My wife Sachi has always been a great supporter of my extravagant projects, including my journey to become proficient in electronic music production. In fact, I cannot thank her enough for not just accepting that I’m turning our bedroom into a synth cave, but actively supporting and encouraging me along the way! Yay for you Sachi, you rock!
For my birthday this year, she gave me the perfect gift; the Spectrasonic Omnisphere software instrument. For those of you unfamiliar with this beast, it is a multi layer, multi timbre, software instrument, that is both sample and synthesis based at the same time. This means you can layer high res sample based sounds and DSP synthesized sounds in the same patch, opening up for some incredible sounding results.
Each patch that you create has 2 independent layers, each of which can have either an oscillator or a sample based sound source. Up 8 patches, each with individual arpeggiators and effects can be combined into a Multi, wich can also have effects and other settings applied.
The included sound library is about 50Gb in size and contains about 8000 sound sources and 2000 presets… The instruments also comes with a dedicated iPad app for use in a special Live mode. This app has a unique interface that lets you manipulate effects and other settings for each patch in the current multi, as well as what patches are active and sounding.
I have barely touched the surface of the instrument here, so I really encourage you to check it out at the Spectrasonics website. You will see for your self why it is referred to as one of the most powerful software instruments ever created.