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 as reorganize your directories inside "User" in any way you like. However you cannot not rename files which have the extension .db or .zmap or move files or folders outside "User." If you want to rename your .wav or .aif files and then re-import them.

 

How many audio files can I import at once?

Omnisphere can import hundreds of audio files at once into multiple, custom-named directories.

 

I looped an audio file in my sampler and when I import it into Omnisphere it doesn't loop. Why not?

Omnisphere will play looped audio files, but the loop points must be embedded in the audio file first. You will need to loop the audio file in an audio editor (not a sampler) prior to importing it.

 

Which audio editors can I use to loop my audio before I import?

Many audio editors have this ability, such as Sony's Sound Forge Pro, Steinberg's WaveLab, or DSP-Quattro (Mac only).

 

Why isn't Omnisphere playing my loop crossfades? They play fine in my sampler.

Omnisphere does not read sampler settings. Loop crossfades must be rendered to audio before importing.

 

Is there a way I can apply a crossfade to a looped audio I've imported into Omnisphere?

Omnisphere is a synthesizer, not a sampler. If you want to apply a crossfade to a loop, you'll need to do so in an audio editor before importing.

 

How can I make the sample shorter, once it is imported? I want to create a short one shot out of a long sample.

You can use the Amplitude Envelope to control the length of the Soundsource or Patch. Reduce Sustain to zero and adjust Decay and Release to whatever time you like. You can also select where you would like the audio to start playing from via the Start slider on the Layer pages.

 

I played D4 on my guitar and when I brought it into Omnisphere, it sounds a whole step higher than I expect (if I play D4 in my controller the pitch is E4). How can I fix it?

That is because the correct base note has not been specified in the audio file. When that happens, Omnisphere will map your audio file Middle C. You can set the base note by renaming the audio file like this: Martin Acoustic_D4.wav or Martin Acoustic D4.wav. After renaming the file, re-import it and the audio will be mapped correctly.

See USER AUDIO - Base Note for more details.

 

Can file names also include flats? Like Tingly_Ab.wav or does it have to be Tingly_G#.wav?

Yes, you can have "b" or "#" after any of the 7 note letters: Eb2, Bb5, G#4, etc. The "b" is not confused with the note letter because it follows the letter. The file name must have a space or underscore before the note letter:

* Tingly_Eb3

* Tingly F#3

* Tingly_G#3

* Tingly Bb3

* Tingly B4

* Tingly E3

 

Can I turn my imported audio file into a sustained, playable sound?

Yes. Using Granular, you can transform your audio beyond recognition. Granular can "freeze" a small portion of your audio into a single-cycle waveform which can then be played as a sustained sound. You can even use Granular to create a slowly-evolving texture out of something like a piano chord.

Please see Granular for more info.

 

Can I make it so that regardless of whatever key I play, the sample plays back at its original duration and pitch (for things like drums, or pluck transients) across the entire keyboard range?

Yes. Click on the magnifying glass next to "Oscillator" on the Layer page and in the Main tab set the Keyboard Tracking button to OFF.