Battery Short In EWI4000s

So, after all the work I did getting the battery clip thing, the batteries somehow shorted out and basically melted the battery area in my EWI4000s. The EWI still works fine using the AC Power adapter, but battery part is totally useless. I suppose I could call up Akai again and see if I could get that whole battery holder thing from their parts department.

Though not sure the cost and actually what the part is called. The Akai parts people aren’t all too clear on what parts are either.

Hello from New User!

Hi, this is Steve Scheinberg from the Baltimore, MD area. Found this site, and am newly registered. Looking forward to the discussions and sharing of hints/tips/problems/solutions, etc.

I’m a long time jazz sax player, playing pro gigs in this area. I started with a Yamaha WX-11 and Yamaha VL70m with the Patchman chip a little more than a year ago. Just “moved up” to the EWI 5000.

Finding the adjustment to the new horn not too terrible at all. The WX-11 already acclimated me to the concept of multiple octave keys. Just getting used to the rollers.

Couple quick observations:

As expected, I can play “faster” on the EWI than the WX. I currently have the DL (delay) set to 5 to get the best balance of speed and cleanliness. That may change.

I’m more comfortable transposing up and down octaves on the EWI. Since there’s no thumb rest, it’s less awkward to “re-home” my thumb on the fly.

Gotta stop hitting the left hand bis key when playing a C!!!!

In general, have to learn to not touch keys I don’t mean to touch.

Vibrato still more difficult to get right on the EWI than the WX. With the WX, it’s more natural for a sax player.

I’m really not wild about the built in sounds on the EWI at the moment.  I’ll have to see if I can come up with maybe 2 or 3 “go-to” voices in the event I don’t want to take my VL70m on a particular gig. Hoping Patchman comes up with a set. The VL70m is still in play! May upgrade that to a Motif Rack XS at some point, but the internal EWI sounds are no match for the VL70m.

I saw an article suggesting the removal of the middle right-pinky key. I’d favor that. I took out the screw, and the key did not just pop out. Did not want to force it! Should it come off without it breaking if I pull a little harder??

I do miss the WX’s alternate fingerings that let you jump to several notes in the next octave without changing the octave key. It’s true what many people say — The WX is more sax-like. But as I mentioned, the EWI can be adjusted to with practice.

Looking forward to trying the computer-based editor to maybe tweak some of the internal voices. Might like them better once I doctor them. Seems kind of stupid the way some are voiced in the “wrong” octave, and you have to “home” your octage key thumb up an octave from the default home rollers. I think I can fix that with the editor… right? The VL70m voices are MOSTLY set in the right “home” octave.

Thanks for letting me post, and I look forward to joining the discussions.

— Steve

I messed up both of my EWI 4000s instruments

Did this first mistakingly, then intentionally because I could not believe that the cause of the first failure was something so simple. I connected my ISP technologies Theta Preamp foot pedal  to my EWI 4000s and then I connected headphones using a patch cord and headphone to mono 1/4″ adapter to the Theta output jack hoping to listen to the preamp in headphones with my first EWI 4000s unit.

I played a few notes and noticed that my step sound was very unstable low in volume and by patch changed from 52 to one on it’s own and I was unable to stay stably on my original patch, it kept changing on it’s own to patch number one.

when I disconnected from the theater preamp and used any other amplifier that on stability instability continued and my volume continued to be very low grainy and lacking all character. I repeated these actions the next day using my original trustee EWI 4000 S and got the same results and unstable pitch character and pets changing on it’s own to patch number one or zero.

The Never Ending Quest for an EWI4000s Battery Clip-in

So, I don’t know exactly how to tell the Akai parts people what I need. Basically, I lost the clip in battery holder thing for my EWI4000s. So the first time I called to get the part, they sent me the clip in part…..without the metal connectors. Which is completely useless.

This week, I called them, and the guy seemed to know what he was talking about, and I received two parts. PT1530105, which is the Cover inner. It’s the clip in part which I already had. And PT1504404, Cover terminal. Which is the part that goes over the Cover inner. BUT IT DOESN’T HAVE THE METAL connectors to complete a circuit! Ugh.

Anyone have any ideas what exactly I need to get from them? Part number??

UPDATE

Ok, this is what you need. It is called a Torsion Terminal. You need two of them.

So, in total, you need:
1 – PT1530105 – Cover Inner
1 – PT1504404 – Cover Terminal
2 – MT1510101 – Torsion Terminal

Now we have battery power back!

EWI 5000

EWI5000_angle_1200x750For the Winter 2014 NAMM show, Akai has announced a new EWI.

EWI 5000 comes loaded with more than 3GB of top-quality sounds, including traditional horn, brass, woodwind, and string sounds, plus progressive synths, leads, and other non-traditional sounds. EWI 5000 includes 12 touch-sensitive metal keys on its top and an eight-wheel thumb- controlled octave roller on the bottom. An EVI (Electronic Valve Instrument) Mode is included for brass players, and EWI 5000 also includes eight control knobs for tweaking Filter, Reverb, Chorus, LFO, Breath Amount, Bite Amount, Semitone Tuning, and Fine Tuning. Both USB MIDI and 5-pin MIDI are onboard for controlling software synths or traditional MIDI modules. A 1/4- inch output to connect to an amplifier or PA and an 1/8-inch headphone output for silent practice are included. EWI 5000 charges via USB or wall power and also includes a USB cable, wall adapter, wireless receiver, and a neck strap.

So, basically, an Akai 4000s with USB, a built in rechargeable battery, and some sounds.