I am of two minds of this. While I LOVE my EWI 4000s, with it’s great analog synth engine, the EWI 5000 offers a number of interesting improvements (wireless, rechargeable battery, etc). My “beef” with the 5000 is that it just doesn’t sound like an “EWI”. You don’t sound like Brecker with it. You sound like you are trying (and generally failing) to be whatever SAMPLE you are playing. Flute, clarinet, harmonica, whatever.
Now, if they come out with an EWI 6000 that marries the 4000s and 5000s together, I’d buy one.
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.
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.