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Manual Version 1.0

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  • Page 1 Sound Editor User Guide English Manual Version 1.0...
  • Page 2: Table Of Contents

    Table of Contents Introduction..........................4 About the EWI5000 Sound Editor ..................4 System Requirements and Product Support ..............4 Installation ..........................5 ® Windows .......................... 5 ® Mac OS X ......................... 5 Overview ............................6 Graphical Interface ....................... 6 Operation ............................ 7 Using the Controls ........................
  • Page 3 Control Panel ........................11 Main Page ........................11 Amp Controls ..........................11 Pitch Controls ..........................12 Filter Controls ..........................13 LFO Controls ..........................14 Envelope Controls ........................15 Effects Page ........................17 Reverb............................17 Chorus ............................18 Delay ............................19 Settings Page ........................
  • Page 4: Introduction

    EWI5000's sound library on your Mac or PC. Connect EWI5000 to your computer via USB; call up any instrument from the library; and use the filter, two LFOs, pan knob, tune control, and multiple envelopes to tweak it into something entirely new.
  • Page 5: Installation

    Installation ® Windows Double-click the .exe installer file you downloaded. Follow the on-screen instructions. ® Mac OS X Double-click the .pkg installer file you downloaded. Follow the on-screen instructions.
  • Page 6: Overview

    Program Management Control Panel The EWI5000 Sound Editor has a straightforward user interface that can be broken down into two main sections. The Program Management section is always visible. The Control Panel changes depending on what you have selected. Program Management: The buttons in this section let you select or save the Preset Bank or User Bank, switch EWI5000 between Synth Mode or Controller Mode.
  • Page 7: Operation

    Operation Using the Controls Here is how to use EWI5000 Sound Editor's controls: Sliders: Click and drag sliders up or down (or left or right) to set them. The slider's value will appear next to it. Knobs: Click and drag knobs clockwise or counterclockwise to set them.
  • Page 8: Modes

    USB) as a hardware MIDI controller for your music software or external synthesizer module. While in this mode, you can view only the Settings page. To select the mode, click the Mode button at the (next to the EWI5000 logo) to switch between Synth Mode and Controller Mode.
  • Page 9: Program Management

    Program Management While in Synth Mode, you can access your EWI5000's Programs to edit them and save them for later use. Selecting Programs To select a Program: Click the Preset Bank button or User Bank button to select whether you want a Preset Program or a User Program, respectively.
  • Page 10: Saving Programs

    Saving Programs Important: All Programs are saved to the User Bank. To save a Program: Click the Save button next to the User Bank button. In the window that appears, click the drop-down menu, and then select the Program number to which you want to save the current Program settings.
  • Page 11: Control Panel

    Amp Controls Volume: Use this slider to raise or lower the Program's volume. Important: This is different from EWI5000's Level Button, which affects the volume of all Programs. Pan: Use this knob to set the Program's panning in the stereo field.
  • Page 12: Pitch Controls

    CC1: Use this knob to set the LFO1 depth according to the CC1 (mod wheel) values sent from EWI5000. Note: EWI5000 must be set to send CC1 modulation messages to hear this. • Breath: Use this knob to set how much Breath control affects the LFO1 depth. The more air you blow into the mouthpiece, the more you will hear the effect.
  • Page 13: Filter Controls

    Env 2: Use this knob to set how much Envelope 2 modulates the filter's cutoff frequency. Breath: Use this knob to set how much EWI5000's breath sensor modulates the filter's cutoff frequency. Its range is -100% to +100%. At positive values, the filter will open more as you blow harder into the mouthpiece.
  • Page 14: Lfo Controls

    LFO Controls LFO1 Freq: Use this knob to set the rate at which LFO1 modulates. Its range is -100% (very slow) to +100% (very fast). Delay: Use this knob to set how much time occurs before the LFO affects the audio. Its range is 10ms to 10.0s. Amp: Use this slider to set the amplitude depth for LFO1.
  • Page 15: Envelope Controls

    Sustain: Use this knob to set the audio level of the note that the Decay stage will descend to. Note: EWI5000 does not use the Release stage of a traditional synth envelope. Key > Decay: Use this knob set how much the Decay value modulates based on the note being played.
  • Page 16 Sustain: Use this knob to set the pitch or filter cutoff that the Decay stage will descend to. Note: EWI5000 does not use the Release stage of a traditional synth envelope. Key > Decay: Use this knob set how much the Decay value modulates based on the pitch or filter cutoff.
  • Page 17: Effects Page

    Amt (Amount): Use this slider to set the Program's Reverb Send level (the same as on the Main page). You can also set this by using EWI5000's Reverb Knob. Wet: Use this knob to raise or lower the blend between the "wet"...
  • Page 18: Chorus

    Amt (Amount): Use this slider to set the Program's Chorus Send level (the same as on the Main page). You can also set this by using EWI5000's Chorus Knob. Rate: Use this knob to adjust the rate of the chorus effect. Its range is 1.0 Hz to 3.0 Hz.
  • Page 19: Delay

    Amount: Use this slider to set the Program's Delay Send level (the same as on the Main page). You can also set this by pressing and holding EWI5000's Trans Button while turning its Bite Knob. Delay: Use this knob to adjust the rate of the delay effect. Its range is 0.1 ms to 742.9 ms.
  • Page 20: Settings Page

    Settings Page The Settings Page lets you configure your EWI5000 to your preference. The settings you can edit are identical to those of your EWI5000's Setup Mode (which you can access by pressing and holding its Setup Button). The following sections describe each tab of the Settings Page.
  • Page 21: Channel / Key Delay

    Channel: Click this field, and then select the MIDI channel you want EWI5000 to send its messages over (1 – 16). Key Delay: Use this slider to set how responsive EWI5000's note keys are to your touch (0 – 20). Depending on your playing style, a too-high or too-low setting may cause you to produce occasional, unexpected sounds.
  • Page 22: Fingering

    Click a checkbox to select the finginering mode you want. This is the standard fingering for the EWI5000, based on the fingering of conventional woodwind instruments. Saxophone This fingering resembles that of a standard saxophone. In this mode, the EWI will ignore fingers that are two notes below the highest note.
  • Page 23: Hold

    Hold When you press EWI5000's Hold Button, the EWI5000 will enter or exit Hold Mode, which allows you to play and hold a note and then play another note or melody line over that held note. Use the Hold tab to determine how EWI5000's Hold Mode works.
  • Page 24 Program Change Up: Select this checkbox to set the Hold Button to select the next-highest Program when you press it. CC (Continuous Controller): Select this checkbox to set Hold Button to transmit MIDI Continuous Controller (CC) data: • CC Number: Use this slider to set the CC number the Hold Button will send. •...
  • Page 25: Interval

    Interval When you press EWI5000's Interval Button, the EWI5000 will enter or exit Interval Mode, which allows you to play a second note at a specified interval from the note you are currently playing. Use the Interval tab to determine how EWI5000's Interval Mode works.
  • Page 26 CC (Continuous Controller): Select this checkbox to set Interval Button to transmit MIDI Continuous Controller (CC) data: • CC Number: Use this slider to set the CC number the Interval Button will send when you press it. • Release: Use this slider to set the CC value the Interval Button will send when you release it (depending on whether or not Latch is selected below).
  • Page 27: Glide

    Legato Time: Enable this to control legato time on an external synth module (i.e., using EWI5000 in Controller Mode). • Release: Use this slider to set the CC value the glide plate will send when you are barely touching it.
  • Page 28 Pedal Switch (CC65): Select this checkbox to set the glide plate to send CC #65 (Portamento On/Off). Some modules may need this message to enable or disable portamento, though the EWI5000 and most modules do not need this. CC (Continuous Controller): You can set the glide plate to transmit other MIDI Continuous Controller (CC) data.
  • Page 29: Pitch Up And Pitch Down

    Pitch-Bend Up or Pitch-Bend Down plate shifts the note's pitch up or down. Use the Pitch Up and Pitch Down tabs to determine how EWI5000's Pitch-Bend Up and Pitch-Bend Down plates work. Each page has identical available parameters.
  • Page 30: Breath

    Important: The Low Resolution and High Resolution options for the Breath, Volume, and Expression settings here affect the EWI5000's MIDI output only (over its USB Port and MIDI Out). These settings do not affect how EWI5000 sends these messages to its internal synth.
  • Page 31 Expression: • Off: Select this checkbox to disable the breath sensor from sending expression messages. • Low Resolution: Select this checkbox to let the breath sensor send expression messages at a low resolution (one CC message). • High Resolution: Select this checkbox to let the breath sensor send expression messages at a high resolution (two CC messages).
  • Page 32: Bite

    Use the Bite tab to determine how EWI5000's bite sensor works. Filter: Select this checkbox if you want the bite sensor to function like that of the Akai Professional EWI4000. When the checkbox is deselected, the bite sensor causes the note's pitch to bend linearly, proportional to the force of your bite.
  • Page 33: Firmware Update

    On all tabs, your EWI5000's firmware version is shown in the lower-right corner of the window. Click the Update button to send a firmware update file (if you have downloaded one) to the EWI5000. Visit akaipro.com/ewi5000 to check for available EWI5000 firmware updates.
  • Page 34: Trademarks And Licenses

    Trademarks and Licenses Akai Professional is a trademark of inMusic Brands, Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. Mac and OS X are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. Windows is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and other countries.
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