OSMOSE by Expressive-E - MPE keyboard

bvaughn0402

Active Member
Here is what I was looking for ... although I wish they would demonstrate with SWAM instruments or at least some violin patches

 

SvenE

New Member
Just discovered this via Sonic State. Looks amazing!

Thanks for sharing. I can't wait until I get my hands on this (argh...summer 2020). It was interesting to learn that they are already working with the big names in the sample library industry to get their libraries to work with the Osmose. I guess I have to buy some more foot paddles and then I am turning into a one man live orchestra :). Really fantastic sounding.
 

Mystic

Senior Member
Thanks for the heads up. Definitely going to drop the deposit on this. Seems like they've simplified the terms: Deposit before Dec 31st -- final price of 1079$/€.

Also the deposit is refundable if you change your mind.
Hmm, seems they changed it again because the price they want for it now is 1205$/€ and claim the early bird price sold out.
 

SvenE

New Member
Expressive E added three more videos incl. Tom Holkenborg. No real new information yet but interesting to see what they had to say about their first impression trying out the Osmose. Now I really would like to see/hear how the Osmose will work as a midi controller with orchestral sample libraries/vsts. I am really exited to get my hands on mine in the summer..
 

Mystic

Senior Member
Expressive E added three more videos incl. Tom Holkenborg. No real new information yet but interesting to see what they had to say about their first impression trying out the Osmose. Now I really would like to see/hear how the Osmose will work as a midi controller with orchestral sample libraries/vsts. I am really exited to get my hands on mine in the summer..
Have they given any indication on an actual release date? The site still just says winter.
 

SvenE

New Member
Have they given any indication on an actual release date? The site still just says winter.
I pre-ordered mine in early December. They mentioned "Delivery Summer 2020" in the preorder confirmation. So I believe that they will start shipping the pre-orders sometime in the summer and regular orders after that but no final shipping date has been announced yet (to my knowledge).
 
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cpaf

Member
They have two batches of preorders: the early ones that got 40% off will be delivered in summer (my guess would be august and if delayed september) and the later preorders are supposed to be delivered in autumm which probably means october (maybe november). Again this all depends on the manufacturing process - but the mail to early backer stated that things where om schedule as of now so that is a great sign!

Im really excited to get mine - but im also eagerly waiting to hear if MIDI 2.0 will be include - if not I might wait for a version 2 or something like that
 

pfylim

Pinky Fats
Well, now it can be said out loud and in public....

Expressive-E have an MPE keyboard! Each key is essentially a mini-version of their amazing Touche controller. The keys are sensitive to pressure and they wiggle side-to-side for pitch vibrato. I played a very rough early prototype and it's gonna be pretty amazing.

Put your Linnstrument, Roli, K-Board Pro4, and Continuum back on the shelf - the OSMOSE is, finally, a real MPE keyboard - and it's not made of rubber, neoprene, or fairy dust. It's also got the superb physical modeling synth engine from the Haken Continuum running on internal DSP, and of course is a full-featured MIDI controller with both 5-pin and USB MIDI. Coming soon with substantial discounts for early pre-orders. Watch the videos here and commence to drooling:


According to this piece on Engadget, full price is $1,799, but if you put down $299 before December 10th you get it for $1,099; on Dec 11th it goes to $1,149 and on Dec 22nd it goes to $1,199.

Put your "Continuum back on the shelf"???

The Continuum does everything this thing does and more (eg. slide, wider range)

Dude sounds like you are commissioned.
 
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charlieclouser

charlieclouser

Senior Member
Put your "Continuum back on the shelf"???

The Continuum does everything this thing does and more (eg. slide, wider range)

Dude sounds like you are commissioned.
Oh, sure, I'm a paid shill for Expressive-E. /s :rofl:

They don't have the kind of money they'd have to pay me to sling bull on some forum praising their products if I didn't really like it. I buy everything, and sling opinions for free.

I paid for early-bird pricing on the Osmose, and even bought their Arche plugin suite at full pop.

I also paid over $6k for the full-sized Continuum many years ago because at the time it was the only game in town, but the thing is monstrously huge and heavy and awkwardly shaped. (Should have gotten the half-sized model).

Then I paid full pop for the 128-key Linnstrument, which at least is small enough to keep in front of me but it ain't a keyboard and so there is a learning curve and transition period.

But the Osmose looks and acts like a regular keyboard (and is not a giant square chunk of metal) so it will be a better fit in the center of my workstation. It does what I've always wanted - it lets you wiggle the keys side to side for pitch vibrato, polyphonically. How often do you see someone playing an expressive cello sample and instinctively wiggle their fingers side to side as if it was going to do pitch vibrato, even though it has no effect on the sound? I do this all the time, and you probably do too.

With the Osmose, now it will finally do what your fingers wished it would do.

The Continuum is amazing, and the only game in town for what it does. But the completely flat surface means I really have to be looking down at the thing while I play - which is not ideal when I'm trying to do expressive moves while watching picture, and mounting yet another monitor to display picture right above the Continuum creates even more ergonomic hassle in my rig (although I have done it). Even with Initial Pitch Rounding, it requires patience, practice, and precision, which I don't always have time for. Turnaround on my current feature is four weeks from lock to dub, and with wall-to-wall score, so I won't be breaking out the Continuum this time around. Linnstrument is kind of the same deal - I have to be looking down at it while I play. Same with the Sensel Morph (but it's great and cheap so I bought one anyway). But since the Osmose feels like a traditional keyboard, I can play it without looking down at it the whole time, while keeping my eyes on the picture where they belong. If I had the Osmose sitting here it might see some use even on a short deadline.
 

Mystic

Senior Member
I'd be okay with them delaying Osmose for MIDI 2.0 implementation. I can imagine the amount of awesome that could bring long term for the keyboard and I'd rather have a device with some longevity than "Okay guys, here's version 2 of Osmose. That'll be another $1799, please and thank you".
 

chimuelo

Star Of Stage & Screen
Just hurry up.
I’m getting this to do Pedal Steel Guitar (C6) parts.
Can’t believe I’m going to do an old style Country Music Jambouree Show.
Never really got into old Conway Twitty, Loretta Lynn, etc.
When I heard and saw these guys I was taken.
New challenges await..

The guy doing Conway Twitty gave me Goose Bumps.
Hello Darlin’, Nice to see you......It’s been a long time.

I must be loosing it to be so impressed by old corny tunes.
The goal is left handed Wurlitzer 200A full vibrato parts, right handed 2 footed MPE Pedal Steel fills.

Gonna Get Some...

Check this stuff out.