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Features never seen before in any hardware or soft synth.

**Buy Omnisphere today and receive a free upgrade to Omnisphere 2 when it's released! Call your sales representative for more details.

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.

FEATURES
General
  • Software type: Virtual instrument
  • Plug-in format(s): VST, RTAS, AU, AAX
  • Computer platform: Mac & Windows
  • Delivery version: Boxed version
Sound Library
  • Total library size: 40GB+
  • Sound generation: Sample based
  • Integrated effects: Yes
  • Standalone: Yes
  • Expandable: yes (sold separately)
Minimum System Requirements
  • Free hard drive space: 50GB
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Authorization: Registration code
  • Processor - Mac: 2.4GHz Intel dual core
  • Operating system - Mac: OSX 10.7
  • Processor - Win: 2.4GHz
  • Operating system - Win: Windows 8/7/Vista
  • 64-bit compatibile: Yes

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SpectrasonicsOmnisphere Virtual Synth with Free Upgrade to Omnisphere 2 Upon Release
 
4.6

(based on 21 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (18)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

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    (1)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (5)
  • Versatile (5)
  • Good audio (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (6)
  • Professional recording (6)
  • Performances (4)
  • Amateur recording (3)
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    • Experienced (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

In one word: Amazing!

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...Read complete review

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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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Yes, It's Just That Good

I love love love this synth.
It's my go-to synth, pretty much all I use.
You can make just about anything with it.
Most the reviews have already said...Read complete review

I love love love this synth.
It's my go-to synth, pretty much all I use.
You can make just about anything with it.
Most the reviews have already said everything else. My big complaint is that while they've gone to great lengths to burn a piano, there are a lot of raw traditional instruments missing which could be used to make a lot of great sounds. How about instead of "Cellosaurus" we get clean cello samples to do our own thing with, etc?? It would also be cool if we had the option to run our own samples thru it. I rate Omnisphere a 3 in order to possibly get their attention... Otherwise, this thing is the bomb. Me love it long time.

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Video Game Composer's Tool

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Spectrasonics Omnisphere Virtual Synth with Free Upgrade to Omnisphere 2 Upon Release:

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.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Wow

By stephen petty

from Florida.

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Comments about Spectrasonics Omnisphere Virtual Synth with Free Upgrade to Omnisphere 2 Upon Release:

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.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Yes, It's Just That Good

By Fraynk Zapper

from Ok

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Easy To Use
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Spectrasonics Omnisphere Virtual Synth with Free Upgrade to Omnisphere 2 Upon Release:

    I love love love this synth.
    It's my go-to synth, pretty much all I use.
    You can make just about anything with it.
    Most the reviews have already said everything else. My big complaint is that while they've gone to great lengths to burn a piano, there are a lot of raw traditional instruments missing which could be used to make a lot of great sounds. How about instead of "Cellosaurus" we get clean cello samples to do our own thing with, etc?? It would also be cool if we had the option to run our own samples thru it. I rate Omnisphere a 3 in order to possibly get their attention... Otherwise, this thing is the bomb. Me love it long time.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    In one word: Amazing!

    By SQ3

    from Undisclosed

    About Me Novice

    See all my reviews

    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 with Free Upgrade to Omnisphere 2 Upon Release:

    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.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    An amazing product!

    By kmaus10

    from Austin, TX

    About Me Experienced

    See all my reviews

    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 with Free Upgrade to Omnisphere 2 Upon Release:

    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.

    (2 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

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

    By Rockgod66

    from Michigan

    See all my reviews

    Comments about Spectrasonics Omnisphere Virtual Synth with Free Upgrade to Omnisphere 2 Upon Release:

    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.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great sound and versatility!

    By Jon Gordon Music Production, Inc.

    from NYC NY

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Easy To Use
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • Requires 50 Gig Of Hd
    • Very Long Installation

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Arranging
    • Composing
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Spectrasonics Omnisphere Virtual Synth with Free Upgrade to Omnisphere 2 Upon Release:

    Omnisphere is a beautiful sounding, extremely versatile VI with thousands of usable patches right out of the box. The program runs smoothly and the synth architecture is very straight-ahead for a synth this powerful. It locks tempo seamlessly with the host program (Pro Tools in my case). It has powerful live performance features. Registration and authorization policies are straightforward and it does not require a hardware key. It supports multiple installs, allowing a single user to work on more than one system.
    The sound can go from lush and gorgeous to extremely edgy and raw. It excels at synthetic textures. While it often uses samples as sound sources it does not really try to emulate natural acoustic instruments.
    It has a well designed patch directory that allows you to easily search sounds and to tag your favorite sounds for future reference.
    It does take a long time to install, and a separate drive dedicated to holding the approx. 40 gig of sample content is highly recommended. But for what it does, these are not really drawbacks.
    Omnisphere is a fully professional class act synth and would make a fine addition to the arsenal of anybody who composes or arranges with synthetic textures.

    (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 with Free Upgrade to Omnisphere 2 Upon Release:

    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

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    A Hit For Sound Enthusiasts!

    By Believe

    from Florida

    Comments about Spectrasonics Omnisphere Virtual Synth with Free Upgrade to Omnisphere 2 Upon Release:

    The ideas that Spectrasonics incorporated into this software-based super synth are endless. I can't help but also bow to how much hard work these guys put into updating your libraries of sounds, and keeping you posted. Again, brilliant FX to warm your sounds, and not to mention an endless array of sounds you've never even heard of, all in an easy to use interface which allows for you to morph multiple soundsources. Expand your creative horizon infinitely, and you wont have to look back to another Software synth again.

    (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 with Free Upgrade to Omnisphere 2 Upon Release:

    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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