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Spectrasonics Omnisphere 2.5 is Here! A Major Update for 2018
The Spectrasonics Omnisphere 2.5 update sees the arrival of hardware integration, multitouch support, an expanded sound library, and much more. Find out what's new in this major update…
Spectrasonics Omnisphere 2.5 is an updated version of the popular Omnisphere virtual instrument library. Version 2.5 now includes extensive hardware integration, allowing you to use over 30 well-known hardware synthesizers as software controllers (with more in the pipeline for future development).
This ground-breaking feature allows you to integrate your favourite pieces of hardware and unlocks the full potential of Omnisphere; combining the intuitiveness and direct workflow of hardware synths with the power of the Omnisphere program.
The free update to version 2.5 also includes an improved hi-resolution interface, granular synthesis capabilities, Windows multitouch support, and an expanded sound library with over 1000 new sounds, bringing the instrument total to over 14,000!
The original Omnisphere 2 was extremely well received by the music press:
"Omnisphere 2 is an absolute triumph of virtual instrument design, perfect for those looking to create exciting new sounds." 5 out of 5 stars - Computer Music
With the free upgrade to version 2.5, Omnisphere 2.5 looks set to become even more revered.
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Omnisphere 2.5 Hardware Synth Integration
The free updated feature of Omnisphere that has us most excited is the new ability to integrate your favourite hardware synthesizers. This will radically change the way you work and allow you to combine your familiar hardware interface with the power of the Omnisphere program.
The initial release will support over 30 popular hardware synths from brands including Moog, Dave Smith Instruments, Korg, Novation, Nord, Access, Studiologic, Sequential and more to come. The hardware support is designed to cover multiple price points and user types, letting as many people as possible access this exciting integration.
Version 2.5 goes beyond the typical "MIDI learn" hardware integration and includes specially created "Hardware Profiles" for each device. Special control messages are designed to let you work as intuitively as possible, with single-touch dials affecting multiple parameters. This gives the ability to automatically switch interface pages, recall entire FX racks, assign multiple scaled parameters and even instantly create complex modulation matrix routings on-the-fly!
Omnisphere 2.5 Expanded Synth Capabilities
Omnisphere 2.5 now includes 4 layers per patch; double what the old architecture was capable of. This enables 12 envelopes per patch, along with 8 LFOs. An expanded Modulation Matrix also offers double the capability of the original, with 48 routings available.
Newly designed State Variable Filters have also been introduced to Omnisphere 2.5, specially created for the OB-6 hardware profile and allowing the seamless blend between lowpass, notch and hipass filter modes. Over 100 new DSP oscillator wavetables (based on the supported hardware) are also included in the new hardware profiles.
Omnisphere 2.5 Sound Library
Omnispehere 2.5's expanded library includes over 1,000 new patches, taking the total voice count to over 14,000. Designed by Eric Persing and the renowned Spectrasonics Sound Development Team, each hardware profile has a corresponding set of sounds, many with a distinctly 'classic analog' flavour. All of the new sounds are available to all users, regardless of whether they own the hardware or not!
Omnisphere 2.5 Layout and Granular Support
Omnisphere 2.5's new high-resolution interface is designed to support Retina devices and screens with 4K resolution. The new interface has a 'fresher' look with a clean and modern design that will help improve your workflow. Omnisphere's new granular capabilities are accessed with a full waveform display to show you exactly how the sounds are being manipulated.
Omnisphere 2.5 Multitouch
The new Windows Multitouch support means that Windows X computers and tablets can fully integrate with Omnisphere. A new Live Mode has been created which enables the use of these devices as fully functional stage interfaces. If you're looking to utilise the stunning power and versatility of Omnisphere in a live performance situation, now is the perfect time to do so.
By Matt Wilkinson
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