mickomoo

Best Midi breath controllers?

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A friend of mine wants to get into midi production and plays brass (and has limited experience with woodwinds). While there are plenty of midi keyboards out there I'm not at all familiar with any wind controllers. Do y'all have any recommendations? Also, just for my own edification, what're the advantages of a wind controller to a keyboard controller, or is one not better than the other?

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I highly recommend the Nektar Impact LX+ series.  I picked up an LX25+ back in november and it's been really useful.  

Whoops: just read that you're asking about wind controllers.  I have no idea... but the Impact LX+ series are really good and affordable midi keyboard controllers :) good luck on your search

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The only one I know of is the one from Akai. AKAI EWI USB. There is also model with a built in synth, so you can use it without a computer. The USB one comes with samples and such for using it with, so I think looking into that one might be worth it. I don't really think there are any other options on the market.

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On 1/15/2018 at 9:20 PM, mickomoo said:

 Also, just for my own edification, what're the advantages of a wind controller to a keyboard controller, or is one not better than the other?

They both essentially send midi notes and can be used to play any midi instrument. The difference is with keyboards you get the modwheel (and/or expression pedals) for sound modulations, with breath controllers you instead use the intensity of your breath which can be much more natural and expressive and can achieve more natural results.

There are midi controllers shaped and designed resembling actual intruments from the woodwinds family, such as the Roland AE-10 or the Akai EWI series.
But you can also get products like the TEControl stuff, which give you the benefits of breath midi control along with the benefits of any standard midi keyboard, so you don't have to learn a completely new instrument, and don't cost you nearly as much as an EWI or AE-10.

I've never had the chance of using one from TEControl but I'd really like to try it in the future.

In any case, check for compatibility with the type of libraries and sampler you intend to use it with.

 

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I own a TEControl breath controller and like it. I'd recommend them if you're looking for something on the less expensive side that doesn't require knowing/learning wind instrument fingerings. It needs to be paired with a keyboard, though -- it doesn't have any note input of its own.

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