George will be performing with a unique setup, which includes a Moog Etherwave Pro theremin, a Haken ContinuuMini, and a collection of wireless peripheral devices of his own design.… Read More Celebrate Bob Moog’s Birthday With A Live Theremin Concert By Randy George
Synthesist Ed Eagan plays the Theme From Young Frankenstein on the ContinuuMini synthesizer.… Read More Theme From Young Frankenstein On Continuumini
Haken Audio’s Edmund Eagan has announced that they are retiring their Full-Size and Half-Size Continuum Fingerboard synthesizers.… Read More Haken Audio Retires Original Continuum Fingerboard Instruments
The Performer Case is designed to be a compact complement to the ContinuuMini, to protect it while travelling or to let you wear it while performing. … Read More Continuumini Performer Case
Organizers of ContinuuCon 2020 have cancelled this year’s event because of the Coronavirus Pandemic.… Read More ContinuuCon Electronic Music Conference Canceled Over Coronavirus Pandemic
“I really wanted to show what is possible on the amazing Haken ContinuuMini,” notes Madoff, “so I made an entire song using only the Mini.”… Read More Stevie Wonder Cover Using Only A ContinuuMini
ContinuuCon 2020, the fifth annual international Haken Continuum Conference, will take place on April 27–29 in Palmela, Portugal. Musicians and technologists describe the Haken Continuum as the world’s most uniquely expressive electronic musical instrument. As in previous years, ContinuuCon 2020 will extend an opportunity for Continuum players, sound designers, software developers, and electronic music enthusiasts […]
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The new Continuums are thinner than the original Continuums (1.2 inches), adding to their portability. The new Continuums also include expanded audio I/O and an integrated LED display and controls.… Read More Haken Audio Intros Two New Continuum Fingerboard Instruments At 2020 NAMM Show
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.
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 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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