The Best New Desktop Software Synths Of 2015

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best-of-2015-desktop-software-synthsBest of 2015: We asked and you voted, choosing Spectrasonics Omnisphere – by a wide margin – as the Best New Desktop Software Synth Of 2015.

Omnisphere was already an extremely powerful synth. But with Omnisphere 2, Spectrasonics amps up everything, bringing new synthesis capabilities, an improved interface, a better arpeggiator, 25 new effects and a massive 10,000+ presets.

The long-awaited Native Instruments Reaktor 6 took the second place in our reader poll, followed by Arturia’s V Collection Classics.

Here’s the full list – check it out and let us know what you think of software synths in 2015! Continue reading

The Sound Of Omnisphere 2

Omnisphere 2, released last week, is one of the most anticipated software synths ever.

The first version 2.0 of any Spectrasonics instrument, the  updated Omnisphere features a host of new synthesis capabilities and includes thousands of new sounds.

This set of videos, via Michael Walthius, demos the factory presets included in the new Omnisphere 2 upgrade from Spectrasonics. Continue reading

Spectrasonics Omnisphere 2.0 Now Available

Spectrasonics-omnisphere2Spectrasonics Omnisphere 2.0 is available beginning today.

The first version 2.0 of any Spectrasonics instrument, the  updated Omnisphere features a host of new synthesis capabilities and includes thousands of new sounds.

Omnisphere 2 includes what company founder Eric Persing calls the “most-requested” Omnisphere feature: audio import for user-created sound sources, along with new synthesis capabilities and creative tools, 3,000 new sounds, 25 new FX, an enhanced User Interface, and production/browsing features like Sound Match to quickly locate related sounds in the library, and Sound Lock to create “endless useful patch variations” by locking sound aspects while browsing other patches.
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Snow Audio Intros Pulse for Omnisphere

pulse-for-omnisphereSnow Audio has introduced Pulse for Omnisphere – a collection of 175 rhythmic patches for cinematic and electronic music.

Pulse is designed to complement your existing arsena,l by making creative use of Omnisphere’s expansive soundsource library to sculpt unusual, yet practical, rhythmic sounds.

Pulse’s presets come in three flavors: Bass, Percussive, and Melodic.Suitable for a variety of genres, these sounds are a quick way to add customizable rhythmic and arpeggiated layers to your project. Continue reading

Spectrasonics Intros Omnisphere 2

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At the 2015 NAMM Show, Spectrasonics has introduced Omnisphere 2.

They note that ‘This is the first v2.0 of any Spectrasonics instrument and it’s truly a gigantic one!”

Here’s the official video introduction from Spectrasonics Founder and Creative Director, Eric Persing: Continue reading

Here Comes The Sun! EDM Eclipse: Solar For Omnisphere

ILIO_EDM_Eclipse_SolarIt’s all right. Virtual instrument and sample library-maker ILIO has announced EDM Eclipse: Solar. This collection of 130 new patches for Spectrasonics’ Omnisphere is the counterpart and contrast to ILIO’s sister collection EDM Eclipse: Lunar.

As described by its creators, Solar is

“geared for adrenalin-inducing power using hard-hitting synths, sick basses, leads, pads, SFX, and a variety of tempo-locked sonic goodies… [with] roughed up … edges, added some funk, and even included some triplet-timed, tempo-synced groove monsters.”

EDM Eclipse: Solar exploits the capabilities of the modulation wheel to allow users rapid sound-altering control. Many patches are also optimized for use with The Orb, giving the user/performer even more real-time control, on the stage or in the studio. Continue reading

New Patch Library Travels To The Omniverse

Plugin Guruspectrasonics-omnisphere has introduced Omniverse III: Aurora – a patch library for Spectrasonics Omnisphere that has its own sci-fi backstory.

Creator John “Skippy” Lehmkuhl decided to something a little different with Omniverse III: Aurora.

The patch library is based around a sci-fi concept story and comes with a 4-page comic of the ‘Omniverse Chronicles’.

The audio demos include tracks by film and TV composer Amin Bhatia and others: Continue reading