Akai EWI 4000S Owner's Manual

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20 November 2005
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UniQuest for EWI
4000s
Quick Start
Thank you and congratulations on your choice of the Akai Professional EWI
4000s Electric Wind Instrument. While the EWI 4000s is equipped with a
sophisticated on-board Analog Modeling Synthesizer, UniQuest expands on
this feature by giving you remote access to all sound parameters from a
connected Mac or PC computer. In addition to complete real-time editor
functions, UniQuest for EWI 4000s also serves as a back-up and
organizational tool to save and catalog your EWI 4000s sound creations. The
editor will also display any notes you play on your EWI 4000s in real-time.
1.0 Getting Ready: Instructions
UniQuest uses MIDI System Exclusive messages to communicate with your EWI
4000s. This means you’ll need to make certain connections before you install and
run the software for the first time. Here we will explain the steps you need to take.
Although the illustrations are PC Windows XP based, these instructions also apply
to Mac OS X users.
System Requirements
Minimum requirements are a Mac G4 with 256 MB of Ram, or a Pentium III with
512 MB of RAM. As everybody knows, faster is better.
You will also need a MIDI interface. fortunately, these can be purchased for under
$50 these days.
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Summary of Contents

Page 1 - UniQuest for EWI

20 November 20051 of 44UniQuest for EWI 4000sQuick StartThank you and congratulations on your choice of the Akai Professional EWI 4000s Electric Wind

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Getting Ready: Instructions10 of 44 UniQuest for EWI 4000s1.1 Exploring the Bank Editor WindowYou can now explore each of the sounds you have uploaded

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Getting Ready: InstructionsUniQuest for EWI 4000s 11 of 44Selecting a preset by clicking on it loads the Editor into the right side of the split:You a

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A Quick Tour of UniQuest For EWI 4000s12 of 44 UniQuest for EWI 4000s2.0 A Quick Tour of UniQuest For EWI 4000sGetting the most from UniQuest requires

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A Quick Tour of UniQuest For EWI 4000sUniQuest for EWI 4000s 13 of 44With UniQuest, you upload your EWI4000s preset bank to your computer, where it ca

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A Quick Tour of UniQuest For EWI 4000s14 of 44 UniQuest for EWI 4000s2.1 Working with Single PresetsIf you only want to edit a single preset, UniQuest

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A Quick Tour of UniQuest For EWI 4000sUniQuest for EWI 4000s 15 of 442.2.1 Preset Editor OverviewThere are 9 sections that make up the EWI 4000s Prese

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A Quick Tour of UniQuest For EWI 4000s16 of 44 UniQuest for EWI 4000s2.2.3 OSC 1 & 2 SECTIONThe EWI4000s has two analog modeled oscillators, which

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A Quick Tour of UniQuest For EWI 4000sUniQuest for EWI 4000s 17 of 44The following parameters are common to each oscillator:Oscillator Tuning Paramet

Page 10 - 1.1.1 The Split Bank Window

A Quick Tour of UniQuest For EWI 4000s18 of 44 UniQuest for EWI 4000sOscillator Pitch & Volume Envelope ParametersSWEEP TIME• Range is 0 to 100%.

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A Quick Tour of UniQuest For EWI 4000sUniQuest for EWI 4000s 19 of 44BREATH THRESH• Range is 0 to 100%. This is the threshold level above which the Os

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Getting Ready: Instructions2 of 44 UniQuest for EWI 4000sYour computer requires one free MIDI In port and one free MIDI Out port to run UniQuest. Plea

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A Quick Tour of UniQuest For EWI 4000s20 of 44 UniQuest for EWI 4000s2.2.4 OSC FILTER SECTIONSELECT• Choices are 1, 2 or LINK. When 1 is selected, the

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A Quick Tour of UniQuest For EWI 4000sUniQuest for EWI 4000s 21 of 44Q-FACTOR• Range is 0.5 to 12.7. This control sets the Quality Factor of the OSC F

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A Quick Tour of UniQuest For EWI 4000s22 of 44 UniQuest for EWI 4000sBREATH MOD• Range is 0 to 100%. This control allows you to change the filter cuto

Page 16 - 2.2.3 OSC 1 & 2 SECTION

A Quick Tour of UniQuest For EWI 4000sUniQuest for EWI 4000s 23 of 44LFO THRESHOLD• Range is 0 to 100%. This control sets a point in the breath pressu

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A Quick Tour of UniQuest For EWI 4000s24 of 44 UniQuest for EWI 4000s2.2.5 FORMANT FILTER SECTIONFILTER• The Formant Filter applies the formant charac

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A Quick Tour of UniQuest For EWI 4000sUniQuest for EWI 4000s 25 of 442.2.7 NOISE FILTER SECTIONThe NOISE FILTER’s operation is identical to the OSC FI

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A Quick Tour of UniQuest For EWI 4000s26 of 44 UniQuest for EWI 4000s2.2.9 EFFECTS SECTIONThe EFFECTS SECTION consists of high quality chorus, delay,

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A Quick Tour of UniQuest For EWI 4000sUniQuest for EWI 4000s 27 of 44OFF / ON• These buttons disable and enable the chorus effect. When the chorus eff

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A Quick Tour of UniQuest For EWI 4000s28 of 44 UniQuest for EWI 4000sDelay Effect ParametersThe delay effect consists of a long delay line coupled wit

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A Quick Tour of UniQuest For EWI 4000sUniQuest for EWI 4000s 29 of 442.2.10 COMMON SECTIONThe common section contains a number of miscellaneous parame

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Getting Ready: InstructionsUniQuest for EWI 4000s 3 of 44You may have noticed that some of UniQuest for EWI 4000s’ dialogs, menu bars and icons have t

Page 24 - 2.2.6 NOISE GENERATOR SECTION

A Quick Tour of UniQuest For EWI 4000s30 of 44 UniQuest for EWI 4000s2.3 The Editor Controls in Closer DetailEach of the Preset editor sections is mad

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A Quick Tour of UniQuest For EWI 4000sUniQuest for EWI 4000s 31 of 44On the Mac platform, Direct Mode entry operates as follows:Instead of a multi-col

Page 26 - 2.2.9 EFFECTS SECTION

A Quick Tour of UniQuest For EWI 4000s32 of 44 UniQuest for EWI 4000s2.4 The Preset Bank WindowsWhenever you get, open or create a new Patch Bank in U

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A Quick Tour of UniQuest For EWI 4000sUniQuest for EWI 4000s 33 of 442.4.1 Exporting Bank Windows to TextAlthough UniQuest for EWI 4000s does not oper

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A Quick Tour of UniQuest For EWI 4000s34 of 44 UniQuest for EWI 4000s2.5 Automatic Patch Generation ToolsUniQuest also features four very powerful too

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A Quick Tour of UniQuest For EWI 4000sUniQuest for EWI 4000s 35 of 442.6 The Set WindowComponents like Presets, Edit Buffers and Preset Banks do not h

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A Quick Tour of UniQuest For EWI 4000s36 of 44 UniQuest for EWI 4000s2.7 The Collection WindowThe Collection window is used to create and edit unstruc

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A Quick Tour of UniQuest For EWI 4000sUniQuest for EWI 4000s 37 of 442.8 The Library WindowSince the Bank window is never larger than the maximum size

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A Quick Tour of UniQuest For EWI 4000s38 of 44 UniQuest for EWI 4000sThe result of this Query is now shown: You will see that there seem to be duplica

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A Quick Tour of UniQuest For EWI 4000sUniQuest for EWI 4000s 39 of 442.9 Transferring Presets Between WindowsIt is easy to transfer presets between an

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Getting Ready: Instructions4 of 44 UniQuest for EWI 4000sUniQuest will now open. On Windows XP you will see an Application window that contains the St

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A Quick Tour of UniQuest For EWI 4000s40 of 44 UniQuest for EWI 4000s2.11 The ‘MIDI Thru’ FeatureBy default, UniQuest’s MIDI Thru feature is turned of

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A Quick Tour of UniQuest For EWI 4000sUniQuest for EWI 4000s 41 of 44Next, open the UniQuest Preferences dialog (UniQuest for Akai EWI4000s->Prefer

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A Quick Tour of UniQuest For EWI 4000s42 of 44 UniQuest for EWI 4000s2.12 Transferring Data Files Between Different ComputersThere are a few facts to

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A Quick Tour of UniQuest For EWI 4000sUniQuest for EWI 4000s 43 of 44Mac OSX’s Automator utility can be applied to the task of converting UniQuest fil

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Conclusion44 of 44 UniQuest for EWI 4000sIn the illustration above, there are three bank files that already have the correct file type and creator att

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Getting Ready: InstructionsUniQuest for EWI 4000s 5 of 44The Instrument Module (Mac OS X)We’ll now explore the main controls of the instrument module.

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Getting Ready: Instructions6 of 44 UniQuest for EWI 4000sThe AutoSense dialog is shown here: If the AutoSense procedure cannot detect your instrument’

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Getting Ready: InstructionsUniQuest for EWI 4000s 7 of 44This will open the default Settings Dialog for the EWI 4000s instrument module :The Port and

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Getting Ready: Instructions8 of 44 UniQuest for EWI 4000sNow you will find out if UniQuest is correctly configured by uploading (or getting) the Inter

Page 44 - 3.0 Conclusion

Getting Ready: InstructionsUniQuest for EWI 4000s 9 of 443. The Preset Bank uploads from your EWI 4000s in about 12 seconds. 4. The Uploaded Data Open

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