MATRIXSYNTH: Expressive E & Haken Audio's Osmose Arrives

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

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 landscape of incredible acoustic and electronic sounds.

Unlock the true potential of your favourite hardware and software synthesizers when you combine them with the amazing expressive capacity of Osmose. Even if your synthesizer does not respond to polyphonic aftertouch or MPE, Osmose can still control it.

Piano Mode
Osmose is perfectly playable as a classic keyboard controller, sending simple velocity messages.

Poly Aftertouch and Global Pitch Bend
Control your synth with Osmose’s Initial Pressure dimension and with polyphonic aftertouch. Every key can also control the global pitch bend of your synth.

Multichannel, MPE, MPE+
Osmose is fully compatible with the major MIDI protocol addition for polyphonic expression. Use MPE+ for the most advanced and accurate response.

Standalone Configuration
Your MIDI configuration can be set up directly from the in-built screen, without the need to connect to a computer."


Discover Osmose
Discover Osmose I Artist play session
Expressive E - Discovering Osmose with J3PO (prototype unit)
Expressive E - Discovering Osmose with Virtual Riot (prototype unit)
Expressive E - Discovering Osmose with Jordan Rudess (prototype unit)
Using Osmose as MIDI controller
Osmose gestures video (played with a prototype)

"Osmose is one of the most expressive synthesizers ever created. It is a complete stand-alone polyphonic synthesizer featuring our patented A.K.A. © mechanism, where the keybed responds polyphonically to pressure, aftertouch and note bend. It features a deep modular sound design engine, containing hundreds of incredible sounds ready to explore right out of the box, and can also be used as an advanced controller for hardware and software synthesizers..."

Update: additional details and specs from the press release just in:

Enter the EaganMatrix Sound Engine

The objective behind Osmose is to create an instrument that provides new expressive playing possibilities that keyboard players have always desired. Achieving that objective requires a perfect union between an expressive keyboard mechanism and a sound engine. Consequently, Expressive E has partnered with Haken Audio to integrate its powerful EaganMatrix sound engine into Osmose.

Built from day one for instruments with continuously expressive gestures such as the Continuum Fingerboard, the EaganMatrix is the most powerful expressive synthesizer on the market. Its modular sound engine combines many types of digital synthesis, including physical modeling, additive, subtractive, FM, virtual analog, granular and spectral synthesis.

Osmose’s large library of editable internal sounds are all tailor-made to take advantage of Osmose’s
expressive​ ©​A.K.A.​ technology​. The diverse soundset of highly detailed acoustic and electronic sounds, from raw synths to smooth organic textures, were carefully crafted to react to a player’s slightest movements. Each Osmose preset makes 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.

Built to empower external synths
Osmose can also interface with computers and other instruments as a MIDI controller with support for MPE and MPE+ sounds, polyphonic aftertouch, a Multichannel MIDI mode, and global pitch bend controllable from every key. The user can also configure the Osmose as a standalone MIDI controller from the onboard display, with no need to connect to a computer.

Further Specifications

In addition to the ©​A.K.A.​ expressive keys,one can radically change a sound’s timbre, texture, harmonics and effects directly and intuitively with Osmose’s front-panel macro controls. For the ultimate performance experience, the mod wheel and two continuous pedal inputs can also adjust the macros. The user can even adjust the sensitivity of the keyboard’s three control dimensions.

49 full-size keys with ©​A.K.A.​ technology for three-dimensional control
Up to 24 voices with Layered and Split modes
8 encoders, 9 buttons, pitch slider, modulation slider, color LCD screen
2 continuous pedal inputs, assignable to sustain or synth parameters
MIDI In, MIDI Out/Thru, USB Type B
24-bit D/A conversion, 1/4" stereo headphone jack,
two 1⁄4" jacks for main stereo output

A Mac/PC editor lets users create and edit the EaganMatrix sounds, as well as assign the three ©​A.K.A.​ key movements to multiple parameters.

*Reservations Available Now

Osmose’s retail price will be ​$/€1799​.

Until ​December31​, Expressive E is taking​​​ Osmose reservations​ at 40% off its regular price​(​$/€1799​/$/€1079) exclusively in its web store with an initial ​deposit of $/€299​.

The $/€299 deposit will reserve a unit on the Osmose waiting list, and the remaining balance will be due when the product is available to deliver, estimated for the summer of 2020. ​-Limited quantities-

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