Spectrasonics Omnisphere Expansions – A Buyer’s Guide

BYRGUIDE_omnisphere_NSpectrasonics Omnisphere is debatably one of the most advanced steps in virtual synthesis so far and has been referred to as ‘the king of software synths’. The installment of Omnisphere 2 saw a vast range of new possibilities including over 400 new DSP waveforms, 3,000 new patches and soundscapes and an audio import option, allowing users to import their own audio to use it as a soundsource, extending the possibilities of Omnisphere further than ever before.

Why stop there though? There are some amazing expansion packs up for grabs; a wide range of cinematic, dark, ambient, dance, minimal and many other great patches are available to buy from Time+Space, and all at very affordable prices. Before you start filling your shopping cart, have a read through this buyer’s guide to get a rundown of which packs are most suited to your needs.

 

Ambient and Experimental

Omnisphere is the perfect platform for all genres that look to distort the boundaries of music and abandon any sense of tempo or key signature. The complex synthesis engine can morph and twist audio way beyond normality and back again, making it a perfect tool for the avant garde composer.

dark ambienceTime+Space- Dark Ambience from Ian Boddy

We paired up with renowned UK sound designer and electronic musician Ian Boddy to bring our first very own and exclusive product, Dark Ambience Patches for Omnisphere 2. Take a journey into the deeper realms of ambience and electronic music with everything from soundscapes, textures, special FX, synth sounds and beyond.

“The patches are like nothing I’ve heard in Omnisphere before, my signature analogue sound wrapped in a cocoon of expressive soundscapes.”- says Ian Boddy, on creating Dark Ambience Patches

The equipment used to create these patches give them such a raw analogue sound and really do credit to the world of analogue synthesis. Here is the list of equipment used:

 

  • Roland System 100-M
  • Serge Animal, Audio Interface, Dual Oscillator, Klangzeit, CV Matrix Mixer, Dual ADSR, Stereo Mixer & custom panels
  • Analogue Systems
  • Analogue Solutions
  • Doepfer A-100
  • Cwejman SPH2 & FSH1 & MX-4S
  • Make Noise DPO, Wogglebug, Rene, Maths & QMMG
  • Livewire, Metasonix, Harvestman, Synthesis Technology, WMD & Flight of Harmony modules
  • VCS3
  • Minimoog & Moog Voyager
  • Metasonix TM-2 tube BP filter
  • TLA Ebony A2Stereo Processor

This expansion pack is for users of Spectrasonics Omnisphere 2.2.0e or higher.

scattered grainsAudiority- Scattered Grains

This pack explores the techniques of granular synthesis, a new addition to Omnisphere 2 which completely transforms your sound by rebuilding it, using the broken down ‘grains’ of the original sound.

The 100 presets contain ambiences, soundscapes and textures combining Omnisphere 2´s high speed arpeggios, reverbs and Omnisphere 2´s new InnerSpace effect. All presets can be morphed to a pulsing beat using the modulation wheel. The soundbank is focused on ambiences, hybrid soundscapes and textures designed for Ambient, Film, Soundtrack and Underscore.

This expansion pack requires the full version of Spectrasonics Omnisphere 2.1.0d or higher.

Omnisphere FeroxThe Unfinished- Omnisphere Ferox

Ferox features an eclectic blend of analogue, hybrid acoustic, dark and distorted textures, rhythms, sequences and atmospheres. A brooding, eerie, shadowy, noisy, swarming soundset designed to get under your skin.

A vast library consisting of lo-fi drumloops, ghostly mallets, crumbling analogue synth riffs, drifting modular leads, haunted pianos, warm synth pads, damaged acoustic basses, gritty basses, disturbing ambience, fractured strings, odd synth noises, broken retro machines, melancholy soundscapes and curious hybrid instruments.

With 300 patches, there is a huge amount of sonic flexibility within Ferox and a variety of musical applications on offer. The soundset is also great for horror, ambient, even music with a folksy touch, due its subtle nods towards Nordic and Western sounds. Go all out with just the analogue synth sounds, or keep it real with the hybrid acoustic elements; or blend the two.

This pack requires Spectrasonics Omnisphere 2

Cinematic

The synergic relationship between media and music is a very important one. All successful media based productions work only with a great soundtrack or underscore. Whether its fast paced action or a thought provoking emotional scene, these expansion packs are sure to give you the fullest sound.

celticZero-G Classics – Celtic Atmospheres

A hand picked selection of raw samples from the original award winning sound libraries Celtic and Altered States, fed through the amazing power of Omnisphere for some truly inspiring results.

Mandolins, Fiddles, Bagpipes, Flutes, Ceilidh Snares, Bodhran and many more raw Celtic sounds have all been used, mixed with the powerful and atmospheric soundscapes of Altered States, resulting in a collection of beautiful sounds perfect for any project that requires a Celtic flavour.

Celtic Atmospheres contains 50 inspiring patches ranging from deep, emotive pads with a topping of Celtic flutes to dark and intense sonic-backdrops perfect for those suspenseful moments. The library also contains a selection of Celtic inspired percussion patches using samples from the Bodhran and Ceilidh Snares, mixed with various instruments such as Bagpipes and 12 string guitars to create some truly unique, ambient percussive soundscapes.

This pack requires Spectrasonics Omnisphere version 2.1.0d or higher.

cinematic bundleAudiority- Omnisphere Cinematic Bundle

A collection of all 4 Audiority Omnisphere Cinematic packs with a great price tag.

A total of 400 presets including arps, drones, hits, rhythms, pads, FX and much more; these handcrafted sounds will bring your moving image to life. The impacts and hits work great with climatic moments and the nice array of fx presets will fill the silence.

Here’s what’s included:

 

 

  • 110 Arpeggios + Rhythms
  • 50 Bass
  • 9 Drum elements
  • 45 Impacts + Hits
  • 23 Keyboards
  • 133 Textures + Drones
  • 30 Transitions + FX (including Oneshot Hits)

This product requires Spectrasonics Omnisphere version 1.5.7d or higher

horizon VThe Unfinished- Omnisphere Horizon V

Horizon V is squarely aimed at the television underscore and independent film scoring vibe. There is a strong blend of the acoustic and the synthetic: both growling and delicate string instruments meet dark and lush analogue sounds. Melding organic bowed textures, airy guitars and pseudo-folk vibes with bristling, warm synth classics and evolving techno pulses; this soundset captures the intimate, innovative spirit of scoring for the small screen, as well as films and games that steer away from the Hollywood aesthetic.

This collection delivers haunting pianos, melancholic soundscapes, colourful guitars, eclectic strings, and supports them with impulsive basses, kinetic percussion, rich pads and robust synths.

The 128 patches include:

  • 52 Arps & Rhythms
  • 2 Human Voices
  • 2 Hybrid Organic
  • 2 Impacts & Hits
  • 6 Keyboards
  • 23 Pads & Strings
  • 2 Sfx & Noise
  • 9 Synth Basses
  • 7 Synth Poly
  • 20 Textures
  • 3 Traditional

Requires Spectrasonics Omnisphere 1 or Omnisphere 2

Electronic Dance Music

The electronic dance music scene is one of the most rapidly developing and popular genres in the world. For this reason, it is also one of the most competitive, with millions of young musicians and producers hoping to break through the surface and show their original sound to the rest of the world. Well, if you’re one of those people then these professionally crafted expansion packs can certainly help you on your way.

dancesphereAudiority- Dancesphere Omnisphere

Dancesphere is the first dance oriented soundbank for Spectrasonics Omnisphere, featuring 110 new unique sounds for Techno, Minimal, Trance and Hardstyle. These styles are constantly gaining popularity so if you’ve just discovered such genres and own Omnisphere, this pack will go hand in hand with the in depth parameters and effects that Omnisphere offers.

 

 

 

  •  10 Arpeggios + Rhythms
  • 23 Bass
  • 20 Drum elements
  • 22 Leads
  • 11 Pads
  • 17 Keyboards + Synths
  • 7 Transitions + FX

Requires full version of Spectrasonics Omnisphere 1.5.7d or higher.

EDM IgnitionIlio- EDM Ignition Patches

This collection is perfect for creating the latest styles of EDM music presenting a clean yet in-your-face vibe with sounds such as wobble basses, leads, synths, pads, textures, and tempo-locked synths.

While EDM – Ignition focuses primarily on EDM styles, feel free to toss your Pop, Hip-Hop, and even film and television music creations into the fire for explosive mixes. Each one has been meticulously crafted, pulling from both Omnisphere’s powerful synthesis engine, and its vast arsenal of included sonic samplings.

Ignition focuses on the use of the modulation wheel for fast, sound-altering control. Many patches are also optimised for use with Omnisphere´s innovative Orb feature, giving you even more real-time control on stage and in the studio.

  •  21 Bass sounds
  • 24 Lead synths and keys
  • 6 Pads and synth strings
  • 22 Synth sounds
  • 3 FX
  • 4 Ambient, ethereal, textures and tones
  • 45 Tempo-Driven plucks, stabs, pulsing synths, and moving tones.

Omnisphere 1 Users Legacy files require full version of Spectrasonics Omnisphere 1.5.8d or higher.

Omnisphere 2 UsersFull version of Spectrasonics Omnisphere 2.1.0d or higher is required

 

trapsheresAudiority- Trapsphere Omnisphere Presets

Omnisphere probably wouldn’t be considered the first choice of synth when coming to making Hip Hop, Trap or Urban beats but Audiority have proved that it certainly can be. Trapsphere is the first full featured Trap soundbank for Spectrasonics Omnisphere ever made, featuring 200 new sounds for designed for Trap, Urban and Hip Hop. Furthermore, this soundbank provides 37 pre rendered one-shot drum WAV files, ready to be layered with your favourite samples, speeding up your production workflow.

 

 

  •  40 Arpeggios + Rhythms
  • 40 Bass
  • 40 Drum elements
  • 40 Leads
  • 30 Pads + Keyboards
  • 10 Transitions + FX
  • BONUS: 37 pre rendered one-shot drum WAV files

Full version of Spectrasonics Omnisphere 2.1.od or higher is required

If you are unsure about how to install any of these expansion packs, or in fact any 3rd party library into Omnisphere 2 then follow this link to a handy install guide: http://knowledge.timespace.com/index.php/article/how-to-install-3rd-party-library-into-omnisphere-2

Now go forth and expand your Omnisphere! Click here for more expansion packs.

Posted by Jamie Farrington

After studying music for 12 years as a tuba and piano player, I was eventually introduced to the studio a few years ago and it opened my eyes to a whole new side of music. Since then I've been producing and recording all sorts of music, with my main interest being in ambient and experimental electronic music. Working at Time+Space has enabled me to work with some great musicians, composers, producers and above all, some amazing software!

Website: http://www.timespace.com/

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