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Getting Started

Getting Started

Welcome to the Omnisphere 2 Reference Guide! Software Soundsources Patches 2.8.2c v2.6.1c v2.8.0c This Reference Guide is your source for comprehensive information about the functions and…

Omni TR – Getting Started

Concepts » Omni TR » Omni TR – Getting Started

Omni TR brings Omnisphere’s interactive features closer to the music creation process by letting you create setups and modify sounds very quickly. Your fingers can activate patches, tweak filters, re-mix, bend, and spin amazing performance possibilities from the…

Arpeggiator

Arpeggiator

An arpeggiator receives incoming MIDI notes, and outputs a sequenced pattern of notes based on a defined set of rules. Although similar in concept to a step sequencer, an arpeggiator has a number of differences that set it apart. Like a step sequencer, an…

QuickStart

Getting Started » QuickStart

This QuickStart provides an overview of the essential things you’ill 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 software DAW. Omnisphere…

Creating a Library

Sharing » Creating a Library

Patch Library To create a Patch Library, first make sure your host is not running, then locate the “Current Categories.zip” file here: Spectrasonics/STEAM/Omnisphere/Settings Library/Patches/Current Categories.zip Before uncompressing the Current…

Copy Protection FAQs

Legal » Copy Protection FAQs

Do Spectrasonics Virtual Instruments use copy protection? Yes, we have our own system. Once you’ve installed and opened the plug-in, you’ll need to authorize the plug-in on our web site, via your User Account. It’s fast and easy, and you’ll get…

Smart Update

Getting Started » Smart Update

Omnisphere 2 includes our “Smart Update” system which makes it easy to keep your collection of Spectrasonics instruments up to date. This efficient system will automatically compile any needed updates into a single download. Running one installer will get your…

Interface Conventions

Concepts » Interface Conventions

The Omnisphere interface is designed for all types of users, ranging from composers to performers to sound designers. This chapter explains important interface conventions that will help you get the most out of it.

Amplifiers

The FX Page » Amplifiers

Omnisphere includes nine amplifier models for unique sonic coloration. From clean, bell-like tones and fat, classic tube distortion, to sounds you can only get from the cheesiest transistor radio…

Sharing Projects

Sharing » Sharing Projects

Sharing Projects lets you assign sounds to a specific Project and share them with other users. This method uses the Project features located in the Full Browsers. You can share any combination of Patches, Multis, and User Soundsources with a few simple steps. All the…

Sharing Sounds

Sharing » Sharing Sounds

When you want to share only one type of sound at a time, (Multis, Patches, or User Soundsources), this is the quickest and simplest method. NOTE: You can share User Soundsources by themselves, without Patches or Multis, but if a Patch or Multi you are sharing employs…

Gain

The Layer Pages » Filters » Gain

By default the Filter GAIN is set at 0.0db. Changing this control alters the output level of the Filters. E.G. if the Filter is closed down and the tone is dark and low in output, the level can be compensated by using the FILTER GAIN control. More commonly,…

Resonance

The Layer Pages » Filters » Resonance

Resonance is also called ‘Q’ or Emphasis in synthesizers, because it emphasizes the cutoff point of the filter. Resonance can often increase the loudness of the Filter, so its a good idea to use this control along with the Filter Gain, so that audio clipping…

SE Authorization

Sonic Extensions » SE Authorization

Once you’ve purchased and installed your Sonic Extension(s), you’ll need to authorize Omnisphere to use them. 1. After you’ve installed your Sonic Extension(s), launch Omnisphere. The Splash Screen will show you which Sonic Extensions need to be…

Rate

The Layer Pages » LFOs » Rate

The RATE knob controls the speed of the LFO’s cycle and has two modes. These modes depend on the state of the LFO SYNC button. SYNC OFF – The LFO’s rate is not synchronized with the host tempo and the LFO’s rate is measured in Hz. The rate increases as…

Hard Sync

The Layer Pages » Oscillators » Synth Mode » Hard Sync

HARD SYNC is 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 early Oberheim synthesizers for a more metallic…

Support

Support

Many common technical support questions can be answered by checking the related section of this Reference Guide or by logging in and navigating to our Knowledgebase. NOTE: It’s important to stay up-to-date with the latest version of Omnisphere, as we continue to…

Flex-Mod

The Layer Pages » Modulation » 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 “Modulate” and select from the list of available sources. The first group of modulation…

Adding Sounds

Sharing » Adding Sounds

Adding sounds to your library that have been Shared by other Omnisphere users is simple! Omnisphere sounds that have been shared using the Sharing feature are conveniently collected into a single .omnisphere file. Files with the extension .omnipshere can be added to…

Selecting Parts

Live Mode » Selecting Parts

To get the most out of LIVE MODE, it can often be more convenient to switch Parts by other means than the mouse — via Windows Multitouch, by MIDI-Learning the Part switches, or by using Omni TR our remote control app for the iPad . To MIDI-Learn a Part,…

Key Tracking

The Layer Pages » Filters » 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 higher the KEY value is set, the…

Velocity Curve

The Main Page » Velocity Curve

The Velocity Curve allows you to refine and scale the MIDI velocity information coming from your controller as it enters Omnisphere to get the best response for your playing style. Omnisphere has four velocity curve presets available on the Main Page. The first…

BPM Delay

The FX Page » Delays » 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 mix of the dry signal and…

Nylon Sky

Sonic Extensions » Extensions » Nylon Sky

This inspiring Sonic Extension is based on the most expressive nylon guitar ever done for Omnisphere — but that’s just the beginning! Nylon Sky combines this extremely deeply-sampled instrument with Omnisphere’s synthesis power and the gorgeous new Sky FX…

Importing User Audio

User Audio » Importing User Audio

Omnisphere allows you to import your own audio to use as Soundsources and to create your own Patches and Multis. You can process and manipulate your own audio in creative ways using Omnisphere’s powerful synthesis capabilities. You might want to import a…

BPM Delay X2

The FX Page » Delays » BPM Delay X2

The BPM Delay X2 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 the dry signal and the…

Grain Controls

The Layer Pages » Oscillators » Oscillator Zoom » 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 results can usually be obtained without using a lot of GRAIN DEPTH, so…

Radio Delay

The FX Page » Delays » 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 distorted old speakers or…

Wavetables

The Layer Pages » Oscillators » Synth Mode » Wavetables

Click the down-arrow to the left of the Waveform display to reveal a drop-down menu listing Omnisphere’s DSP wavetables. There are over 500 wavetables in Omnisphere and they are listed in the directories below. Use the SHAPE slider to get an idea of the sonic…

Unclean Machine

Sonic Extensions » Extensions » Unclean Machine

Get ready for the ultimate LO-FI experience! After the wild success of the “Retroland” category in Omnisphere with producers, we decided it was time to develop an entire Sonic Extension dedicated to these iconic sounds. With the ultra-vibey new Unclean FX and a…

BPM Delay X3

The FX Page » Delays » BPM Delay X3

The BPM Delay X3 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 of the dry signal and the processed…

Using Satellite Instruments

Concepts » Satellite Integration » Using Satellite Instruments

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 Keyscape and Trilian libraries inside our flagship…

Ring Modulation

The Layer Pages » Oscillators » Oscillator Zoom » 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, which changes their overall…

Frequency Modulation

The Layer Pages » Oscillators » Oscillator Zoom » Frequency Modulation

FM stands for Frequency Modulation. FM has been a feature on synthesizers since the 1960s, but it became mainstream in the 1980s with Yamaha’s DX/TX series of digital synthesizers. It was well-known for producing glassy, metallic, and other harmonically complex…

Sampling/Trademark FAQs

Legal » Sampling/Trademark FAQs

The purpose of this document is to clear up any confusion regarding the sampling of Spectrasonics Virtual Instruments. We get a lot of questions about this topic from other sound designers, so we’d like to make sure our policies are clear and upfront. The…

Lite Version

The Browsers » Operation » Lite Version

Some of the sounds included in the Omnisphere Factory Library are quite large, and can place a heavy demand on available memory and take a longer time to load. Lite Version is a feature located in the Full Browsers and provides added flexibility when loading…

Step Modifiers

Arpeggiator » Step Modifiers

Step Modifiers are powerful, flexible tools that add specific behaviors to any Step, allowing you to create complex and creative Patterns. Click on the square pane above each Step to reveal the Step Modifier menu, then make a selection from the 5 fly-out…

Main

The Layer Pages » Oscillators » Oscillator Zoom » 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…

Performance Optimzation

Concepts » Performance Optimzation

The vast majority of Omnisphere Patches will play comfortably within your host, without over-stressing the computer’s CPU or memory. However some Patches employ sophisticated effects or large numbers of streamed samples, and those may require special attention.…