Jan 25

It has been a bit quiet on the Spectrasonics Omnisphere front recently so I was pleasantly surprised that they have been very hard at work creating version 2 of this software. For those of you wanting to upgrade it is a reasonably costly upgrade at nearly half the price of the full product. So for this amount I am expecting a great deal of changes and improvements.

At Namm 2015 Spectrasonics has just introduced Omnisphere 2 as a major upgrade to its best-selling flagship software synth. Spectrasonics say that Omnisphere 2 “adds a vast amount of new synthesis and creative capabilities for sound design and significant user interface innovations”.

The Omnisphere 2 upgrade includes the most requested Omnisphere feature: Audio import for user created soundsources. I really like the sound of this which opens up endless sound possibilities. The next biggest change has got to be it’s new oscillator features which give you a hundred times the number of DSP Oscillator waveforms, morphing Wavetables, new granular synthesis optionsand over 3,000 unique new sounds. Yes that is what I said over 3,000 unique new sounds. These have been created by Spectrasonics excellent sound design team.

OK amonst the thousands of new additions and those fantastic features above you also get 25 new FX units and a much better user interface with fast browsing features.

Spectrasonics state “Our biggest goal with Omnisphere 2 is to offer more freedom to create for every type of person using it,” I was surprised to learn that this the first ‘version 2’ of any of their software instruments.

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OK let us look at a glance exactly what is on offer here:-

• Audio Import – Use your own audio file as a soundsource in Omnisphere
• Over 400 New DSP Waveforms for the Synth Oscillator –
• Wavetable Synthesis – Each Waveform is now a Morphing Wavetable
• Powerful New Granular Synthesis algorithm
• Deeper FM/Ring Mod capabilities for aggressive timbres
• 8 New Filter Types – New Power Filters, Vowel, Resonators
• New Unison Drift models Analog Polysynth behavior
• Expanded Modulation with new sources and many more targets
• Polyphonic LFO and Modulation Envelope options
• Soundsource Reversing

Now includes over 10,000 sounds

• More than 3,000 New patches and soundsources
• New Omnisphere EDM library with cutting-edge, modern sounds
• New Exclusive Soundsources from Diego Stocco’s Custom Built Instruments
• New category of Phrase-based Soundsources for granular synthesis
• Hundreds of new Circuit Bent Soundsources
• Many Innovative new Psychoacoustic Soundsources
• New Melodic Cave Stalactites Soundsources

New Interface:

• Redesigned Wider User Interface with many improvements
• New Show Modulation pane opens modulation routings/sources on left side
• New Mini-Browser available at all times
• Larger Full Browser Design

Enhanced Browsing experience:

• Sound Match™ feature instantly locates any related sounds in the library
• Sound Lock™ allows endless useful variations by locking sound aspects while you browse
• Easy Sound/Project Sharing for collaborators and third party libraries
• Greatly Improved sound organization system
• Fast Auto Preview/Progressive Loading allows rapid browsing
• Browse Patches by Mood
• Expanded Genres
• Browse by Oscillator type
• Boolean search options

New Arpeggiator Features:

• Note transposition for step seq-style patterns
• Arp pattern lock while browsing
• Speed Offset control allows slow down/speed up effects
• New modulation capabilities

25 New FX Units:

• Innerspace
• Quad Resonator
• Thriftshop Speaker
• Classic Twin
• Bassman
• Hi-Wattage
• Rock Stack
• Brit-Vox
• Boutique
• San-Z-Amp
• Stompbox Modeler
• Metalzone Distortion
• Toxic Smasher
• Foxxy Fuzz
• Analog Phaser
• Analog Flanger
• Analog Chorus
• Analog Vibrato
• Solina Ensemble
• Vintage Tremolo
• Envelope Filter
• Crying Wah
• Stomp-Comp
• Precision Compressor
• Studio 2-Band EQ

Flexible New FX Features:

• 16 FX units per patch
• Full matrix modulation of every FX slot
• New Aux FX rack per patch with Pre/Post fader sends
• Hundreds of New FX Presets and Racks
• Lock FX while browsing

Improvements/Special Features:

• Live Mode with key splits
• Enhanced Orb with Attractor mode
• Trilian Custom Controls compatibility
• Global Clock Speed (Halftime, Doubletime, etc)

Omnisphere 2 should be available by 30 April 2015 and will also be available as a paid upgrade to existing Omnisphere owners.
Retail Price: $499/€399 – Standard Upgrade Price*: $249/€199

I can imagine this would be a great addition to MIDI up with the Roland GAIA. If you have a Roland GAIA already, don’t forget to check out my sound patch collections of which there are three – just click on the image below:-

roland-gaia-192-sound-patches

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