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Features never seen before in any hardware or soft synth.

After many years of development, Spectrasonics presents their flagship virtual instrument Omnisphere. This revolutionary Power Synth breaks sonic ground by combining a wide variety of hybrid real time synthesis techniques, a vast library of remarkable Psychoacoustic sounds, and many innovative features that have never been seen before in any hardware or software synthesizer. It is the first to be based on Spectrasonics STEAM Engine.

Although extremely powerful, Omnisphere is designed with a unique user interface containing progressive layers of zooming to accommodate the complete range of users - from musicians who just want to be inspired by the sounds and customize them in an easy way, to expert synthesists and the most advanced sound designers. Users can go deeper and deeper into the music software and progress in their synthesis knowledge by simply exploring additional levels of sound manipulation options.

Omnisphere offers a host of hybrid synthesis and control capabilities including Variable Waveshaping DSP synthesis, Granular synthesis, Timbre Shifting, FM, polyphonic Ring Modulation, high-resolution streaming Sample Playback, Harmonia Dual Multimode Filter structure, Chaos Envelopes‚ an advanced Unison mode, and the innovative Flex-Mod modulation routing system - to name a few.

Spectrasonics has pioneered several types of sampling for the core library of this virtual instrument, including unique Psychoacoustic sounds and sound sources created with a Composite Morphing Technique (CMT) - which morphs the harmonic characteristics of one instrument to another. As a bonus, a section of the core library is also devoted to representing the best of Spectrasonics award-winning sample libraries. When all of these organic core library soundsources are combined with the synthesis power of the STEAM engine, the sounds become alive in a truly dynamic and expressive way.

Among the many unique features this multi-timbral synth offers are its flexible arpeggiators with the innovative Groove Lock integration with Stylus RMX - allowing the arpeggiator pattern to instantly groove with the feel of the RMX drum loop; Live Mode for transitionless patch switching and layering, Stack Mode for powerful performance mapping; and integrated modulatable FX Racks.

Omnisphere is also the successor to Spectrasonics popular Atmosphere instrument, and contains enhanced versions of all the classic Atmosphere sounds. However, the core library in Omnisphere is 10-times the size of Atmosphere and features thousands of completely different sounds.

Spectrasonics Omnisphere is cross-platform compatible with Apple Macintosh OS X 10.4 and higher as a native Universal Binary and also with Microsoft Windows XP/Vista.

Audio Units, VST, and RTAS plug-in formats are supported for compatibility with all major host software.


 

Omnisphere Virtual Synth Specifications:

  • System Requirements
  • 2GB RAM or higher
  • Dual Layer compatible DVD-ROM drive
  • 50GB of free hard drive space
  • Mac Recommendations
  • 2.0GHz or higher processor
  • G5 PowerPC compatible - Intel Core2Duo or higher recommended
  • OSX 10.4.9 or higher
  • AudioUnit, VST 2.4, or RTAS capable host software
  • Native Universal Binary for Intel Macs
  • Windows Recommendations
  • 2.4GHz or higher processor (Intel Core2Duo or higher recommended)
  • Microsoft Windows XP or later
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SpectrasonicsOmnisphere Virtual Synth
 
4.7

(based on 19 reviews)

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  • Easy to use (3)
  • Versatile (3)

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    Best Uses

    • Home studio (4)
    • Professional recording (4)
    • Performances (3)
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      • Experienced (4)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Video Game Composer's Tool

    I've been using this product for over a year now, and I absolutely love it for creating video game music. The amount of atmospheric sounds, choirs, and quality of synths at your disposal...Read complete review

    I've been using this product for over a year now, and I absolutely love it for creating video game music. The amount of atmospheric sounds, choirs, and quality of synths at your disposal is truly amazing. Thanks to quality of of this software, I got my first music library published with a game developer recently. Whether you're serious about music or just having fun, having this product is totally worth it.Another thing you'll like about the company spectrasonics is that they actually give quality updates with new instruments about once per 3-6 months. They also have updates to tweak and further enhance the performance of your engine.On a technical note, I've tested this on 32 and 64 windows xp / vista / and windows 7 while using acid pro 7 and cubase 5 with no problems.

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    OVERRATED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    SPECTRASONIC'S OMNISPHERE IS MORE OVERRATED AND OVERHYPED THEN KIMBO SLICE!!!! The reason this synth sounds "better" then the rest is because the patches are in 24 bit maybe even...Read complete review

    SPECTRASONIC'S OMNISPHERE IS MORE OVERRATED AND OVERHYPED THEN KIMBO SLICE!!!! The reason this synth sounds "better" then the rest is because the patches are in 24 bit maybe even in 32 bit floating. Once you dither everything down the only difference between another virtual synth is the gigs and gigs of useless patches you have stored on your computer. The interface is very user friendly but you have to search a long time just to find a patch that can be used for music. This synth might be good for movies, but for music this synth is a waste of money, time, and hard drive space. I know the creator of this synth wanted to create new sounds that nobody had out there, but I really need basic sounds that could be used for a song. Sure it's fun to write alien music once in a while but there isn't enough meat and potatoes patches. I can get the same quality of sounds as this synth by using reason with some patch off the web. If music is your passion save yourself some cash and computer upgrades and get a practical usable virtual synth like Reason or one from Native Instruments. If you make music for movies this synth will do the job, but for the average musician look elsewhere.

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    5.0

    Awsome Program!

    By Matt

    from VA

    About Me Experienced

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          Comments about Spectrasonics Omnisphere Virtual Synth:

          Great program as I just started messing around with midi on Logic. I can't wait to get the other products

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          5.0

          The best soft synth/rompler

          By El Abstrakto

          from Miami, FL

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Easy To Use
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Spectrasonics Omnisphere Virtual Synth:

              IMO the best soft synth/rompler on the market. The attention to detail is incredible. Easy to use and plenty of waveforms to choose from.

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              5.0

              In one word: Amazing!

              By SQ3

              from Undisclosed

              About Me Novice

              Pros

              • Clear Sound
              • Deep Programming
              • Easy To Use
              • Feature Rich
              • Online Tutorials Videos
              • Outstanding Presets

              Cons

              • Good Cpu Ram Needed
              • No Stand-alone Version

              Best Uses

              • Home Studio
              • Performances
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about Spectrasonics Omnisphere Virtual Synth:

              I am somewhat of a synth collector… Soft synths, that is :) I have over 50 soft synths (many as part of collections, such as the great Arturia V Collection and NI Komplete). While these offer a wide range of sounds from emulations to truly unique stuff, I have not been as "blown away" by a virtual instrument quite like with Omnisphere (reFX Nexus and Sylenth1 do come to mind; they also sound amazing, but neither is anywhere near as versatile). It is truly a goldmine of sound. A lot of people describe the preset sounds as being more on the atmospheric side and I would agree that a lot of the presets have that feel, but in a way, these are truly complex sounds that I'm glad the pros took the time to craft brilliantly and left the typical contemporary "super-saws" (or whatever other typical synth sound heard in 99% of the dance oriented tracks) for the user to create with its powerful synth engine (though you also have the option of shaping the samples to your heart's content as well). So don't be misled, while it's an amazing instrument for pads and textures, it can also easily do anything other synths do, only that it also throws in about 1000 more features than anything else out there. The ability to choose from any of the thousands of unique samples and combine those with either more samples or synth sounds can lead to some amazing results with very little effort. And if it's effort you're looking to put forth, then go nuts with the endless possibilities. Carefully shape each sound with the synthesis controls; further modify them with countless modulation options; give it motion or rhythm with the incredibly flexible and vast amount of envelopes and arpeggiator; then give that sound that final sheen with the incredible selection of effects that easily rival a lot of stand-alone processors. All of this in an easy-to-use interface that is well laid out for quick access to the things you need most, while providing deeper tweakability if needed. Pair that with iPad integration (where syncing the two couldn't be easier, unlike many other attempts I've seen) and you have a true gem. It is truly a power synth with countless features that nothing I've seen can compare to. If you're on the fence, leap off confidently, you won't be disappointed.

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              5.0

              Awesome!

              By Jeff

              from Hawaii

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Events
                • Home Studio
                • Mobile DJ
                • Performances
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about Spectrasonics Omnisphere Virtual Synth:

                Not just another synth program. This has a lot of features, sounds, and tweaks that make it the best I have experienced.

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                (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Amazing sounds

                By Chrisolavitch

                from Abilene, Texas

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Great value
                • Versatile

                Cons

                • none

                Best Uses

                • Home Studio
                • Performances
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about Spectrasonics Omnisphere Virtual Synth:

                Simply an amazing collection of sounds. The ability to use an ipad onstage and control the patches is really cool. You get a ton for your money!

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                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                An amazing product!

                By kmaus10

                from Austin, TX

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Control From An Ipad
                • Easy To Use
                • Endless List Of Patches
                • Excellent Edit Features

                Cons

                • Lengthy Install
                • No Pdf Manual

                Best Uses

                • Home Studio
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about Spectrasonics Omnisphere Virtual Synth:

                I bought this based on the reviews and was not disappointed. I use this in a Windows environment under Sonar. I was initially worried about performance on my system due to the stated system requirements, but have not had any issues so far. The patches are both abundant and of high quality. Add the enormous editing features and even control from an iPad via Omni TR, and this synth is just amazing.

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                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Wow

                By stephen petty

                from Florida.

                Comments about Spectrasonics Omnisphere Virtual Synth:

                Great synth for different genres of music.Pair Omni with Komplete 8 Ultimate and Trillian and you will never leave the house.
                Omnisphere,has over 50 gigs of content,and over 10.000 sounds to keep you busy for awhile.Omni also has lots of ways to change the sounds into something else.
                Omni has very nice sounds,but they aren't your everyday meat and potatoes sounds.If your looking for a synth on your PC Omni is it.However,Omni has no drums and very few bass sounds.It's best to buy Trillian if you need bass sounds like I did.
                Best price on the net with Musicians friend sales coupon,15% off with no tax and free shipping lol.

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                (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Best sounding soft synth

                By Fernando Marzan

                from Pennsylvania

                Comments about Spectrasonics Omnisphere Virtual Synth:

                Best soft synth out & the possibilities are endless when it comes to making your own sounds. Awesome
                Beats just about any soft synth out right now
                The sounds are amazing, from vintage sounds to current styles. Omnisphere is versatile
                For the price, i'd recommend this product no matter what your budget is

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                if you wanna go deep...go omnisphere

                By philip tribuzio

                from alameda,ca

                Comments about Spectrasonics Omnisphere Virtual Synth:

                I have been in the market for a good multi for a while, and the omnisphere averaged it out for me. being a studio musician, home set up, just didn't seem feasable or affordable to get some huge workstation synth when I love the simplicity of my desktop setup. As far as virtuals go, the omnisphere is the package.I love the interface and the info for the soundsource patches, complete with photos and detailed descriptions,the info edits you can add and the browser is great for narrowing down what you are looking for.No nitpicks yet as I am still learning some of the functions but also no problems. Not for the top 40 crowd though, this is for the out of this world types. An otherworldly explorer synth.
                deep soundsources; huge library to create your own patches and layers, great interface and technical guide, great support from spectrasonics. I am in love with the quality of the samples as I am into experimental soundscapes and inspiring textures. combined with the Ableton Live Suite 8 I am in sound nirvana. Some of the features such as the live mode are very cpu intensive but I am glad they are there to work with in the future , the key is to learn the inside outs of memory management, on which there is a complete tutorial as well as lots of youtube demos. Great vitrual multi timbral instrument
                6 dvds no problems with install, had an issue with authorization but that was my fault and easily cleared up with spectrasonics. Quality of the product itself is amazing, I want to use it on everything.
                worth the price, not a cheapie but you get a ton of stuff to work with.

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                The incredible Omnisphere

                By JOHN GOOCH

                from Undisclosed

                Comments about Spectrasonics Omnisphere Virtual Synth:

                Incredible, Outstanding,Fabulous... Words truly can't describe this program

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