Omnisphere offers a flexible way to manage custom Patches and Multis. You can create custom collections of sounds organized by project or style and they can be searched, selected, filtered, or shared using the Full Browsers.
The process of saving and managing custom Patches or Multis in Omnisphere is essentially identical, the main difference being the locations of the User Libraries you create.
Folders created in the following directory: Spectrasonics/STEAM/Omnisphere/Settings Library/Patches/ will be Patch Libraries, under which you need to organize your Patches into Categories. Folders created at this level will show up in the DIRECTORIES drop-down menu. Subfolders created inside these will be displayed in the Category column of the Browser.
Saving Patches & Multis
Selecting the Save Patch (or Save Multi) option from the Utility Menu will open a File Save dialogue. After naming and saving the Patch or Multi, the EDIT TAGS interface will open, letting you assign various Attribute Types and Assignments, custom Assignments, and add your own Keywords and Notes to the file.
Once you have finished editing the tags, click SAVE. You can cancel the save process by clicking CANCEL.
NOTE: Patches and Multis must be saved into a Category folder inside a user Patch Library —you cannot save at the User folder level itself. This folder can be in an existing user directory, a newly created sub-folder inside the User folder, or a new user directory. There is no need to press the “Refresh” button in the Full Browser after saving a new Patch or Multi.
PROHIBITED TEXT CHARACTERS
NOTE: There are certain text characters that are OS-prohibited and if included in a Patch Name will cause problems when searching.
- : (colon)
- < (less than)
- > (greater than)
- : (colon)
- “ (double quote)
- / (forward slash)
- \ (backslash)
- | (vertical bar or pipe)
- ? (question mark)
- * (asterisk)
Managing Patches and Multis
The Browsers are designed to handle all aspects of searching, browsing, and loading sounds.
User-created Patches or Multis are managed using your computer’s built-in file manager (either the Mac Finder, or the Windows Explorer). This makes it easy to manage your custom Patch and Multi Libraries by organizing them in a way that makes sense to you.
The default save location for Patches is inside a folder named “User” located here: /STEAM/Omnisphere/Settings Library/Patches/User
The default save location for Multis is inside a folder named “User” located here: /STEAM/Omnisphere/Settings Library/Multis/User
You can create additional folders at those locations and name them whatever you like. When you create a new folder at the top level (alongside the User folder), it will show up in the DIRECTORIES drop-down menu in the respective Browser
NOTE: When you rename or create new folders at the top level, you must re-instantiate Omnisphere, then select the Refresh button in order for them to appear in Omnisphere’s Browser.
TIP: If you plan to create a new Patch Library, a good starting point is to unzip the “Current Categories.zip” file. This contains the most up-to-date categories used in Spectrasonics Factory Patch Libraries. If you wish to save your own Patches in categories that match the ones currently used by Spectrasonics, you can rename the “Current Categories” folder to anything you like and save your Patches to these new folders. The original User folder will still be available to you in the Directory.
In order to save a Patch or Multi, you must save it into a Category sub-folder within a User folder. If there are no existing subfolders inside a User folder, you can create a new one using your system’s file manager, or by using the File Save Dialogue when saving a Patch or Multi. You can then save your Patch or Multi into the new subfolder. You can create as many sub-folders as you like, and those sub-folders will be displayed as Categories in the Browser.
Once you have created a User library, you can set the File Directory Mode to browse your Patches and Multis within their folders, just as they are located on your hard drive.
Renaming, Relocating, and Deleting Patches and Multis
To rename, relocate, or delete a user-saved Patch or Multi, you must use the Mac Finder or Windows Explorer. Navigate to the User folder, locate the desired files, and rename, relocate, or delete them using your file manager. Refresh the appropriate Omnisphere Browser(s) to reflect the changes by clicking on the “Refresh” button (the circular arrow in the footer of the Full Browsers).
NOTE: Option / Alt-Refresh can be quicker, as it refreshes only the Library in which you are working.
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