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The Layer Pages

The Layer Pages

LAYER PAGES – Introduction Each Part in Omnisphere has two Layers, A and B. Omnisphere’s Layer Pages have been designed to provide a useful set of controls over many aspects of the sound. In cases when more precise and detailed controls are needed, the…

Page Buttons

The Layer Pages » Envelopes » Envelope Zoom » Page Buttons

EDIT PAGE – Envelope Page Buttons Above the Envelope Display area are six buttons that select the controls for the six Envelopes available in the current Layer. NOTE: the AMP and FILTER Envelopes displayed are only for the current Layer, the other Layer must…

The Main Page

The Main Page

MAIN – Introduction The MAIN Page can be considered Omnisphere’s “dashboard.” It allows quick changes to the Patch that’s been loaded and there are useful performance controls that appear exclusively on this page. The parameter…

The FX Page

The FX Page

FX System 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…

Selecting & Linking Layers

The Layer Pages » Concepts » Selecting & Linking Layers

LAYER PAGES – Selecting & Linking Layers The Layer Page Selection Buttons toggle between the controls for each Layer in a Patch. Linking Layers The LINK Button makes it possible to lock the controls of both Layers together. When enabled, any…

Soundsource Browser

The Browsers » Full Browser Overview » Soundsource Browser

BROWSER – Soundsource Browser The Soundsource Browser is accessed from the Layer A and Layer B pages, as well as the Main Page. On the Main page, select LAYERS in the central Info section, then click on the image or the folder icon to open the Soundsource…

Styles

Legal » Styles

This is nothing more than a temporary style page, fellow… Tables V1 Control Omnisphere Parameter Details RANGE buttons - Pitch Coarse Changes Pitch Coarse tuning from -12, 0, +12 semitones on all layers. Since layer C works as a sub-oscillator,…

Clear, Save, Copy & Paste

Concepts » The Header » Utility Menu » Clear, Save, Copy & Paste

The Utility Menu provides options to Initialize or Clear Multis, Patches and Layers, and to Save Multis and Patches. There are also functions that allow Part and Layer settings to be copied and pasted. Initialize vs Clear (Multi, Patch & Layer) When you select…

Common Parameters

Concepts » Architecture & Hierarchy » Common Parameters

h2. CONCEPTS – Common Parameters h2. Each Layer has an independent set of synthesis controls, and there are many parameters that will only affect the individual Layer. However, there are also a number of Common parameters that are shared by both…

Results And Info

The Browsers » Mini-Browser Overview » Results And Info

After filtering using Attributes Mode or using Sound Match to find similar sounds, the list of results is displayed in the lower area of the Mini Browser. Information about the loaded Patch and is displayed in the middle area of the Main Page. When this area…

Oscillator Zoom

The Layer Pages » Oscillators » Oscillator Zoom

LAYER PAGES – Oscillator Zoom : Introduction To access the Oscillator Zoom page, click on the magnifying glass next to the word OSCILLATOR. The Oscillator Zoom page contains the controls for Omnisphere’s multiple types of synthesis and has six…

Miscellaneous

System » Miscellaneous

This area determines the settings for master tuning, the instrument’s startup page and preferences for how the Layers behave in the interface. Startup Page Preference Omnisphere’s default startup page is the Main Page. This menu allows you to select from…

Master Filter

The Main Page » Master Filter

Omnisphere’s MASTER FILTER controls the entire Patch, meaning that it affects both Layer A and B. The MASTER FILTER is completely separate from Omnisphere’s dedicated Filter section on the LAYERS page and is designed as a simple tone control. The extensive…

V-Curve Zoom

The Main Page » V-Curve » V-Curve Zoom

MAIN – Velocity Curve Zoom Selecting the Zoom icon next to the different Velocity Curve presets opens the VELOCITY CURVE ZOOM. This page provides detailed controls to modify the velocity curve of a Patch. The Velocity curve settings are global to the Part…

Resonance

The Layer Pages » Filters » Filter Zoom » Resonance

FILTER ZOOM – Resonance The Resonance control on the FILTER ZOOM page is identical to the RES knob on the LAYER pages. Resonance is also called “Q” or Emphasis in synthesizers, because it emphasizes the cutoff point of the filter. Resonance can…

Navigation Buttons

Concepts » The Header » Navigation Buttons

h2. CONCEPTS – Navigation Buttons The Navigation Buttons in the header are used to select and view any of the eight Parts, the Multi Section or the System Page. Only one button can be selected at a time. Part Select Buttons (1 ~ 8) Buttons 1-8 are Part…

Level, Amp & Pan

The Layer Pages » Concepts » Level, Amp & Pan

LAYER PAGES – Level, Amp & Pan Each Layer has Layer Level and Pan controls in addition to an AMP control, commonly used as a modulation target. LAYER LEVELS The level sliders are used to blend the two layers and often even a subtle change in level can…

Envelopes

The Layer Pages » Envelopes

One of the innovative features of Omnisphere’s envelopes is that each of them has two interfaces. There have always been two competing design philosophies; ADSR envelopes, which are fast and easy to use, and Complex envelopes, which are more powerful and…

Modulation Section

The Layer Pages » Modulation » Modulation Section

LAYER PAGES – Modulation Section When a parameter is modulated, the routing is automatically shown in two sections: in the left side of the plugin (replacing the Mini Browser) and in the Layer pages. They both have similar controls, with the advantage that…

Phase

The Layer Pages » LFOS » Phase

LAYER PAGES – LFO Phase The small LFO Phase slider determines the point at which the LFO waveform will begin its cycle. If the slider is set to minimum, the LFO will begin its cycle at the start of the waveform. As the phase is increased, the point in the…

Key Tracking

The Layer Pages » Filters » Filter Zoom » Key Tracking

FILTER ZOOM – Key Tracking The KEY control on the FILTER ZOOM page is identical to the KEY slider on the LAYER pages. The Filter Key Tracking is a dedicated modulation control. It determines to what extent the cutoff frequency will track the keyboard. The…

Envelope Zoom

The Layer Pages » Envelopes » Envelope Zoom

LAYER PAGES – Envelopes Zoom The ENVELOPE ZOOM page provides precise editing of the eight available envelopes in a Part. Complex envelopes can be created with hundreds of stages. Each envelope segment can have one of nine different curve presets applied to…

Folder Icon Buttons

Concepts » Interface Conventions » Folder Icon Buttons

Besides the Mini-Browser, there are three Full Browsers built into Omnisphere, one each for Multis, Patches, and Soundsources. All three Full Browsers have identical functions, but access different parts of the Core Library. Anywhere that you see a Folder…

Structure

The Layer Pages » Filters » Filter Zoom » Structure

The central part of the FILTER ZOOM section is dedicated for controls that are common to both of the Filters, including the ability to route to two Filters in parallel or series and to place them before or after the Amplifier. The CUTOFF, RES, VARIANT, KEY,…

Depth

The Layer Pages » LFOS » Depth

LAYER PAGES – LFO Depth This knob controls LFO depth. The higher the setting, the greater the amount of the LFO signal is sent to the modulation matrix.

Concepts

The Layer Pages » Concepts

LAYER PAGES – Introduction Each Part in Omnisphere has two Layers, A and B. Omnisphere’s Layer Pages have been designed to provide a useful set of controls over many aspects of the sound. In cases when more precise and detailed controls are needed, the…

Oscillator Main

The Layer Pages » Oscillators » Oscillator Main

The Main Oscillator Zoom Sub-Page contains many of the controls already present in the Layer Page, with some additions and a different layout. Some of the controls will change depending on the selected Oscillator mode. TRANSPOSE Transpose works like MIDI…

Layers & Oscillators

Concepts » Architecture & Hierarchy » Layers & Oscillators

h2. CONCEPTS – Layers & Oscillators Each Part has two Layers (A and B), and each Layer has a set of synthesis controls. Each Layer has its own polyphonic Primary Oscillator, which can be set to either Sample Mode (using Soundsources) or Synth Mode (using…

Show Menu

Live Mode » Show Menu

LIVE MODE offers five ways to switch or layer the eight Parts; via MIDI Notes, MIDI CC messages, MIDI Program Change, via the mouse or with Omni TR. The first three methods use MIDI Learn to setup how the Parts will respond. Although all methods can be active at the…

Phase

The Layer Pages » Oscillators » Synth Mode » Phase

LAYER PAGES – Oscillator Synth Phase Control The PHASE control will only have an audible effect when it is heard combined with another layer, as phase changes can only be perceived when they are in relation to another audio signal. The best way to…

Modulation

The Layer Pages » Modulation

Modulation adds motion and complexity to sounds. Simply put, modulation is any source that affects a target parameter in some way. The most common form of modulation in synthesizers is vibrato, where an LFO modulates the pitch of an Oscillator. Modulation is used…

Flex Mod

The Layer Pages » Modulation » Flex Mod

LAYER PAGES – Flex-Mod Flex-Mod is the quickest way to set up a modulation routing. By right-clicking on the control to be modulated,* you’ll get a pop-out menu, where you can select Modulation, then select from the list of available sources. The…

FX Architecture

The FX Page » FX Architecture

FX – Architecture & Signal Flow The FX in Omnisphere are organized into Racks, with each Rack containing up to four FX Units. PATCH FX: A Patch in Omnisphere can contain up to four racks of four FX Units each, for a total of sixteen FX Units in a single…

Harmonia

The Layer Pages » Oscillators » Harmonia

HARMONIA is one of Omnisphere’s most exciting and unique features. While it may seem like it shares the same functionality of the traditional Harmonizer effect, it’s actually far more powerful because it’s built into Omnisphere’s OSCILLATOR as a polyphonic…

Live Mode

Live Mode

LIVE MODE is a powerful feature that allows you to seamlessly switch and layer Patches. LIVE MODE was designed for use in a live performance environment, but is also an inspiring way to interact with the sounds of Omnisphere in composition and production…

Quickstart

Getting Started » Quickstart

This Quickstart provides an overview of the essential things you will need to know in order to get started using Omnisphere. Omnisphere is a powerful software instrument and can be run as a standalone application or hosted in any DAW. Omnisphere can be a…

Waveshaper

The Layer Pages » Oscillators » Waveshaper

LAYER PAGES – Oscillator Waveshaper Omnisphere’s Waveshaper takes the Oscillator’s waveform and passes it thru mathematically generated curves that add various types of distortion, which changes the waveform’s harmonic content. Instead of being a…

Granular

The Layer Pages » Oscillators » Granular

Granular synthesis is a powerful type of synthesis that fragments pieces of audio into very small bits called “grains.” Since each grain can have its own duration, amplitude and envelope, they can create a layered ‘soundscape’ of overlapping tones.…

Info Zoom Views

The Browsers » Operation » Info Zoom Views

When the Info View mode is selected, the right column contains information about the selected sound. In addition, there is a Zoom Button that will open a Zoom View for additional details about the sound. The Zoom Views in the different Browsers contains similar…

Reverse

The Layer Pages » Oscillators » Sample Mode » Reverse

LAYER PAGES – Sample Oscillator Reverse The REVERSE button is located at the bottom center of the of the Layer Pages and the Oscillator Zoom when the SAMPLE tab is selected. When engaged, the button turns blue and the playback of the selected Soundsource is…

CPU Optimization & Conservation

Concepts » CPU Optimization & Conservation

CPU Optimization & Conservation The vast majority of Omnisphere Patches will play comfortably within your host, without stressing the computer’s CPU or memory. But some Patches employ sophisticated effects or large numbers of streamed samples, and those may…

Oscillators

The Layer Pages » Oscillators

The Oscillator is the heart of Omnisphere’s vast synthesis capabilities. It has a “split-personality” since each Layer’s Oscillator can have either high-definition, streaming sample-playback or dynamic, real-time, DSP-generated wavetables. The…

Depth

The Layer Pages » Envelopes » Envelope Zoom » Depth

The Depth slider is a duplicate of the knob found in the MODS Envelope Section of the Layer pages. At the minimum settings, little to no modulation will be sent to the modulation matrix. At the maximum setting the full output of the Modulation Envelope will affect…

Sample Mode

The Layer Pages » Oscillators » Sample Mode

LAYER PAGES – Oscillator Sample Mode When in SAMPLE mode, the OSCILLATOR plays back Soundsources from Omnisphere’s massive Core Library. Soundsources range from complex, multi-sampled sounds to single sample mapped across a keyboard. SAMPLE MAIN …

Speed

The Layer Pages » Envelopes » Envelope Zoom » Speed

LAYER PAGES – Envelopes Zoom Speed Controls how quickly the envelope will cycle. This is a rate-based control, based on the duration of the Envelope. For example, if the Envelope’s cycle is 2 seconds, and the SPEED slider is set to 0.50, the Envelope…

Analog

The Layer Pages » Oscillators » Synth Mode » Analog

LAYER PAGES – Oscillator Synth Analog The Analog control allows inconsistency to be introduced into the pitch and phase of the oscillator, which makes Omnisphere sound and behave more like a vintage analog instrument. When the Analog control is set to 50% and…

FAQ

User Audio » FAQ

Can I import my mp3 files? Omnisphere supports standard stereo or mono PCM .wav and aif files. See USER AUDIO – Audio File Properties for more info. Can I rename the files, once they are imported? You can create, rename, move, or delete FOLDERS, as well…

Ring Modulation

The Layer Pages » Oscillators » Ring Modulation

h2. LAYER PAGES – Oscillator Ring Modulation RING is short for Ring Modulation, which is similar in concept to FM (and the parameters are exactly the same as those in the FM sub-page). In Ring Modulation the frequencies of both oscillators are multiplied,…

Effects Modulation

The Layer Pages » Modulation » Effects Modulation

LAYER PAGES – Effects Modulation The fact that Omnisphere can modulate nearly 90 synthesis parameters per Layer is only part of the story. Any of Omnisphere’s modulation sources can be applied to the myriad of FX parameters as well. Just about every…

Layers View

The Main Page » Layers View

The LAYERS view provides the names and a visual representation of the Waveforms or Soundsources that make up the Patch, along with ON / OFF buttons for quick auditioning and Volume faders for each Layer. The stepper arrows allow you to step through Waveforms or…

Wavetables

The Layer Pages » Oscillators » Synth Mode » Wavetables

LAYER PAGES – Wavetables Click the down-arrow to the left of the Waveform display to reveal a drop-down menu listing Omnisphere’s DSP wavetables. The first ones in the list are from the original version of Omnisphere, with the 400 added in version 2.0 listed…

Trigger Mode

Live Mode » Latch & Trigger Modes » Trigger Mode

LIVE MODE – Trigger Mode Trigger Mode enables real-time quantization of incoming MIDI notes, so that multiple Parts will always play in sync. Trigger Mode is accessed from the LIVE MODE page, using the Latch Mode View button. NOTE: Trigger Modes can…

Unison

The Layer Pages » Oscillators » Unison

In vintage analog polyphonic synthesizers, Unison was used to trigger all of the voices cards of the synthesizer at the same time for a rich, detuned monophonic sound. Omnisphere takes Unison to the next level by offering polyphonic Unison, with numerous…

Grain Controls

The Layer Pages » Oscillators » Granular » Grain Controls

LAYER PAGES – Oscillator – Granular Grain Controls GRAIN DEPTH Moving this slider to the right increases the number of grains which are created from the Soundsource. The higher the number of grains, the higher the demand on the CPU. Excellent…

Solo & Glide

The Main Page » Solo & Glide

MAIN – Solo & Glide SOLO Solo allows the Patch to play monophonically. SOLO mode is most effective when playing lead or bass lines. It works in conjunction with the LEGATO button to the left of it, which determines how the sound is triggered. LEGATO…

System Recommendations

Getting Started » System Recommendations

SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL USERS: 2.4 GHz or higher processor 4GB RAM minimum, 8GB or more recommended USB2 Port, Broadband internet connection or Dual Layer compatible DVD-ROM drive 64GB of free hard drive space Mac Recommendations: OSX 10.9 Mavericks…

Velocity

The Layer Pages » Envelopes » Envelope Zoom » Velocity

The VELO slider is a duplicate of the knob found in the Amp and Filter Envelope section of the Layer pages. This slider controls the effect of MIDI Velocity on the output of the Amp and Filter envelopes. Moving the slider to the right increases the dynamic…

Switches

Concepts » Interface Conventions » Switches

CONCEPTS – Switches (Toggles) Switches let you toggle certain parameters on and off or switch between multiple options. When a parameter is enabled or selected, the switch will be highlighted. For example on the Layer Pages, switches toggle between SAMPLE Mode…

Symmetry

The Layer Pages » Oscillators » Synth Mode » Symmetry

LAYER PAGES – Oscillator Synth Symmetry Symmetry varies the span of the waveform and is most commonly used for Pulse-Width modulation. This is especially useful when SYMMETRY is used as a modulation destination, as it adds shifting tone color and movement…

Gain

The Layer Pages » Filters » Gain

LAYER PAGES – Filter Gain GAIN By default the FILTER GAIN is set at 0.0dB. Changing this control alters the output level of the Filters. One application would be if the Filter is closed down, and the tone is quite dark and rather low in output, the…

Delay

The Layer Pages » LFOS » Delay

LAYER PAGES – LFO Delay The Delay slider determines the how quickly the LFO’s depth will reach its maximum strength after a note has been triggered. This allows the modulation to be introduced gradually, for example, to achieve delayed vibrato. When the…

Envelope

The Layer Pages » Filters » Filter Zoom » Envelope

The Filter ENV control is identical to the ENV control found on the LAYER pages. The Filter Envelope Depth is a dedicated modulation control. It sets the amount that the Filter Envelope controls the cutoff frequency. At minimum setting, the Filter Envelope has no…

Browser Settings

The Browsers » Operation » Browser Settings

BROWSER – Settings Select the Settings Button to open the Browser Settings Zoom View. Settings are saved across sessions, and are restored the next time you load Omnisphere. Audition Auto Play When enabled, every time a Multi, Patch, or Soundsource is…

Polyphonic

The Layer Pages » Envelopes » Envelope Zoom » Polyphonic

LAYER PAGES – Polyphonic Mod Envelopes Mod Envelope 4 can be monophonic or polyphonic. When you select the MOD 4 tab in the Envelope Zoom, you will see a small button, labeled “P” to the right of the tab. Engaging it makes Mod Envelope 4…

Mix Path Gain

The Layer Pages » Oscillators » Waveshaper » Mix Path Gain

LAYER PAGES – Waveshaper – Mix, Path and Gain MIX The MIX slider controls the balance between the original Oscillator’s signal and the Wave-Shaped sound. If the mix is at the minimum setting, then the effect of the Waveshaper is not heard.…

Trigger Mode

The Layer Pages » LFOS » Trigger Mode

LAYER PAGES – LFO Trigger Mode The LFO trigger mode determines how the LFO will begin its cycle. There are four available LFO Trigger Modes: Free – The LFO will independently cycle regardless of when a note is triggered. Note – The LFO will…

Polyphonic

The Layer Pages » LFOS » Polyphonic

LAYER PAGES – Polyphonic LFO LFO 6 can be monophonic or polyphonic. When you select LFO 6, you will see a small button, labeled “P” in between the RATE and DEPTH knobs. Engaging it makes LFO 6 polyphonic, meaning each note will trigger it’s…

Mix

The Layer Pages » Oscillators » Soundsource Zoom » Mix

LAYER PAGES – Soundsource Zoom – Mix Omnisphere supports Soundsources of up to four channels, called Sublayers. Each Sublayer one can be mono or stereo. The controls in this section allow you to mix the output channels Sublayer Power Button…

Timeline

The Layer Pages » Envelopes » Envelope Zoom » Timeline

LAYER PAGES – Mod Envelopes Timeline The four MOD Envelopes each have an LED indicator that tracks the time it takes to play through the Envelope contour. The rate of the Envelope’s contour will make these LEDs trace along as a visual guide. The LED…

Synth Mode

The Layer Pages » Oscillators » Synth Mode

LAYER PAGES – Oscillator Synth Mode When the oscillator in in Synth Mode, Omnisphere uses DSP wavetables generated in real-time by the STEAM engine. A wavetable is a collection of single-cycle waveforms that can be swept through smoothly (using the SHAPE…

Lite Version

The Browsers » Operation » Lite Version

The Lite Version is a feature located in the Full Browsers and provides added flexibility when loading Patches and Multis to help you manage the available memory resources and is especially useful for quick loading and auditioning sounds. Enabling the Lite…

Filters

The Layer Pages » Filters

The Filter is a key component of subtractive synthesis. It’s designed to remove frequencies from a sound, which can enhance its character. Filters typically consist of a cutoff control, which sets the removal of certain frequencies, and a resonance control,…

Sustain & Expression

The Main Page » Sustain & Expression

Sustain Modes There are two Sustain modes available in the Footer, Standard Sustain (Mode 1) and Alternate Sustain (Mode 2). The Sustain Mode selection switches (numbered 1 and 2) allow you to switch between modes, and are MIDI-learnable switches. Standard…

System

System

SYSTEM The System page in Omnisphere is a universal control area that governs how Omnisphere’s sounds are streamed, sets some user defaults, and configures the modulation controls.

Mixer Controls

Live Mode » Mixer Controls

Displays the basic mix controls for each of the eight Parts, and includes a Mute button, Solo button, a Level slider and a Folder icon to access the Patch Browser. Any changes made using the Mixer Controls on the LIVE MODE page will be reflected on the MIXER page,…

Hard Sync

The Layer Pages » Oscillators » Synth Mode » Hard Sync

LAYER PAGES – Oscillator Synth Hard-Sync Hard Sync was a feature on some analog synthesizers which gave the timbre a “throaty” diphthong type of sonic characteristic when swept. Hard Sync was popularized on synthesizers like the Prophet 5 and the…

Soundsource Zoom

The Layer Pages » Oscillators » Soundsource Zoom

LAYER PAGES – Soundsource Zoom The Soundsource Zoom Edit View provides controls for managing the complex Soundsources in Omnisphere. Deceptively simple, this single interface provides important sound shaping and memory management capabilities. …

Display

The Layer Pages » Envelopes » Envelope Zoom » Display

LAYER PAGES – Envelopes Zoom Display The contour of the current Envelope can be modified from this display. The point to the extreme left is always the Attack time and on the last two points on the right are the Sustain level and the Release time stages.…

Cutoff

The Layer Pages » Filters » Filter Zoom » Cutoff

The Cutoff control in the Filter Zoom is identical to the Cutoff control on the Layer pages. The primary function of the filter is to remove, hence “cut off,” frequencies from the sound. Omnisphere’s filters can remove frequencies in a variety of…

Type

The Layer Pages » Filters » Filter Zoom » Type

The Filter Type menu allows you to select the actual Filter algorithm to be used in FILTER 1 or FILTER 2. Omnisphere comes with a wide range of filter types. Each of the two stereo filters has the same thirty-two filter types available. Because of the flexible…

Unipolar Switch

The Layer Pages » LFOS » Unipolar Switch

The Unipolar switch is represented by a small (+) button in the LFO section in the layer pages or with a “Unipolar” switch in the Show Modulation section on the left. In the example below, the Oscillator’s pitch is being modulated with a Triangle…

Buttons

Concepts » Interface Conventions » Buttons

CONCEPTS – Buttons Buttons are used for choosing sections or selecting from among multiples of a single type. When selected, Buttons will be highlighted in blue. For example, there are 6 LFO Buttons. When one of them is highlighted it means it is selected, and…

Pitch Controls

The Layer Pages » Concepts » Pitch Controls

LAYER PAGES – Pitch Controls TRANSPOSE Transpose works like MIDI transposition and pitch changes are made in semitones. Changes in pitch don’t affect the sound quality of the Oscillator. This control is most often used to set the oscillators at…

Modes

The Layer Pages » Oscillators » Granular » Modes

LAYER PAGES – Oscillator – Granular Modes There are two exclusive Granular modes: SPEED and POSITION. While other granular parameters work in the same manner regardless of the mode, the slider above the SPEED and POSITION mode selectors controls only the…

Timbre

The Layer Pages » Oscillators » Sample Mode » Timbre

LAYER PAGES – Oscillator Timbre Control The TIMBRE slider alters the tonal characteristics of the Soundsource in different ways. There are two TIMBRE modes, CRUSH and SHIFT. The center-point of this bidirectional slider is null – meaning no TIMBRE change…

Memory Meter

The Browsers » Operation » Memory Meter

Memory Meter The Memory Meter is a gauge that shows how much Virtual Memory the instance of the plug-in is using. If the Memory Meter approaches full, you will see a popup warning, and may need to take steps to reduce memory usage, such as enable the Lite…

The Mixer

The Mixer

MIXER PAGE – Introduction The MIXER page provides a complete overview of all the Parts in a MULTI. All eight Parts are displayed in a traditional eight-channel Mixer layout, with each Part having the following adjustable settings: MIDI Channel…

User Audio

The Browsers » User Audio

LAYER PAGES – User Audio Omnisphere is an extremely powerful synthesizer that allows you to import your own audio to use as Soundsources for the creation of your own Patches and Multis. This lets you creatively morph, meld, and mangle your own audio the…

Soundsources

Concepts » Architecture & Hierarchy » Soundsources

Soundsources allow Omnisphere’s synthesis to begin with sampled sounds instead of DSP waveforms. They are accessed by selecting Sample Mode in the Oscillator. Soundsources are based on a ‘map’ of audio samples stored in the Core Library of Omnisphere in…

Mod Matrix – Morphing

The Layer Pages » Modulation » Mod Matrix – Morphing

LAYER PAGES – Morphing Modulation Omnisphere has a very special modulation feature that goes beyond the standard method of modulating a single target with a single source, called morphing modulation. This system uses dual-sources to modulate a single target…

MIDI Controller

System » Modulation » MIDI Controller

The choices for MIDI modulation source in Omnisphere include a variety of standard MIDI controllers such as Wheel, Expression, Soft Pedal, etc. You can use these options on the System Page to map those sources to other MIDI controls. This can be useful if you…

Presets

The Layer Pages » Envelopes » Envelope Zoom » Presets

There are two drop-down menus that provide access to Envelope Presets. One is on the LAYER pages next to the ENVELOPES label, the other is found in the Envelopes Zoom View beside the ENVELOPES ZOOM label. The drop-down menus will display a list of various…

Patch Browser

The Browsers » Full Browser Overview » Patch Browser

BROWSER – Patch Browser The Full Patch Browser is accessed from the Patch Name Display, which is always visible and available from any of the Part pages. Select the Folder Icon Button or click on the Patch Name Display to open the Full Patch Browser. The…

The Header

Concepts » The Header

CONCEPTS – The Header The top area of the Omnisphere interface is the Header. The Header is visible from any page in Omnisphere (except when any Full Browser is open) and is the primary navigation area of the interface. The Header contains the Utility…

Graphic 7-Band EQ

The FX Page » Equalizers » Graphic 7-Band EQ

FX – Graphic 7-Band EQ The 7 Band Graphic Equalizer is very useful for tailoring a full spectrum audio source with broad control of multiple bands. With the Q control, it is much more versatile than an average graphic EQ – capable of achieving…

Modulation Targets

The Layer Pages » Modulation » Modulation Targets

* * A Modulation Target is a parameter that can be controlled by a source. Target is another word for Destination. Omnisphere has an extensive set of nearly ninety different modulation targets available. They are grouped in six categories; Oscillator Pitch…

Loading Satellite Sounds

The Browsers » Loading Satellite Sounds

BROWSER – Omnisphere Library Integration – Loading Satellite Sounds One of the powerful features of Omnisphere is Library Integration. If you also have Keyscape and/or Trilian installed, the library for those satellite instruments will appear…

MIDI Channel Menu

Stack Mode » MIDI Channel Menu

STACK MODE – MIDI Channel Menu All of the Parts in STACK MODE respond to a single MIDI Channel, even if the Parts are assigned to different MIDI Channels on the Mixer page. Use the MIDI Channel menu to choose which MIDI Channel STACK MODE will respond to. …

Patch Browser Access

Stack Mode » Patch Browser Access

STACK MODE – Patch Browser Access To access the Patch Browser for a specific Part, control/right-click its Part Region and select the “Popup browser to choose new patch” option from the context menu. Closing the Patch Browser will take you back to the…

Patch Name

The Mixer » Patch Name

MIXER – Patch Name Display The Patch Name Display shows the currently loaded Patch. Clicking the Patch Name Display will open the Patch Browser. Patches can then be browsed and loaded for that Part. Closing the Patch Browser will return you to the MIXER…

Display Menu

Stack Mode » Display Menu

The Display Menu allows you to choose which information is displayed with each Region in the Stack Mode Grid. SHOW NAME Displays only the Part Name. SHOW PART # Displays only the Part Number. This corresponds to the Part Number on the Mixer Page. …

Groove Lock

Arpeggiator » Groove Lock

Groove Lock is one of Omnisphere’s most innovate new features. In the past, arpeggiators have always had a fixed timing, so they’ve had limited usefulness in genres outside of electronic music. With Groove Lock you can lock the groove of the Arpeggiator to the…

Using Satellite Instruments

Concepts » Satellite Instruments In Omnisphere » Using Satellite Instruments

CONCEPTS – Using Satellite Instrument Sounds Keyscape’s keyboards and Trilian’s basses come equipped with controls that permit you to modify them in many creative ways . For those who want to delve even deeper, users can open any of the sounds from the…

With A Net Connection

Getting Started » Authorization » With A Net Connection

GETTING STARTED – Authorization Your computer must be connected to the internet while following these instructions. If you need directions for authorizing on a computer not connected to the internet, please follow the steps detailed here 1. After…

LFOS

The Layer Pages » LFOS

LAYERS PAGE – LFOs LFOs (Low Frequency Oscillators) are used for cyclical modulation effects like vibrato, tremolo, filter sweeps and auto-pan effects. Omnisphere has six independent LFOs available for each Part. All six LFOs have an identical set of…

Brit-Vox

The FX Page » Amplifier » Brit-Vox

FX – 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 which can be used separately or in…

Valve Radio

The FX Page » Filters » Valve Radio

FX – Valve Radio The Valve Radio FX unit is a unique device, which functions equally well as a dual filter and also a distortion device. The combination of these two effects can product many types of vintage radio and telephone speaker simulation…

Envelope Filter

The FX Page » Filters » Envelope Filter

This FX Unit uses Omnisphere’s filters with an envelope follower, adding sonic animation to the envelope of a sound. Includes a cool compressor on Page 2 to squash those filtered sounds! Great for use with Clavinets and electric guitars, and anything else…

Innerspace

The FX Page » Creative » Innerspace

FX – Innerspace Designed to apply acoustic resonances and unique spaces to any sound in Omnisphere, Innerspace super-imposes the characteristics of one sound onto another. Sounds range from pills being dropped in a glass, scraped piano strings, crushed…

Omni TR

Concepts » iPad Touch Remote App » Omni TR

h2. CONCEPTS – Omni TR Omni TR (Touch Remote) is designed to turn an iPad into a performance-oriented, remote control surface for Omnisphere, running on a Mac or Windows PC. Omni TR offers wireless two-way communication, multi-touch patch selection, remote…

Quad Resonator

The FX Page » Creative » Quad Resonator

This unit is based on four parallel comb filters that can add tuned resonances to any input signal. Comb filters create a “metallic” ringing effect and are created by feeding a sound back into itself and mixing the two signals. The positional…

Wah-Wah

The FX Page » Filters » Wah-Wah

FX – Wah-Wah The Wah-Wah FX unit was modeled after classic wah pedals of the 1970’s. It’s a fun and versatile effect that doesn’t sound like any of the other Omnisphere Filters. This FX unit works both as a sweeping wah-wah and also as…

Save As Default Multi

Concepts » The Header » Utility Menu » Save As Default Multi

CONCEPTS – Save As Default Multi Saving a Multi is like saving the entire state of the plug-in for future recall. A Multi stores all of the settings from the MIXER page, the Multi FX, the LIVE MODE and STACK MODE pages, all MIDI Learn assignments and…

Synth Controls

The Layer Pages » Oscillators » Harmonia » Synth Controls

. When the OSCILLATOR is set to SYNTH mode, all of the HARMONIA features in SAMPLE mode are available, as well as a second set of options that are unique to SYNTH mode. This special set of controls allows independent waveform control over each HARMONIA voice.…

Thinning

The Layer Pages » Oscillators » Soundsource Zoom » Thinning

In addition to Special Articulations, Soundsources may also include multiple Round Robin samples and Velocity switched samples. For this reason, a fully loaded Soundsource can use quite a bit of memory. The Sample Thinning interface helps to manage the use of…

Reordering Parts

Live Mode » Reordering Parts

Parts can be reordered by dragging and dropping them between the eight Slots. Dropping a Part into an occupied Slot doesn’t delete the existing Part. Instead, all the remaining Parts will move to make room for the dropped Part. NOTE: Reordering Parts in the…

Part Number & MIDI Channel

The Mixer » Part Number & MIDI Channel

MIXER – Part Number & MIDI Channel Part Number Each of Omnisphere’s eight parts is numbered along the far left of the MIXER page. MIDI Channel By default, Parts 1 ~ 8 are assigned sequentially to MIDI Channels 1 ~ 8. However, each Part in a…

Frequency Modulation

The Layer Pages » Oscillators » Frequency Modulation

FM stands for Frequency Modulation. FM has been a feature on synthesizers since the 1960s, but it was popularized in Yamaha’s DX/TX series of digital synthesizers in the 1980s. It was well known for producing glassy, metallic sounds and for creating sound that…

Satellite Instruments In Omnisphere

Concepts » Satellite Instruments In Omnisphere

CONCEPTS - Using Satellite Sounds in Omnisphere Omnisphere 2 can fully integrate Trilian and Keyscape as Satellite instruments within the Omnisphere® interface. Not only is it a significant expansion of new Patches and Soundsources, this capability allows…

Spring Verb

The FX Page » Reverbs » Spring Verb

The Spring Verb unit was included in the Omnisphere FX family because we felt that our other reverbs in Omnisphere were sounding too good! This unit faithfully recreates the cheesy vibe of the ancient spring reverbs of 1960’s era guitar amplifiers.…

Bassman

The FX Page » Amplifier » Bassman

This FX unit is modeled after the mighty, mighty ’59 Fender Bassman™ amplifier – many guitarists’ favorite amp. It has a full set of amplifier controls, along with a selection of impulse responses from the speaker cabinet using different…

Boutique

The FX Page » Amplifier » Boutique

FX – Boutique This FX unit is modeled after the 100-watt Dumble Overdrive Special™ amplifier. It has a full set of amplifier controls and a selection of impulse responses from the speaker cabinet using different high-end mic and preamp combinations.…

Mod Matrix Zoom

The Layer Pages » Modulation » Mod Matrix Zoom

Selecting the Zoom icon on the Modulation header will open the Mod Matrix Zoom view. The Mod Matrix view offers precise control over all of the modulation routings in the Patch. The advantage of this zoom view is that the many routings can be displayed for editing…

Smart Update

Getting Started » Smart Update

GETTING STARTED – Smart Update Omnisphere 2 includes the “Smart Update” system which makes it much easier to keep a user’s collection of Spectrasonics instruments up to date. This efficient system will automatically compile updates needed to any…

Radio Delay

The FX Page » Delays » Radio Delay

FX – Radio Delay Radio Delay is essentially a hybrid of a Dual mono BPM-style delay, but with the delayed signals running through the Valve Radio distortion filter. This produces cool, dual-filtered echo effects that sound like they are coming from…

Formant Filter

The FX Page » Filters » Formant Filter

FX – Formant Filter The Format Filter adds characteristics of the human voice to a sound. It accomplishes this by chaining a narrow set of bandpass filters, set at specific frequencies, which reflect the formants of the human voice. PAGE ONE CONTROLS…

BPM Delay

The FX Page » Delays » BPM Delay

FX – BPM Delay The BPM Delay offers a single “true-stereo” delay unit that is always in-sync with the host’s tempo. The feedback and drive controls can produce some cool sounds with the built-in resonant filtering. MINI-SLIDER Controls the…

Retro-Phaser

The FX Page » Modulation » Retro-Phaser

FX – Retro Phaser A Phaser with a vintage, low-fi vibe, the Retro Phaser. On the surface it looks similar to the EZ-Phaser, but has more features, and a dedicated page for tone shaping. PAGE ONE CONTROLS MINI-SLIDER Controls the mix of the dry…

BPM Delay X2

The FX Page » Delays » BPM Delay X2

FX – BPM Delay X2 The BPM DelayX2 offers dual monoaural delays that are always synchronized to the host’s tempo. The feedback and drive controls can produce some cool sounds with the built-in resonant filtering. MINI-SLIDER Controls the mix of…

Indicator Switches

Concepts » Interface Conventions » Indicator Switches

CONCEPTS – Indicator Switches The Indicator Switch LEDs can be both a status indicator and a toggle and are found below the Page buttons. The blue LEDs below ORB, A, B, and ARP indicate whether the feature is enabled or not, and double as a toggle to…

Bypassing FX Units

The FX Page » FX Basics » Bypassing FX Units

FX BASICS – Bypassing FX Units It can be useful to audition sounds and Patches by bypassing one or more of the FX units. When an FX unit is bypassed it is removed from the audio chain, allowing you to hear how any particular effect (or group of effects) is…

Stack Mode Note Regions

Live Mode » Stack Mode Note Regions

Omnisphere allows the Part splitting, layering and fading features of STACK MODE to be used in combination with Live Mode. There are times in live performance when splits are desired at the same time instantly switching between Parts is needed. This can be achieved…

Latch Mode

Live Mode » Latch & Trigger Modes » Latch Mode

When Latch Mode is enabled for a Part, repeatedly playing a note will toggle the note on and off. When it is toggled on, the note will continue to sustain, even if the note is released. Playing the same note again will toggle it off. NOTE: Any Latched notes will…

Aux Sends

The Mixer » Aux Sends

Each of the four Aux Sends has its own FX Rack (accessed by selecting the FX Button at the top of the MIXER). The AUX1 ~ AUX4 knobs let you control the amount of FX applied to the Part. NOTE: The Aux Sends FX are shared by all 8 Parts in the MULTI. Please see the…

Authorization Troubleshooting

Getting Started » Authorization » Authorization Troubleshooting

If you are returned to the Welcome to the Omnisphere Authorization System page or the demo mode version of Omnisphere after reopening Omnisphere, then that means the plug-in did not accept the response code and it may have been incorrectly entered. You can check…

Hiwattage

The FX Page » Amplifier » Hiwattage

FX – Hiwattage This FX unit is modeled after a custom 100-watt 1974 Hiwatt™ amplifier is an all-time classic British tone-monster! Comes with selectable, high-end mic and preamp combinations. The controls for the head and the cabinet can be used…

Latch Mode

Stack Mode » Latch & Trigger Modes » Latch Mode

When Latch Mode is enabled for a Part, repeatedly playing a note will toggle the note on and off. When it is toggled on, the note will continue to sustain, even if the note is released. Playing the same note again will toggle it off. When the Stack Mode page is…

Presets Menu

Stack Mode » Presets Menu

STACK MODE – Presets Menu All STACK MODE settings (except MIDI Channel, which will always default to “Any”) are saved and recalled with the MULTI, which means you can setup a MULTI specifically for use with STACK MODE enabled. In addition to saving…

Classic Twin

The FX Page » Amplifier » Classic Twin

FX – Classic Twin This FX unit is modeled after the classic (and we mean CLASSIC!) 1965 Blackface Fender Twin™ amplifier. The unmistakable sound of this 85 watt / 2-12 combo has been heard on virtually every record in the past 50 years. Comes with…

Retro-Flanger

The FX Page » Modulation » Retro-Flanger

FX – Retro-Flanger Flanging is a sweeping, comb-filter type effect. The Retro-Flanger has special features that give the sound a more lo-fi, vintage character. MINI-SLIDER Controls the mix of the dry signal and the processed (Wet) signal. The…

Ultra Chorus

The FX Page » Modulation » Ultra Chorus

Chorus is a pitch and delay effect that adds a rich, shimmering quality to a sound by detuning and delaying the incoming signal and combining it with the unaffected signal. The Ultra Chorus has a dedicated LFO, a ‘Lush’ control, which gives this unit a…

Tape Slammer

The FX Page » Dynamics » Tape Slammer

FX – Tape Slammer The Tape Slammer FX Unit is designed to simulate the effects of different types of analog tape compression, saturation and age. It’s very versatile and is the perfect unit to add when you need a little more edge, grit or warmth.…

Rock Stack

The FX Page » Amplifier » Rock Stack

FX – Rock Stack This FX unit is modeled after the seminal and iconic ’64 Marshall JTM45™ amplifier. Originally based on the Fender Bassman™, it used 12AX7 tubes for more distortion and had an aluminum chassis, to reduce hum. It would be easier…

Smoke Amp

The FX Page » Amplifier » Smoke Amp

FX – Smoke Amp The Smoke Amp Simulator has a full set of amplifier controls, speaker combinations and modeled versions of several classic guitar amplifiers. PAGE ONE CONTROLS (AMP) AMP Enables or disables the amplifier model. If the switch is off,…

Retroplex

The FX Page » Delays » Retroplex

FX – Retroplex The Retroplex delay unit is specially modeled after the old Tape Echo units of the 60’s and 70’s like the Echoplex™, with some modern enhancements. It’s a lot of fun and unpredictable! MINI-SLIDER Controls the mix…

PRO-Phaser

The FX Page » Modulation » PRO-Phaser

FX – PRO Phaser The PRO-Phaser FX unit is one of the most versatile and richest phaser designs ever. It is also capable of producing a wide array of unique sounds beyond traditional phaser effects – including tuned resonances, strange pitch…

BPM Delay X3

The FX Page » Delays » BPM Delay X3

FX – BPM Delay X3 The BPM DelayX3 offers triple LCR mono delays that are always synchronized to the host’s tempo. The feedback and drive controls can produce some cool sounds with the built-in resonant filtering. MINI-SLIDER Controls the mix…

ADSR Controls

The Layer Pages » Envelopes » ADSR Controls

The ADSR Envelope slider interface operates the same way for all the different envelope types in Omnisphere. The screenshot above is from the Envelopes Zoom page, but illustrates what a standard ADSR Envelope looks like. The first to second point (or Stage)…

PRO-Verb

The FX Page » Reverbs » PRO-Verb

FX – PRO Verb PRO-Verb is the premier, studio-quality reverb unit in the Omnisphere FX arsenal. It’s very versatile and can achieve not only great Room, Plate and Hall simulations, but it’s also capable of producing unusual metallic…

Power Filter

The FX Page » Filters » Power Filter

FX – Power Filter The Power Filter is a brand new filter developed in cooperation with GMedia, which is based on their famous impOSCar filter design.This rich sounding filter requires a fair amount of CPU power and should be used sparingly on slower…

Toxic Smasher

The FX Page » Distortion » Toxic Smasher

FX – Toxic Smasher This FX unit combines Omnisphere’s Waveshaper with different filter types. It provides the same effect as the existing Waveshaper in Omnisphere, but with the flexibility of using it anywhere in an FX chain. MINI-SLIDER…

Filter Zoom

The Layer Pages » Filters » Filter Zoom

FILTER ZOOM in Omnisphere provides precise control over each Layer’s dual-filter. The two stereo filters are represented on the right and left. The central area controls the routing and contains the shared controls. Each of the two stereo filters can have any of…

Chorus Echo

The FX Page » Delays » Chorus Echo

Inspired by the classic Roland Chorus-Echo units from the 1970s, this unit combines both analog-style delay and chorusing, but includes new features, like stereo width control and a dedicated ‘Dirt’ control for a more gritty sound. PAGE ONE CONTROLS…

Modulation Sources

The Layer Pages » Modulation » Modulation Sources

* * The SOURCES menu brings up a list of the 34 possible modulation sources available in Omnisphere. These are the 34 available modulation sources in Omnisphere; LFO1 – Low Frequency Oscillator 1 LFO2 – Low Frequency Oscillator 2 LFO3 – Low…

Keywords & Notes

The Browsers » Edit Tags » Keywords & Notes

Keywords Keywords are descriptive words and phrases that are outside of the scope of Attributes, but are still useful when searching and browsing sounds. These can be more subjective and can be changed or added to both factory and User-created Multis and Patches. You…

Selecting Parts

Live Mode » Selecting Parts

To get the most out of LIVE MODE, it can often be more convenient to switch Parts remotely (rather than by using the mouse), by MIDI-Learning the Part switches, or by using Omni TR our remote control app for the iPad. To MIDI Learn a Part, Right/Control-click on…

Architecture & Hierarchy

Concepts » Architecture & Hierarchy

CONCEPTS – The MULTI The MULTI is at the top of Omnisphere’s hierarchy and consists of up to eight Parts, together with four Aux FX Racks and a Master FX Rack. The Multi Section contains four pages:MIXER, FX,LIVE and STACK. These allow access to a…

CC Mode

Stack Mode » Stack Mode Operations » CC Mode

When CC is selected, Part Regions can be switched or crossfaded using MIDI CC messages. This is useful for crossfading patches from a MIDI hardware slider or knob. Each Region can be mapped to specific values across the MIDI CC’s range. The MIDI Control Change number…

Without A Net Connection

Getting Started » Authorization » Without A Net Connection

GETTING STARTED – Authorizing on a computer NOT connected to the Internet. 1. After instantiating Omnisphere into your sequencer, click the Omnisphere splash screen. You will now see the Omnisphere Authorization System window: 2. Click the COPY…

Trigger Mode

Stack Mode » Latch & Trigger Modes » Trigger Mode

Trigger Mode controls the playback timing of incoming MIDI notes, providing real-time quantization as those notes are played. When the Stack Mode page is open, you can access the Trigger Mode settings for a Part by right/control-clicking on the Part Region. …

Stack Mode

Stack Mode

STACK MODE – Introduction STACK MODE is a powerful feature designed for creating splits, layers, and crossfades with up to eight Parts at once. STACK MODE offers a flexible environment for either live performance or composing. STACK MODE is especially…

Sound Lock

The Browsers » Sound Lock

BROWSER – Sound Lock Sound Lock lets you lock specific parameters of a Patch and apply them to other Patches as you browse. You can use the FX section of a Patch, the Arpeggiator pattern of another one and the Modulation Matrix of a third one. This…

Assignments

The Browsers » Edit Tags » Assignments

BROWSER – Assignments The Assignments column displays a list of Tags that can be added to an Attribute Type.These are typically descriptive words or labels, and will change depending on the Attribute Type selected. When you add an Assignment to a sound…

Glossary

Glossary

Audio Unit Apple introduced the Audio Unit (AU) plugin specification in macOS. Since this plugin standard is native to macOS – and not to any specific host or platform (like TDM or VST) – Apple has encouraged companies to adopt it as a standard for all Mac…

FX Descriptions

The FX Page » FX Descriptions

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.…

Settings (Zoom)

Live Mode » Settings (Zoom)

The SETTINGS page allows the configuration of LIVE MODE parameters. These include the Part selection methods that LIVE MODE will respond to, as well as settings for MIDI Channel, Modes, and Display Formats. Settings in Dual Live Mode When Dual Live Mode is…