Wind instrument performers looking for expressive musical capabilities and control in an electronic wind instrument will be thrilled with the Akai Professional EWI Solo Electronic Wind Instrument with Built-In Speaker, a standalone performance instrument with a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, 200 onboard sounds, and an integrated speaker, well suited for the beginner or seasoned pro alike.
The unit features a responsive mouth piece with an air-pressure level sensor and bite sensor for precisely controlling volume and pitch dynamics. There are 14 keys and eight octave rollers allowing the instrument to span a 7-octave range. Multiple finger modes support flute, oboe, and saxophone fingering, as well as an EVI (Electronic Valve Instrument) mode for brass players. The OLED display and edit buttons allow you to quickly adjust and customize your instrument. Tweak the filter, reverb, chorus, LFO, breath amount, bite amount, semitone tuning, fine tuning, and more.
The instrument supports wired audio and USB MIDI connections for integrating with other external performance and production hardware. A 1/4" output can connect directly to a PA system, while the 3.5mm headphone output allows for private practicing. The USB port connects to a computer and transmits MIDI messages as well as charging the instrument. The EWI Solo includes a USB cable and a charging adapter.