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Spectrasonics Omnisphere Virtual Synth  

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After many years of development, Spectrasonics presents their flagship virtual instrument Omnisphere. This revolutionary Power Synth breaks sonic gro...Read More

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OVERVIEW

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.

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

SPECIFICATIONS

Omnisphere Virtual Synth

  • 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
 
4.6

(based on 21 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (18)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    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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    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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    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:

    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.

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    (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:

      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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      5.0

      Awsome Program!

      By Matt

      from VA

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

            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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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                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!

                  Comment on this review

                  (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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                  (4 of 4 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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