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- Omnisphere 2
- 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
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- 0 of any Spectrasonics instrument and it is truly gigantic! With Omnisphere 2
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Omnisphere 2. 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 so...
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You can spend days auditioning and punching through the amazing sounds on this instrument, admiring at the creativity it took to produce such sonic textures. A truly wonderful work of sound design. Seriously, holding down a single note and letting it evolve forever has never been so gratifying.
But ... that doesn't actually mean you can easily use these sounds in an original composition of your own.
A lot of the sounds are so specific in mood and musical direction, they tend to dictate what the final piece of music will sound like. Rather than you using the sound to create an idea, the sound tends to override your ideas and dominate the composition. In fact, you might find yourself producing music that sounds a little too much like the demos on the Spectrasonics website.
Many of the sounds have also become heavily overused in television drama and action/horror movie soundtracks. So with their very specific texture and tone, it may be harder to craft your own original sounding ideas. Of course, any instrument or loop sample library you use holds that risk, but it's especially obvious here.
There are of course some instruments that are highly playable and interesting but for the price, you can probably get those particular sounds elsewhere.
All of this could have been okay, if the producers had adopted a different marketing strategy.
Rather than lump together an endless sound library that tries to cover everything from horror movie soundtracks to classical, pop and rock, (and of course charging a relatively high price for it) the producers could have broken it down into styles, moods and genres to be sold as smaller separate libraries at more affordable prices.
I can imagine most musicians will probably use a fraction of the sounds in this library, according to their style and musical genre, while finding the rest of the sounds, intriguing though not necessarily usable.
I don't often write horror soundtrack music so I don't actually need roughly 20% of the sounds in the library, but now I've paid for them anyway. Don't need Mongolian chants either, but here they are taking up some 500MB on my hard drive and I've paid for them, so ... I'll find myself auditioning them and playing around with them, rather than actually producing music with them.
So yes, this is a huge library and yes the sounds are very creative, but no, it doesn't actually lend itself well to real world music creation.
Just to be clear, this plugin combines incredibly varied, and numerous methods of sound generation via oscillators that can produce an astounding amount of waveforms, from wildly pure to garish digital, to outstanding virtual analog. But it also comes with thousands of samples that can be used in the same way, many of these are terrific, pure sounding samples. If you don't find what you like, you can add your own even! All of this can be run through an impressive array of filters, then run through waveshaping, or granular alterations, ring modulation, FM, more. All of this can be controlled or modulated in any number of ways. There's also a series of outboard effects (reverb, delay, etc) that sound excellent as well. Plus a really impressive arpeggio. And before I forget, there's a terrific, free app that works as a controller for it, making it even easier to tweak and add to any performance.
The only reason not to consider this is if you are looking for a sample playback virtual instrument that does multi-sampling across the keyboard and velocity layers, or a drum kit/machine. Omnisphere isn't really designed for that. While it can sample, and has great samples, and has a lot of percussion and drum sounds, it's not a "rompler" in this regard. I could also see how an analog purist may wish a true analog synthesizer over this, if that's what you are aiming for. Outside of that, if you own any type of digital audio workstation and are looking to increase your palette, look no further. Just buy this, and be happy for the next decade.