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Spectrasonics Omnisphere 2.6 Review

So you want to buy Omnisphere, one of the all-time greatest? If there was a plugin hall of fame, it would definitely be in it.

After installing it, producers can be quite overwhelmed by the synth. But is the synth by Spectrasonic really worth the money?

We will figure it out in this reviews, while I break down the different sections of it.

Without the need of watching plenty of tutorials.

And that’s is exactly what I’m going to do in this article.

Are you ready?

How to use Omnisphere?

The Header

Header

Right at the top you can find the header section.

Here you can simply access the Multi Browser by one click.

Further, you can easily change between each stack (1-8).

Additonally, you can find the Multi section and the System section. However, we will ignore them, since covering them will get quite deep into the possibile capabilities of the synth.

 

The Patch browser

Patch Browser

Patch browser

Above all, Omnisphere is all about its presets. Therefore, changing between them was made super easy. You can find them by choosing certain attributes that are assigned to each preset. Alternatively, you can locate them via the option „Sound Match“. The later will show you all presets that sounds similiar to the current preset.

In order to find presets via their attributes you can choose them via a sorted structure devided into category, type, genre and author.

The lower section than shows you all the presets that are assigned to these devisions. Simply double click them to use them.

Pretty cool right?

 

The Main Page

Omnisphere Main section

This is were the magic happens.

Well not completely, but this will be the section in which you can do quite easy and fast adjustments.

Firsly, when selecting the „Notes“ option at the top you are provided with the presets name, it’s patch, as well as a short description of the sound.

The „Layers“ option let’s you turn on and off the different layers (A, B, C, D) that add up to the final patch.

Here you can also change them to come up with your own variations.

Secondly, to the left you will find adjustment options for the voices, octave, scale, clock speed, signal path, trigger mode, gain and part level.

Thirdly, to the right you are able to change the velocity, solo, glide, bend, sustain and expression settings.

Additionally, at the botom located are the options for applying and master filter. The cutoff and resonance controllers are easy to use. The switch betwen a low pass and high pass filter is done by two simple buttons.

 

The Layer (ABCD) Page

omnisphere layer section

Each portion of a layer (A, B, C, D) can further adjusted within these sections.

Here you can apply modulation, adjust the oscillator, apply a filter and adjust the sound envelope.

 

The FX page

omnisphere FX section

Within the FX page the user is apply up to four effects for each preset portion. It also offers an „AUX“ and „Common“ section to further apply effects.

 

ARP Page

omnisphere ARP Section

The futuristic ARP page gives you full control of an integrated arpeggiator.

Final Plugin-Reviews.com Rating

5 Piano Rating

Certainly, the power of this synth seems to be endless and the amount of presets and banks is nearly overwhelming.

Therefore, I need to give Omnisphere 5/5.

In conclusion, I would definitely buy it again if I had to.

Pro Tip: Combining the plugin with either Effectrix, Glitch2 or RC-20 Retro Color will lead to even more possibilites of creating great sounds.

I would love to hear your opinion and what you think about the plugin.

 

Frequently asked questions:

What are the System Requirements?

SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL USERS:

  1. 4 GHz or higher processor (Intel Core2Duo or higher recommended)
  2. 2GB RAM minimum (4GB or more recommended)
  3. Dual Layer compatible DVD-ROM drive
  4. 50GB of free hard drive space

Mac Recommendations:

  1. OSX 10.5 Leopard or higher
  2. AU, VST 2.4 or higher, AAX or RTAS capable host software
  3. Audio Unit plugin requires host support for “Cocoa” based plugins
  4. Native 64-bit and 32-bit on OSX
  5. 6GB of RAM (or more) if using the Sample File Server

Windows Recommendations:

  1. VST 2.4 or higher, AAX or RTAS capable host software
  2. Microsoft Windows 8/7/Vista compatible
  3. Native 64-bit and 32-bit on Windows

How to update Omnisphere 2?

The plugin will automatically check for updates if your computer is connected to the internet.

GetUpdates

The start screen will show „Your are up to date“ if you have all updates installed.

A „Get Updates“ will appear if there are new updates. Simply click on the button and you will be directed to the download page.

After that, you will have to:

  1. Log in to your Spectrasonics account
  2. Download and unzip the „Spectrasonics Updater“ folder
  3. Close your DAW
  4. Run the installers

https://support.spectrasonics.net/manual/Omnisphere2/25/en/topic/get-started-page12

How to install Omnisphere 2?

Installation on Mac OSX

https://support.spectrasonics.net/manual/Omnisphere/get_started/installation/page01.html

Installation on WINDOWS

https://support.spectrasonics.net/manual/Omnisphere/get_started/page02a.html

Omnisphere Auhtorization process

https://support.spectrasonics.net/manual/Omnisphere/get_started/authorization/index.html

How to install Omnisphere packs?

  1. Open Omnisphere 2 in your music host/DAW
  2. Press the utility button (top-left from middle ft he screen)
  3. Select: Install .omnisphere
  4. Locate your 3rd party expansion pack
  5. Select and open your 3rd party expansion pack (.omnisphere file)
  6. Follow the on screen prompts to install your new expansion pack

How to install Omnisphere banks and How do I add presets to Omnisphere?

  1. Ensure that you can see hidden files within your browser. (View àClick on „Hidden Items“)
  2. Go To C:\ProgramData\Spectrasonics
  3. Double click on the STEAM folder
  4. Click on Omnispere\Settings Library\Patches
  5. Copy your Omnisphere bank into this directory

How to install Omnisphere 2 patches?

  1. Ensure that you can see hidden files within your browser. (View àClick on „Hidden Items“)
  2. Go To C:\ProgramData\Spectrasonics
  3. Double click on the STEAM folder
  4. Click on Omnispere\Settings Library\Patches
  5. Create a new folder
  6. Copy content of the patch folder into the new folder

Within Omnisphere you will be able to locate the new patches and their presets via the patch browser. Click on the little arrow head that is pointing down.

You will then see all the new patches when hovering over the option “User Directories”.

How to install Keyscape in Omnisphere?

When both are installed, the Keyscape libraries will automatically show within the Omnisphere Browser. Subsequently, you will be able to select it within the Patch Browser by choosing it at the Directory.

What to do if Omnisphere cannot load soundsource:

  1. Ensure that you can see hidden files within your browser. (View àClick on „Hidden Items“)
  2. Go To C:\ProgramData\Spectrasonics
  3. Double click on the STEAM folder
  4. Click on Omnispere\Soundsources\Factory\Core Library
  5. Delete zmap.index
  6. Apply soundsource update

How many Gigabyte is Omnisphere?

Omnisphere needs about 64GB of free space on your hard drive.

Do you need Omnisphere?

No, you don’t need it. A professionl producer can create hits with any VST. But is the plugin worth it? Definitely, simply when conisdering the enormous amount of stock presets.

Is Omnisphere a Synth?

Yes, it is a super powerfull synthesizer.

How much RAM do I need for Omnisphere?

A minimum of 8 GB is required.

Can you install Omnisphere on an external hard drive?

Yes you can install it on an external hard drive.

For Mac: https://support.spectrasonics.net/manual/Omnisphere/get_started/installation/page02.html

Does Omnisphere work with Garageband?

Yes, it is compatible with Garageband X. https://www.spectrasonics.net/support/knowledgebase_view_topic.php?id=546&categoryID=84

Can you install Omnisphere on more than one computer?

Yes, you can install it on more than one computer. The VST has a Single user but Multiple Computer license. However, you need to be using it only for yourself.

What version of Omnisphere do I need to be able to load Keyscape sounds?

Omnisphere version 2.3 or higher is required to load Keyscape sounds.

Is Keyscape included in Omnisphere 2?

No, Keyscape needs to be purchased separately. However, you can integrate it into the user interface after buying it.

Does Omnisphere work on Mac?

Yes, it can be run on Mac. Be sure to check your Mac OS compatibility before purchasing it. https://www.spectrasonics.net/support/knowledgebase_view_topic.php?id=685&categoryID=84

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