Synth Gear

Although the EWI 5000 and 4000s can be played with nothing more than a pair of headphones for private listening, they're also versatile MIDI controllers which can work with any number of external synthesizers.

Here's what I have in my kit:

If you're just starting out, please don't despair – you can get by with a lot less than this, and you don't need to buy all the components simultaneously anyway. In my own case I've been buying pieces one at a time for several years, and probably won't stop any time soon. :-)

For details, here are the gear combinations I actually use in real-life situations, as well as a look back at how this collection evolved over time. The latter may be especially helpful to people who would prefer to avoid the mistakes I made as I learned what actually was and wasn't useful. :-)

[ SMW, October 2020 ]