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The play-along videos at flutegirl are ideal for any Electronic Wind Instrument Player. Members can stream and download all the play-along videos with backing music only.
What is an EWI?
EWI stands for Electronic Wind Instrument. These digital instruments don't produce any sound out in the real world but can be used with headphones or used to send a signal to a sound system and then mixed with other sounds via a mixer. You can also connect your EWI directly to a computer via MIDI and use your system as a sound module.
There are many advantages to EWI's including:
I have an Akai 4000s that I have used for many years and recently got an Aerophone Mini.
So, in my backpack, I can put my Chromebook to play the Flutegirl Videos, the tablet to charge my Aerophone Mini and also produce the beautiful sounds and also, of course, my Aerophone Mini. I leave an amplifier at my parents' place, and then I'm all set to perform.
I am playing this song with Oboe sound on the Aerophone Mini. The vibrato is automatic on this instrument. All the other instruments in the Aerophone line and the Akai instruments create vibrato by your mouth, much like when playing the saxophone or clarinet.
The EWI 4000s has solid metal buttons that react to skin touch, much like a touch screen. The Aerophone Mini has actual buttons, like a regular keyboard, making it harder to play fast.
When playing the bassoon sound, I have to be quick and accurate playing notes, or else I get that glitchy sound between notes. I had it happen a few times playing this song, but perhaps I needed more coffee.
The Aerophone Mini has three octaves, so unlike the Akai EWI 4000s (6 octaves), you can't just choose the register that works best because some of the notes fall outside the range. Because I arrange music for flute, the music at flutegirl.ca plays nicely with the Aerophone Mini's flute sound.
I think my performance of this song demonstrates very well that I can't play Bb C# D at all. Every single time that little run came along, I messed it up. At least I'm consistent.
I like the Harmonica sound for faster songs as the latency is much less than on some other instruments on the Aerophone Mini.
The French Horn sound on the Aerophone App has a rather pleasing attack, with just a bit of a harsh sound contrasting the very mellow sustain. There is some latency, though not extreme, enough to make my entries a tich late at times.
Alistair Parnell has the best EWI lessons on YouTube. He covers everything from setup to tricks and tips that will help you get the most out of your EWI.
Another fantastic resource for all things EWI is the Patchman site. https://www.patchmanmusic.com/ in the Wind Controller Forum https://www.patchmanmusic.com/forum/, you can talk with other EWI users and find even more resources.
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