experiences with Akai EWI USB anyone?

Sep 19, 2009 at 4:40pm

experiences with Akai EWI USB anyone?

I saw on the net the Akai EWI USB wind controller http://www.musicstore.de:80/en_EN/PTE/Computer/-/art-SYN0003397-000
For 368 euro, it seems a reasonable price and I am tempted to buy one. However, is it possible to communicate with MaxMSP? Anyone has experiences with it?

Sep 20, 2009 at 1:21am

Don’t know about the EWI USB, but if it’s a MIDI controller (must be a MIDI keyboard if it’s like a Yamaha WX5), then no problem at all to communicate with Max.
I would recommend that you download the EWI’s manual to be aware of the specifics.

Sep 20, 2009 at 8:16pm

From here:


“EWI USB sends out MIDI information over a standard USB connection…”

bummer. I was hoping for better than MIDI.


Apr 1, 2014 at 1:02am

I don’t knwo if i’m on a good topic but I’ve problems with my EWI.
I want to control Reason 7 with my EWI, with the pitch bend include in the machine. But with the patch below I have an error message :
“queue stepped on itself”
I don’t understand why, because Reason don’t send informations to Max. When I launch the audio, the message “queue stepped on itself” stop !
Is someone can help me ?

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Apr 2, 2014 at 7:04pm


While I haven’t used an EWI I just saw this piece of software that maximizes the EWI’s functionality in Reason. It’s called Instant EWI and here is a video demo – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t9HxG1rz2AU

Hope that helps,


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