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In recent audio news full of synthesisers starting with ‘W’ (that were 30 years in the making), we’re excited to see the announcement of the Expressive E Osmose (only 7 years in the making!).
The Osmose is a new Augmented Keyboard Synthesizer which we’re told offers significantly more control that a standard keyboard due to a number of per-note gestures.
The synth looks and feels very much like a piano but, unlike other synths, allows you to create a vibrato effect by moving the key side to side – something that would normally require the player to use an expression wheel for.
Expressive E refer to the Osmose as having ‘three dimensions of touch’: velocity, pressure and lateral movement.
Haken Audio worked in conjunction on the project and the Osmose contains their EagenMatrix sound engine which combines, digital, additive, FM, virtual analogue and spectral synthesis.
The Osmose also utilises a set of macro controls which add an extra textural element to shape the timbre of the sound.
The spec also includes a mod wheel, two pedal inputs and an adjustable sensitivity which allows you to customise the 3D control.