Expressive E – Discovering Osmose with Peter Dyer (prototype unit)

Published on Dec 22, 2019 Expressive E

“Osmose was made by musicians, for musicians. We’ve been on the road asking some of our favorite artists to try our prototypes.

“Peter Dyer is an LA-based keyboardist, producer, and sound designer. He’s toured extensively with acts like Mariah Carey, Adam Lambert, Aloe Blacc, & St. Vincent, and scored media for Chevrolet, Apple, BMW, & Katy Perry. Notable

Expressive E Touche with Moog Subsequent 37

Published on Sep 24, 2019 Innovative Music Australia

“A quick teaser of the Expressive E Touche controlling the Moog Subsequent 37.

Wow the Touche really brings out the dynamics!”

Expressive E launches Osmose keyboard “Second Chance” offer

Expressive E Osmose feat

Less than two weeks after its well-received announcement of the Osmose synthesizer, Expressive E has sold out of its limited quantity of “Early Bird” Osmose reservations. Due to high demand over the weekend, Expressive E has opened a second wave of reservations for its popular Osmose keyboard, starting today. Osmose is a standalone synthesizer that […]

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Expressive E – Discovering Osmose with Bill Laurance (prototype unit)

Published on Dec 3, 2019 Expressive E

“Osmose was made by musicians, for musicians. We’ve been on the road asking some of our favorite artists to try our prototypes.

Pianist, keyboardist and composer Bill Laurance’s music evokes a striking sense of time and place. As an original member of three-time Grammy Award-winning, globetrotting, genre-defying group Snarky Puppy, Laurance has toured the

Expressive E Osmose – Sonic LAB First LOOK

Published on Dec 3, 2019 sonicstate

“The launch of the new Expressive É Osmose was last week – the 49 key, keyboard based instrument introduces a new concept in keyboard expression, with a completely custom keybed that controls: – initial pressure (highly sensitive), secondary pressure and lateral movement (side to side).

We were very keen to see it for ourselves and had a visit from

Micro Transmission 002: Eurorack Modular – Hermod + Pluck + Disting + Black Hole + Zoia

Published on Nov 30, 2019 A Box In The Sea

“Micro transmissions is a series combining different Eurorack modules in a 62hp Intellijel case with the 1010 Music Black Box, the Empress Effects Zoia, Midi Fighter Twister, Touche and the Launchpad X.

Ver 002 = Squarp Hermod, Mutable Instruments Plaits, 2HP Pluck, Music Thing Radio Music, Expert Sleepers Disting MK4 and MK3, Erica Synths Black Hole

The Osmose by Expressive E, first demo

Published on Nov 21, 2019 True Cuckoo

“Expressive E is currently taking preorders on their new synthesiser, the Osmose. It’s an expressive synthesiser with an amazing sound engine.”

See this post for details.

Osmose is a new “augmented” keyboard, from Haken and Expressive E

The dream of a keyboard with expansive expression, not just organ-style key-plunking, now sees a new integrated instrument. And the maker of the Haken Continuum is involved.

Expressive E, who had made single three-dimensional controllers, partnered with Haken Audio in order to make this full keyboard. Each key has three-dimensional control, in a mechanical design they’re calling Augmented Keyboard Action. You can strum, you can add vibrato, more detailed legato, or add layered notes – all this good stuff, minus having to just play keys and twist knobs or turn wheels.

We’ve seen three-dimensional keys before, at least as limited-run (or one-off) inventions. And we’ve seen various touch-style keyboards (like those from ROLI), and pads with multi-axis input (like those from Roger Linn and Polyend).

What we haven’t seen, though, is a mass-produced three-dimensional mechanical keyboard (that is, with individually articulated keys). And we haven’t seen very many instruments with integrated sound engines. The Osmose is both.

Inside – custom sensor/actuator technology that interacts with 3D keys for more tangible, mechanical feedback than touch-based designs afford.

Haken’s role here was to contribute their powerful EaganMatrix Sound Engine, which is already designed to be integrated with hardware and is built around three-dimensional expressive control as input. This is the same engine previously found on the Continuum Fingerboard and ContinuuMini. You get physical modeling, additive, subtractive, FM, virtual analog, granular and spectral synthesis models, for various acoustic and electronic sounds, plus loads of presets. (There was a reason I was complaining lately that Roland needs to move its sound engine forward.)

The difference is, if you didn’t much like the undifferentiated ribbon of the Continuum, now you get something with keys on it. So for keyboardists and pianists, you don’t lose the investment of learning to play your instrument – or centuries of music composition.

This custom engineering costs money – the Osmose will be US$/€1799. (Funny, it was only a few years ago when that counted as “mid-range.”) But they’ve found a novel solution to ramping up production. Early bird buyers reserving before December 31, 2019 will get a massive 40% discount, so that it only costs USD/EUR 1079. And you don’t have to put up all of that right away – they’re taking just $299 as deposit. That’s more reasonable than the usual Kickstarter deal.

Specs on this instrument:

  • 49 full-sized keys
  • MIDI controller, with MPE (MIDI Polyphonic Expression) and MPE+ support
  • 24-voice polyphony, layered and split modes
  • 8 encoders, 9 buttons, pitch stick/modulation stick
  • Color LCD
  • 2 continuous pedal inputs (assignable)
  • MIDI in, out/thru
  • USB type B (okay, actually odd not to see USB-C here on a futuristic instrument but – then again, it doesn’t much matter)
  • 24-bit D/A conversion
  • Mac/Windows editor for creating and editing EagenMatrix sounds and assign the 3-axis key movements

Here’s how it works as a MIDI controller:

and some artists getting hands on:


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Expressive E’s Osmose augmented keyboard synthesizer is designed for an unparalleled playing experience

Expressive E Osmose

Expressive E has announced Osmose, an augmented keyboard synthesizer that combines traditional craftsmanship with modern technology. A collaboration with Haken Audio, Osmose is the result of more than seven intense years of research and development, as well as feedback from world-class artists. Osmose is one of the most expressive synthesizers ever created. It is a […]

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Expressive E & Haken Audio’s Osmose Arrives

Published on Nov 20, 2019 Expressive E

The new controller with EaganMatrix sound engine from Haken Audio and Expressive E first announced here has arrived.

“Osmose embeds Haken Audio’s unique EaganMatrix sound engine: From virtual analog to FM synthesis, physical modeling and everything in between, never has a synth engine provided so much potential for expressive control. Explore an infinite