A friend played me a clip from a song where he is playing an Akai EWI4000. This thing sounds wonderful. It comes in with a simple synthesizer module built right in and even the basic sounds this module provides come to life when played by the EWI. It seems that it makes a very natural musical interface that provides lots of expression. It would be very difficult to play a musical phrase with all the expression the EWI provides using a keyboard or editing midi data in a midi editor. It is also a midi instrument, which got me thinking about using an EWI to play back sounds from my Garritan libraries.
So I'm curious if anyone has any experience with an EWI? Anyone used an EWI with Garritan libraries? Finally, does anyone know what the differences are between the Yamaha Midi Wind Controller and the Akai EWI?