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WIN! Expressive E Osmose MPE Synth

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Enter now for your chance to win an Expressive E Osmose synthesizer and software bundle, worth £1659$1799!

MIDI Polyphonic Expression, or MPE, has opened up a world of creative possibilities for electronic musicians. It has taken a little time to truly find its feet since the specification was first released in 2017, but the technology has matured rapidly in the last few years, and nowhere is this better exemplified than by the Expressive E Osmose.

The Osmose is unique among MPE instruments in that it offers the familiarity of a traditional keyboard layout — indeed, you can play it just like a normal MIDI keyboard, potentially making it the only controller you’ll ever need. Don’t be fooled by its looks, though: those keys are enormously sensitive, and respond to a huge range of expressive gestures such as striking, movement along both the X and Y axes for modulation, and, of course pressure: you can even ‘squeeze’ notes into existence from nothing with just a gentle touch.

When we reviewed the Osmose back in SOS April 2023, we were glowing in our praise of the keyboard’s action: “It’s a truly exquisite level of sensitivity on offer, with a feeling of in‑the‑moment immediacy that can be breathtaking. Yes, it’s a simple synth‑like keyboard, in one sense. But this action also has aspects of response that are closer to various percussive instruments, perhaps hand drums or metal pans. Or, just as often, it gives the sensation that your finger has become bow‑ or breath‑like.”

But the Osmose is more than just a controller: embedded within it is the EaganMatrix, a powerful polyphonic synth engine designed specifically for MPE. Boasting 24-note polyphony, it incorporates virtual analogue, FM, physical modelling and granular synthesis. With five oscillators, plus noise sources, five multi‑mode filters, built-in effects and even a convolution module, the EaganMatrix is capable of generating a huge range of timbres, from acoustic-like plucks to FM percussion, and everything in between.

The Prize

For this month’s competition, we’re giving you the chance to win an Osmose of your very own — plus the complete Expressive E Instruments Collection, a bundle of five MPE-ready software instruments worth an additional $435£380!

You can even ‘squeeze’ notes into existence from nothing with just a gentle touch.

How To Enter

To be in with a chance of winning this fantastic prize, answer the questions on this page and submit your entry by Friday 7th July 2023. Good luck!

Prizes kindly donated by Expressive E.

Competition Rules

  • Only one entry per person is permitted.
  • In entering this competition, you confirm that you are aged 18 years or older.
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