Osmose: It Blew Me Away


As a musician and avid music technology enthusiast, I had the opportunity to try out the Osmose by Expressive E, and I have to say, it completely blew me away. The Osmose is not just another electronic keyboard, it is a revolutionary instrument that combines the best features of a keyboard, a guitar, and a synthesizer, providing an unparalleled level of expressiveness and musical creativity.

This thing has been hyped for years and I thought it was one of those things that might never reach the market. But as I strolled around the corner at NAMM this year, there it was! I was uncertain, had no expectations before trying it out, all I can say is wow, they did it!

The first thing that struck me about the Osmose was its unique design. The instrument is sleek and modern, with a minimalist aesthetic that is both functional and visually appealing. But it’s not just the design that sets the Osmose apart, it’s the technology that’s under the hood. The Osmose utilizes a patented sensing technology known as A.K.A.I. (Augmented Keyboard Action Interface) to provide the player with an incredible level of control and expressiveness.

With this technology, the Osmose is capable of sensing the pressure, velocity, and after touch of each individual key, allowing for an infinite range of dynamic and expressive playing styles. I found myself effortlessly gliding from soft, delicate passages to thunderous, powerful chords with ease, all while maintaining complete control over my playing.

One of the standout features of the Osmose is its ability to emulate the sounds and playing techniques of traditional stringed instruments, such as guitars and violins. With its unique string resonance feature, the Osmose can accurately replicate the natural harmonics and overtones of a real guitar or violin, giving players the ability to create truly organic and expressive music.

The Osmose also includes a comprehensive suite of built-in synthesis engines, which allow players to create a vast range of sounds and textures. These engines include classic analog-style oscillators, wavetable synthesis, granular synthesis, and physical modeling, among others. With its vast range of synthesis options, the Osmose is an excellent tool for sound design and music production, providing musicians with an unparalleled level of creative control over their music.

But it’s not just the technology that impressed me, it’s the overall experience of playing the Osmose that truly sets it apart. The instrument is incredibly responsive and intuitive, with a large high-resolution display that provides users with easy access to all of the instrument’s features and settings. The Osmose is lightweight and portable, making it an ideal choice for gigging musicians and producers on the go.

In conclusion, the Osmose by Expressive E is an outstanding instrument that offers a level of expressiveness and creative control that is unmatched by traditional electronic keyboards. Its unique design and patented sensing technology make it an excellent choice for musicians looking to take their playing to the next level, and its comprehensive range of synthesis engines make it an essential tool for music production and sound design. If you’re looking for an innovative and inspiring electronic music instrument, the Osmose is definitely worth considering.