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What is it? The T.WI is a highly portable but still very competent and expressive woodwind controller for USB MIDI. It features capacitive touch keys, a NXP pressure sensor for breath and a thumb j...Read More…
The T.WI is a highly portable but still very competent and expressive woodwind controller for USB MIDI. It features capacitive touch keys, a NXP pressure sensor for breath and a thumb joystick for pitch bend, modulation and glide (portamento) control.
I created this because I found the currently available controllers on the market to be too big and heavy. I wanted something the size of a recorder that I could fit in my pocket.
Aside from its teensy size, it is made from cool UV reactive perspex that will look awesome on stage or in your blacklight lit chill out room. Actually, it always looks cool. And it is awesome to play. It will work great with the breath control softsynth patch collections available on the market, and it is configurable to fit synths that work better with aftertouch or volume CC rather than breath CC. Also, with a MIDI USB host adapter it will work well with DIN MIDI hardware synths.
The aspect of a continuously varying control of volume and/or filter cutoff via breath pressure requires some effort from the receiving end, i.e. the synthesizer. The de facto standard for setting up wind controller patches is to have the synth respond to continuous controller #2, breath, and route it to control filter cutoff and possibly also amp volume. For synths not responding to CC#2, the T.WI can be configured to send other sensible CC numbers and/or aftertouch (channel pressure) instead. For more info on wind controllers, check out the Wind Controller FAQ at Patchman Music.
The fingering of the T.WI is based on the Akai EWI and the Casio DH series. It is pretty similar to playing the Recorder, and very easy to get started with if you are familiar with any Boehm system instrument.
Fingering and settings guide can be found here.
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