We've seen expressive keyboards before, but many of them – ROLI's Seaboard models immediately catch on – avoid the standard piano action in favor of something else, allowing players to change their technique in turn have to adapt to use them.
Osmose, the new Augmented Keyboard Synthesizer from Expressive E – the company behind the Touché controller – is different. The result of more than seven years of research and collaboration with Haken Audio has the look and feel of a standard keyboard ̵
Thanks to the patented AKA – Augmented Keyboard Action technology, you get a three – dimensional control on every single key. To make the most of it, Osmose also includes the EagenMatrix sound engine developed by Haken Audio for its Continuum Fingerboard. This combines digital, additive, FM, virtual analog and spectral synthesis with some physical modeling.
The soundset affects both acoustic and electronic sounds and responds to the slightest key movement. So you can add drums, vibrato, legato, layered dynamics and more to your game. Watch the video above to see and hear how it works.
In addition, Osmose can be used as an MPE + MPE + MIDI controller. Polyphonic aftertouch, multichannel MIDI mode, and global pitchbend control from any key. You can also set it up as a standalone MIDI controller so that it can be used outside of your computer.
As if that was not enough, you also get a selection of macro controls that let you further customize the tone, texture, and overtones. A mod wheel and two continuous pedal inputs are also included, and you can configure the sensitivity of the keyboard's 3D control to your liking.
There were several false starts when creating a next-generation keyboard. Whether this is because the right product is missing or the demand does not really exist is controversial. Our first impression, however, is that Osmose has a better chance of success than most – it has already been praised by Jordan Rudess, Junkie XL, keyboarder Bill Laurence of Snarky Puppy, and producer Mike Dean.
Osmose will sell $ 1,799 / € 1,799 for retail, but if you book one before December 31, 2019, you can get it for $ 1,079 / $ 1,079. A deposit of $ 299 / € 299 is required if you wish to do so, and quantities are limited. Delivery is expected in the summer of 2020.
For more information, visit the website Expressive E .
Expressive E Osmosis specs
- Keybed: 49 full-size keys with AKA © technology for three-dimensional control
- Polyphony: Up to 24 voices in layer and split Mode
- Top: 8 encoders, 9 buttons, pitch stick / modulation stick, LCD color screen
- Pedal inputs: 2 continuous pedal inputs to which sustain or synth parameters can be assigned
- MIDI: MIDI Input, MIDI Out / Through, USB Type B
- Audio: 24-bit D / A conversion, 1/4 "stereo headphone jack, two ¼" jacks for stereo main output
- Software: With a Mac / PC editor, users can create and edit the EaganMatrix sounds and assign the three AKA © button gestures to multiple parameters