Understanding Parameter Control

There are three ways to control parameters in Omnisphere: Modulation, MIDI Learn, and Automation.

Deciding which type of Parameter Control to use depends on a number of factors including which host you use, which parameters you want to automate and what type of physical controller (if any) you wish to use to control the parameters. Here are some guidelines:


Modulation offers the most sophisticated method of controlling Omnisphere’s parameters. This method allows scaling, can use almost any MIDI Message (Wheel, Pitch Bend, Aftertouch, Notes, etc.), and is saved/recalled with each Patch.

To learn more about Modulation, please refer to the Modulation section.


With Automation messages, changes made to parameters using the mouse or MIDI controller can be recorded in the host software. Parameter adjustments are typically written to an automation track and in some hosts, you can draw the automation curves directly into the track. This method is most useful for mixing and fine-tuning parameter changes over time on an existing performance in your host.

To learn more about Automation, please refer to the Automation section.

MIDI Learn

MIDI Learn enables full remote control of Omnisphere’s parameters from MIDI Devices. Almost any parameter (including FX menu selections) in Omnisphere can be MIDI-Learned. MIDI Learn assignments are saved with the Multi or with your project. This method is ideal for live performance or recording MIDI-controlled changes into your host on-the-fly. Parameter adjustments using MIDI Learn are typically written to a MIDI Track in the host software. MIDI Learn assignments for the plug-in can also be separately saved and loaded as template presets.

Right/Control-clicking a parameter in Omnisphere opens a contextual menu that offers options for all three methods of Automation: Modulation, MIDI Learn, and Host Automation.

Host Automation and MIDI Learn give you the ability to control almost any of the parameters of Omnisphere and to record and edit any adjustments in your host.

To learn more about MIDI Learn, please refer to the MIDI Learn section.

NOTE: For our visually-impaired users, we have created a special Default Multi with many useful parameters assigned to automation. These automated parameters can be used within your DAW. Please contact our Support team for more information.

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