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Old 01-16-2018, 12:02 AM
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Default Best Wind Controllers to use with EWQL libraries

Hi, I'm an amateur composer who uses a midi keyboard to produce orchestral mockups with EWQL Symphonic Orchestra. My current controller is wearing down and I'm considering purchasing a new one, but instead of just getting another keyboard I was thinking about getting a different type of controller. What are the pros and cons of wind controllers (as opposed to say a keyboard or guitar controller) and are there brands generally considered the "best" in the industry?
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Old 01-18-2018, 07:41 AM
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I don't have them myself, so I'll give you this link that I used when I was
considering it myself ... http://www.patchmanmusic.com/WindControllerFAQ.html

Well, you won't be able to do without a keyboard.

One of the pros of such a controller is that the MIDI data is directly related
to your breathing - which can also be one of the biggest cons out there.
I like to hum along when I play, and I'll change my output accordingly.
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Perhaps another solution is to buy a basic MIDI keyboard and use a breath controller to add expression?

Check out the videos of people using the Tec controller on Youtube and elsewhere.
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+1 on the MIDI keyboard and TecControl combo approach. I find that works really well anyway.

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I dont have them myself, so Ill give you this link that I used when I was
considering it myself ... http://www.patchmanmusic.com/WindControllerFAQ.html

Well, you wont be able to do without a keyboard.

One of the pros of such a controller is that the MIDI data is directly related
to your breathing - which can also be one of the biggest cons out there.
I like to hum along when I play, and Ill change my output accordingly.
I need a keyboard to use a wind controller with a sample library? I was under the impression that any controller with a usb input would be detected by a DAW as an instrument be it a keyboard, wind, or other type of controller.
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No, I meant that the EW libraries are intended for use in conjunction with keyboards.
There might be other ways to trigger, but since everybody uses keyboards,
this is what is used to play the libraries.

The Wind Controller is usable also without the keyboard.
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Sockway, you were not entirely clear about what you were trying to do, or what instruments you play.

If you are a wind player then why not buy one of the several MIDI wind instruments available, such as those made by Roland and Akai? It is best to buy a MIDI controller that suits what you play, for example, a keyboard, a guitar, or a wind instrument.
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Default Wind Controllers

Hi all,

I might be a bit late to the 🎉

If could offer some advice with regards to wind controllers.

I currently have 3, an older Yamaha WX11, Akai EWI 5000 and a Roland Aerophone.

All 3 are great controllers but as a retired Sax player I believe the Roland wins hands down, both from its more natural feeling especially the free flow of the breath control, also with the addition of the 4 way thumb control you can add a number of various functions.

It also works faultlessly with iPhone and Android to enable editing of all parameters.

Im new to EW Play so I still have to work out how to use breath control with it, so if anybody has any pointers it would be much appreciated.

Regards

Jeff (Malcolm Jeffries)
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Hi...As per my knowledge controller is that the MIDI data is directly related to your breathing - which can also be one of the biggest cons out there.There might be other ways to trigger, but since everybody uses keyboards, this is what is used to play the libraries.
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