What is the Hopkins Electronic Aerophone?
The Hopkins Electronic Aerophone is a MIDI Woodwind Controller similar to the Akai EWI and Yamaha WX5. It allows for unprecedented control of synthesizers with capabilities that far outstrip conventional woodwinds. It utilizes a pressure sensor, touch and pressure sensitive keys, and unique sensors to give you the ultimate control.
You can go from playing a 70's synth to a classical violin with the touch of a button and readily exploit effects and capabilities previously reserved for keyboards and guitars. You can unleash your creative ability in earnest!
How is it different from existing Woodwind Controllers?
Unlike existing woodwind controllers the Hopkins Electronic Aerophone has wireless MIDI to your synthesizer or sampler of choice. Being onstage without being tied down by wires is the new future for woodwind controllers, and one that allows you to be yourself while performing.
The modern controllers from Akai are made of plastic. Our instrument is made of wood, and maintains that feeling of a 'real' instrument and does not feel like a toy in your hands.
Unique and customizable fingering systems allow for easier playing over the octave break, a considerable hurdle in systems like the Akai EWI. Runs and rifts that took months to get right can now be easily played without the dreaded 'glitch' destroying your performance.
Unique sensors are at your fingertips! Under each key is a pressure sensor which allows for vibrato or other effects to be played while being intuitively controlled. Sensors are easily routed to multiple destinations! Gate them, scale them, abuse the capabilities of CC and CV routing!
The controller can be easily calibrated without the need to adjust potentiometers deep within the instrument. No need to worry about breath response adjustments, simply enter calibration mode and provide sample pressures. Increased sensitivity on the keys insures that those with dry hands do not need to lather in lotion to play the instrument.
The controller is more targeted to MIDI control, but an included onboard synthesizer enables you to practice anywhere! Simply plug in headphones and your battery and you're ready to go.
The DSP-G1 provides a warm rich analog tone which can be filtered and distorted to wonderful harsh sounds or a beautiful melodic voice and anywhere in between.
Integration with Reason!
Included with the instrument is a demo version of the latest Reason release as well as patches specifically crafted for the instrument. Unleash fat synths or beautiful sampled classical instruments. A full range of sounds are provided to you so that you can immediately have great sounds without a hassle.
The Hopkins Electronic Aerophone's base station mimics Reason's Combinator device. It allows for real-time control over the rotary dials and buttons of your currently selected patch. It also has an analog display meter for your CC/CV of choice! Ever wanted to know how close you were to maxing out your breath? Easily route the breath data to the display and never be unsure again!
A large slider control can easily be assigned to the mixer volume or any other setting in Reason. Effortlessly control your mix.
Additional buttons control track selection and stop, play, record commands. Looping and backing tracks are easily controlled.