Omnisphere 2 is an instrument of extraordinary power and versatility. The award-winning software brings many different types of synthesis together into one amazing-sounding instrument that promises to inspire a lifetime of exploration.
It’s arguably one of the greatest software instruments of all time, winning numerous awards and earning a place in the arsenals of some of the world’s top musicians.
One musician that no doubt falls into this category, and who is arguably Omnisphere’s biggest fan, is Gary Numan. A true pioneer of commercial electronic music, Numan’s innovative and creative use of synthesised sounds has led to him producing numerous hits over the last 30+ years, and cementing his place as one of music’s finest.
Not afraid to speak his mind, Numan’s opinion is one that carries a lot of weight in the world of music and that’s why everyone at Spectrasonics will no doubt be thrilled when they read the latest issue of Computer Music.
Speaking before his European tour to promote his No.1 album ‘Savage (Songs from a Broken World)’ Numan clearly wasn’t afraid to share his love for Omnisphere. Here’s what he had to say about Spectrasonics’ hit instrument in his Computer Music interview…
CM: You’ve been very vocal about your love of Omnisphere.
GN: “The king of all plugins, without a doubt. 1 was pretty bloody amazing, but 2 takes it into another world. What a phenomenal array of sounds, and what a phenomenal array of starting points – pull up any preset and you’ll be inspired. But then you’ve got the manipulation, too. Easily accessible, incredibly intuitive ways to change and shape the sound. If you don’t find what you’re after in the presets, you will be able to create it fairly quickly.
Anybody who knows my music will know that I use a lot of pads and atmospheres. But the problem with pads and atmospheres is that they can all start to sound a bit same. With Omnisphere, you don’t seem to get that. Each sound you choose and add will always give you that something a bit different.
I use it a lot on everything I do, but I know that I’m only scratching the surface of what it’s capable of. A truly beautiful piece of software.”
CM: So you like it then?
GN: “Ha ha! I like anything that Spectrasonics do. Great company who knows what musicians want. Trilian; everything you need for the bottom end. Native Instruments, too. I’ve got a suite of their stuff on the computer. Some Korg plugins; Ethno 2, when I need to get ethnic.
I’m still a fan of old-fashioned found sounds, too. I have a stereo recorder that I carry around with me when I’m ready to start making an album, recording bits and pieces from a normal day; traffic, people, the sound of the desert. They can really help to create atmosphere because… well, they are, technically, ‘atmospheres’.”