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Ekstasis:
I know many people and veterans on this forum is against softsynths...but I really think that this synth gives us a glimpse of the future...it is really a huge step forward in the world of softsynths. It is not as revolutionary maybe as the advertising try to tell you, but it is definitely a very potent softsynth...

I have not had the opportunity to try this myself yet, but I have seen the 9 tutorial videos, so I am pretty sure what to expect.

http://www.spectrasonics.net/instruments/omnisphere.html

APK:
Yes, the fairly big update to Atmosphere.

Also not sure on the hype about it being a "glimpse of the future." (Native Instruments are MUCH better at that.) But yes, quality sound engine by the looks of it, plus many improvements over the rather limited Atmosphere engine, and of course a HUGE sample library. I suspect that, like Atmosphere, it will be a LOT of very big, complex presets that you will go "wow!" to, but never actually use unless you want quick "hold down one key" film-scores. And the price is also a tad high.

I was looking forward to it, looks very editable, but I'd wait to see if the price goes down and all the bugs get ironed out. There have been problems with the first generation.

You will, I think, get more bang for the buck with Native Instruments Komplete ... especially if you can find the reduced price on it.

Ekstasis:

--- Quote from: APK on November 13, 2008, 02:52:25 PM ---Yes, the fairly big update to Atmosphere.

Also not sure on the hype about it being a "glimpse of the future." (Native Instruments are MUCH better at that.) But yes, quality sound engine by the looks of it, plus many improvements over the rather limited Atmosphere engine, and of course a HUGE sample library. I suspect that, like Atmosphere, it will be a LOT of very big, complex presets that you will go "wow!" to, but never actually use unless you want quick "hold down one key" film-scores. And the price is also a tad high.

I was looking forward to it, looks very editable, but I'd wait to see if the price goes down and all the bugs get ironed out. There have been problems with the first generation.

You will, I think, get more bang for the buck with Native Instruments Komplete ... especially if you can find the reduced price on it.

--- End quote ---

This only a glimpse of the future...only the beginning...but maybe the new Alchemy synth by camel audio will be more "revolutionary" in that sense...then Ominsphere...

Yes I agree with you regarding Atmosphere, it is a joke, it's like they think we are stupid to make sound on your own, that is the main problem with the softsynths these days, they write the music for you! ..
The sound designers must have a very naive attitude towards us musicians or something..who cares about presets that sounds very cool solo but completely useless in practice...But I think people in genereal and software developers is slowly realizing this now..and focus more on the synthesis side instead... like for insance the "Alchemy" I did mention earlier..which seems very promising...

However after watching these Omnisphere it seems to be very different from Atmosphere in all regards, for instance..you do not need to use the sample library at all..you can choose between sample mode and synth mode in the oscillator, so it is a quite powerful synth with out the sample library... despite of what it all might look the surface, I see many creative possibilities with this synth..

Ekstasis:
I have tried Omnisphere today, the presets are kind of useless as usual atleast for music production, I am sure it fits better in film/media production, what I waste of time of Spectrasonics to make so many presets, instead that they should have put more energy to improve the ability to create OWN sounds within the Steam engine. However the Synth possibilities
is still very good, you can modulate/morph the sound in many many many ways. The filters sounds awesome.

I did a little ambient recording if anyone is interested to hear...
http://www.mediafire.com/download.php?tz3n5kje4nw

And excuse me of the click sounds, I will buy a new soundcard next month :)

caul:
I bought and used atmosphere and loved it and omnisphere just blows it away. as far as bugs go, I haven't run across any. I'm not much of a tech oriented synth guy but omnisphere definitely has a lot of features that atmosphere didn't have, that I've barely toyed with so far. the sound library is, I'm guessing, one of the largest out of the box (50 gigs), so there's a lot to play with.

alchemy definitely looks interesting. It seems I read somewhere Robert Rich was going to do some presets for it. I wish some one would ask Lustmord to do some presets.


Brett

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