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I bought the Akai Ewi 4000s a few years back and haven't used it much since the built in sounds are awful. I tried connecting it (midi to usb) to logic pro on my computer to make use of the soundbanks contained there and it worked well (I could sound like a piano, harmonica, tenor sax, anything) except there was a slight delay that made it impractical for real use.

Is there some kind of device/sound bank out there that I can connect this synth to and say, select "piano" to sound like a piano? The Ewi has midi and 1/4" ports to use.

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I would first see if I could figure out what's causing the delay and fix that. Software synthesis is used live all the time. My first guess is it's a driver issue. I've also seen some programs that have a "delay" setting that defaults to being on, so make sure it's not something dumb like that.

Another solution is to use a hardware synthesizer. With dedicated hardware, problems like this just vanish. The downside is that there's little expandability (there are expansion cards for many of them, but that only goes so far). There are old workhorses like the Roland JV-1080 that are widely used and inexpensive, but the woodwind sounds aren't great, if that's a concern.

  • You're right. I played around with the breath controls on the synth and the delay is gone. Thanks, Matt. You just saved me the price of a sound module! – corpico Jun 26 '16 at 15:55

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