Category Archives: Akai EWI

End of an Era – Akai’s EWI 4000S Discontiued

Seems like this happened over the summer (first I have heard about it) but Akai has discontinued the EWI 4000s. Though no where on their website do they indicate this. But a number of dealers are reporting it is so.

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.

EWI Tool Shutting Down

One of the best, maybe even better than the one that ships with it, patch editor for the AKAI EWI4000S is EWITool. Sadly, there was a post by it’s author, Stephen Merrony, saying he’s closing it down.

Hi Everyone,

After ten years(!) it’s time for me to consign EWItool to history.

The patch exchanged has been closed for a while now, and today I changed the project status to ‘Archived’ on GitHub.

In a couple of days I will delete this mailing list to ensure no-one hacks into it in the future.

Happy Playing,

Steve

Stephen Merrony

Sad really, as it was a GREAT tool, written in Java, that allowed you to manage and create patches on your EWI. Go grab a version and the source code for EWITool now.

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.