Released in September 2008, Spectrasonics´ groundbreaking Omnisphere Power Synth combines a wide variety of hybrid realtime synthesis techniques, an epic library of remarkable ‘Psychoacoustic’ sounds, and many innovative features that have never been seen before in any hardware or software synthesizer.
At this year´s NAMM show, Spectrasonics announced a major new update to the flagship virtual synth which is now available to download free for registered Omnisphere users...
Version 1.5 includes a wealth of new features and additions to the synthesis engine and user interface, the most prominent being the inclusion of a fantastic new interactive interface called "The Orb" which delivers real-time synthesis manipulation capabilities.
The update also includes many features that have been requested by users since Omnisphere’s release back in 2009 including the new 5-Column Browser view and support for polyphonic aftertouch. The new version also integrates a significant update to the factory patch library, taking advantage of all the new sound design capabilities and bringing the total number of included sounds to a whopping 8,000!
Summary of Omnisphere 1.5’s highlights:
Innovative "Orb" ´circular sound manipulation´ interface with Motion Recording and "Dice" button for infinite variations and one-touch sound customization.
Expanded Synthesis capabilities:
Harmonia: New zoom page shows all Harmonia parameters per layer adding up to 10 oscillators per patch with new independent modulation options for Levels and Fine Tuning on each Harmonia oscillator.
Waveshaper: New zoom page with extreme new processing modules including polyphonic ´Crusher´ and ´Reducer´ sections with ´Force´ and ´Animation´ controls that can all be modulated.
Granular Synthesis: New ´Speed´ and ´Position´ modes. New zoom page with new ´Granular Visualizer´ showing a graphic model of the effect of parameter edits which makes Granular synthesis easier to use.
Patch Library Update: Over 700 brand new patches created by renowned Spectrasonics sound development team gives Omnisphere over 5,000 patches and 8,000 total sounds.
New 5-Column Browser view displays more sound categories and attributes simultaneously.
New Online Video Tutorials for Version 1.5 capabilities.
Added support for MIDI devices which send polyphonic aftertouch.
New ´Clone Part´ feature allows easier editing/setup with multichannel MIDI controllers.
New MIDI Learn hardware control mode follows Live Mode selection.
Modulation Envelope points can be key-command snapped to semitone when modulating pitch.
User-assignable Legato Interval rule added.
For more detailed information about these new features please click here
Read what the magazines said...
"Omnisphere is unquestionably a captivating, complex, beautiful, expressive synthesiser. Considering this is only version 1, the future of Omnisphere is looking really good." - Mac User Magazine (Rating 5/5)
"Omnisphere is a phenomenal instrument. It shows what can be done when the power of real, unusual samples is combined with a powerful, multi-approach synthesis engine...A box office smash, without question." - Future Music Magazine (Rating 10/10)
"One of the most inspiring virtual instruments we’ve ever used. Omnisphere not only provides you with 40GB of some of the best sounds in the business, but also offers a range of cutting-edge synthesis tools that enable you to create thousands more of your own." - Music Tech Magazine (Rating 10/10)
"...this product more than upholds Spectrasonics’ fine tradition of providing beautiful, creative, practical and playable sounds. I expect it will win admirers for years to come." - Sound on Sound