This is the first version 2.0 of any Spectrasonics instrument, and it's a big one.
Omnisphere is among the elite virtual synthesizer programs for producers, composers, and sound designers; and if you think this monster power synth couldn™t get ...
The Chainsmokers talk about some of their favorite VST plugins they use in the studio in their reddit ama. One of the ones they mention is Spectrasonics Omnisphere 2: "Studio: Ableton Live... record a lot of guitar recently on telecaster. fav vsts atm are xfer serum and omniphere 2."more
AF: What are your preferred virtual synths? Eisen: I used to say lots of stuff but I think these days I think only Omnisphere. It’s absolutely amazing and we also have Trilian, which is really really good. We bought the whole Native Instruments pack for example, and I want to say Massive - it is an amazing synth, but it doesn’t work on Cubase properly.more
Some exceptional patches in Omnisphere 2. Its strengths are very much in the areas of organic soundscapes, noises and ambient textures. Basically stuff you've never heard before! I haven't found much to get excited about in the 'EDM Spotlight' section yet, but maybe that'll change as I start to dig deeper. Right, back to the sounds...more
What software are you using in Logic? "I love what Native Instruments do and you can't go wrong with Komplete. I love using Massive and Kontakt, they get used every single day. Omnisphere is massive for me as well, but the only other thing I'll use is Logic's built-in EXS24 sampler, which is a godsend for programming all my drums."more
About half of the pads, synths and textures you hear are from Spectrasonics flagship power synth called Omnisphere. I've built a close relationship with that instrument (and its extension libraries like the Moog Tribute Expansion) since its release in 2008...to the extent that I have most of the patch names memorized and I know exactly which key words to search for when I need a specific type of emotion communicated. However, I rarely leave any of Omnisphere's patches in their natural form - specifically since 250-350Hz needs to be ducked a bit on many of their analog synth patches to avoid cluttering the mix. What I often do is set up a series of busses in Logic, each with their own personalities. One bus might have a low pass filter combined with 3-4 different delays and reverbs. Another might have punchy compression and saturation with dance-style reverbs and delays. Regardless of which bus I decide to run the synth through, I run Omnisphere's patches through one of them while I'm working out melodies so I can carefully fit each layer into the prior one. Delay and reverb changes everything for me because of the way I set up my signal chain (see screenshot below - I've got the high frequencies passed out and I've followed some gentle compression with Reverb and two independent insertions of my favorite delay). I am ridiculously meticulous about what tones I allow into my songs, which is why I write less content than other composers, but I am absolutely indebted to Eric and his team at Spectrasonics for providing such a powerful cinematic tool. It's more than worth its weight in gold.more
Persing is the founder of Spectrasonics, a company specializing in developing World Class software 'virtual instruments' since 1994. He has produced dozens of the sampling industry's top selling titles and gone on to create the award-winning Omnisphere, Keyscape, Stylus RMX, Trilian, Atmosphere and Trilogy software virtual instruments. Eric's ground-breaking instruments and sound libraries are the best selling and most widely used in the world. Spectrasonics products are in constant use on thousands of major film, television, music, game and multimedia productions. In addition to being the Creative Director of Spectrasonics, Eric was a longtime consultant and the Chief Sound Designer for Roland Corporation Japan from 1984-2005, creating the key sounds for many popular Roland synthesizers, samplers, CD-ROMs, expansion boards, processors and groove devices - from the vintage Jupiter and JX series, to the legendary D-50, D-70, JD-800/990, R8, S-series samplers, JV-880/1080/2080, the Sound Canvas, JP-8000/8080, MC-505/909, The V-Drums, XV-5080, Fantom series, the V-Synth and many more.more
> En complément d’Ableton, j’utilise beaucoup de plug-ins comme ceux de chez Soundtoys qui ont des effets super intéressants. Il y a aussi **l'Omnisphere, un synthé fantastique**, peut-être l'un de mes plugs préférés. Puis évidement Reaktor de Native Instruments (ainsi tous les instruments et effets qui vont avec), les possibilités sont tellement nombreuses, j’adore me perdre dans la recherche et la création de sons originaux avec.more
This is the first version 2.0 of any Spectrasonics instrument, and it's a big one.
Omnisphere is among the elite virtual synthesizer programs for producers, composers, and sound designers; and if you think this monster power synth couldn™t get any better, you™ve just been proven wrong. Introducing Omnisphere 2.0, the first v2.0 of any Spectrasonics instrument and it is truly gigantic!
With Omnisphere 2.0 comes a massive variety of new synthesis options, a staggering audio library with over 10,000 sounds, a new interface with an enhanced sound browsing capability, a new and enhanced arpeggiator, 25 new effects units with flexible attributes, as well as other improvements and specialized features that make Omnipshere 2.0 a very worthy upgrade.
Vast New Synthesis Possibilities
Omnisphere 2.0 comes a vast array of new synthesis possibilities including the ability to import your own audio content as a sound source inside Omnisphere giving you limitless sound creation possibilities using your own sample library. The new Granular Synthesis algorithm will allow you to completely transform the included content or morph your own audio into unimaginable soundscapes. Try changing a smooth Jazz recording into an ethereal soundscape or even a blazing synth lead with just a few parameter tweaks. The possibilities are endless!
Not many people realize, but Omnisphere can also create purely synthetic sounds without using any samples at all. There are now over 400 DSP waveforms for the synth oscillator, which is 100 times more than the original version, and each waveform is now a Morphing Wavetable with vast new possibilities and colors. A patch can have up to 10 oscillators and each oscillator can have its own wavetable, so you can see how complex you can get in your sound designing. Unison has also been improved with new analog drift behavior that makes an ordinary synth sound absolutely huge! Both FM and Ring Modulation can go much deeper than before too. There™s also eight new filter types and expanded modulation features that will shape your sound into exactly what you need, or better yet something you™ve never even imagined!
Now with Over 10,000 Sounds
If you'e wondering about sounds and patches, Omnisphere 2.0 has over 10,000 of them. There are more than 3,000 new patches and Soundsources from the acclaimed Spectrasonics Sound Design Team; a new Omnisphere EDM library with cutting-edge, modern sounds; exclusive Soundsources from Diego Stocco's custom built instruments; a new category of phrase-based Soundsources for granular synthesis; hundreds of new Circuit Bent Soundsources; innovative new Psychoacoustic Soundsources; melodic cave stalactites Soundsources; and so much more.
Spectrasonics has always found the wildest ways to bring new sound content to their instruments, and their Psychoacoustic Soundsources are the core of Omnisphere 2.0™s sonic identity. This includes some of the rarest instruments and objects that have never been sampled before, and they find all kinds of unconventional ways to bow, pluck, strike and excite them using objects like electric toothbrushes, sugar packets, coins, zip ties and more.
Updated Interface with Enhanced Browsing Experience
Omnisphere 2.0 adopts a similar aesthetic to the previous version with the exception of a new wider user interface that hosts many improvements. There™s a new Show Modulation pane that opens to show all the modulation routings/sources right in the interface, and a new Mini-Browser feature is available at all times so you can search for just the right sound or patch to inspire any moment.
In addition to the interface updates, Omnipshere 2.0 features an enhanced browsing experience that makes finding the right content fast and easy. New in v2.0 is a Sound Match feature that instantly locates any related sounds in the library that match the sound you'e currently using. This makes a huge improvement for finding the right sound in the moment. Another exciting new browser feature is Sound Lock, which allows you to lock a specific attribute from a sound as you browse. For example, lock the arpeggiator pattern from a sound you like and it will be applied to every sound you browse through, or lock-in the effects rack from a patch you like and it will be instantly carried over t each new sound as you browse. This is an incredibly easy and fun way to have as many custom variations as you like, and each one is something that no one else will have.
New and Improved Effects
In Omnisphere 2.0 Spectrasonics has dramatically increased the effects rack with 25 new effects including vintage modulation effects, new distortion and classic amp modeling, envelope filtering effects, new studio-grade compressors and equalizers, and some radically new creative effects. There™s also hundreds of new effects presets and racks available for you to pick from, or create your own by stacking up to 16 effects of your choice per patch.
A vst intended for sound design, but it redefines what that means as it can be laced into almost any genre. Quality large sound that truly makes it worth the purchase
This is the mothership of synthesizers. The massive library, advanced synthesis parameters, FX, etc. make this product a powerhouse and a must-have for every serious music producer. I've used it on all my solo albums and other music productions as well. The sounds are to die for. Rich, detailed, pristine. The price tag is quite high but this synth is absolutely worth it. This is top of the line audio software.
I love this synth and highly recommend it. Not much else to say! If you want to do it, Omnisphere 2 probably can and I haven't even tried the new update that allows you to access Omnisphere versions of many hardware synths from that hardware.
Presently getting to know this synth, with the intent of making it my primary/go-to synth for many purposes, particularly pads, pianos and FX. I am so impressed by it that I got rid of all of my hardware digital synths. Incredible quality and versatility, staggering depth, endless inspiration.
This is not a complete description of all Omnisphere can do. If you want a complete review you better head over to the Sound on Sound website and make sure you read the manual! This is also just a very personal opinion on Omnisphere and the reasons why, for me, it's a great product.
Omnisphere is a rompler. There's an extremely large amount of sampled "soundsources" available plus a very decent amount of modeled analog waveforms. All go through a subtractive synthesis engine that allows you to sculpt the sound to your liking. A big bunch of effects really put the icing on the cake. I'd don't think I'd buy these effects to mix with, but as a complement to the sound engine I think they're fine.
Omnisphere is not a sampler, meaning you can't use your own samples and create complicated keymaps, switches or round robin setups. I'm fine with that as I never use my own samples to create realistic instruments anyway. You can however import your samples and use them for granular synthesis and that I really love. You can create whole soundscapes from a short field recording or a sample from a record.
Usually I'm not a fan of multi timbral VST's. I'd rather open new instances on new tracks, because that way every instrument has it's own track in my DAW and I can easily sculpt the sound further with other plugins. Spectrasonics warns us that using multiple instances will cause extra overhead, so I was glad to find that setting up a multi in Omnisphere is really very easy. I'm having no trouble at all.
Omnisphere does one thing very well that not many VST's offer nowadays. I've always loved the sound of the Roland D-50 and Korg Wavestations. They offered kinda realistic recreations of real instruments, but really excelled at creating hybrid sounds: subtractive synthesis based on samples. Apart from Absynth I don't know any plugin that does this well, and in fact, Omnisphere does this a lot better, I think, because it's synthesis engine is so much simpler to use.
Omnisphere's huge sound library and synthesis engine becomes even more powerful if you have one of the supported hardware synths. My Nordlead has really gotten a new lease of life with Omnisphere. With the Nordlead acting as a fully integrated controller I'm tweaking away on sounds the Nordlead could never do. Software has suddenly become more hands-on then it has ever been for me.
Omnisphere is definitely the most expensive VST I have. It cost me more than many of the DAW's I've used. But the alternative to buying Omnisphere for me was not another VST. It was buying a hardware synth, because I really need that hands-on control to stay inspired. Suddenly, with the hardware integration and a Nordlead sitting next to me the price made sense. Great sonic possibilities, hands-on control, total recall from within the DAW, it's hard to beat.
If you have something like a Bassstation2 or a Miniloque and are looking for different sounds to complement these instruments Omnisphere is a unique proposition.
I do wish some user interface elements were just a little bigger. The ability to switch on or off layers, effects and the arpeggiator right from the main page is awesome, but why are these LED-like switches so damned tiny? The magnifying glasses that open the detailpages are also a bit too small to my liking. The whole interface of Omnisphere can be scaled, but only 1x will fit my 15" laptop so that does not help me much.
There's one more thing: the arpeggiator is great. It's very flexible and, yes, it's also very easy to use. You can do old fashioned arpeggiated chords and basslines, but it's also possible to choose any of the percussive patches and use the arpeggiator as a stepsequencer to create beats. I've had lot's of fun with it.
This is the first version 2.0 of any Spectrasonics instrument, and it's a big one. Omnisphere is among the elite virtual synthesizer programs for producers, composers, and sound designers; and if you think this monster power synth couldn™t get any better, you™ve just been proven wrong. Introducing Omnisphere 2.0, the first v2.0 of any Spectrasonics instrument and it is truly gigantic! With Omnisphere 2.0 comes a massive variety of new synthesis options, a staggering audio library with over 10,000 sounds, a new interface with an enhanced sound browsing capability, a new and enhanced arpeggiator, 25 new effects units with flexible attributes, as well as other improvements and specialized features that make Omnipshere 2.0 a very worthy upgrade.
I'm really impressed with the amount of possibilities with both their highly navigable library with so many combination options to go along with it. REALLY easy to customize and make your own sounds and grooves with this.