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Spectrasonics Omnisphere - Virtual Instrument

You Pay: $479.00
Product Highlights
  • Multiple Synthesizer Engines
  • 40GB Core Library
  • Audio Units
  • RTAS
  • VST
  • Mac OS X
  • Windows XP/Vista

Omnisphere from Spectrasonics is their new flagship virtual instrument and a successor to Atmosphere. The synthesizer combines a wide variety of real-time synthesis techniques with a huge 40GB core sound library. To hold all of this together while providing an elegant and easy-to-use interface, the development team at Spectrasonics created the STEAM Engine.

The STEAM Engine allows the user to process already interesting core samples with an intriguing set of synthesis and effects processor, thereby transforming the core material into truly inspiring sounds. The user interface features progressive layers of "zooming" that can be used by a wide range of users - from musicians who just want to be inspired by the sounds and customize them in an easy way, to the most advanced sound designers.

The sounds in the core library were acquired using various techniques including a new Composite Morphing Technique (CMT) which morphs the harmonic characteristics of one instrument to another. Additionally, parts of the core library include all of the Atmosphere content, along with a collection of some of Spectrasonics' award-winning sample libraries.

Eight independent arpeggiators can be used in a single multi-timbral instrument to allow for creating complete compositional sections. However, the real beauty of these arpeggiators is that they can be synchronized to the feel of any RMX drum loop via Groove Lock or any other MIDI file. This means no more conflicting rhythmic feels. Additionally, sounds can be modulated by multiple LFOs or by using advanced multi-breakpoint looping envelopes.

Beautifully crafted virtual instrument with wide ranging sonic possibilities
Simple interface design makes key features accessible to every user while advanced users can "zoom" into deeper and deeper layers to explore the instrument's synthesis capabilities
Performance oriented Live Mode interface allows for seamless, interactive creative patch switching and layering on the fly
Stack Mode interface allows for complex patch layering, splits and crossfades with control available via velocity, keyboard note and other controllers
Sophisticated browser that is context specific with searching, sound attributes, descriptions and images
Eight independent arpeggiators with Groove Lock - allows the arpeggiators to match the feel of Stylus RMX and/or MIDI files
Eight-part multi-timbral with built-in mixer, auxiliary FX and mastering FX racks
Advanced MIDI Learn and Automation parameter handling
Comprehensive integrated Reference Guide
Includes an extensive set of video tutorials and synthesis lessons available online to registered users
System Requirements
Mac G5 2GHz or higher PowerPC compatible - Intel Core 2 Duo recommended
OSX 10.4.9 or higher
2GB or more of RAM
Dual Layer compatible DVD-ROM drive
50GB free hard drive space
Host software that supports Audio Units, RTAS or VST plug-in formats
PC Pentium 3GHz or higher - Intel Core 2 Duo recommended
Microsoft XP SP2 or Vista
2GB or more of RAM
Dual Layer compatible DVD-ROM drive
50GB free hard drive space
Host software that supports RTAS or VST 2.4 plug-in formats

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SpectrasonicsOmnisphere - Virtual Instrument
 
4.4

(based on 8 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Versatile (6)
  • Good audio (5)
  • Easy to use (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home studio (6)
    • Professional recording (5)
    • Performances (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Professional musician (4), Experienced (3)

    Reviewed by 8 customers

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    5.0

    Absolutely Amazing!!

    By Kiko

    from Sao Paulo, BR

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Easy To Use
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio
      • Mobile DJ
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Spectrasonics Omnisphere - Virtual Instrument:

      This is a great and powerful synth. Unique.

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      4.0

      Be Committed

      By Paul C

      from Memphis, Tn

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Versatile

      Cons

      • Elaborate

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Spectrasonics Omnisphere - Virtual Instrument:

      I haven't even installed the software yet and I am a bit 'bowled over' by the instructional videos. Wow is all I can say. This software is quite extensive, more than just a software synth. I am looking forward to learning the live mode.

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      5.0

      AMAZING!!!

      By Trevor

      from Viera, FL

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Spectrasonics Omnisphere - Virtual Instrument:

        I use Omnisphere as my main "soft synth" on stage.... I love it!!! I use it with an Akai MPK61 (controller keyboard) and run it though my MacBook Pro with MainStage.

        I would buy it again in a heartbeat!

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        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Love it

        By Anna

        from Florida

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Easy To Use
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Spectrasonics Omnisphere - Virtual Instrument:

            Great sounds. Great interface. Very large sounds, eats up space quickly and will crash your DAW if you are not careful.

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            4.0

            Omnisphere

            By sal4

            from US

            Verified Buyer

            Comments about Spectrasonics Omnisphere - Virtual Instrument:

            Really great sounds. I dig it!

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Omnisphere, great sound needs fast compu

            By Rich

            from Colorado

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Fat lush sounds
            • Modulate between sounds
            • Moving sounds

            Cons

            • 64 bit OS recommended
            • Long load times for sound
            • Memory hog

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Home Studio
            • Movie scoring
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Spectrasonics Omnisphere - Virtual Instrument:

            This product has great sounds, multi layered patches good for studio and movie production. Moving sound and realistic sound are great. Very good singal processing and ability to have multi layers of signal processing. The synth engine is pretty easy to program and easy to get good sounds. You cannot import or record your own samples. The down side is you
            need a fast computer with multiple raid drives.
            One of the best sounding VSTs but needs a fast computer and more importantly fast hard drive, either SSD or 3 hard drive raid 0 for best experience. I am running this on a 32 bit operating system with 4 gigs of ram. The average patch uses 1.5gb of ram. More for some of the complex patches. It takes forever to load. With 3 hard drives in raid 0 it takes about 2 to 3 seconds to switch between patches.
            If you have a stout computer running a 64bit operating system and fast drives, it is a dream. But if you do electronic dance music and have a slower older computer with less ram, something like Alchemy might be better. As with everything in the computer world, better software requires more resources. In this product there is a mode which allows for smaller samples and less multi sampling, which would work better on a slower system with less ram but it removes subtle nuances in some of the sounds.

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            4.0

            WOULD BUY AGAIN.

            By TOM

            from TYLER ,TX

            About Me Professional Musician

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Home Studio

              Comments about Spectrasonics Omnisphere - Virtual Instrument:

              BEST SOUNDS I'VE PURCHASED SO FAR.

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              (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Perfect for expansive pads and textures!

              By Jonny 5

              from Santa Rosa, CA

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Clear Sound
              • Easy To Use
              • Versatile

              Cons

              • Needs Powerful PC
              • Pricey

              Best Uses

              • Home Studio
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about Spectrasonics Omnisphere - Virtual Instrument:

              Omnisphere specializes in complex synth sounds ranging from soft and dreamy to harsh and scary. Many of the sounds are best used as pads, but there are great sounds for leads as well. The interface is deceptively simple, but you can actually play around a lot with the presets and significantly change their sound. Some of the presets are simple, but many of them have a complex and detailed sound that can easily stand solo for intros, extros or bridges.

              The preset library is searchable, and the sounds are organized in categories and sub-categories, which also function as tags. Speaking of, the sound library is huge, 40+ gigabytes, so make sure you have the hard drive space available. Of course, a large hard drive footprint is not really a con in this software category!

              One thing I love about the instrument, and this applies to other Spectrasonics instruments as well, is that one instance of the program can drive eight different instruments, on up to eight different outputs.

              I use Omnisphere in a home DAW setup, and I couldn't be happier. I am not yet a published music professional, but I have been making music on my computer for a long time, and this is one of the best libraries of sounds I have ever heard.

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