I really hope sound editing isn’t like the continuum. It probably will be though.
If I could only keep one instrument, it’d be my half-size Continuum. Very interested to see what they’ve got in the works.
It’s too early to tell how you can adjust settings, or if it even makes sound? I just hope you don’t have to click around a cumbersome GUI to adjust things. Though, if it’s more of a controller, a GUI wouldn’t be a big deal to me.
My first reaction was to think it’s going to be a controller, but the word “instrument” is used. Mind you, I don’t mind the Continuum’s synth editor, but it isn’t intuitive and it has often left me scratching my head. Thankfully, Edmund is quick to answer and advise when I get myself into a corner. I do wish I could edit something, anything from the instrument itself. Maybe a standalone version with a screen would be nice.
This new thing doesn’t look anything like the Continuum, but a keyboard. Maybe that’s misdirection…
Is it some kind of an overlay on a normal keyboard? It kinda looks like they’re using real keyboards in the teaser, I think…
Cuckoo was hinting at something really special on Instagram today. That teaser video was amusing. I will say, it’s not often you see Marc Doty that impressed with something. As interesting as it may be, I’m not a keyboardist at all, so I wonder if something like this upcoming product would be lost on me.
They’ve said they’re using theEaganMatrix synth engine. Expressive E are good at computer based expressive synthesis on their own. Makes a lot of sense for them to team up, and combine their experience with the Touche’ with Haken and Edmund Eagan.
Looking closely at the image – and this is only my guess – it looks like the first row of keys are “linear”. And then they connect up to a conventional layout. All this with most likely a Continuum/Touche’ expressive sort of feel.
With all the “independent” comments, it’s got to be pretty good. Of course, Expressive E got to edit this video, so the criticism – when does Doty say anything with at least a little critique – gets edited out. Still this should be good.
Prime competition obviously is ROLI Seaboard products and of course the Continuum itself.
ADDED: I see Nick at SonicState is going to do a “first look/preview” soon.
In my mind I’m thinking the Continuum sort of “keyboard” sitting on top of an Expressive E Touche type “wobble thing” (for want of a better word). So you play notes and can push down, wobble, slide, etc.
Doesn’t quite fit in with that image which does look to also include a normal keyboard in the image but that’d be pretty cool having owned the Touche
Bill Laurence in the video (second guy in) says something like “unreal the amount of expression you can get … at a real keyboard.” So there’s a “real” keyboard about this thing somewhere.
SonicState put this image up that they got from the video.
A bit of a guess on my part, but it looks like it’s 49 keys, or maybe more. I like that it’s likely a two arm size sort of thing.
Be such a disappointment for me if this ends up being a standard keyboard with built in touché in place of mod/pitch and possibly a synth engine
It would be a quantum leap in a way. Considering keyboards haven’t changed much in the past 100 years. I’m also imagining that type of construction (keys with their own touche) and I feel like it would end up costing a billion dollars.
Seems like it will be “Osmose”. Hope the name will deliver that promise!
It is indeed named Osmose.
Here’s the press teaser:
the next evolution of the piano keyboard
For decades, the musical keyboard has imposed limits to players’ expressivity. That’s about to change.
On November 20, French instrument manufacturer Expressive E will announce Osmose, a new generation of the keyboard instrument that will revolutionize the way music is made.
The result of seven years of R&D focused on a players’ interaction with electronic instruments, Osmose pushes the limits of musical expression. Every key features the incredible, patented AKA (Augmented Keyboard Action) technology, which gives keyboardists a new landscape of physical gestures for interacting with sounds and producing music you’ve never heard before.
Linked are two photos I have:
It is indeed 4 octaves. See my linked photo
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This thing is going to cost big £££s!
I wonder if it uses similar tech to Touch Keys?