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Roland Aerophone AE-10

Roland has introduced a new Digital Wind Instrument. Awesome!

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All the saxophone sounds you need in one instrument

Nothing beats the sound of your favorite acoustic sax, but sometimes its tone might not be quite right for the job at hand. Whatever scenario you’re playing in, the Roland Aerophone AE-10 has the onboard digital sax sounds you need. Choose from alto, tenor, soprano, and baritone sax types that all respond just like their acoustic counterparts to your playing dynamics and articulation, thanks to Roland’s advanced SuperNATURAL modeling technology. Alongside individual sounds, you can pull off a seamless performance with the Full Range feature, automatically switching between sax types by key range.

Review: Suonopuro EWI Sound Library

If you are an EWI 4000S owner, you probably have outgrown the factory presets. And perhaps you already own or know about Patchman’s great presets. So now what? You could design your own patches using the Akai editor. Or you could grab some interesting patches with EWITool2’s patch exchange.

There is now another option for getting some great, unique patches for your EWI 4000s. The Suonopuro EWI presets is a collection of patches that reproduce the sound of some legendary synths. Go check it out. The sounds are very well done and totally worth the price to give your EWI some new sounds.

EWI Tool 2 Enters Public Beta

Steve Merrony has released the first public beta of EWI Tool 2 (rewritten in Java) to the internet

Please see https://github.com/SMerrony/EWItool2/wiki/Using-EWItool before installing and using this release. OS X users please note especially prerequisite number 4.

The jar file below should run on all modern versions of Windows, OS X and Linux providing that the prerequisites referred to above are met.

64-bit Windows users who do not already have Java installed could try the .msi installer file below which packages the required Java runtime with EWItool and installs it privately under your account in Windows without affecting other software or users.

Looks really promising to me. I hope this results in a nice stable editor for modern operating systems, and a vibrant community to share some awesome patches for the EWI 4000s.

EWI Tool Moving to Java

A couple of months ago, Stephen Merrony, the creator of the free EWI4000s patch editor announced he was going to rewrite the thing in Java. While still not idea, Java is worlds better than whatever it was written in (QT?).

Now he is looking for people to test out a beta of it. If you have a 4000s and want to spearhead a project for it to have a better/modern editor, join the EWItool group and sign up to be a tester!