Expressive E Osmose Synthesizer In-Depth Review

One of the most buzz-worthy synth introductions in the last few years has been the Expressive E Osmose, a synthesizer that combines the powerful modular synth engine Eagan Matrix with a new expressive keyboard design.

In his latest loopop video, synthesist Ziv Eliraz takes a deep look at the Osmose, what makes it unique technically, creating custom sounds and some of the synth’s pros and cons.

Check it out and share your thoughts on the Osmose in the comments!

Topics covered:

0:00 Intro
2:05 Pressure
2:45 Aftertouch
3:45 Pitch bend
4:05 Limits
5:05 Press glide
6:30 Strum and shake
7:10 MPE ARP!
8:30 The synth
9:55 Overview
12:40 Connectivity
13:20 Modes and menus
13:50 Preset nav
15:20 Synth menu
15:45 Global FX
17:45 Sustain
18:30 Sostenuto
18:50 Sensitivity
20:10 Using MIDI
21:45 MPE tips
25:35 Haken Editor
27:50 Splits and layers
29:45 EaganMatrix
30:40 Basic patch
31:35 XYZ
32:25 Modules
35:40 FM patch
38:05 Formulas
39:20 How to add a macro to a patch
41:00 LFO/env
43:45 Matrix tips
45:05 Pros & cons
51:35 My favorite presets

9 thoughts on “Expressive E Osmose Synthesizer In-Depth Review

  1. Just got mine and the ‘gamechanger’ talk is actually deserved for once.

    Playing the Osmose is incredible. I haven’t dug into patching yet, but it’s obviously a lot more cumbersome than on many synths, because you have to hook up a computer for the interface. If I could use an iPad, that would be a great compromise.

    I’m looking forward to hooking this up to my other synths and seeing how it works as a controller. If anybody has used this with a Prologue, Opsix or Wavestate, let me know how it worked for you!

    1. it would be a fine frontend for a Prologue with the right user oscillators. having both Shape and Shift-Shape under control makes for nice digital articulation on top of all you can do with the analog and effects. just using a Yorick LFE with Prologue is wonderful, having this in front sounds wonderful. I might break down and get this – you’ve enlightened immensely me Chiara! thank you! anything to extend my beloved Prologue.

  2. I know people here have varying opinions of Loopop. This is the first video that I have seen for this synth that actually explained anything. I was pretty satisfied with the way he covered the matrix patching. In fact, all of my questions about the synthesis side of the Osmose were answered by this video. I didn’t see this to be very difficult to understand, and just watching the video, I feel that I learned a lot more about programming the Osmose than I did in my first week or so of trial and error with Falcon, when it was initially released. My 3rd Wave arrived yesterday and this is looking like my next acquisition as soon as I find a place to put it.

  3. So to sum it up it’s an unfinished product which turns the user into a beta tester.
    He only had it one week and it crashed 3 times. The editor is a nightmare to use and lots of features aren’t implemented yet. I’ll wait for version 2 (if there ever comes one).

    1. Iโ€™m a very satisfied beta tester/owner of the Osmose ๐Ÿ˜‰ Amazing reactivity from the keybed and sound engine. I start to dig the Eagan Matrix and yes its complex, but i like the way it is build. You can go deep i mean very deep into sound design. For me its not a keyboard, not a synth, you have to think outside of the box, itโ€™s a totally New instrument. Most of the preset are made for keyboard player in mind, it feel a little bit wrong for the possibility here. But i understand the targeted market ๐Ÿ™‚

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