BROWSER - Displaying and Navigating Results
There are numerous options available for navigating sound and to change how they are organized and displayed.
These tools let you sort sounds in different ways, including by Ratings, and because there are thousands of sounds to explore, these controls help you delve deeper into the Library. These Browser controls will also work on filtered results.
The Sort Menu includes four ways to sort the list of sounds.
We're continually adding new sounds to Omnisphere and the number of available sounds is pretty massive! In order to make it easier to find the best examples of the newest sounds in the Library, Featured sounds are displayed by default at the top of your list. This list is updated with each Patch update.
Selecting the "Featured" sort option will display Featured sounds at the top of the sounds list.
You will also find a special selection of Featured sounds when you're browsing the library by Category. For example, with the Featured sort option selected, if you select Synth Bass in the Category column, you'll see a specially-selected list of Featured Synth Bass sounds displayed at the top of the list.
A-Z & Z-A
The A-Z & Z-A options provide a simple way to reverse the alphabetization of the sounds. Select Z-A to reverse the order, and A-Z to restore it.
All sounds in the library can be given ratings from 1 to 5 stars using the Ratings system. Selecting Ratings from the Sort menu displays rated sounds at the top of the Browser list, in order of their Ratings. 5-star sounds are listed first, followed by 4–star sounds, and so on.
You can use shift+click to mark sounds in the browser in order to share them or add them to Projects. This sorting option puts the marked sounds at the top of the list sorted alphabetically.
This feature is only useful when the Directory is set to "User." When this option is selected, the newest User sounds are displayed first.
NOTE: This feature does not show the most recently added Patches to the Factory Library, just the User Library. If you want to view the most recently added Patches to the Factory Library, enter the version number of the current Patch Library in the Search field (i.e. 2.0).
It’s a common error to only browse the sounds near the beginning of the alphabetical list. Every time the Shuffle button is selected, the order of the sounds will be randomized. This button is useful for keeping the list of sounds fresh and inspiring, instead of always showing the same sounds at the top of the list.
Browser Stepper Buttons
The Stepper buttons step through the sounds in the Browser one at a time. When you step to the next sound, it will be selected and loaded.
The Browser Stepper buttons are controlled from the up and down arrows of your keyboard. They can also be MIDI-Learned, and those assignments will apply to the Stepper buttons in all three Full Browsers, as well as the Mini-Browsers.
The Steppers are especially useful for browsing sounds quickly with Preview Load and Audition Auto-Play enabled, or for conveniently stepping through a filtered selection of sounds.
Sometimes it is preferable to have this disabled so you can use the arrow keys to step through tracks in your host. This behavior can be disabled from the Browser Settings.
TIP: Using your keyboard arrows or MIDI-Learning the Browser steppers to switches on your MIDI controller is a great way to speed up the auditioning process, especially with the “Auto-Play” and “Preview Load” options enabled.
Info View (Full Browsers only)
When Info View is selected, the upper portion of the large 5th column displays an image and detailed information about the selected sound. It tells you the sound's disk size, provides notes on the particular sound, including the Soundsource and Patch authors, and you can view the Search Tags for that sound.
Click this button to refresh the display of sounds in any Full Browser. When changes are made to the library outside of the Browser (e.g. installing a third-party library or manually moving custom Patches or Multis), use the Refresh Button to update the Browser display.