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Digital Subscriptions > MusicTech > Sep-15 > SPECTRASONICS Omnisphere 2


With a wealth of new features, Omnisphere finally reaches v2 seven years after its initial release. Mark Cousins goes stratospheric with the most eagerly-awaited release of the year…

Since its release in 2008, Omnisphere has proved itself to be one of the most consistently useful and versatile software instruments. Its success is testament to both the wealth of included sound content that you’d expect from a Spectrasonics product, and also the surprising amount of raw synthesis power packaged into Omnisphere’s sound engine. From its Granular Synthesis modes through to the complex rate-level envelope generators, there’s plenty to keep the avid knob-twiddler happy. Yet despite this apparent complexity, Omnisphere is an immediate and easy-to-use instrument packed full of greatsounding patches!

New generation

Now it’s 2015 and Spectrasonics has taken a long hard look at Omnisphere and developed the next generation of its cutting-edge synthesiser – Omnisphere 2. Pleasingly, the ethos and overall appearance of Omnisphere remains largely the same, so despite a slightly widened interface (now incorporating a slimmed-down browser window) existing users will feel immediately at home. Look under the bonnet, though, and you’ll soon see how far-reaching the improvements are in Omnisphere 2, with a list of new features almost as long as a fully-fledged DAW upgrade…

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