval Button to scroll through the options until CL
(Calibration) appears in the display.
3.
Release the Setup Button. The display will show the current sensor. Use the Hold
Button or Interval Button to bS (Breath Sensor).
4.
You can use the Chorus, LFO, and Reverb Parameter Knobs to adjust the sensor. You
can also blow into the mouthpiece to test the setting. The Setup Button LED will light up
when the EWI5000 detects your breath in the mouthpiece. The Trans Button LED will
light up when the breath sensor is at its maximum value.
5.
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Turn the Chorus Parameter Knob to adjust the breath sensor's sensitivity. 00 is the
lowest sensitivity, while 99 is the highest. We recommend turning this knob while not
blowing into the mouthpiece and setting it just below the point where the Setup
Button LED lights up.
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Turn the LFO Parameter Knob to adjust the breath sensor's dynamic range. 00 is
the smallest range, while 99 is the largest. We recommend blowing into the
mouthpiece with your "maximum" force and setting this knob just above the point
where the Trans Button LED lights up.
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Turn the Reverb Parameter Knob to adjust the breath sensor's rate of change. 00
is the lowest rate, while 99 is the highest.
To return to Performance Mode, press the Setup Button until the display is blank.
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Glide Plate
To calibrate the glide plate:
1.
Press and hold the Setup Button to enter Setup Mode.
2.
Press the Hold Button or Interval Button to scroll through the options until CL
(Calibration) appears in the display.
3.
Release the Setup Button. The display will show the current sensor. Use the Hold
Button or Interval Button to GL (Glide Plate).
4.
You can use the Chorus, LFO, and Reverb Parameter Knobs to adjust the sensor. You
can touch the glide plate to test the setting. The Setup Button LED will light up when the
EWI5000 detects you are touching the glide plate. The Trans Button LED will light up
when the glide plate is at its maximum value.
•
Turn the Chorus Parameter Knob to adjust the glide plate's sensitivity. 00 is the
lowest sensitivity, while 99 is the highest. We recommend turning this knob while not
touching the glide plate and setting it just below the point where the Setup Button
LED lights up.
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Turn the LFO Parameter Knob to adjust the glide plate's dynamic range. 00 is the
smallest range, while 99 is the largest. We recommend touching the glide plate as
you would to get a maximum value, and setting this knob just above the point where
the Trans Button LED lights up.
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Turn the Reverb Parameter Knob to adjust the glide plate's rate of change. 00 is
the lowest rate, while 99 is the highest.
Important: You may also want to touch each of the pitch-bend plates to ensure they are
not triggering the glide plate. The glide plate and pitch-bend plates are all partially
associated, so their sensitivities may need to be adjusted relative to each other.
5.
To return to Performance Mode, press the Setup Button until the display is blank.
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Pitch-Bend Plates
To calibrate the pitch-bend plates:
1.
Press and hold the Setup Button to enter Setup Mode.
2.
Press the Hold Button or Interval Button to scroll through the options until CL
(Calibration) appears in the display.
3.
Release the Setup Button. The display will show the current sensor. Use the Hold
Button or Interval Button to PU (Pitch-Bend Up Plate) or Pd (Pitch-Bend Down
Plate).
4.
You can use the Chorus, LFO, and Reverb Parameter Knobs to adjust the sensor. You
can touch the pitch-bend plate to test the setting. The Setup Button LED will light up
when the EWI5000 detects you are touching the pitch-bend plate. The Trans Button LED
will light up when the pitch-bend plate is at its maximum value.
•
Turn the Chorus Parameter Knob to adjust the pitch-bend plate's sensitivity. 00 is
the lowest sensitivity, while 99 is the highest. We recommend turning this knob while
not touching the pitch-bend plate and setting it just below the point where the
Setup Button LED lights up.
•
Turn the LFO Parameter Knob to adjust the pitch-bend plate's dynamic range. 00
is the smallest range, while 99 is the largest. We recommend touching the pitchbend plate as you would to get a maximum value, and setting this knob just above
the point where the Trans Button LED lights up.
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Turn the Reverb Parameter Knob to adjust the pitch-bend plate's rate of change.
00 is the lowest rate, while 99 is the highest.
Important: You may want to touch other pitch-bend plate or glide plate to ensure they
are not triggering the pitch-bend plate you are adjusting. The glide plate and pitch-bend
plates are all partially associated, so their sensitivities may need to be adjusted relative to
each other.
5.
To return to Performance Mode, press the Setup Button until the display is blank.
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Assigning Controls
There are three important settings you should set for your EWI5000: the MIDI channel it will
use to send its messages, the function of the Hold Button, and the function of the Interval
Button.
Additionally, you can assign the note keys to select specific Programs when you are touching
the Program Button. This can make Program selection quick and easy.
Click one of the settings below to skip to that part of the chapter.
MIDI Channel
Hold Button
Interval Button
For reference, you can see an overview of the entire menu structure of Setup Mode in
Appendix > Menu Structure > Setup Mode.
MIDI Channel
The EWI5000 will send MIDI messages over an assigned MIDI channel. This channel is also
the synth's input channel.
To set the MIDI Channel:
1.
Press and hold the Setup Button to enter Setup Mode.
2.
Use the Hold Button or Interval Button to scroll through the options until CH (Channel)
appears in the display.
3.
Release the Setup Button. The current MIDI channel number will appear in the display.
4.
Select the MIDI channel number you want by pressing the Hold Button (to increase the
value) or Interval Button (to decrease the value).
5.
Press the Setup Button to return to Performance Mode.
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Hold Button
When you press the Hold Button, the EWI5000 will enter Hold Mode, which allows you to play
and hold a note and then play another note or melody line over that held note. The held note
will remain as long as you are playing a legato phrase. When you end the phrase or articulate a
new phrase, the original held note will end, and the new note will then become the held note.
To set the function of the Hold Button:
1.
Press and hold the Setup Button to enter Setup Mode.
2.
Press the Hold Button or Interval Button to scroll through the options until Ho (Hold)
appears in the display.
3.
Release the Setup Button. The display will show the current mode. Use the Hold Button
or Interval Button to select any of the following options:
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OF (Off): The Hold Button will be disabled.
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LE (Legato Hold Mode): Pressing the Hold Button before playing a note will
activate Hold Mode. The first note you play (or are currently playing) after pressing
the Hold Button will be held out even as you continue play different notes after that
using the same breath. Starting a new phrase (i.e., taking a breath and blowing into
the mouthpiece again) will result in a new held note. Deactivate Hold Mode by
pressing the Hold Button again.
Press the Trans Button to enable or disable latching for this mode (when enabled, a
dot will appear in the display). When latching is enabled, you can activate or
deactivate Hold Mode as described above. When latching is disabled, you can
activate Hold Mode by pressing and holding the Hold Button, and deactivate Hold
Mode by releasing it.
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nL (Non-Legato Hold Mode): Pressing the Hold Button while playing a note will
activate Hold Mode. The note you play while pressing the Hold Button will be held
out even as you play different notes after that. Deactivate Hold Mode by pressing
the Hold Button again.
Press the Trans Button to enable or disable latching for this mode (when enabled, a
dot will appear in the display). When latching is enabled, you can activate or
deactivate Hold Mode as described above. When latching is disabled, you can
activate Hold Mode by pressing and holding the Hold Button, and deactivate Hold
Mode by releasing it.
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UP (Up): Pressing the Hold Button will select the next-highest Program. See
Managing Programs > Selecting Programs for more information.
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4.
CC (Continuous Controller): The Hold Button will send a MIDI Continuous
Controller (CC) message. If you select this, press the Trans Button to set additional
message parameters:
o
Cn (Controller Number): This is the CC number that will be sent when you
press the Hold Button. Use the Hold Button or Interval Button to set the CC
number (01–127; values over 99 will be shown as the last two digits with a dot
between them). Match this number to the CC number of the parameter you
want to control.
o
dU (Data-Up): The value that will be sent with the CC message when you
release the Hold Button. Use the Hold Button or Interval Button to set the
value (00–127; values over 99 will be shown as the last two digits with a dot
between them).
o
dP (Data-Press): The value that will be sent with the CC message when you
press the Hold Button. Use the Hold Button or Interval Button to set the
value (00–127; values over 99 will be shown as the last two digits with a dot
between them).
o
LA (Latching): This determines if the Hold Button acts as a latching control or
momentary control. If you select this, press and hold the Trans Button to set
additional message parameters:
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OF (Off): When you press and hold the Hold Button, the Data-Press value
will be sent. When you release the Hold Button, the Data-Up value will be
sent.
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on (On): When you press the Hold Button, the Data-Press value will be
sent. When you press the Hold Button again, the Data-Up value will be
sent.
To return to Performance Mode, press the Setup Button until the display is blank.
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Interval Button
When you press the Interval Button, the EWI5000 will enter Interval Mode, which will cause
an additional note—at a particular interval—to sound above or below the fingered note,
creating a harmonized sound.
Important: While in Interval Mode, portamento messages from the glide plate will be disabled.
To set the function of the Interval Button:
1.
Press and hold the Setup Button to enter Setup Mode.
2.
Press the Hold Button or Interval Button to scroll through the options until In (Interval)
appears in the display.
3.
Release the Setup Button. The display will show the current mode. Use the Hold Button
or Interval Button to select any of the following options:
•
OF (Off): The Interval Button will be disabled.
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Fd (Fixed Interval Mode): Pressing the Interval Button will let you play a harmony
note at an interval you set here. Deactivate Interval Mode by pressing the Interval
Button again.
If you select this, press and hold the Trans Button, and then use the Hold Button
and Interval Button to set the interval in semitones (-24 to +24).
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rt (Real-Time Mode): Pressing the Interval Button while playing a note will activate
Interval Mode. After that, play a second note. The harmony note will use the interval
between those two notes as the interval until you deactivate Interval Mode.
Deactivate Interval Mode by pressing the Interval Button again.
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dn (Down): Pressing the Interval Button will select the next-lowest Program. See
Managing Programs > Selecting Programs for more information.
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4.
CC (Continuous Controller): The Interval Button will send a MIDI Continuous
Controller (CC) message. If you select this, press the Trans Button to set additional
message parameters:
o
Cn (Controller Number): This is the CC number that will be sent when you
press the Interval Button. Use the Hold Button or Interval Button to set the
CC number (01–127; values over 99 will be shown as the last two digits with a
dot between them). Match this number to the CC number of the parameter you
want to control.
o
dU (Data-Up): The value that will be sent with the CC message when you
release the Interval Button. Use the Hold Button or Interval Button to set the
value (00–127; values over 99 will be shown as the last two digits with a dot
between them).
o
dP (Data-Press): The value that will be sent with the CC message when you
press the Interval Button. Use the Hold Button or Interval Button to set the
value (00–127; values over 99 will be shown as the last two digits with a dot
between them).
o
LA (Latching): This determines if the Interval Button acts as a latching control
or momentary control. If you select this, press and hold the Trans Button to
set additional message parameters:

OF (Off): When you press and hold the Interval Button, the Data-Press
value will be sent. When you release the Interval Button, the Data-Up
value will be sent.

on (On): When you press the Interval Button, the Data-Press value will be
sent. When you press the Interval Button again, the Data-Up value will be
sent.
To return to Performance Mode, press the Setup Button until the display is blank.
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Managing Programs
Programs are settings or presets stored in the EWI5000's internal memory. You can switch
from one Program to another to change your sound and sensor settings instantly.
There are two banks of Programs: the Preset Bank and the User Bank. In each bank, there
are 100 Programs (00–99). By default, the two banks are identical, but you can overwrite User
Programs with your own Programs, while the Preset Programs cannot be overwritten.
To view the current Program, simply touch the touch the Program Button (the screw just
above the Pitch-Bend Up Plate).
To switch between the Preset Bank and User Bank, simply press the Bank Button. The
LED next to the currently selected bank will light up.
Learn more about Selecting Programs or Saving Programs in this chapter.
Selecting Programs
You can select Programs in one of three ways:
Using the Program Button
Using the Hold Button and/or Interval Button
Using the Note Keys
You can also use the EWI5000 to select Programs In an External MIDI Sound Module or
Software.
Using the Program Button
1.
Make sure you are in the desired bank (Preset or User). If not, press the Bank Button to
select it.
2.
Without touching any note keys, touch the Program Button (the screw just above the
Pitch-Bend Up Plate). The current Program will appear in the display.
3.
While still touching the Program Button, press the Hold Button to move to the next
Program, or press the Interval Button to move to the previous Program.
4.
When you see the desired Program in the display, release the Program Button. The
Program is now selected.
Note: While touching the Program Button, no sound will play if you blow into the mouthpiece.
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Using the Hold Button and/or Interval Button
Note: You can use just the Hold Button, just the Interval Button, or both buttons to select
Programs. In other words, these two buttons' functions can be independent of each other.
1.
Make sure you are in the desired bank (Preset or User). If not, press the Bank Button to
select it.
2.
Make sure you have set the Hold Button to UP (described in Assigning Controls > Hold
Button) and/or the Interval Button to dn (described in Assigning Controls > Interval
Button).
3.
Press the Hold Button to move to the next-highest Program, and/or press the Interval
Button to move the next-lowest Program. You can also press and hold it to move quickly
through the available Programs.
Using the Note Keys
You can assign Program numbers to specific note keys, allowing you to select Programs more
quickly than scrolling through them with the Hold Button or Interval Button. You must assign
a Program to a note key first, though.
To assign a Program to a note key:
1.
Make sure your PC (Program Change) setting has dP (Direct Program) enabled. See In
an External MIDI Sound Module or Software to learn how to do this.
2.
Select the Program number you want to assign (using any of the methods described in
this chapter, Selecting Programs).
3.
Touch the Program Button, and press the Setup Button. The Program number will flash
in the display.
4.
Touch the desired note key and blow into the mouthpiece. The Program is now assigned
to the note key you were touching. (If you touch more than one note key during this step,
the Program will be assigned to the top-most note key you are touching.)
Note: While touching the Program Button, no sound will play if you blow into the mouthpiece.
To select a Program using the note keys:
1.
Make sure your PC (Program Change) setting has dP (Direct Program) enabled. See In
an External MIDI Sound Module or Software to learn how to do this.
2.
Make sure you are in the desired bank (Preset or User). If not, press the Bank Button to
select it.
3.
Without touching any note keys, touch the Program Button (the screw just above the
Pitch-Bend Up Plate). The current Program will appear in the display.
4.
While still touching the Program Button, touch the note key assigned to the desired
Program. (If you touch more than one note key during this step, the Program that is
selected will be the one assigned to the top-most note key you are touching.)
5.
After the assigned Program number appears in the display, blow into the mouthpiece.
The Program is now selected.
6.
Release the Program Button.
Note: While touching the Program Button, no sound will play if you blow into the mouthpiece.
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In an External MIDI Sound Module or Software
You can use the EWI5000 to send a MIDI Program Change message to a connected external
MIDI sound module or to software on a connected computer. To do this, follow the same
steps as described above. When you select a new Program on the EWI5000, it sends a MIDI
Program Change message of the same number to your external sound module.
In order to do this properly, configure the settings described below.
1.
Press and hold the Setup Button to enter Setup Mode.
2.
Press the Hold Button or Interval Button to scroll through the options until PC
(Program Change) appears in the display.
3.
Release the Setup Button. The display will show the current mode. Use the Hold Button
or Interval Button to select any of the following options:
4.
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dP (Direct Program): When this is on, you can touch the Program Button and then
touch a note key assigned to a Program to send the Program Change message. (To
assign Programs to the note keys, please see Using the Note Keys.) Press the
Trans Button to turn it on or off. When it is on, a dot will appear in the display.
•
Ot (Out): When this is on, the EWI5000 can send Program Change messages from
its USB Port and MIDI Out. When this is off, the EWI5000 will not send any Program
Change messages externally. Press the Trans Button to turn it on or off. When it is
on, a dot will appear in the display.
Press the Setup Button to return to Performance Mode.
Saving Programs
To save a Program:
1.
Make sure the current Program has all of the settings you want to save.
2.
Press the Save Button. The "destination" User Program number will then blink in the
display.
3.
Use the Hold Button and Interval Button to select the User Program number you want
to save to.
4.
Press the Save Button again to save the Program, or press any other button to cancel
the operation.
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Using Effects (FX)
You can use the EWI5000's FX Menu to apply and edit three different effects to its audio
output: Reverb, Chorus, and Delay.
Important: Your EWI5000's audio output must be enabled to edit its effects. If you are using it
as a MIDI controller only (its Preset LED or User LED is flashing), enable its audio output by
pressing and holding the Power Button until its Preset LED or User LED is lit solid.
To enter the FX Menu, press and hold the FX Button, and then use the Hold Button and
Interval Button to select rb (Reverb), ch (Chorus), or dL (Delay). Release the FX Button to
edit that effect's parameters, described below in each section.
To exit the FX Menu, press the FX Button once.
Learn more about setting the parameters for the Reverb, Chorus, and Delay effects in this
chapter.
Reverb
Reverb is a spatial effect, simulating the nuanced reverberation of sound in the space of a
particular room.
To edit the Reverb effect:
1.
Press and hold the FX Button, and then use the Hold Button and Interval Button to
select rb (Reverb).
2.
Release the FX Button. The effect level will appear in the display.
3.
To set the effect level, use the Hold Button and Interval Button (00–99).
Tip: You can also set the effect level by using EWI5000's Reverb Parameter Knob.
To select another parameter to edit, or press and hold the Trans Button or Level Button,
use the Hold Button and Interval Button to select the parameter, and then release the
Trans Button or Level Button:
4.
•
ut (Wet/Dry): This determines the blend between the "wet" (affected) and "dry"
(unaffected) signal. 00 is all dry, and 99 is all wet, while 50 is approximately an equal
mix of both.
•
dP (Damping): This determines how much higher frequencies are absorbed by the
simulated room as the reverbating sound decays over the time. At 00, no high
frequencies are absorbed, allowing for their maximum decay time. A setting of 99
results in the most absorption of higher frequencies, creating a warmer sound.
•
ud (Width): This determines the width of the stereo image generated by the reverb.
00 produces the narrowest stereo image, while 99 produces the widest.
•
rS (Room Size): This determines the size of the room that the reverb will simulate.
00 corresponds to a small room size, while 99 corresponds to a large one.
Press the FX Button once to exit the FX Menu.
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Chorus
The Chorus effect modulates the pitch and a delay of the input signal, which are then added to
the dry signal. In small amounts, this creates the illusion of multiple voices playing at once.
To edit the Chorus effect:
1.
Press and hold the FX Button, and then use the Hold Button and Interval Button to
select ch (Chorus).
2.
Release the FX Button. The effect level will appear in the display.
3.
To set the effect level, use the Hold Button and Interval Button (00–99).
Tip: You can also set the effect level by using EWI5000's Chorus Parameter Knob.
To select another parameter to edit, or press and hold the Trans Button or Level Button,
use the Hold Button and Interval Button to select the parameter, and then release the
Trans Button or Level Button:
•
rt (Rate): This determines the rate of the chorus effect. 00 corresponds to a rate of
1.0 Hz, while 99 corresponds to a rate of 3.0 Hz.
•
dP (Depth): This determines the depth or intensity of the chorus effect. 00 is a
subtle depth, while 99 produces a very obviously modulated sound.
Tip: To produce more pronounced "shimmering" and "watery" sounds, set the
Depth to higher values.
4.
Press the FX Button once to exit the FX Menu.
Delay
The Delay effect produces an echo of the original signal for a specified period of time.
To edit the Delay effect:
1.
Press and hold the FX Button, and then use the Hold Button and Interval Button to
select dL (Delay).
2.
Release the FX Button. The effect level will appear in the display.
3.
To set the effect level, use the Hold Button and Interval Button (00–99).
Tip: You can also set the effect level by pressing and holding EWI5000's Trans Button
while turning the Bite Parameter Knob.
To select another parameter to edit, or press and hold the Trans Button or Level Button,
use the Hold Button and Interval Button to select the parameter, and then release the
Trans Button or Level Button:
4.
•
dt (Time): This determines the rate of the delay effect. 00 corresponds to a rate of
0.1 ms, while 99 corresponds to a rate of 742.9 ms. Each increment is
approximately 7.5 ms.
•
Fb (Feedback): This determines how much of the effect's signal is routed back into
the effect again. No signal is fed back into the effect at 00, while 99 produces a lot
of feedback. Be careful if you set this to high values!
Press the FX Button once to exit the FX Menu.
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Fingering Modes
The EWI5000 lets you select from different fingering modes to accommodate different styles of
playing.
To select a fingering mode:
1.
Press and hold the Setup Button to enter Setup Mode.
2.
Use the Hold Button or Interval Button to scroll through the options until Fn (Fingering)
appears in the display.
3.
Release the Setup Button. The display will show the current mode. Use the Hold Button
or Interval Button to select any of the following options:
4.
•
EI (Standard EWI): This is the standard fingering for the EWI5000, based on the
fingering of conventional woodwind instruments.
•
SA (Saxophone): This fingering resembles that of a standard saxophone. In this
mode, the EWI will ignore fingers that are two notes below the highest note.
•
FL (Flute): This fingering resembles that of a standard C flute, though flutists will
have to familiarize themselves with a few new fingerings to properly adapt their
performance to the EWI5000.
•
Ob (Oboe): This fingering resembles that of a standard oboe, though oboists will
have to familiarize themselves with a few new fingerings to properly adapt their
performance to the EWI5000.
•
Eu (Standard EVI*): EVI stands for electric valve instrument. This fingering may be
useful to players who wish to use fingerings closer to those of a brass instrument.
•
Er (EVI with reversed octave rollers): This fingering most closely resembles the
movement of the left wrist on an actual EVI (recommended mostly for experienced
EVI players).
Press the Setup Button to return to Performance Mode.
Please refer to Appendix > Fingering Charts to see the differences between the various
fingering modes.
For reference, you can see an overview of the entire menu structure of Setup Mode in
Appendix > Menu Structure > Setup Mode.
* Special thanks to Matt Traum of Patchman Music (patchmanmusic.com) for the development of EVI fingering.
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Restoring Default Settings
To return all of the EWI5000's settings to its factory defaults:
1.
Disconnect the EWI5000 from your computer.
2.
Power off the EWI5000 by pressing and holding the Power Button for a full second and
then releasing it.
3.
Press and hold the Setup Button, Trans Button, FX Button, and Level Button.
4.
Power on the EWI5000 by pressing and holding the Power Button for a full second.
5.
Release all buttons.
Updating the Firmware
The EWI5000's firmware is easy to update. Follow these steps to update the firmware and
take advantage of any new and improved features or functions.
Tip: We recommend visiting akaipro.com/ewi5000 occasionally to check for available
updates to the EWI5000 firmware, EWI5000 Sound Editor, and documentation.
To update the EWI5000's software:
1.
Visit akaipro.com/ewi5000 and:
•
download and unzip the latest firmware file
•
download and install the latest EWI5000 Sound Editor
2.
Connect your EWI5000's USB Port to your computer.
3.
Open the EWI5000 Sound Editor.
4.
In the editor, click the Settings button.
5.
Click the Update button next to the Firmware Version number.
6.
In the window that appears, locate and select the .syx file, and click Open. The update
will begin.
When the update process is succesfully completed, Gd will appear in your EWI5000's
display.
If the update process was not successful, nG will appear in your EWI5000's display. If
this happens, disconnect EWI5000 from your computer, and start again from Step 2.
7.
Disconnect EWI5000 from your computer and make sure it is powered off. When you
power it on again, you will be ready to play the EWI5000 with the latest firmware!
If you encounter any other issues, contact us at akaipro.com/support.
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Appendix
Fingering Charts
K1 K2 K3 K4 K5 K6
K7 K8 K9 K10 K11 K12 K13
The above diagram shows how the note keys are referenced in the following charts for the
various fingering modes:
EWI
Oboe
Saxophone
EVI
Flute
EVI Reversed
Use your left hand to play K1–K6, and use your right hand to play K7–K13.
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EWI
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Saxophone
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Flute
* You can press K8, K9, or K10—or any combination of those note keys—to play this A#.
** This is the only non-flute fingering that flute players will need to learn.
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Oboe
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EVI
EVI Reversed
The EVI Reversed fingering is identical to the EVI fingering, but the octave rollers are reversed.
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Menu Structures
This chapter outlines the structure of menus and submenus you can access on the EWI5000.
The menus, settings, and values will be shown in the EWI5000's display. These overviews of
the menus may help you familiarize yourself with navigating the various controls.
Setup Mode
Menus
Values
CH (MIDI Channel)
01-16
dL (Note Delay)
00-20
Fn (Fingering Mode)
EI (EWI)
SA (Saxophone)
FL (Flute)
Ob (Oboe)
Ev (EVI)
Er (EVI Reversed)
Ho (Hold Button)
OF (Off)
LE (Legato Hold)
Latching, non-latching
nL (non-Legato Hold)
Latching, non-latching
Up (Program-Up)
CC (MIDI CC)
Cn (Contoller Number)
00-127
dU (Data-Up)
00-127
dP (Data-Press)
00-127
LA (Latching)
On, OF (Off)
Cn (Contoller Number)
00-127
dU (Data-Up)
00-127
dP (Data-Press)
00-127
LA (Latching)
On, OF (Off)
In (Interval Button)
OF (Off)
Fd (Fixed Interval)
rt (Real-Time)
dn (Program-Down)
CC (Continuous Controller)
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Menus
Values
bS (Breath Sensor)
vo (Volume)
OF (Off)
Lr (Low-Resolution)
Hr (High-Resolution)
EP (Expression)
OF (Off)
Lr (Low-Resolution)
Hr (High-Resolution)
PP (Aftertouch)
On, Off
CP (Channel Pressure)
On, Off
br (Breath)
OF (Off)
Lr (Low-Resolution)
Hr (High-Resolution)
CC (Continuous Controller)
En (Enable)
On, OF (Off)
Cn (Controller Number)
00-127
nb (No Breath)
00-127
br (Breath)
00-127
LV (Lock Velocity)
On (01-127), Off
Ct (Capture Delay)
01-10
CS (Constant Output)
On, Off
bt (Bite Sensor)
FL (Filter)
On, Off
Pb (Pitch-Bend)
On (-63 to +63), Off
bS (Breath Sensor)
On (-99 to +99), Off
CC (Continuous Controller)
En (Enable)
On, OF (Off)
Cn (Controller Number)
00-127
nb (Not Biting)
00-127
bt (Biting)
00-127
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Menus
Values
GL (Glide Plate)
Pt (Portamento Time)
En (Enable)
On, OF (Off)
dU (Data-Up)
00-127
dP (Data-Press)
00-127
On, Off
PS (Portamento Switch)
Lt (Legato Time)
En (Enable)
On, OF (Off)
dU (Data-Up)
00-127
dP (Data-Press)
00-127
En (Enable)
On, OF (Off)
Cn (Controller Number)
00-127
dU (Data-Up)
00-127
dP (Data-Press)
00-127
CC (Continuous Controller)
PU (Pitch-Bend Up)
On (-63 to +63), Off
Pb (Pitch-Bend)
CC (Continuous Controller)
En (Enable)
On, OF (Off)
Cn (Controller Number)
00-127
dU (Data-Up)
00-127
dP (Data-Press)
00-127
Pd (Pitch-Bend Down)
On (-63 to +63), Off
Pb (Pitch-Bend)
CC (Continuous Controller)
En (Enable)
On, OF (Off)
Cn (Controller Number)
00-127
dU (Data-Up)
00-127
dP (Data-Press)
00-127
PC (Program Change)
dP (Direct Program)
On, Off
Ot (Out)
On, Off
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Menus
Values
CL (Calibration)
dL (Key Delay)
Sensitivity (Chorus Knob)
00-99
bS (Breath Sensor)
Sensitivity (Chorus Knob)
00-99
Dynamic Range (LFO Knob)
00-99
GL (Glide Plate)
PU (Pitch-Bend Up Plate)
Rate of Change (Reverb Knob)
00-99
Sensitivity (Chorus Knob)
00-99
Dynamic Range (LFO Knob)
00-99
Rate of Change (Reverb Knob)
00-99
Sensitivity (Chorus Knob)
00-99
Dynamic Range (LFO Knob)
00-99
Rate of Change (Reverb Knob)
Pd (Pitch-Bend Down Plate) Sensitivity (Chorus Knob)
00-99
00-99
Dynamic Range (LFO Knob)
00-99
Rate of Change (Reverb Knob)
00-99
FX (Effects)
Menus
Values
rb (Reverb)
ut (Wet/Dry)
00-99
dP (Damping)
00-99
ud (Width)
00-99
rS (Room Size)
00-99
Ch (Chorus)
rt (Rate)
00-99
dP (Depth)
00-99
dL (Delay)
dt (Time)
00-99
Fb (Feedback)
00-99
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Technical Specifications
MIDI Output Channels Over USB 1
Note Keys
13 note keys
Octave Rollers
8 rollers; 7-octave range
Plates
2 pitch-bend
1 glide plate
2 ground
Inputs / Outputs
1 USB port
1 5-pin DIN MIDI output
1 1/4" (6.35mm) TRS line output
1 1/8" (3.5mm) TRS headphone output
Power
Rechargable lithium-ion battery (included; charges via USB)
Dimensions
EWI5000:
(width x depth x height)
2.4" x 26.6" x 1.7"
6.1 cm x 67.6 cm x 4.3 cm
Wireless Receiver:
2.4" x 4.8" x 3.6"
6.1 cm x 12.2 cm x 9.1 cm
Weight
EWI5000:
1.98 lbs.
0.90 kg
Wireless Receiver:
0.29 lbs.
0.13 kg
Specifications are subject to change without notice.
Trademarks and Licenses
Akai Professional and EWI are trademarks of inMusic Brands, Inc., registered in the U.S. and
other countries.
Phillips is a registered trademark of the Phillips Screw Company in the United States and other
countries.
SONiVOX is a trademark of SONiVOX, registered in the U.S. and other countries.
All other product or company names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their
respective owners.
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