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    Aria for the EWI USB

    Is the Aria software for the EWI USB "stand alone" only or can it also be used as a VSTi?

    Thanks,

    Doug

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    Re: Aria for the EWI USB

    Hi Doug

    I received my EWI USB the other day and it's great. It's my first "real" wind controller. It has EWI Standard, Flute, Oboe, Sax, and Valve Instrument (EVI) Fingerings available.

    The ARIA software that's included functions to configure the EWI (which fingering mode, transposition etc) as well as providing up to four of its own (Garritan) sound sources. There are many controls over reverb etc included as well. I have used this as a standalone and as a VST in SONAR 7.

    The EWI also functions with KP2 player and GPO, JABB, CMB sounds in SONAR really well but doesn't use the ARIA player for these. The ARIA player can be used in SONAR as a VST but only with the EWI sounds it comes with (as far as I can tell - I've only had it three days!)

    I am amazed at the flexibility and response time of the EWI USB. I am having NO LATENCY as far as I can tell either in the standalone ARIA player, ARIA as a VST in SONAR or GPO, JABB Etc. in SONAR with KP2.

    I am VERY HAPPY with this purchase. I recommend it.
    In theory there is no difference between theory and practice, but in practice there is.

    http://reberclark.blogspot.com http://reberclark.bandcamp.com http://www.youtube.com/reberclark

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    Re: Aria for the EWI USB

    Thank you very much for the reply. I've been looking at the EWI4000 for a long time, but could not justify the cost for our two-person music ministry. Just by chance, I saw the advertisement on the Garritan site and decided this was the answer! I play the saxophone, but can not bring myself to play it in a church service - too many hours years ago in clubs and bars to get over the stigma ...... but's that's another subject ;-)

    I've just upgraded to Sonar 8SE and also have the JABB & GPO, so this ounds like will work great for us!

    Thanks again and enjoy your new "toy",

    Doug Sherbert
    Berkeley Springs, WV

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    Re: Aria for the EWI USB

    reberclark,

    could you please do a little demo of the sounds in it.
    nothing fancy.. just a short frase of sounds you like.
    cant wait to get mine, but in europe we are last in line... (as usual)

    thanks
    Bart

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    Re: Aria for the EWI USB

    The Ongoing Discussion...a soap opera in limerick...

    I'm sitting here, regally ******
    That AKAI's on the top of my list
    But my Scrooge of a mate
    Says that I gotta wait
    'til our basement repairs are dismissed.

    "But Dear, I've been such a great guy,
    and I really do NEED that AKAI...
    I take out the trash
    and give you my cash...
    with all your demands I comply."

    "You're naught but a slob and a rat,
    you sit on that Garritan chat
    and get on his forum
    that so lacks decorum
    and you NEVER hang up the bath mat"

    "The basement is finished real soon,
    and we've only been waiting since June,
    Since we don't have to borrow,
    I'll call Patchman tomorrow
    for an AKAI to play you a tune"

    "You gotta be cracked in the head...
    go back out and sleep in the shed.
    Make a run for the border
    If you place that order,
    It's an action you'll certainly dread."

    So, friends...is poor ol' Snorlax
    just destined to stop in his tracks?
    or will Mrs. Snor
    rebuild marital rapport
    and let him obtain his new ax??????

    Reber...
    1. See you at Midwest again this year?
    2. How is the valve action? Octave switching easy?
    3. What kind of oil should I use on the valves?

    Snor
    Jim Williams
    Professor of Capitalism
    N9EJR
    Indianapolis Brass Choir
    All Your Bass Sus&Short Are Belong to Us.

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    Re: Aria for the EWI USB

    Maybe I've missed it, but.......

    Is there a definitive listing anywhere of the instrument patches included in this package? Are these ports from existing Garritan libraries or are they new?
    Paul Baker
    Baker's Jazz And More
    Austin, Texas, USA
    www.bakersjazzandmore.com

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    Re: Aria for the EWI USB

    Here is the instrument list from the ARIA software that came with my EWI USB:


    1. Woodwinds
    Saxophones
    Sarrusophone
    Sax Alto - Band
    Sax Alto - Jazz
    Sax Alto - Jazz (TH)
    Sax Bari
    Sax Bass
    Sax Sopranino
    Sax Soprano
    Sax Tenor Band
    Sax Tenor Jazz
    Sax Tenor Jazz (TH)
    Clarinet
    Clarinet Bass
    Clarinet Bb
    Clarinet Bb (TH)
    Clarinet Contrabass
    Clarinet Eb
    Clarinet Eb Alto
    Flute
    Flute
    Flute Alto
    Piccolo
    Double Reeds
    Contrabassoon
    English Horn
    Oboe
    2. Brass
    Baritone Horn
    Baritone Horn Section
    Flugelhorn
    French Horn 1
    French Horn 2
    French Horn Section
    French Horn Section (TH)
    Sousaphone
    Trombone 1
    Trombone 2
    Trombone Bass 1
    Trombone Bass 2
    Trombone Section
    Trumpet - Band
    Trumpet - Jazz
    Trumpet - Jazz (TH)
    Trumpet Cup Mute
    Trumpet Cup Mute (TH)
    Trumpet Harmon Mute
    Trumpet Harmon Mute (TH)
    Trumpet Section
    Tuba
    3. Strings
    Cello
    Cello Section
    Dbl Bass
    Dbl Bass Section
    Full Strings
    Viola
    Viola Section
    Violin
    Violin (TH)
    Violin Section
    4. Pitched Percussion
    Chimes
    Chimes (legato)
    Glockenspiel
    Glockenspiel (legato)
    Handbells
    Handbells (legato)
    Xylophone
    5. Synthesizer
    Arp Josie
    Closet Micron
    Complex
    Complex Chord
    Gollyzilla
    MG Mod Big Square
    MG Mod Lyle
    MG Mod SyncSH
    Micron Lucky
    PPG Plucked
    PPG Plucked (legato)
    T8A6XT
    XT Melodies
    XT Square
    Xpander 2001
    Xpander Bel Chord
    Xpander Brazz
    Xpander FM Slap
    Xpander Vel Synm

    As far as I can tell the sounds are ports of Garritan sounds, but I really don't know. I love the bass clarinet sound but they are all fantastic.

    The ARIA software is able to record performances directly to .WAV files. This works really well. I was going to put together an audio demo, but I ended up with 77MB of sounds! Maybe some other time. The sounds are of the excellently high quality that we have come to expect from Garritan.

    SNORLAX - that was a very finely balanced limerick - great! I WILL be at Midwest this year. Hope to see you.

    There is no "valve action" on the EWI. The "keys" are touch sensors that respond to skin galvanism (capacitance).

    The octave rollers (under the left (upper) thumb) have taken some getting used to. I am a trumpet player and not used to how they feel. Woodshedding should help this alot. In fact it has just over the past 2-3 days.

    Under the right (lower) thumb is a grounding plate and two pitch bend plates. In my laziness I tend to use the top one as a thumbrest and my pitch "gets bent (!)" Woodshedding has helped this as well.

    I have found that using my tin whistle fingerings when in EWI woodwind modes is actually easier than using my brass fingerings. The brass fingerings work great with Brass and other sounds (for me). Psychology - a great thing.

    As a wind player the mouthpiece/breath technique is a little counter-intuitive. There is ALOT of resistance and the player is encouraged to let air spill out around the mouthpiece - not like a traditional wind instrument at all. Again, practice helps.

    These two websites are full of info and downloads for the EWI USB.

    www.patchmanmusic.com/akai.html
    www.akaipro.com/ewiusb

    Hope all this helped! Gotta go practice...
    In theory there is no difference between theory and practice, but in practice there is.

    http://reberclark.blogspot.com http://reberclark.bandcamp.com http://www.youtube.com/reberclark

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    Re: Aria for the EWI USB

    One of my biggest issues with the Kontakt Player version of Garritan instruments has been the lack of a functioning filter. The only real control was over volume, and the timbre didn't change with the volume. Has this been solved in the Aria engine and how realistic is the programming in that regard?
    Paul Baker
    Baker's Jazz And More
    Austin, Texas, USA
    www.bakersjazzandmore.com

  9. #9

    Re: Aria for the EWI USB

    Two things I forgot to mention - I have no idea what the (TH) designation is in the instrument list. It doesn't seems to be in the VERY THIN manual. Any help here would be appreciated.

    The "break" (all keys up to all keys down with an octave shift) in the EVI (valve) fingerings occurs between every C and C#. Each octave fingers the same in EVI mode.

    The manual must have been put together by a techie instead of a musician. I have caught one error in the EWI STANDARD chart - G and G# are shown as being fingered the same. Also the chart is notated with the accidentals to THE RIGHT of the note they modify. A little hard to read.
    In theory there is no difference between theory and practice, but in practice there is.

    http://reberclark.blogspot.com http://reberclark.bandcamp.com http://www.youtube.com/reberclark

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    Re: Aria for the EWI USB

    Quote Originally Posted by bmdaustin View Post
    One of my biggest issues with the Kontakt Player version of Garritan instruments has been the lack of a functioning filter. The only real control was over volume, and the timbre didn't change with the volume. Has this been solved in the Aria engine and how realistic is the programming in that regard?
    There are PDFs of the ARIA and EWIUSB manuals for download at the AKAI site:

    www.akaipro.com/ewiusb

    which may answer your questions. In my limited experience (very limited) the timbre does seem to change with increase in air pressure / attack velocity. I am not a "gear guy" however and Matt Traum at www.patchmanmusic.com is the authority on these things, IMHO.

    In EWI Config in the ARIA software there are Breath CC1, Breath CC2, Bite CC1, Bite CC2, Velocity, Pitchbend UP and DOWN controls - Breath Gain, Bite Gain, Bite AC (?) gain, Pitch Bend gain, and Key delay controls - MIDI channel, Transpose and Fingering controls - EXTENSIVE reverb controls.

    You can save any changes to these as a SYSEX file for recall later.

    Other than that - I am learning as I go!
    In theory there is no difference between theory and practice, but in practice there is.

    http://reberclark.blogspot.com http://reberclark.bandcamp.com http://www.youtube.com/reberclark

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