FX are an important part of Omnisphere’s sound palette, and are used to enhance the sonic character of Patches and Multis. They can add space, density, and movement, and alter the timbre and shape the sound in many interesting ways.
Having high-quality, built-in FX in Omnisphere means that the FX are integrated with the interface as well as with the sounds! Any FX you use are saved along with Patches and Multis. Combined with FX Presets, Omnisphere provides a cohesive and intuitive way of working with FX.
Omnisphere contains 58 different FX Units, 37 FX Racks, a comprehensive Preset library, and a powerful feature set for integrating the FX with the synthesis engine.
Each part in Omnisphere has three insert racks (one for each of the two Layers and one for the entire Patch) and an Aux Rack. Additionally, at the Multi level there are four Aux Sends racks and a Master rack that are shared by all Parts.
There’s no limit to how FX can be creatively applied, but certain FX, such as Compressors and Modulation FX, are best used as Inserts. Other FX, like Reverbs and Delays, are often best used as Send FX. Deciding when and where to apply FX is also an important part of optimizing CPU usage in Omnisphere.
The position of an FX unit in the audio chain will affect how it sounds and reacts. FX units can be easily repositioned in any of the FX racks by clicking on the rack ear’s handles and dragging the unit to the desired position. To move an FX unit to another rack, you can copy and paste the effect preset from the pull-down Presets menu to the left of the unit.
One of the key features of Omnisphere’s FX is that almost all the FX parameters loaded in Part racks can be modulated with any Modulation Source. This means that FX can be fully integrated into the synthesis architecture and character of a Patch, making them much more than simple FX plugins.
All FX parameters can be MIDI Learned for hands-on control, and enabled for working with host automation.
All Part FX can be globally bypassed by clicking on the blue LED under the FX tab. The LED is blue when effects units are in use and turns red when in Bypass mode. The FX page will become greyed-out when in Bypass Mode.