Thursday, January 13, 2011

Spectrasonics Announces 1.5 Update to Omnisphere

Spectrasonics have announced version 1.5 of their flagship Omnisphere softsynth.

New Features include:

  • 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.
  • Support for new 'Omni TR' iPad app.
  • New "Recently Added" Browser sorting option.
  • 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.
  • FREE update for registered users of Omnisphere.

Omnisphere is available now from all Spectrasonics dealers - MSRP $499 / €379.

Version 1.5 is set to be released February 15th, 2011.

The update will be free for all registered users and can be downloaded from the Spectrasonics website.

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Frontal said...

Tom: Do you personally use this? I was looking REALLY hard into getting it. It seems like a phenomenal soft synth. I wish there was a demo for it tho. It seems to me like it is WELL worth the money. Opinions?

Tom said...

Frontal - I actually picked it up last summer after the US tour. It's one of the most amazing soft-synths I've used. The sound quality and depth of the sample library is insane and you can get insanely deep with it from a sound design standpoint. I recommend it heartily with no reservations whatsoever...

Frontal said...

Amazing! It sounded like a very very strong soft synth from what I've heard. I've ready virtually everything I could on it. It almost looks like it is endless. Tom, thank you, I do believe that will be a late Christmas present to myself! :)

Tom said...

I don't think you'll be disappointed.