u-he was pretty late to the MPE party, but in fairness Urs concerns were valid… early on, there was a lack of standards and no daw support. Urs was waiting for this, so u-he could do the effort once, when it was ‘standardised’, which is kind of what happened.
indeed, Howard does have an Osmose, though in fairness… from posts Ive seen from him, his main interest was seemed to be, could he use the Haken Engine for new presets (rather than MPE presets) - though, I guess, he could be interested in adapting presets he has worked on in soft synths for the ‘osmose mpe’
as for (lack of) MPE presets, again, I think the issue for me is simple… all surfaces are different. this is not unique to Osmose (but more exaggerated).
Ive tried to play presets designed for Roli/Soundplane/Continuum/Generic (e.g. Live) with other surfaces Soundplane/Eigenharp/Osmose/Erae Touch. it’s almost always been a very lack lustre experience.
so much so, I hardly ever bother anymore, I either use the preset designed for the surface they were created for, or design my own (for that surface)
I know this is not what many want… they want presets. but I just dont see that happening.
a novation 61 keyboard is very similar to an Arturia.25 keyboard for sound design.
but an erae touch is nothing like an Eigenhaarp/Soundplane/Osmose to play - and sound design relies about more than just a bunch or parameters linked via some midi messages.
and as I say, u-he might love the Osmose, but can Howard sell a pack that requires a user to have an Osmose and u-he repro 5… and want to use them together.
the market is small, do you charge $50 for the pack?
(I’d love a u-he/expressive-e collab, but I suspect u-he have bigger fish to fry - though not been following Urs on kvr for quite a while, so who knows)
frankly, if I were Howard, Id just work on some Haken Engine presets - I think they’d sell better.
however, the case is different for Expressive E…
they can cross sell between their software and hardware, and as you mention, many (osmose) users are almost expecting this from them.
so it might be a small market, but they are the ones that are in the best position to exploit it.
btw: I didnt know their EE instruments were (all?) based on Falcon, I might get them…
as I quite like Falcon… though its mpe implementation is a bit poor.
but if EE are invested in UVI Falcon, perhaps UVI is a natural collaboration partner.