Strings for Windcontroller

Hello everybody!

Has anyone ever tried the Sample Modeling Strings with a Windcontroller, especially the AKAI EWI?

Are there any recommended Settings?

Thanks and best regards,



  • edited November 2020

    I tried to play the strings with a Breath controller plus keyboard. (which I very happily use for thje Trumpet and wind instruments.)

    IIt always sounded some kind of "blown". Of course as a keyboarder, I am not perfectly trained with my breath.

    I now play it with a Roli Seaboard. This feels and sounds a lot more natural.


  • I do not like the Akai EWI 4000s. It’s not that I cannot get a good sound out of it, it is fantastic when you finally nail a part, but the tactile touch sensor nature of the keys and the poorly designed octave keys means lots of mistakes that you sometimes need to re-record over and over again to nail the sound you want.

    I just ordered the new Roland Aerophone Pro 30 and am looking to try it out on all the Sample Modeling libraries soon.

  • String instruments should not be played like brass or woodwinds. The fluctuation of CC2 for strings need to be more consistent and less steeper than normal 'blowing' instruments. It's because moving an arm rubbing a bow invites physically lower attack and release speed than exhaling the air does. Without carefully considering characteristics of string instruments, It always sounds unnatural.

    That is why implementing the usual playing style of EWI produces bad results. Blow longer and control your breath slowly. Let the virtual violin player follows your lead.

  • The Strings have a great sound, but they require a very different playing approach than wind and brass sounds exactly for the reasons others have discussed. I'm working on getting the best sounds I can with the EWi and it is slow going.

  • I just upgraded to v 1.2 following the instructions, but had to download the full sample package because for some reason I was missing all of the ensemble samples from the 1.1 version. However, the Native Installer Application never showed any change and it still shows v 1.1, but fortunately it does not appear to affect anything and the 1.2 works just fine for me with my EWI-4000s -although limited relative to having all of the fine controls of a keyboard coupled with a breath controller.

  • Please let us know how it works. It's quite a bit more pricey than the Aerophone 10. Fortunately I have no problems at all with the capacitive touch keys on the EWI's, and if fact had lots of frustration with the octave controllers on the Yamaha, as well as on the Aerophone 10. Maybe once you get used to the EWI's you have to unlearn how you use it, in order to work with the other ones.

  • Without the sound engines for a lower price it could be interesting....


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