The Omnisphere FX Units are effects that exist within the Omnisphere plugin.
There are 58 different professional quality internal FX Units to choose from. For more-detailed descriptions of the controls and operation, please click on the FX unit names.
COMPRESSOR/LIMITER GAIN FX
Tube Limiter Both a limiter and compressor – modeled on the fat, warm sound of the world-famous Fairchild™ 670 tube limiters from the 1960s.
Tape Slammer This fully-controllable compressor simulates different types of analog tape compression, tape saturation, and even tape age.
Modern Compressor Modeled after the legendary SSL™ buss compressor, this compressor adds a bright, “solid-state” character to the sound.
Vintage Compressor Modeled on the “go-to” vintage Universal Audio LA-2A™ and 1176™ compressors, this unit has a very warm and musical sound.
Precision Compressor The Precision Compressor is super-clean, versatile and modern-sounding. It’s an ideal hi-fi studio compressor and works well for mastering.
Stomp Comp Modeled after the vintage Ross Compressor™ guitar pedal, it has a tough, gritty character, and it is useful for lots more than just guitars.
Gate Expander A traditional, controllable Noise Gate that also works well as a Dynamic Expander
Studio EQ This clean and versatile 2-band EQ provides multiple modes for each band and is suitable for mastering.
Vintage 2-band EQ Modeled after the Pultec™ EQP2-A model tube equalizer, with a very warm and musical tone.
Vintage 3-Band EQ Modeled after the Pultec™ EQP series tube equalizers, renowned for their extremely musical and fat tones.
Graphic 7-Band EQ Useful for tailoring a full spectrum audio source with broad control of multiple bands.
Graphic 12-Band EQ Useful for tailoring a full spectrum audio source with fine control of multiple bands for precision control.
Parametric 2-Band EQ Provides precision frequency control, with two fully sweepable, overlapping bands.
Parametric 3-band EQ Provides precision frequency control, with three fully sweepable, overlapping bands.
Enevelope Filter This FX Unit uses Omnisphere’s filters with an envelope follower to provide a cool, animated-envelope effect.
Formant Filter A filter based on the characteristics of the human vocal tract, with adjustable headsize and vowel controls.
Power Filter Developed in cooperation with GForce Software and based on their famous and super-musical impOSCar™ filter design.
Valve Radio A unique device that functions both as a dual filter and a distortion device – includes drive control and a gate.
Wah-Wah Modeled after classic wah-wah pedals of the 1970s, with LFO modulation that can be synced to the host tempo.
Crying Wah This FX unit is modeled after the classic Vox Cry Baby wah-wah pedal, used by Clapton and Hendrix and everyone else!
DISTORTION AMP FX
Stompbox Modeler This FX unit recreates ELEVEN models of incredible fuzz, overdrive, and distortion pedals.
Flame Distortion Scorch your audio with this extremely versatile distortion and bit-crushing unit.
Metalzone Distortion Modeled after the Boss MT-2 Metal Zone™ distortion pedal – rock tones, galore!
Toxic Smasher This FX unit combines Omnisphere’s Waveshaper with different controllable filter types.
Foxy Fuzz This FX unit is modeled after the Foxx Tone Machine fuzz pedal, known for its sustain – includes octave harmonics.
Bassman This FX unit is modeled after the mighty, mighty ’59 Fender Bassman™ amplifier – many guitarists’ favorite amp. Comes with selectable, high-end mic and preamp combinations. Controls for the head and the cabinet.
Boutique This FX unit is modeled after the 100-watt Dumble Overdrive Special™ amplifier, with selectable, high-end mic and preamp combinations.Brit-Vox This FX unit is modeled after the Vox AC30™ amplifier – this amp led the British Invasion of the 1960s! Comes with selectable, high-end mic and preamp combinations. Controls for the head and the cabinet.
Classic Twin This FX unit is modeled after the classic (and we mean CLASSIC!) ’65 Blackface Fender Twin™ amplifier – with selectable, high-end mic and preamp combinations. Controls for the head and the cabinet.
Hiwattage This FX unit is modeled after a custom 100-watt 1974 Hiwatt™ amplifier – Classic Rock tones with selectable, high-end mic and preamp combinations. Controls for the head and the cabinet.
Rock Stack This FX unit is modeled after the seminal and iconic ’64 Marshall JTM45™ amplifier – with selectable, high-end mic and preamp combinations. Controls for the head and the cabinet.
San-Z-Amp This FX unit is modeled after the trend-setting SansAmp GT-2™ tube amplifier emulation pedal.
Smoke Amp A guitar amplifier-modeling effect, which models a nice variety of amps and cabinets, modeled after hand-made amps from smaller, boutique, custom amp manufacturers.
Thriftshop Speaker This unit is designed to trash your audio by running it through old funky speakers/telephones/megaphones that you might find in a thrift shop.
Analog Chorus This FX unit is modeled after famous Boss™ and TC Electronics™ chorus pedals that have graced thousands of classic keyboard and guitar tracks. Stereo and mono.
Ultra-Chorus A very rich and thick chorus unit, that features some unique LFO modulation options.
Solina Ensemble This FX unit is modeled after the classic “Ensemble” effect in the ARP Solina String Ensemble™.
Analog Phaser This FX features models of the Oberheim Phasor™, MXR Phase 90™, and a custom chorus/phase shifter, with the ability to sync to your track.
Retro-Phaser Classic phaser unit with a vintage, low-fi vibe and a darker tone and a “Dirt” switch. Can be synced to the host tempo.
Pro Phaser A versatile and rich phaser design capable of going way beyond traditional Phaser effects.
EZ Phaser Best suited for classic phaser effects, while being very easy to use and understand.
Analog Flanger This FX unit is modeled after the popular classic, the A/DA Flanger™ pedal. You’ve heard this!
Retro-Flanger Classic flanger unit with a warm, vintage character. Complete with a “Dirt” switch.
Flanger Provides many traditional flanging and tuned-resonance effects. Can be synced to the host tempo.
Analog Vibrato This FX unit is modeled after the vibrato of the once-ubiquitous Roland JC-120™ and of the Shin-ei Uni-Vibe™ pedal, which imitated a Leslie (think Pink Floyd).
Vintage Tremolo This unit recreates the classic vintage tube amp tremolo effect, in mono or stereo. Think 60’s Surf music and 70s Should and R&B.
Quad Resonators This unit is based on comb filters and adds tuned resonances to any input signal. Robots are taking over the world!
Innerspace Designed to create acoustic resonances, organic textures, and add unconventional ambiences to any input signal by super-imposing the characteristics of one sound onto another.
Chorus Echo Inspired by the classic Roland Chorus-Echo™ units from the 1970s. Features a modulated delay line that can be synced to the host tempo and includes a vintage chorus mode, as well as a “Dirt” switch.
BPM Delay A single, true-stereo delay unit that is always in-sync with the host tempo.
BPM Delay X2 Dual-mono delays that are always synchronized to the host tempo.
BPM Delay X3 Triple LCR (left-center-right) mono delays that are always synchronized to the host tempo.
Radio Delay A dual-mono, BPM-style delay, with the delayed signals passed through Omnisphere’s Valve Radio distortion filter. Can be synced to the host tempo.
Retroplex Modeled after the old tape echo units of the 1960s and 1970s such as the Echoplex.™ Delays and Echos are selectable from any year: 1960 through 2000!
Pro-Verb Ambience controlled with surgical precision, Pro-Verb is the premier, studio-quality reverb unit in the Omnisphere FX arsenal. Extremely versatile, hi-res, and rich-sounding.
EZ-Verb A simple-to-use, basic reverb unit that uses less CPU power, and sounds great!
Spring Verb Faithfully recreates the classic cheesy vibe of the ancient spring reverbs of 1960’s Surf era (and before!) guitar amplifiers.
Imager A handy utility that can be used to widen the stereo image, correct phase, and much more, including syncable auto-pan.
Can you use more than four effects units at a time?
Yes! It’s actually possible to have a huge number of simultaneous FX Units active at the same time in one instance of Omnisphere. Any of the FX Units can be put into one of the four slots in an Omnisphere FX Rack and depending in your computer’s processing power, up to 37 FX Racks can be open at once.
Here’s the structure:
4 Effects per rack x 4 racks per part = 16 Effects per Part
16 Effects per Part x 8 Parts = 128 FX
4 Effects per rack x 4 Multi Aux racks + Master rack = 20 Effects per MULTI
Considerations when using the FX:
Each FX Unit consumes different amounts of additional CPU power, so the number of simultaneous FX Units depends on the available CPU power of your computer. Some FX, like the PRO-Verb, can even use different amounts of CPU power, depending on which settings are used.
To maximize CPU performance in multi-timbral, LIVE, or STACK applications, it’s recommended to Bypass any Part FX Units which can be shared by other parts (especially reverbs & delays). A good approach is to copy a Part FX Unit’s settings, bypass it and then paste the settings into a free Aux rack for shared use by the multi-timbral Parts. In other words, the signal from multiple Parts can be sent to one FX unit. Think of a hardware recording console, where the signal from multiple channels is sent through one hardware reverb.
Some FX Units have two pages. The second page parameters can be reached by clicking the arrow on the right side of the plugin. Usually, it’s labeled “MORE” or lists the type of parameter found on the second page.
You can use external third-party FX plugins with Omnisphere by utilizing the multiple outputs feature of Omnisphere with your host.