Expressive E, in collaboration with Haken Audio, releases Osmose, the new standard for musical expressivity. This standalone polyphonic synthesizer unlocks new ways to control sound with familiar gestures (press, bend, shake, & more). It features a deep sound-design engine and hundreds of ready-to-use, innovative presets. It also functions as a powerful controller for hardware & software synthesizers.
Combining traditional craftsmanship with modern technology, Osmose is the result of more than 10 years of research and development, as well as feedback from world-class artists. Osmose introduces new physical gestures, allowing musicians to interact with sounds and produce music. It does this while not only respecting, but also enhancing the player’s existing keyboard skills. Every note can be articulated independently with unique expressive possibilities.
Offering new levels of expressivity required a seamless interaction between Osmose’s unique keybed mechanism and its sound engine. Logically, Expressive E has partnered with Haken Audio to integrate its powerful EaganMatrix sound engine with Osmose. Its modular sound engine combines many types of digital synthesis (including physical modelling, FM, and more), making it a workflow-oriented soundbox. Osmose ships with more than 500 presets, and each of them has been manually customised with efficient macros that open new realms of sound exploration.
All the internal sounds in Osmose’s large library are tailor-made to take advantage of itsunique keybed. Osmose’s unique sound identity is a combination of highly detailed acoustic, electronic, and hybrid sounds that will easily add nuances and variations to any music genre. These sounds were carefully crafted to react to a player’s slightest movements and make use of the keys’ three-dimensional sensitivity in a unique way to create effects such as strummed notes, vibrato, legato, layered dynamics, and much more. As a result, discovering and controlling Osmose’s sounds is refreshing and fun!
On top of being a traditional MIDI keyboard controller, Osmose can also interface with computers and other instruments as an MPE MIDI controller. It also offers polyphonic aftertouch support, a Multichannel MIDI mode, and global pitch bend. All of these changes can be made directly from the Osmose interface, with no need for a computer.