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Osmose by Expressive E
Osmose by Expressive E

According to manufacturer Expressive E, the new Osmose synth expands on a standard keyboard’s capabilities with Augmented Keyboard Action (a.k.a. AKA), which “gives the player three dimensions of continuous control for creating a closer bond between the player and the instrument.” While the Osmose can control external instruments and soft synths, Expressive E says its 24-bit onboard sounds have been optimized to take advantage of the expressive control offered by its 49 keys. The demo videos are impressive, and with a low introductory price, the Osmose looks like it has a lot of potential.

$299 street | expressivee.com

Emile Menasché

Musician, journalist, and author Emile Menasché has composed soundtracks for Oscar- and Emmy-nominated documentaries. He is jealous that his dog Hudson gets more attention from passersby whenever they’re seen in public together.