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GETTINGSTARTED

WelcomeToOmnisphere2

GETTINGSTARTEDQuickstart

ThisQuickstartprovidesanoverviewoftheessentialthingsyouwillneedtoknowinorderto
getstartedusingOmnisphere.
Omnisphereisasoftwareinstrumentplugin,andrequireshostsoftwarein
ordertorun
Omnispherecanbeamemoryintensiveinstrument,especiallywithMultis
loaded.AsystemwithplentyofRAMwillgreatlyenhanceperformance.Besure
andcheckouttheConcepts:PerformanceOptimizationchapter.

1.InstallOmnisphere
Installingcantakefrom4~6hours,andonceinstalled,thelibrarywilltakeabout64GBof
freeharddrivespace.

2.AuthorizethePlugIn
AuthorizationcanbedoneimmediatelyfromanycomputerconnectedtotheInternet

3.GetEverythingUpdated
MakesureyouhavethelatestversionsoftheSoftware,SoundsourcesandPatches:
OpenOmnisphereandclickontheSpectrasonicslogo
Selectthebuttonlabeled"CheckforUpdates"toopentheSystemStatuspage
Statusindicatorsinredmeanthatanupdateisnecessary.ClicktheGet
Updatesbuttontodownloadthem.
Afterinstallingtheupdates,Omnisphereisreadytogo!
NOTE:Besuretoquityourhostsoftwarebeforeinstallingthedownloaded
updates.

4.UseOmnisphereMultitimbrally
Omnisphereisamultitimbralinstrument,soyoucanuseasingleinstanceto

Omnisphereisamultitimbralinstrument,soyoucanuseasingleinstanceto
loadandplayeightdifferentsoundsondifferentMIDIchannels
Setupyourhostsoftwareformultitimbraloperation

5.LoadingSounds
TherearethreetypesofsoundlibrariesinOmnisphere:
Patches,MultisandSoundsources
ToloadaPatch:
SelectaPartNumberButtonintheHeader
SelectaPatchintheMiniBrowserdisplayedontheleft.
ToloadaMulti:
ClicktheMultiNameDisplayintheOmnisphereHeader
TheMultiBrowserwillopen,allowingyoutoselectandloadMultis
ToloadarawSoundsource:
SelectClearPartfromtheUtilityMenuintheHeader
ClicktheSoundsourceNameDisplaybelowLayerA
TheSoundsourceBrowserwillopen,allowingyoutoselectand
loadSoundsources.

6.ExploreandLearn
Formoreindepthinformation,watchadditionaltutorialsandexploreoutthisReferenceGuide
whichistheprimarymanualforOmnisphere.Thisguidecanbeviewedonanycomputerand
canbeprintedandsearchedforeasyaccesstofindtheinformationyouneed.
Ifyourenewtosynthesis,werecommendstartingwiththechapterson
Concepts,TheMixer,Browsers,MainPage,ArpeggiatorandLiveMode.
Ifyouhavesomeexperiencewithsynthesis,besuretocheckoutthechapters
onTheFXRack,Automation&MIDILearn,TheLayerPagesandStack
Mode.
Experiencedsynthesistscangoindepthwithzoomingconceptsthatare
coveredinthechaptersonModulation,Oscillators,Filters,LFOs,and
Envelopes.

8.SupportResources
Onlineresourcesareavailablethatcananswermosttechnicalquestions.Pleaseloginandvisit
ourKnowledgeBaseat:http://support.spectrasonics.net

9.HaveFun!
EnjoyusingOmnisphereandwehopeyoumakesomegreatmusicwithit!
TheSpectrasonicsTeam

GETTINGSTARTEDSystemRequirements

SYSTEMREQUIREMENTSFORALLUSERS:
2.4GHzorhigherprocessor
4GBRAMminimum,8GBormorerecommended
DualLayercompatibleDVDROMdrive
64GBoffreeharddrivespace

MacRecommendations:
OSX10.8MountainLionorhigher
AU,VST2.4orhigher,RTAS/AAXcapablehostsoftware
AudioUnitrequireshostwithsupportfor"Cocoa"basedAUplugins
Native64bitand32bitonOSX

WindowsRecommendations:
VST2.4orhigher,RTAS/AAXcapablehostsoftware
MicrosoftWindows7/Vistacompatible
Native64bitand32bitonWindows

GETTINGSTARTEDInstallation

HereyouwillfindinstructionsforperformingdefaultandcustominstallationsforbothMacand
Windows.AfterinstallingOmnisphere,youwillneedtoauthorizetheplugin.
PleaserefertotheAuthorizationsectionofthisguideforfurtherinformation

GETTINGSTARTEDMacDownloadInstallation

Omnisphere2isavailableasadownloadasaninstallationoptionforregisteredusersthrough
ourTechshop.OnceyoudownloadedOmnisphere2viatheDownloadManager,followthisset
ofinstructionstoinstallitonyourMacsystem.Youneedover64GBoffreespaceavailableon
yourharddriveinordertocontinue.

NOTE:ThesescreenshotsaretakeninOSXYosemite(10.10).Installationonother
versionsofMacOSXmaylooksomewhatdifferent.

Omnisphere2Installation
1.Openthefolder'Omnisphere2Installation'

2.OpentheMacfolder,thendoubleclick"Omnisphere2Installer.pkg"tobegintheinstallation
ofOmnisphere.

3.Doubleclickthefile"Omnisphere2Installer.pkg".Theinstallermightneedtoquitand
reopentoensuresupportforolderversionsofOSX,sojustclick"OK".

4.Followthestepsasyou'reguidedthroughtheinstallationprocess.Makesuretoreviewthe
InstallationInfoandLicensingFAQ.Thenatthe"DestinationSelect"step,choosetheoption
"InstallforallUsersofthiscomputer."AftertheInstallationTypeinformationyou'llenteryour
systempasswordtostarttheinstallprocess.

5.ThepluginfileswillthenbeinstalledonyourMac'ssystemdrive.

6.ThenatthePreparationstep,you'llselectwheretoinstallthelargecorelibraryfiles.By
defaulttheywillbeinstalledtoyoursystemdriveorchooseasecondarydrivebyselectingthe
button"ChooseLocation."

7.Thelargedatafileswillnowbecopiedtoyourselecteddrive.Allowfor3060minutesto
installallofthedata.

8.Aftertheinstallationofiscomplete,select'Close'andnowit'stimetoopenupOmnisphere2
inyourhosttoauthorizeit.

PleaseconsulttheAuthorizationsectionforassistancewithauthorizingOmnisphere.

GETTINGSTARTEDMacDVDInstallation

FollowthissetofinstructionstoinstalltheOmnispherelargesoundlibraryfilesontoyour
startupharddrive.Youneedover64GBoffreespaceavailableonyourstartupharddrivein
ordertocontinue.

NOTE:ThesescreenshotsaretakeninOSXYosemite(10.10).Installationonother
versionsofMacOSXmaylooksomewhatdifferent.

INSTALLINGDISCA
1.AfterinsertingOmnisphereDiscAintothecomputer,openthedisc"Spectrasonics
Omnisphere"torevealitscontentsfromtheDesktop.

2.OpentheMacfolder,thendoubleclick"Omnisphere2Installation.url"tobeginthe
installationofOmnisphere.

3.You'llbedirectedtotheSpectrasonicswebsitewhereyou'lllogintoyouruseraccount.Ifyou
don'tyethaveauseraccount,youcancreateonebyselectingthe"CreateNewAccount"
button.Ifprompted,enteryourOmnisphereserialnumber(foundontheinsideofyourprinted
UserGuide.)

4.You'llselectthelinktodownloadtheOmnisphere2DiscInstaller.

5.Oncethezipfiledownloadsandextractsitselfyoushouldhaveafoldercalled
"Omnisphere_2_Installation".Openthefolderandfirstreadthefilecalled"Important!"asit
containsvitalinformationabouttheinstallprocessandrequirements.Next,openthefolder
called"Step1Installer".

6.Thenopenthefoldercalled"Mac".

7.Doubleclickthefile"Omnisphere2Installer.pkg".Theinstallermightneedtoquitand
reopentoensuresupportforolderversionsofOSX,sojustclick"OK".

8.Followthestepsasyou'reguidedthroughtheinstallationprocess.Makesuretoreviewthe
InstallationInfoandLicensingFAQ.Thenatthe"DestinationSelect"step,choosetheoption
"InstallforallUsersofthiscomputer."AftertheInstallationTypeinformationyou'llenteryour
systempasswordtostarttheinstallprocess.

9.ThepluginfileswillthenbeinstalledonyourMac'ssystemdrive.

10.ThenatthePreparationstep,you'llselectwheretoinstallthelargecorelibraryfiles.By
defaulttheywillbeinstalledtoyoursystemdriveorchooseasecondarydrivebyselectingthe
button"ChooseLocation."

11.ThelargedatafileswillnowbecopiedfromtheDVDstoyourselecteddrive.Allowfor30
45minutesperdisc(approximately46hoursforalleightDVDs.)

12.AftertheinstallationofDiscHiscomplete,closeouttheinstallerandreturntoyour
"Omnisphere_2_Installation"folderandopenthe"Step2DataUpdater"folder.

13.OpentheMacfolderandrunthe"Omnisphere2DataUpdater.pkg".Again,theinstaller
mightneedtoquitandreopentoensuresupportforolderversionsofOSX,select"OK".

14.Followthestepsasyou'reguidedthroughtheinstallationprocess.Atthe"Destination
Select"step,choosetheoption"InstallforallUsersofthiscomputer."AftertheInstallation
Typeinformationyou'llenteryoursystempasswordtobeginthedatainstallprocess.

15.AtthePreparationstep,you'llseewherethesecondarydatafileswillbeinstalledonyour
system.

16.ThesupplementaldatafileswillbeaddedtoyourSTEAMlibraryfolder.

17.WhenthedatafromtheStep2installerhasbeencompleted,it'stimetoopenup
Omnisphere2inyourhosttoauthorizeit.

PleaseconsulttheAuthorizationsectionforassistancewithauthorizingOmnisphere.

GETTINGSTARTEDWindowsDownloadInstallation

Omnisphere2isavailableasadownloadasaninstallationoptionforregisteredusersthrough
ourTechshop.OnceyoudownloadedOmnisphere2viatheDownloadManager,followthisset
ofinstructionstoinstallitonyourWindowssystem.Youneedover64GBoffreespace
availableonyourharddriveinordertocontinue.

NOTE:ThesescreenshotsaretakeninWindows8.Installationonotherversionsof
Windowsmaylooksomewhatdifferent.

Omnisphere2Installation
1.Openthefolder'Omnisphere2Installation'andthenthefoldercalled"Windows"

2.Doubleclickthefile"Omnisphere2DownloadableInstaller.exe".


3.Click"Next"tobegintheOmnisphere2installationprocess.

4.Followthestepsasyou'reguidedthroughtheinstallationprocess.Makesuretoreviewthe
InstallationInfoandLicensingFAQandthentoagreetothelicenseagreement.

InstallationInfoandLicensingFAQandthentoagreetothelicenseagreement.

5.AttheSelectComponentsstepyou'llchoosetoinstallthe32bitand/or64bitversionsof
Omnisphere.Ifuncertainwhichtochoose,selectthemboth.Thefollowingstepswillthendetail
thedefaultlocationforbothversionoftheVST.


6.ThedefaultlocationofthelargeOmnispheredatafileswillbedisplayednextandifyouwish
toinstallthecorelibrarytoasecondarydrive,selectthe"Browse"buttontoselectanalternate
drive.


7.Oncetheinstallationpathshavebeenconfirmed,theinstallationwillbegin."


8.Aftertheinstallationofiscomplete,select'Finish'andnowit'stimetoopenupOmnisphere2
inyourhosttoauthorizeit.


PleaseconsulttheAuthorizationsectionforassistancewithauthorizingOmnisphere.

GETTINGSTARTEDWindowsDVDInstallation

FollowthissetofinstructionstoinstalltheOmnispherelargesoundlibraryfilesontoyour
startupharddrive.Youneedalmost64GBoffreespaceavailableonyourstartupharddrivein
ordertocontinue.

NOTE:ThesescreenshotsaretakeninWindows8.Installationonotherversionsof
Windowsmaylooksomewhatdifferent.

INSTALLINGDISCA

1.AfterinsertingOmnisphereDiscAintothecomputer,openthedisc"Spectrasonics
Omnisphere"torevealitscontentsfromtheDesktop.

2.OpentheWindowsfolder,thendoubleclick"Omnisphere2Installation.url"tobeginthe
installationofOmnisphere.


3.You'llbedirectedtotheSpectrasonicswebsitewhereyou'lllogintoyouruseraccount.Ifyou
don'tyethaveauseraccount,youcancreateonebyselectingthe"CreateNewAccount"
button.Ifprompted,enteryourOmnisphereserialnumber(foundontheinsideofyourprinted
UserGuide.)


4.You'llselectthelinktodownloadtheOmnisphere2DiscInstaller.

5.Oncethezipfiledownloadsandextractsitselfyoushouldhaveafoldercalled
"Omnisphere_2_Installation".Openthefolderandfirstreadthefilecalled"Important!"asit
containsvitalinformationabouttheinstallprocessandrequirements.Next,openthefolder
called"Step1Installer".

6.Thenopenthefoldercalled"Windows".

7.Doubleclickthefile"Omnisphere2Installer.exe".

8.Followthestepsasyou'reguidedthroughtheinstallationprocess.Makesuretoreviewthe
InstallationInfoandLicensingFAQandthentoagreetothelicenseagreement.

9.ThepluginfileswillthenbeinstalledonyourPC'ssystemdrive.

10.AttheSelectComponentsstepyou'llchoosetoinstallthe32bitand/or64bitversionsof
Omnisphere.Ifuncertainwhichtochoose,selectthemboth.Thefollowingstepswillthendetail
thedefaultlocationforbothversionsoftheVST.


11.ThedefaultlocationofthelargeOmnispheredatafileswillbedisplayednextandifyou
wishtoinstallthecorelibrarytoasecondarydrive,selectthe"Browse"buttontoselectan
alternatedrive.


12.ThelargedatafileswillnowbecopiedfromtheDVDstoyourselecteddrive.Allowfor30
45minutesperdisc(approximately46hoursforalleightDVDs.)


13.AftertheinstallationofDiscHiscomplete,closeouttheinstallerandreturntoyour
"Omnisphere_2_Installation"folderandopenthe"Step2DataUpdater"folder.

14.Openthe"Step2DataUpdater"folder,theWindowsfolderandrunthe"Omnisphere2

DataUpdater"

15.Followthestepsasyou'reguidedthroughtheinstallationprocessandtoagreetothe
licenseagreement.


16.ThesupplementaldatafileswillbeaddedtoyourSTEAMlibraryfolder.

17.WhenthedatafromtheStep2installerhasbeencompleted,it'stimetoopenup
Omnisphere2inyourhosttoauthorizeit.


18.Select'Finish'toquittheinstaller.


PleaseconsulttheAuthorizationsectionforassistancewithauthorizingOmnisphere.

GETTINGSTARTEDAuthorization

Omnisphereauthorizationcanbedoneimmediatelyfromanycomputerconnectedtothe
Internet.Thereisa4daydemoperiodfromthetimeyoufirstopentheplugintoauthorizeitif
immediateInternetaccessisnotavailable.
AfteropeningOmnisphereinyourhostsequencer,anauthorizationwindowwillappear.A
ChallengeCodewillbeprovided.YouwillneedthisChallengeCodealongwithyourSerial
NumbertocompletetheonlineAuthorizationprocess.

GETTINGSTARTEDAuthorization

Yourcomputermustbeconnectedtotheinternetwhilefollowingtheseinstructions.Ifyouneed
directionsforauthorizingonacomputernotconnectedtotheinternet,pleasefollowthesteps
detailedhere

1.AfterinstantiatingOmnisphereintoyoursequencer,clicktheOmnispheresplashscreen.

YouwillnowseetheOmnisphereAuthorizationSystemwindow:

2.ClicktheCOPYbuttontocopythechallengecode.LogintotheSpectrasonicswebsitewith
yourUserAccountnameandpassword

http://www.spectrasonics.net/authorization
YouwillbetakentoyourUserAccountpage.Ifyoudon'tyethaveaUserAccount,youcan
createone.

3.IfthisisyourfirstauthorizationofOmnisphere,you'llneedtoaddittoyouraccountby
pressingthe"Addaproducttoyouraccount"buttonundertheRegisteredProductstable.

4.Filloutallofyourpersonalinformationonthispage.SelectOmnisphereasyourproduct.
Whenfinished,click"Next"atthebottomofthepage.

5.You'llthenpasteyourChallengecodeinthefieldontheAuthorizationpage.Pleaseenterthe
detailsaboutyourComputeraswell,asitwillbenecessaryifyourequiretechsupport.


6.You'llthenreceiveaResponseCode,whichyou'llselectwithyourcursorandcopy(Control
ConWindowsorCommandConMac):


7.ReturnbacktoOmnisphere.ClickthePASTEbuttonandtheResponseCodewillnowbe
displayedinOmnisphere.

8.ClicktheCONTINUEbutton.
9.RemoveOmnispherefromyourhostsequencer.
10.ReinsertanewinstanceofOmnisphereintoyourhost.Omnispherewillnowbeauthorized
andfullyfunctional.

GETTINGSTARTEDAuthorizingonacomputerNOTconnectedtothe
Internet.

1.AfterinstantiatingOmnisphereintoyoursequencer,clicktheOmnispheresplashscreen.

YouwillnowseetheOmnisphereAuthorizationSystemwindow:

2.ClicktheCOPYbuttontocopythechallengecode.

3.Openatexteditorapplication(suchasTextEdit(Mac),Notepad/Wordpad(PC)).Pasteinto
ablanknewdocument.OnaMac,holdCOMMANDandpress'V'.OnaPC,holdCTRLandpress
'V'.Thechallengecodewillnowappearinthedocument.SavethedocumentasaRichTextFile
(RTF)withafilenameofyourchoice.

(RTF)withafilenameofyourchoice.

4.MovetheRTFfiletoaflashdrive,harddrive,orotherportablemedia.Youwillneedto
transportthisdocumentovertoacomputerthathasanInternetconnection.Flashdrivesare
recommendedbecausetheyarecheapandquicklymovefilesbetweencomputers.

5.OpentheRTFfileonacomputerwithanInternetconnection.Highlighttheentirechallenge
codeinthedocumentandCopyit.OnaMac,holdCOMMANDandpress'C'.OnaPC,holdCTRL
andpress'C'.

6.LogintotheSpectrasonicswebsitewithyourUserAccountnameandpassword
http://www.spectrasonics.net/authorization
YouwillbetakentoyourUserAccountpage.Ifyoudon'tyethaveaUserAccount,youcan
createone.

7.IfthisisyourfirstauthorizationofOmnisphere,you'llneedtoaddittoyouraccountby
pressingthe"Addaproducttoyouraccount"buttonundertheRegisteredProductstable.

8.EnteryourOmnisphereserialnumberintheboxthatappearsbelowthebutton:


9.You'llthenpasteyourChallengecodeinthefieldontheAuthorizationpage.Pleaseenterthe
detailsaboutyourComputeraswell,asitwillbenecessaryifyourequiretechsupport.

10.AfterSubmittingyourChallengecodeyou'llreceiveaResponseCode,whichyou'llselect
withyourcursorandcopy(ControlConWindowsorCommandConMac):


11.Openupablanknewdocumentinatexteditorapplication.Presspaste(ControlVon
WindowsorCommandVonMac.)TheResponseCodewillnowappearinthedocument.Save
thedocumentasaRichTextFile(RTF)withafilenameofyourchoice.

12.MovetheRTFfiletoaflashdrive,harddriveorotherportabledrive.Youwillneedto
transportthisdocumentbackovertothemusiccomputer.

13.OpenuptheRTFfilewhichcontainstheResponseCodeonyourmusiccomputer.Select
andhighlighttheResponseCodeinthedocumentandCopyit.OnaMac,holdCOMMANDand
press'C'.OnaPC,holdCTRLandpress'C'.

14.ReturnbacktoOmnisphere.ClickthePASTEbuttonandtheResponseCodewillnowbe
displayedinOmnisphere.


15.ClicktheCONTINUEbutton.

16.NowremoveOmnispherefromyourhostsequencer.InsertanewinstanceofOmnisphere
intoyourhost.Omnispherewillnowbeauthorizedandfullyfunctional.

GETTINGSTARTEDDemoMode

Werecommendthatyouauthorizeimmediately,butifyouwouldratherauthorizelater,then
youmayactivatetheDemoperiod,whichwilllast4days.
ThiscanbeusefulifyouwanttotryOmnispheretemporarilyonasystemtotestits
performance.InDemomode,savingisdisabledandaudioartifactswillbegintoappearinthe
signalafteraperiodoftime(loadingofsongsandpatcheswillworkthough).Youwillstillbe
abletoauthorizeduringorafterthedemoperiod.
AfterpressingtheDEMOMODEbuttonyouwillseethisscreen:

GobacktothehostsoftwareandcompletelyremovethisinstanceoftheOmnisphereplugin.
ReopenitandyouwillbeinDemoMode.ItwillsayDemoModeatthetopofthepluginand
therewillbeanAuthorizebuttonbelowtheUtilityMenubutton.

Ifyouwanttoauthorizeduringthedemoperiod,presstheAuthorizebutton,andyouwillsee
theOmnisphereAuthorizationSystemwindow.Afterthe4daydemoperiodhasfinished,you
willbesentbacktotheAuthorizationSystemWindow.

GETTINGSTARTEDAuthorizationTroubleshooting

IfyouarereturnedtotheWelcometotheOmnisphereAuthorizationSystempageorthedemo
modeversionofOmnisphereafterreopeningOmnisphere,thenthatmeanstheplugindidnot
accepttheresponsecodeanditmayhavebeenincorrectlyentered.Youcancheckyour
responsecodebyreferringtotheemailthatwassenttoyouafteryouregistered.Try
authorizingagainwiththeinstructionsgivenintheAuthorizingsection.Makesureyouare
enteringtheresponsecodegivenbythewebsiteandNOTtheserialnumberfromyouruser
guide.
WhileinDemoMode,ifyouaccidentallypresstheAuthorizebutton,simplyclosetheinterface
windowandreopenit.

NOTE:Ifyouneedfurtherassistance,pleasecontacttechnicalsupportat
info@spectrasonics.net

GETTINGSTARTEDMovingTheSTEAMDirectory

Afterinstallation,youcaneasilymovethelargeSTEAMdirectorycontainingallthesoundfiles
toasecondarydriveifyouwishtofreeupspaceonyouroriginalinstallationdrive.

WINDOWSMOVINGTHESTEAMDIRECTORYAFTERINSTALLATION

DragorcopytheSTEAMfolderfromyourinstallationdrive
(C:\ProgramData\Spectrasonics)totheharddrivelocationofyourchoice.
Thiscanbeanotherdrivepartition,asecondaryinternaldriveoranexternalharddrivesuch
asaFirewireorUSB2harddrive,etc.
Next,rightclicktheSTEAMfolderinthenewlocationtocreateaShortcutToSTEAM.
Next,copytheshortcuttoC:\ProgramData\Spectrasonics.
Finally,makecertaintoremovetheShortcutTofromthename(includingremovingthe
spaces),leavingthefoldershortcutnamedSTEAM

MACOSXMOVINGTHESTEAMDIRECTORYAFTERINSTALLATION

DragorcopytheSTEAMfolderfromyourinstallationdrive
(ForExample:MacintoshHD/Library/ApplicationSupport/Spectrasonics)
totheharddrivelocationofyourchoice.Thiscanbeanotherdrivepartition,asecondary
internaldriveoranexternalharddrivesuchasaFirewireorUSB2harddrive,etc.

Next,hold(ApplekeyandOptionkey)onthekeyboard,clickanddragtheSTEAMfolderto
thedesktoptocreateanaliasofthefoldernamedSTEAM.
Next,movetheSTEAMaliasfromthedesktoptoMacintosh
HD/Users/Username/Library/Application/Support/Spectrasonics

GETTINGSTARTEDUsingOmnisphereStandAloneonaComputer

Omnispherewasdesignedtoworkasapluginwhichcloselyintegrateswithinyourmain
sequencingapplicationandcomputer.Werecommendusingitthiswayforbestresults.
Alternatively,Omnispheremayalsobeusedwithasimplehostapplicationtoworkasasound
moduleforliveperformance.Omnispherehasspecialsmodeswhicharedesignedtomakeit
anidealinstrumentforuseinlivesituations.
Thirdly,youcanalsouseOmnisphereondedicatedhardwaremusiccomputersliketheMUSE
ReceptorandNEKOKeyboards,whichessentiallyarePCsdedicatedformusicperformance.
However,thereareafewthingstokeepinmindwithusingOmnisphereonastandalone
system:
1.Omnispheremustresideinahostapplicationontheothercomputer
2.Omnisphereisapluginanddoesnotfunctionasastandaloneapplication.It
mustfunctionasaVirtualInstrumentpluginwithinahostregardlessofwhat
computerit'son.TherearemanyfreeandinexpensiveVSTandAudioUnithost
applicationsthatwillrunOmnisphere.
Youcangetacomprehensivelistofhostsonwww.kvraudio.com

LatencyandTimingaccuracy
Asaresultofbeingonastandalonecomputer,thelatencybetweenMIDIandAudiointerfaces
willcauseOmnispheretoplaylaterthanitwouldonthemainsequencingcomputer,soyouwill
needtocompensateforthelatency.Also,whenOmnisphereisusedonthemaincomputer,the
timingofplaybackisextremelytightsampleaccurateinmostcases.Onaslavesystem,this
typeofaccuracyisnotcurrentlypossible.

GETTINGSTARTEDCheckingForUpdates

Thelatestversionsofthesoftware,Soundsourcelibrary,andpatchlibraryforOmnispherecan
befoundonourwebsiteat:
http://www.spectrasonics.net/updates
WithOmnisphere,we'veincludedawaytoquicklycheckforupdatesdirectlyfromtheplugin.
SimplyclicktheSpectasonicslogotorevealtheSplashpage.Inthemiddleleft,selectthe
buttonCheckForUpdates:

Selectingitwillcomparethecurrentinstalledversionsonyoursystemwiththelatestavailable
updatesontheSpectrasonicswebsite.Rememberthereareseparateversionsforthe
Omnispheresoftware,Soundsourcesandpatches,somakesurethatallthreearealwaysupto
date.

CONCEPTSIntroduction

Omnispherehasbeendesignedtoaccommodateawiderangeofoperations,frombasic
interactionwithFactoryPatchestocomprehensiveandcomplexsounddesign.TheOmnisphere
interfaceprovidesanintuitiveworkflowwhichoffersallthedepthandflexibilityyouneed.

STEAMEngine

TheSTEAMEngineisthecoretechnologycreatedbytheSpectrasonicsinhousedevelopment
team,andisusedasthebasisofallSpectrasonicsperformanceinstruments.Likeourcore
S.A.G.E.technology,usedforgroovebasedinstrumentslikeStylusRMX,STEAMcompletes
thetechnologytransitionfromearlierperformancevirtualinstrumentsthatwerebasedonthe
licensedUVIEngine.
VirtualinstrumentsbuiltwiththemultitimbralSTEAMEngineofferawidevarietyof
developmentpossibilitiesinhybridsynthesisandcontrolcapabilities.Theseincludehigh
resolutionStreamingSamplePlayback,IntegratedFX,VariableWaveshapingsynthesis,
Granularsynthesis,FMsynthesis,polyphonicRingModulation,TimbreShifting,anda
comprehensiveFlexModmodulationroutingsystem.
TheSTEAMEngineenablesustorespondquicklytochangesintechnology.Ourinstruments
arefullysupportedacrossindustrychangesandthisflexiblesoftwarepermitsmoreinnovations
andfastertransitionsinthefuture.JustasStylusRMX,basedonS.A.G.E.technology,made
earlycompatibilitywithApplesIntelMacspossible,newinstrumentsbasedonSTEAM
technologywillmakefuturetransitionsmucheasierforourcustomers.
UsingSTEAM,newproductsarebeingcreatedfromthegroundupthatsupportSpectrasonics
longtermvisionofthehighestqualitysoundsandthemostmusicallyintuitiveuserexperience.
VirtualinstrumentspoweredbySTEAMhaveunlimitedexpansionpossibilities.Thecore
softwareisflexibleandopen,allowingsoundstobesharedacrosshostsandcomputer
platforms.NewsoundscanbeaddedtotheCoreLibraryviaPatchandSoundsourceupdates,
UserAudioimport,SharingwellasaSatelliteInstrumentlikeTrilian.Inaddition,all
SpectrasonicsvirtualinstrumentsbasedonS.A.G.E.andSTEAMtechnologiescaninteractin
musicallyusefulandinnovativewaysforasmoothercreativeflow.

CONCEPTSTheMULTI

TheMULTIisatthetopofOmnisphereshierarchyandconsistsofuptoeightParts,together
withfourAuxFXRacksandaMasterFXRack.
TheMultiSectioncontainsfourpages:MIXER,FX,LIVEandSTACK.Theseallowaccesstoa
fullfeaturedMIXER,theMultiFX,andtwoflexibleperformancemodes:LIVEMODEandSTACK
MODE,whichprovideinteractiveenvironmentsforbothcompositionandliveperformance.
ThesesectionsarecoveredindetailintheirrespectivesectionsoftheReferenceGuide.
SavingaMULTIislikesavingtheentirestateofthepluginforfuturerecall.AMULTIstoresall
ofthesettingsfromtheMIXERpage,theMultiFX,theLIVEMODEandSTACKMODEpages,all
MIDILearnassignments,andallofthesettings(includinganyunsavededits)foreachofthe
eightParts.
AllofOmnispheressettingsaresavedandrecalledwithaprojectinyourpluginhostsoftware.
SavinganindividualMULTIletsyourecalltheentiresavedstateofthepluginandloaditata
latertimeintonewinstancesofOmnisphere(ornewprojects)byloadingtheMULTIfromthe
MULTIBrowser.

CONCEPTSParts&Patches

Omnisphereisamultitimbralinstrument,allowinguptoeightdifferentPartstobeplayedat
thesametimewithinasingleinstanceoftheplugin.
EachoftheeightPartscanbethoughtofasanentiresynthesizer,completewithitsown
oscillators,modulationroutings,andFX,andeachPartcanbeplayedonadifferentMIDI
channel.
ThesettingsofalleightPartsaresavedwithaMULTI,orwithyourproject.Everythingwillbe
recalledbyloadingthatspecificMULTIorproject.ThesettingsofaPartcanalsobeindividually
savedasaPatch.
APatchcontainsallthesettingsthatmakeupasound,andcanbeindividuallyloadedintoany
oftheeightParts.

CONCEPTSLayers&Oscillators

EachParthastwoLayers(AandB),andeachLayerhasasetofsynthesiscontrols.
EachLayerhasitsownpolyphonicPrimaryOscillator,whichcanbesettoeitherSampleMode
(usingSoundsources)orSynthMode(usingDSPWaveforms).BecauseeachLayerhasitsown
independentPrimaryOscillator,youcanmixandmatchthemodesbyusingtwoLayers.
UsingOmnispheresuniqueHarmoniafeature,eachLayercanaddupto4additionaloscillators,
givingasinglePartasmanyas10separateoscillators!
Tolearnmore,pleaserefertotheextensiveOscillatorsectionoftheReferenceGuide.

NOTE:ItisntnecessarytousebothLayerswhencreatingsounds.Infact,very
complexsoundscanbeachievedusingonlyoneLayer.

CONCEPTSSoundsources

SoundsourcesallowOmnispheressynthesistobeginwithsampledsoundsinsteadofDSP
waveforms.TheyareaccessedbyselectingSampleModeintheOscillator.
SoundsourcesarebasedonamapofaudiosamplesstoredintheCoreLibraryofOmnisphere
inSpectrasonicsproprietarySTEAMformat.ASoundsourcecanbeassimpleasasingle
samplestretchedacrossthekeyboardrangeorascomplexashundredsofchromatically
sampled,velocityswitchedmultisampleslikeyoudfindinamodernsamplelibrary.
OmnispheresCoreLibrarySoundsourcesvarydramaticallyinsizefromafewkilobytesto
overagigabyte.EachSoundsourcewascarefullypreparedandoptimizedbytheSpectrasonics
SoundDevelopmentteam.
LargerandmorecomplexSoundsourcestakealongertoload,butstillloadrelativelyquickly,
sincetheSTEAMEngineincludesstreamingtechnologytoallowforplaybackofverylarge
multisamples.Streamingallowsforthesamplestobufferoffofthecomputersharddrivein
realtime,insteadofallofthesampleshavingtobeloadedintothecomputersRAM.In
addition,Omnisphere'ssophisticatedProgressiveLoadingallowssoundswiththousandsof
samplestobeplayedandauditionedwhiletheyarestillbeingloaded.
SoundsourcesinOmnispherearesimilartousingprogramsinasampler,buttherearesome
keydifferences:
1.ASoundsourcecontainsnotonlyalloftherawsamples,mappinginformation,
suchaspitch,velocity,zones,andlooppointsbutalsoSoundsourceimages,
notesandtags.
2.Soundsourcesdonotincludeenvelopes,filters,LFOs,FXoranymodulation
settings(thosearestoredinthePatch).

settings(thosearestoredinthePatch).
Forthisreason,youcanloadanewSoundsourceintoaLayer,withoutchanginganyofthe
Layerssynthesissettings.Thisallowsyoutotakeanypatchyoulikeandcreatethousandsof
variationsbysimplychangingtheSoundsource.
Mostimportantly,theconceptofOmnisphereiscompletelydifferentthanatypicalsampler.
OmnisphereisanincrediblydeepsynthesizerwithamassiveCoreLibrarythatwilltakea
lifetimetoexplore.
TheFactoryCoreLibraryofOmnisphereisalmost60Gbandincludesmorethan4800
SoundsourcesspecificallydesignedforcompatibilitywithSTEAMenginesynthesis.Thismassive
librarycoversawidespectrumofsounds,fromsimplerawwaveformstopsychoacoustic
samples,morphingtextures,andabestofselectionfromourawardwinningsamplelibraries.
TheSTEAMenginearchitectureallowsSpectrasonicstoexpandOmnispherewithnew
SoundsourcesviaaSatelliteInstrumentlikeTrilian.TheUserAudioimportfeatureallows
userstoaddtheirownaudioandmanipulateitbytakingadvantageofOmnisphere'spowerful
synthesiscapabilities.
SpectrasonicsisconstantlyimprovingandaddingtotheFactorySoundsourceLibrary,somake
sureyoustayuptodatewiththeCheckforUpdatesfeature.

CONCEPTSCommonParameters

EachLayerhasanindependentsetofsynthesiscontrols,andtherearemanyparametersthat
willonlyaffecttheindividualLayer.However,therearealsoanumberofCommonparameters
thataresharedbybothLayersinaPart.MostoftheseCommonParametersareaccessible
fromtheMainPage.
Ifaparameterisnumbered,thenitsaCommonparameterthatcanbeusedbybothLayers
(ex:LFO1~6,ModEnv.1~4).Ifitisntnumbered,thenitsspecifictotheLayer(ex:Amp
Env.,FilterEnv.)
CommonparametersincludethesixLFOs(LFO1~LFO6),theMasterFilter,andthefour
ModulationEnvelopes(MOD1~MOD4).
Inaddition,eachParthasfourFXRacks:aCommonFXRack,anAuxFXRack,andanFXRack
foreachLayer.Foradditionaldetail,refertoFXArchitecture

CONCEPTSTheHeader

ThetopareaoftheOmnisphereinterfaceistheHeader.TheHeaderisvisiblefromanypagein
Omnisphere(exceptwhenanyFullBrowserisopen)andistheprimarynavigationareaofthe
interface.

TheHeadercontainstheUtilityMenu,MultiInformationincludingtheMultiNameDisplayand
accesstotheMULTIBrowser,indicatorsforwhenLIVEMODEorSTACKMODEareenabled,and
NavigationButtonsforselectinganyofthe8Parts,theMULTISectionortheSYSTEMPage.
Finally,thereisaMasterVolumeControlforadjustingtheoveralloutputlevel..

CONCEPTSUtilityMenu

TheUtilityMenuhasfoursections.ThefirstisaMIDILearnandAutomationsubmenu.The
secondprovidesvariousInitialize,Clear,Save,Copy,&PastefunctionsforMultis,Patches,
Parts,andLayers.Thethirdsectionisforaddingsoundsanduseraudio.Thefourthsection
providesafactoryresetoption,theabilitytosaveasadefaultMultianddirectaccesstothe
OmnisphereReferenceGuideandTutorials.

CONCEPTSMIDILearn

TheUtilityMenuprovidestheMIDILearnandAutomationoptionsthatapplytothewholeplug
in.TheseincludeMIDILearnTemplates,UnlearnAll,andaccesstoaCurrentAssignments
Report.SeetheMIDILearn&Automationsectionfordetails.

CONCEPTSClear,Save,Copy&Paste

TheUtilityMenuprovidesoptionstoInitializeorClearMultis,PatchesandLayers,andtoSave
MultisandPatches.TherearealsofunctionsthatallowPartandLayersettingstobecopiedand
pasted.

InitializevsClear(Multi,Patch&Layer)
WhenyouselectInitialize(InitializeMulti,InitializePatchorInitializeLayer),allsynthesis
parametersfortheMulti,PatchorLayer,willberestoredtoanunedited'default'state,
includingadefaultwaveformloadedasastartingpoint.
WhenyouselectClear(ClearMulti,ClearPatchorClearLayer),allexistingparametersforthe
Multi,PatchorLayerwillbecompletelycleared,usingnosoundsormemory.
WhenClearingorInitializingaPatchorLayer,theMixersettingsareretained.d

NOTE:WhenusingtheClearfunction,nosoundsareloaded,sonosoundwillbeheard
fromtheMulti,PatchorLayeruntilaSoundsourceisloaded.


InitializeMulti
InitializesallcurrentMultisettings,includingallPartsandFX.TheMultiisreturnedtoan
unediteddefaultstate,includingdefaultsounds.

ClearMulti
ClearsallcurrentMultisettings,includingallSoundsources,PartsandFX.Thiswillresultina
completelyemptyMulti.

SaveMulti
SelectingtheSaveMultioptionwillopenaFileSavedialogue.Afternamingandsavingthe
MULTI,theEDITTAGSinterfacewillopen,allowingyoutoassignvariousAttributeTypesand
Assignments,addcustomAssignments,andaddyourownKeywordsandNotestotheMULTI.
Onceyouhavefinishededitingthetags,clicktheSAVEbuttontofinishsavingtheMULTI.You
mayalsocancelthesaveprocessbyclickingtheCANCELbutton.
WhensavingaMULTI,theentirestateofthepluginissaved.ThisincludestheMIXER,LIVE
MODEandSTACKMODEsettings,MultiFX,MIDILearnassignments,aswellasallPartsettings.
EvenifaParthasbeenmodifiedbutnotyetsavedasanindividualPatch,itssettingswillalso
besavedwiththeMULTI.

InitializePatch
InitializesallcurrentPatchsettings,includingallModulationroutingandFX.ThePatchis
returnedtoanunediteddefaultstate,includingthedefaultsound

SavePatch
SelectingtheSavePatchoptionwillopenaFileSavedialogue.Afternamingandsavingthe
Patch,theEDITTAGSinterfacewillopen,allowingyoutoassignvariousAttributeTypesand
Assignments,addcustomAssignments,andaddyourownKeywordsandNotestothePatch.

NOTE:PatchesmustbesavedintoaCategoryfolderintheSTEAMfolder.Thiscanbe
eitheranexistingfolder,orausercreatedfolderinsidethePatchesfolder

Onceyouhavefinishededitingthetags,clicktheSAVEbuttontofinishsavingthePatch.You
mayalsocancelthesaveprocessbyclickingtheCANCELbutton.

SavePatchQuick
WheneditinganalreadysavedPatch,thenewchangescanbesavedwithouthavingtobring
upthesavedialogueandTagEditor.SavePatchQuickwillsimplyoverwritetheprevious
version.Aconfirmationdialoguewillpopuptoconfirmthesave.


ReverttoSavedPatch
RevertsthePatchtothesavedparameters.

CopyPart
ThiscommandisusedtocopythesettingsfromasinglePart.Thesesettingscanthenbe
pastedtoanotherPartusingthePastePartcommand.TocopyaPart,selectthePartusingthe
NavigationButtonsintheHeader,andthenselecttheCopyPartcommandfromtheUtility
Menu.

PastePart
AfteraParthasbeencopiedusingtheCopyPartcommand,itcanbepastedtoanotherPart.
TopasteacopiedPart,selectthedestinationPartusingtheNavigationButtonsintheHeader,
andthenselectthePastePartcommandfromtheUtilityMenu.

ClonePart1
SelectingClonePart1copiesPart1toParts28.ThisallowsformakingeditsinPart1,and
theneasilycopyingittotheotherpartssoallpartshavethesamePatch.
ClonePart1facilitatestheuseofOmnispherewithadvancedMIDIcontrollerslikeaMIDI
guitar,HakenContinuum,EigenHarp,MorphWhizMIDI,etc.,whichhavetheabilitytosendMIDI
messagesinnontraditionalways.Forexample,onaMIDIguitar,eachstringisusuallysetto
itsownchannel,andontheHakenContinuumandtheEigenharp,anewchannelispickedfor
eachsuccessivenotethatisplayed.
Usingthisfeaturewithadvancedcontrollerssuchastheseexpandstheperformance
capabilitiesofOmnispherebyallowingpitchbendandotherContinuousControllerMIDI
messagesonindividualnotes.Thisismadepossiblebysendingoutconsecutivenoteson
differentMIDIchannels.

NOTE:BesuretochecktheClonePart1MIDILearns&MakeOmnisection

InitializeLayer
InitializesallsettingsfortheselectedLayer,restoringallsynthesisparameterstoanunedited
defaultstate,andincludesthedefaultsound.

defaultstate,andincludesthedefaultsound.

NOTE:Becausemodulationroutingscantranscendasinglelayer,theModMatrixisa
propertyofthePart,nottheLayer.Forthisreason,initializingaLayerdoesnotaffect
existingmodulationroutings.

ClearLayer
ClearsallsettingsfortheselectedLayer,includingallSoundsources,Modulationroutingand
FX.ThiswillresultinacompletelyemptyLayer.

CopyLayer
ThiscommandisusedtocopythesettingsfromasingleLayer.Thesesettingscanthenbe
pastedtoanotherLayerusingthePasteLayercommand.TocopyaLayer,selectitusingthe
LayertabsintheEditPage,andthenselecttheCopyLayercommandfromtheUtilityMenu.

PasteLayer
AfteraLayerhasbeencopiedusingtheCopyLayercommand,itcanbepastedtoanother
Layer.TopasteacopiedLayer,selectthedestinationLayerusingtheLayertabsintheEdit
Page,andthenselectthePasteLayercommandfromtheUtilityMenu.

NOTE:ModulationRoutingsarenotincludedwiththesettingsthatarecopiedand
pastedusingtheCopy/PasteLayercommands.

CONCEPTSAddSounds&UserAudio

Install.omnisphere
AddingsoundstoyourlibrarythathavebeensharedbyotherOmnisphereusersissimple!
OmnispheresoundsthathavebeensharedusingtheSharingfeaturesareconveniently
collectedintoasingle.omnispherepackage.Fileswiththeextension.omnipsherecanbeadded
toyourlibraryinasingleoperation,whichautomaticallyinstallsallthenecessarycomponents
(Multis,PatchesandUserSoundsources)toplaythosesoundsintoyourOmnispherelibrary.
ThisfeaturehandlesthefilemanagementforyouyouneverhavetoleaveOmnisphere.
Onceyouhavereceivedtheshared.omnispherefile,select"AddSounds"intheUtilityMenu
andfollowtheinstructions.
Oncetheprocessisdone,theaddedPatcheswillbefoundinthe"Sharing"Directoryofthe
PatchBrowser,Multiswillbefoundinthe"Sharing"DirectoryoftheMultiBrowser,and
Soundsourceswillbefoundinthe"User"DirectoryoftheSoundsourceBrowser.

UserAudio
OmnisphereallowsyoutoimportyourownaudiotouseasSoundsourcesandtocreateyour
ownPatchesandMultis.Youcanprocessandmanipulateyourownaudioincreativewaysusing
Omnisphere'spowerfulsynthesiscapabilities.EachimportedaudiofilewillbecomeaUser
SoundsourceinOmnisphere.
Select"UserAudio"fromtheUtilityMenuandfollowtheinstructions.Aftertheimportprocess
iscomplete,theSoundsourceBrowserwillbedisplayedandyouraudio(nowanOmnisphere
UserSoundsource),willbeautomaticallyselectedandplayedbackatthenoteanddurationset
bytheAuditionNotesettings.

Todeletetheaudioyouimported,youcandosobylocatingititinyourharddriveinthe

followingdirectory:
STEAM/Omnipshere/Soundsources/User/
Afterdeletingit,youmustclickthe"Refresh"buttoninyourSoundsourceBrowsertoreflectthe
changes.

NOTE:EachimportedaudiofilewillbecomeaUserSoundsourceinOmnisphere.The
UserAudioimportfunctiondoesnotsupportzonemaps,roundrobins,multiple
velocities,etc.Remember,Omnisphereisnotasampler,isasynthesizer.Theobjective
isnottoplaymultisampledinstrumentslikeasampler,buttobecreativein
transformingyourownaudio.

CONCEPTSSaveAsDefaultMulti

SavingaMultiislikesavingtheentirestateofthepluginforfuturerecall.AMultistoresallof
thesettingsfromtheMIXERpage,theMultiFX,theLIVEMODEandSTACKMODEpages,all
MIDILearnassignmentsandAutomation,aswellasallofthesettings(includinganyunsaved
edits)foreachoftheeightParts.
BysavingaDefaultMulti,youcancustomizeOmnispheretoloadallofyourpreferredsettings
eachtimeyouopenanewinstance.

CONCEPTSReferenceGuide

SelectingthisoptionfromtheUtilityMenuwillopentheonlineOmnisphereReferenceGuide.
TheReferenceGuidewillbedisplayedusingyourdefaultWebBrowser.
TheReferenceGuideisindexed,soyoucansearchtheGuide,printchapters(clickthePrint
Iconnexttoanychaptertoloadprintablepages),orsaveitasaPDF.Refertoyoursystem
guideforhowtocreatePDFs.

CONCEPTSResetDefaultsandPreferences

TheUtilityMenuprovidestheabilitydoafactoryresetbyselectingResetDefaultsand
Preferences.
Afterselectingthisoption,amessagewillbedisplayed,warningyouthatthisactionwill
overwriteyourdefaultMultianduserpreferences.

AconfirmationdialogwillbedisplayedafterthedefaultMultiandpreferencesarereset.

CONCEPTSLIVE/STACKMODEIndicators

WheneitherLIVEMODEorSTACKMODEisenabled,youllseeLIVEMODEorSTACKMODE
displayedontheleftsideoftheOmnisphereheader.

CONCEPTSMultiDisplay

ThispartoftheHeadercontainstheMultiNameDisplay,MultiSteppers,andaFoldericonfor
accesstotheMultiBrowser.
SelectingtheFoldericon,oranywhereinsidetheMultiNameDisplay,willopentheMulti
Browser.AfteraMULTIhasbeenloaded,thenameoftheMULTIwillbedisplayedintheMulti
NameDisplay.
TheMultiStepperbuttons(up/downarrows)willloadthenextorpreviousMULTIfromthe
Library,basedonthecurrentfilteredresultsintheMultiBrowser.Thebuttonsstepthroughthe
availableMULTISoneatatime.

CONCEPTSNavigationButtons

TheNavigationButtonsintheheaderareusedtoselectandviewanyoftheeightParts,the
MultiSectionortheSystemPage.Onlyonebuttoncanbeselectedatatime.

PartSelectButtons(1~8)

Buttons18arePartSelectButtons.SelectingaPartletsyouaccessandviewanyofthepages
forthatPart,includingtheOrb,Main,LayerA,LayerB,PatchFXpages,andthe
ArpeggiatorPage.

MULTIButton

SelectingtheMULTIbuttongivesyouaccesstoanyofthepagesintheMultiSection,including
theMIXER,Aux/MasterFX,andtheLIVEMODEandSTACKMODEpages.

SYSTEMButton

SelectingtheSYSTEMbuttonopenstheSystempage,whichcontainspreferencesandsettings
fortheentireplugin.

NOTE:RightclickonaPartSelectButtontohearthecurrentlyloadedsound.Itwill
playaslongasthebuttonispressed(oruntilthesounddecays).TheAuditionNote
settingintheBrowserSettingsZoomdeterminesthepitch.

CONCEPTSMasterVolumeControl

TheMasterVolumeslidercontrolstheoutputofthewholeplugin,andincludesameter,which
providesareferencetotheoutputsignal.TherangeoftheMasterVolumesliderisinfdB~
9.54dB.

CONCEPTSDropdownMenus(DownArrows)

Adownwardfacingarrowindicatesthatadropdownmenuisavailable.Therearenumerous
dropdownmenusintheOmnisphereinterface,whichprovideaccesstosettings,Presets,MIDI
Learn,Automationandotherfunctions.

CONCEPTSContextualMenus(Right/ControlClick)

ContextualMenusareanimportantpartoftheOmnisphereinterface,andprovideconvenient
accesstomanyimportantfunctions.
Right/ControlclickingalmostanywhereintheOmnisphereinterfacewillbringupacontextual
menu.Thecontentsofthemenuwilldependonwherethecursorisplacedwhenthecontextual
menuisopened.
Forexample,Right/ControlclickingoverablankareaoftheOmnisphereHeaderwillrevealthe
UtilityMenu.Right/ControlclickingaknoborsliderwilltypicallyrevealamenuofMIDILearn,
Modulation&Automationoptions.

CONCEPTSUp/DownSteppers

Steppers(up/downarrows)arelocatedthroughouttheOmnisphereinterface,andareusedto
stepthroughvaluesorloadsavedsettings,incrementingordecrementingoneatatime.Inthe
pictureabove,clickingthearrowswillstepthroughthedifferentLFOwaveformsavailable.

CONCEPTSZoomIconButtons

OneofthefeaturesofOmnispheresinterfacedesignisthatitonlyrevealsitsdepthand
complexityonanasneededbasis.TheZoomIconButtonsprovideaccesstoZoomViews,
whereyoucanviewexpandedinformationorinteractwithOmnispheresmoreadvanced
features.
AmagnifyingglassiconnexttoafunctionindicatesthataZoomViewisavailable.Selectingthe
iconwitha+insideitopenstheZoomViewforthatfunction.WhenaZoomViewisopen,
selectingthemagnifyingglassiconwithainsideit,closestheZoomView.
ZoomViewsareavailableforModulation,Filters,Envelopes,VelocityCurves,Soundsource
info,Patchinfo,MULTIinfoandLIVEMODEsettings.
TherearealsoZoomButtonsintheBrowsersthataccessBrowsersettings,theTagEditor,and
Multi,PatchorSoundsourceinfo.

CONCEPTSFolderIconButtons(BrowserAccess)

BesidestheMiniBrowser,therearethreeFullBrowsersbuiltintoOmnisphere,oneeachfor
Multis,Patches,andSoundsources.AllthreeFullBrowsershaveidenticalfunctions,butaccess
differentpartsoftheCoreLibrary.
AnywherethatyouseeaFoldericon,youwillbeabletoaccessthatBrowserbyclickingonthe
Folder.IfthereisaNameDisplaynexttotheFoldericon,youcanalsoclickinsidetheName
DisplaytoopentheBrowser.

MultiBrowser
WhenanyoftheMultipagesareselected(Mixer,FX,Live,orStack)theMiniMultiBrowserwill
bedisplayedontheleft.TheFullMultiBrowsercanbeaccessedfromtheHeader,orby
selectingthemagnifyingglassiconnexttotheMiniMultiBrowsernamedisplay.

PatchBrowser
TheMiniPatchBrowserisautomaticallydisplayedontheleftareaoftheinterfacewhenany
Partpageisselected.
TheFullPatchBrowsercanbeaccessedfromanyPatchNameDisplay(includingtheonesin
theMixerPage)fromtheLIVEMODEpagewhenMixerControlsareenabledandfromthe
STACKMODEpagebyrightclickingonaregion.Itcanalsobeaccessedbyselectingthe
magnifyingglassiconnexttotheMiniPatchBrowsernamedisplay.

SoundsourceBrowser
TheSoundsourceBrowserisaccessedbyclickingontheSoundsourceimageinthecenterof
theLayerPageswhentheoscillatorisinSAMPLEmode.Itcanalsobeaccessedbyclickingon
theSoundsourceimageintheMainpageundertheLayerstab.
TolearnmoreabouttheBrowsersinOmnisphere,pleaseseetheBrowsersectionofthe
ReferenceGuide.

CONCEPTSKnobs&Sliders

Usingamouse,KnobsandSliders(verticalandhorizontal)areadjustedbyclickingand
dragging.Shiftclickanddragformorepreciseadjustments.MostKnobsandSlidersin
OmnispherecanbeMIDILearnedfordirectcontrolfromaMIDIdevice.

Knobs

VerticalSliders

HorizontalUnidirectionalSlider

HorizontalBidirectionalSlider

MiniSliders

CONCEPTSFloatingParameterValues

AdjustingKnobsandSliderswilldisplaytheircurrentsettingorvalueinafloatingdisplayabove
thecontrols.HoldingdowntheSHIFTkeywhileadjustingKnobsandSlidersallowsformore
preciseadjustments.

CONCEPTSButtons

Buttonsareusedforchoosingsectionsorselectingfromamongmultiplesofasingletype.
Whenselected,Buttonswillbehighlightedinblue.Forexample,thereare6LFOButtons.When
oneofthemishighlighteditmeansitisselected,andthatLFOssettingsaredisplayed.

PageButtons(raisedbutton)

SubPageButtons(smallerraisedbuttonsselectsubpages)

CONCEPTSSwitches(Toggles)

Switchesletyoutogglecertainparametersonandofforswitchbetweenmultipleoptions.When
aparameterisenabledorselected,theswitchwillbehighlighted.ForexampleontheLayer
Pages,switchestogglebetweenSAMPLEModeandSYNTHMode,toggleLFOSynconandoff,or
selectbetweenVelocityCurvesettings.PowerButtonsarealsoatypeofSwitch,anexample
beingtheFILTERSOn/OffButton.

ModeSwitches(flatbuttonsthataresidebysideareModeSwitches)

Switches(flatbuttonswhichareseparatedareOn/OffSwitches)

PowerSwitches

CONCEPTSIndicatorSwitches

IndicatorSwitchescanbebothastatusindicatorandatoggle.ExamplesofIndicatorSwitches
canbefoundbelowpagebuttons:theLEDsbelowORB,A,B,andARPindicatewhetherthe
featureisenabledornot,anddoubleasatoggletoenable/disablethem.TheLEDsbelowMAIN
andFXareindicatorsonly:thewillbelitupwhenaparameterchangesfromitsdefault
position.

CONCEPTSKeyModifiers

ThereareanumberofOmnispherefunctionsthataremodifiedbycombiningamouseclick(or
clickanddrag)withoneofthreeKeyModifierstheCommand/Controlkey,Shiftkey,orthe
Option/Altkey.Inthemanualthesearereferredtoas:

ControlClick(Macusers,useCommandclick)Bringsupcontextualmenus.
Sliders&Knobs:resetsthesliderorknobtoaneutralordefaultposition.
Browsers:allowsselectionofmultipleAttributes.
Envelopes(editing):ControlclickanddragtoengagetheLockfunction.

ShiftClick
Sliders&Knobs:Shiftclickanddragallowsfinerandmorepreciseadjustmentstovalues.
Envelopes(editing):ShiftclickanddragtoengagetheZoomX/Yfunction

OptionClick(PCusers,useAltclick)
Envelopes(editing):OptionclicktoengagetheSnapfunction.
Knobs:Optionclickonaparametertodisplayitsvaluewithoutchangingit.

NOTE:Omnispheredefaultstolinearmode.Yourhostmaydetermineadifferent
defaultmode,butyoucanstilltemporarilyswitchtothealternatemodebyusing
Optionclick.

CONCEPTSParameterControl

UnderstandingParameterControl
TherearethreewaystocontrolparametersinOmnisphere:Modulation,MIDILearnand
Automation.
DecidingwhichtypeofParameterControltousedependsonanumberoffactorsincluding
whichhostyouuse,whichparametersyouwanttoautomateandwhattypeofphysical
controller(ifany)youwishtousetocontroltheparameters.Herearesomeguidelines:
Modulation
ModulationoffersthemostsophisticatedmethodofcontrollingOmnispheresparameters.This
methodallowsscaling,canusealmostanyMIDIMessage(Wheel,PitchBend,Aftertouch,
Notes,etc.),andissaved/recalledwitheachPatch.
TolearnmoreaboutModulation,pleaserefertotheModulationsection.

Automation
WithAutomationmessages,changesmadetoparametersusingthemousecanberecordedin
thehostsoftware.Parameteradjustmentsaretypicallywrittentoanautomationtrack,andin
somehosts,youcandrawtheautomationcurvesdirectlyintothetrack.Thismethodismost
usefulformixingandfinetuningparameterchangesovertimeonanexistingperformancein
yourhost.
TolearnmoreaboutAutomation,pleaserefertotheAutomationsection.

MIDILearn
MIDILearnenablesfullremotecontrolofOmnispheresparametersfromMIDIDevices.Almost
anyparameterinOmnispherecanbeMIDILearned.MIDILearnassignmentsaresavedwith
theMultiorwithyourproject.ThismethodisidealforliveperformanceorrecordingMIDI
controlledchangesintoyourhostonthefly.ParameteradjustmentsusingMIDILearnare
typicallywrittentoaMIDITrackinthehostsoftware.MIDILearnassignmentsfortheplugin
canalsobeseparatelysavedandloadedastemplatepresets.
Right/ControlclickingaparameterinOmnisphereopensacontextualmenuthatoffersoptions
forallthreemethodsofAutomation:Modulation,MIDILearnandHostAutomation.

forallthreemethodsofAutomation:Modulation,MIDILearnandHostAutomation.
HostAutomationandMIDILearngiveyoutheabilitytocontrolalmostanyoftheparametersof
Omnisphereandtorecordandeditanyadjustmentsinyourhost.
TolearnmoreaboutMIDILearn,pleaserefertotheMIDILearnsection.

NOTE:AftersettingupallofyourMIDILearnandHostAutomationassignments,you
cansaveaDefaultMulti,whichwillloadallofyourcustomassignmentseachtimeyou
openanewinstanceofOmnisphere.

CONCEPTSHostAutomation

AllMIDIlearnableparametersinOmnispherecanalsobeautomatedusingtheHostAutomation
feature.EachhosthandlesHostAutomationdifferently,soitsimportanttounderstandhow
yourspecificsoftwarewillinteractwithOmnisphere.

EnablingHostAutomation
TomakeaHostAutomationassignmentforaparameterinOmnisphere,Right/Controlclicka
parametertoopenitscontextualmenu,andthenselecttheEnableHostAutomationoption.

TheparameterwillbeassignedthenextavailableHostAutomationIDnumber,fromlowestto
highest.Onceassigned,changesmadetotheparameterusingtheOmnisphereinterfacecan
berecordedinrealtimeinthehostsoftware.

NOTE:IfyourhostdoesntdisplayHostAutomationassignmentsbyname,usethe
ShowCurrentAssignmentstodisplaytheparameternamesalongwiththeir
correspondingHostAutomationIDnumbers.

AllHostAutomationassignmentsarestoredwiththeMulti,savedwiththehostprojectfile,and
canalsobesavedwithaMIDILearnTemplate.

NOTE:Youcanenableupto512HostAutomationparameters.Ifyouneedmorethan
512assignments,considerusingMIDILearntogetherwithHostAutomation.

TechnicalConsiderations
Thereare512parameterslotsinOmnispherethatcanbeautomated.Eachslotisassigneda
uniqueAutomationID,numberedfrom0to511,whichcorrespondtothelistofparametersthat
canbeautomatedinthehostoronyourcontrolsurface.Forexample,slot0isthefirst
parameterinthehostoronthecontrolsurface,thenextoneisnumber1,etc.Youcanassign
anyparameterinOmnispheretooneoftheseslotsusing"EnableHostAutomation."The
parameterwillbeassignedtothenextavailableslotandmaythenbeautomated.
Parameterautomationiscapableoftwowaycommunication.Ifyourhostandcontrolsurface
supportit,yourcontrolsurfacecandisplaythenamesoftheparameterscontrolledbyeach
knoborfader,andeachcontrolcanautomaticallyupdatetoshowthecurrentvalueofa
parameter.Forexample,manycontrolsurfaceswithmotorizedfadersautomaticallydisplay

andupdateparameternamesinrealtime,whichisveryusefulwhenopeningsongsthat
containpluginscontrolledbythesurface.
Somehostshavealimitonthenumberofparametersthatareavailabletobeautomatedby
thehost.Forexample,someonlypermitthefirst128parametersofaplugintobeautomated.
Inothers,thelimitis1024parameters.Bycomparison,Omnispherehasnearly20,000
parameters!
Ifyou'reworkinginahostthatlimitsthenumberofautomationparameters,youcanalsouse
Omnisphere'sMIDILearnfeaturetoautomateitsparameters.ThecombinationofHost
AutomationandMIDILearngivesyoupowerfulrealtimecontrolofvirtuallyeveryparameter
ofOmnisphere.

HostSpecificNotes
AbletonLiveAfterEnablingHostAutomationforaspecificparameter,itisnecessarytoalso
movethatparameterintheOmnisphereinterfacetocompletetheassignment.
LogicAftersettingupallofyourMIDILearnandHostAutomationassignments,youcan
saveaDefaultMulti,whichwillloadallofyourcustomassignmentseachtimeyouopenanew
instanceofOmnisphere.LogicUserswillseealllearnedHostAutomationparametersbyname
uponload.

CONCEPTSMIDILearn

MIDILearnisanimmenselypowerfulfeaturethatallowsyoutoremotecontrolvirtuallyany
onscreenparameterwithaMIDIcontroller.Itisaveryflexiblesystemthatcanadapttothe
MIDIdeviceyouuseandallowschangesmadetoanylearnedparametertoberecordedbythe
hostapplication.
WhileHostAutomationsupportvarieswidelyamonghosts,almostallhostshavetheabilityto
recordandeditMIDImessagesreceivedfromaMIDIcontroller.
ThebasicprocessofpairingaphysicalcontroltoanOmnisphereparameterusingMIDILearnis
extremelysimple:
Right/ControlclickanOmnisphereparameter.
SelectMIDICCLearn(orMIDINoteLearn)fromthecontextualmenu.
Moveaphysicalcontrol(orplayanote)ontheMIDIdevicethatisconnectedto
Omnisphere.
TheOmnisphereparameterwillbeinstantlypaired,andcanthenbecontrolledusingthat
physicalcontrol.AllMIDILearnassignmentsarestoredwiththeMULTI,savedwiththehost
projectfile,andcanalsobesavedasaMIDILearnTemplate.

KeyMIDILearnConcepts
ThereareafewkeyMIDILearnconceptsthatwillhelptounderstandhowflexiblethesystem
is:
AllLearnableparameterscanbecontrolledusingMIDILearn,andarealsoavailableforuse
withHostAutomation.
AsinglephysicalcontrolcanbepairedwithmultipleparametersinOmnisphere.For
example,asinglephysicalknobcouldbesetuptocontrolbothCutoffandResonance.

AsingleparameterinOmnispherecanbecontrolledbymultiplephysicalcontrols.One
usefulwaytousethisistocreatesubmixesusingtheMixer.Youcangangdifferentgroupsof
PartlevelsintheMixer,eachcontrolledbyasinglephysicalfader.Forexample,Parts1~4
controlledbyonefader,andParts3~6controlledbyasecondfader.Inthisexample,two
differentphysicalfaderswouldcontrolParts3&4.
AMIDIdevicesendingonanyMIDIchannelcancontrolMIDILearnedparametersonanyof
Omnisphere'sParts/MIDIChannels.ThismeansthatyoucanuseaMIDIdevicewithallofits
controlsassignedtoasinglechannel,butstillcontrolanyparameteronanyofOmnisphere
eightparts.
AssignmentscanbemadetoreceiveinOmnimodesothatwhenasequencer'strackis
changed,allofthecontrolsarestillactiveregardlessoftheincomingMIDIchannelassignment.
MIDIControlChange,NotesandProgramChangemessagesaresupported,butPitchBend
andAftertouchmessagesarenotcurrentlysupportedintheMIDILearnsystem.

CONCEPTSMIDILearnMenus

UtilityMenu
ThefirstsectionoftheUtilityMenuhasseveralMIDILearnoptions.

MIDILearnTemplate
AllMIDILearn&AutomationassignmentsaresavedwithaMULTI,buttherearetimeswhenit
makessensetosaveaMIDILearn&Automationconfigurationforusewithanotherprojector
environment.
MIDILearn&AutomationTemplatesallowcustomsetupstobesavedandeasilyrecalled
whenevertheyreneeded.
SelectSaveTemplatefromtheMIDILearn&Automationsubmenu,tostoreallcurrentMIDI
Learn&Automationassignmentsforlaterrecall.SelectingthisoptionwillopenaFileSave
dialogue,allowingtheTemplatetobenamedandsaved.
SelectLoadMIDILearnTemplatetoloadapreviouslysavedTemplate.AnyexistingMIDI
LearnassignmentswillbereplacedwiththeassignmentsstoredintheTemplate.Selectingthis
optionwillopenaFileLoaddialogue,allowingasavedTemplatetobeloaded.

NOTE:BeforesavingaMIDILearnTemplate,youcanuseMIDILearnReport(see
below)topreviewtheassignmentsthatwillbesavedwiththeTemplate.Thisisalsoa
convenientwaytoverifyassignmentsafteraMIDILearnTemplatehasbeenloaded.

UnlearnNextMIDIDevice
WhenaphysicalcontrollerhasbeenMIDILearned,youcanusethisoptiontoUnlearnit.To
accomplishthis,selectUnlearnNextMIDIDevicefromthemenu,thenmovethephysical
controlleronyourMIDIDevice.
UsingMIDILearn,asinglecontrollercanhavemorethanoneparameterassignedtoit.This
optionisespeciallyconvenientifyouarecontrollingmorethanoneparameterwithasingle
physicalcontroller.Itallowsyoutoclearallassignmentsforthespecificcontroller,without
havingtoUnlearneachparameterindividually.

UnlearnNextParameter
WhenaparameterintheOmnisphereinterfacehasbeenMIDILearned,youcanusethisoption
toUnlearnit.Toaccomplishthis,selectUnlearnNextParameterfromthemenu,thenselect
andmovetheparameterthatyouwishtoUnlearn.
Thisisausefulfeaturewhenyouhavemorethanoneparameterassignedtoasinglephysical
controller.AsingleparametercanbeUnlearned,whiletherestwillremainassignedtothe
physicalcontroller.

MakeControlsOmni
AssignmentscanbemadetoreceiveinMIDIOmnimodesothatwhenasequencerstrackis
changed,allofthecontrolsarestillactiveregardlessoftheincomingMIDIchannelassignment.
OmnisphereisMIDIinputchannelsensitivewhenMIDILearning.Thismeansthatitcan
distinguishbetweenabuttontransmittingCh1andthesamebuttontransmittingCh2.
SelectingthisoptionallowsallnonclonedMIDILearnsettingstorespondtoanyincomingMIDI
channel(e.g.MIDIOmnimodereception).ThisisveryusefulwhenyouwantOmnisphereto
respondtoanexternalcontrolregardlessofthecurrentincomingMIDIchannel.

UnlearnAll
SelectingthisoptionwillclearallexistingMIDILearnandAutomationassignments.

ClonePart1MIDILearns
UsethisoptiontocloneallnonomniPart1MIDILearnassignmentstoallotherPartsinthe
Multi,andacrossallotherMIDIchannels.

ClonePart1MIDILearns&MakeOmni
ThisoptionclonesallnonomniPart1MIDILearnassignmentstoallotherPartsintheMulti
acrossallotherMIDIchannelsandmakesthemOmni.Usethisoptionwhenyouwantyour
assignmentstotrackthepartselectionsmadeinLiveMode.

ShowCurrentAssignments
ShowCurrentAssignmentsdisplaysallexistingMIDILearn&Automationassignmentsasa
formattedreport.TheinformationwillbedisplayedusingyourdefaultWebBrowser.
ThisisespeciallyusefulforcheckingexistingMIDILearn&Automationassignmentsbefore
savingaMULTIoraMIDILearn&AutomationTemplate,ortoverifyassignmentsafterloading
aMIDILearn&AutomationTemplate.


MIDILearnReport
TheMIDILearnReportdisplaysallexistingMIDILearnassignments,andincludesHost
Automationassignments.TheReportwillbedisplayedusingyourdefaultWebBrowser.
TheMIDILearnReportisespeciallyusefulforcheckingexistingMIDILearnassignmentsbefore
savingaMULTIoraMIDILearnTemplate,ortoverifyassignmentsafterloadingaMIDILearn
Template.

NOTE:IfyourhostdoesntdisplayHostAutomationassignmentsbyname,useShow
CurrentAssignmentstodisplaytheparameternamesalongwiththeircorresponding
HostAutomationIDnumbers.

IgnoreAssignmentsWhenLoadingMulti(Toggle)
WhenloadingaMULTI,thisoptiondetermineswhetherOmnispherewillignoreorloadtheMIDI
LearnassignmentsthatweresavedwiththeMULTI.
WhentheIgnoreAssignmentsoptionisenabled(indicatedbyacheckmarkdisplayednexttoit
inthemenu),OmnispherewillignoreanyMIDILearnassignmentsthatweresavedwiththe
MULTI.Instead,allexistingassignmentswillberetained.
WhentheIgnoreAssignmentsoptionisdisabled(nocheckmarknexttoitinthemenu),
OmnispherewillreplaceallexistingassignmentswiththeMIDILearnassignmentsthatwere
savedwiththeMULTI.

NOTE:TheIgnoreAssignmentsoptionretainsitssettingacrosssessions.Ifyoufind
thatMIDILearnassignmentsarentbehavingasexpectedafterloadingaMULTI,please
verifythattheIgnoreAssignmentsoptionisproperlyset.

CONTEXTUALMENU

ContextualMenusprovideparameterspecificMIDILearnoptions,andincludeModulationand
HostAutomationoptionsaswell.
IfaparametercanbeMIDILearned,thefollowingMIDILearnoptionswillbeavailablewhen
youRight/Controlclickdirectlyontheparameter:

MIDICCLearn
Selectthisoption,thenmoveorpressacontrolonyourMIDIcontroller.The
controlwillthenbepairedwiththeOmnisphereparameter.

controlwillthenbepairedwiththeOmnisphereparameter.

MIDICCLearnInverted
Whenyouselectthisoption,thenmoveorpressacontrolonyourMIDI
controller,thecontrolwillbepairedwiththeOmnisphereparameter.However,
thevalueswillbeinverted.Forexample,asyouincreasethevalueofthe
physicalcontrol,thevalueoftheOmnisphereparameterwilldecrease.

MIDINoteLearn
SelectthisoptionthenplayanoteonyourMIDIcontroller.ThatNotewillthen
controltheassignedOmnisphereparameter.OnceaNotehasbeenMIDILearned
itwillnolongertriggerasoundwhenOmnispherereceivesNoteOnmessages
fromthatNote,itwillonlycontroltheassignedparameter.

MIDINoteLearnInverted
Whenyouselectthisoption,thenplayanoteonyourMIDIcontroller,thatNote
willthencontroltheassignedOmnisphereparameter.However,thevalueswillbe
inverted.OnceaNotehasbeenMIDILearneditwillnolongertriggerasound
whenOmnispherereceivesNoteOnmessagesfromthatNote,itwillonlycontrol
theassignedparameter.

NOTE:WhenyouMIDILearnavariablerangeparameter(suchasaknoborslider)
usingMIDINoteLearn,theNoteOn/Offmessageswilltoggletheparametertoits
maximumandminimumpositionsrespectively.WhenusingMIDINoteLearnInverted,
thevaluesarereversed,soNoteOnwouldtoggletotheminimumvalue,NoteOff
wouldtoggletothemaximumvalue.

Unlearn
SelectthisoptiontoclearallMIDILearnassignments,includingHostAutomationassignments,
forthisparameter.

ShowLearns
UsethisoptiontoshowallMIDILearnassignmentsforthisparameter.Apopupdialoguewill
openshowingallCCand/orNotenumbersassigned,orwillnotifyyouiftherearenocurrent
assignments.

CONCEPTSCPUOptimization&Conservation

OneofthemostdifficultquestionstoanswerishowmuchCPUpowerOmnisphereuses.The
reasonit'ssodifficulttoanswerisbecauseSTEAMwasdesignedasaveryflexibleandopen
system,whichallowsyoutofreelyaddFXandmoreeditingpowerbasedontheneedsofwhat
youwanttocreate.ThismeansthatOmnisphereiscapableofusingallavailableCPUpower
andthensome!
It'stobeexpectedthattheaveragepatchinOmnisphereusesmoreCPUthantheaverage
patchinmostothersynths.That'sforthesimplereasonthattheaveragepatchinOmnisphere
hasmorethingsgoingonthantheaveragepatchinmostothersynths.Simplebreadand
buttersoundshavebeendone...we'reaimingforsomethingbeyondthatwithOmnisphere.
However,wearealwaysstrivingtoimproveCPUperformanceandhopetofurtherimprove
performanceinfutureupdates.
TherearealargenumberoffeaturesthatyoucanenableinOmnisphere,andifyouturn
enoughofthemonyou'lleventuallyoverloadanyCPU.Thepointatwhichthathappens
dependsonalotofthings:thenumberofOmnispherepartsinuse,thenumberofpluginsin
use,theCPUpower,etc.Asaresultit'simpossibletopredictwhatrepresentsareasonable
numberofenabledfeaturesforeverygivensituation.Ifyouarerunningintoperformance
issues,it'sbesttoturnoffunnecessaryfeatures.Here'sasummaryofexamplethingstotry:

Turndownpolyphony.
Turndownamplitudeenveloperelease.
Lookforeffectsthatcanbeturnedoff.
Lookforoscillatorsectionfeaturesthatcanbeturnedoff.
InthecaseofUnison,tryturningdownthedepth.
MetalPipeandAllPassfiltertypesusemoreCPUthanotherfiltertypes.
Useonefilterinsteadof2.
GlitchingintheabsenceofaCPUoverloadmightindicateastreaming
underrun.Ifthat'sthecase,tryturningupthePreloadmemorysize.
Asyoucansee,thereareseveralwaystohelpconserveCPUpowerinOmnisphere.The
followingdetailedtipsandtechniquesareespeciallyusefulinbusysessionswhentryingto
makethemostofyourcomputersresources.

64bitInstruments&Hosts
Ifyouareusinga64bithost(suchasLogicProX,ViennaEnsemble,etc),itcanaccessall
availablesystemmemorywithouttheusual3Gblimit.Thismeansthatyouarelesslikelyto
runoutofmemorywhenloadingverylargeinstruments,oralargenumberofinstances.Ifyou
findyourselfrunninglowonmemory,youshouldaddasmuchphysicalRAMaspossibletoget
themostfromyour64bitsoftware.
AllSpectrasonicsinstrumentsare64bit,onbothMacandPC.

SampleFileServer(Maconly)
ForMacsrunning32bithostsoftware,theSampleFileServerallowsyoutoloadlargesounds
intophysicalRAM,bypassingtheusual32bitSystemMemorylimit.Itisrecommendedtohave
aminimumof6GbofRAMinstalledwhenusingtheSampleFileServer.

NOTE:Ifyouarerunninga64bithosttheSampleFileServerisunnecessary,andyou
maygetbetterperformancewithitdisabled.

SampleThinning

SampleThinning
SampleThinningallowsSoundsources,Patches,andMultistobeloadedwithfewersamples
whenselected,sothatlesssystemmemoryisused.Thisisespeciallyimportantwhenloading
largeTriliansoundsintoOmnisphere,usingOmnisphereLibraryIntegration.
OmnisphereprovidesThinningoptionsfromtheSystemPage,theLayerPages(Soundsource
ZoomEditView),andfromthePatch&MultiBrowsers
TherearefourtypesofSampleThinningavailableRoundRobinsamples,Legatosamples,
Velocities,andPitchThinning.
Whenloadinglargersounds,suchasTriliansoundsinsideOmnisphere,usingThinningcan
makeahugedifferenceinoverallsystemmemorydemand,andthesecanbeusedin
combinationtobalancebetweenthebestsoundpossible,andtheconservationofresources.

HostBufferSize
PerformanceandCPUloadwithallvirtualinstrumentpluginsaresensitivetothehost'saudio
buffersizeparticularlywithaninstrumentaspowerfulasOmnisphere.Ifyouexperience
performanceissueswithOmnispheresuchasaudiodropouts,youcangainfurther
Performanceheadroombyraisingyourhost'saudiobuffersetting.Asettingof256isusuallya
goodcompromisebetweengoodperformanceandacceptablelatency,butyoumaywishto
increasethebuffersizeifyouneedmoreCPUpower.Omnispherewillalsoworkwithlarger
buffersizes,soyoucantryadjustingthissettinginyourhost.

HostSampleRate
Omnispherehasbeendesignedforoptimalplaybackat44.1kor48ksamplerate.Ifahost's
projectsamplerateishigherthanthis,(88.2k,96k,192k,etc)itcanhaveasignificantimpact
onreducingOmnisphere'sperformance,withoutanyrealsonicbenefittoOmnisphere.Infact,
certainpatchesmaynotsoundcorrectathighersamplerates.Sowerecommendkeepingyour
host'ssamplerateat44.1KHzor48KHzfortheoptimalexperiencewithOmnisphere.

MultiInstancevsMultitimbral
Onsingleanddualcoresystems,it'sbesttoloadmultipleParts(ondifferentMIDIchannels)
withinasingleinstanceofOmnisphere,beforeopeninganyadditionalinstancesofthe
instrument.ThisisthebestwaytoutilizetheavailableCPUpowerforOmnisphere.
However,ifamulticoresystemisused,itcanbebeneficialtoopenmultipleinstancesof
Omnispheretodistributetheprocessorloadbetweenthecores.Theresourcehandlingisdone
bythehost,sointhiscaseit'susefultoopenmorethanoneinstanceofOmnisphere.Sothe
mostefficientuseonamulticoremachineistouseacoupleofinstancesmultitimbrallyif
assigningallPartstoasingleinstanceisusingupalltheresourcesofasinglecore.Consult
yourhost'sdocumentationtomakesurethatithassupportformulticore/multiprocessor
systems.

LimitingVoices

Omnisphereallowsupto64voicesofpolyphonyperPart.Thiscanputtremendousdemandon
theCPU,solimitingpolyphonyisoneofthemostimportantthingsyoucandotomanageCPU
usage.
Asageneralprinciple,setthevoicecountaccordingtothetypeofPatchyouareworkingwith.
Forexample,TextureorSFXPatchestypicallydontneed16oreven8voicesofpolyphony.
AnytimeyouarerunninglowonCPUpower,thisisthefirstareatolookatforconservingCPU.
ToadjustpolyphonyforaPart,usetheVOICESstepperoneithertheMainorLayerPages.


UnisonandGranular

WhenusingUnisonandGranular,theDepthsliderscontrolthenumberofsimultaneousvoices
thatareplaying,andcanhaveabigimpactonCPUusage.Youcanoftenachievethedesired
effectbyusingalowerDepthsetting.

OscillatorSubPages(FM,RING,WS,UNI,HARM,GRN)

Itseasy(andfun!)tousealloftheoscillatorsubpagesatthesametime,butusedtogether
thesecandemandasignificantamountofCPUpower.Usingthemsparinglywilloftenleadto
bettersonicresultsandbeeasierontheCPUload.

SingleLayervsDualLayerPatches

TheresalotthatcanbedonewithasingleLayer.Ifyoucanachievethedesiredsoundor
complexityusingoneLayerinsteadoftwo,itslikelythatasignificantamountofCPUpower
canbeconserved.

CommonFXvsLayerFX

UsingCommonorAuxFXrackswheneverpossibleisagreatwaytosaveCPUpower.Instead
ofloadingseparatedelayunitsintoeachLayerFXRack,trysharingasingleunitinthe
CommonorAuxFXRack.

Waveshaper

TheWaveshaperisagreatfeature,butitcanbeveryCPUintensive,becauseitispolyphonic.
TosaveCPU,youcantryalternateapproachestoachievingthedesiredsound.Forexample,
tryexperimentingwiththeToxicSmashereffectunitfirst.Youcouldgetsimilarresultswithout
puttingasmuchdemandontheCPU.

FM/RingMod

BothFMandRingModhavededicatedoscillators,thususingadditionalCPUpower.Combining
thesewithadditionaloscillatorfeatureslikeWaveshapingorUnisoncanaddalotofrequired
processing.

UnusedModulationRoutings

ModulationroutingssometimesuseCPUpower,sobesuretoremoveanyunusedroutings.For
exampleifyouaremodulatingFMDepthwithaModEnvelope,butthendecidetoturnFMoff,
removethemodulationroutingtofurtherreducedemandontheCPU.

BypassUnusedFX

WhenBypassed,FXUnitsdonotconsumeCPUpower.ToconserveCPUpower,Bypassany
loadedFXwhentheyarenotinuse.ThisespeciallyappliestoMultiAuxSendFX,sincethe
entireMultiAuxSendsystemisenabledevenifyouareonlyusingoneSend.

EZVerbvs.PROVerb

EZVerbdoesn'tnecessarilyuselessCPUpowerthanPROVerb.PROVerbhasavariableCPU
Powerparameter,whereEZVerb'sCPUPowerisfixed.Thisparameterchangesthenumberof
reflectionsinthereverbsignal.Ahighersettingdoesnotnecessarilymakethesoundbetter,
andrememberthatmorereflectionsrequiremoreCPUusage.SometimeslowerCPUsettings
willproduceamoredesirableresult.IfPROverbissettomaximumCPU,ittakesmuchmore
powerthanEZVerbwhilelowerPROVerbCPUsettings(likethedefaultsettings)canactually
requirelesspowerthanEZVerb.

SharingFXwithAuxRacks

WhenusingFXlikereverbs,it'softenbettertousethereverbonanAuxRack,insteadofasan
Insert.Therearetimeswhenseveralsoundsneedreverb,andinsteadofinserting6reverbs
into6individualParts,youcouldinsteadplaceonlyonereverbonaMultiAuxRackandthen
usetheMultiAuxSendstosendallsixsoundstothesinglereverbunit.Thisisfarmore
efficientontheCPU.

AuxSends

IfyouarenotusingtheAUXSendsontheMixerPage,makesureallofthemareoff(allknobs
turnedfullycounterclockwise).WhenalloftheAuxSendsareoff,theentireAUXsystemis
disabled,whichsavesCPUpower.IfanyoftheAuxSendsison,theentireAuxSendsystem
onallRacksandPartsisenabled,evenifnoaudioispassingthroughit.

CONCEPTSUsingTrilianSoundsinOmnisphere

OneofthegreatfeaturesofOmnisphereistheLibraryIntegrationwithTrilian.
OmnispherecanloadTrilianSoundsources,PatchesandMultisforfurthersynthesis
manipulationorjustconvenienceofuse.
IfyouhavebothOmnisphereandTrilianinstalled,yourTrilianlibrarieswillappearinthe
OmnisphereBrowsersandBrowserDIRECTORYmenualongwithyourotherOmnisphere
libraries.


WhenTrilianPatchesareloadedinOmnisphere,Trilian'sMainCustomControlspagewillbe
automaticallydisplayedwhenthePatchisloadedfromtheMiniBrowserorrevealedwhenyou
closetheFullBrowser.EachTrilianPatchcontainsitsownCustomControlslayoutthatbrings
togetherinonepageallthemostusefulparametersofthatPatch.


Trilian&OmnisphereControls
ToswitchbackandforthbetweenTrilian'sCustomControlsviewandtheOmnisphereinterface,
justselectOMNISPHERECONTROLSabovetheTrilianinterface:

Conversely,selectingtheTRILIANbuttonontheOmnisphereinterfacewhenaTrilianpatchis
loadedwillreturnyoutotheTrilianCustomControlspage..


NOTE:TrilianUserPatches,andUserMultiswillnotappearintheOmnispherelibrary.
YoucanstilluseTriliantoopenthose,orsimplyrecreatetheminOmnisphereusing
TrilianSoundsourcesorPatches,andthensavethemasOmnispherePatchesorMultis.

BROWSEROmnisphereLibraryIntegrationSetup

InordertoenableOmnisphereLibraryIntegration,youmustfirsthaveafullinstallofTrilian,
registeredandauthorized,onyoursystem.
Next,installandauthorizeOmnisphere.IfyoualreadyhaveOmnisphereonyoursystem,you
willbeaskedtoreauthorizeitafteryouhaveinstalledandregisteredTrilian.
WhenyoufirstlaunchOmnisphere,youwillseethefollowingsplashscreen.ClicktheAuthorize
button,andfollowthenormalstepsforauthorization.

NOTE:YoumustgenerateanewResponseCodeviayouruseraccountatthe
Spectrasonicswebsite.
After(re)authorizingOmnisphere,theTrilianlibrarieswillappearinyourOmnisphere
Browsers.

CONCEPTSUsingTrilianSoundsInOmnisphere

Dependingonyoursessionneeds,theOmnisphereLibraryIntegrationfeatureofferstheability
toapplyOmnispherespowerfulsynthesistoolstoTriliansounds,combineOmnisphereand
Triliansoundsininterestingways,ortosimplyconservesystemresourcesbyincludingyour
TrilianPartsalongsideyourOmnispherePartsinasingleOmnisphereinstance.
TherearevarioususefulwaysthatyoucancombineOmnisphereandTrilianSoundsourcesand
PatcheswithinOmnispheretoopenupatremendousvarietyofsoundsandperformance
applications.
Forperformances,youcoulduseStackModeorLiveModetocreateusefulcombinationsof
TrilianbassesandOmnispheresynthsounds.Tryusingkeyboardorvelocitysplits,layering,or
applyPartswitchingtoaMultiinLiveMode.
InthisStackModeexample,youcancreateaMultiinOmnispherethatcontainsanumberof
OmnisphereParts,andoneormoreTrilianbassParts.InStackMode,createkeyboardsplits
thattriggerthebassPartswithlowernotes,andOmnispheresynthPartswiththehighernotes.
Youcanexperimentwithlayersandcrossfadestoo!

UsingthesameMultiinLiveMode,youcaninstantlyswitchbetweenTrilianandOmnisphere
parts,orinstantlylayerthem.Forexample,thiswouldallowyoutoplayasolobassphrasein
onepassage,andtheninstantlyaddadoubledguitarorstringssoundtothebassforanother.


Thereareendlesssounddesignpossibilitiesaswell.Forexample,ifyouapplyOmnispheres
synthesispowertoTrilianSynthBasswaveforms,youcantakethosesoundsmuchfurtherto
createveryuniquebasstimbres!
Inanotherexample,youcouldloadAcousticBasssamplesfromTrilian,andcombinethemwith
PsychoacousticsamplesfromOmnisphere,creatingnewandinterestinghybridsounds!

CONCEPTSRemoteControl

SpectrasonicshasdevelopedanapplicationforApplesiPadwhichturnsitintoaperformance
oriented,remotecontrolsurfaceforOmnisphere:OmniTR.

CONCEPTSOmniTR

OmniTR(TouchRemote)isdesignedtoturnaniPadintoaperformanceoriented,remote
controlsurfaceforOmnisphere,runningonaMacorWindowsPC.OmniTRofferswirelesstwo
waycommunication,multitouchpatchselection,remotebrowsingandeditingofPatchesand
Multis,andtheabilityremotelycontroltheOrb.
OmniTRisafourpageapp.Thepagescanbeaccessedbyselectingtheiconsonthetopleft.

Main

TheMainpageisdesignedtogivearapidoverviewofall8partsinOmnisphere.Touchthe
foldericonstotheleftofthepatchnamestoselectPatchesortouchthefoldertotheleftofthe
"BrowseMultis"displaytoselectMultis.Thefoldermenuswillreflectwhatiscurrentlydisplayed
intherespectivebrowserinOmnisphere.Controlthemixwiththelevelslidersandthe
mute/solobuttonsontherightside.ThetoprightslideroneachpageistheMasterVolume
slider.IfyouhaveOmnispherein"LiveMode",youcanselectwhichparttoplaybytouching
thepatchname,andit'seasytoselectmultiplepartssimultaneously.EachPartcanbelatched
individuallyandyoucansettheTriggerModefromthebuttonsdirectlytotheleftofthesliders.

Orb

TheOrbisauniquecircularcontrollerthatintelligentlymodifiesOmnispheresoundsin
realtime.TocreatediversenewmodificationstoyourPatches,simplytouchtheOrbandmove
yourfinger.TheDICEbuttonwillgivemanyinterestingvariationsontheparametersbeing
controlled.ChangetheInertiaamounttocontrolthespeedanddurationofthecontrollerafter
yousetitinmotionandletgo.UsetheDepthSlidertocontroltheintensityoftheeffect.You
canalsocapturemovementswiththeRecordbuttonandthemovementswillbecomepartof
thePatchwhenitissaved.

Controls

TheControlspageoffersfastaccesstosomeofthemostusefulperformanceparametersin
OmnisphereandafunPitchRibbon.SelectthedesiredPartfromthetabsontheleft.Choose
fromthecontroltemplatesinthedropdownmenuabovethefaderstochangewhich
Omnisphereparametersaredisplayed.TheA/B/Linkbuttonsatthebottomofthepagework
thesameasonOmnisphere'sEDITpage,determiningwhichlayer'sparametersare
displayed/edited.BendthepitchfromthePitchRibbonControlleralongthebottom.Usethe
OctaveShiftMenuintheupperrighttoshiftthekeyboardrange

Jumbo

Sometimesonstageitcanbeusefultohavelarge,easytoreadPatchselectionbuttons.Just
likeontheMainpage,youcanselectanycombinationofPatchesontheflyandit'seasytosee
thepatchnames.Makesure"LiveMode"isselectedfromthedropdownmenuinthetopleft
area.

Setup
Setupisverysimple.WithOmnisphererunningonthecomputerandtheiPadconnectedtothe
samewirelessnetwork,launchtheOmniTRappontheiPadandpress"Connect."OmniTRwill
recognizethehostcomputerandallowwireless,touchscreencontrolofOmnisphere.

Requirements
TheOmniTRiPadapprequiresiOS4.2andworkswithOmnisphere1.5orneweronMacOSX
orWindowssystems.WindowsusersmustinstallBonjourfromApple.
Forcompleteinstructions,pleasevisitourwebsiteat:
http://www.spectrasonics.net/omni_tr_app/

BROWSERIntroduction

Omnisphereshipswithamassivelibraryofsoundsandrequiresasophisticatedwaytosearch,
filterandbrowsethem.TheBrowsersinOmnisphereweredesignedtoprovideanintuitiveand
convenientwaytoquicklyfindexactlywhatyouneedfromalibrarycontainingthousandsof
sounds.
Usingcategories,searchableattributes(calledTags),Projects&Sharing,theBrowsersadda
powerfulandimportantfeaturetotheworkflowinOmnisphere.Themoreyouunderstand
abouthowtheBrowserworks,thebetteryouwillbeabletoenjoytheOmnispheresound
library.
Multis,Patches,andSoundsourceshavetheirownBrowserswiththesamelayoutand
identicalfunctions,buttheyinteractwithdifferentpartsoftheCoreLibrary.Forexample,when
theMultiBrowserisopen,onlyMultiswillbeaccessibleintheBrowser.
TherearetwotypesofBrowsersinOmnisphere:theFullBrowserandtheMiniBrowser.The
FullBrowserusestheentireOmnisphereuserinterface,whichallowsformorerefined
searches,displayingmoreresults.TheMiniBrowserusesonlytheleftmostareaofthe
interface,makingthecontrolsstillaccessibleconvenientforeditingsoundswhilebrowsing.
TherearetwowaystoquicklydistinguishwhichBrowserisopen:

1.ThetitleatthetopoftheBrowser.

2.TheimageintheInfoArea.

WhiletheMultiandPatchimagesarenamedrespectively,somePatchesdisplayunique
images.IntheSoundsourceBrowseryouwillfinduniqueimagesforeachSoundsource,giving
youavisualrepresentationofwhattoexpectfromthesound.

MINIBROWSERLayout

TheMiniBrowserletsyoubrowseandeditsoundswithoutswitchingpages.Itisdisplayedin
theleftmostareaoftheOmnisphereinterfaceandprovidesconvenientPatchandMulti
browsingwiththeOmnispherecontrolsstilleasilyaccessible.
MiniBrowsersareavailableforPatchesandMultis.ThePatchMiniBrowserisdisplayedwhen
PartpagesareselectedandtheMultiMiniBrowserisdisplayedwhenMultiorSystempagesare
selected.

MINIBROWSERHeader

TheMiniBrowserHeadercontainstheBrowserTitle,accesstotheFullBrowserviathe
magnifyingglass,SoundLock,DirectoryMenu,SearchField,andtabsforselectingAttributes
basedbrowsingorSoundMatch.

MINIBROWSERFilters

InAttributesMode,therearefourselectableBrowserFilters,whichdisplayCategoryandthree
contextsensitiveAttributesforsearchesbasedonthetagsthathavebeenaddedtothe
sounds.WhenaCategoryoranAttributehasbeenchangedfromAll,thetitlechangestoblue,
toletyouknowitisfiltered.
YoucanrightclickontheAttributeTypestomakeadifferentselectionfromthelist.


SoundMatch,ontheotherhand,letsyoufindsoundsthataresimilarwithasimpleclick.Sound
Matchanalyzesthetagsofeverysoundandfindsotherswithsimilarcharacteristicstotheone
currentlyloaded.

MINIBROWSERResults&Info
AfterfilteringusingAttributesModeorusingSoundMatchtofindsimilarsounds,thelistof
resultsisdisplayedinthelowerareaoftheMiniBrowser.

InformationabouttheloadedPatchandisdisplayedinthemiddleareaoftheMainPage.
WhenthisareaissettoNotesView,avisualrepresentationofthePatchis
displayedalongwithusefulinformation,performancesuggestions,andaccessto
thePatchZoom.


WhenthisareaissettoLayersView,itprovidesthenamesandavisual
representationoftheWaveformsorSoundsourcesthatmakeupthePatch.It
alsodisplaysotherbasicLayercontrols,likeSoundsource/Wavetablesteppers,
LayerOn/OffswitchesandLayerLevelsliders.

MINIBROWSERFooter

TheMiniBrowserfooterprovidesadditionalsortingoptions,aShufflebutton,upanddown
stepperarrows,andanAuditionbutton.

MiniBrowserUp/DownArrowKeys
WhenenabledyoucanusethearrowkeysinyourASCIIkeyboardtostepthroughPatchesor
MultisintheMiniBrowser.Sometimesitispreferabletohavethisdisabledsoyoucanusethe
arrowkeystostepthroughtracksinyourhost.

BROWSERLayout

ThelayoutistheverysimilarforallthreeFullBrowsers.Onceyoufamiliarizeyourselfwiththe
commonlayoutandoperationofanyFullBrowser,youwillbecomfortablewithallofthem.

NOTE:WhenusingTrilianinsideOmnisphere,itsSoundsources,PatchesandMultiswill
alsodisplayuniqueimageswhichidentifytheinstrumentorfeeloftheselectedsound.
WhenyouopenaTrilianPatchinOmnisphere,Trilian'sCustomControlswillbecome
available.

NOTE:TheSoundsourceBrowserdoesnotcontaintheLiteVersionButtonandLite
VersionZoomIcon.

BROWSERHeader

TheFullPatchBrowserHeadercontainstheBrowserTitle,thePartselectordropdownmenu,a
MemoryMeter,controlsthatletyouapplyfilteringoptionsusingtheDirectoryMenu,buttons
thatallowselectionbetweenthethreebrowsingmodes(Attributes,FileDirectoryorSound
Match),theProjectsmenu,theSharingmenu,andSoundLock,aswellastheSearchfield.

TheFullMultiBrowserHeadercontainstheBrowserTitle,aMemoryMeter,controlsthatletyou
applyfilteringoptionsusingtheDirectoryMenu,buttonsthatallowselectionbetweenthethree
browsingmodes(Attributes,FileDirectoryorSoundMatch),theProjectsmenu,theSharing
menu,andSoundLock,aswellastheSearchfield.

TheFullSoundsourceBrowserHeadercontainstheBrowserTitle,aMemoryMeter,controls
thatletyouapplyfilteringoptionsusingtheDirectoryMenu,buttonsthatallowselection
betweenthethreebrowsingmodes(Attributes,FileDirectoryorSoundMatch),theProjects
menu,theSharingmenu,SoundLock,theSearchfield,andtheUserAudiobutton,which
openstheimportsection.

BROWSERFilters

ThefourcolumnlayoutoftheFullBrowserFiltersprovidesbothhierarchicalandAttributes
basedfilteringfunctions,andoperatesintwodistinctmodes.
InAttributesMode,theFullBrowserFiltersdisplayselectableCategoryandcontextsensitive
AttributescolumnsbasedonthetagsthathavebeenaddedtotheMultis,Patches,or
Soundsources.

InFileDirectoryMode,theFullBrowserFiltersdisplayfoldersandfilesjustastheyarestored
inthedirectoryonyourcomputersharddrive.

BROWSERResultsandInfo

TheFullBrowsershave4columnsforsearchcriteriaandtheresultsaredisplayedinthe5th
columnontheright.

WhentheInfoViewisselected,theInfoAreaprovidesdetailedinformationabouttheselected
soundintherightcolumn.TheimageintherightcolumnalsohelpsdistinguishwhichBrowser
youareusing.ThisisthedefaultViewModeforallBrowsers.

BROWSERFooter

TheBrowserFooterprovidesaccesstotheTagEditorandBrowserSettings,accesstothe
LiteVersionOptions,amenuwithmultiplesortingoptions,aShufflebutton,UpandDown
steppers,RefreshandAuditionbuttonsandaccesstotheInfoView,whichshowsmoredetailed
informationabouttheselectedSound.

BROWSERAccess

AnywherethatyouseeaFolderIconButton,youwillbeabletoaccessOmnisphere'sFull
BrowserbyclickingontheFolder.IfthereisaNameDisplaynexttotheFolder,youcanalso
clickinsidetheNameDisplaytoopentheFullBrowser.

BROWSERMultiBrowser

TheFullMultiBrowserisaccessedusingtheMultiDisplayintheHeader,whichisvisibleand
accessiblefrommostpagesinOmnisphere(itisnotaccessiblefromtheFullPatchor
SoundsourceBrowserpages).SelecttheFolderIconButtonorclickinsidetheMultiName
DisplaytoopentheFullMultiBrowser.

WhentheMultiMiniBrowserisopenontheleft,clickingonthemagnifyingglassatthetopof
thebrowserwillopentheFullMultiBrowser.

NOTE:TheMultibuttondoesnothavetobeselectedtoaccesstheFullMultiBrowser.
YoucanaccesstheFullMultiBrowserfrommostpagesintheplugin.

TheMultiBrowser

BROWSERPatchBrowser

TheFullPatchBrowserisaccessedfromthePatchNameDisplay,whichisalwaysvisibleand
availablefromanyofthePartpages.SelecttheFolderIconButtonorclickonthePatchName
DisplaytoopentheFullPatchBrowser.

ThePatchBrowsercanalsobeaccessedfromtheMixerpage(PatchNameDisplays),fromthe
LiveModepagewhenMixerControlsareenabledandfromtheStackModebycontrol/right
clickitsPartRegionandselectingthePopupbrowsertochoosenewpatchoptionfromthe
contextmenu.

MixerPatchNameDisplay

LiveModeMixerControls

PatchBrowserAccessfromStackMode

ThePatchBrowser

YoucanalsoaccesstheFullPatchBrowserfromtheStackModepagebycontrolclicking/right
clickingitsPartRegionandselectingthePopupbrowsertochoosenewpatchoptionfromthe
contextmenu.

BROWSERSoundsourceBrowser

TheSoundsourceBrowserisaccessedfromtheLayerAandLayerBpages,aswellastheMain
Page.

OntheMainpage,selectLAYERSinthecentralInfosection,thenclickontheimageorthe
foldericontoopentheSoundsourceBrowser.

OntheLayerpages,selecttheSAMPLEtabintheOSCILLATORsection,thenclickinsidethe

OntheLayerpages,selecttheSAMPLEtabintheOSCILLATORsection,thenclickinsidethe
SoundsourceNameDisplaytoopentheSoundsourceBrowser.

BROWSERSearchandFiltering
SearchingandfilteringisdonefromtheMiniBrowserandtheFullBrowserHeader,usingthe
DirectoryMenu,theSearchField,andtheBrowserFiltercolumns.Thereareseveraloptions
availableforfilteringtheresults(includingBooleanExpressions),andchoosinghowsounds
arebrowsed,displayed,andpreviewed.

TheDirectoryMenu,SearchField,andBrowserFiltersworkincombinationwitheachotherto
furtherrefinetheresults.Theorderinwhichtheyareappliedisntimportant,youcanapply
selectionsandcriteriainanyorder.

BROWSERDirectoryMenu

TheDirectoryMenuletsyoufilterbylibraries.SelecttheDirectoryMenudownarroworname
displaytoopenthemenu.AfterselectingaLibrary,onlythesoundsinthatLibrarywillbe
displayedintheFullorMiniBrowsers.
YoucanfurtherrefinethesearchbyusingtheSearchFieldandtheBrowserFilters.Selecting
AllwillremoveanyDirectoryMenufilteringandshowallLibrariessimultaneously.Selecting
AllSpectrasonicswillonlyshowSpectrasonicssounds,filteringoutthirdpartylibrariesand
Usersounds.
BooleanSearch,using"Or,And,andNot,"willfurtherrefineyoursearch.
AftersavingcustomPatchesorMultis,theUserlibrarywillbeavailablefromthemenu.
SelectingthislibrarywilldisplayonlycustomUserPatchesorMultisintheBrowsers.
ForadditionaldetailsrefertotheSaving&ManagingSoundssection.

NOTE:IfyoualsohaveTrilianitslibrarieswillalsoappearintheDIRECTORYMenu.

BROWSERSearchField

ClickanywhereintheSearchFieldtoentersearchtext.PresstheEnter/Returnkeytosearch
andviewthefilteredresults.

TheSearchfunctionwillcheckNames,Tags,Keywords,andevenNotestodeterminethe
searchresults.
SelectingAttributesintheBrowserFilterscanrefinethesearchevenfurther.Themore
selectionsthataremade,usingAttributesandtheBooleanSearchcapability,thenarrowerthe
searchresultswillbe.TosearchtheentireCoreLibrary,besuretoselectAllineachofthe
BrowserFiltercolumns.

SearchLock

Bydefault,whentheFullBrowserisclosed,theSearchtextwillbecleared.SearchLockallows
searchentries(andthefilteredresults)toberetainedaftertheBrowserisclosedandre
opened.
YoucanlockandretaintheSearchtextinthePatchBrowsersviatheSoundLockmenu.

IntheSoundsurceandMultibrowsers,SearchLockisenabledwiththededicatedSearchLock
icon.

Fordetailedinformationontheextentofthelockingcapabilities,pleaseseeSoundLock.

NOTE:TheSearchLocksettingissavedasaglobalusersetting.Forexample,ifyou
enableSearchLock,itwillremainenabledthenexttimeyouopenaninstanceofthe
plugin.

NOTE:WhenyouchangetheSearchLocksetting,thatchangeisappliedtoallBrowsers.
Forexample,enablingordisablingSearchLockinthePatchBrowseralsoenablesor
disablesitintheMultiandSoundsourceBrowsers.

SearchClear

SelecttheSearchClearbuttontocleartheSearchField.WhenyouclicktheSearchClear
button,thedisplayedsoundswillupdateaccordingly.

NOTE:YoucanapplytheSearchClearbuttonwithSearchLockenabled.Thisletsyou
makechangestoyoursearchcriteriawithoutchangingtheSearchLockstatus.

BooleanExpressions
BooleanSearchusesthecriteria"Or,And,andNot,"andletsyouincludeorexcludecertain
Attributestonarrowyoursearch.YoucantypeexpressionsintotheSearchfieldtofilteryour
results.
Forexample:
TypingFilmandElectronicwillincludePatchesthatfitbothgenres.
TypingFilmorElectronicwillincludePatcheswitheitherAttribute.
TypingFilmandnotElectronicwillincludePatchessuitableforFilm,butnotones
thatareElectronic.
Parenthesiscanalsobeusedformultiplecriteriaselection:
(FilmorElectronic)and(DramaticandnotDisturbing).

BROWSERBrowserFilters

WhenusingtheFullBrowser,thebrowserfilterscanbeusedintwomodes:AttributesandFile
Directory.WhenusingtheMiniBrowser,onlyAttributesModeisavailable.

NOTE:SelectingSoundMatchhidesthebrowserfiltersandautomaticallyfindssimilar
soundstotheonethatisloaded.

AttributesMode
UsingAttributesMode,filteringisachievedbyselectingCategoriesandAttributestorefinethe
listofsounds.ThefirstcolumndropdownmenuletsyouselectbetweenCategoryand
Project"whiletheremainingAttributecolumnsmaychangetheirlabelsdependingonthe
selectedCategory.
Forexample,intheSoundsourceBrowser,iftheCategoryAll"isselected,theAttribute
columnswillautomaticallydisplayType,Genre,andAuthor.

IftheCategoryARP+BPMisselected,theAttributecolumnswillchangetoType,Mood,and
Genre.

ThesechangesareintendedtoreflectAttributesthatmakemoresenseincontexttothe
Categoryselection.ThesearerecommendedAttributes,butyoucanstillmanuallyselect
differentAttributesfromthecolumndropdownmenus.

WhenusingtheMiniBrowser,theAttributefiltersaredisplayedoneatatime.Ifthereisan
assignmentselectedinoneofthefilters,thelettersinthefilterheaderwillbeblue.Ifnothingis
selected,theywillbewhite.

IntheMiniBrowseryoucanrightclickontheAttributeTypestomakeadifferentselection
fromthelist.

NOTE:AutomaticAttributeschangeswillonlyoccurifCategorySensitiveAttributesin
theBrowserSettingsisenabled(thedefaultstate).Ifthesettingisdisabled,the
labelswillremainstaticwhenchangingCategories.

FileDirectoryMode(FullBrowsersOnly)
UsingFileDirectoryMode,theBrowserFiltersdisplayaFileFolderhierarchythatmatcheshow
theyarestoredonyourcomputersharddrive.


WhenyouselectaFolderinacolumn,thelistofsoundswillbefilteredtoincludeonlythe
soundsthatexistintheFoldersbelowitinthefilehierarchy.
Thistraditionalmethodoffilebrowsingmaybemorenaturaltosomeusers,andisusefulwhen
creatingalargecustomcollectionofMultisandPatches.Youcancreateacustomfiledirectory
hierarchyinsidetheSTEAMfolder,andorganizeyourcustomPatchestosuityourneeds.

NOTE:MostofOmnisphere'sFactoryLibrarydoesnotrelyonfoldersorsubdirectories,
soFileDirectorymodeisnotparticularlyusefulforbrowsingFactorysounds.

BROWSEROperationBooleanFiltering

BooleanFiltering

BooleanFilteringusesthecriteria"Or,And,andNot,"inordertoincludeorexcludecertain
Attributestonarrowyoursearch.
InadditiontotypingexpressionintotheSearchfield,youcanfiltersearchresultsusinga
combinationofmouseclicksandkeycommands,oraccessingtheBooleanmenusbyclicking
ontheiconsatthetoprightcornerofeachfilter(theiconsareonlyavailableintheFull
Browsers).
DependingontheBooleanexpressionyouchoose,theselectedattributeassignmentswillbe
displayedwithdifferentcolorsandoutlines.

OR

Thisoptionsays,"Showmeresultsthataretaggedwitheitheroftheseattributes."
Example:WithintheGenrecolumn,Commandclick(Mac)orControlclick(PC)"Film"and
"Electronic"todisplayonlythosesoundsthataretaggedwithFilmorElectronictags.
TochooseOR,simplyselecttheAttribute(ORisthedefaultfilterstate).
TomakemultipleselectionsusCommandclick(Mac)andControlclick(PC).
Theselection(s)inthecolumnwillbehighlightedinblueandbothcirclesintheiconwillbefilled
in.


AND

Thisoptionsays,"ShowmeresultsthatareonlytaggedwithBOTHoftheseAttributes."
Example:WithintheGenrecolumn,Commandrightclicking/CommandControlclicking(Mac)
andControlRightClick(PC)"Film"and"Electronic"willdisplayonlythosesoundsthatare
taggedwithBOTHFilmANDElectronictags.
Theselection(s)inthecolumnwillbeborderedinblueandonlytheintersectionofthecirclesin
theiconisfilledin.

NOT

Thisoptionsays,"ShowonlythoseresultsthatareNOTtaggedwiththeseattributes."
Example:WithintheGenrecolumn,Optionclick/Altclick"Dance"toremoveanysoundsfrom
theresultsthataretaggedasDance.
TochooseNOT,useOptionclick/AltclickandselectanAttribute.
Tomakemultipleselections,useCommandOptionclick(Mac)andControlAltClick(PC).
Theselection(s)inthecolumnwillbeborderedinredandonlytheleftcircleintheiconisfilled
in.

TIP:YoucanonlychooseoneexpressionatatimeineachBrowserFilter.Touse
multipleexpressionswithinthesameAttributeType,youcantypethecriteriaintothe
Searchfield(e.g.FilmandNOTAmbient).

NOTE:Standardleftclickingdeselectsanyblueorredoutlinedselectionsandreturns
tothedefaultORselectionwithinacolumn.

BROWSERDisplayingandNavigatingResults

Therearenumerousoptionsavailablefornavigatingsoundandtochangehowtheyare
organizedanddisplayed.
Thesetoolsletyousortsoundsindifferentways,includingbyRatings,andbecausethereare
thousandsofsoundstoexplore,thesecontrolshelpyoudelvedeeperintotheLibrary.These
Browsercontrolswillalsoworkonfilteredresults.

SortMenu

TheSortMenuincludesfourwaystosortthelistofsounds.

Featured

We'recontinuallyaddingnewsoundstoOmnisphereandthenumberofavailable
soundsisprettymassive!Inordertomakeiteasiertofindthebestexamplesof
thenewestsoundsintheLibrary,Featuredsoundsaredisplayedbydefaultatthe
topofyourlist.ThislistisupdatedwitheachPatchupdate.
Selectingthe"Featured"sortoptionwilldisplayFeaturedsoundsatthetopofthe
soundslist.
YouwillalsofindaspecialselectionofFeaturedsoundswhenyou'rebrowsingthe
librarybyCategory.Forexample,withtheFeaturedsortoptionselected,ifyou
selectSynthBassintheCategorycolumn,you'llseeaspeciallyselectedlistof
FeaturedSynthBasssoundsdisplayedatthetopofthelist.

AZ&ZA
TheAZ&ZAoptionsprovideasimplewaytoreversethealphabetizationofthe
sounds.SelectZAtoreversetheorder,andAZtorestoreit.


Ratings
Allsoundsinthelibrarycanbegivenratingsfrom1to5starsusingtheRatings
system.SelectingRatingsfromtheSortmenudisplaysratedsoundsatthetopof
theBrowserlist,inorderoftheirRatings.5starsoundsarelistedfirst,followed
by4starsounds,andsoon.

Marked
Youcanuseshift+clicktomarksoundsinthebrowserinordertosharethemor
addthemtoProjects.Thissortingoptionputsthemarkedsoundsatthetopof
thelistsortedalphabetically.

RecentUser
ThisfeatureisonlyusefulwhentheDirectoryissetto"User."Whenthisoptionis
selected,thenewestUsersoundsaredisplayedfirst.

NOTE:ThisfeaturedoesnotshowthemostrecentlyaddedPatchestothe

NOTE:ThisfeaturedoesnotshowthemostrecentlyaddedPatchestothe
FactoryLibrary,justtheUserLibrary.Ifyouwanttoviewthemost
recentlyaddedPatchestotheFactoryLibrary,entertheversionnumberof
thecurrentPatchLibraryintheSearchfield(i.e.2.0).

ShuffleButton

Itsacommonerrortoonlybrowsethesoundsnearthebeginningofthealphabeticallist.
EverytimetheShufflebuttonisselected,theorderofthesoundswillberandomized.This
buttonisusefulforkeepingthelistofsoundsfreshandinspiring,insteadofalwaysshowingthe
samesoundsatthetopofthelist.

BrowserStepperButtons
TheStepperbuttonsstepthroughthesoundsintheBrowseroneatatime.Whenyoustepto
thenextsound,itwillbeselectedandloaded.

TheBrowserStepperbuttonsarecontrolledfromtheupanddownarrowsofyourkeyboard.
TheycanalsobeMIDILearned,andthoseassignmentswillapplytotheStepperbuttonsinall
threeFullBrowsers,aswellastheMiniBrowsers.
TheSteppersareespeciallyusefulforbrowsingsoundsquicklywithPreviewLoadandAudition
AutoPlayenabled,orforconvenientlysteppingthroughafilteredselectionofsounds.
Sometimesitispreferabletohavethisdisabledsoyoucanusethearrowkeystostepthrough
tracksinyourhost.ThisbehaviorcanbedisabledfromtheBrowserSettings.

TIP:UsingyourkeyboardarrowsorMIDILearningtheBrowserstepperstoswitches
onyourMIDIcontrollerisagreatwaytospeeduptheauditioningprocess,especially
withtheAutoPlayandPreviewLoadoptionsenabled.

InfoView(FullBrowsersonly)

WhenInfoViewisselected,theupperportionofthelarge5thcolumndisplaysanimageand
detailedinformationabouttheselectedsound.Ittellsyouthesound'sdisksize,providesnotes
ontheparticularsound,includingtheSoundsourceandPatchauthors,andyoucanviewthe
SearchTagsforthatsound.

RefreshButton(FullBrowsersonly)

ClickthisbuttontorefreshthedisplayofsoundsinanyFullBrowser.Whenchangesaremade
tothelibraryoutsideoftheBrowser(e.g.installingathirdpartylibraryormanuallymoving
customPatchesorMultis),usetheRefreshButtontoupdatetheBrowserdisplay.

BROWSERLoadingSounds

SelectingasoundintheBrowseralsoloadsit.Howquicklyitloadsdependsontheamountof
samplesthesoundhasandhowtheyaremapped,andwhetherProgressiveLoadingorLite
Versionareenabled.

AuditioningSounds
Whenbrowsingasubstantiallibrary,itsimportanttohaveconvenientwaysofquickly
auditioningthesounds.TheBrowserprovidesanAuditionButtonandLiteVersionbuttonwith
multiplethinningsettingsavailableintheLiteVersionOptionsZoom.OptionstosetupAudition
andProgressiveLoadingcanbeaccessedbypressingtheSettingsbutton.

IfAuditionAutoPlayisenabledintheBrowserSettings,thenselectingasoundwill
automaticallyauditionit.TheAuditionNoteandAuditionNoteLengthsettingsdeterminethe
pitchanddurationoftheauditionednote.

SelecttheAuditionButtonintheBrowserFootertohearanoteplayedusingthecurrently
loadedsound.Thesoundwillplayforaslongasthebuttonisselected(oruntilitdecays).
TheAuditionNotesettingintheBrowserSettingsZoomdeterminesthepitchofthenote.

ProgressiveLoading
Omnisphere'sProgressiveLoadingsystemworksbylettingyouplayandhearthesoundas
soonasthefirstsamplesareloaded.Asnewsamplesareloaded,theybecomeimmediately
availableforplaying.
TheProgressiveLoadingstatusinindicatedinthetopleftareaofthebrowser:
RedLoadingisintheearlyphases.Noaudioyet
YellowPreviewaudioavailableaudiostillloading
GreenLoadingisfinished.
ProgressiveLoadingisenabledbydefaultandyoucandisableiffromtheBrowserSettings
Zoom.

BROWSEROperationMarkingSounds

Soundscanbemarkedwithtwopurposes:forsharingthemandforaddingthemtoProjects.
Tomarkasound,shift+clickonitintheBrowser.Thesoundwillbewith
highlightedwithapalebluebarandadot.
Tounmarkasound,shift+clickonitagain.
Toclearallmarks,option+click/alt+clickonasound.

NOTE:Loadingsoundsworksseparatelyfrommarkingsounds.Loadingasounddoes
notaffectmarkedones,andmarkingasounddoesn'tnotaffecttheloadedone.

Ifyouwanttosharethemarkedsounds,select"ShareSounds"fromtheUtilitymenuorpress
the"Share"buttonintheFullBrowsers.Afterthesharingprocessiscompleted,themarkswill
becleared.

NOTE:Thismethodallowsyoutoshareonlyonetypeofsoundofatime(Multis,
PatchesorUserSoundsources),dependingonwhatbrowseryouareworkingfrom.
Thatsaid,ifaPatchorMultiyouaresharingemploysUserSoundsources,thosewillbe
includedaspartofthe.omnispherepackage.

IfyouwanttoaddmarkedsoundstoaProjectgototheFullBrowsersandfromtheProjects
menuselect"AddmarkedsoundstoProject".Whenasubmenushowsuplistingyourprojects,
selecttheprojectyouwanttoaddsoundsto.Afterdoingthis,themarkswillbecleared.

BROWSEROperationMemoryMeter

MemoryMeter
TheMemoryMeterisagaugethatshowshowmuchVirtualMemorytheinstanceoftheplugin
isusing.

IftheMemoryMeterapproachesfull,youwillseeapopupwarning,andmayneedtotake
stepstoreducememoryusage,suchasenabletheLiteVersionofPatches,orreducethePre
LoadMemoryparameterontheSystemPage.

ThecircularmeterisasmallerversionofthelinearmetersthatarefoundontheSystemPage
andtheLiteVersionZoomPageinthePatchandMultiBrowsers.

NOTE:IfyousetaMemoryLimitontheSystemPage,thisgaugewillshowtheamount
ofmemoryusedrelativetotheselectedlimit.Forexample,ifyousetthelimitto.5Gb,
andload.4Gbofsampledata,thegaugewillshowroughly80%full,evenifyouhave
farmoresystemmemoryavailable.

NOTE(Maconly):IfyouhaveselectedSampleFileServerusingtheSystemPage
StreamingModesettings,theMeterwillnotdisplaymemoryusage.

BROWSERLiteVersion

TheLiteVersionisafeaturelocatedintheFullBrowsersandprovidesaddedflexibilitywhen
loadingPatchesandMultistohelpyoumanagetheavailablememoryresourcesandis
especiallyusefulforquickloadingandauditioningsounds.
EnablingtheLiteVersionButtonletsyoureduce,orthin,thenumberofsamplesthatare
loadedwithaPatchorMulti.
Whenthisbuttonisenabled,thethinningsettingsfromtheLiteVersionOptionsZoomare
applied.
ThisfeatureisespeciallyusefulwhenloadingTrilianintoOmnisphere.Manyofthosesounds
canbequitelargeandcontainthousandsofsamples,withsomebeingover2Gigabytesinsize.
Thesecanplaceaheavydemandonavailablememoryandtakealongertimetoload.
AllThinningoptionsappliedherearesavedwiththesong,thePatch,ortheMulti,andare
recalledthenexttimeyouload.However,nothingissaveduntilyouspecificallysaveyourhost
song,orsavetheOmnispherePatchorMulti.

TIP:EvenwhenLiteVersionisnotenabled,Omnisphere'ssoundscanbeheardand
quicklyauditioned.Omnisphere'sProgressiveloadingfeatureletsyouplayandhear
thesoundassoonasthefirstsamplesareloaded,lettingyougettothemusicfaster.

NOTE:TheLiteVersionButtonwillresettoitsdefaultdisabledstatewhenyouclose
theBrowser.Tokeepitenabled,selecttheKeepLiteVersionSelectedoptioninthe
LiteVersionOptionsZoompane.

LiteVersionOptionsZoomPane

SelectingtheLiteVersionZoomIconprovidesaccesstoanumberofthinningoptions.Atthe
topoftheZoomwindow,thereisaMemorymeterwhichshowsthecurrentVirtualMemory
usage.

NOTE:IfyousetaMemoryLimitontheSystemPage,thisgaugewillshowtheamount
ofmemoryused,relativetotheselectedlimit.

RoundRobin

SoundsourcescansometimesincludealargenumberofRoundRobinsamplesperzone,and
canaddsignificantlytothesizeoftheSoundsource.Thisoptionletsyoucontrolthenumberof
RoundRobinsamplesthatareloadedwiththePatchorMulti.
Inmanycases,youcansavequiteabitofmemorybyreducingRoundRobinstoAtmost2
RRs,withoutsacrificingthemorerealisticfeelthatRoundRobinsprovide.SelectingNoRR
willresultinnoRoundRobinsamplesbeingloadedwiththePatchorMultiandselectingNo
LimitwillloadalloftheRoundRobinsamplesavailable.

Velocities

Soundsourcesmayalsocontainalargenumberofvelocityswitchingsamplesmappedacross
manyregionsoftheentirekeyboardrange.Thissettingprovidesavarietyofoptionsfor
reducingthenumberofvelocityswitchedsamplesthatareloadedwithanyPatchorMulti.To
applyVelocitythinning,selectfromtheoptionsinthedropdownmenu.

NoLimit
WillloadallVelocityswitchedsamples.
Everyother
WillloadeveryotherVelocityswitchedsample.
Everythird
WillonlyloadeverythirdVelocityswitchedsample.
Everyfourth
WillonlyloadeveryfourthVelocityswitchedsample.
Velocitiesabove
Selectingavaluefromthismenu,forexample,64,willonlyloadVelocity
switchedsamplesmappedtoaVelocityof64andabove.
Velocitiesbelow
Selectingavaluefromthismenu,forexample,100,willonlyloadVelocity
switchedsamplesmappedtoaVelocityof100andbelow.

switchedsamplesmappedtoaVelocityof100andbelow.

NOTE:WhenthinningVelocities,therearenogapsinthesound.The
remainingVelocityswitchedsampleswilladjusttobetriggeredacrossthe
fullVelocityrange.

Legato

ThisoptiondetermineswhetherornotLegatoSoundsourcesareloaded.
I
fNolimitisselected,LegatoSoundsourceswillbeloaded.IfNoneisselected,noLegato
Soundsourceswillbeloaded.

NOTE:OmnispheresoundsdonotcurrentlycontainLegatoSoundsources.However,if
youareloadingTriliansoundsinOmnisphere,thisfeaturebecomesveryimportantfor
overallmemorymanagement.

PitchThinning

OmnispherePatchesandMultiscancontainalargenumberofsamplesmappedacrossthe
entirekeyboardrange.PitchThinningletsyoulimitthesamplesthatareloadedtomatcheither
atrainedrangeofplayednotes,oraselectedScaleorInterval.UsingPitchThinningcan
substantiallyreducethenumberofsamplesloadedwiththePatchorMulti.

TrainedPitchThinning

WithTrainedPitchThinning,youcanloadonlythesamplesusedduringaperformance.
Forexample,ifyouareworkingonamelodicphrasethathasnotesinalimitedrange,say
fromC2toC4,youcanspeeduploadtimesbyusingTrainedPitchThinning.Thisreduces
memoryusagebyloadingonlythesamplesusedinthatrange.
IfyouhaverecordedanOmnispherepartinasong,andwanttospeeduploadtimesand
conservememory,youcanapplyTrainedPitchThinningbyplayingtheMIDIclipinthehost.
Omnispherewillthenonlyloadthesamplesusedintheactualphrase.
TouseTrainedPitchThinning,selecttheBeginTrainingbutton.Playarangeofnotes(ora
MIDIclipinthehost),andthenselecttheFinishTrainingbutton.Thiswilllimittheloaded
samplestothenotesthatwereplayedduringtraining.

PitchThinningUsingScalesIntervals

TolimitloadedsamplestoaspecificScaleorInterval,selectthePitchThinningdropdown
menu,andselectanoptionfromtheavailablesubmenus.YoucanselectfromMajororMinor
Scales,orfromavarietyofIntervals.

NOTE:Althoughonlyalimitedsetofsampleswillbeloaded,thiswontresultin
silentzonesonthekeyboard.Allnoteswillstillplaybecausetheremainingzones
willbestretchedacrossthesamplemap.

NOTE:ThePitchThinningoptionsontheLiteVersionZoomarethesameasthose
foundontheSoundsourceZoomEditView.However,theLiteVersionfeatureaffects
theentirePatchorMulti,whiletheSoundsourceZoomoptionsaffectonlythe
individualSoundsource.UsetheSoundsourceZoomEditViewifyouwanttoapply
differentthinningoptionstoeachLayerinaPatch.

LiteVersionDefaultSettings

TheLiteVersionDefaultSettingsareusefulforquickloading,andeasyauditioningofcomplete
sounds.LiteVersionappliessamplethinning,loadsthesoundacrosstheentirekeyboard
range,andisimmediatelyplayableafterloading.
WhenLiteVersionisenabledwiththedefaultsettings,thefollowingsettingswillbeineffect:

RoundRobin:NoRRsamples.NoRoundRobinsampleswillbeloaded.
Velocities:above65.OnlyVelocityswitchedsamplesmappedaboveaVelocity
of65willbeloaded.
Legato:None.NoLegatosampleswillbeloaded.

KeepLiteVersionSelectedButton


TheLiteVersionButtonwillresettoitsdefault,disabledstatewhenyouclosetheFullBrowser.
Whenthisoptionisenabled,theLiteVersionButtonintheFullBrowserwillremainenabled,
evenafteryoucloseit.ThinkofitaschangingthedefaultstateoftheLiteVersionButtonto
"enabled."

BROWSERSettings

SelecttheSettingsButtontoopentheBrowserSettingsZoomView.Settingsaresavedacross
sessions,andarerestoredthenexttimeyouloadOmnisphere.

AuditionAutoPlay
Whenenabled,everytimeaMulti,Patch,orSoundsourceisselectedintheBrowser,the
AuditionNotewillsoundforthelengthoftimedeterminedbytheAuditionNoteLength.
ThisisusefulforbrowsingsoundsusingtheBrowserSteppersasitallowsrapidauditioningof
multiplesounds.
NOTE:AuditionAutoPlaywillreseteachtimeOmnisphereisloaded.

AuditionAutoPlayNote
DeterminesthepitchofthesinglenotethatwillbeplayedwithAuditionAutoPlayenabled.
RangeC1toB8
NOTE:ThissettingalsoaffectsthepitchoftheAuditionButtonsintheBrowserandon
thePartpages.

AuditionAutoPlayNoteLength
WhenAuditionAutoPlayisenabledandasoundisselected,itwillplayforalimitedamountof
time.Thissettingdetermineshowlongtheauditionedsoundwillplay.
Range1to9seconds

ProgressiveLoading
Omnisphere'sProgressiveLoadingallowssounds(eventhosewiththousandsofsamples!)to
beplayedandauditionedwhiletheyarestillbeingloaded.

BrowserSynchronization
Whenenabled,theBrowserFilterswillretaintheircurrentAttributeselectionswhenanother
PartorLayerisselected.ThisisusefulwhenbrowsingalargenumberofSoundsourcesthe
AttributeselectionsforLayerAandLayerBwillremainthesameasyoumovebetweenLayers
andacrossdifferentParts.
Forexample,ifyouneedtocreateaMultiandonlywanttocheckSoundsourcesinthe

Forexample,ifyouneedtocreateaMultiandonlywanttocheckSoundsourcesinthe
TexturesCategory,setthefirstParttoviewonlytheTexturescategory,Allthesubsequent
PartswillopenwiththeTexturescategoryselected.

CategorySensitiveAttributes
IfCategorySensitiveAttributesisenabled(thedefaultstate),thenthedifferentAttributes
columnsmaychangewhenanewCategoryisselected.Thisensuresthatthecontextofthe
AttributesmatchestheCategory.Ifthissettingisdisabled,theAttributescolumnswillremain
staticasyouchangeCategories.

BROWSERSoundMatch

SoundMatchisapowerfulbrowsingfeaturethatletsyouexplorethelibraryinabrandnew
way.SoundMatchallowsyoutofindsimilarsoundswithonesimpleclick.
Afterloadingasound,itiscommontowanttosearchforrelatedsoundstoseeiftheymight
workbetterinatrack.Whenyou'veloadedasoundyoulike,selectingSoundMatchinstantly
givesyouallthesoundsthataresimilar.SoundMatchanalyzesthetagsofeverysoundand
findsoneswithsimilarcharacteristics.

PressingtheSoundMatchbuttonwillhidetheBrowserFiltersandanddisplaythenameofthe

PressingtheSoundMatchbuttonwillhidetheBrowserFiltersandanddisplaythenameofthe
selectedsound.Allthesimilarsoundsinyourlibrarieswillshowupintheresultslist.The
higherinthelist,themorecloselyrelatedthesound.Thematch"strength"isshownonthe
rightofthePatchnamewithasolidbar.Asyouselectothersounds,youcanfindmatchesfor
thembypressing"MatchCurrentSelection"toupdateyourresults.

BROWSERSoundLock

SoundLockletsyoulockspecificparametersofaPatchandapplythemtootherPatchesas
youbrowse.YoucanusetheFXsectionofaPatch,theArpeggiatorpatternofanotheroneand
theModulationMatrixofathirdone.Thismixandmatchapproachmakesbrowsingafunand
creativeexperience.Itissoeasytotrydifferentcombinationsthatthisapproachcanbe
extremelyvaluableforcreatingnewsoundsthatarefarfromwhatyouwouldnormallycome
upwith.YoucansavethemasyourownUserPatcheswhenyoufindcombinationsyoulike.
TheSoundLockmenuisdisplayedbyclickingonthelockiconinthetoprightcorneroftheFull
PatchBrowserandPatchMiniBrowser.Themenudisplaysallthesectionsthatcanbelocked.


Forexample,ifyouarebrowsingPatchesintheArp+BPMsectionandselectasoundthathas
aninterestingarpeggiatedpatternthatyouwouldliketoapplytootherPatches,select
ArpeggiatorfromtheSoundLockmenu.Now,anyPatchyouchoosefromfromanycategory
(includingnonrhythmicPatches!)willhavethesamearpeggiatedrhythm.IfthenextPatchyou
selecthassomeinterestingFX,youcanlocktheEffectssection,aswell,fromtheSoundLock
menu.AnyPatchyouselectafterthatwillhavethearpeggiatedpatternfromthefirstPatchand
theEffectssectionfromthesecondone.LockingfurthersectionsofdifferentPatchesasyou
browse(Filter,ModMatrix,LFOs,Envelopes,etc.)willproducenewPatches.Anycombination
youcreateasyoubrowsecanbesavedasanewPatch.SoundLockhelpsyouexpandyour
Patchlibrariesinacreativeandinspiringway.

TIP:WorkingonafasttempotrackandwanttobrowseeveryPatchathalfspeed?Set
theCLOCKSPEEDto"Half"fromtheMainPageandlockitfromtheSoundLockmenu.
WanttobrowsePatcheswithoutanyeffectsenabled?MakesurealltheFXunitsinthe
Part'sFXracksaredisabledandlock"Effects"fromtheSoundLockmenu.

NOTE:Omnisphereiscapableofcreatingrhythmicsoundsusingavarietyofsources,
includingtheArpeggiator,LFOs,Envelopes,etc.,soifyouareinterestedinlockingthe
rhythmofaPatchitissometimesnecessarytolookattheModulationMatrixtosee
howitiscreated.

LAYERPAGESUserAudio

Omnisphereisanextremelypowerfulsynthesizerthatallowsyoutoimportyourownaudioto
useasSoundsourcesforthecreationofyourownPatchesandMultis.Thisletsyoucreatively
morph,meld,andmangleyourownaudiothesamewayyoucanwiththeincludedFactory
Soundsources.EachimportedaudiofilewillbecomeaUserSoundsourceinOmnisphere.
Youmightwanttoimportaguitartrack,avocal,orevenanentiremixandtransformthem
intosomethingcompletelydifferent:acinematictexture,apercussivesoundorasynthlead.
YoucanthensavethemasPatchesandeasilySharethemwithotherusers.

NOTE:TheUserAudioimportfunctiondoesnotsupportzonemaps,roundrobins,or
multiplevelocities,etc.Remember,Omnisphereisnotasampler,isasynthesizer.User
Audioallowsyoutotransformyourownaudioincreativewayswithalltheprocessing
powerOmnispherehastooffer.

IMPORTANT:Pleaserespectallcopyrightsandimportonlymaterialthatyouare
licensedtouse.

TherearetwoplacesfromwhichtoimportUserAudiointoOmnisphere:fromtheUtilityMenu
andfromtheSoundsourceBrowser.

UtilityMenuShortcut


Selecting"UserAudio"fromtheUtilityMenuwilldisplayaFileDialogpromptingyoutonavigate
totheaudiofileordirectory.
Navigatetothefolderorfileyouwishtoimportandclick"Open".Theimportprocesswillbegin
andtheywillbeaddedtotheUserSoundsourcesdirectoryinOmnisphere.

Oncetheaudiohasbeensuccessfullyimported,youwillgetaconfirmationnotice.

Aftertheimportprocessiscomplete,theSoundsourceBrowserwillbedisplayedandyour
audio(nowanOmnisphereUserSoundsource),willbeautomaticallyselectedandplayedback
atthenoteanddurationsetbytheAuditionNotesettings.

Todeletetheaudioyouimported,youcandosobylocatingititinyourharddriveinthe
followingdirectory:
STEAM/Omnipshere/Soundsources/User/
Afterdeletingit,youmustclickthe"Refresh"buttoninyourSoundsourceBrowsertoreflectthe
changes.

NOTE:Ifyoubatchconvertagroupofaudiofiles,onlythefirstimportedfilewillbe

NOTE:Ifyoubatchconvertagroupofaudiofiles,onlythefirstimportedfilewillbe
selectedandplayedback.

SoundsourceBrowser

AudiocanbeimportedviatheSoundsourceBrowser.Youcandraganddropaudiofilesor
foldersintothisareatoautomaticallystarttheimportprocess.Youcanalsoclickonthepane
toopenaFileDialogpromptingyoutonavigatetotheaudiofileordirectory.Clicking"Open"
willstarttheimportprocess.

SeeUserAudioforfurtherdetails.

BROWSERSaving&ManagingSounds

OmnisphereoffersaflexiblewaytomanagecustomPatches&Multis.Youcancreatecustom
collectionsofsoundsorganizedbyprojectorstyleandtheycanbesearched,selected,filtered,
orsharedusingtheFullBrowsers.
TheprocessofsavingandmanagingcustomPatchesorMultisinOmnisphereisessentially
identical,themaindifferencebeingthelocationsoftheUserLibrariesyoucreate.
Folderscreatedinthefollowingdirectory
Spectrasonics/STEAM/Omnisphere/SettingsLibrary/Patches/
willbePatchLibraries,underwhichyouneedtoorganizeyourPatchesintoCategories.Folders
createdatthislevelwillshowupintheDIRECTORIESdropdownmenu.Subfolderscreated
insidethesewillbedisplayedintheCategorycolumnoftheBrowser.

SavingPatches&Multis


SelectingtheSavePatch(orSaveMulti)optionfromtheUtilityMenuwillopenaFileSave
dialogue.AfternamingandsavingthePatchorMulti,theEDITTAGSinterfacewillopen,letting
youassignvariousAttributeTypesandAssignments,customAssignments,andaddyourown
KeywordsandNotestothefile.
Onceyouhavefinishededitingthetags,clickSAVE.Youcancancelthesaveprocessby
clickingCANCEL.

NOTE:Patches&MultismustbesavedintoaCategoryfolderinsideauserPatchLibrary
youcannotsaveattheUserfolderlevelitself.Thisfoldercanbeinanexistinguser
directory,anewlycreatedsubfolderinsidetheUserfolder,oranewuserdirectory.
Thereisnoneedtopressthe"Refresh"buttonintheFullBrowseraftersavinganew
PatchorMulti.

ManagingPatches&Multis

TheBrowsersaredesignedtohandleallaspectsofsearching,browsing,andloadingsounds.
UsercreatedPatchesorMultisaremanagedusingyourcomputersbuiltinfilemanager(either
theMacFinder,ortheWindowsExplorer).ThismakesiteasytomanageyourcustomPatch
andMultiLibrariesbyorganizingtheminawaythatmakessensetoyou.

ThedefaultsavelocationforPatchesisinsideafoldernamed"User"locatedat:
.../STEAM/Omnisphere/SettingsLibrary/Patches/User

ThedefaultsavelocationforMultisisinsideafoldernamed"User"locatedat:...
/STEAM/Omnisphere/SettingsLibrary/Multis/User
Youcancreateadditionalfoldersatthoselocationsandnamethemwhateveryoulike.When
youcreateanewfolderatthetoplevel(alongsidetheUserfolder),itwillshowupinthe
DIRECTORIESdropdownmenuintherespectiveBrowser

NOTE:Whenyourenameorcreatenewfoldersatthetoplevel,youmustreinstantiate
Omnisphere,thenselecttheRefreshbuttoninorderforthemtoappearin
Omnisphere'sBrowser.

TIP:IfyouplantocreateanewPatchLibrary,agoodstartingpointistounzipthe
"CurrentCategories.zip"file.Thiscontainsthemostuptodatecategoriesusedin
SpectrasonicsFactoryPatchLibraries.IfyouwishtosaveyourownPatchesin
categoriesthatmatchtheonescurrentlyusedbySpectrasonics,youcanrenamethe
"CurrentCategories"foldertoanythingyoulikeandsaveyourPatchestothesenew
folders.TheoriginalUserfolderwillstillbeavailabletoyouintheDirectory.

InordertosaveaPatchorMulti,youmustsaveitintoaCategorysubfolderwithinaUser
folder.IftherearenoexistingsubfoldersinsideaUserfolder,youcancreateanewoneusing
yoursystemsfilemanager,orbyusingtheFileSaveDialoguewhensavingaPatchorMulti.
YoucanthensaveyourPatchorMultiintothenewsubfolder.Youcancreateasmanysub
foldersasyoulike,andthosesubfolderswillbedisplayedasCategoriesintheBrowser.
OnceyouhavecreatedaUserlibrary,youcansettheFileDirectoryModetobrowseyour
PatchesandMultiswithintheirfolders,justastheyarelocatedonyourharddrive.

Renaming,RelocatingandDeletingPatches&Multis

Torename,relocate,ordeleteausersavedPatchorMulti,youmustusetheMacFinderor
WindowsExplorer.NavigatetotheUserfolder,locatethedesiredfiles,andrename,relocate,
ordeletethemusingyourfilemanager.RefreshtheappropriateOmnisphereBrowser(s)to
reflectthechanges,byclickingonthe"Refresh"button(thecirculararrowinthefooterofthe
FullBrowsers).

BROWSERProjectsIntroduction

Projectsareanexcellentwaytomanageandorganizeyoursounds,makingiteasiertowork
efficientlywithinOmnisphere'senormouslibrary.SavingyoursoundsintoProjectsletsyou
collectandorganizesoundstogetherwithaparticularjoborsessionandarerecallableatany
time.
Projectsuseglobaltagsthataresavedautomatically,andarealwaysavailableforlaterrecall.
TheywillbepresentinanyopeninstanceofOmnisphere.
ProjectsarealsousedtosharesoundswithotherOmnisphereusers.
PleaseseeSharingformoreinfo.

BROWSERProjects

AProjectisauserdefinedcollectionofsounds,organizedinasinglegroup.Thiscanbe
appliedinmanyusefulways.Forexample,Projectscanbecreatedandnamedaccordingtoa
currentjob,differentsessions,songs,orstyles.
YoucanaddMultis,Patches,andSoundsourcestoaProject.TheProjectsystemisflexibleand
easytomanage,andsinceyounameandpopulatetheProjectsyourself,theycanbe
organizedinwaysthataremostmeaningfultoyou.
WhenaProjectisselectedintheFullBrowser,onlythesoundsthathavebeenaddedtothat
Projectwillbedisplayed,givingyouinstantaccesstofilteredandorganizedselections.

Creating,Managing,andAccessingProjects
TheProject/SharingMenu

TheProjects/SharingMenuprovidesalloftheoptionsneededtocreateandmanageyour
Projects.YoucanCreate,Rename,andDeleteProjects,ShowProjectsintheBrowser,addor
removesoundsfromaProject,andSharingyourprojectswithacollaborator.

CreateaProject

SelectCreateProjectfromtheProjects/SharingmenuintheFullBrowser,thentypeaname
fortheProjectintothetextfieldandpressReturn/Enteronyourkeyboard.

TheProjectisnowcreatedandavailableforaddingsounds.

AftercreatingaProject,itsnamewillappearinthetopsectionoftheProjectMenu.

AddasoundtoaProject

ToaddasoundtoaProject,firstselectthesoundyouwishtoaddintheapplicableFull
Browser.Next,opentheProjectMenuandselecttheProjectnametowhichyouwishtoaddthe
sound.Thatsit!
WheneverthatsoundisselectedandyouopentheProjectMenu,youwillseeacheckmark
nexttothatProjectname,indicatingthattheselectedsoundiscontainedinthatProject.
AsoundcanbeaddedtomultipleProjects.IfasoundhasbeenaddedtomultipleProjects,you
willseecheckmarksnexttothenamesofalltheProjectsithasbeenaddedto.
ThismakesiteasytoquicklyseeifasoundhasbeenaddedtooneormoreProjects.

RemoveasoundfromaProject

ToremoveasoundfromaProject,firstselectthesoundyouwishtoremovebyselectingitin
theBrowser.Next,opentheProjectMenuandselecttheProjectnameyouwishtoremovethe
soundfrom(thereshouldbeacheckmarknexttotheProjectname).Toconfirmthatthesound
wasremovedfromtheProject,selecttheProjectMenuagainandconfirmthatthecheckmark
wasremoved.

ShowProjects
OnceyouhavecreatedoneormoreProjectsandaddedsounds,youcanbrowsethemto
selectthespecificsoundsyou'veadded.
TobrowseyourProjects,selectShowProjectsfromtheProjectMenu.

Theleftmostattributefilterwillchangefrom"Category"to"Project,"andallofyourProjects
willshowupinthatcolumn.SelectaProjectfromtheProjectlist,andyourBrowserwilldisplay
onlythatProject'ssounds.

SelectShowProjectsfromtheProjectMenuagain,andtheattributefilterwillreturntothe
Categoryview.
YoucanalsoswitchbetweendisplayingProjectsorCategoriesbyselectingtheleftmost
attributefiltermenu,andselecting"Project"or"Category."

RenameProject

YYoucanrenameaProjectbyselectingitfromtheRenameProjectsubmenu.

DeleteAllProjects

TodeleteallProjects,opentheProjectMenuandselectDeleteAllProjects.Aconfirmation
popupwillappear,askingyoutoconfirmthedeletion.SelectingOKwilldeletetheProject.


DeleteaProject

TodeleteaProject,opentheProjectMenuandselecttheProjectyouwishtodeletefromthe
DeleteProjectsubmenu.Aconfirmationpopupwillappear,askingyoutoconfirmthe
deletion.SelectingOKwilldeletetheProject.

DeletingaProjectdoesn'tremoveordeleteanysoundsfromthelibrary.Itsimplyremovesthe
tagsassignedtothatProject.IfyouhavethesameProjectalsobeingusedintheMulti,Patch
andSoundsourceBrowsers,youwillhavetodeletetheProjectseparatelyinthoseBrowsers.


AddallmarkeditemstoaProject

SoundscanbemarkedsomultipleonescanbeaddedtoaProjectinonestep.Openthe
ProjectMenuandselect"AddallmarkeditemstoProject".Fromsubmenuthatshowsup
selecttheProjectyouwanttoaddallthemarkedsoundsto.Aconfirmationpopupwillappear,
askingyoutoconfirmtheaction.

AddalllisteditemstoaProject

SometimesitcanbeusefultoaddalltheresultsdisplayedintheBrowser.Forexample,ifthe
browserisfilteredtoshowbowed,atonal,darksounds,youcanaddalltheresultsbyopening
theProjectsmenu,selecting"AddalllisteditemstoProject"andthenyourproject.

ShareProject

"ShareSounds"andthenaProjectfromtheflyoutmenutocreatean.omnispherefile
containingsoundsyoucansharewithotherOmnisphereusers.SeeSharingSoundsformore
information.

BROWSERFavorites

TheFavoritesfeatureinOmnisphereprovidesafamiliarandconvenientwayofratingand
organizingsoundsinthelibrary.YouidentifyFavoritesbyapplyingRatingstoMultis,Patches
andSoundsources.YoucanalsosortsoundsintheBrowserbyRatings,bringingyourfavorite
soundstothetopoftheBrowserlist.
UsedtogetherwiththeProjectsfeature,Favoritesprovidesapowerfulandconvenientwayto
organizeandmanagetheOmnispheresoundlibrary.

AddingaRatingtoasound

ToaddaRatingtoasound,opentheBrowserandselectoneoftheRatingDotstotherightof
thesoundsname.Thedotswillchangetostarswhenyouselectthem.Youcanrateasound
from1starto5stars.
ByselectingonlytheRatingDots,youcanratesoundswithoutloadingthem.Thisallowsyouto
ratealargenumberofsoundsveryquickly,withouthavingtoloadeachoneasyougoalong.

ChangingorremovingaRating
AfteryouhaveaddedaRatingtoasound,youcaneasilychangeitbyselectingthedots(or
stars)again.
TherearetwowaystoremovetheRatingfromasound:eitherclickintheemptyspacejustto
theleftoftheRatingDots,orCTRL/CMDclickonthedots/starsthemselves.

SortingbyRatings

ToseeyourFavoritessortedaccordingtotheirRatings,opentheSortMenuintheBrowser
Footerandselect"Ratings".ThesoundsintheBrowserwindowwillthenbedisplayedwithyour
favoritesoundsatthetopofthelist,inorderoftheirRating.Thetoprated(5star)soundswill
appearfirst,followedby4starsounds,then3starsounds,etc.

Toreturntoanalphabeticallist,opentheSortMenuagainandselectAZ.

BROWSEREditTags

SelectingtheEditTagsButtonintheBrowserFooteropenstheTagEditor.

OmnispherescustomizabletaggingsystemallowsoundstohaveTagsassignedtothem,which
categorizessoundsandmakesthemsearchableandfilterable.TagsarebasedonAttributes
thatalsocanbecustomizedbytheUser.

ItisnotrequiredtocreateTagsforcustomsounds,butitsstronglyrecommendedtoadd
them,asTagswillmakethemeasiertofindwhenbrowsingandtosharewithotherUsers.

NOTE:YouwontbeabletoopentheTagEditorforaPatchorMultiunlessithas
alreadybeensavedtotheLibrary.

BROWSERAttributes

AttributeTypes
AllofOmnispheresfactorysoundshaveatleastthreeAttributeTypesassignedtothem,and
canhaveuptoeightAttributeTypesassigned.EachAttributeTypecanhavemultipleAttribute
Assignments.

Required&OptionalTypes
TherearetwokindsofAttributeTypesOptionalandRequired.AnyAttributeTypehighlighted
byathinredboxindicatesthatitisRequiredmeaningthatAttributesmustbeassignedto
them.OptionalAttributeTypes(thosewithoutaredbox)dontrequireAttributesassignedto
them.

RequiredAttributesworkpercategory:allthesoundsinthesamecategorywillrequirethe
sameattributeswhensavingthem.
IfyouaresavingasoundinacategorythatalreadyexistsintheOmnisphereLibrary(i.e.
SynthPoly),therequiredattributeswillbethosethatSpectrasonicschoseforthatcategoryand
can'tbechanged.Ifyousavesoundstocategorywithauniquename,youcandetermine
whichattributesarerequired.
TheRequiredindicatorcanbeexpandedorcontractedoncustomsounds(RequiredAttributes
Typesinfactorypresetscannotbechanged,however).

ReorderingAttributeTypes
AttributeTypescanbereorderedbydraggingthemverticallyintoanotherposition.Thefirst
threeAttributeTypeswillbedisplayedintheAttributescolumnsintheBrowserFilters.
AttributeTypesinfactorysoundsarefixed,andcantbereorganized.OfcourseanyMultior
PatchcanbesavedasanewUserMultiorPatchandtheAttributeTypescanthenbe
customized.

CreateNewAttributeType

ByselectingthedropdownmenunexttoanyAttributeTypeacustomAttributeTypecanbe
createdbyselectingCreateNewAttributeType.
EnterthenameofthenewAttributeTypeinthefieldanditwillbeaddedtoexistingtypesin
theAttributesTypescolumn.WhenyoucreateanewAttributeType,itsalsonecessaryto
createnewAssignmentsforthenewAttributeType.Pleaseseethesectiononadding
Assignmentsfordetails.

RemovingAttributes
TheRemoveThisAttributeoptionisavailablefromtheAttributeTypesdropdownmenu,and
whenselected,willdooneoftwothings.IftheAttributeTypeisafactoryAttributeType(e.g.
Author,Complexity,etc.)thenallcustomAssignmentswillberemoved,butnottheAttribute
Typeitself.IfitsaUsercreatedAttributeType,itwillremovetheAttributeTypeandallofits
Assignments.

BROWSEROverview

TheOverviewareadisplaysalloftheAssignmentsassignedtoeachAttributeType.

ResetAll

TheResetAllbuttonintheOverviewareawillclearallAssignmentsforallAttributeTypes.If
thisbuttonwasselectedaccidentally,theResetcanbeundonebyimmediatelypressingthe
CancelbuttonintheEditTagsscreen.

BROWSERAssignments

TheAssignmentscolumndisplaysalistofTagsthatcanbeaddedtoanAttributeType.These
aretypicallydescriptivewordsorlabels,andwillchangedependingontheAttributeType
selected.WhenyouaddanAssignmenttoasoundusingtheAssignmentscolumn,itwillbe
addedtotheselectedAttributeType,andcanbeusedlatertolocatethesoundusingthe
searchfeatureoftheBrowser.
Forexample,ifyouaddthe"Arpeggiated"Assignmenttoasound,andlaterentered
"arpeggiated"intotheBrowsersearchfield,thesoundwillappearonthefilteredlist.
YouarenotlimitedtoasingleAssignmentforanAttributeType.MultipleAssignmentsare
permittedforallAttributeTypes.

AddingAssignments

ToaddAssignmentstoanAttributeType,firstselectthedesiredAttributeTypeintheAttribute
Typescolumn.AlistofAssignmentsrelatedtothatAttributeTypewillappearinthe
Assignmentslist.
SelectanAssignmenttoaddittothecurrentAttributeType.WhenyouaddanAssignment,it
willbehighlightedandwillappearintheAttributeTypeOverview.Youcanaddanynumberof
AssignmentsforagivenAttributeType.

NOTE:IfyouhavecreatedacustomAttributeType,itwillhavenopresetAssignments.
YouwillalsohavetocreatecustomAssignmentsinordertoaddAssignmentstothe
customAttributeType.

RemovingAssignments

ToremoveanAssignmentfromanAttributeType,firstselectthedesiredAttributeTypeinthe
AttributeTypecolumn.ThelistofAssignmentsrelatedtothatAttributeTypewillappearinthe
Assignmentslist,andanyAssignmentsthathavebeenaddedtothatAttributeTypewillbe
highlighted.
SelectahighlightedAssignmenttoremovethatAssignmentfromtheAttributeType,anditwill
nolongerappearintheAttributeTypesOverview.

CreatingCustomAssignments

TocreatecustomAssignments,youmustfirstselectanexistingAttributeTypeorcreatea
customone.AssignmentscanbecreatedforbothcustomandfactoryAttributeTypes.
AfteranAttributeTypehasbeenselectedorcreated,selectthe+buttoncreateanew

AfteranAttributeTypehasbeenselectedorcreated,selectthe+buttoncreateanew
AssignmentforthatAttributeType.EnteranamefortheAssignmentintothetextfield,and
pressEnter/Returnonyourkeyboard.ThenewAssignmentwillbecreated,andautomatically
addedtotheAttributeType.
TocreateadditionalAssignments,pressthe+buttonagainandrepeattheprocessuntilall
thedesiredAssignmentshavebeencreatedandadded.

NOTE:IfacustomAssignmenthasbeencreated,butisnotaddedtotheAttribute
Type,itwillautomaticallybedeletedafterexitingtheEditTagspane.

AssignmentsView

TheseswitchesdeterminehowAssignmentsareviewedandsortedontheEditTagspage.

More
SelectingthisoptionhidestheOverviewareasothatmoreAssignmentscanbedisplayedata
time.

BROWSERCategory&Sort

Category
SelectingthisoptionwillhighlightalloftheAssignmentsfortheselectedAttributethathave
beenusedinthecategorytheloadedsoundisin.TheAssignmentsusedforOmnisphere
soundswillbehighlightedinblueandtheonesusedonthirdpartylibrariesorUsersoundswill
behighlightedinorange.

Sort
TheSortfunctiongroupsallAttributeAssignmentsthatareinthesameCategoryasthe
currentlyloadedsound.TheAssignmentsusedinOmnisphere'ssoundswillbegroupedatthe
topofthelist,followedbytheonesusedbythirdpartyorUsersounds.Theremaining
unassignedAttributesaredisplayedbelow,andaresortedalphabetically.

BROWSERKeywords,Weblink&Sort

Keywords
KeywordsaredescriptivewordsandphrasesthatareoutsideofthescopeofAttributes,butare
stillusefulwhensearchingandbrowsingsounds.Thesecanbemoresubjectiveandcanbe
changedoraddedtobothfactoryandUsercreatedMultisandPatches.Youmaywanttoadd
yournameorcommenttoindicatethatitsafavoritesound,oranartistthatthesoundreminds
youoforaprojectthatthesoundisassociatedwith.
ToaddaKeyword,simplyclicktheKeywordfield,andtypethemin.SeparateeachKeyword
withacomma.SelectanddeleteanyKeywordsthatyouwishtoremove.

Weblink

ThiswillconfiguretheweblinkonthePatchZoomorMultiZoompage.
Thisfieldcanonlycontainavalidwebaddress,butitdoesnotneedtobeafullURL.For
example,Insteadofhttp://www.spectrasonics.net,itcansimplybewritten
spectrasonics.netandwillstillbeconsideredavalidwebaddress.

Notes
TheNotesfieldcancontainsnotesabouthowthesoundwascreated,playingtips,andsome
suggestionsforhowitcanbemodified.

NOTE:AllofthetextintheNotesfieldwillbecheckedduringsearchesintheBrowser.

BROWSEREditTagsFooter

TheFooterdisplaysinformationaboutthecurrentsound,andallowsanychangestotheEdit
Tagstobesavedorcanceled.

Directory,CategoryandName
TheseareinformationaldisplaysindicatingtheDirectory,CategoryandthenameoftheSound.

Cancel/Save
AnychangesmadeintheTagEditorcanbesavedorcanceledbyselectingtheappropriate
button.

NOTE:SavingtheTagsalsosavesthePatchorMultiandanymodificationsthathave
beenmadetoit.

BROWSEROmnisphereLibraryIntegrationLoadingTrilianSounds

OneofthepowerfulfeaturesofOmnisphereisLibraryIntegration.
IfyouhavebothOmnisphereandTrilianinstalled,yourTrilianlibrarywillappearinthe
BrowserDIRECTORYmenualongwithyourotherOmnispherelibraries.Trilian'sSoundsources,
Patches,andMultiscanbeloadeddirectlyintoOmnisphereforfurthersynthesismanipulation,
orsimplypureconvenience!
WhenTrilianPatchesareloadedinOmnisphere,Trilian'sMainCustomControlspagewillbe
automaticallydisplayedwhenthePatchisloadedfromtheMiniBrowserorrevealedwhenyou
closetheFullBrowser.EachTrilianPatchcontainsitsownCustomControlslayoutthatbrings
togetherinonepageallthemostusefulparametersofthatPatch.

Trilian&OmnisphereControls
WhenusingTrilian'sCustomControlspage,selectingtheOmnisphereControlsbuttononthe
TrilianinterfacewillswitchtheinterfacetothestandardOmnispherecontrols.


Conversely,selectingtheTRILIANbuttonontheOmnisphereinterfacewhenaTrilianpatchis
loadedwillreturnyoutotheTrilianCustomControlspage.

NOTE:TrilianUserPatchesandUserMultiswillnotappearintheOmnispherelibrary.
YoucanstilluseTriliantoopenthose,orsimplyrecreatetheminOmnisphereusing
TrilianSoundsourcesorPatches,andthensavethemasOmnispherePatchesorMultis.

MAINIntroduction

TheMAINPagecanbeconsideredOmnisphere's"dashboard."Itallowsquickchangestothe
Patchthatsbeenloadedandthereareusefulperformancecontrolsthatappearexclusivelyon
thispage.
TheparametercontrolsintheMAINpageaffecttheentirePatch(bothLayerAandLayerB).
ThelargemiddleareashowstheNotesViewandtheLayersView.TheNotestabprovides
accesstothePatchZoom,whiletheLayerstaballowsyoutoseeandselectwhichoscillatoror
SoundsourceisusedforeachLayerandprovidesaccesstotheSoundsourceZoom.
Thecontrolsontheleftincludethenumberofvoices,Octavetranspose,Scale,ClockSpeed,
Latch,TriggerModes,Gain,MIDIChannel,Outputrouting,andPartLevel,alongwithaMute
andSoloswitch.
TheMasterFiltercontrolsalongthebottomallowyoutoselectHighpassorLowpassfilters,and
adjusttheCutoffandResonance.
ThecontrolsontherightareforVelocityCurves,Solo/Glidemodes,Pedalcontrols,andPitch
Bendcontrols.TheVCurve(VelocityCurve)sectionalsohasaZoomoptionforcustomizing
Velocitycurves.

MAINNotesView

TheMAINNOTESviewprovidesavisualrepresentationofthePatch,alongwithuseful
informationandperformancesuggestions.
ClickonthemagnifyingglasstoaccessthePatchZoom,foramoredetaileddescriptionofthe
Patch,creativeideasforitsapplicationandperformance,andotherinformationsuchas
educational,historical,orbackgroundmaterialthatwillbeofinterest.

Attributesarealsolistedhere,providinginformationabouttimbre,mood,genre,andother
descriptionsofthePatch,thusenablingPatchselectionstobefilteredviaOmnispheres
Browsers.YoucanedittheseTagsusingthepowerfulEditTagsfeatureofeachBrowser.
TheMOREINFO+WWWbuttoncanprovidefurtherinformationaboutthePatchand/orits
author.
TheLEGALINFObuttonprovideshelpfulinformationaboutthetrademarksandcopyrightsfor
OmnispheresCoreLibrary.

MAINLayersView

TheLAYERSviewprovidesthenamesandavisualrepresentationoftheWaveformsor
SoundsourcesthatmakeupthePatch,alongwithON/OFFbuttonsforquickauditioningand
VolumefadersforeachLayer.

ThestepperarrowsallowyoutostepthroughWaveformsorSoundsources,andforLayersthat
useSoundsources,thefoldericontakesyoutotheSoundsourceBrowser,whilethe
magnifyingglasstakesyoutotheSoundsourceZoomforthatLayer.
WhentheSoundsourceZoomisopen,youcantogglebetweenEditViewandInfoViewusing
theEditandInfobuttonsontheSoundsourceZoompane.

TheSoundsourceZoomEditViewallowsyoutoadjustvariousparametersspecifictothe
SoundsourceloadedintheselectedLayer.FordetailspleaseseetheSoundsourceZoomEdit
Viewsection.


TheSoundsourceZoomInfoViewprovidesdetailedinformationabouttheSoundsource,
includinginformationontheoriginofthesampledsoundandhowitwasmodifiedoradapted
forinclusioninOmnisphere.Therealsowillbesomesuggestionsforitsuseandsomeideasfor
modifyingit,alongwithaweblinkandlegalinformationlinkswithmoreinfoaboutthe
Soundsource.
Thissectionalsodisplaysawidevarietyofinformation,includingtheauthor,specificationsand
categorization.
TheMOREINFO+WWWbuttoncanprovidefurtherinformationabouttheSoundsourceand/or
itsauthor.
TheLEGALINFObuttonprovideshelpfulinformationaboutthetrademarksandcopyrightsfor
OmnispheresCoreLibrary.
Tolearnmore,seetheSoundsourceZoomInfoViewsection.

MAINVoices&Octave

Voices

TheVOICESparameterdeterminesthenumberofsimultaneousnotes(alsocalledpolyphony)
thatareplayableinasinglePart.Omnisphereiscapableofupto64voicesofpolyphonyper
part,andtheVOICESselectordeterminesthemaximumnumberofvoicesthatthePatchwill
haveavailable.
ThehigherthenumberofvoicesthatthePatchhas,themoreCPUpoweritwilluse,sothisisa
veryimportantparameterinOmnisphere.Thebestapproachistosetitonlytothemaximum
numberofnotesthatareneededforthegivenmusicalapplication.
ThefactoryPatcheshaveallbeensetconservatively,butifmorepolyphonyisneeded,youcan
increasethenumberofvoices.
Range164

NOTE:Voicesappliestoallsoundingnotes,notjusttheonesthatarecurrentlybeing
played.Thisisimportanttoconsiderwhenplayingsoundswithlongerreleasetimes.
Ifyouhaveletgoofanote,butthetailisstillsounding,itcountsasavoice.

Octave

ThisfunctionraisesorlowerstheoverallpitchbytransposingthePatchin12semitone
(octave)increments.ThereisatotalrangeoffiveOctaves.
Range2to+2octaves

MAINScale

OneofOmnispheresversatilefeaturesisitsabilitytoutilizedifferenttunings,whichincludes
historicaltemperaments,microtonalscales,andusercreatedtemperamentsas
well.Omnispherecanimportany.TUNscalefile.
EachPartcanhaveasingleScaleactiveatonetime.UptoeightdifferentScalescanbe
simultaneouslyloadedinaMulti(oneperPart).
Eachtuningliststhenumberofnotesperoctave.Forexample,ifyouselectPelog7tone,the
octavewillrepeateveryeighthhalfstep.
NOTE:ThecommonreferenceforallofthealternatetuningsisthatMiddleC(C3orC4
onyourcontroller)willalwaysbethesame,nomatterwhatScaleisloaded.

ThetemperamentsthatareincludedwithOmnisphereare:

African
ThesetenscalesarefromAfricanmalletidiophonesandlamellaphones(commonlycalled
kalimbasormoires),whichfeaturemetaltinesthatarepluckedwiththefinger.Tuningswith
thesuffix"AD"meanthenotesaremappedinanAscendingandDescendingarrangement.
Amandinda240centAwholestepscalein240centstepsinsteadof200cent
steps.
AmandindaADThesamescale,mappedinbothdirections.
Balafon7Tone
CharimbaAD5Tonescale,ascendinganddescending
Kunaka7ToneNamedformbiravirtuosoJohnKunaka
Likembe14Tone
MetepeTuningAD
MetepeTuning

Sanza7Tone
Sanza8Tone
Arabic
ThefirsttwoArabicscaleswerecreatedinthefirstcenturybyPersianphilosopherAbuNasral
FarabiandarestillusedinmodernArabianmusic.SabbaghtuningisdesignedfortheOud(a
lutelikeinstrument)andthefourthoneisacommonTurkish24notescale.
AlFarabi17Tone
AlFarabi19Tone
Sabbagh7Tone
Turkish24Tone

Gamelan
ThesescalesareusedinIndonesianGamelanmusic.AGamelanisanensemblecomprisedof
metallicpercussion,strings,hornsandvocals.Thesescalesworkwellwithmetallic,belllike
sounds.
Degung5tone
Jemblung5tone
Pelog7tone
PelogandSlendro(PelogonthewhitekeysandSlendroonblack)
Slendro5tone
Udan12tone

Historical
Thesearemostlyoctavebasedscales,whereattemptsweremadetoresolvetheinherent"un
pure"natureofthe12tonescale.Asaresult,someintervalsandchordssoundquitepureand
othersaremoredissonant.Thedissonantnotesaresometimescalled"Wolftones."
KirnbergerIINamedforJohannKirnberger,astudentofBach.
MeantoneHalfCreatedinthe15thcentury,andutilizedbyJ.S.Bach,among
others.Itarosefromanattempttocreatepurerthirdsbysacrificingthepurityof
thefifths.
Olympos5toneAnancientGreekpentatonicscale.
PythagoreanNamedforPythagorasandbasedonperfectfifths.Ithasbeen
usedsince3500BC.Therearetwo17toneversionsanda12toneversion.
SilbermannNamedforGottfriedSilbermann,a16thcenturykeyboardbuilder.
WerkmeisterNamedforAndreasWerkmeister,thecomposerwhocreateditin
thelate1600s.
Kalimba
MostofthesescalesweretakendirectlyfromthesomeoftheSoundsourcesfrom
Omnisphere'sCoreLibrary.Byloadingoneofthefollowingtuningstothecorresponding
Soundsource,you'llbeabletoplayitwithitsoriginaltuning.AlloftheKalimbatuningsuse
Ascending/Descendingmapping.
BlueNileAlimba

BlueNileAlimba
BottlecapZimbira
BrightMarimbula
CeramicKalimbadrum
CoffeeCanKalimba
DarkZimbira
DoubleGourdeKalimba
ElectricMBira
Guitaralimba
HohnerGuitaret
KalimbaAfricanAD
KalimbaWesternAD
PurpleRainAlimba
ResonatorZim'bira
RhumbaBox
RubyMoonBassAlimba
SizzleGourdKalimba
SmallGourdKalimba
TanzanianBirdKalimba
WoodKeyMarimbula

Microtonal
Thesescalesaddadditionalmicrotonalstepsfromjustunderanoctavetoasmanyas48tones
peroctave.
11ToneOneoctavelessonesemitone
13ToneOneoctaveplusasemitone
17ToneOneoctaveandafourth
19ToneOneoctaveandafifth
24ToneTwooctaves
31ToneTwooctavesandafourth
48ToneFouroctaves

Modern
Thesealternativescaleswerecreatedwithinthelastonehundredandfiftyyears.
BohlenPierceA13tonescalenamedforHeinzBohlenandJohnPierce
DarregGenusA9tonescalenamedforIvorDarreg,creatorofthefirstre
tunablesynthesizerinthe1950s.
EllisA24tonescalenamedforAlexanderEllisandHermannvonHelmholtz,
influentialscientistsofthelate1800s.

influentialscientistsofthelate1800s.
Partch29toneHenryPartch,anAmericancomposerofthe20thcentury.
Partchcreatedmanyalternatetunings,suchas43tone,37toneandthis29tone
scale.
CarlosScalesSynthesispioneerWendyCarloscreatedthesefivescales.The
firstthreearemicrotonalandthelasttwoare12tonescales.
CarlosAlpha18tone
CarlosBeta22tone
CarlosGamma35tone
CarlosHarmonicC
CarlosSuperJustC

Western
EqualTemperamentthedefaulttuningformostofWesternculture(andfor
Omnisphereaswell).

Ascending/DescendingMapping
Sincethetinesonmbirasandkalimbasarenottypicallyarrangedfromlowtohigh,butrather
aremixedinvariousways,thebestwaytosimulatetheplayingoftheseinstrumentsona
standardkeyboardistoarrangethetuninginbothdirectionsfromMiddleC.Thesetuningsare
designedtobeplayedonlyonthewhitekeys.SomeoftheAfricanscalesandallofthe
KalimbascalesusethisAscending/Descendingarrangement.
AsyoucanseeintheRhumbaBoxexamplebelow,thatinstrumenthasseventines,thelowest
tineinthecenter.TheAscending/Descendingtuningsaremappedfromlowtohighonthewhite
keys(blackkeysareunmapped)andthemiddlenoteoftheascendingscaleismappedtoC60.
Thenoteorderisthenreversedineachdirection.

NOTE:InAscending/Descendingtuningsthenotesdonotnecessarilycorrespondto
thekeynumbertowhichtheyaremappedtheyaresimplygroupedastheyweretuned
ontheoriginalinstrument.

MAINClockSpeed

AllofthetimebasedparametersinOmnisphere(Arpeggiator,Envelopes,LFOs,andFX)canbe
synchronizedtothehost'stempo.Forinstance,arhythmicPatchmighthavetheArpeggiator
clocksetto1/16thnotes,theLFOsettotherateof1/4note,andadelayeffectunitwitha
delaytimeofadotted1/8thnote.
ClockSpeedprovidesaneasywaytoaccomplishhalftime/doubletimeofrhythmicpatches,
withouttheneedtosearchoutandindividuallymodifyalltherhythmicmodulationsources,FX,
andArpeggiatorsettings.

Omnisphere'sClockSpeedcanbesetto1/4or1/3ofthehost'stempo,aswellashalfspeed,
normal,doublespeed,X3andX4.

MAINLatch&TriggerModes

Latch&TriggerModes

TheLatchModeandTriggerModefeaturesextendtheperformancecapabilitiesofOmnisphere,
especiallywhenusedtogetherwithLiveModeand/orStackMode.Usedtogether,theyenablea
widerangeofcreativeperformance,liveremixing,andcompositiontechniquestodiscoverand
explore.

NOTE:BesuretocheckouttheLatchandTriggerModestutorial,andtheindepth
sectionsoftheReferenceGuideforusingLatch&TriggermodestogetherwithLIVE
MODE.andSTACKMODE.

LatchMode

TheLatchModebuttonallowsyoutotoggleLatchModeonorofffortheselectedPart.
SelectingtheLatchModebuttonwillenableLatchMode.ThebuttonishighlightedwhenLatch
ModeisenabledforthePart.
IfyouarealreadyholdingsustainednoteswhenyouenableLatchMode,thosenoteswillbe
latched.
SelectingtheLatchModebuttonagainwilldisableLatchModeforthepart.

NOTE:DisablingLatchModeforaPartwhileitsplayingwillimmediatelysendanAll
NotesOffmessagetothePart.ThetailsfromFXandreleasestagesfromenvelopes
willcontinuetodecay.The"AllNotesOff"messageappliesonlytonotesplayingon
thatPart.

NOTE:APartsLatchModestatuscanalsobeviewedorchangedfromtheLIVEMODE
orSTACKMODEpages.

TriggerMode

TriggerModeenablesrealtimequantizationofincomingMIDInotes,sothatPartswillalways
playinsync.Thismakesitveryeasytoexperimentandimprovisealongwithotherclocked
sourceswithoutlosingsynchronization.Thesefeaturesarealotoffuntouseforjammingand
buildingupideasquickly!
TheTriggerModeicondisplaysthecurrentTriggerModefortheselectedPart,andallowsyou
toaccesstheTriggerModemenuforthatPart.


TochangeTriggerModes,selecttheTriggerModeiconandchoosethedesiredTriggerMode
fromdropdownmenu.Acheckmarkwillappearnexttotheselectedoption,andtheTrigger
ModeiconwillchangetoreflecttheselectedTriggerMode.

TriggerModes
Immediate:ThisisthedefaultTriggerMode.MIDIinputisnotquantized,and
playbackofMIDInotesisimmediate.
Next16th:thisoptiondelaystheplaybackofincomingMIDInotestothenext
16thnote.Inotherwords,notesarequantizedinrealtimetothenext16thnote.
Ifyouplayaheadofthenext16th,theremaybeaslightdelaybeforethenote
sounds.Thisdelaywillbeamaximumofa16thnoteatthecurrenttempo.This
modemakesiteasytoplayquickphrasesinperfectsyncwithotherPartsor
clockedsources.
NextBeat:thisoptiondelaysplaybacktothenextbeat.IfincomingMIDInotes
arriveaheadofthenextbeat,thedelayisamaximumofonebeat.NextBeat
modemakesitveryeasytotriggerrhythmicpatchesinperfectsync,andwhen
usedtogetherwithLatchMode,forlayeringphrasesthatarequantizedtothe
beatinrealtime.
NextBar:delaysplaybackuntilthenextbar.IfMIDImessagesarriveaheadof
thenextbar,thedelayisamaximumofonebar.Thismodeisespeciallyusefulif
youwanttosynchronizephrasesonthedownbeatofameasure.Youcanpressa
noteanytimeinthepreviousbaranditwillwaituntilthenextbartoplay.

NOTE:TheselectedTriggerModealsoaffectsaPartsArpeggiator,LFOs,and
Envelopes.Thesewillalsobedelayeduntilthenoteitselfistriggered.

NOTE:APartsTriggerModecanalsobeviewedorchangedfromtheLIVEMODEor
STACKMODEpages.

MAINGain,Channel&Output

GAIN

Theoutputlevelofthepartcanbecontrolledin1dbincrements.Thedefaultis6db.
Range+10dbto24db

MIDIChannel

Bydefault,Parts1~8areassignedsequentiallytoMIDIChannels1~8.However,eachPart
inaMULTIcanbesettorespondtoanyoneof16MIDIchannels.Selectthedesiredchannel
fromtheMIDIChanneldropdownmenu.

Output

Bydefault,Parts1~8areassignedtoOUTA.However,eachPartinaMULTIcanberoutedto
anyoneofthe8Outputchannels.SelectthedesiredchannelfromtheOutputChanneldrop
downmenu.

RangeOUTAOUTH

NOTEPleaserefertotheFXArchitecturesectionformoredetailabouthow
OmnispheresOutputsandFXarerouted.

MAINPartLevel,Mute/Solo

PartLevel

ThissliderdeterminestheoverallvolumeoftheselectedPart.Thisslider,andtheMute/Solo
switchesarethesameastheMute/SoloandPartLevelcontrolontheMixerpage.
RangeInfdBto+9.54dB

Mute&Solo

M(Mute)SilencestheaudioofthePart.
S(Solo)IsolatestheaudioofthePart,mutinganyotheractiveParts.

NOTE:ThePartLevel,MUTEandSOLOparametersaresavedwiththeMULTI,notthe
Patch.

MAINVCurve

TheVstandsforVelocity.Omnispherehasfourvelocitycurvepresetsavailableonthe
CONTROLSscreen.Thefirstcurveislinear,thentwoexponentialcurvesandthelastisflat.
ThesecurvesareprovidedtoquicklyadjustthedynamicresponseofthecurrentPatchtoyour
MIDIcontrollerandplayingstyle.

Linear

Thelinearcurveisthemostcommonlyusedvelocitysetting.Playingharderonthekeyboard
willhaveadirecteffectonanyparameterthatismodulatedwithvelocityinanevenandlinear
way.

ExponentialPositive

TheExponentialPositivecurvemeansthatwhenplayingsoftlynotmucheffectwillbeheard,
butwhenplayingatamoderateintensityonthekeyboardthevelocitymodulationwillbemore
dramaticthanwithalinearcurve.

ExponentialNegative

ExponentialNegativehastheoppositeeffectofExponentialpositive,meaningthatitsbetter
suitedformoreintensetouchandprovidesthewidestmusicaldynamicrange.

Flat

Omnispherewillreceivethesamevelocityvaluewiththisflatcurve.Usefulifatotally
consistentandpredictableresultisdesired.

VCurveZoom

TheVCurveZoombuttonprovidesaccesstotheVelocityCurveZoom,forpreciseeditingof
theVelocityresponseofthePatch.

MAINVelocityCurveZoom

SelectingtheZoomiconnexttothedifferentVelocityCurvepresetsopenstheVELOCITY
CURVEZOOM.ThispageprovidesdetailedcontrolstomodifythevelocitycurveofaPatch.The
VelocitycurvesettingsareglobaltothePartmeaningtheywillbeappliedtobothlayers,but
theamountappliedtoeachlayercanbecontrolledindependently.
Youcansave,copy,andloadpresetVelocitycurvesfromthedropdownmenunexttothe
VELOCITYCURVEZOOMheader.

CURVEDISPLAY

WhenchangesareappliedtotheSLOPE&OFFSETsliders(describedbelow)theshapeofthe
curvechangewillchangeaccordinglyinthisdisplay.

AMPENV(LayerA&LayerB)

TheAMPENV(AmplitudeEnvelope)knobscontrolhowmuchtheAmplitudeEnvelopeisaffected
bytheVelocityCurveineachlayer.Thelowerthesetting,thelesseffectvelocitywillhaveon
theoutputoftheAmplitudeEnvelope.

FILTERENV(LayerA&LayerB)

TheFILTERENV(FilterEnvelope)knobscontrolshowmuchtheFilterEnvelopeisaffectedby
theVelocityCurveineachlayer.Thelowerthesetting,thelesseffectvelocitywillhaveonthe
outputoftheFilterEnvelope.

SLOPE

Thishorizontalcontroladjuststhesteepness,orslope,ofthevelocitycurve.Ifthesliderisset
allthewaytomaximum,thecurvewillbeverysteep.Minimumsettingswillhaveahorizontal
(orflat)curve.

OFFSET

Thisverticalslideroffsetsthevelocitycurvebyraisingandloweringitwithinthedisplay.At
highsettingsthecurvewillstartatahigherlevelandmovingthesliderdownwillsetthe
velocitycurvetoaminimumlevel.

CONTROLPOINT

TheControlPointdeterminestheshapeofthevelocitycurve,whetheritsalinear,convex,or
concavecurve.TheControlPoint,OFFSET,andSLOPEsliderscancreateawidevarietyof
curves.MovetheControlPointaroundthegridbyselectinganddraggingituntilthedesired
curveisset.

curveisset.

MAINSolo&Glide

SOLO

SoloallowsthePatchtoplaymonophonically.SOLOmodeismosteffectivewhenplayinglead
orbasslines.ItworksinconjunctionwiththeLEGATObuttontotheleftofit,whichdetermines
howthesoundistriggered.

LEGATO

LegatoisatriggeringmodethatpreventstheenvelopeandSoundsourcefrombeingre
triggeredwitheachnewnote.IfLEGATOisnotselected,theneachnewnotewillretrigger
boththeenvelopesandtheSoundsource.

NOTE:Invintagesynths,LegatoONwouldbereferredtoasSingleTriggerwhile
LegatoOFFwouldbeMultiTrigger

GLIDE

Glideisaportamentoeffect,whichaddsapitchslidefromonenotetothenext.Omnispheres
Glidefunctionispolyphonic,whichmeansthateverynotethatsplayedwillhaveasliding
pitch.SelectingtheSOLObuttonaboveitenablesmonophonicGlide.

ThecontrolslidernexttotheGLIDEbuttondetermineshowslowlyorquicklythatthepitches
slidefromonenotetothenext.Thehigherthecontrolsliderisset,theslowerthepitchglide
betweennotes.
Range0to2seconds

GLIDELEGATO

GlideLegatowillchangethecriteriaforwhenGLIDEisenabled.Iflegatonotesareplayed,
thenGLIDEwillbeactivated.Ifquick,staccatonotesareplayed,theGlideeffectwillnotbe
heard.

GLIDEAB(LAYERBUTTONS)

GLIDEcanbeusedonjustoneLayerifdesired.Bydefault,whenGLIDEisselected,bothA&
Bwillactive.IfneitherAorBisselected,noGLIDEeffectwillbeheard,andtheGLIDEbutton
willturnitselfoff.
GlidingononeLayeronlycanbeaninterestingmusicaleffect.

MAINBend

OmnispherehastheabilitytocontrolthePitchBendersrangeindependentlyforbothupand
downmovements(whereasmanysynthesizersonlyallowthesameamountofbendinboth
directions).ThissettingisforthePatch,anddetermineshowmuchthenotewillbendwhen
usingtheMIDIcontrollerspitchbender.

DOWN
DetermineshowmuchthepitchwillbenddownusingtheMIDIcontrollerspitch
bender.
Range0to24semitones

UP
DetermineshowmuchthepitchwillbendupusingtheMIDIcontrollerspitch
bender.
Range0to24semitones

EDITPAGESustain&Expression

SustainModes

TherearetwoSustainmodesavailableintheFooter,StandardSustain(Mode1)andAlternate
Sustain(Mode2).TheSustainModeselectionswitches(numbered1and2)allowyoutoswitch
betweenmodes,andareMIDIlearnableswitches.
StandardSustain(Mode1)
WhentheStandardSustainModeisselected,usingyourSustainpedalwill
behavelikeanormalSustainfunction.Notesplayedthenreleasedwillbe
sustained,andadditionalnotesplayedwilloverlapandsustain.Sustainswillbe
hearduntilthesounddecaysorthepedalisreleased.
AlternateSustain(Mode2)
WhentheAlternateSustainModeisselected,whenyourSustainpedalis
pressed,notesplayedthenreleasedwillsustainasnormal,butadditionalnotes
playedwillcutoffthepreviouslyplayednotes.Thisisespeciallyusefulwhen
playingRockstylebasslines,andisgreatforcertainchordedphrasesaswell.
Thelastnotesplayedwillcontinuetosustainuntilthesounddecaysorthepedal
isreleased.

NOTE:Notesthatarestillheldwhenplayingadditionalnoteswontbecutoff.Ifyou
playandholdanote,thenplayanothernote,bothwillbeheardandsustained.

SustainPedalIcon

TheSustainPedalIconisanon/offtoggle.Itdefaultstoon(enabled).Whenthisswitchis
enabled,theSustainpedalwillalwaysaffectSustain(CC#64).
Whenthisswitchisdisabled,theSustainpedalwillstillsendCC#64messages,butwillnotbe
appliedtoSustain.ThisallowstheSustainpedaltobeusedexclusivelyformodulatingother
parametersusingtheModMatrix,orbyMIDIlearningcontrolssuchason/offswitchesforFX
modules,orLayeron/offcontrols.

NOTE:WhentheSustainIconisenabled,theSustainpedalcanstillbeusedto
modulateorcontrolotherparameters,howeverthoseadditionswillactincombination
withtheSustainfunction.

ExpressionPedalIcon

TheExpressionPedalIconisanon/offtoggle.Itdefaultstoon(enabled).Whenthisswitchis
enabled,theExpressionpedalwillalwaysaffectExpression(CC#11).
Whenthisswitchisdisabled,theExpressionpedalwillstillsendCC#11messages,butwillnot
beappliedtoExpression.ThisallowstheExpressionpedaltobeusedexclusivelyfor
modulatingotherparametersusingtheModMatrix,orbyMIDIlearningcontrolssuchasFXor
Filterparameters,orLayermixcontrols.

NOTE:WhentheExpressionIconisenabled,theExpressionpedalcanstillbeusedto
modulateorcontrolotherparameters,howeverthoseadditionswillactincombination
withthenormalExpressionfunction.

MAINMasterFilter

OmnispheresMASTERFILTERcontrolstheentirePatch,meaningthatitaffectsbothLayerA
andB.TheMASTERFILTERiscompletelyseparatefromOmnispheresdedicatedFiltersection
ontheLAYERSpageandisdesignedasasimpletonecontrol.TheextensiveFiltersectionin
theLAYERpagesshouldbeusedforserioussoundshaping.

TYPE(LPF/HPF)

TheMASTERFILTERhastwoavailablefiltermodesLPFandHPF.TheHPF(HighpassFilter)
removeslowfrequenciesfromthesound.TheLPF(LowpassFilter)removeshighfrequencies
fromthesound.

NOTE:LPForHPFareexclusiveandcannotbeenabledsimultaneously.

CUTOFF

Theprimaryfunctionofthefilteristoremove,hence"cutoff,"frequenciesfromthesound.
DependingonwhichFilterTypeischosen,theCutoffcontrolwillremovedifferentfrequenciesin
variousways.IfaLowpassfilterisused,turningthecontrolcounterclockwisewillremovethe
higherfrequencies.IfaHighpassFilterisused,theoppositewilloccur.

RESONANCE

TheRESONANCEslidercontrolstheentirePatch,meaningitaffectsbothLayerAandLayerB.
RESONANCE,sometimescalled'Q',addsemphasistothecutoffpointoftheMASTERFILTER.
BecauseitworkswiththeMASTERFILTER,itwillhavenoaffectonthesoundiftheMASTER
FILTERissettominimumvalue.
Atminimumsettings,littletonoemphasiswillbeheard.Movingtheslidertotherightwilladd
moreemphasistothesound.

moreemphasistothesound.

NOTE:TheMasterFilterisnotcapableofselfoscillation,buttheDualFilteronthe
LAYERpageis.

TIP:TryMIDIlearningtheMasterFiltertoaMIDIFootController.Havingasimple
TonePedalforliveperformanceisextremelyuseful.

ORBIntroduction

TheinnovativeOrbfeatureisbotharemarkablesoundmanipulationtoolandanintuitive
performanceinterfaceitcanbethoughtofasacircularcontroller.Withasingleclickofthe
mouse,itispossibletoinstantlymanipulateasoundinmanydifferentways.Bestofall,the
Orbautomaticallyworkswitheverypatchauserhas,theresnosetupnecessary.
TheOrbisafunandintuitivewayofintroducingmovementandanimationintothesoundby
simplymovingtheOrbcursorwithamouse,aMIDIcontrollerorinthecaseofaniPad,with
fingersdirectlyontheOrbitself.AstheOrbmovesaroundtheconcentriccircles,itmorphs
betweenautomaticallygeneratedparameterscenesinOmnispheresSTEAMengineinahighly
intelligentandmusicalmannerallpatchdependentmanipulatingthesoundinsubtleor
radicalwaysappropriatetothatparticularpatch.
TheOrb'suniquedynamicresultsarebasedonRadiusandAnglecontrols.TheAngledefines
whichscenesorsetsofparametersitmanipulates,andtheRadiusdefinestheintensityof
thosemanipulations.Thatmeanstheclosertotheedgesofthecirclethecursorismoved,the
moredramaticthechangeswillbe.MovingthecursortothecenteroftheOrborpressingthe
CLEARbuttonreturnstothesoundoftheoriginalPatch.Theoverallintensityofthesound
modificationscanbedeterminedwiththeDEPTHslider.
Ifyoudon'tlikewhattheOrbhascreated,acompletenewsetofmanipulationscanbechosen
bysimplyrollingtheDICEbutton,whichinstantlycreatesabrandnewgroupofintelligentsonic
modificationsandeffectstotry.Theresnolimittohowmanyserendipitoussonicvariationsthe
DICEcancreateopeningupthevastpoweroftheSTEAMenginetoeveryuser,regardlessof
synthesisknowledge.Foradvancedsynthesistsseekingmaximumflexibility,theOrbcanalso
besetupmanuallyandusedasanewmodulationsourceinOmnispheresModMatrix.
TheINERTIAcontrolsoftheOrballowsthecreationofamovementtrailafterlettinggoof
theOrb,justlikeaballmightrollandbounceoffthewallsofacircularenclosure,addinga
musicalsymmetrytotheperformanceofanOrbinteraction.TheATTRACTORbuttoncauses
theORBcursortobehavelikeanonlinearpendulum.
ItisalsopossibletoRecordperformancemovementsdirectlyintotheOrbandplaythe
performancebackinsyncwiththehost.TheOrbsmovementsandsonicresultsaresaved
withinthePatch,Multiorthehostssessionforlaterrecall.ThemovementoftheOrbcanalso
beautomatedinthehost.EachpartinOmnispherehasitsownOrb,whichmeansthatmultiple
Orbscanmanipulatedifferentsoundssimultaneously.
TheidealcontrolsurfaceforOmnispheresOrbisthemultitouchinterfaceoftheOmniTRiPad
app,buttheOrbcanalsobeusedwithstandardmice,trackpadsandMIDIcontrollers.

ORBPOWERSWITCH

ThisswitchwillturntheOrbonandoff.NotethatturningontheOrbwillactivatesome
processingmodulesandenableFXunitsinyourPatchinordertoensuremovingthecursor
createssomeinterestingsounds.TurningtheOrboffdeactivatesanyprocessingmodulesand
removesanyFXthatwereinstantiatedwhenitwasturnedon.

ORBDice&Depth

DICE

PressingtheDICEbuttonwillinstantlycreateabrandnewgroupofintelligentsonic
modificationsandeffectstotry.Theresnolimittohowmanyserendipitoussonicvariationsthe
DICEcancreateopeningupthevastpoweroftheSTEAMenginetoeveryuser,regardlessof
synthesisknowledge.Youwillbepresentedwithadifferentideaorpointofdepartureeach
timeyoupressit.
NOTE:It'simportanttosaveyourPatchesonceyouaresatisfiedwiththeOrb's
changes.OnceyoupresstheDICEbuttonorselectadifferentPatchinthatPart,
OmnispherewillnotbeabletorecallanypreviousOrbsettingsunlesstheyhavebeen
savedwiththePatchorwiththehost'ssession.

ORBDEPTH

TheoverallintensityoftheOrb'ssoundmanipulationcanbecontrolledwiththeDEPTHslider.
ThehighertheDEPTHsliderisset,themorepronouncedthechangeswillbetothePatch.

ORBInteria&Attractor

InertiaandAttractorarekeyOrbparameterssincetheycontrolthemovementofthecursor,
whichdirectlyaffectsthesonicresults.
INERTIA
InertiaSwitch

ThisturnstheInertiaonoroff.

InertiaAmount

TheInertiaAmountcontrolsthespeedanddurationofthecursor'smovementafteritissetin
motion.ThehighertheInertiaAmountsliderisset,thefasterandlongerthecursorwillbounce
around.Whenturnedallthewayup,thecursorwillcontinuetomoveindefinitely.

ATTRACTOR
TheATTRACTORbuttoncausestheORBcursortobehavelikeanonlinearpendulum.The
trajectorywillleadtopointsthatarearbitrarilyfarapart.

AttractorSwitch

ThisturnstheAttractoronoroff.

ORBRecording

TheOrb'smovements,whethermanualorINERTIAbased,canbecapturedwiththeOrb's
builtinrecorder.ThesemovementscanbesavedaspartofthePatch.Thissimplefeature
addsadynamicqualitytoasoundthatisuniqueandquitedifficulttoachievewithconventional
controllers.
ByusingtheRECORDbuttonandthemenusbelowit,thebuiltinrecordercanbeprogrammed
to
captureageneralideaofthemovements(MOTION)ortorecordprecisemovementsover1,2
or4bars,relativetoyoursequence.TherecordingscanbesettoplaybacksyncedtoLEGATO
orSONGPOSITION.
Inallcases,theOrbcreatesaloopingcyclebysmoothlyconnectingthetrajectoryoftheend
withthebeginningofthemove,nomatterhowcomplex.

RecordingModes
ThefourRecordingModesare:MOTION,1,2or4BARS.

MOTION

MOTIONwillcapturethespeedandtrajectoryoftheOrbforafewsecondsand
thengenerateafullorbitcycleoutofthosemovements.MOTIONmodeisnot
intendedtorecordprecisemovementsthatneedtobesyncedwiththesongand
tempoofthehost.
Toinitiaterecording,presstheredRECORDbutton.Therecordingwillbeginas
soonasthethecursormoves.TheRECORDbuttonwillturntosolidredforafew
secondsandanondecayingOrbitwillbecreatedbasedontherecording.

NOTE:IfthecursorisnotmovingwhentheRECORDbuttonispressed,
theRECORDbuttonwillflash,waitingforthecursortomove.Recording
willbeginassoonasanymovementisdetected.

1,2or4BARS

Choose1,2or4BARSforrecordingprecisemovementsinthoselengthsthat
youwouldliketobesyncedwiththehost.
Toinitiaterecording,presstheredRECORDbutton.Withthecursorinmotion,the
RECORDbuttonwillflashwhilewaitingforthebeginningofthenextbar,whether
ornotthehostsequencerisplaying(Omnisphere'sinternalclockcontinuestorun
whenthehostisnotplaying).Atthebeginningofthenextbar,theRECORD
buttonwillturntosolidredandbeginrecording.Aftertheselectednumberof
barsarecomplete,therecordingstopsandaloopofthemovementiscreated.
Thecursor'slocationattheendoftherecordingwillbesmoothlylinkedtothe
beginningtoensuretherearenoabruptchangesasthemovementloops.

Note:IfthecursorisnotmovingwhentheRECORDbuttonispressed,the
RECORDbuttonwillflashandthenstartrecordingatthebeginningofthe
nextbar.

WheneverthetheOrb'sbuiltinrecorderisinuse(eitherwhenrecordingorplayingback
recordedmovements),theOrbcursorwillturnred.

Ifyou'renotsatisfiedwiththemovementthatwasrecorded,presstheCLEARbuttontostart
over.

ORBTriggerModes

TherearetwoavailableTriggerModesthatdeterminewhethertherecordedmovementsare
synchronizedwiththehostsequencerorwithyourplaying.

NOTE:ItisimportanttosettheTriggerModebeforerecording,asitcannotbe
modifiedafterwards.

LEGATO

WhensettoLEGATO,therecordedmovementswillstarttheircyclewhenthefirstnoteofa
legatophraseisplayed.Aslongasthenotesplayedareconnected,therecordedloopwill
continueuninterrupted.Onceallnotesarereleased,therecordedlooprestartswiththenext
notethatisplayed.Playinginadetachedmannerwillcausethelooptorestartwitheachnote.

SONGPOSITION

WhensettoSONGPOSITION,therecordingwilltrackthebarsandbeatsofthesongandplay
backthemovementsaccordingly.Thissettingisusefulifyou'removingthecursoraroundin
syncwiththebeatandyouwantintoplaybackinthesamerhythmicway,regardlessofwhen
anoteistriggered.

ORBClear

PressingtheCLEARbuttonwillrestorethePatchtoitsoriginalstate.TheOrb'scursorwillbe
returnedtothecenterandanymovementsrecordedinthebuiltinrecorderwillbecleared.

NOTE:TheCLEARbuttondoesnotaffectwhichparametersaremodifiedbytheOrb.
Thesameparametersthatweremodifiedbeforepressingitwillstillbemodified
afterwardswhenthecursorismoved.

ORBAutomation

TheOrb'smovementscanbeautomatedinyourhostsequencer.
SincetheOrb'smovementsareplottedon2differentX/Ytypeplanes,"Angle"and"Radius,"
theymustbeenabledindependently.
ToenabletheOrb'shostautomation,followthesesteps:
1.RightclickontheOrbandchoose"EnableHostAutomation"toenablethe
Angle(thedefaultsetting)forautomation.
2.RightclickagainontheOrbinOmnisphereandchoose"SwitchtoRadius."
3.RightclickoncemoreontheOrbandchoose"EnableHostAutomation"toset
theRadiusforautomation.
4.Enableautomationrecordinyourhostandhitplay.
AnymovementsthatoccurintheOrb,eithermanualdraggingorINERTIAbased,willnowbe
recordedintothehost'ssession.PlayitbacktohearafaithfulreproductionofyourOrb
performanceanduseyourhost'sautomationeditingfeaturesifyou'dliketoeditit.

ORBMIDILearn

TheOrb'smovementscanbecontrolledusingaMIDIcontroller.
SincetheOrb'smovementsareplottedon2differentX/Ytypeplanes,"Angle"and"Radius,"
theymustbeassignedtodifferentMIDICCstoworkeffectively.
TocontroltheOrbusingMIDICCs,followthesesteps:
1.RightclickontheOrbandchoose"MIDICCLearn"toMIDILearntheOrb's
Angle(thedefaultsetting).
2.MoveaphysicalcontrolontheMIDIdevicethatisconnectedtoOmnisphereto
controltheOrb'sAngle.
3.RightclickagainontheOrbandchoose"SwitchtoRadius"toMIDILearnthe
Orb'sRadius.
4.MoveadifferentphysicalcontrolontheMIDIdevicetocontroltheOrb's
Radius.
TheOrbwillbeinstantlypaired,andcanthenbecontrolledfromaMIDIController.AllMIDI
LearnassignmentsarestoredwiththeMULTI,savedwiththehostprojectfile,andcanalsobe
savedasaMIDILearnTemplate.

NOTE:Inertiaisamouse/touchfeatureonlyandisincompatiblewithMIDIinput.
WhentheOrbiscontrolledusingaMIDIController,theresultwillbethesameasif
Inertiawasdisabled.

ORBUsingTheOrbAsAModulationSource

TheOrbcanbeusedasamodulationsource.UsingtheDICEprovidesinterestingand
surprisingresultsinstantly,howeverusingtheOrbasamodulationsourcegivestheuser
flexibilityandfullcontrolovertheparametersitmodulates.
TheOrbisseamlesslyintegratedtoOmnisphere'sFlexModsystem.InOmnisphere,by
rightclickingontheparametertobemodulated,theavailablemodulationsourceswill
appearunderthe"Modulate","AllModSources"submenu.Byselecting"Orb,"theOrb
willbeautomaticallyroutedtothetargetparameter.

PleasechecktheModulationsectionformoreinformation.

OrbasamodulationsourcevstheDICEbutton
TheOrbcangeneratesoundmodificationsautomaticallybyusingtheDICEbutton,ormanually
byuserdefinedmodulationroutings.Eachmethodhasitsprosandconsandtheycannotbe
usedsimultaneously.WhenusingtheOrbasaModulationsource,keepinmindthefollowing
rules:
1.CreatingamodulationroutingwheretheOrbisthesourceoverridesany
soundmodificationthatwasautomaticallygeneratedbyit.
2.IfyoupresstheDICEbuttonafterusingtheOrbasamodulationsource,the
routingswillbeoverridden.However,theywillnotbelost.Inordertoenable
themagain,simplyreselecttheOrbasamodulationsourceforanyofthem.

LAYERPAGESIntroduction

EachPartinOmnispherehastwoLayers,AandB.OmnispheresLayerPageshavebeen
designedtoprovideausefulsetofcontrolsovermanyaspectsofthesound.Incaseswhen
morepreciseanddetailedcontrolsareneeded,theZoomfeature(clickonthemagnifying
glassiconstoaccesstheavailablezooms)revealsasetofdeepercontrols.Youcanalsothink
oftheLayerPagesasOverviewsofthesound.

LAYERPAGESIntroduction

EachPartinOmnispherehastwoLayers,AandB.OmnispheresLayerPageshavebeen
designedtoprovideausefulsetofcontrolsovermanyaspectsofthesound.Incaseswhen
morepreciseanddetailedcontrolsareneeded,theZoomfeature(clickonthemagnifying
glassiconstoaccesstheavailablezooms)revealsasetofdeepercontrols.Youcanalsothink
oftheLayerPagesasOverviewsofthesound.

LAYERPAGESSelecting&LinkingLayers

TheLayerPageSelectionButtonstogglebetweenthecontrolsforeachLayerinaPatch.

LinkingLayers

TheLINKButtonmakesitpossibletolockthecontrolsofbothLayerstogether.Whenenabled,
anyparameterchangesmadeinoneLayerwillbemirroredintheother.
TheLINKButtonwillhighlightwhenitisenabled,toindicatethattheLayersarelinked.
WhentheLINKButtonisdisabled,changesmadetoLayerparameterswillonlyaffectthe
selectedLayer.
Forexample,ifyouselectLayerAandenabletheLinkButton,movingtheTimbreslideron
LayerAtothefarleftwillcausetheTimbreslideronLayerBtoalsomovetothefarleft.

NOTE:LayerOn/Off,Pan,Level,Transpose,CoarsePitchandFinePitcharenotlinked
whenlinkinglayers.

LAYERPAGESLevel,Amp&Pan

EachLayerhasLayerLevelandPancontrolsinadditiontoanAMPcontrol,commonlyusedas
amodulationtarget.
LAYERLEVELS

Thelevelslidersareusedtoblendthetwolayersandoftenevenasubtlechangeinlevelcan
affectthesounddramatically.
TheLayermixerlevelsliderscoverarangeofinfdB(silence)to+9.54dB.
ToquicklysettheLevelto0dB(unitygain),selectthesliderwhenholdingdowntheCommand
key(Mac)orControlkey(Windows).
RangeinfdB(silence)to+9.54dB

LAYERON/OFF

BeloweachoftheLayerLevelslidersareon/offbuttonsthatdeterminewhetherornotaLayer
isactive.Theyalsocanbeusedtomuteeitherlayertomakecomparisonswithouthavingto
adjusttheLayerLevelfaders.Ifthebuttonislightblue,thelayerisactive,ifitsgray,its
inactiveandwillmakenosound.ThiscontrolisduplicatedbelowLayerPan.

LAYERPAN

TheLayerPanknobprovidesindependentPancontrolforeachLayer.ThePancontrolscan
alsobeindependentlymodulated.
ToquicklyreturnthePanvaluetoCenter,Command/ControlclickthePanknob.
Range0.000to1.000

AMP

ThisisapreLayerLevelAmplitudecontroldesignedtobeusedasamodulationtarget.For
example,ifyoubringAMPallthewaydown,thenrightclickonthefaderandnavigateto
ModulatewithLFO,youwillheartheAmplitudeofthatLayerbeingmodulated.Tochangethe
overallleveloftheLayer,usetheLayerLevelslider.

LAYERPAGESPitchControls

TRANSPOSE

TransposeworkslikeMIDItranspositionandpitchchangesaremadeinsemitones.Changesin
pitchdontaffectthesoundqualityoftheOscillator.Thiscontrolismostoftenusedtosetthe
oscillatorsatdifferentsemitonevalues,suchasoctavesordifferentintervals.
Range24semitonesto+24semitones
NOTE:Transposeoffersthebestavailablesoundqualitybutitisnotmodulatable.

COARSE

Coarseoperatesinasimilarwaytoafinepitchcontrol,butwithamuchlargerrange.Unlike
Transpose,usingCoarsetuningdoesaffectthesoundqualityoftheOscillator,butitisa
modulatablecontrol.COARSEisveryusefulforwiderangepitchmodulationFX.
Range4800centsto+4800cents

FINE

Thefinepitchcontrolsarethemostprecise,changingthepitchin1centincrements.TheFine
controlscanshiftthepitch100cents(onesemitone)upordown.
Themostcommonuseoffinepitchcontrolsistodetuneoscillatorsasmallamount(lessthat
15cents)fromeachother,causingthemtosoundricher.
Range100centsto+100cents

TRACKING

IftheTRACKING(alsoknownasKeyboardTracking)switchisenabled,thepitchofthe
Oscillatorwilltrackthekeyboard,meaningtherootpitchwillbechangedwitheachkey.When
TRACKINGisdisabled,theOscillatorwillnottrackthekeyboard.
IfaSoundsourceisloaded,dependingonthemap,somekeysmayhavestaticpitches.
SingleSample

Allofthekeyswillplaythesamepitch

MultiSample

Therangeofeachsamplewillhavethesame
pitch.Forexample,ifthereisadifferentsample
mappedtoeachoctave,theneachoctavewill
onlyplayasinglepitch.

ChromaticSample

Sinceeverykeyhasasample,thereisno
apparentchangewhenKeyboardTrackingis
disabled.

DisablingKeyboardTrackingcanbeusefulfordrones,unusualsoundeffectorstrangetonal
combinations.

LAYERPAGESModulation

Modulationaddsmotionandcomplexitytosounds.Simplyput,modulationisanysourcethat
affectsatargetparameterinsomeway.Themostcommonformofmodulationinsynthesizers
isvibrato,whereanLFOmodulatesthepitchofanOscillator.Modulationisusedinsynthsfor
addingrichnessandvarietytoasoundinrealtime.Omnispheresmodulationcapabilitiesare
extensive,butsimpletousewiththeFlexModsystemwevedesigned.Omnispherealso
featuresatraditionalModulationMatrixZoomviewthatprovidesmoreprecisecontrolover
modulationroutingsandanoverviewofallassignedroutings.
TherearefourwaystosetupmodulationroutingsinOmnisphere:
1.Modulationscanbesetupontheflybyrightclickingparametersandchoosing
amodulationsourcefromadropdownmenu.
2.ModulationroutingscanbedefinedintheModulationsectionoftheLayer
page.
3.ModulationroutingscanbeconfiguredontheModMatrixZoomview.
4.ModulationadjustmentscanbemadewhentheMODULATIONcolumnopenson
theleft,replacingtheMiniBrowser.
Withthewidevarietyofsourcesanddestinations,thereareliterallythousandsofpotential
modulationroutingsthatcanbeconfigured.

LAYERPAGESFlexMod

FlexModisthequickestwaytosetupamodulationrouting.Byrightclickingonthecontrol
tobemodulated,*you'llgetapopoutmenu,whereyoucanselectModulation,thenselect
fromthelistofavailablesources.

Thefirstgroupofmodulationoptionsinthelistiscommonlyusedsources.Iftheresmorethan
onesourceavailableofagiventype,thenextavailablesourcewillbeusedautomatically.
Forexample,whenModulatewithLFOisselected,thenextavailableLFOwillautomaticallybe
routedtothetargetparameter.ThismeansifLFO1isalreadybeingusedasamodulation
source,theFlexModsystemwillautomaticallyassignLFO2.Anyoftheseautomaticroutings
canbeoverriddenaswell.
AcompletelistofalloftheModulationsourcesisprovidedatthebottomofthemenuasAll
ModSources,sospecificsourcescanbechosenifthatspreferred.
Afterthetargetparametersmodulationsourcehasbeenselected,theroutingisthendisplayed
intheMODULATIONsectionoftheEDITpage.
*Notallcontrolsaremodulatable,butthemajorityare.

NOTE:IfallsixLFOshavebeenroutedasmodulationsourcesandModulatewithLFO
isselected,itwilldefaulttoLFO1.Thisisthesamewiththemodulationenvelopes
whenallfourareinuse,anyadditionalModulatewithEnveloperoutingswilldefault
toMODEnvelope1.

LAYERPAGESModulationSection

Whenaparameterismodulated,theroutingisautomaticallyshownintwosections:intheleft
sideoftheplugin(replacingtheMiniBrowser)andintheLayerpages.Theybothhavesimilar
controls,withtheadvantagethattheareaontheleftofthepluginisvisiblefromotherpages
(FX,ARP,Zooms,etc).

TheModulationsectionsdisplaythemostrecentmodulationrouting,whichcanalsobeedited
there.ThekeyconceptoftheModulationsectionisthatonlyonemodulationroutingis
displayedatatime(theModMatrixZoomshowsmanyroutingssimultaneously).
Todisplayaspecificmodulationrouting,rightclickonthetargetparameter(i.e.Arpeggiator
Speed)andselecttheroutingfromthe"ShowModulationMenu."Theroutingwillbedisplayed
intheleftcolumnofthepluginwhiletheArpeggiatorpageisshown.Thisallowsyoutomake
adjustmentsintheArpeggiatorandintherouting,minimizingtheamountofnavigation.To
closethisviewandreturntotheMiniBrowser,clickonthemagnifyingglassiconwiththe
minus()signtotherightofthecolumn'stitle.
SelectingthedropdownarrowontheMODULATIONheaderintheLayerPagewillbringupa
menuthatallowsnewmodulationroutingstobecreatedaswellastheremovalofexisting
routings.AllofthemodulationroutingssetupinthecurrentlyselectedLayerarevisiblefrom
thislist.Selectinganyoftheseroutingswillallowthemtobedisplayedandmodifiedinthe
ModulationsectionoftheLayerPages.


SOURCE

TheSOURCEareadisplaysandselectsthemodulationsourcetocontrolatarget.Selectingthe
sourcewillopenupamenuof34modulationsourcesandOffnegatesanymodulationsource.

SOURCEAMOUNT

Thisslidercontrolstheamountofmodulationthatwillbesentfromthesourcetothe
modulationtarget.Ifthesliderissettominimum,themodulationsourcewillhavenoeffecton
themodulationtarget.Thehigherthesetting,themorethesourcewillaffectthetarget.
Howeveritispossibletosendtoomuchsignalfromthesource,whichcausesunusualbehavior
inthetargetbecausethevaluesareoutofrange.

TARGET

TheTARGETselects(anddisplays)thedestinationfortheSourcesmodulation
output.Omnispherehasalargenumberofmodulationtargets,includingsynthesisparameters
aswellaseffectsparameters.
ThefulllistofTargetsislistedintheMODULATIONsectionhere.

TARGETPARAMETER

Thissliderisaduplicateofthetargetparametermeaningitsanotherrepresentationofthe
parameterthatsbeingmodulated.Insidetheparameterslotisadualindicator.Theblueline

parameterthatsbeingmodulated.Insidetheparameterslotisadualindicator.Theblueline
representstherangeofthemodulationandthewhitepointindicatesthecurrentvalueofthe
modulation.

MUTE

Thecurrentlydisplayedmodulationroutingcanbemutedwiththisswitch.Thisisaquickwayto
A/BthePatchwithandwithoutthemodulationrouting.

INVERT

TheInvertbuttoninvertsthemodulationpolarity.
Forexample,ifthemodulationsourceisanLFOwithanascendingrampwaveasitswaveform,
itwillinvertthepolaritysoitresultsinadescendingrampmodulation.

SMOOTH(leftcolumnonly)

ThemodulationSmoothingcontroltakestheincomingmodulationsourceandslowsthesharper
pointsdown,smoothingthemout.Thismeansthatthecharacterofthemodulationsourcewill
nothavequiteasdrasticorharshaneffectonthemodulationdestination.Itworksinasimilar
waytotheLagprocessorsonsomevintagesynthesizers.Thisisthesameprinciplethatisused
inGlide/Portamento,butappliedtoanysourceandtarget.

ModulationSourceControls(leftcolumnonly)


Forconvenience,themodulationsourcecontrolsaredisplayedatthebottomoftheleftcolumn.
Forexample,ifanLFOisselectedasasource,thecorrespondingLFO'scontrolswillbe
availablehere.Whensourcesdon'thavecontrols(Alternate,Random),arepresentativeimage
willbedisplayedinstead.

LAYERPAGESModSourcesList

TheSOURCESmenubringsupalistofthe34possiblemodulationsourcesavailablein
Omnisphere.
Thesearethe34availablemodulationsourcesinOmnisphere
LFO1LowFrequencyOscillator1
LFO2LowFrequencyOscillator2
LFO3LowFrequencyOscillator3
LFO4LowFrequencyOscillator4
LFO5LowFrequencyOscillator5
LFO6LowFrequencyOscillator6(monophonicorpolyphonic)
AlternateEverykeystrokealternatesbetweenpositiveandnegativevalues
(polyphonic)
AlternateUnipolarEveryotherkeystrokegeneratesapositivevalue
(polyphonic)
Random1Everykeystrokewillgeneratearandompositiveornegativevalue
(polyphonic)
Random2Everykeystrokewillgeneratearandompositiveornegativevalue
(polyphonic)
Random3Everykeystrokewillgeneratearandompositiveornegativevalue
(polyphonic)
Random4Everykeystrokewillgeneratearandompositiveornegativevalue
(polyphonic)
RandomUnipolarEverykeystrokewillgeneratearandompositivevalue
(polyphonic)
VelocityMIDIvelocityvalues(polyphonic)
KeyTrackingValuesbasedonwhatnoteisplayedontheMIDIkeyboard
(polyphonic)
FilterEnvelopeTheoutputoftheFilterEnvelope(polyphonic)
AmpEnvelopeTheoutputoftheAmpEnvelope(polyphonic)
ModEnvelope1TheoutputofModulationEnvelope1
ModEnvelope2TheoutputofModulationEnvelope2
ModEnvelope3TheoutputofModulationEnvelope3
ModEnvelope4TheoutputofModulationEnvelope4(monophonicor
polyphonic)
OrbTheoutputoftheOrb.
WheelThevaluefromModulationwheelMIDIcontroller(MIDICC#1)
AftertouchTheMIDInotepressurevalue(ChannelorPolyphonicAftertouch)
PitchBenderThevaluefromthePitchBendMIDIcontroller

BreathControllerThevalueofabreathcontrollerMIDIdevice(MIDICC#2)
FootControllerThevalueofaMIDIFootController(MIDICC#4)
ExpressionThevalueofacontinuousMIDIexpression(MIDICC#11)
SustainThevaluefromaMIDISustainpedal(MIDICC#64)
SostenutoThevaluefromaMIDISostenutopedal(MIDICC#66)
SoftPedalThevaluefromaMIDISoftPedal(MIDICC#67)
LegatoThevaluefromaMIDILegatoPedal(MIDICC#68)
UserCCAuserdefinedContinuousController(orMIDICCvaluedefinedfrom
theSystempage)Systempage
MorphingSourceaspecialpurposemodulationsourcedescribedinthe
MorphingModulationchapter

LAYERPAGESModTargetList

AModulationTargetisaparameterthatcanbecontrolledbyasource.Targetisanotherword
forDestination.Omnispherehasanextensivesetofnearlyninetydifferentmodulationtargets
available.Theyaregroupedinsixcategories

Oscillator
PitchCoarseThecoarsetuningoftheoscillator'spitch(polyphonic)
PitchFineThefinetuningoftheoscillator'spitch(polyphonic)
UnisonDetuneTheamountofdetuningofOscillatorunisonvoices
(monophonic)
UnisonDepthTheamountofOscillatorUnisonvoicesadded(monophonic)
FMFrequencyThefrequencyofthededicatedFMmodulator(polyphonic)
FMDepthThedepthoftheFMmodulator(polyphonic)
FMShapeThewaveshapeoftheFMmodulator(polyphonic)
FMSymmmetryThespanoftheFMmodulator(polyphonic)
FMHardSyncTheFMmodulator'sHardSync(polyphonic)
RingModFrequencyThefrequencyoftheRingmodulator(polyphonic)
RingModDepthTheamountofRingModulation(polyphonic)
RingModShapeThewaveshapeoftheRingModulator(polyphonic)
RingModSymmmetryThespanoftheRingModulator(polyphonic)
RingModHardSyncTheRingModulator'sHardSync(polyphonic)
WaveshaperDepthTheamountofOscillatorWaveshaping(polyphonic)
WaveshaperMixTheblendofthewaveshapingsignal(polyphonic)
WaveshaperBitCrushTheamountofBitCrushing(polyphonic)
WaveshaperBitCrushForceTheamountofBitCrushForce(polyphonic)
WaveshaperSampleRateTheamountofSampleRateReduction(polyphonic)
WaveshaperSampleRateAnimationTheamountofSampleRateAnimation
(polyphonic)
HarmoniaMixTheblendoftheHarmoniavoiceswiththeprimaryOscillator
(polyphonic)
HarmoniaLevel1ThelevelofthefirstHarmoniaoscillator(monophonic)
HarmoniaLevel2ThelevelofthesecondHarmoniaoscillator(monophonic)
HarmoniaLevel3ThelevelofthethirdHarmoniaoscillator(monophonic)
HarmoniaLevel4ThelevelofthefourthHarmoniaoscillator(monophonic)
HarmoniaDetune1ThedetuneamountofthefirstHarmoniaoscillator
(monophonic)
HarmoniaDetune2ThedetuneamountofthesecondHarmoniaoscillator

HarmoniaDetune2ThedetuneamountofthesecondHarmoniaoscillator
(monophonic)
HarmoniaDetune3ThedetuneamountofthethirdHarmoniaoscillator
(monophonic)
HarmoniaDetune4ThedetuneamountofthefourthHarmoniaoscillator
(monophonic)
SampleTimbreTheSampleTimbreparameterintheOscillator(polyphonic)
SampleStartTheSampleStartparameterintheOscillator(polyphonic
SampleGranularIntensityThesize/intensityofthegrains(monophonic)
SampleGranularGlidingTheglideprobabilityofthegrains(monophonic)
SamplePitchGrainsTheprobabilityofGranularpitchgrains(monophonic)
SampleGranularSpeed/PositionTheSpeed/Positionofthegrains
(monophonic)
SampleGranularTriggerTriggersasinglegrainwhenreceivesavalue
abovezero(polyphonic)
SynthShapeTheSynthOscillator'sshape(polyphonic)
SynthHardSyncTheSynthOscillator'sHardSync(polyphonic)
SynthSymmetryTheSynthOscillator'sSymmetry(polyphonic)
SynthPhaseTheSynthOscillator'sPhasecontrol(polyphonic)
SynthAnalog&TheSynthOscillator'sAnalogcontrol(polyphonic)

Filter
CutoffTheFilter'scutofffrequency(polyphonic)
ResonanceTheFilter'sResonanceamount(polyphonic)
FilterMixThemixbetweenFilter1andFilter2(monophonic)
VariantThepositionontheFilterVariantcontrol(monophonic)
Filter1CutoffOffsetTheFilter1cutsetvalue(monophonic)
Filter2CutoffOffsetTheFilter2cutoffoffue(monophonic)
Filter1ResOffsetTheFilter1Resonanceoffset(monophonic)
Filter2ResOffsetTheFilter2Resonanceoffset(monophonic)
Filter1VariantTheFilter1spread(monophonic)
Filter2VariantTheFilter2spread(monophonic)

Amp
AmplitudeTheAmplitudelevel(polyphonic)
PanThestereopanningcontrol(polyphonic)

LFO
LFO1RateThespeedofLFO1(monophonic)

LFO1DepthTheamountofLFO1(monophonic)
LFO2RateThespeedofLFO2(monophonic)
LFO2DepthTheamountofLFO2(monophonic)
LFO3RateThespeedofLFO3(monophonic)
LFO3DepthTheamountofLFO3(monophonic)
LFO4RateThespeedofLFO4(monophonic)
LFO4DepthTheamountofLFO4(monophonic)
LFO5RateThespeedofLFO5(monophonic)
LFO5DepthTheamountofLFO5(monophonic)
LFO6RateThespeedofLFO6(monophonic)
LFO6DepthThedepthofLFO6(monophonic)

AuxSends
CommonAuxSendTheamountofSendfromtheCommonFXRacktothe
Part'sAuxRack(monophonic)
LayerAuxSendTheamountofSendfromtheLayer'sFXRacktothePart's
AuxRack(monophonic)

ENVELOPE
AmpEnvAttackTrim*TherelativeAMPAttacktime(polyphonic)
AmpEnvDecayTrim*TherelativeAMPDecaytime(polyphonic)
AmpEnvReleaseTrim*TherelativeAMPReleasetime(polyphonic)
AmpEnvSpeedThespeedoftheAmplitudeEnvelope
FilterEnvAttackTrim*TherelativeFilterAttacktime(polyphonic)
FilterEnvDecayTrim*TherelativeFilterDecaytime(polyphonic)
FilterEnvReleaseTrim*TherelativeFilterReleasetime(polyphonic)
FilterEnvDepthTheamountoftheFilterEnvelope
FilterEnvSpeedThespeedoftheFilterEnvelope(monophonic)
ModEnv1DepthTheamountofModEnvelope1(monophonic)
ModEnv1SpeedThespeedofModEnvelope1(monophonic)
ModEnv2DepthTheamountofModEnvelope2(monophonic)
ModEnv2SpeedThespeedofModEnvelope2(monophonic)
ModEnv3DepthTheamountofModEnvelope3(monophonic)
ModEnv3SpeedThespeedofModEnvelope3(monophonic)
ModEnv4DepthTheamountofModEnvelope4(monophonic)
ModEnv4SpeedThespeedofModEnvelope4(monophonic)

MorphingModulation
MorphingInputAExplainedintheMorphingModulationsection

MorphingInputAExplainedintheMorphingModulationsection
MorphingInputBExplainedintheMorphingModulationsection
MorphingInputA/BXfadeExplainedintheMorphingModulationsection

Arpeggiator
ArpLengthThelengthofArpeggiosteps
ArpSwingTheswingamountoftheArpeggio
ArpSpeedThespeedoftheArpeggio

*TheseparametersappearexclusivelywithintheModulationMatrixandarenotseenonthe
GUI.

LAYERPAGESEffectsModulation

ThefactthatOmnispherecanmodulatenearly90synthesisparametersperLayerisonlypart
ofthestory.AnyofOmnispheresmodulationsourcescanbeappliedtothemyriadofFX
parametersaswell.JustabouteverysingleparameterinallofOmnispheres58effects
modulescanbemodulated,whichmeanstherearedozensofeffectsparametersavailableon
topofallofthesynthesisparameters!

ModulationEffectsMenu
Anyeffectthatsaddedtoaneffectrack(Aux,A,BorCommon)isavailableasamodulation
target.Afteraneffecthasbeenaddedtoarack,anewcategorycalledaftertheracknamewill
appearatthebottomofthelistoftargetcategories.

Whenyourightclickonanymodulatableparameter,thesamelistofmodulationsources
appearsaswhenasynthesisparameterisrightclicked.Allofthemodulationoptionsarethe

same.

AfteraparameterhasbeenassignedasaModulationTarget,thecontrolwillbecomeshaded
withabluishtint(intheexamplebelow,theInputcontrolisnowblue).

TheseparameterswillbeavailableaslongastheeffectmoduleisassignedtothePatch
meaningtheywillnolongerappeariftheeffectisremovedfromthatLayersrack.

AuxSends
ItispossibletomodulatetheAuxSendsfromeachLayerandtheCommonRack.These
modulationtargetsarealwaysavailableinthelistoftargetsintheAuxSendscategory.

LAYERPAGESModMatrixZoom

SelectingtheZoomiconontheModulationheaderwillopentheModMatrixZoomview.The
ModMatrixviewoffersprecisecontroloverallofthemodulationroutingsinthePatch.The
advantageofthiszoomviewisthatthemanyroutingscanbedisplayedforediting
simultaneously.
TherearethesameSource/Targetsections,DepthandTargetParametercontrolsfromthe
EDIToverviewpage,aswellassomecontrolsuniquetotheModMatrixZoom,likesmoothing.
TherearetwosubpagesinModMatrixZoom,eachwithtwelvemodulationroutingsmakingfor
atotalof24possiblemodulationroutingsavailableperPatch.
ItsimportanttonotethatOmnispherealsohasanumberoffixedmodulationroutingsaswell.
ManyofthetypicalroutingshavealreadybeenhardwiredintheSTEAMengine,sotheydont
havetobeassigned.TheseincludeVelocitycontroloverEnvelopedepth,KeyTrackingof
Filterdepth,FilterEnvelopetoCutoff,andsoon.

PageSwitch

TogglesbetweenthefourModMatrixsubpages.Itsgenerallyagoodruleofthumbtofillup
thefirstmodulationpagebeforeanymodroutingsareaddedonthesecondmodulationpage.
Eachpagedisplaystwelveroutingsatatime.TheModMatrixshowsmodulationroutingsfor
bothLayerssimultaneously.

Smoothing

ThemodulationSmoothingcontroltakestheincomingmodulationsourceandslowsthesharper
pointsdown,smoothingthemout.Thismeansthatthecharacterofthemodulationsourcewill

nothavequiteasdrasticorharshaneffectonthemodulationdestination.Itworksinasimilar
waytotheLagprocessorsonsomevintagesynthesizers.Thisisthesameprinciplethatis
usedinGlide/Portamento,butappliedtoanysourceandtarget.

Status

Thisisasharedareawithtwoswitches,Mute&Invert.
TheMutecontrolvirtuallydisconnectsthemodulationrouting.Thisisaquickwaytohearwhat
kindofeffectitshavingonthepart.
TheInvertbuttoninvertsthemodulationpolarity.

Source

Thesourceareadisplaysandselectsthemodulationsourcetocontrolatarget.Selectingthe
sourcewillopenupamenuof34modulationsourcesand"Off"negatesanymodulation
source.

Amount

Thiscontroldeterminestowhatdegreethesourceaffectsthemodulationtarget.Thehigher
thesetting,themoretheAmountwillaffectthetarget.DependingonthekindofModulation
Sourceused,itispossibletosendtoomuchsignalfromtheModulationSource,whichcauses
unexpectedresultsinthetarget.ThisisexplainedinthesectionbelowontheTarget
Parameter.

Target

TheTargetisthedestinationfortheSourcesmodulationoutput.Omnispherehasalarge
numberofmodulationtargets,includingsynthesisparametersaswellaseffectsparameters.
ThefulllistofTargetsislistedintheMODULATIONsectionhere

TargetParameter


Thiscontrolrepresentsthesettingofthetargetparametermeaningitsanother
representationofit.
Insidetheparameterslotisadualindicator.Thebluelinerepresentstherangeofthe
modulationandthewhitepointindicatesthecurrentvalueofthemodulation.

LAYERPAGESMorphingModulation

Omnispherehasaveryspecialmodulationfeaturethatgoesbeyondthestandardmethodof
modulatingasingletargetwithasinglesource,calledmorphingmodulation.Thissystemuses
dualsourcestomodulateasingletargetandaddsamorphingcomponenttointeractively
crossfadebetweentheoutputsofthetwomodulationsources.Thiscancreateverydynamic
modulationroutingsandeffects.

TherearefourcomponentstoMorphingModulation,whichmeanssettingupaMorphing
ModulationroutingwillusefourslotsintheModulationMatrix.
Firstatargetmustbedesignatedthisistheparameterthatwillbemodifiedbythemorphing
modulation.Twodifferentmodulationsourcesneedtobedefined.Thedegreethatthetwo
modulationsourceswillbeblendedtogetherisdeterminedbytheMorphingInputA/BXfade
source.Thismodulationsourcewillcontrolhowthetwomorphinginputsarecombinedbefore
theyaresenttothetarget.

MorphingSource

Thisdefinesthattargetofmorphingmodulation.ItcanbeanyofOmnispheresmodulation
targets.OnceMorphingSourceisselectedandaTargetparameterisdesignated,thenthe
twomorphingmodulationinputsmustbedefined.

MorphingInputA

ThisisoneofthetwosourcesthatwillbecomeaMorphingInput.ThesumofbothMorphing
InputAandBwillbesenttothetargetdefinedinMorphingSourcerouting,soitsnecessaryto
defineMorphingInputAasthetarget.

MorphingInputB

Thisistheothermorphingsourcethatwillmodulatethetarget.AftertheSourceischosen,
thenMorphingInputBneedstobeselectedasthetarget.
ItsimportanttomaketheSourceinMorphingInputBdifferentfromMorphingInputAifthey
aramesourcethenthemorphingwillhavenoeffect.

MorphingInputA/BXfade

ThisroutingiswhatdefineswhatwillcontrolthemorphingbetweenthetwoA/Binputssothe
Sourcehereshouldbeonethatissuitedtothiskindofcrossfading.
SuggestedMorphingInputsforA/BXfade
Wheel
Velocity
LFOS
Envelopes

LAYERPAGESOscillator

TheOscillatoristheheartofOmnispheresvastsynthesiscapabilities.Ithasa"split
personality"sinceeachLayersOscillatorcanhaveeitherhighdefinition,streamingsample
playbackordynamic,realtime,DSPgeneratedwavetables.TheOscillatorsextensive
synthesiscapabilitiesvarydependingifSamplemodeorSynthmodeisutilized.

SAMPLEMODE
Omnispheresmassivecorelibraryiscomprisedofapproximately60GBof
samplebasedsounds,calledSoundsources,touseasasourcefor
synthesis.TheseSoundsourcescoverawidespectrumofsounds,fromsimple
rawwaveformsandpsychoacousticsamples,tomorphingtextures,warmvoices,
choirs,vintagekeyboards,analogsynthsandabestofselectionfromouraward
winningsamplelibraries.UserAudiocanbeimportedandusedas
Soundsourcesaswell.

SYNTHMODE
WhentheoscillatorininSynthMode,OmnisphereusesDSPwavetables
generatedinrealtimebytheSTEAMengine.Thereareover400wavetables
available,rangingfromclassicvintagesynthesizerwaveformstoaggressive,
digitalwaveshapes.Usingtheseincombinationwiththethreemainsynth
oscillatorparameters(Shape,SymmetryandHardsync)offersvastsonic
possibilities.

ThecombinationofbothtypesofsoundgenerationmakesOmnisphereatruehybrid
instrument,whichisabletotransformbothsampleandsynthbasedsoundsusingawiderange
ofsynthesismethods.
TheSTEAMenginegoesfarbeyondtraditionalsynthesizersbyincludingasetofdedicated
oscillatorsforHardSync,FrequencyModulation,RingModulation,Unison,Harmonia,and
GranularSynthesiscontrols.Asinglepartcanactuallyuseupto24oscillatorspervoice!

SAMPLE/SYNTHMODESELECTOR


SelectingeithermodeswitchwilldeterminewhethertheLayerwillbeabletoloada
Soundsource(SAMPLE)orwillutilizeaDSPWavetable(SYNTH).
SAMPLEMODEdoesnotloadaSoundsourcebydefault.FirstaSoundsourcemustbeselected
fromtheSoundsourceBrowser.
SYNTHMODEdefaultstotheSawSquareFatwaveform.

OSCILLATORSUBPAGES

Eachoftheoscillatorzoomsubpagescontainawidesetofsynthesisfunctionsthatcanapplied
totheOscillator.TheycanbeaccessedbyclickingonthemagnifyingglassiconintheOscillator
headerorbyclickingintheLEDsbelowtheWavetable/Soundsourcename.TheLEDsdoubleas
activityindicatorsforthosepages.

FM
RING
WS
UNI
HARM
GRN

FrequencyModulationsynthesis
RingModulationsynthesis
TheWaveShaper
Unison
Harmonia
Granularsynthesis

NOTE:TheMainOscillatorZoomSubPagedoesn'thaveanindicatoritisaccessed
directlybyclickingonthemagnifyingglassiconintheOscillatorheader.

LAYERPAGESOscillatorSampleMode

WheninSAMPLEmode,theOSCILLATORplaysbackSoundsourcesfromOmnispheresmassive
CoreLibrary.Soundsourcesrangefromcomplex,multisampledsoundstosinglesample
mappedacrossakeyboard.

SAMPLEMAIN

SoundsourceDisplay
TheSoundsourceDisplayareacontainsanimageoftheloadedSoundsource,providescontrols
tostepthroughSoundsourcesandaccesstotheSoundsourceBrowserandSoundsourceZoom.

Image
WheneveryouloadaSoundsourceintotheLayer,itwillincludeanimagerepresentingthe
SoundsourceconvenienttoseethetypeofSoundsourcethatisloaded.

BrowserAccess
SelectingtheFoldericon,theSoundsourceNameDisplay,ortheSoundsourceImagewillopen
theSoundsourceBrowser.

SoundsourceZoom

SelectingthemagnifyingglassiconwillopentheSoundsourceZoom.

LAYERPAGESOscillatorTimbreControl

TheTIMBREslideraltersthetonalcharacteristicsoftheSoundsourceindifferentways.There
aretwoTIMBREmodes,CRUSHandSHIFT.Thecenterpointofthisbidirectionalsliderisnull
meaningnoTIMBREchangewilloccur.

TIMBRECRUSHMODEPolyphonicBitCrushing(Distortion)andfilteringare
appliedtotheSoundsource.BitCrushingwithaLowPassFilterisappliedleftof
thecenterpoint.Rightofthecenterpoint,BitCrushingwithaHighPassfilteris
applied.TimbreCrushingworkseffectivelywithanySoundsource.
TIMBRESHIFTMODETransposesthemappingofthesamplesinonedirection
andchangesthepitchintheopposite.Thisresultsinsignificantharmonic
changesintheSoundsource.MovingtheTIMBREslidertotherightwilltranspose
thesamplemappingdownandthepitchesupandviseversawhenmovingitto
theleft.WhenSHIFTisappliedineitherdirection,thecharacterofthe
Soundsourcecanchangesignificantly.WhenSHIFTisusedasamodulation
target,thecharacteroftheSoundsourcecanchangedynamically.Themore
samplesthataremappedacrossthekeyboard,themorepronouncedtheTIMBRE
SHIFTeffectwillbe.Conversely,withatextureorotherSoundsourcethatonly
containsasinglesample,SHIFTwillhavenoeffect.

TIP:ToseehowmanysamplestheSoundsourceuses,selecttheSoundsourceZoom
iconatthetopoftheOSCILLATORheaderandrefertotheSPECS.

NOTE:BecauseofthewayTIMBRESHIFTworks,changestothemodulationofthe
TIMBREslidermustberetriggeredtoheartheeffect.TIMBREchangescannotbeheard
onasustainednote.

LAYERPAGESOscillatorSampleStart

TheSTARTcontroldeterminesatwhatpointinthesamplethatitbeginswhentheoscillatoris
triggered.ThissettingwillvarydependingonthenumberofsamplesintheSoundsource.
Thisfeaturehasseveralapplications.First,itcanremovesharpattacksorclicksatthestartof
asample.

Soundsourcescanhaveasinglesamplemappedacrosstheentirekeyboard(Texturesarea
typicalexampleofthis).OthertypesofSoundsourcesoftenhavemanysamplesmappedto
differentrangesonthekeyboard.Theserangesarecalledzones.
ThenumberofzonesdeterminesthemaximumrangeoftheStartslider.IftheSoundsource
hasmorethan12zonesmapped(includingroundrobins),therangeoftheSTARTslideris1
second.Ifithaslessthan12zones,thentheSTARTslidersrangecanbeupto90seconds.
The.60rangeisespeciallyusefulwhenmodulatinglongevolvingTextureSoundsourcesand
usingtheArpeggiator.

NOTE:AtcertainStartoffsetsyoumayhearattackclicks.Thesecanbeeliminatedusing
theStartFadeparameterfoundhere

LAYERPAGESSampleOscillatorReverse

TheREVERSEbuttonappearsatthebottomcenteroftheoftheLayerPagesandtheOscillator
ZoomwhentheSAMPLEtabisselected.Whenengaged,itreversestheplaybackofthe
selectedSoundsourceforthatLayer.Thebuttonishighlightedinbluewhenitisinthe"ON"
position.
WhenREVERSEisenabledthelooppointsbecomeinactiveforthefollowingreasons:
Younormallywanttoheartheattackwhenplayingasampleinreverse,andit
willnotplayifloopsareactive.
Manytimestheloopedsectionoccursatthetailofthesound,sothatisallyou
willhearifloopsareactive.
Sampleswhichplaysomethingworthwhilewhenloopedinreversegenerally
don'tsoundmuchdifferentwhenplayedforward/backward.

LAYERPAGESSoundsourceZoom

TheSoundsourceZoomEditViewprovidescontrolsthatletyoumanageseveralaspectsofthe
complexSoundsourcesinOmnisphere.
UsingtheSoundsourceEditZoomyoucanmixthelevelsofmultiplechannels,suchas
MicrophoneandDirectPickupoutputs,selectthedesiredReleaseNoiseandadjustitslevel,
enablethespecialLegatoarticulationtriggering,andotheradjustments.Deceptivelysimple,
thissingleinterfaceprovidesimportantsoundshapingandmemorymanagementcapabilities.

NOTE:SomeofthecontrolsareintendedforusewithTriliansoundsloadedinto
Omnisphere.Forexample,OmnispheresoundsdontcurrentlyincludeLegato
Soundsources,sothesecontrolswillhavenoeffectonOmnisphereSoundsources.

SelectingtheZoomiconintheSoundsourceDisplaywillopentheSoundsourceZoomEditView
bydefault.TheSoundsourceZoomhastwosubpanes,theEditViewandtheInfoView,
accessedbyselectingtheEDITandINFObuttonsintheupperright.

TheSoundsourceZoomInfoViewarea,accessiblefromtheINFOtab,providesthemost
informationabouttheloadedSoundsource,withdetailsabouttheoriginofthesamplesand
suggestionsfortheirapplication.Italsodisplaysalargerepresentativeimageoftheloaded
sound.TheSoundsourceZoomInfoViewiscoveredindetailintheBrowsersectionofthe
guide.

LAYERPAGESSoundsourceZoomMix

OmnispheresupportsSoundsourcesofuptofourchannels,calledSublayers.EachSublayer
onecanbemonoorstereo.Thecontrolsinthissectionallowyoutomixtheoutputchannels

SublayerPowerButton
TurningthisbuttonOFFnotonlymutestheaudiobutalsodisablesthatSublayerfromusing
memoryresourcesorCPUusage.TurningitONwillreloadtheSublayerback.

SublayerLevel
EachSublayerhasaSublayerLevelfader.Movingthefadertotheleftdecreasesvolume,
movingthefadertorightincreasesvolume.
Rangeinfto+9.54dB

NOTE:UseCommand/CTRLclicktoresetthefaderto0dB.

SublayerMute
SelectingthisbuttonmutestheaudiooutputforthatSublayer.However,theSublayerisstill
playinginthebackgroundwhenmuted,andwillcontinuetouseCPUresources.

LAYERPAGESSoundsourceZoomSpecialArticulations

SpecialArticulationsareadditionalSoundsourcesloadedinthebackgroundthatwillbe
automaticallytriggereddependingonhowapassageisperformed.TheSpecialArticulations
areLegatoSoundsources(samplesofactualLegatoperformances),andReleaseNoise
articulations.
OmnisphereSoundsourcesdontuseSpecialArticulations,butmostTrilianSoundsourcesdo.
WhenusingOmnisphereLibraryIntegration,theSpecialArticulationssectionletsyoucontrol
howthesearticulationsareappliedtotheprimarySoundsource.

UseLegatoSS

WhenLegatoSoundsourcesareavailableandloaded,enablingtheUseLegatoSSbuttonwill
automaticallytriggertheseSpecialArticulationsampleswhenplayinglegatophrasednotes
withinthespecifiedLegatoInterval,providingaddedrealismandnuancetotheinstrument
sound.

NOTE:OmnispheresoundsdontcurrentlyincludeLegatoSoundsources,sothiscontrol
willhavenoeffectonOmnisphereSoundsources.Itismostusefulwhenloading
TriliansoundsintoOmnisphere.

LegatoInterval

FromthismenuitispossibletoselecttheintervalwithinwhichtheLegatoSoundsourceswillbe
triggered.Thepossiblerangesarefromonesemitonetotwooctaves.

LegatoRules
InTrilianSoundsourceswhereLegatoSoundsourcesareavailable,theUseLegatoSSfeature
enablesveryrealistichammeron,pulloffandothertypesofperformancephrasing.Itallows
foraverynaturalplayingstyle,andgreatsoundingLegatotrills!
EnablingUseLegatoSSwillchangethewaytheinstrumentrespondstonotesthatareplayed
Legato.SuccessiveLegatonotesthatareplayedwithinthespecifiedLegatoIntervalwill
behavemuchlikealeadsynthusingSOLOmode.Thatis,thenextnoteplayedwillcutoffthe
previouslyplayednote.Ifyousustainthecutoffnote,itwillsoundagainwhenyoureleasethe
successivenote.ThekeydifferenceisthatLegatoModeisactuallypolyphonic.
NoteswhichareplayedLegato,butareoutsidethespecifiedLegatoInterval,willnottriggerthe
UseLegatoSSbehavior.


NOTE:InordertoheartheLegatoSoundsources,makesureNoLimitisselectedin
theSampleThinningLegatomenu.ThiswillallowtheLegatoSoundsourcestoload,
andcanaddalive,dynamicqualitytothesoundduringperformance.

NOTE:"UseLegatoSS"isaPatchCommonparameter.Changingitssettingwillaffect
bothLayersinthePatch.

ReleaseSoundsourceMenu

ReleaseSoundsourcesaretriggeredonlyafteranotehasbeenreleased.
ThismenuletsyouselecttheSoundsourceusedforReleaseNoises.YoucanalsoselectNo
ReleaseSoundsourceifnonearedesired.SomeSoundsourceshavemultiplesetsofRelease
Noises(e.g.asofterset),andyoucantrymixingtheReleaseNoisesfromsoundsotherthan
theoneloaded.

ReleaseKeyTracking

WhentheReleaseKeyTrackingButtonisenabled,thepitchoftheReleaseNoisewilltrackthe
keyboard.Ifitisdisabled,theReleaseNoisewillonlyplayatthepitchoftherootnote.

ReleaseLevel

ThislevelfaderisusedtomixtheleveloftheReleaseSoundsource.Useittogetherwiththe
SoundsourceMixfaderstosetthebalanceyouprefer.
WhenexperimentingwithmixingReleaseNoises,trymixingthemlouderforuptempotunes,
andlowerthemfortuneswithslowertempos.
Ifthefaderisallthewaytotheleft,noReleaseSoundsourcewillbeheard.Movedalltheway
totheright,willmaketheReleaseSoundsourceveryprominent.Asettingofaround3dBis
usuallyagoodstartingpointforanaturalsound.

NOTE:TheAmpEnvelopeReleaseTimemustbesetlongenoughtohearthedecayof
theReleaseNoiseSoundsource.

TransitionTiming

ThisfaderaffectsthetransitiontimebetweenthesustainedsamplereleaseandtheRelease
NoiseSoundsource.Itcontrolshowlongthenoteonsamplesdecayafterthenoteisreleased,
sothatthetransitionbetweenthesustainedsamplesandthereleasenoisesamplesismusical.
Athighersettingsyouwillhearanoverlapofthesustainedsamplereleasetime,andthe

Athighersettingsyouwillhearanoverlapofthesustainedsamplereleasetime,andthe
triggerofthereleasenoise.Ifthefaderisallthewaytotheleft,therewillbenooverlap.

AmpReleaseandReleaseSoundsources
WhennoreleaseSoundsourceisselected,youwillhearthesamenoteonsampleyouinitially
triggeredwhenyouletgoofthekey,sotheAmpreleasetimehasthesamemusicalresultthat
younormallywouldexpectonanysynth.Forexample,allthesynthbasspatchesin
OmnisphereandTrilianareprogrammedwithnoReleaseSoundsource,sotheybehavethis
way.
IfareleaseSoundsourceisselected,thenyou'llhearthatnewSoundsourcewhichconsistsof
justthereleasenoisestriggeredwhenyouletgoofthekey.NotethattheAmpreleasefeature
isstillworking,butisnowaffectingtheampreleaseofthenoisesamplesonly.AlltheElectric
andAcousticBassesinTrilianaresetupthiswayandhavetheirReleaseTimessetquitehigh
sothatthefulldecayofthenoisesamplescanbeheard.
TheTransitiontimeisanadditionalcontrolwhichaffectshowlongthenoteonsamplesdecay
afterthenoteisreleased,sothatthetransitionbetweenthesustainedsamplesandtherelease
noisesamplesismusical.

LAYERPAGESSoundsourceZoomThinning

InadditiontoSpecialArticulations,SoundsourcesmayalsoincludemultipleRoundRobin
samplesandVelocityswitchedsamples.
Forthisreason,afullyloadedSoundsourcecanusequiteabitofmemory.TheSample
Thinninginterfacehelpstomanagetheuseofthoseresources.
BylimitingthenumberofRoundRobinsamples,ortheVelocityswitchedsamples,orby
turningoffLegatoSoundsources,youcandramaticallyreducememoryused.

SampleThinning
ThisenablesanddisablesSampleThinning.Changingthestatusofthisbuttonwillcausethe
Soundsourcetobereloaded.

RoundRobin

TolimitthenumberofRoundRobinsamplesthatareloaded,selectanoptionfromtheRound
Robinmenu.
YoucanchooseasettingthatrangesfromNoRRtoAtMost16RR.SelectNoLimitto
allowallRoundRobinsamplestobeloaded.

IgnoreReleaseRRs

WhenturningthisbuttononReleaseSoundsourceswillignorethelimitsetontheRoundRobin
menu.ManytimesitisusefultolimitthenumberofSustainRoundRobinstosaveresources.
Releasesamplesdon'ttakeasmuchmemory,soallowingallReleaseRoundRobinsamplesto
beloadedcanhelpprovidingalotofcharacterandrealisticresults.

Velocities

SoundsourcescanincludeaverylargenumberofVelocityswitchedsamples,whichisgreatfor
veryrealisticandexpressiveplaying.However,ifyouneedtoconservesystemresources,you
canchoosetothintheamountofVelocitiesusingthismenu.
NoLimit
WillloadallVelocityswitchedsamples.
Everyother
WillloadeveryotherVelocityswitchedsample.
Everythird
WillonlyloadeverythirdVelocityswitchedsample.
Everyfourth
WillonlyloadeveryfourthVelocityswitchedsample.
Velocitiesabove
Selectingavaluefromthismenu,forexample,64,willonlyloadVelocity
switchedsamplesmappedtoaVelocityof64andabove.
Velocitiesbelow
Selectingavaluefromthismenu,forexample,100,willonlyloadVelocity
switchedsamplesmappedtoaVelocityof100andbelow.

NOTE:WhenthinningVelocities,therearenogapsinthesound.Theremaining
VelocityswitchedsampleswilladjusttobetriggeredacrossthefullVelocityrange.

Legato

Thismenuhastwooptions,NoLimitandNone,whichdeterminewhetherornotLegato
Soundsourceswillbeloadedwiththesound.
IfNoLimitisselected,LegatoSoundsourceswillbeloadediftheSoundsourcehasLegato
Soundsourcesassociatedwithit.IfNoneisselected,theLegatoSoundsourceswillbeunloaded.
TIP:IfyouchoosetoloadtheLegatoSoundsources,youmustalsoenabletheUse
LegatoSSbuttontotriggerthemwhenplaying.
NOTE:IfyouarenotusingLegatoSoundsurces("UseLegatoSS"buttonisdisabled),
itsagoodideatounloadthembyselecting"None"fromthemenuinorderto
conservesystemresources.
NOTE:YoucanthinkofthedifferencebetweentheLegatoThinningmenu,andtheUse
LegatoSSbuttoninthisway:TheLegatomenucontrolswhethertheLegato

LegatoSSbuttoninthisway:TheLegatomenucontrolswhethertheLegato
Soundsourceswillbeloadedornot,whiletheUseLegatoSSbuttondeterminesthe
behaviorofthePart(whetheritwillsolonotesplayedLegatothatarehalfstepora
wholestepapart).

PitchThinning

ASoundsourcecancontainthousandsofsamplesmappedacrossthefullkeyboardrange.Pitch
Thinningletsyoulimitthesamplesthatareloadedtomatcheitheratrainedrangeofplayed
notes,oraselectedScaleorInterval.UsingPitchThinningcansubstantiallyreducethenumber
ofsamplesloadedwiththeSoundsource.

NOTE:Althoughonlyalimitedsetofsampleswillbeloaded,thiswontresultin
silentzonesonthekeyboard.Allnoteswillstillplaybecausetheremainingzones
willbestretchedacrossthesamplemap.

TrainedPitchThinning

WithTrainedPitchThinning,youcanloadonlythesamplesusedduringaperformance.
Forexample,ifyouareworkingonasimplemelodicphrasethathasnotesinalimitedrange,
sayfromC2toC4,byusingTrainedPitchThinning,youcanspeeduploadtimes,andreduce
memoryusagebyloadingonlythesamplesusedinthatrange.
IfyouhaverecordedanOmnispherepartinasong,andwanttospeeduploadtimesand
conservememory,youcanapplyTrainedPitchThinningbyplayingtheMIDIclipinthehost.
Omnispherewillthenonlyloadthesamplesusedintheactualphrase.
TouseTrainedPitchThinning,selecttheBeginTrainingbutton.Playarangeofnotes(ora
MIDIclipinthehost),andthenselecttheFinishTrainingbutton.Thiswilllimittheloaded
samplestothenotepitchesthatwereplayedduringtraining.

PitchThinningUsingScales&Intervals

TolimitloadedsamplestoaspecificScaleorInterval,selectthePitchThinningdropdown
menu,andselectanoptionfromtheavailablesubmenus.YoucanselectfromMajororMinor
Scales,orfromavarietyofIntervals.

NOTE:ThePitchThinningoptionsontheSoundsourceZoomEditViewarethesameas
thosefoundonthePatch&MultiBrowserLiteVersionZoom.However,theBrowsers
LiteVersionfeatureaffectstheentirePatchorMulti,whiletheSoundsourceZoom
optionsaffectonlytheindividualSoundsource.UsingtheSoundsourceZoomthinning
options,youcanapplydifferentthinningoptionstoeachLayerinaPatch.

LimitKeyRange

TurningthisbuttonOnwilllimitthekeyrangeofcertainSoundsources.Thisfeaturecurrently
worksonsomekalimbaSoundsourcesfromtheCoreLibrary.Enablingthisoptionwilllimitthe
playingrangeoftheseSoundsourcestotheactualrangesoftheinstrumentsfromwhichthey
weresampled.Whenthisoptionisdisabled,thekeyrangeisextendedacrosstheentire
keyboard.
NOTE:AllThinningoptionsappliedherearesavedwiththePatchorMulti,andare
recalledthenexttimeyouloadthem.

LAYERPAGESUserAudio

Omnisphereisanextremelypowerfulsynthesizerthatallowsyoutoimportyourownaudioto
useasSoundsourcesforthecreationofyourownPatchesandMultis.Thisletsyoucreatively
morph,meld,andmangleyourownaudiothesamewayyoucanwiththeincludedFactory
Soundsources.EachimportedaudiofilewillbecomeaUserSoundsourceinOmnisphere.
Youmightwanttoimportaguitartrack,avocal,orevenanentiremixandtransformthem
intosomethingcompletelydifferent:acinematictexture,apercussivesoundorasynthlead.
YoucanthensavethemasPatchesandeasilySharethemwithotherusers.

NOTE:TheUserAudioimportfunctiondoesnotsupportzonemaps,roundrobins,or
multiplevelocities,etc.Remember,Omnisphereisnotasampler,isasynthesizer.User
Audioallowsyoutotransformyourownaudioincreativewayswithalltheprocessing
powerOmnispherehastooffer.

IMPORTANT:Pleaserespectallcopyrightsandimportonlymaterialthatyouare
licensedtouse.

TherearetwoplacesfromwhichtoimportUserAudiointoOmnisphere:fromtheUtilityMenu
andfromtheSoundsourceBrowser.

UtilityMenuShortcut


Selecting"UserAudio"fromtheUtilityMenuwilldisplayaFileDialogpromptingyoutonavigate
totheaudiofileordirectory.
Navigatetothefolderorfileyouwishtoimportandclick"Open".Theimportprocesswillbegin
andtheywillbeaddedtotheUserSoundsourcesdirectoryinOmnisphere.

Oncetheaudiohasbeensuccessfullyimported,youwillgetaconfirmationnotice.

Aftertheimportprocessiscomplete,theSoundsourceBrowserwillbedisplayedandyour
audio(nowanOmnisphereUserSoundsource),willbeautomaticallyselectedandplayedback
atthenoteanddurationsetbytheAuditionNotesettings.

Todeletetheaudioyouimported,youcandosobylocatingititinyourharddriveinthe
followingdirectory:
STEAM/Omnipshere/Soundsources/User/
Afterdeletingit,youmustclickthe"Refresh"buttoninyourSoundsourceBrowsertoreflectthe
changes.

NOTE:Ifyoubatchconvertagroupofaudiofiles,onlythefirstimportedfilewillbe

NOTE:Ifyoubatchconvertagroupofaudiofiles,onlythefirstimportedfilewillbe
selectedandplayedback.

SoundsourceBrowser

AudiocanbeimportedviatheSoundsourceBrowser.Youcandraganddropaudiofilesor
foldersintothisareatoautomaticallystarttheimportprocess.Youcanalsoclickonthepane
toopenaFileDialogpromptingyoutonavigatetotheaudiofileordirectory.Clicking"Open"
willstarttheimportprocess.

SeeUserAudioforfurtherdetails.

LAYERPAGESOscillatorSynthMode

WhentheoscillatorininSynthMode,OmnisphereusesDSPwavetablesgeneratedinrealtime
bytheSTEAMengine.Awavetableisacollectionofsinglecyclewaveformsthatcanbeswept
throughsmoothly(usingtheSHAPEslider),creatingdynamictimbralchanges.Thesechanges
canbesubtleordramatic,dependingonthetimbralvarietyofthewaveformsinawavetable.
Omnispherehasover400availablewavetables,rangingfromclassicvintagesynthesizer
waveformstoaggressive,digitalwaveshapes.SYNTHmode'sWaveformDisplayfeaturesa
graphicrepresentationofthewaveshape.Changesthataremadetothethreeunidirectional
slidersintheMAINsectionbelowwilldynamicallyandvisuallyalterthecontourofthe
waveform.

LAYERPAGESWavetables

ClickthedownarrowtotheleftoftheWaveformdisplaytorevealadropdownmenulisting
Omnisphere'sDSPwavetables.Thefirstonesinthelistarefromtheoriginalversionof
Omnisphere,withthe400addedinversion2.0listedinthedirectoriesbelow.UsetheSHAPE
slidertogetanideaofthesonicresultseachwavetablecanproduce.

SawSquareFat
SawSquareBright

ThesetwowavescanbetraditionalSawtoothorSquarewavesandanythinginbetween,
whichiswhytheyarebothcalledSawSquare.MovingtheSHAPEsliderintheMAINsubpage
willdemonstratethecontinuouscontourchangefromaSawtoothtoSquare.
TheBrightandFatversionsoftheSawSquarewaveformaresimilar,butwithadifferent
character.TheSawSquareBrighthasabitleanerandbuzziertimbreandisexcellentfor
polyphonicapplications.TheSawSquareFathasathickersound,especiallyinthelowendand
isidealformonophonicleadsounds.

TriangleWaveform

ATrianglewaveismoresymmetricalthantheSawSquarewaveformsandhasamellower

ATrianglewaveismoresymmetricalthantheSawSquarewaveformsandhasamellower
character,asitcontainsfewerovertones.BymovingtheSHAPEslidertowardsmaximumitwill
soundricherandmorelikeaSquarewave.

SineWaveform

Thesinewaveisthemostsymmetricalandsinceithasnoovertones,itsoundsverypure.But
withtheSHAPE,SYMMETRYandHARDSYNCcontrols,overtonescanbeaddedtoalterits
character.

NoiseWaveform

WhiteNoisecontainsallfrequencies,thereforeitispurenoise.Sincechangingthewaves
contourwiththeSHAPEcontrolwouldnotnormallymakeanydifferencetonoise,thethree
slidersintheMAINsectionhavedifferentfunctionswhentheNoisewaveformisselected.

ClassicWaveforms

Thisdirectorycontainstraditionalwaveforms(Pulse,Sawtooth,Square,Triangle,Sine,anda
varietyofsuboscillators)modeledaftervintageandmodernsynths.Itisinterestingtohear
howthecharacterofthesesimplewaveformschangesdependingonthesynththeywere
modeledafter.Mostofthesewavetablescontaintwowaveformsfromthesamesynthinorder
tomaintainthemodeledsynth'scharacterwhenSHAPEisused.

AnalogTimbres

Thewavetablesin"AnalogTimbres"aremodeledaftersoundscreatedwithanalogsynthesizers
thataremorecomplexthanthosefoundin"ClassicWaveforms."Theyrangefromaggressive

thataremorecomplexthanthosefoundin"ClassicWaveforms."Theyrangefromaggressive
towarmandtheamountofwaveformsperwavetablevaries,andSHAPEproducesmany
interestingtimbres.

DigitalWavetables

The"DigitalWavetables"directorycontainssoundsmodeledafterawidevarietyofdigital
synthesizersbothhardwareandsoftwarebased.Becauseofthenatureofthesesources,this
directorycontainsthemostsonicvariety,rangingfromedgy,towarm,tobelllike.Youwillfind
classicdigitalPPGlikesoundsandmodern,aggressivesourcesfornewPatches.Theamountof
waveformsperwavetablevariesandthemoredramaticsoundingones(usingSHAPE)arein
the"Sweepers"subdirectory.

LAYERPAGESOscillatorSynthShape

ThiscontrolisuniquetotheSYNTHOscillatorinOmnisphere.Movingthisslidersweepsthrough
thewaveformsontheselectedwavetable,anddependingonthewavetable,cancreatesubtle
ordramaticchanges.Thewaveformdisplaywilldynamicallychangethewaveshapeasthe
SHAPEsliderismoved.TheSHAPEsliderismodulatable.

NOISEwaveformonlySHAPEbecomesacomplexfiltercontrol,whichvariesfromwhitenoise
(allfrequencies)attheminimumsetting,topinknoise(reducedhighfrequencies)atthe
maximumsetting.

LAYERPAGESOscillatorSynthSymmetry

SymmetryvariesthespanofthewaveformandismostcommonlyusedforPulseWidth
modulation.ThisisespeciallyusefulwhenSYMMETRYisusedasamodulationdestination,asit
addsshiftingtonecolorandmovementtothesound.Thewaveformdisplaywilldynamically
changethewaveshapeastheSYMMETRYsliderismoved.
NOISEwaveformonlyTheSYMMETRYsliderbecomesamorphingfilterthatsweepsthrough
fourdifferenttypesoffilters.Startingattheminimumsettingwithlowpasstoanotchfilter,
thentoahighpassandfinallytobandpassatmaximumsetting.

LAYERPAGESOscillatorSynthHardSync

HardSyncwasafeatureonsomeanalogsynthesizerswhichgavethetimbrea"throaty"
diphthongtypeofsoniccharacteristicwhenswept.HardSyncwaspopularizedonsynthesizers
liketheProphet5andtheearlyOberheimsynthesizersforamoremetallicandaggressive
timbre,andisespeciallyusefulforleadsounds.HardSyncisachievedbyusingtwooscillators,
onewhichisthe"master"andtheotherthe"slave."Theslaveisforcedtorestartitswaveform
whenhardsyncedwiththemasteroscillatorandthemastercontrolsthepitch.Anychangesin
theslaveoscillatorspitchwillnotchangethepitchofthemastertheychangetheovertones
andharmonicstructureinstead.
Inthepast,anoscillatorwouldneedtobesacrificedtogetthehardsynceffect,but
Omnispherehasahidden,dedicatedoscillatorjustforhardsync.Thehardsyncoscillator
becomestheslaveandtheOscillatorswaveformisthemaster.Thewaveformdisplaywill
dynamicallychangethewaveshapeastheHARDSYNCsliderismoved.HARDSYNCis
modulatable.

NOISEwaveformonlyHARDSYNCcontrolactsasastereowidthcontrolthatismonoatthe
minimumsettingandgraduallyspreadsthenoiseintobothrightandleftchannelstowardsthe
maximumsetting.

LAYERPAGESOscillatorSynthAnalog

TheAnalogcontrolallowsinconsistencytobeintroducedintothepitchandphaseofthe
oscillator,whichmakesOmnispheresoundandbehavemorelikeavintageanalog
instrument.WhentheAnalogcontrolissetto50%andlower,itdestabilizesthephaseofthe
oscillator.After50%itwillalsodestabilizethepitch.AstheAnalogcontrolisincreasedpast
75%thepitchwillbecomeheavilydetuned.
TheAnalogcontrolisfoundintheLayerPages,theMainOscillatorZoomandintheUnison
OscillatorZoom.

NOTE:TheAnalogcontrolhasanaffectonUnisonvoicestoo,soifUnisondetuningis
toodrastic,itmaybedesirabletoreducetheAnalogcontrol.

LAYERPAGESOscillatorSynthPhaseControl

ThePHASEcontrolwillonlyhaveanaudibleeffectwhenitisheardcombinedwithanother
layer,asphasechangescanonlybeperceivedwhentheyareinrelationtoanotheraudio
signal.
ThebestwaytounderstandthePHASEcontrolistosetupaSYNTHsoundonLayerA(withthe
ANALOGcontroltozero).Then,fromtheUTILITYmenuselecttheCopyLayeroptionandselect
LayerBandselectthePasteLayeroptionfromtheUTILITYmenu.Thiswaytwoidentical
OscillatorLayerswillbesoundingandchangesinthePhasecaneasilybeheard.
IfthePHASEcontrolisatminimum,thentheOscillatorwillbetriggeredatthestartofthe
waveform.Asthevalueisincreased,thepointinthewaveformthattheOscillatorwillbe
triggeredwillbemovedanditwillbeoutofphasewiththeotherLayer.Whenthehorizontal
sliderissettomaximum,itwillbe180degreesoutofphasetheotherLayer'sOscillator.

ManyinterestingcompositewaveformscanbecreatedwiththePhasecontrolthisway,andthis
techniqueisparticularlyusefulforSynthBasssounds.

NOTE:ThePHASEisbestutilizedwhentheANALOGcontrol,alsointheMAINsection,
issettoaminimumvalue.

LAYERPAGESOscillatorZoom:Introduction

ToaccesstheOscillatorZoompage,clickonthemagnifyingglassnexttotheword
OSCILLATOR.

TheOscillatorZoompagecontainsthecontrolsforOmnisphere'smultipletypesofsynthesis
andhassixsubpages:Main,FM,Ring,Waveshaper.Unison,HarmoniaandGranular.The
OscillatorZoomisthecenterofOmnisphere'svastsounddesigncapabilities.
ToclosetheOscillatorZoom,clickonthemagnifyingglassiconintheheader.

LAYERPAGESOscillatorZoom

TheMainOscillatorZoomSubPagecontainsmanyofthecontrolsalreadypresentintheLayer
Page,withsomeadditionsandadifferentlayout.Someofthecontrolswillchangedepending
ontheselectedOscillatormode.

TRANSPOSE

TransposeworkslikeMIDItranspositionandpitchchangesaremadeinsemitones.Changesin
pitchdontaffectthesoundqualityoftheOscillator.Thiscontrolismostoftenusedtosetthe
oscillatorsatdifferentsemitonevalues,suchasoctavesordifferentintervals.Transposeoffers
thebestavailablesoundqualitybutitisnotmodulatable.
Range24semitonesto+24semitones

COARSE

Coarseoperatesinasimilarwaytoafinepitchcontrol,butwithamuchlargerrange.Unlike
Transpose,usingCoarsetuningdoesaffectthesoundqualityoftheOscillator,butitisa
modulatablecontrol.COARSEisveryusefulforwiderangepitchmodulationFX.
Range4800centsto+4800cents

FINE

FINE

Thefinepitchcontrolsarethemostprecise,changingthepitchin1centincrements.TheFine
controlscanshiftthepitch100cents(onesemitone)upordown.
Themostcommonuseoffinepitchcontrolsistodetuneoscillatorsasmallamount(lessthat
15cents)fromeachother,causingthemtosoundricher.
Range100centsto+100cents

TRACKING

IftheTRACKING(alsoknownasKeyboardTracking)switchisenabled,thepitchofthe
Oscillatorwilltrackthekeyboard,meaningtherootpitchwillbechangedwitheachkey.When
TRACKINGisdisabled,theOscillatorwillnottrackthekeyboard.
IfaSoundsourceisloaded,dependingonthemap,somekeysmayhavestaticpitches.
SingleSample

Allofthekeyswillplaythesamepitch

MultiSample

Therangeofeachsamplewillhavethesame
pitch.Forexample,ifthereisadifferentsample
mappedtoeachoctave,theneachoctavewill
onlyplayasinglepitch.

ChromaticSample

Sinceeverykeyhasasample,thereisno
apparentchangewhenKeyboardTrackingis
disabled.

DisablingKeyboardTrackingcanbeusefulfordrones,unusualsoundeffectorstrangetonal
combinations.

SAMPLE/SYNTHMODESELECTOR

SelectingeithermodeswitchwilldeterminewhethertheLayerwillbeabletoloada
Soundsource(SAMPLE)orwillutilizeaDSPWavetable(SYNTH).
SAMPLEMODEdoesnotloadaSoundsourcebydefault.ASoundsourcemustbeselectedfrom
theSoundsourceBrowser.
SYNTHMODEdefaultstotheSawSquareFatwaveform.


SOUNDSOURCE/WAVEFORMDISPLAY

Dependingonwhichtabisselected,theSoundsource/WaveformDisplayareadisplaysan
imageoftheloadedSoundsource(SAMPLE)orwaveform(SYNTH).Thesteppersontheright
allowyoutostepthroughSoundsources(SAMPLE)orwavetables(SYNTH).Clickingonthe
displaysbringsuptheSoundsourceBrowser(SAMPLE)orthewavetablemenu(SYNTH).

REVERSE(SAMPLEONLY)

TheREVERSEbuttonappearsatthebottomcenteroftheoftheLayerPagesandtheOscillator
ZoomwhentheSAMPLEtabisselected.Whenengaged,itreversestheplaybackofthe
selectedSoundsourceforthatLayer.Thebuttonishighlightedinbluewhenitisinthe"ON"
position.
WhenREVERSEisenabledthelooppointsbecomeinactiveforthefollowingreasons:
Younormallywanttoheartheattackwhenplayingasampleinreverse,andit
willnotplayifloopsareactive.
Manytimestheloopedsectionoccursatthetailofthesound,sothatisallyou
willhearifloopsareactive.
Sampleswhichplaysomethingworthwhilewhenloopedinreversegenerally
don'tsoundmuchdifferentwhenplayedforward/backward.

TIMBRE(SAMPLEONLY)


TheTIMBREslideraltersthetonalcharacteristicsoftheSoundsourceindifferentways.There
aretwoTIMBREmodes,CRUSHandSHIFT.Thecenterpointofthisbidirectionalsliderisnull
meaningnoTIMBREchangewilloccur.

CRUSHPolyphonicBitCrushing(Distortion)andfilteringareappliedtothe
Soundsource.BitCrushingwithaLowPassFilterisappliedleftofthecenter
point.Rightofthecenterpoint,BitCrushingwithaHighPassfilteris
applied.TimbreCrushingworkseffectivelywithanySoundsource.
SHIFTTransposesthemappingofthesamplesinonedirectionandchangesthe
pitchintheopposite.Thisresultsinsignificantharmonicchangesinthe
Soundsource.MovingtheTIMBREslidertotherightwilltransposethesample
mappingdownandthepitchesupandviseversawhenmovingittotheleft.
WhenSHIFTisappliedineitherdirection,thecharacteroftheSoundsourcecan
changesignificantly.WhenSHIFTisusedasamodulationtarget,thecharacterof
theSoundsourcecanchangedynamically.Themoresamplesthataremapped
acrossthekeyboard,themorepronouncedtheTIMBRESHIFTeffectwill
be.Conversely,withatextureorotherSoundsourcethatonlycontainsasingle
sample,SHIFTwillhavenoeffect.

TIP:ToseehowmanysamplestheSoundsourceuses,selecttheSoundsourceZoom
iconatthetopoftheOSCILLATORheaderandrefertotheSPECS.

NOTE:BecauseofthewayTIMBRESHIFTworks,changestothemodulationofthe
TIMBREslidermustberetriggeredtoheartheeffect.TIMBREchangescannotbeheard
onasustainednote.

START(SAMPLEONLY)

TheSTARTcontroldeterminesatwhichpointinthesampleplaybackwillbeginwhenthe
oscillatoristriggered.Amongotherthings,itcanbeusefultoremovesharpattacksorclicksat
thestartofasample.Thissettingwillvarydependingonthenumberofsamplesinthe
Soundsource.
Soundsourcescanhaveasinglesamplemappedacrosstheentirekeyboard(Texturesarea
typicalexampleofthis).OthertypesofSoundsourcesoftenhavemanysamplesmappedto
differentrangesonthekeyboard.Theserangesarecalledzones.
ThenumberofzonesdeterminesthemaximumrangeoftheStartslider.IftheSoundsource
hasmorethan12zonesmapped(includingroundrobins),therangeoftheSTARTslideris1
second.Ifithaslessthan12zones,thentheSTARTslidersrangecanbeupto90
seconds.The.60rangeisespeciallyusefulwhenmodulatinglong,evolvingTexture
SoundsourcesandusingtheArpeggiator.


STARTFADE

Thesearemodeswitchesthatcontroltheshapeofthestartpoint.Thiscanbeusefulfor
eliminatingclicksthatmighthappenatcertainstartoffsets.Thesethreemodeswitchessetthe
durationoffadein:
NoFadein
MediumFadeIn
MaximumFadeIn

ANALOG(SYNTHONLY)

TheAnalogcontrolallowsinconsistencytobeintroducedintothepitchandphaseofthe
oscillator,whichmakesOmnispheresoundandbehavemorelikeavintageanalog
instrument.WhentheAnalogcontrolissetto50%andlower,itdestabilizesthephaseofthe
oscillator.After50%itwillalsodestabilizethepitch.AstheAnalogcontrolisincreasedpast
75%thepitchwillbecomeheavilydetuned.
TheAnalogcontrolisfoundintheLayerPages,theMainOscillatorZoomandintheUnison
OscillatorZoom.

NOTE:TheAnalogcontrolalsoaffectsUnisonvoices,soifUnisondetuningistoo
drastic,youmaywanttolowertheAnalogcontrol.

PHASE(SYNTHONLY)

ThePHASEcontrolwillonlyhaveanaudibleeffectwhenitisheardcombinedwithanother
layer,asphasechangescanonlybeperceivedinrelationtoanotheraudiosignal.
ThebestwaytounderstandthePHASEcontrolistosetupaSYNTHsoundonLayerA(withthe
ANALOGcontroltozero).Then,fromtheUTILITYmenuselecttheCopyLayeroptionandselect
LayerBandselectthePasteLayeroptionfromtheUTILITYmenu.WithtwoidenticalOscillator
Layers,changesinthePhasecaneasilybeheard.
IfthePHASEcontrolisatminimum,thentheOscillatorwillbetriggeredatthestartofthe
waveform.Asthevalueisincreased,thepointinthewaveformwheretheOscillatorwillbe
triggeredwillbemovedanditwillbeoutofphasewiththeotherLayer.Whenthehorizontal

triggeredwillbemovedanditwillbeoutofphasewiththeotherLayer.Whenthehorizontal
sliderissettomaximum,itwillbe180outofphasewiththeotherLayersOscillator.
ManyinterestingcompositewaveformscanbecreatedwiththePhasecontrolthisway,andthis
techniqueisparticularlyusefulforSynthBasssounds.

SHAPE(SYNTHONLY)

Movingthisslidersweepsthroughthewaveformsontheselectedwavetable,anddependingon
thewavetable,cancreatesubtleordramaticchanges.Thewaveformdisplaywilldynamically
changethewaveshapeastheSHAPEsliderismoved.TheSHAPEsliderismodulatable.When
theoscillatorissettoNoise,SHAPEbecomesacomplexfiltercontrol,whichvariesfromwhite
noise(allfrequencies)attheminimumsetting,topinknoise(reducedhighfrequencies)atthe
maximumsetting.

SYMMETRY(SYNTHONLY)

SymmetryvariesthespanofthewaveformandismostcommonlyusedforPulseWidth
modulation.ThisisespeciallyusefulwhenSYMMETRYisusedasamodulationdestination,asit
addsshiftingtonecolorandmovementtothesound.Thewaveformdisplaywilldynamically
changethewaveshapeastheSYMMETRYsliderismoved.WhentheoscillatorissettoNoise,
SYMMETRYbecomesamorphingfilterthatsweepsthroughfourdifferenttypesoffilters,
startingattheminimumsettingwithlowpasstoanotchfilter,thentoahighpassandfinallyto
bandpassatthemaximumsetting.

HARDSYNC(SYNTHONLY)

HardSyncwasafeatureonsomeanalogsynthesizerswhichgavethetimbrea"throaty"
diphthongtypeofsoniccharacteristicwhenswept.HardSyncwaspopularizedonsynthesizers
liketheProphet5andtheearlyOberheimsynthesizersforamoremetallicandaggressive
timbre,andisespeciallyusefulforleadsounds.HardSyncisachievedbyusingtwooscillators,
onewhichisthe"master"andtheotherthe"slave."Theslaveisforcedtorestartitswaveform
whenhardsyncedwiththemasteroscillatorandthemastercontrolsthepitch.Anychangesin
theslaveoscillatorspitchwillnotchangethepitchofthemastertheychangetheovertones
andharmonicstructureinstead.
Inthepast,anoscillatorwouldneedtobesacrificedtogetthehardsynceffect,but
Omnispherehasahidden,dedicatedoscillatorjustforhardsync.Thehardsyncoscillator
becomestheslaveandtheOscillatorswaveformisthemaster.Thewaveformdisplaywill
dynamicallychangethewaveshapeastheHARDSYNCsliderismoved.HARDSYNCis
modulatable.WhentheoscillatorissettoNoise,HARDSYNCactsasastereowidthcontrolthat

modulatable.WhentheoscillatorissettoNoise,HARDSYNCactsasastereowidthcontrolthat
ismonoattheminimumsettingandgraduallyspreadsthenoiseintobothrightandleft
channelstowardsthemaximumsetting.

LAYERPAGESOscillatorFrequencyModulation

FMstandsforFrequencyModulation.FMhasbeenafeatureonsynthesizerssincethe1960s,
butitwaspopularizedinYamahasDX/TXseriesofdigitalsynthesizersinthe1980s.Itwaswell
knownforproducingglassy,metallicsoundsandforcreatingsoundthataremoreharmonically
complex.
FMisaformofaudiosynthesiswherethetimbreofonewaveform,calledthecarrier,is
changedbymodulatingitwiththefrequencyofanotherwaveform,calledthemodulator
henceFrequencyModulationsynthesis.
FMcantakesimplewaveforms,likesinewaves,andmakethemsoundquitecomplex.In
Omnisphere,theexcitingthingisthatanySoundsourceorDSPwavetablecanbemodulated
withFM.
EachLayerinOmnispherehasadedicatedFMoscillator,whichactsasthemodulator.This
dedicatedoscillatorcanutilizedifferentwaveformsanditsfrequency,depth,shape,symmetry
andhardsynccanbemodulated.

FMPOWERSWITCH

TurnstheFMmodulatingoscillatoronoroff.

FMMODULATOR

WhilemanyFMsynthesizersuseonlySinewavesasmodulators,Omnispherecanuseanyof
itsmorethan400wavetables.Youcanselectthemfromthemenubyclickingonthewaveform
displayorbyusingthestepperarrowstotherightoftheimage.

FMKEYBOARDTRACKING

ThesmallmusickeyboardswitchenablesordisablesKeyboardTracking.TheKeyboard
Trackingbuttondetermineswhetherthemodulatoroscillatortracksthekeyboard.
IftheKeyboardTrackingison,themodulatoroscillatorwilltrackthekeyboard,meaningitwill
changepitchwitheachkey.IfKeyboardTrackingisoff,themodulatorwillnotchangepitch
withthekeyboard,itwillstayonthesamepitch,nomatterwhichkeyisplayed.Thiscanbe
usefulformoreclangorous,noiselikesounds.

FMFREQUENCY

Controlsthefrequencyofthemodulatoroscillator.Becausethemodulatorisunheard,itdoes
notchangethepitchoftheoriginalOscillator,butinsteadaltersthetimbralcharacteristicsof
theOscillatorswaveform.
Whenthishorizontalsliderissettojustabovetheminimum,itcanproduceLFOtypepitch
effects.Movingtheslidertowardsthemaximumincreasesthefrequencyandbeginstooscillate
fastenoughthatitwillintroducetimbrechanges.
ThenotchesalongtheFREQUENCYslideraremarkersforthefrequencyratiosthatwillproduce
themostmusicallyusefulresults.
Thesemusicallyusefulvaluesatthenotchesaredecimalversionsofthefollowingratios:
.5,1:1,1:1.5,1:2,representedas.250,.500..750and1.00.
Range0.000to1.000

FMDEPTH

Controlsthemodulatorsdepth.ThehighertheDEPTHsliderisset,themorethededicated
modulatorisaffectingthetimbreoftheOSCILLATOR.
Range0.000to1.000

FMDEPTHRANGE

WhensettoNORMAL,theDEPTHrangeisnarrowbutwithmoreresolution,andisusefulfor
addingasubtleFMcolortosounds.WhensettoBOOST,theDEPTHrangeismuchhigher,
allowingyoutoproducemoredramaticFMsounds.

FMSHAPE

MovingthisslidersweepsthroughthewavetableselectedastheModulator,anddependingon
thewavetable,cancreatesubtleordramaticchanges.Thewaveformdisplaywilldynamically
changethewaveshapeastheFMSHAPEsliderismoved.

FMSYMMETRY

FMSYMMETRYvariesthespanofthewavetableselectedastheModulatorandismost
commonlyusedforPulseWidthmodulation.ThisisespeciallyusefulwhenFMSYMMETRYis
usedasamodulationdestination,asitaddsshiftingtonecolorandmovementtothesound.
ThewaveformdisplaywilldynamicallychangethewaveshapeastheFMSYMMETRYslideris
moved.

FMHARDSYNC

HardSyncwasafeatureonsomeanalogsynthesizerswhichgavethetimbrea"throaty"
diphthongtypeofsoniccharacteristicwhenswept.HardSyncwaspopularizedonsynthesizers
liketheProphet5andtheearlyOberheimsynthesizersforamoremetallicandaggressive
timbre,andisespeciallyusefulforleadsounds.HardSyncisachievedbyusingtwooscillators,
onewhichisthe"master"andtheotherthe"slave."Theslaveisforcedtorestartitswaveform
whenhardsyncedwiththemasteroscillatorandthemastercontrolsthepitch.Anychangesin
theslaveoscillatorspitchwillnotchangethepitchofthemastertheychangetheovertones
andharmonicstructureinstead.Thewaveformdisplaywilldynamicallychangethewaveshape
astheFMHARDSYNCsliderismoved.
Inthepast,anoscillatorwouldneedtobesacrificedtogetthehardsynceffect,but
Omnispherehasahidden,dedicatedoscillatorjustforhardsync.Thehardsyncoscillator
becomestheslaveandtheOscillatorswaveformisthemaster.

LAYERPAGESOscillatorRingModulation

RINGisshortforRingModulation,whichissimilarinconcepttoFM(andtheparametersare
exactlythesameasthoseintheFMsubpage).InRingModulationthefrequenciesofboth
oscillatorsaremultiplied,whichchangestheiroverallamplitude,soitscanalsobereferredto
asAmplitudeModulation.
Traditionally,RingModulationisusedasaneffecttocreatehighfrequency,clangorous
overtones.However,OmnispheresRingModulatorispolyphonicandcantrackthekeyboard
meaningthepitchdoesnothavetobefixed:itcanfollowthepitchofthekeyboard.Theresult
issomethingmuchmoremusicalandusefulthanatraditionalRingModulator.
EachLayerinOmnispherehasadedicatedRingModulationoscillator.Thisdedicatedoscillator
canutilizedifferentwaveformsanditsfrequency,depth,shape,symmetryandhardsynccan
bemodulated.

RINGMODULATOR

Youcanselectanyoftheover400waveformsorwavetablestoactasthemodulator.Youcan
selectthemfromthemenubyclickingonthewaveformdisplayorbyusingthestepperarrows
totherightoftheimage.

RINGMODPOWERSWITCH

TurnsthemodulatoroscillatorOnorOff.

RINGMODKEYBOARDTRACKING

ThesmallmusickeyboardswitchenablesordisablesKeyboardTracking.TheKeyboard
Trackingbuttondetermineswhetherthemodulatoroscillatortracksthekeyboard.MostRing
Modulatorsdonottrackthekeyboard,whichispartofthecharacteroftheirsound,but
OmnisphereprovidestheoptiontoenableKeyboardTrackingifrequired.
IftheKeyboardTrackingisturnedon,thentheRingModulatoroscillatorwillchangepitchwith
thekeyboard.IfKeyboardTrackingisturnedoff,themodulationoscillatorwillremainthe
samepitchnomatterwhatkeyisplayed.

RINGMODFREQUENCY

Controlsthefrequencyofthemodulationoscillator.WhentheFREQUENCYsliderissetto
minimumvalue,veryslowmodulationisheard.Sweepingthruthedifferentvalueswillcause
differentovertonesbecomemorepronounced,becausethemodulatorisintheaudiorange.
ThenotchesalongtheFREQUENCYslideraremarkersforthefrequencyratiosthatwillproduce
themostusefulresults.
Thevaluesatthenotchesaredecimalversionsofthefollowingratios:
1:.5,1:1,1:1.5,1:2,representedas.250,.500..750and1.00.
Range0.000to1.000

RINGMODDEPTH

ThishorizontalslidercontrolsthedepthoftheRingModulation,meaninghowmuchinteraction
occursbetweentheOscillatorandthemodulationoscillator.
Range0.000to1.000

RINGMODDEPTHRANGE

ThishorizontalslidercontrolsthedepthoftheRingModulation,meaninghowmuchinteraction
occursbetweenthemodulatorandcarrier.

RINGSHAPE

MovingthisslidersweepsthroughthewavetableselectedastheModulator,anddependingon
thewavetable,cancreatesubtleordramaticchanges.Thewaveformdisplaywilldynamically
changethewaveshapeastheRINGSHAPEsliderismoved.

RINGSYMMETRY

RINGSYMMETRYvariesthespanofthewavetableselectedastheModulatorandismost
commonlyusedforPulseWidthmodulation.ThisisespeciallyusefulwhenRINGSYMMETRYis
usedasamodulationdestination,asitaddsshiftingtonecolorandmovementtothesound.
ThewaveformdisplaywilldynamicallychangethewaveshapeastheRINGSYMMETRYslideris
moved.

RINGHARDSYNC

HardSyncwasafeatureonsomeanalogsynthesizerswhichgavethetimbrea"throaty"
diphthongtypeofsoniccharacteristicwhenswept.HardSyncwaspopularizedonsynthesizers
liketheProphet5andtheearlyOberheimsynthesizersforamoremetallicandaggressive
timbre,andisespeciallyusefulforleadsounds.HardSyncisachievedbyusingtwooscillators,
onewhichisthe"master"andtheotherthe"slave."Theslaveisforcedtorestartitswaveform
whenhardsyncedwiththemasteroscillatorandthemastercontrolsthepitch.Anychangesin
theslaveoscillatorspitchwillnotchangethepitchofthemastertheychangetheovertones
andharmonicstructureinstead.Thewaveformdisplaywilldynamicallychangethewaveshape
astheRINGHARDSYNCsliderismoved.
Inthepast,anoscillatorwouldneedtobesacrificedtogetthehardsynceffect,but
Omnispherehasahidden,dedicatedoscillatorjustforhardsync.Thehardsyncoscillator
becomestheslaveandtheOscillatorswaveformisthemaster.

LAYERPAGESOscillatorWaveshaper

OmnispheresWaveshapertakestheOscillatorswaveformandpassesitthrumathematically
generatedcurvesthataddvarioustypesofdistortion,whichchangesthewaveformsharmonic
content.
Insteadofbeingastandaloneeffect,OmnispheresWaveshaperispartoftheOscillator,andis
polyphonic,makingitasynthesisfunctionandnotjustaneffect.Thismeansthatthe
Oscillatorscanhavemoreharmonicrichnesswithouttheclashingsoundheardwhenplaying
chordsthruamonophonicdistortion(suchasafuzzbox).Polyphonicdistortionisfarmore
versatilemusically.
TheWaveshaperpageisdividedintothreesections:CRUSHER,SHAPER,andREDUCER.
IntheCRUSHERsection,youcanreducetheBitDepthusingtheBITCRUSHslidertocreate
digitaldistortionandyoucanmakeitmoreorlessaggressivebyusingtheCRUSHFORCE
slider.
IntheSHAPERsection,youcancontroltheamountofWaveShapingthatisappliedtoyour
soundbyusingtheDEPTHslider.YoucanalsochangethetypeofWaveShapingbyselecting
oneofthefouralgorithms,whichrangefromsoftertomoreaggressive.
IntheREDUCERsection,youcanreducethesampleratebymovingtheSAMPLERATEslider
tocreateinterestingalterationstothequalityofthesound.ByusingtheANIMATIONslideryou
canaddadynamiccharacterthatchangesovertime.
TheMix,AudioPath,andGainControlsapplytoallthreesections.

WAVESHAPERPOWERSWITCH

ThisturnstheWaveShapingeffectonoroff.

WAVESHAPERPRESETS

WaveshaperPresetscanbecopied,pastedorsavedfromthismenu.

LAYERPAGESWaveshaperCrusher

TheCRUSHERsectionoffersparametersforcontrollingtheBitDepthoftheoscillator.

BITCRUSH

Bitcrushingintroducesdistortionbyreducingtheresolutionofdigitalaudio.Thislowersthe
dynamicrangeandincreasesthenoisefloor.Usethisforachievinggrainyorlofisoundsit
reallyaddscharactertoyoursound.Theeffectcanrangefromslightlydistortedtoveryharsh,
dependingontheslidersetting.
BITCRUSHisModulatable.
Range0.000to1.000

CRUSHFORCE

TheCrushForcesliderletsyouaddauniquedistortionforamoreaggressivesound.This
parameterwillhavenoeffectiftheBITCRUSHsliderissettozero.
CRUSHFORCEisModulatable.
Range0.000to1.000

LAYERPAGESWaveshaperShaper

TheSHAPERsectionofferscontrolsforintroducingWaveShapingtotheoscillator.

DEPTH

IntheSHAPERsection,youcancontroltheamountofWaveShapingthatisappliedtoyour
soundbyusingtheDEPTHslider.Thefarthertotherightthisisset,themorepronouncedthe
effectoftheWaveshaperwillbe.
DEPTHisModulatable.
Range0.000to1.000

TYPE

YoucanchangethetypeofWaveShapingbyselectingoneofthefourpresetWaveShaping
algorithms.Theserangefromsoftertomoreaggressive1beingthemostsubtleand4the
mostextreme.

NOTE:EvenwiththeDepthslidersettozero,therewillbeacertainamountofcolor
addedtothesound,sobesuretoclicktheOFFbuttonwhenWaveShapingisnotin
use.

LAYERPAGESWaveshaperReducer

TheREDUCERsectionoffersparametersforcontrollingtheSampleRateoftheoscillator.

SAMPLERATE

ThiscontrolstheamountofSampleRateReductionthatisintroducedtotheOscillator.By
reducingthesamplerate,distortionandartifactscalled"aliasing"areintroducedtothesound.
Generally,aliasingisavoidedindigitalaudio,buthereitcanbeusedinacontrolledmannerto
addwildlydifferenttonalqualities.Thehigherthissliderisset,thelowerthesamplerate,and
themorepronouncedtheeffectwillbe.
SAMPLERATEisModulatable.
Range0.000to1.000

ANIMATION

TheAnimationslideraddsadynamic,timevariantcharactertothesound.Thisparameterwill
nothaveanyeffectiftheSAMPLERATEsliderissettozero.
ANIMATIONisModulatable
Range0.000to1.000

LAYERPAGESWaveshaperMix,PathandGain

MIX

TheMIXslidercontrolsthebalancebetweentheoriginalOscillatorssignalandtheWave
Shapedsound.Ifthemixisattheminimumsetting,thentheeffectoftheWaveshaperisnot
heard.Whensettothemaximum,onlytheWaveShapedsignalisheard.
MIXismodulatable.
Range0.000to1.000

AUDIOPATH

ThesethreemodeswitchesdetermineatwhatpointinOmnispheresaudiopaththe
Waveshaperisplaced.ItcanbeplacedaftertheOscillator,theFilterortheAmplifier

OSC(Oscillator)TheWaveshaperisplacedaftertheOscillatoroutput,before
theFiltersection.
FILTER(Filter)TheWaveshaperisplacedaftertheFiltersoutput,beforethe
Amplifier.
AMP(Amplifier)TheWaveshaperisplacedafterOmnispheresAmplifier.

GAIN

TheGAINslidercontrolstheamountofgainthatisappliedtotheoutput.
Range0.000to1.000

LAYERPAGESOscillatorZoomUnison

Invintageanalogpolyphonicsynthesizers,Unisonwasusedtotriggerallofthevoicescardsof
thesynthesizeratthesametimeforarich,detunedmonophonicsound.Omnispheretakes
UnisontothenextlevelbyofferingpolyphonicUnison,withnumerousenhancementsand
controls.Justafewormanyunisonvoicescanbeadded,soeachnoteplayedwilltrigger
severalvoiceseachwithdifferentdetuning,spreadandoctave.

UNISONPOWERSWITCH

ThisturnstheUnisoneffectonandofftoquicklyA/Byourchanges.

UNISONDEPTH

TheDEPTHslidercontrolstheamountofUNISONvoicesadded.Increasingthesettingofthis
sliderincreasesthenumberofUNISONvoices.ThemoreUnisonvoicesused,thericherthe
sound,butthehigherthedemandontheCPU.
ThemaximumnumberofUnisonvoicesis8.
UNISONDEPTHismodulatable.

UNISONSPREAD

UNISONvoicescanbepannedacrossthestereoimage.Spreadcontrolstheextentofthe
stereoimaging.Whenthesliderisatminimumsetting,allUNISONvoicesareinthecenterof
thestereoimage.Whensettomaximumvalue,theUNISONvoicesarepannedacrossthe
stereofield.

stereofield.

UNISONOCTAVE

TheOCTAVEmenuspecifiesatwhichoctavetheunisonnoteswillsound:uptotwooctaves
aboveorbelowthemainoscillator.Thisisnotatraditionaltransposecontrol,asitonlymoves
theUNISONvoicesupordownthepitchoftheOscillatorwillremainthesame.

UNISONDETUNE

Thisdeterminestowhatdegreetheunisonnoteswillbedetunedfromtheoriginal
OSCILLATOR.ThissettingdoesnotaffectthepitchoftheoriginalOSCILLATOR,justtheunison
voices.
UNISONDETUNEismodulatable.

UNISONDETUNEFINE/COARSE

ThesemodeswitchesdeterminetherangeoftheDETUNEslider.IfFINEisselected,the
DETUNEsliderwillonlydetunetheUNISONvoicesuptoahalfstep(99cents).Thisworksfor
classicUnisonandSuperSawtypesofsounds.
WhenCOARSEisselected,therangeoftheDETUNEsliderisincreasedtoafifthoranoctave
abovethenote,dependinghowmanyareadded.WhentheDETUNEslideisusedinCOARSE
mode,theUnisonvoiceswillgraduallyglidetothefinalchord,producingtheclassicTHXlogo
effect.

UNISONDRIFT

DRIFTsimulatesthepitchmovementthatoccursnaturallyinanalogsynthesizers.TheDRIFT
slidercontrolshowmuchthepitchoftheUNISONvoiceswilldriftfromthemainOscillator.

ANALOG

TheAnalogcontrolallowsinconsistencytobeintroducedintothepitchandphaseofthe

TheAnalogcontrolallowsinconsistencytobeintroducedintothepitchandphaseofthe
oscillator,whichmakesOmnispheresoundandbehavemorelikeavintageanalog
instrument.WhentheAnalogcontrolissetto50%andlower,itdestabilizesthephaseofthe
oscillator.After50%itwillalsodestabilizethepitch.AstheAnalogcontrolisincreasedpast
75%thepitchwillbecomeheavilydetuned.
ThisparameterisalsopresentintheLayerpagesandintheOscillatorZoomMainpage.

UNISONPHASECONTROL(SYNTHmodeonly)
ThePhaseControloptionisuniquetotheSYNTHmode.ThePhaseControlmeanstheinitial
phasesoftheUnisonvoicescanberandomlyspreadacrossarange.Thewidthoftherangeis
controlledbysteppingthroughthefivePhaseControloptions,whichrangefrominphaseto
spreadover180.Perfectlyinphaseproducesresultslikedigitalsynthesizers.Outofphase
settingsproduceclassicanaloglikeresults.

LAYERPAGESOscillatorHarmonia

HARMONIAisoneofOmnispheresmostexcitinganduniquefeatures.Whileitmayseemlike
itsharesthesamefunctionalityofthetraditionalHarmonizereffect,itsactuallyfarmore
powerfulbecauseitsbuiltintoOmnispheresOSCILLATORasapolyphonicsynthesis
component,andnotjustasanaudioeffect.
HARMONIAaddsfouradditionaloscillatorstothelayer.SinceeachLayerhasitsown
HARMONIAsection,itcanadduptoeightadditionaloscillatorsperpatch,foratotaloften!

LAYERPAGESOscillatorHarmoniaControls

HARMONIAPOWERSWITCH

ThisturnsHARMONIAonandoffandisusefulforcomparingthesoundwiththeaddedvoicesto
theoriginalsound.

HARMONIAPRESETS

AcompletesetofHARMONIApresetscanbeaccessedbyselectingthemenuarrow.Any
factorypresetsorcustomsettingscanbecopied,pastedorsaved.

HARMONIAVOICES14

UptofourHARMONIAvoicescanbestackedontopoftheoriginalvoicebyselectingthe
numberedswitchesinHARMONIA.
Keepinmind,addingmorevoicescreatesahigherdemandontheCPU.

HARMONIALEVEL

ControlstheoutputleveloftheHARMONIAvoices,sotheeffectofeachHarmoniavoicecanbe
subtleorpronounced.
TheHARMONIALEVELcontrolsaremodulatable.
Range0.000to1.000

HARMONIAPAN

EachoftheHARMONIAvoicescanbepositionedinthestereofieldwiththePANcontrols.
Range0.000to1.000

HARMONIADETUNE

EachoftheHARMONIAvoicescanbedetunedby+/100cents.Whentheknobsarecentered,
thereisnodetuning.
TheHARMONIADETUNEcontrolsaremodulatable.
Range0.000to1.000

HARMONIAINTERVAL

EachoftheHARMONIAvoicescanbetransposedoverafouroctaverange.Selectingthe
INTERVALswitchwillbringupadropdownmenuofhalfsteptranspositions,eitherupordown
byasmuchastwooctaves.
Range24to+24

HARMONIAMIX

ThisparametercontrolstheblendoftheHarmoniavoiceswiththeprimaryvoice.
TheHARMONIAMIXparameterismodulatable.
Range0.000to1.000

LAYERSPAGESOscillatorHarmoniaSynthControls

WhentheOSCILLATORissettoSYNTHmode,alloftheHARMONIAfeaturesinSAMPLEmode
areavailable,aswellasasecondsetofoptionsthatareuniquetoSYNTHmode.Thisspecial
setofcontrolsallowsindependentwaveformcontrolovereachHARMONIAvoice.

HARMONIAPHASE
LikethePhaseControloptioninUNISON,thisisuniquetotheSYNTHOscillators.ThePhase
ControlallowsthephaseoftheHARMONIAvoicestobespreadacrossa180range.Thewidth
oftherangeiscontrolledbysteppingthroughthefivePhaseControloptions,whichrangefrom
inphasetospreadover180.

HARMONIASHAPE

ThiscontrolisuniquetoSYNTHOscillators.ThisisanoffsetoftheSHAPEcontrolontheMAIN
OSCILLATORpage.EachofHARMONIAsfourvoicescanhaveitsownSHAPEoffset.Thecenter
positionindicatesthattheHARMONIAvoice'sSHAPEisidenticaltothemainSynthOscillator's
SHAPE.

NOTE:TolearnmoreabouttheSHAPEfunctionality,checkoutthedescriptioninthe
OSCMAINchapter.

Range0.000to1.000

HARMONIASYMMETRY

ThiscontrolisuniquetoSYNTHOscillators.ThisisanoffsetoftheSYMMETRYcontrolonthe
MAINOSCILLATORpage.EachofHARMONIAsfourvoicescanhaveits
ownSYMMETRYoffset.ThecenterpositionindicatesthattheHARMONIAvoice'sSYMMETRYis
identicaltothemainSynthOscillator'sSYMMETRY.

NOTE:TolearnmoreabouttheSYMMETRYfunctionality,checkoutthedescriptionin
theOSCSYMMETRYchapter.

Range0.000to1.000

HARMONIASYNC

HARMONIASYNC

ThiscontrolisuniquetoSYNTHOscillators.ThisisanoffsetoftheHARDSYNCcontrolonthe
MAINOSCILLATORpage.EachofHARMONIAsfourvoicescanhaveitsownSYNCoffset.The
centerpositionindicatesthattheHARMONIAvoice'sSYNCisidenticaltothemainSynth
Oscillator'sHARDSYNC.

NOTE:TolearnmoreabouttheHARDSYNCfunctionality,checkoutthedescriptionin
theOSCHARDSYNCchapter

Range0.000to1.000

HARMONIAWAVETABLE

ThiscontrolisuniquetoSYNTHOscillators.ThewavetableofeachofthefourHARMONIA
voicescanbesetbyclickingonthisdisplay,whichwillbringupthewavetablemenu,or
steppedthroughbyusingthesteppers.Allthewavetablesavailableforthemainoscillatorcan
beusedineachoftheHarmoniavoices(Noiseisnotavailable).Whenthedisplayissetto
OSC,meanstheHARMONIAwavetablewillfollowtheprimaryOscillatorscurrentwavetable
selection.
NOTE:Tolearnmoreaboutthewavetablesfunctionality,refertotheWavetablespage.

LAYERPAGESOscillatorGranular

Granularsynthesisisapowerfultypeofsynthesisthatfragmentspiecesofaudiointovery
smallbitscalled"grains."Sinceeachgraincanhaveitsownduration,amplitudeandenvelope,
theycancreatealayeredsoundscapeofoverlappingtones.ThecomposerInnasXenakisfirst
conceptualizedGranularsynthesisinthe1970s.
Omnispherecontainsafullyimplementedsetofgranularcontrols.SoundsourcesandDSP
Wavetablesturnedintograinscanbemanipulatedbyalteringtheirpitch,duration,envelope
andpositioninthestereofield.UptoeightvoicesofgranularityareavailableperLayer.
GranularSynthesisisausefultechniqueforcreatingawidevarietyofevolvingsounds(using
GrainandPitchControls),timestretchingeffects(usingSpeedmode),"freezing"effects
(usingPositionmode),oredgy,gritty,glitchyeffects(usingIntensity).
TheGranularcontrolsarelocatedintheOscillatorZoomGranularpage.Thecontrolsinthis
pageareenhancedwithadynamicgranularvisualizer,a3Dmodelthatrepresentshowthe
grainsaremanipulatedintheSTEAMengine.

GRANULARPOWERSWITCH

ThisturnsGranularonandoffanditisusefulforcomparingthegranulatedsoundwiththe
original.

GRANULARVISUALIZER


TheGranularVisualizerisadynamic3Dmodelthatrepresentshowthegrainsaremanipulated
intheSTEAMengine.ItprovidesvisualfeedbackoftheGranularparametersbychanging
colors,increasingthedensityandsizeofthespokes,addingwavinesstothespiral,andadding
a3Dappearancetoit.Thisfeedbackcanbeveryusefulduringthesounddesignprocess.
NOTE:GranularSynthesiscanrequireagreatdealofprocessingpower.

LEGACY

Omnisphere2.0usesanewgranularalgorithmwhichallowsforwidersonicresults.The
LEGACYbuttonactivatesthegranularalgorithmusedinOmnisphere1.x,inwhichthegrains
werelargerandtheresultswereoftenslowermovinganddreamiersounding.Patchescreated
inversion1.xwillautomaticallyloadwiththeLEGACYbuttonengagedtoensurebackwards
compatibility.TurntheLEGACYbuttontoONifyouwishtoprogramPatcheswiththisalgorithm.
NOTE:TheWILDmodewillnotworkinLEGACYmode.

LAYERPAGESOscillatorGranularModes

TherearetwoexclusiveGranularmodes:SPEEDandPOSITION.Whileothergranular
parametersworkinthesamemannerregardlessofthemode,thesliderabovetheSPEEDand
POSITIONmodeselectorscontrolsonlythemodeselected.

SPEED

SPEEDautomaticallymovesthepositionofthesamplethatisbeinggranulatedforwardsor
backwardsatafixedrate.Allthewaytotheleftisforwardatfullspeed,allthewaytotheright
isbackwardsfullspeed.Inbetweenvalueswillmoveitmoreslowlyforwards(below.5)or
backwards(above.5).Omnispheretakesovercontrolofthepositioninthismode.Thismode
canbeusefulforaddingmovementtootherwisestaticsounds,ortodolowfitimestretchingor
reversing.TheSPEEDsliderismodulatable.
TheSPEEDsliderismodulatable.

POSITION

POSITIONallowsyoutoselectwhichportionofthesampleisbeinggranulatedusingthe
POSITIONslider.Asanexample,youcanchoosetogranulateonlythe"pluck,"oronlythe
decayofaguitarnote.Thismodeisusefulforgranulatingaspecificportionofthesampleand
forcreatingfreezingeffects.Thebluedisplayabovethesliderrepresentsthecurrentposition
oftheslider,hencetheportionofthesamplebeinggranulated.ThePOSITIONslideris
modulatable.

NOTE:ThenumberofzonesinaSoundsourcedeterminesthemaximumrangeofthe
POSITIONslider.IftheSoundsourcehasmorethan12zonesmapped,therangeofthe
POSITIONsliderslideris1second.Ifithaslessthan12zones,thenthePOSITION
slider'srangecanbeupto90seconds.

Inbothmodes,theresultswillvarydependingonthesettingsofotherGranularparameters,
particularlyINTENSITY,DEPTH,andSMOOTHING.
Range0.000to1.000

LAYERPAGESOscillatorGranularGrainControls

GRAINDEPTH

Movingthisslidertotherightincreasesthenumberofgrainswhicharecreatedfromthe
Soundsource.Thehigherthenumberofgrains,thehigherthedemandontheCPU.Excellent
resultscanusuallybeobtainedwithoutusingalotofGRAINDEPTH,souseitcarefully.Inthe
GranularVisualizer,GRAINDEPTHaddsmoreloopstothespiral,whichrepresentmoregrains
overlappingwitheachother.
Range0.000to1.000

INTENSITY

Whenthesoundisslicedintograins,thegrainsizecanbealtered,changingthespeedand
intensityoftheeffect.WhentheINTENSITYsliderislower,thegrainsarelongerandthereisa
slowertransitiontothenextgrain.WhentheINTENSITYsliderishigher,thegrainsareshorter
andmakethetransitionmorequickly.IntheGranularVisualizer,INTENSITYincreasesthe
densityofthespokes,toshowshorterintervals.
GRAININTENSITYisaModulatableparameter.
Range0.000to1.000

SMOOTHING

Sincethegrainscanvaryinpitchandamplitude,thechangefromgraintograincanbeabrupt
andjarring.Increasingthevalueofthisslidersoftensthesharptransitions.Thinkof
SMOOTHINGascrossfadingbetweenthegrains.IntheGranularVisualizer,SMOOTHING
changesthebrightnessofthebluelines.
Range0.000to1.000

SPREAD

Thisslidercontrolstheplacementofthegrainswithinthestereoimagethehigherthe
SPREAD,thewiderthegrainswillbepannedacrossthestereofield.IntheGranular
Visualizer,SPREADaddsa3Dappearancetorepresenttheaddeddimension.
Range0.000to1.000


DETUNING

Thegrainscanbedetunedbyincreasingthiscontrol'svalue.ThehigherDETUNINGisset,the
morevariationinpitchwillbeheardinthegrains.IntheGranularVisualizer,DETUNINGadds
awavinesstothespiral..
Range0.000to1.000

GRANULARTRIGGER(MODMATRIXTARGETONLY)

GranularTriggerisanadvancedfeaturethatcanbeaccessedonlyfromtheModulationMatrix.
Itallowsforsinglegrainstobetriggeredatspecifictimeintervalswithoutaffectingtheirsize.
Forexample,turnGranularONandcreateamodulationroutingwithLFO1settoaSquare
waveformasthesourceandGranularTriggerasthetarget.Whenyouplayanoteonyour
keyboard,asinglegrainwillbetriggeredeverytimetheLFOtransmitsavalueabovezero.
IncreasetheLFORateandthegrainswillbetriggeredmoreoften.IncreasetheIntensityvalue
intheOscillatorZoomGranularpage,andthegrainswillbesmallerbutstilltriggeredatthe
samerate.Tomakeitmoreinteresting,trymodulatingIntensitywithadifferentsource(e.g.a
differentLFOoranEnvelope)atadifferentspeed.Constantlyfluctuatingsoundscanbecreated
usingthistechnique.Whenthemodulationsaresyncedtothehost'stempo,itispossibletoget
interestingstutteringFXthataresyncedtoyourmusic.

LAYERPAGESOscillatorGranularPitchControls

PITCHGRAINS

Thisslidersetshowoftenthegrainswillbetransposedinpitch.ThePITCHGRAINSparameter
andtheonesbelowit,INTERVAL,GLIDINGandDIRECTIONmenu,areinterdependent.When
thePITCHGRAINSparameterissetto0,theINTERVAL,GLIDINGnorDIRECTIONparameters
willhavenoeffect.IntheGranularVisualizer,PITCHGRAINSdeterminesthepercentageof
lineswhichhaveanalternatecolorbasedontheINTERVALsetting.
ThePITCHGRAINSparameterismodulatable.

INTERVAL

ThissliderdetermineswhatmusicalintervalthePITCHGRAINSwilluse.TheINTERVALcanbe
setfromonetotwelvesemitones.ThisparameterwillhavenoeffectifthePITCHGRAINS
sliderissettozero.IntheGranularVisualizer,INTERVALselectsanalternatecolorfora
percentageoflinesdeterminedbyPITCHGRAINS.
Range1to12semitones

GLIDING

GLIDINGdetermineshowoftenthegrainswillglidebetweenthenotethatisplayedandthe
transposedintervalofapitchgrain.ThisparameterwillhavenoeffectifthePITCHGRAINS
sliderissettozero.IntheGranularVisualizer,GLIDINGshortensapercentageoflines
determinedbyPITCHGRAINS.
Range0.000to1.000

DIRECTION

TheitemsintheDIRECTIONmenudeterminewhichdirectionthePITCHGRAINSare
transposed.
TherearefourPITCHGRAINDIRECTIONSavailable:

ThePITCHGRAINSwillbetransposeduponly.

ThePITCHGRAINSwillbetransposeddownonly.

ThePITCHGRAINSwillbetransposedupordown
onlytheywillneverbetransposedupanddown
onthesamenote.

ThePITCHGRAINSwillbetransposedrandomlyup
anddownonthesamenote.

RANGE

TheRANGEmenuletsyouchoosebetweenNORMALandWILDmodes.WILDmodecreates
moredramaticresultswhentheDETUNINGorPITCHGRAINSslidersareabovezero.
NOTE:WILDmodedoesnotfunctioninLEGACYMode.

LAYERPAGESFilters

TheFilterisakeycomponentofsubtractivesynthesis.Itsdesignedtoremovefrequencies
fromasound,whichcanenhanceitscharacter.Filterstypicallyconsistofacutoffcontrol,which
setstheremovalofcertainfrequencies,andaresonancecontrol,whichemphasizesthe
frequencyofthecutoffpoint.
Themostcommonformoffilteringiscalledlowpass,whichmeansthathigherfrequenciesare
removedwhilelowerfrequenciespassthroughwithoutbeingremoved.Mostvintage
synthesizersemployedlowpassfiltering,butsomealsoincludedhighpassfiltering,which
removeslowfrequenciesandletsthehighfrequenciespassthrough.
Omnisphereincludesanexceptionallyversatiledualfilteringsystem,whichfeaturestwostereo
filtersperlayerthatcanberoutedinseriesorparallel.Therearethirtytwodifferentfilter
typesavailable,whichincludelowpass,highpass,bandpassandotherspecialized
varieties.BecauseOmnispheresfiltersarestereo,theyareidealfordynamicfilterpanning
effects.
TheFILTERSsectionoftheLAYERoverviewfeaturesabasicsetoffiltercontrols,suchas
Cutoff,Resonance,KeyboardTrackingandFilterEnvelopeDepth.Thefullsetoffiltercontrols
areavailableontheFILTERZOOMview.

FILTERPOWERSWITCH

EnablesordisablestheFilter.
NOTE:TurningtheFilterOFFsavesCPUpower,sinceeveryvoiceplayedhasitsown
dualfilterperLayer.

FILTERSPRESETS


Omnispherehasawidevarietyofcustomizedfilterconfigurations,calledpresets.Thepresets
representthesettingsofOmnispherescomplexdualstereofilter.Filterpresetscanbe
selected,copied,pastedandsavedfromthismenu.

TIP:IfyoufindaPatchthathasaninterestingcustomfilterconfiguration,youcan
saveitintoyourPresetlibrarytousewithyourownPatches!

ThePresetsarecategorizedintoseveralsubcategoriesBandpassFilters,HighpassFilters,
LowpassFiltersandSpecialtyFilters.Forthesakeofspace,thepresetnamesareabbreviated,
butthisiswhatthedifferentabbreviationsindicate:

BPF
HPF
LPF
UVI
db

BandPassFilter
HighPassFilter
LowPassFilter
UVIFilterfromAtmosphere
ShortforDecibel.Nameslike12db,24db,refer
totherolloffslopeofthefilters.

NOTE:FilterpresetsarenotthesameasFiltertypes.FilterPresetsincludetheFilter
types,Gain,routingandoffsets.FiltertypesarecoveredintheFILTERZOOMsection.

FILTERPRESETMENU
AfteraPresethasbeenchosenfromthedropdownmenu,thenamewillbedisplayedinthe
presetdisplaywindow:

IfthefiltertypesarechangedintheZoomview,thenthedisplaywillbechangedtoModified
untiltheFiltersettingsaresavedasapresetoranotherpresetisselected.


NOTE:FilterpresetsdonotrecallCUTOFF,RES,KEYandENVsettings.Thisisthemost
accuratewaytoauditionthedifferentFilterPresetswithinthecontextofyourcurrent
Patch.

LAYERPAGESFilterCutoff

Theprimaryfunctionofthefilteristoremove,hence"cutoff,"frequenciesfromthesound.
Omnispheresfilterscanremovefrequenciesinavarietyofways,fromLowpass,Highpass,
Bandpass,Notchtomorespecializedfiltertypes.DependingwhatFilterpresetischosen,the
Cutoffcontrolwillremovedifferentfrequenciesinvariousways.
Forexample,ifaLowpassfilterisused,turningthecontrolcounterclockwisewillremovethe
higherfrequencies.IfaHighpassFilterisused,theoppositewillhappen.Itsbestto
experimentwithcutoffcontrolwiththewidevarietyofFilterTypes.
TheFiltersrolloffslopeismeasuredindB,andissometimesexpressedinpoles.Thehigher
thedBvalue,thegreatertheextentofthefiltering,butthisshouldnotbeconfusedwith
soundingbetter.Filterswithfewerpolescanoftensoundmoreappropriatethanthosewith
morepoles.
6dB=
12dB=
18dB=
24dB=

1Pole
2Pole
3Pole
4Pole

Range00.05Hzto19.00kHz
Omnispherehasmanyspecializedfilters,someofwhicharebasedontuneddelaylines(e.g.
MetalPipe+/andResonator+/).Inthosecases,theCutoffisusedtotunethefilter'spitch.

LAYERPAGESFilterResonance

ResonanceisalsocalledQorEmphasisinsynthesizers,becauseitemphasizesthecutoffpoint
ofthefilter.ResonancecanoftenincreasetheloudnessoftheFilter,soitsagoodideatouse
thiscontrolalongwiththeFilterGain,sothataudioclippingdoesnotoccur.

TIP:OmnispheresUVI1filtercanselfoscillate.Toachievethiseffect,setthe
Resonancetomaximum,andthefiltercanthenbetunedbythecutoffcontrol.

LAYERPAGESFilterKeyTracking

TheFilterTrackingisadedicatedmodulationcontrol.Itdeterminestowhatextentthecutoff
frequencywilltrackthekeyboard.ThehighertheKEYvalueisset,themorethefilterwillopen
overtheupperrangeofthekeyboardandcloseinthelowerrangesofthekeyboard.
Forexample,ifalowpassfilterisloadedandthecutoffissetbelow1.00KHz,thenotesplayed
belowMiddleCwillbecomeincreasinglydarkerintone,andkeysaboveMiddleCwillbe
increasinglybrighter.Attheminimumsetting,higherandlowernoteshavenoeffectonthe
cutofffrequency.
Range0to127

FILTERKEYTRACKINGINVERTSWITCH

KeyTrackingcanbeinvertedsimplybyselectingthewordKeybelowthecontrol.The
button'slabeltextwillbecomeinvertedandthesonicresultwillbetheoppositeofstandard
FilterKeyTracking.

NOTE:BecauseofhowthescalingoftheMetalPipe/+orResonator/+filtersworks,
inordertogetthesefilterstorespondwithplayablepitchestheKeyTrackingknob
shouldbefullyopenandtheInvertswitchenabled.

LAYERPAGESFilterEnvelopeDepth

TheFilterEnvelopeDepthisadedicatedmodulationcontrol.ItsetstheamountthattheFilter
Envelopecontrolsthecutofffrequency.Atminimumsetting,theFilterEnvelopehasnoeffect
onthecutoff.Thehigherthesetting,thegreatereffecttheFilterEnvelopescontourhasin
openingandclosingtheFilter.

NOTEIfboththeFilterCutoffandFilterEnvelopeDeptharesettominimumvalues,
littletonosoundwillbeheard.IftheFilterCutoffisatthemaximumvalue,thenthe
ENVDEPTHknobwillhavenoeffect,sincethecutoffisalreadywideopen.Agood
startingpointistokeeptheENVcontrolatthemiddlepoint.

Range0to127

ENVINVERTSWITCH

ThiscontrolinvertstheFilterEnvelopescontourandsoitwillhavetheeffectofclosingthefilter
(loweringthecutofffrequency).ThisswitchwillchangetoinvertedtextwhenEnvtrackingis
inverted.

TIP:InvertingtheFilter'sEnvelopecanbeusefulforcreatingunusualcontours,such
asdoubletriggeringandreleaseeffects

LAYERPAGESFilterGain

GAIN

BydefaulttheFILTERGAINissetat0.0dB.Changingthiscontrolalterstheoutputlevelofthe
Filters.OneapplicationwouldbeiftheFilteriscloseddown,andthetoneisquitedarkand
ratherlowinoutput,thelevelcouldbecompensatedforbyusingtheFILTERGAIN
control.Morecommonly,FiltercombinationswithResonancescangettooloud,causing
distortionandclipping.UsetheGAINslidertoreducetheoveralllevelinthesecases.
Rangebetweeninf(0)and+9.54.dB

NOTE:FromtheFilterZoom,GaincanbeappliedbeforeoraftertheFilters.

LAYERPAGESFilterVariant

TheVARIANTcontrolinOmnispheresfilterisnottypicallyfoundonmostsynthesizers.Since
Omnispheresfilterisstereo,VARIANTrespondsinmostfiltertypesbymovingthecutoff
frequencyinonedirectionononesideofthestereofieldwhilemovingitintheopposite
directionintheothersideofthestereofield.
Forexample,thefiltercouldbeopeningontheleftchannelwhileclosingontheright
channel.Thiscreatesuniquepanningeffectsthataremoredramaticthanstandardaudio
panningparticularlywhenVARIANTismodulated.
InthefollowingFilters,Variantbehavesdifferently:
InthePowerfiltertypes,VARIANTcontrolsthewidthofthefilterCutoff.
IntheResonator+/filtertypes,VARIANTcontrolsthetoneofthefilters.

LAYERPAGESFilterZoom

FILTERZOOMinOmnisphereprovidesprecisecontrolovereachLayersdualfilter.Thetwo
stereofiltersarerepresentedontherightandleft.Thecentralareacontrolstheroutingand
containsthesharedcontrols.Eachofthetwostereofilterscanhaveanyof32filtertypes
assignedtoit.Theycanbecombinedinseriesorparallel,allowingforhundredsofpossible
filterconfigurations.
ThereareprimaryCutoff,ResonanceandVariantcontrolsfortheentirefilter,butbothFILTER
1andFILTER2eachhavetheirownindependentCutoff,ResonanceandVariantoffsetswhich
areappliedtothoseprimaryvalues.

FILTERSECTIONPOWERSWITCH

EnablesordisablestheentireFilter.ItisaduplicateofthepowerbuttonontheEDITpage.
TheentireDualFiltercanbeturnedonandoffwiththisswitch,whichprovidesaquickwayto
comparethesoundwithandwithoutfiltering.

FILTER1&FILTER2POWERSWITCHES

EnablesordisablesFilter1and/orFilter2.

NOTE:IfbothFilter1andFilter2areturnedoff,theonlycontrolontheFilterZoom
pagethatwillstillchangethesoundistheGAINslider.

FILTERSPRESETS


Omnispherehasawidevarietyofcustomizedfilterconfigurations,calledpresets.Thepresets
representthesettingsofOmnispherescomplexdualstereofilter.Filterpresetscanbe
selected,copied,pastedandsavedfromthismenu.

TIP:IfyoufindaPatchthathasaninterestingcustomfilterconfiguration,youcan
saveitintoyourpresetlibrarytousewithyourownpatches!

ThePresetsarecategorizedintoseveralsubcategoriesBandpassFilters,HighpassFilters,
LowpassFiltersandSpecialtyFilters.Forthesakeofspace,thepresetnamesareabbreviated,
butthisiswhatthedifferentabbreviationsmean

BPF
HPF
LPF
UVI
db

BandPassFilter
HighPassFilter
LowPassFilter
UVIFilterfromAtmosphere
ShortforDecibel.Nameslike12db,24db,refer
totherolloffslopeofthefilters.

NOTE:FilterpresetsarenotthesameasFiltertypes.Filterpresetsincludethesettings
forFiltertype.

FILTERPRESETMENU
AfteraPresethasbeenchosenfromthedropdownmenu,thenamewillbedisplayedinthe
presetdisplaywindow:

IfthefiltertypesarechangedintheZoomview,thenthedisplaywillbechangedtoModified
untiltheFiltersettingsaresavedasapresetoranotherpresetisselected.


NOTE:FilterpresetsintentionallydonotrecallCUTOFF,RES,KEYandENVsettings.
Thisisdonebecauseit'sthebestwaytoauditionthedifferentFilterPresetswithinthe
contextofyourcurrentPatch.

FILTERZOOMStructure

ThecentralpartoftheFILTERZOOMsectionisdedicatedforcontrolsthatarecommontoboth
oftheFilters,includingtheabilitytoroutetotwoFiltersinparallelorseriesandtoplacethem
beforeoraftertheAmplifier.

TheCUTOFF,RES,VARIANT,KEY,ENVandGAINcontrolsareexactlythesameasthoseinthe
FiltersectionontheLAYERpages.Anychangesthataremadeonthesecontrolswillbe
reflectedontheLAYERpageaswell,andviceversa.

SERIES/PARALLEL

WhenOmnispherestwoFiltersareinSeries,itmeansthattheoutputofFilter1isfeeding
intoFilter2andthusaffectsthecharacterofFilter2.WhenthetwoFiltersareinSeries,the

Mixcontrolisnotinuse.ParallelmeansthetwoFiltersarebothworking,buttheyarenot
directlyaffectingtheothertheyareoperatingsidebysideandmixedtogether.TheMixslider
controlsthebalancebetweenthetwofilters.

MIX

InParallelmode,eachofthetwoFilterspassthrutheFilterMixer,andtheMixcontrol
determineshowmuchofeachfilterisheard.Centeringthesliderwillallowbothfilterstobe
heardequally,andslidingittotherightorleftwillfavoroneovertheother.
Range100.00to00.100(50.50isthecenterpoint)

GAIN

TheGainadjuststheleveloftheinputoroutputoftheFilterModuledependingonthePre&
Postsetting.
Rangebetweeninf(0)and+9.54.dB

PRE&POST

TheDualFiltercanbeplacedbeforeoraftertheGainControl.Theseswitchesdetermineifthe
gaincontrolwillbeusedbeforeoraftertheFilter.AggressiveFiltersoundswillhaveadifferent

gaincontrolwillbeusedbeforeoraftertheFilter.AggressiveFiltersoundswillhaveadifferent
characterdependingifPREorPOSTisenabled.

PRE

TheGainControlisappliedbeforetheFilters.

POST

POSTmeansthattheGainControlwillbeappliedaftertheFilters

FILTERZOOMFilterType

TheFilterTypemenuallowsyoutoselecttheactualFilteralgorithmtobeusedinFILTER1or
FILTER2.Omnispherecomeswithawiderangeoffiltertypes.Eachofthetwostereofilters
hasthesamethirtytwofiltertypesavailable.
BecauseoftheflexibledualfiltersysteminOmnisphere,differentfiltertypescanbecombined,
routedinseriesorparallel,allowingforhundredsofpossibleconfigurations.
Theextenttowhichthefrequenciesareremovedisbasedontherolloffslope(measuredin
dB)ofthefiltertype.ThismeansaLowpassfilterwitha24dBrolloffisgoingtoallowless
soundtopassthroughthanafilterwitha12dBrolloff.
Onceacustomizedfilterconfigurationhasbeencreated,thesettingscanbesavedasaFilter
PresetandloadedfromtheFILTERSsectionontheLAYERoverviewpages.
OFF

LOWPASS

Gentle6db
Crisp12db
Warm12db
Juicy12db
Power12db
Warm24db
Smooth24db

Colorful24db
Edge24db

Juicy24db
Power24db
UVI1

HIGHPASS

OTHER

UVI2
UVI3

UVI
Crisp
Juicy12db
Power12db
Juicy24db
Power24db

Bandpass
BandpassJuicy12db
BandpassPower12db
BandpassJuicy24db
BandpassPower24db
Notch
Allpass

Allpass
MetalPipe+
MetalPipe
Formant
Resonator
Resonator+

FILTERZOOMOffsets

CUTOFFOFFSET

FilterCutoffsettingsaffectbothFILTER1andFILTER2.TheCUTOFFOFFSETcounterbalances
theCutoffforFILTER1andFILTER2independently.Thesearenotseparatefilterscontrols
theysimplyincreaseordecreasetheCutofffrequencyforeachFilter,relativetotheprimary
Cutoffcontrol.
Whentheslideriscentered,thereisnooffsettotheFilterCutoff.Movingtheslidertotheright
increasestheoffsetandmovingittotheleftdecreasesit.

RESONANCEOFFSET

FilterResonancesettingsaffectbothFILTER1andFILTER2.TheRESOFFSETallowstheFILTER
1andFILTER2resonancedepthtobesetindependently,bydecreasingorincreasingthe
resonancesettingforeachFilter,relativetotheprimaryResonancecontrol.
Whentheslideriscentered,thereisnooffsettotheFilterResonance.Movingtheslidertothe
rightincreasestheoffsetandmovingittotheleftdecreasesit.

VARIANTOFFSET

FilterVariantsettingsaffectbothFILTER1andFILTER2.TheVARIANTOFFSETallowsthe
FILTER1andFILTER2Variantstobesetindependently,bydecreasingorincreasingthe
VariantsettingforeachFilterrelativetotheprimaryVariantcontrol.
Whentheslideriscentered,thereisnooffsettotheFilterVariant.Movingtheslidertotheright
increasestheoffsetandmovingittotheleftdecreasesit.

FILTERZOOMCutoff

TheCutoffcontrolintheFilterZoomisidenticaltotheCutoffcontrolontheLayerpages.The
primaryfunctionofthefilteristoremove,hence"cutoff,"frequenciesfromthesound.
Omnispheresfilterscanremovefrequenciesinavarietyofways,fromLowpass,Highpass,
Bandpass,Notchtomorespecializedfiltertypes.DependingwhatFilterpresetischosen,the
Cutoffcontrolwillremovedifferentfrequenciesinvariousways.
Forexample,ifaLowpassfilterisused,turningthecontrolcounterclockwisewillremovethe
higherfrequencies.IfaHighpassFilterisused,theoppositewillhappen.Itsbestto
experimentwithcutoffcontrolwiththewidevarietyofFilterTypes.
TheFiltersrolloffslopeismeasuredindB,andissometimesexpressedinpoles.Thehigher
thedBvalue,thegreatertheextentofthefiltering,butthisshouldnotbeconfusedwith
soundingbetter.Filterswithfewerpolescanoftensoundmoreappropriatethanthosewith
morepoles.

6dB=
12dB=
18dB=
24dB=

1Pole
2Pole
3Pole
4Pole

Range00.05Hzto19.00kHz

Omnispherehasmanyspecializedfilters,someofwhicharebasedontuneddelaylines(e.g.
MetalPipe+/andResonator+/).Inthosecases,theCutoffisusedtotunethefilter'spitch.

FILTERZOOMResonance

TheResonancecontrolontheFILTERZOOMpageisidenticaltotheRESknobontheLAYER
pages.Resonanceisalsocalled"Q"orEmphasisinsynthesizers,becauseitemphasizesthe
cutoffpointofthefilter.ResonancecanincreasetheloudnessoftheFilter,soitsagoodideato
usethiscontrolalongwiththeFilterGain,toavoidaudioclipping.

TIP:Omnisphere'sUVI1filtercanselfoscillate.IftheResonanceissettomaximum,
thefiltercanbe"tuned"'bythecutoffcontrol.

Range0to127

FILTERZOOMVariant

TheVARIANTcontrolinOmnispheresfilterisnottypicallyfoundonmostsynthesizers.Since
Omnispheresfilterisstereo,VARIANTrespondsinmostfiltertypesbymovingthecutoff
frequencyinonedirectionononesideofthestereofieldwhilemovingitintheopposite
directionintheothersideofthestereofield.
Forexample,thefiltercouldbeopeningontheleftchannelwhileclosingontheright
channel.Thiscreatesuniquepanningeffectsthataremoredramaticthanstandardaudio
panningparticularlywhenVARIANTismodulated.
InthefollowingFilters,Variantbehavesdifferently:
InthePowerfiltertypes,VARIANTcontrolsthewidthofthefilterCutoff.
IntheResonator+/filtertypes,VARIANTcontrolsthetoneofthefilters.

FILTERZOOMKeyTracking

TheKEYcontrolontheFILTERZOOMpageisidenticaltotheKEYsliderontheLAYERpages.
TheFilterKeyTrackingisadedicatedmodulationcontrol.Itdeterminestowhatextentthe
cutofffrequencywilltrackthekeyboard.ThehighertheKEYvalueisset,themorethefilterwill
openintheupperrangeofthekeyboardandcloseinthelowerrangesofthekeyboard.
Forexample,ifalowpassfilterisloadedandthecutoffissetbelow1.00KHz,thenotesplayed
belowMiddleCwillbecomeincreasinglydarkerintone,andkeysaboveMiddleCwillbe
increasinglybrighter.Attheminimumsetting,higherandlowernoteshavenoeffectonthe
cutofffrequency.

KEYINVERTSWITCH

TheKEYINVERTswitchontheFILTERZOOMpageisidenticaltotheKEYINVERTswitchonthe
LAYERpages.KeyTrackingcanbeinvertedsimplybyselectingthewordKeybelowthe
control.ThisswitchwillchangetoinvertedtextwhenKeytrackingisinvertedandthesonic
resultwillbetheoppositeofstandardFilterKeyTracking.

NOTE:BecauseofhowthescalingoftheMetalPipe/+orResonator/+filtersworks,
inordertogetthesefilterstorespondwithplayablepitchestheKeyTrackingknob
shouldbefullyopenandtheInvertswitchenabled.

KEYTRACKINGOCTAVESWITCHES

ThesmallLEDswitchesabovetheKeyTrackingknobaretheKeyTrackingOctaveSwitches.
TheseswitchestransposeFilterKeyTrackingupordown2octaves,themiddleswitchbeingthe
standardtracking.YouwillfindtheseoffsetsmostusefulwhenusingtheResonatorandMetal
Pipefilters.

FILTERZOOMEnvelope

TheFilterENVcontrolisidenticaltotheENVcontrolfoundontheLAYERpages.TheFilter
EnvelopeDepthisadedicatedmodulationcontrol.ItsetstheamountthattheFilterEnvelope
controlsthecutofffrequency.Atminimumsetting,theFilterEnvelopehasnoaffectonthe
cutoff.Thehigherthesetting,thegreatereffecttheFilterEnvelope'scontourhasinopening
andclosingtheFilter.

NOTEIfboththeFilterCutoffandFilterEnvelopeDeptharesettominimumvalues,littletono
soundwillbeheard.IftheFilterCutoffisatthemaximumvalue,thentheENVDEPTHknobwill
havenoeffect,sincethecutoffisalreadywideopen.AgoodstartingpointistokeeptheENV
controlatthemiddlepoint.

ENVINVERTSWITCH

TheFilterENVINVERTswitchisidenticaltotheFilterENVINVERTswitchontheLAYERpages.
ThiscontrolinvertstheFilterEnvelopescontourandsoitwillhavetheeffectofclosingthefilter
(loweringthecutofffrequency).ThisswitchwillchangetoinvertedtextwhenEnvtrackingis
inverted.

TIP:InvertingtheFilter'sEnvelopecanbeusefulforcreatingunusualcontours,such
asdoubletriggeringandreleaseeffects

LAYERPAGESEnvelopes

OneoftheinnovativefeaturesofOmnisphere'senvelopesisthateachofthemhastwo
interfaces.TherehavealwaysbeentwocompetingdesignphilosophiesADSRenvelopes,
whicharefastandeasytouse,andComplexenvelopes,whicharemorepowerfulandflexible
buttypicallynotasfastoreasytouse.
InOmnispherewecombinedbothideasintoone,offeringthebestofbothworlds.
Omnisphere'senvelopesareextremelypowerfulandatthesametimeveryeasytouse,
regardlessoftheenvelopestyle.
EnvelopesarethecontoursthatshapethesoundcomingfromtheOscillatorsandtheFilters.
AbasicADSRstyleenvelopedetermineshowquicklyasoundwillbegin,itsinitialdecay,what
levelitsustainsat,andhowlongitwillfadeoutafterthenotehasbeenreleased.These
differentelementsoftheenvelopearecalledstages.Mostsynthesizershave4stage
envelopes,oftencalledADSRenvelopes,whichstandsforAttack,Decay,SustainandRelease.
Complexenvelopescontaincontourswithmorethanfourstages.Complexenvelopesallowa
muchgreaterdegreeofcontrolinshapingthesound,andoffertremendousflexibilitywhen
shapingsoundsandcanbeveryusefulincreatingrhythmicshapes.
EachPartinOmnispherehaseightenvelopes,andeachcanbeusedeitherasabasic4stage
ADSRenvelope,orasaComplexenvelope.EachLayerhasadedicatedAMP(Amplitude)
envelopeandadedicatedFILTERenvelope,whiletherearefourModulationenvelopesthatare
commontobothLayers.

ENVELOPEPRESETS
AllenvelopescanloadEnvelopePresetsfromthepulldownaccessedfromtheheader.

AwidevarietyofenvelopetypesrangingfromsimpleADSRstoextremelycomplexonescan
beloadedfromthismenu.YoucansaveyourownEnvelopePresets,aswellascopyandpaste
themfromoneenvelopetotheother.


AMPENVELOPE

EachParthastwodedicatedAMP(Amplitude)Envelopes,oneeachforLayerAandLayerB.
TheseshapetheoverallloudnessoftheLayer.AdedicatedVelocityknobcontrolsthedynamic
outputoftheAMPEnvelopesbasedonMIDIVelocity.

FILTERENVELOPE

EachPartalsohastwodedicatedFILTEREnvelopes,oneeachforLayerAandLayerB.These
shapetheFiltercutoffforeachLayer.AdedicatedVelocityknobcontrolsthedynamicoutput
oftheFILTEREnvelopesbasedonMIDIVelocity.

MODULATIONENVELOPES

ModulationEnvelopesareglobal,meaningthereareatotaloffourModEnvelopesavailableper
Part.TheModulationEnvelopesaremonophonic,incontrasttotheFILTERandAMPenvelopes,

Part.TheModulationEnvelopesaremonophonic,incontrasttotheFILTERandAMPenvelopes,
whicharepolyphonic.ThebestwaytothinkofModulationEnvelopesisasunipolarLFOsthat
canhavecustomdefinedshapes.

1,2,3,4(ModulationEnvelopebuttons)

UndertheMODSsubpagethesesmallswitchesselectanyofthefourmodulationenvelopes.
InsteadofadedicatedVELO(Velocity)control,eachofthefourModulationEnvelopeshasits
ownDEPTHcontrolknob.

LAYERPAGESADSRControls

TheADSREnvelopesliderinterfaceoperatesthesamewayforallthedifferentenvelopetypes
inOmnisphere.

ThescreenshotaboveisfromtheEnvelopesZoompage,butillustrateswhatastandardADSR
Envelopelookslike.Thefirsttosecondpoint(orStage)istheAttacktimethesecondpointis
thedecaytime,whichendsatthethirdpoint,theSustainlevel.Afterthenoteisreleased,the
SustainleveldropsawaybasedontheReleasetime.
WhenviewedontheMAINpage,theADSRlookslikethis

AAttack

TheAstandsforATTACK,whichmeanstheattacktimeoftheenvelope.Atminimumsetting,
theAttackisimmediate,sotheEnvelopewillstartassoonasacontrollertriggersit.Higher
settingswilldelaytheAttacktime,sotheEnvelopewillgraduallyfadein.

settingswilldelaytheAttacktime,sotheEnvelopewillgraduallyfadein.
Rangebetween0to20seconds.

DDecay

TheDistheDECAYtime,whichbeginsaftertheAttackhasreacheditsmaximumlevel.At
minimumsettings,theDecaywillbezero,whichmeansthereisnoDecayaftertheAttackand
theEnvelopegoesstraighttotheSustainstage.Atthemaximumsetting,theDECAYcanbe
abouttwentysecondsbeforetheSustainstagestarts.
Rangebetween0to20seconds

SSustain

SistheSustainLevel.UnlikeA,D&R,Sustainisnotatimevalueit'salevelvalue.Sustain
determinesatwhatleveltheEnvelopesoutputremainsconstantwhileanoteisheld.Atthe
minimumsettingthereisnosustain,sotheenvelopesoutputwillstopuntilitsbeen
retriggered.HighersustainsettingsmeantheEnvelopesoutputwillbeconstantaslongasa
noteishelddown.

RRelease

RistheReleasetimevalue.Afteranotehasbeenletgo,thesoundwillcontinuetodecayfor
thedurationoftheReleasetime.RaisingthisfaderlengthenstheReleasetime.Loweringit
decreasesReleasetime.
Range0to20seconds.

ENVELOPETYPES

SinceeachEnvelopeiscapableofhavingeithersimpleorcomplexcontours,Omnisphere
displaysthestatusoftheenvelopeshapewithtwoicons:

TheSimpleiconlookslikethefourADSRsliders,andwillbedisplayedaslongastheenvelope
hasonly4stages.
Whenanenvelopehasmorethan4stages,itsiconwillchangetodisplaytheComplexicon,
whichlookslikeaComplexenvelope,andincludesanXbutton.

XBUTTON

WhentheXbuttonisclicked,itwillchangethecomplexenvelopecontourstoaSIMPLEone,
andtheiconwillreverttotheSIMPLEicon.
Whenyouwanttosimplifyanenvelope,youcanusetheXbuttontoquicklyresetacomplex
envelopetoasimpleADSRstyleenvelope.Thiscantbeundone,souseitwithcaution!

NOTE:ChanginganEnvelopesshapetocomplexcanbedonebyloadingaComplex
EnvelopePresetorbyaccessingtheEnvelopeZoompageandaddingstages.

VELO(ENVELOPEVELOCITY)

VELOisshortforVelocitySensitivityandisavailablefortheAMPandFILTERenvelopes.The
VelocityknobcontrolshowmuchMIDIvelocitywillaffecttheoutputsignaloftheEnvelope.
Movingtheknobclockwiseincreasesthedynamicsensitivityoftheenvelope,andmovingit
counterclockwisedecreasesthesensitivity.ThiscontrolisduplicatedasafaderintheAMPand
FILTEREnvelopesZoom.

NOTE:EachoftheVELO(Velocity)controlsforthetwoAMPandtwoFILTERenvelopes
areindependent.TheVELOcontrolwillonlyaffecttheselectedenvelope.

ENVELOPEDEPTH

TheDEPTHcontrolsarededicatedtothefourMODEnvelopes.Turningthisknobclockwise
increaseshowmuchofthemodulationenvelopeissenttothemodulationmatrix.Thedefault
settingisatmaximum.

NOTE:TheDEPTHcontrolsfortheModulationEnvelopesareindependent.TheDEPTH
controlwillonlyaffecttheselectedenvelope.

LAYERPAGESEnvelopesZoom

TheENVELOPEZOOMpageprovidespreciseeditingoftheeightavailableenvelopesinaPart.
Complexenvelopescanbecreatedwithhundredsofstages.Eachenvelopesegmentcanhave
oneofninedifferentcurvepresetsappliedtoit.Theseincludebumps,spikes,pulses,curves
andlineartransitions.Itisnotnecessarytochoosebetweenasimpleorcomplexenvelope,
sincetheybothexistsimultaneously.AnychangesmadetotheADSRslidersontheMAINpage
willbereflectedontheEnvelopesZoompage.
Acomplexenvelopecanbefurtherconfiguredviaadedicatedsetofeditingoptionsthatcan
finetune,scaleandmodifyspecificpartsoftheenvelope.Envelopecontourscanberepeated
orunrepeatedtoeasilyaddorremovemorestages.

TheEnvelopeZoomhasaspecialCHAOSfeature,whichcanrandomizetheenvelopesshape.
Chaoscanalsobesettoautomaticallychangeoneverycycle,creatingconstantlychanging
envelopes.ThedegreethatCHAOSwillaffecttheEnvelopeisdeterminedwithdedicated
probabilityminisliders.
YoucanalsocreateaGrooveLockenvelopesimplybydragginganddroppingastandard
MIDIfile(forexample,fromStylusRMX)ontotheEnvelopeDisplay.Thiswillautomatically
createarhythmicenvelopematchingthegroovecontainedintheMIDIfile.

LAYERPAGESEnvelopesZoomPresetMenu

TherearetwodropdownmenusthatprovideaccesstoEnvelopePresets.OneisontheLAYER
pagesnexttotheENVELOPESlabel,theotherisfoundintheEnvelopesZoomViewbesidethe
ENVELOPESZOOMlabel.
ThedropdownmenuswilldisplayalistofvariousEnvelopepresetsaswellasoptionstoSave,
Copy,andPasteEnvelopes.
EnvelopePresetscontainallthecontoursofasingleenvelope.TheSaveEnvelopePreset
functionallowsyoutosaveenvelopesforlaterrecall.Envelopescanbecopiedtoother
envelopes,LayersorPartsusingtheCopy/PasteEnvelopePresetfunctions.Thisprovidesa
quickandconvenientwaytoworkwithenvelopes,andOmnisphereshipswithalargenumber
ofinterestingandusefulEnvelopePresetsforyoutoexplore.

Saving&LoadingEnvelopePresets
TosaveacustomizedEnvelopesettingselectSaveEnvelopePreset.Astandardsavedialogue
willappear.Makesurethatthepresetthatsbeingsavedisgivenaname.Omnispherewill
automaticallyaddthe".env"extensiontothename.
BydefaulttheEnvelopepresetwillbesavedinthefollowingdirectoryinyourSTEAMfolder:
AfteranewPresethasbeensaveditcanbeloadedusingtheEnvelopePresetsmenu.Useone
ofthedropdownmenusandbrowsetoyournewlysavedPreset.
STEAM/Omnisphere/SettingsLibrary/Presets/User/Envelope
YoucanalsocreatecustomsubfolderswithintheEnvelopefoldertoorganizecustomPresets
accordingtoyourownpreferences.
AfteranewPresethasbeensaveditcanbeloadedusingtheEnvelopePresetsmenu.Useone
ofthedropdownmenusandbrowsetoyournewlysavedPreset.


NOTE:Inordertoloadasharedenvelopepreset,itmustfirstbeplacedinthe
followingfolder:

STEAM/Omnisphere/SettingsLibrary/Presets/User/Envelope

Onlythenitwillappearonthelistofpresets.

Copying&PastingEnvelopePresets
SelectCopyEnvelopePresetfromthePresetsmenutocopythecurrentEnvelope
contours.ThenselecttheEnvelopetowhichyouwishtocopyit.Thiscanbeanyofthe
EnvelopesinthecurrentPartorinanyotherPart.FromthePresetsmenuselectPaste
EnvelopePresetandthecopiedEnvelopewillreplaceit.

NOTE:ThereisnoUndoforPastinganEnvelope,sousecautionwhencopyingand
pastingthem.

EDITPAGEEnvelopePageButtons

AbovetheEnvelopeDisplayareaaresixbuttonsthatselectthecontrolsforthesixEnvelopes
availableinthecurrentLayer.

NOTE:theAMPandFILTEREnvelopesdisplayedareonlyforthecurrentLayer,the
otherLayermustbeselectedtoseetheothertwoAMP/FILTERenvelopes.

LAYERPAGESModEnvelopesTimeline

ThefourMODEnvelopeseachhaveanLEDindicatorthattracksthetimeittakestoplay
throughtheEnvelopecontour.TherateoftheEnvelopescontourwillmaketheseLEDstrace
alongasavisualguide.TheLEDtimelinedisplayisalsohelpfulinmonitoringthedifferent
typesofEnvelopetriggering.
Forexample,ifNOTEtriggeringisenabled,theLEDdisplaywillstartatthebeginningofthe
Envelopeeverytimeanoteistriggered.IfLEGATOisselected,theLEDswillcontinueto
alongthetimelineevenwhennewlegatonotesaretriggered.

NOTE:UntilaMODenvelopehasbeensetupasamodulationsourcetoatargetin
Omnisphere,theLEDdisplaywillbeoff.

LAYERPAGESEnvelopesZoomEdit

TherearefourdifferentautomatedEnvelopeadjustments,whichprovideasimplewayto
doubleand/orhalfthetotalnumberofEnvelopepoints.Theseoptionscanquicklychangethe
playbackrateoftheEnvelopesaswell.

Repeat

Unrepeat

Halftime

EverytimeRepeatisselected,allofthestagesinthe
Envelopewillbeduplicated,doublingthenumberof
points.

CanundoanyRepeatsthathavebeendone.Unrepeat
canalsobeusedtohalvethenumberofsegmentsin
anenvelope.

Eachtimethisisselected,Halftimewillchangethe
speedoftheEnvelopescontourbyhalf.

Doubletime ThespeedoftheEnvelopescontourwilldoubleevery
timethisisselected.

LAYERPAGESEnvelopesZoomDisplay

ThecontourofthecurrentEnvelopecanbemodifiedfromthisdisplay.Thepointtothe
extremeleftisalwaystheAttacktimeandonthelasttwopointsontherightaretheSustain
levelandtheReleasetimestages.TimeisrepresentedhorizontallyandLevelisonthevertical
axis.
ToaddanadditionalstagetotheEnvelope,rightclick(ControlClick)andselect"add"fromthe
popupmenu.Whenanadditionalpointisadded,allpointstotherightareshiftedtomake
roomforthenewstage.Whenselectingbetweentwopoints,anewpointisinsertedinthe
middleofthestageandthepointstotherightarenotshifted.
Selectinganddragginganypointinthedisplaywillchangethepositionofthepoint.Selecting
anywherethereisnolineorpointwillmovethebackgroundgridforwardandback.
Whenanypointhasbeenselectedasmallnumericalwindowwillappearabovethedisplaythat
indicatethelevelsettingsforthatpoint(0.000isminimumand1.000ismaximum).
RightClicking(orControlClicking)inthedisplayareawillbringuptheEnvelopeCurvesmenu,
whichisexplainednext.

LAYERPAGESEnvelopesCurves

AllofOmnisphereseightdedicatedEnvelopesarecapableofgeneratingcontourswith
hundredsofpoints.Right/ControlclickinganywhereintheEnvelopedisplaywillbringupalist
thatallowspointstobeaddedorremoved,followedbyalistofpresetcurves.
Clickinganddraggingdirectlyonthecurvecanchangetheorientationandpositionofthe
curves.Acrosshairwillappearthatwillmovethecurveinanydirectionwithinthelimitsofthe
curve.
Somecurvesdefaulttomaximumlevelsettings,suchasSpike,PulseandBump.Toreducethe
levels,clickanddragandthecrosshairwillappearthatwillallowtheamplitudeofthecurveto
bechanged.

Remove

Add

Addsarightanglebetweenthepoints.

Linear

Asharppointwithagradualslopeononeside.

Step

Placesathreeanglepulseshapebetweentwopoints.

Spike

Asteeper,moreexponentialslopebetweenthepoints.

Pulse

Agradualslopebetweenthepoints

Curve2

PutsanewpointattheplaceintheEnvelopedisplay.

Curve1

Deletesthecurrentlyselectedpoint

Placesastraightlinebetweenthepoints.

Bump

Aroundedbumpthatrisesandfallsbetweenthepoints.

Four
Pulses

Three
Pulses

Introducesfourpulsesbetweenthepoints

Introducesthreepulsesbetweenthepoints

NOTE:Envelopescanneverhavefewerthanfourpoints,astheycorrespondtothe
ADSRofthesimpleenvelope.AttemptingtoremovetheseADSRpointswillbe
ignored.

TIP:DoubleclickingonanypointintheEnvelopewillremoveit.

NOTE:WhetheranEnvelopeisconsideredSIMPLEorCOMPLEXdependsonthenumber
ofpoints(orstages)ithas.Sincetherearemanypresetcurvesavailable,itspossible
tohaveaSIMPLEenvelope,butwithacomplexshape,asitonlyhasfourpoints

LAYERPAGESEnvelopeEditingControls

ThesemodeswitchesofferseveralmethodsforpreciseeditingoftheEnvelopes.

ENVELOPESZOOMSNAP

WhenSNAPisselected,anyhorizontalrepositioningofapointislimitedto16thnotes.The
EnvelopeDisplayhasverticalreferencelines,whicharehelpfulwhenusingSNAPtolineupthe
pointsatthe16thnotedivisions.
IftheEnvelopeisshort,underafewseconds,theSNAPpointsarecorrespondinglysmall.
WhenanEnvelopeislong,thesnappointsappeartobegreaterinscale.
KeyboardShortcutOption/Alt

ENVELOPESZOOMLOCK

WhenLOCKisenabled,allthepointstotherightofthepointselectedcanbemovedasone
singlegroupofstages.TheonlyrestrictionisthecurrentrangeoftheEnvelopeDisplay.
KeyboardShortcutCommand/Control

ENVELOPESZOOMX/Y

Thiswillconstrainthemovementsverticallyorhorizontally.
KeyboardShortcutShift

ENVELOPESZOOMFINE

MovementofpointswillbeatahigherresolutionthannormalwhenFINEisenabled.The
numbersinthevaluewindowwillbecorrespondinglysmallaslongasFINEisinuse.

ENVELOPESZOOMSCALE

ENVELOPESZOOMSCALE

ThedurationoftheEnvelopewillbescaledbydragginganyofthepointswithinit(exceptthe
firstone).Draggingtotherightwillincreasethedurationanddraggingtotheleftdecreaseit.
ScalingtheEnvelopebeyondthelimitofEnvelopeDisplaywillappeartosquishmanyofthe
pointstogether,butselectingAUTOZOOMwillexpandtheviewtofitthemall.

NOTE:Whenzoomedin,clickinganddragginginanemptyregionoftheenvelope
displaywilldragthedisplayleftorright.

TIP:WhenmodulatingPitchusingModEnvelopes,useAlt/OptShifttosnappointsto
semitones.

LAYERPAGESEnvelopesZoomChaos

TheenvelopecontourcanberandomizedwiththespecialCHAOSfeature.CHAOScanchange
thelevelsettingsforallthepointsinanEnvelopeaswellasthecurvetransitionsbetweenthe
points.
ChaosworksbytakingtheexistingpointsinanEnvelopeandrandomizingtheirLevelsand
Curvesbasedontwocontrols.ThetwoslidersintheCHAOSsection,CURVESandLEVELS,
controltheprobabilityofrandomization.Also,thefourModulationEnvelopeshavean
automaticfeaturethatrandomizestheCHAOSoneverycycleoftheEnvelope.

CHAOSAUTO

Whenenabled,theLevelandCurvesettingswillbererandomizedwitheverycycleofthe
Envelope.Forexample,ifanEnvelopescyclelastsfortwoseconds,theneverytwoseconds
thecontourwillchangeaccordingtothesettingsoftheCURVESandLEVELSprobabilitysliders.

NOTE:TheAUTOswitchisonlyavailableonModulationEnvelopes14.

CHAOSSWITCH

EachtimetheCHAOSbuttonisselected,itwillrandomizetheEnvelopescontour.Thetwo
adjacentminisliders,CURVESandLEVELS,determinetheprobabilityofrandomizationmade
whenCHAOSisselected.

NOTE:CHAOSonlyaffectstheexistingpointsinanEnvelopeitwillnotaddorremove
anystages.

CHAOSCURVES

ThehighertheCurvesprobabilitysliderisset,thegreaterthelikelihoodofvarianceinthe
curvesbetweenthestages.HighersettingswillalsosmoothoutthesharperEnvelope
transitiontypes,suchasbump,pulse,spike,linearandthethreeandfourpulsescurves.

CHAOSLEVELS

TheamplitudeoftheEnvelopepointswillbechangedmoreorlessfrequently,dependingon
thesettingofthiscontrol.Atminimumsetting,thelevelsofthepointswillonlychange
slightly.MaximumsettingswillproducemoredramaticshiftsintheLevelvaluesofthestages.

slightly.MaximumsettingswillproducemoredramaticshiftsintheLevelvaluesofthestages.

NOTE:LEVELchangesarestrictlyverticalnopointismovedhorizontallywithCHAOS.

LAYERPAGESEnvelopesZoomSpeed

Controlshowquicklytheenvelopewillcycle.Thisisaratebasedcontrol,basedonthe
durationoftheEnvelope.
Forexample,iftheEnvelopescycleis2seconds,andtheSPEEDsliderissetto0.50,the
Envelopewilltake4secondstocompleteitscycle.IftheSPEEDsliderissetto5.00,the
Envelopewillcycle3timeseverysecond.Thiscontrolcanbemodulated.
Range0.10X10.0X(1.00Xisthedefault)

LAYERPAGESEnvelopeVelocity

TheVELOsliderisaduplicateoftheknobfoundintheAmpandFilterEnvelopesectionofthe
Layerpages.ThisslidercontrolstheeffectofMIDIVelocityontheoutputoftheAmpandFilter
envelopes.Movingtheslidertotherightincreasesthedynamicsensitivityoftheenvelopeand
movingittotheleftdecreasesit.

NOTE:EachoftheVELO(Velocity)controlsforthetwoAMPandtwoFILTERenvelopes
areindependent.TheVELOcontrolwillonlyaffecttheselectedenvelope.

LAYERPAGESEnvelopeZoomDepth

TheDepthsliderisaduplicateoftheknobfoundintheMODSEnvelopeSectionoftheLayer
pages.Attheminimumsettings,littletonomodulationwillbesenttothemodulationmatrix.At
themaximumsettingthefulloutputoftheModulationEnvelopewillaffectthemodulation
matrix.
Range0to1.00

LAYERPAGESEnvelopeZoomTrigger

SeveralmodesareavailabletodeterminehowtheEnvelopeistriggeredandcycled.The
NOTE/LEGATO/SONGmodesareonlyavailableontheModulationEnvelopes.

LOOP

ThisswitchtogglesEnvelopelooping.WhenselectedtheEnvelopewillcontinuallyrepeat.

SYNC

TheEnvelopewillsynctothesongstempo.BothLOOPandSYNCcanbeselectedatthesame
timesotheEnvelopewillcycleandsynctothesongstempo.

NOTE/LEGATO/SONG

ThesethreemodeswitchesareonlyavailableontheModulationEnvelopesastheyarerelated
totheModulationEnvelopesTimelinedisplay.
NOTETheEnvelopeisberetriggeredwitheverykeythatispressed.
LEGATOTheEnvelopeistriggeredonthefirstnoteofalegatopassage.
SONGTheEnvelopewillfollowthesongpositioninthehost.

LAYERPAGESEnvelopesZoomZooming

AUTOZOOM

SelectingthebuttonwillautofitallofthepointsintotheEnvelopeDisplay.

ZOOM

ThisslidercontrolsthehowmuchoftheEnvelopeDisplayisseen.Attheminimumvalueitwill
displayasmallpartofthefirstsegmentandamaximumsettingall100barsarevisible.
Ifyourmousehasascrollwheel,youcanuseittozoom.Mouseovertheenvelopedisplayand
moveyourscrollwheeltozoom.

NOTE:IftheEnvelopescontourisveryshort,lessthan14ofabar,theZoomslider
willnotbeabletofilltheEnvelopeDisplayareawiththefullEnvelope.

LAYERPAGESPolyphonicModEnvelopes

ModEnvelope4canbemonophonicorpolyphonic.WhenyouselecttheMOD4tabinthe
EnvelopeZoom,youwillseeasmallbutton,labeled"P"totherightofthetab.
EngagingitmakesModEnvelope4polyphonic,meaningeachnotewilltriggerit'sown
envelope,insteadofallnotessharingthesameone.
Todemonstratethis,rightclickontheFinePitchknobandselect"ModulatewithEnvelope."
Next,selectModEnvelope4asasourceintheModulationsidebar,thenloadthepreset"00.
DefaultADSR"fromtheEnvelopePresetsmenu.Inmonophonicmode("P"OFF),playandhold
MiddleCandthenplayConeoctavebelow.You'llnoticewhenyouplaythesecondnote,Middle
Cisalsomodulated.Releasebothnotes,engagethepolyphonicenvelope("P"ON)andtryit
again.Whenyouplaybothnotesinasimilarway,eachonewillbemodulatedindependently.

LAYERPAGESGrooveLockEnvelopes

GrooveLockisoneofOmnispheresmostinnovatefeatures.WithGrooveLockyoucan
lockthegrooveoftheEnvelopestothefeelofanyStylusRMXorStandardMIDIfile.This
dramaticallyexpandstherhythmicpotentialoftheOmnisphereEnvelopes.Youcaninstantly
createaGrooveLockenvelopebysimplydragginganddroppinganystandardMIDIfile(for
example,fromStylusRMX)ontotheEnvelopeDisplay.Thiscanbeappliedtoanyofthe
availableenvelopetypesAMP,FilterandMod.
WhenyoudropaMIDIfileontotheEnvelopeDisplay,itimportstherhythmicinformation
containedinthatMIDIfile,resultinginacomplexrhythmicenvelope.
Thisisaveryfastandconvenientwaytocreatecomplexenvelopes,andcandramatically
reducethetimerequiredtocreatesuchenvelopesfromscratch.

OriginalADSREnvelope


ComplexEnvelopeafterGrooveLockapplied

UsingMIDIfilesprovidesagreatstartingpointforcreatinginterestingnewenvelopes.Itallows
envelopestobeGrooveLockedtootherSpectrasonicsplugins,ortoanyMIDIbasedmusical
phraseinyourproject.

NOTE:WhenyoudropaMIDIfileontotheEnvelopeDisplay,itwillreplacetheexisting
envelope.Ifdesired,youcansaveyourcurrentenvelopeasanEnvelopePresetbefore
creatingthenewGrooveLockenvelope.

LAYERSPAGELFOs

LFOs(LowFrequencyOscillators)areusedforcyclicalmodulationeffectslikevibrato,tremolo,
filtersweepsandautopaneffects.
OmnispherehassixindependentLFOsavailableforeachPart.AllsixLFOshaveanidentical
setofparametersandcanbeusedassourceswithinOmnispheresModulationMatrix.

LFOPRESETS

Selectingthemenuarrowinthesectionheaderwilldisplayadropdownmenuthatallows
copying,pastingandsavingofLFOsettingsaspresets.BelowthatisthelistofavailableLFO
presets,whichcanbeappliedtothecurrentlyselectedLFO.WhentheLFOissetupto
modulateanOmnisphereparameter,thesepresetscanbeauditioned.

LFONUMBER


Underneaththesectionheaderarepagebuttonsnumbered16,eachofwhichrepresentsan
LFO.SelectingabuttondisplaysthecurrentvaluesofthatLFOsparameters.

LAYERPAGESWaveforms

EachofOmnispheresLFOscanhaveitsownwaveshape.TherearenineavailableLFO
waveforms.

SineAsmoothcshapethatbegins
positiveandthencurvesnegativeand
backagain.Usefulforsweepsandvibrato.

TriangleIsapositive/negativeshape
liketheSine,butwithoutcurvature.Useful
forsweepsandvibrato.

SquareStartsatmaximumpositive
valueandthendropstomaximum
negativevalue.Usefulfortrillsandpulsing
effects.

RoundedSquareAsmoothedSquare
wave.Idealforsmoothpulsing.

RampAlinearslopefromhighestto
lowesttohighestvalue.Thiswaveformis
alsofrequentlyreferredtoasasawtooth
wave.Usefulforsweeps.

ReverseRampAlinearslopefrom
lowesttohighestvalue.Thiswaveformis
alsofrequentlyreferredtoasaninverted
sawtoothwave.Usefulforreversesweeps

SampleandHoldStepsthrough
randomvalues.Usefulforanalogsynth
effects.

HeartbeatModeledafterahuman
heartbeat

Noise/RandomSimilartoSampleand
Hold,withrandomvalues,butdoesn'tstep,
thevalueschangeimmediately.Usefulfor
addingchaos.

Thewaveformscanbechangedbyselectingthestepperbuttonsorbyclickingonthe
waveformitself,whichwilldisplaythewaveformselectionmenu.

LAYERPAGESLFORate

TheRateknobcontrolsthespeedoftheLFOscycle.TheRateknobhastwomodes.These
modesdependonthestateoftheLFOSyncbutton.
SYNCOFFTheLFO'srateisnotsynchronizedwiththehosttempoismeasured
inHz.Therateincreasesasit'sturnedclockwise.
SYNCONTheLFO'srateissynchronizedtothehoststempo.Changingthe
rateinSyncmodescrollsthroughdifferentrhythmicvaluegroups:metricvalues
areatthebeginningoftheknob'srange,followedbydottedandlatertripletsas
therateknobisincreased.
8xthisvaluestretchesacycleacrosseightbars.
1/8thisvaluecyclestheLFOeveryeighthnote.
1/8dotthisvaluecyclestheLFOeverydottedeighthnote.
1/8tripletthisvaluecyclestheLFOeveryeighthnotetriplet

Range(SyncModeOn)
32X,16X,8X,7X,6X,5X,4X,3X,2X,
1/1,1/2,1/4,1/8,1/16,1/32,1/64,1/96,
1/1dot,1/2dot,1/4dot,1/8dot,1/16dot,
1/1triplet,1/2triplet,1/4triplet,1/8triplet,1/16triplet

Range(SyncModeOff)0to48Hz

LAYERPAGESLFODepth

ThisknobcontrolsLFOdepth.Thehigherthesetting,thegreatertheamountoftheLFOsignal
issenttothemodulationmatrix.

LAYERPAGESLFODelay

TheDelaysliderdeterminesthehowquicklytheLFOsdepthwillreachitsmaximumstrength
afteranotehasbeentriggered.Thisallowsthemodulationtobeintroducedgradually,for
example,toachievedelayedvibrato.
Whenthesliderissettomaximum,itwilltakeapproximately5secondsfortheLFOdepthto
reachmaximumvalue.
TheLFODelayalwaysworksinalegatostyletriggermode,wheresubsequentlegatonotes
donotretriggerthestartoftheLFOdelay.TheLFOTriggerModehasnoaffectontheDelay
slider,sinceitisalwaysinlegatotriggeringmode.

LAYERPAGESLFOSync

TheSyncswitchdetermineshowtheLFOratebehaves.WhenSyncisenabled,theLFOwill
lockitsratetothehostssongtempo.Also,thevaluesassignedtotheRateknobwillchange.
InsteadofdisplayingavalueinHz,thevaluesaredisplayedinrhythmicvalues.
(SeetheLFORateforthedifferentvaluesavailablewhenSYNCisenabled)

LAYERPAGESLFOTriggerMode

TheLFOtriggermodedetermineshowtheLFOwillbeginitscycle.TherearefouravailableLFO
TriggerModes:
FreeTheLFOwillindependentlycycleregardlessofwhenanoteistriggered.
NoteTheLFOwillrestartitscyclewitheverynewnotethatisplayed.
LegatoTheLFOwillstartitscyclewhenthefirstnoteisplayed,butwill
continueitscyclewhenadditionalnotesareplayed.Ifstaccatonotesareplayed,
theLFOwillrestartitscyclewitheachnote.
SongPosTheLFOwilltrackthebarsandbeatsofthesong.ThisSong
Positionmodeisthebesttouseifrepeatableresultsarerequiredforplayback.

LAYERPAGESUnipolarSwitch

TheUnipolarswitchisrepresentedbyasmall(+)buttonintheLFOsectioninthelayerpages
orwitha"Unipolar"switchintheShowModulationsectionontheleft.

Inthisexample,theoscillatorspitchisbeingmodulatedwithaTrianglewavefromLFO1.If
LFO1isinbipolarmode,thepitchwillgoabove,thenbelow,thepitchofthenotethatwas
triggered.InUnipolarmode,thepitchwouldonlyriseabovethepitchofthenotebeing
triggeredandtherangeofthechangeinpitchwouldbegreater.
Forexample,aUnipolarLFOappliedtoOscillatorpitchisgreatforsimulatingguitarstring
bending,asguitariststypicallybendstringsonlyinonedirection.AnotheruseisforaUnipolar
LFOtomodulatethefiltercutoff.ThiswilloftencreatebetterfiltersweepsthanabipolarLFO,
asabipolarLFOcyclesbelowthemidpointsonoresultisheardifthecutofffrequencyis
low.

NOTE:Ifit'sdesiredtohavethevalueneedstogonegativeinsteadofpositive,simply
selecttheINVERTbuttonintheMODULATIONsection.

LAYERPAGESLFOPhase

ThesmallLFOPhasesliderdeterminesthepointatwhichtheLFOwaveformwillbeginits
cycle.Ifthesliderissettominimum,theLFOwillbeginitscycleatthestartofthewaveform.
Asthephaseisincreased,thepointinthewaveformthattheLFOwillbeginitscyclewillbe
changed.

Forexample,ifthePhasecontrolisinthecenteroftheslider,theLFOwilltriggerfromthe
middleofthewaveform.Inthescreenshotabove,theLFOswaveformisasinewave,andif
thePhasecontrolisinthecenter,thewaveformwillstartatthepointwheretheslopegoes
belowthecenterpoint.

NOTE:IfallsixLFOshavebeenroutedasmodulationsources,andModulatewithLFO
isselectedonanyadditionalparameters,theywillalldefaulttoLFO1.Theseroutings
toLFO1canbeoverriddenintheModMatrixZoompage.

LAYERPAGESPolyphonicLFO

LFO6canbemonophonicorpolyphonic.WhenyouselectLFO6,youwillseeasmallbutton,
labeled"P"inbetweentheRATEandDEPTHknobs.

EngagingitmakesModEnvelope4polyphonic,meaningeachnotewilltriggerit'sownLFO,
insteadofallnotessharingthesameone.
Todemonstratethis,rightclickontheFinePitchknobandselect"ModulatewithLFO."Next,
selectLFO6asasourceintheModulationsidebar,thenloadthepreset"DelayedVibrato"from
theLFOPresetsmenu.Inmonophonicmode("P"OFF),quicklyarpeggiateachordandholdit.
You'llnoticethepitchofallnotesbeingmodulatedsimultaneously.Releasethechordand
engagethepolyphonicLFO("P"ON).Whenyouplaythechordagaininasimilarway,each
note'spitchwillbemodulatedindependently.

USERAUDIOIntroduction

Omnisphereisanextremelypowerfulsynthesizerthatallowsyoutoimportyourownaudioto
useasSoundsourcesforthecreationofyourownPatchesandMultis.Thisletsyoucreatively
morph,meld,andmangleyourownaudiothesamewayyoucanwiththeincludedFactory
Soundsources.EachimportedaudiofilewillbecomeaUserSoundsourceinOmnisphere.

NOTE:TheUserAudioimportfunctiondoesnotincludefull"sampler"typesoffeatures
likecomplexzonemapping,roundrobins,multiplevelocities,etc.Keepinmindthat
Omnisphereisasynth,notasampler.TheUserAudiofeatureisdesignedtoprovidea
veryfastwaytotransformyourownaudioincreativewayswithalltheprocessing
powerOmnispherehastooffer.

IMPORTANT:Pleaserespectallcopyrightsandimportonlymaterialthatyouare
licensedtouse.

USERAUDIOBasics

OmnisphereallowsyoutoimportyourownaudiotouseasSoundsourcesandtocreateyour
ownPatchesandMultis.Youcanprocessandmanipulateyourownaudioincreativewaysusing
Omnisphere'spowerfulsynthesiscapabilities.
Youmightwanttoimportaguitartrack,avocal,orevenanentiremixandtransformtheaudio
intosomethingcompletelydifferent:acinematictexture,apercussivesoundorevenasynth
lead.YoucanthensavethemasPatchesandeasilySharethemwithotherusers.
TherearetwowaystoaccesstheUserAudiofeatureinOmnisphere:fromtheSoundsource
Browserandthere'salsoahandyshortcutfromtheUtilityMenu.

UtilityMenuShortcut


Selecting"UserAudio"fromtheUtilityMenuwilldisplayaFileDialogpromptingyoutonavigate
totheaudiofileordirectory.
Navigatetothefolder(Maconly)orfileyouwishtoimportandclick"Open".Theimport
processwillbeginandtheywillbeaddedtotheUserSoundsourcesdirectoryinOmnisphere.

Oncetheaudiohasbeensuccessfullyimported,youwillgetaconfirmationnotice.

Aftertheimportprocessiscomplete,theSoundsourceBrowserwillbedisplayedandyour
audio(nowanOmnisphereUserSoundsource),willbeautomaticallyselectedandplayedback
atthenoteanddurationsetbytheAuditionNotesettings.

Todeletetheaudioyouimported,youcandosobylocatingititinyourharddriveinthe
followingdirectory:
STEAM/Omnipshere/Soundsources/User/
Afterdeletingit,youmustclickthe"Refresh"buttoninyourSoundsourceBrowsertoreflectthe
changes.

NOTE:EachimportedaudiofilewillbecomeaUserSoundsourceinOmnisphere.The

NOTE:EachimportedaudiofilewillbecomeaUserSoundsourceinOmnisphere.The
UserAudioimportfunctiondoesnotsupportzonemaps,roundrobins,multiple
velocities,etc.Remember,Omnisphereisnotasampler,isasynthesizer.Theobjective
isnottoplaymultisampledinstrumentslikeasampler,buttobecreativein
transformingyourownaudio.

NOTE:Ifyoubatchconvertagroupofaudiofiles,onlythefirstimportedfilewillbe
selectedandplayedback.

SoundsourceBrowser

AudiocanbeimportedviatheSoundsourceBrowser.Youcandraganddropaudiofilesor
foldersintothisareatoautomaticallystarttheimportprocess.Youcanalsoclickonthepane
toopenaFileDialogpromptingyoutonavigatetotheaudiofileordirectory.Clicking"Open"
willstarttheimportprocess.

USERAUDIOFiles&Directories

Omnispherecanimportoneorhundredsofaudiofilesatonce.Thewayinwhichthefilesare
organizedpriortoimportingdetermineshowtheyareorganizedinOmnisphere'sSoundsource
BrowserandinyourSTEAMfolder.

ImportingSingleorMultipleFiles(notinafolder)
Whenimportingsingleormultipleaudiofiles,thefilesaresavedinyourUserdirectory,intoa
folderlabeledwiththecurrentdate.ThisfolderwillshowupintheCategorycolumnin
Omnisphere'sSoundsourceBrowser.

Onyourdrive,thatfolderresideshere:
STEAM/Omnisphere/Soundsources/User

ImportingDirectories(filesorganizedinfolders)

Omnispherecanimporthundredsofaudiofilesatonceintomultiple,customnamed
directories.Importingusingthismethodisasimplematterofselectingthetopfolder(s)
containingtheaudiofilesandeitherdraggingthemintotheUserAudiopaneorlocatingthem
viatheFileDialog.TheywillbesavedinyourUserdirectoryandthetopfolderwillshowupin
theCategorycolumninOmnisphere'sSoundsourceBrowser.

Thefirstthreesubdirectoriesbelowyourtopfoldercanbedisplayedbysettingthe
SoundsourceBrowsertoFileDirectorymode.

Onyourdrive,thedirectorieswillbeinthefollowinglocation:

Onyourdrive,thedirectorieswillbeinthefollowinglocation:
STEAM/Omnisphere/Soundsources/User

NOTE:Omnispherewillassignuniquenamestofilesthatsharethesamename.If
"AudioFileName"alreadyexistsinyourUserfolderandyouimportthesamesound
(orasoundwiththesamename),itwillberenamed"AudioFileName_2"afteritis
imported.

USERAUDIOLoops,SampleRates,Etc

Format,SampleRate,andBitDepth
OmnispherecanimportstandardstereoormonoPCM.wavandaiffilesofanysampleratewith
bitdepthsof8,16,24,and32.
Certainfiles,suchasthosewithadvancedcompression,cannotbeimported.Ifyoureceivean
errormessage,simplyconvertthefiletoastandardPCMformat.wavoraiffileandreimport.

BaseNote
Omnispherewillreadthebasenote(thekeyonwhichthesamplewillplayinitsoriginaltuning)
whenimportinganaudiofile.
Youmayspecifythebasenotenumberbyeitherincludingitwithintheaudiofileasabasenote
attributeornamethefilewiththebasenoteattheendofthefilename,precededbyan
underscoreorspace:
AudioFileName_D#3.wavorAudioFileNameD#3.wav.
Ifboththefilenamespecificationandtheembeddedbasenoteattributearepresent,thebase
notefromthefilenametakesprecedence.

NOTE:Abasenoteisnotrequiredinthefilename.Ifomitted,thesoftwarewilluse
anyexistingbasenoteattributeembeddedintheaudiofile.Ifabasenotehasnot
beenspecified,thedefaultisMiddleC.

Loops
Omnispherewillplayloopedaudiofiles,butthelooppointsmustbeembeddedintheaudiofile
beforeimporting.Manyaudioeditorshavethisability,suchasSony'sSoundForgePro,
Steinberg'sWaveLab,orDSPQuattro(Maconly).

USERAUDIOOrganizingUserAudioLibraries
OnceUserAudiohasbeenimported,itresidesinthefollowingdirectoryinyourdrive:
STEAM/Omnisphere/Soundsources/User
Thefirstfoursubdirectoriesunder"User"arereflectedinthefirstfourcolumnsofthe
SoundsourceBrowserwheninFileDirectorymode.Withthatinmind,youcanreorganizeyour
directoriesinside"User"anywayyoulike.


Therearetwothingsyoumustavoidoryouwillbreakyourimporteduseraudio:
Donotrenamefileswhichhavetheextension.dbor.zmap.
Donotmovefilesorfoldersoutside"User."
Otherthanthat,youcancreate,rename,move,ordeletefolders.

NOTE:YoumustclickontheRefreshbuttoninyourSoundsourceBrowsertoseeany
changes.

Sometimesitcanbesimplertoorganizeyourdirectoriesbeforeimporting.Ifyouwishtore
organizefoldersthatyouhavealreadyimported,deletethepreviouslyimportedfilesfromyour
STEAMfolder,organizeyour.wavand.aifdirectoriesinthenewwayandthenreimport.

USERAUDIOFAQ

CanIimportmymp3files?
OmnispheresupportsstandardstereoormonoPCM.wavandaiffiles.
SeeUSERAUDIOAudioFilePropertiesformoreinfo.

CanIrenamethefiles,oncetheyareimported?
Youcancreate,rename,move,ordeleteFOLDERS,aswellasreorganizeyourdirectories
inside"User"inanywayyoulike.Howeveryoucannotnotrenamefileswhichhavethe
extension.dbor.zmapormovefilesorfoldersoutside"User."Ifyouwanttorenameyour
.wavor.aiffilesandthenreimportthem.

HowmanyaudiofilescanIimportatonce?
Omnispherecanimporthundredsofaudiofilesatonceintomultiple,customnamed
directories.

IloopedanaudiofileinmysamplerandwhenIimportitintoOmnisphereitdoesn't
loop.Whynot?
Omnispherewillplayloopedaudiofiles,butthelooppointsmustbeembeddedintheaudiofile
first.Youwillneedtolooptheaudiofileinanaudioeditor(notasampler)priortoimportingit.

WhichaudioeditorscanIusetoloopmyaudiobeforeIimport?
Manyaudioeditorshavethisability,suchasSony'sSoundForgePro,Steinberg's
WaveLab,orDSPQuattro(Maconly).

Whyisn'tOmnisphereplayingmyloopcrossfades?Theyplayfineinmysampler.
Omnispheredoesnotreadsamplersettings.Loopcrossfadesmustberenderedtoaudiobefore
importing.

IsthereawayIcanapplyacrossfadetoaloopedaudioI'veimportedinto
Omnisphere?
Omnisphereisasynthesizer,notasampler.Ifyouwanttoapplyacrossfadetoaloop,you'll
needtodosoinanaudioeditorbeforeimporting.

HowcanImakethesampleshorter,onceitisimported?Iwanttocreateashortone
shotoutofalongsample.
YoucanusetheAmplitudeEnvelopetocontrolthelengthoftheSoundsourceorPatch.Reduce
SustaintozeroandadjustDecayandReleasetowhatevertimeyoulike.Youcanalsoselect
whereyouwouldliketheaudiotostartplayingfromviatheStartsliderontheLayerpages.

IplayedD4onmyguitarandwhenIbroughtitintoOmnisphere,itsoundsawhole
stephigherthanIexpect(ifIplayD4inmycontrollerthepitchisE4).HowcanIfix
it?
Thatisbecausethecorrectbasenotehasnotbeenspecifiedintheaudiofile.Whenthat
happens,OmnispherewillmapyouraudiofileMiddleC.Youcansetthebasenotebyrenaming

happens,OmnispherewillmapyouraudiofileMiddleC.Youcansetthebasenotebyrenaming
theaudiofilelikethis:MartinAcoustic_D4.wavorMartinAcousticD4.wav.Afterrenamingthe
file,reimportitandtheaudiowillbemappedcorrectly.
SeeUSERAUDIOBaseNoteformoredetails.

Canfilenamesalsoincludeflats?LikeTingly_Ab.wavordoesithavetobe
Tingly_G#.wav?
Yes,youcanhave"b"or"#"afteranyofthe7noteletters:Eb2,Bb5,G#4,etc.The"b"isnot
confusedwiththenoteletterbecauseitfollowstheletter.Thefilenamemusthaveaspaceor
underscorebeforethenoteletter:
*Tingly_Eb3
*TinglyF#3
*Tingly_G#3
*TinglyBb3
*TinglyB4
*TinglyE3

CanIturnmyimportedaudiofileintoasustained,playablesound?
Yes.UsingGranular,youcantransformyouraudiobeyondrecognition.Granularcan"freeze"a
smallportionofyouraudiointoasinglecyclewaveformwhichcanthenbeplayedasa
sustainedsound.YoucanevenuseGranulartocreateaslowlyevolvingtextureoutof
somethinglikeapianochord.
PleaseseeGranularformoreinfo.

CanImakeitsothatregardlessofwhateverkeyIplay,thesampleplaysbackatits
originaldurationandpitch(forthingslikedrums,orplucktransients)acrosstheentire
keyboardrange?
Yes.Clickonthemagnifyingglassnextto"Oscillator"ontheLayerpageandintheMaintabset
theKeyboardTrackingbuttontoOFF.

SHARINGIntroduction

UsingtheSharingfeature,it'seasyforyoutoshareyourcustomOmnispheresounds,no
matteriftheywerecreatedusingFactorySoundsources,Wavetables,oryourownaudio.You
canshareanycombinationofPatches,Multis,andUserSoundsourceswithafewsimplesteps.
Allthenecessarycomponentswillbebecollectedforyouintoasingle.omnispherefilewhich
otherscanopeninOmnisphereonadifferentcomputer.
TherearethreewaystoshareOmnispheresounds:

ShareSounds
Thismethodisintendedforcasuallysharingsounds.Youcanchoosewhichsoundstoshareby
selectingtheminthebrowserusingshiftclick.Afterthat,select"ShareSounds"fromtheUtility
menuorpressthe"Share"buttonintheFullBrowserstocreatean.omnispherepackage
containingthesoundsyouselected.Thismethodallowsyoutoshareonlyonetypeofsoundof
atime(Multis,PatchesorUserSoundsources).

NOTE:IfaPatchorMultiyouaresharingincludesUserSoundsources,thosewillbe
includedaspartofthe.omnispherepackage.

ShareProjects

ShareProjects
SharingProjectsallowsyoutoshareallMultis,PatchesandUserSoundsourcesthatwere
addedtoaProjectinasingle.omnispherepackage.

PublishLibrary
The"PublishLibrary"featurewascreatedforthirdpartydevelopersofOmnispherelibraries.It
allowsdeveloperstoeasilyexportor"publish"alibraryofMultis,Patches,alongwithany
associatedSoundsourcesandimagesinasingle.omnispherepackage.Enduserscanthen
installthispackageintotheirsystemswithasinglestep.

SHARINGShareSounds

Usingtheapplicablebrowser,choosethesoundsyouwanttosharebyusingshiftclick.

NOTE:Useoptionclickifyouwishtodeselectthemallinonestep.

Next,select"ShareSounds"fromtheUtilityMenuorpressthe"Share"buttonintheFull
Browserstocreatean.omnispherefilecontainingtheselectedsounds.


NOTE:IfaPatchorMultiyouaresharingemploysUserSoundsources,thosewillbe
includedaspartofthe.omnispherepackage.

Afterviewingthecopyrightmessage,youwillbepromptedtoenteranameandselecta
locationwhereyouwishtostorethe.omnispherepackage.

Nextyouwillgetareportofthedatacontainedinthepackage.

Nextyouwillgetareportofthedatacontainedinthepackage.

SelectContinue"andyou'llgetaconfirmationthatyoursoundsarereadytoshare.

Youcansendthe.omnispherefiletootherOmnisphereusersandtheycanselectInstall
.omnispherefromtheUtilityMenutoimportthesharedpackage

NOTE:Whenyouwanttoshareonlyonetypeofsoundatatime,(Multis,Patches,or
UserSoundsources),thisisthequickestandsimplestmethod.Ifyouwishtoshare
multipletypesofsoundsatonce,seeShareProjectsorPublishLibrary.

SHARINGShareProjects

SharingProjectsletsyouassignsoundstoaspecificProjectandsharethemwithotherusers.
ThismethodusestheProjectfeatureslocatedintheFullBrowsers.Youcanshareany
combinationofPatches,Multis,andUserSoundsourceswithafewsimplesteps.Allthe
necessarycomponentswillbebecollectedforyouintoasingle.omnispherefilewhichothers
canopeninOmnisphereonadifferentcomputer.
First,createaProjectforthesoundsyouwanttoshare.ThenaddtheMultis,Patches,and
Soundsources.

TIP:IfthePatchesorMultisyouwanttosharehavebeencreatedwithUser
Soundsources,thoseSoundsourceswillbeautomaticallyincludedinthe.omnisphere
file.IfyouwanttoshareaUserSoundsourcethatisnotusedinaPatchorMulti,just
addittoaProjectbyitself.formoreinfo.

Youwillgetthismessageremindingyoutorespectallapplicablecopyrights.

Thenyouwillpromptedtonamethearchiveandselectalocationwhereyouwanttostoreit.


Whenyouselect"Save,"OmnispherewillanalyzeyourProjectandgiveyouareportofthe
datayouareabouttoshare.Ifyoufinddiscrepancies,select"Cancel"andmakesureyour
Projectcontainseverythingyouwanttoshare.

Afterselecting"Continue,"you'llgetaconfirmationthatyoursoundsarereadytoshare.

Youcansendthe.omnispherefiletootherOmnisphereusersandtheycanuseInstall
.omnispheretoimportthesharedarchive.

SHARINGPublishLibrary

The"PublishLibrary"featurewascreatedforthirdpartydevelopersofOmnispherelibraries.It
allowsdeveloperstoeasilyexportor"publish"alibraryofMultis,Patches,andallassociated
Soundsourcesinasingle.omnispherepackage.Enduserscantheninstallthispackageinto
theirsystemswithasinglestep.

SHARINGCreatingaLibrary

LibrariesaredirectoriesinspecificlocationsinyourSTEAMfolderandtheyaredisplayedinthe
"Directory"menuinOmnisphere'sbrowsers.Thefoldersinsidelibrariesaredisplayedas
Categories.

Inordertocreatealibrary,youmustcreateadirectoryusingtheFinder(Mac)orExplorer
(Windows).Patches,Multis,andSoundsourcesarelocatedinseparatedirectoriesinyour
STEAMfolder.IfyouwishtopublishalibrarythatincludesPatchesandMultis,thelibraries
wherethosePatchesandMultisarelocatedmusthavethesamename.UserSoundsources
usedbyanyPatchorMultiinthelibraryyouwanttopublishwillbeautomaticallyaddedtothe
.omnispherepackage,sothereisnoneedtocreateaSoundsourcelibrarywithamatching
name.

name.

SHARINGCreatingaPatchLibrary

TocreateaPatchlibrary,makesureyourhostisnotrunningandintheFinder(Mac)or
Explorer(Windows),createanewfolderhere:
Spectrasonics/STEAM/Omnisphere/SettingsLibrary/Patches

NOTE:BeforeuncompressingtheCurrentCategories.ziparchive,makesureyouareup
todatewiththelatestversionoftheOmnisphere2factorypatchlibrary.Theofficial
tagsareconstantlyevolving,soit'simportantthatyoubegintaggingwiththemost
uptodateversion.

Givethefolderaname,suchasMyLibrary.ThisnewfolderisnexttoUser"folder.Create
emptysubfoldersunder"MyLibrary,oneforeachcategoryyouplantohaveinyourlibrary.
Tofacilitatethisprocess,weveprovideda"CurrentCategories.zip"filelocatedhere:
Spectrasonics/STEAM/Omnisphere/SettingsLibrary/Patches
Uncompressthe"CurrentCategories.zip"filetoopenafoldercontainingthemostuptodate
categoriesusedinSpectrasonicsFactoryPatchLibraries.IfyouwishtosaveyourownPatches
incategoriesthatmatchtheonescurrentlyusedbySpectrasonics,youcanrenamethe
"CurrentCategories"foldertoanythingyoulike(e.g."MyLibrary")andsaveyourPatchesto
thesubfoldersinit.
OnceyousaveaPatchinoneofitssubfolders,theLibrarywillbedisplayedintheDirectory
menu.

SHARINGCreatingaMultiLibrary

InordertocreateaMultiLibrary,makesureyourhostisclosedandcreateanewfolderhere:
Spectrasonics/STEAM/Omnisphere/SettingsLibrary/Multis
Givethefolderaname,suchasMyLibrary.ThisnewfolderisnexttoUser"folder.Create
emptysubfoldersunder"MyLibrary,oneforeachcategoryyouplantohaveinyourlibrary.
OnceyousaveaMultiinoneofitssubfolders,thelibrarywillbedisplayedinthemenu.

NOTE:TopublishalibrarythatincludesPatchesandMultis,thePatchandMultilibrary
namesmustmatch.

SHARINGSoundsources

IfUserSoundsourcesareusedinPatchesorMultisbeingpublished,theywillbeincludedas
partoftheexportedpackage.UserSoundsourcesarecreatedbyimportingyourownaudiointo
Omnisphereandtheyareautomaticallystoredhere:
Spectrasonics/STEAM/Omnisphere/Soundsources/User
OmnispherewillnotpublishFactorySoundsourcesorSoundsourcesthatareinadifferent
locationthantheUserfolderspecifiedabove.

SHARINGAddingImages

Omnisphere'sinterfacehasseveralpageswhereimagesareshownasavisualrepresentation
ofasound.Patches,Multis,andSoundsourcescanhaveuniqueimagesdisplayedindifferent
pagesoftheinstrument.

Youcanincludeimagesthataresharedbyanentirelibraryorcategory,auniqueimagefor
eachMulti,Patch,orSoundsource,oranycombinationthereof.

SHARINGAddingImagestoaUserSoundsource

ToaddimagestoasingleSoundsource,youwillneedthreeJPEGfileswiththefollowing
namingconventionanddimensions(replace"SoundsourceName"withthenameofthe
Soundsourceyouwanttoaddimagesto):
SoundsourceName.jpg[300wx300h]
SoundsourceName_thumb.jpg[125wx125h]
SoundsourceName_land_thumb.jpg[125wx50h]
PlacetheJPEGimagesnexttotheSoundsource.zmaphere:
Spectrasonics/STEAM/Omnisphere/Soundsources/User/Category/Soundsource
Name/
Asshowninthescreenshotbelow,imagesareusedbytheSoundsource"ExitSign."

SHARINGAddingImagestoPatches

ImagescanbesharedbyanentirelibraryofPatches,byaCategoryorusedbyasinglePatch.
AddingimagestoaPatchLibrary
AnimagecanbesharedbyallthePatchesinalibrary.YouwillneedtwoJPEGfileswiththe
followingnamingconventionanddimensions:
default.jpg[300wx300h]
default_thumb.jpg[125wx125h]
PlacetheJPEGfilesinsidethePatchlibraryyouwanttoaddimagestofollowingthispath:
Spectrasonics/STEAM/Omnisphere/SettingsLibrary/Patches/LibraryName
Asshowninthescreenshotbelow,imagesareusedbyallthePatchesin"MyLibrary.

NOTE:CategoriesorPatchesthathaveuniqueimagesassignedtothemwilltake
precedenceoverthelibraryimage.

AddingimagestoaPatchCategory
AsetofimagescanbesharedbyallPatchesinacategory.YouwillneedtwoJPEGfileswith
thefollowingnamingconventionanddimensions:
default.jpg[300wx300h]
default_thumb.jpg[125wx125h]
PlacetheJPEGfilesinsidethePatchcategoryyouwanttoaddimagestofollowingthispath:
Spectrasonics/STEAM/Omnisphere/SettingsLibrary/Patches/LibraryName/Category
Asshowninthescreenshotbelow,imagesareusedbyallthePatchesinthe"ARP+BPM"
categoryin"MyLibrary.


NOTE:Patchesthathaveuniqueimagesassignedtothemwilltakeprecedenceover
categoryorlibraryimage.

AddingimagestoaPatch
ToaddimagestoaPatch,youwillneedtwoJPEGfileswiththefollowingnamingconvention
anddimensions(replace"PatchName"withthenameofthePatch):
PatchName.jpg[300wx300h]
PatchName.jpg[125wx125h]
PlacetheJPEGfilesnexttothePatchyouwanttoaddimagesto(Patchfileshave.prt_omn
extensions)followingthispath:
Spectrasonics/STEAM/Omnisphere/SettingsLibrary/Patches/LibraryName/Category
Asshowninthescreenshotbelow,imageareusedbythePatch"AfrobeatDuo1.

NOTE:Patchesthathaveuniqueimagesassignedtothemwilltakeprecedenceover
categoryorlibraryimage.

SHARINGAddingImagestoMultis
AsetofimagescanbesharedbyanentirelibraryofMultis,byaCategory,orusedbyasingle
Multi.
AddingimagestoaMultiLibrary
AsetofimagescanbesharedbyalltheMultisinalibrary.YouwillneedtwoJPEGfileswiththe
followingnamingconventionanddimensions:
default.jpg[300wx300h]
default_thumb.jpg[125wx125h]
PlacetheJPEGfilesinsidetheMultilibraryfolderhere:
Spectrasonics/STEAM/Omnisphere/SettingsLibrary/Multis/LibraryName
Asshowninthescreenshotbelow,imagesareusedbyalltheMultisin"MyLibrary.

NOTE:CategoriesorMultisthathaveuniqueimagesassignedtothemwilltake
precedenceoverthelibraryimage.

AddingimagestoaMultiCategory
AsetofimagescanbesharedbyalltheMultisinacategory.YouwillneedtwoJPEGfileswith
thefollowingnamingconventionanddimensions:
default.jpg[300wx300h]
default_thumb.jpg[125wx125h]
PlacetheJPEGfilesinsidetheMulticategoryyouwanttoaddimagestofollowingthispath:
Spectrasonics/STEAM/Omnisphere/SettingsLibrary/Multis/LibraryName/Category
Asshowninthescreenshotbelow,imageareusedbyalltheMultisinthe"SplitPatterns"
category.

NOTE:Multisthathaveuniqueimagesassignedtothemwilltakeprecedenceoverthe
categoryorlibraryimages.

categoryorlibraryimages.

AddingimagestoaMulti
ToaddimagestoaMulti,youwillneedtwoJPEGfileswiththefollowingnamingconventionand
dimensions(replace"MultiName"withthenameoftheMulti):
MultiName.jpg[300wx300h]
MultiName.jpg[125wx125h]
PlacetheJPEGfilesnexttotheMultiyouwanttoaddimagesto(Multifileshave.mlt_omn
extensions)followingthispath:
Spectrasonics/STEAM/Omnisphere/SettingsLibrary/Multis/LibraryName/Category
Asshowninthescreenshotbelow,imagesareusedbytheMulti"CrossfitGirls.

SHARINGPublishingaLibrary

PublishedlibrariescancontainMultisand/orPatchesandanyUserSoundsourcescontained
therein.TheycanalsocontainimageswhichwillbedisplayedinOmnisphere'sinterfacewhen
thosesoundsareloaded.
Oncealibraryisreadytobepublished,optionclick/altclickontheUtilityMenuanda"Publish
Library"menuitemwillappearatthebottomofthelist.Thisitemcontainsasubmenu
displayingthelibrariesavailableforpublishing.Selectthelibraryyouwanttopublishandafter
viewingthecopyrightmessage,youwillbepromptedtoenteranameandselectalocationto
storethe.omnispherepackage.Atthispointyouhavetheoptiontorenameit.

NOTE:IfyouarepublishingalibraryofMultisandPatches(bothlibrarieshavethe
samename)thelibrarywillonlyshowuponceinthe"PublishLibrary"submenu.
SelectingitwillincludebothMultisandPatchesandanyassociatedSoundsourcesand
images.

Whencompletingthesesteps.youwillseeareportofthedatatobeincludedinthe
.omnispherepackage.

AfterclickingContinue,an.omnispherefilewillbecreatedandisnowreadytobeshared.

SHARINGAddingSounds

AddingsoundstoyourlibrarythathavebeenSharedbyotherOmnisphereusersissimple!
OmnispheresoundsthathavebeensharedusingtheSharingfeatureareconveniently
collectedintoasingle.omnispherefile.Fileswiththeextension.omnipsherecanbeaddedto
yourlibraryinasingleoperation,whichautomaticallyimportsallthenecessarycomponents
(Multis,PatchesandUserSoundsources)toplaythosesoundsintoyourOmnispherelibrary.
ThisfeaturehandlesthefilemanagementforyouyouneverhavetoleaveOmnisphere.
Onceyouhavereceivedtheshared.omnispherefile,select"AddSounds"intheUtilityMenu.

Afterselectingthe.omnispherefile,youwillgetareportofdatathepackagecontains.


AfterclickingOK,Omnispherewilldisplayaconfirmationwherethenewsoundshavebeen
installed.

Multisthatweresharedusing"ShareSounds"or"ShareProject"willbestoredhere:
STEAM/Omnisphere/SettingsLibrary/Multis/Sharing
Multisthatweresharedusing"PublishLibrary"willbestoredintheirowndirectoryhere:
STEAM/Omnisphere/SettingsLibrary/Multis
Patchesthatweresharedusing"ShareSounds"or"ShareProject"willbestoredhere:
STEAM/Omnisphere/SettingsLibrary/Patches/Sharing
Patchesthatweresharedusing"PublishLibrary"willbestoredintheirowndirectoryhere:
STEAM/Omnisphere/SettingsLibrary/Patches
Soundsourceswillbestoredhere:
Spectrasonics/STEAM/Omnisphere/Soundsources/User

FXSystem

FXareanimportantpartofOmnispheressoundpalette,andareusedtoenhancethesonic
characterofPatchesandMultis.Theycanaddspace,density,andmovement,andalterthe
timbreandshapethesoundinmanyinterestingways.
Havinghighquality,builtinFXinOmnispheremeansthattheFXareintegratedwiththe
interfaceaswellaswiththesounds!AnyFXyouusearesavedalongwithPatchesandMultis.
CombinedwithFXPresets,Omnisphereprovidesacohesiveandintuitivewayofworkingwith
FX.
Omnispherecontains58differentFXUnits,37FXRacks,acomprehensivePresetlibrary,anda
powerfulfeaturesetforintegratingtheFXwiththesynthesisengine.
EachpartinOmnispherehasthreeinsertracks(oneforeachofthetwoLayersandoneforthe
entirePatch)andanAuxRack.Additionally,attheMultileveltherearefourAuxSendsracks
andaMasterrackthataresharedbyallParts.
TheresnolimittohowFXcanbecreativelyapplied,butcertainFX,suchasCompressorsand
ModulationFX,arebestusedasInserts.OtherFX,likeReverbsandDelays,areoftenbest
usedasSendFX.DecidingwhenandwheretoapplyFXisalsoanimportantpartofoptimizing
CPUusageinOmnisphere.
OneofthekeyfeaturesofOmnispheresFXisthatalmostalltheFXparametersloadedinPart
rackscanbemodulatedwithanyModulationSource.ThismeansthatFXcanbefullyintegrated
intothesynthesisarchitectureandcharacterofaPatch,makingthemmuchmorethansimple
FXplugins.
AllFXparameterscanbeMIDILearnedforhandsoncontrol,andenabledforworkingwith
hostautomation.
InadditiontoindividualFXPresets,youcanalsoloadorsaveRackPresets,whichinclude
entireFXchainswithalloftheirsettingspreloaded.

FXArchitecture&SignalFlow

TheFXinOmnisphereareorganizedintoRacks,witheachRackcontaininguptofourFXUnits.

PATCHFX:
APatchinOmnispherecancontainuptofourracksoffourFXUnitseach,foratotalofsixteen
FXUnitsinasinglePatch.
ToaccesstheFXracksforaPatch,selectaPartintheheaderandthenselecttheFXbutton.
EachLayer(A&B)ofaPatchhasitsownFXRack.TheFXintheseracksaffectthespecific
Layerintowhichtheyreinserted.ThesearePrefaderInsertFX.
TheA&BracksfeedaCommonrack,whichaffectsbothlayers.
TheCommonandA&Brackscanusetheir"AuxSend"controlinthetoprightsendaudioto
theAuxrack.RacksA&BcansendaudioPreorPostLayerLevelviathe"PrePost"switch.
TheleveloftheAuxrackoutputcanbecontrolledfromthe"AuxReturn"sliderinthetopright.

MULTIFX:
AMULTIinOmnispherecancontainuptofourAuxSendRacksplusaMasterRack,foratotal
oftwentyFXUnits.
ToaccesstheFXRacksforthefourAuxSendsandtheMASTERRack,selecttheMULTItabin
theheaderandthenselecttheFXbutton.
EachofthefourAuxSendshasitsownFXRack.ThefourAuxFXRackscanbeusedbyanyof
theeightPartsinaMULTIusingtheAuxSendsontheMixerpage.
ThefinalFXRackinthesignalchainistheMasterRack.AllaudioroutedthroughOUTAruns
throughtheMasterFXRack.
Insummary,aMULTIcanhaveupto20FXUnitsloadedintheMULTIFXracks,plus8Parts
containingupto16FXUnitseach.ThismeansafullyloadedMULTIcanhaveasmanyas148
activeFXUnits(in37Racks)loadedatonce!Ofcourse,actuallyrunningthatmany
simultaneousFXwouldrequireaverypowerfulcomputer.

BelowistheeffectssignalflowtogiveyouanideahowOmnisphereseffectsarechained.

SignalFlow
EachFXRackhasfourFXSlots.ThesignalflowofeveryFXRacktypeisinseriesfeedingthe
audiofromthetopslotdown.Anexampleofthisisillustratedbelow:

Inthisexample,theaudiofirstgoesthroughStompboxModelerFXUnitinthe
topslot.
ThedistortedaudioisthensentintotheAnalogPhaserunitinthesecondslot.
ThedistortedandphasedaudioisthenroutedintoInnerspaceforsome
creativeambientprocessing.
TheoutputofInnerspaceissenttotheProVerbunitinthebottomslot.

NOTE:TheMasterrackaffectspartsusesOUTAonly.

FXDescriptions

TheOmnisphereFXUnitsareeffectsthatexistwithintheOmnisphereplugin.
Thereare58differentprofessionalqualityinternalFXUnitstochoosefrom.Formoredetailed
descriptionsofthecontrolsandoperation,pleaseclickontheFXunitnames.

COMPRESSOR/LIMITERGAINFX
TubeLimiter
Bothalimiterandcompressormodeledonthefat,warmsoundoftheworldfamous
Fairchild670tubelimitersfromthe1960s.
TapeSlammer
Thisfullycontrollablecompressorsimulatesdifferenttypesofanalogtapecompression,tape
saturation,andeventapeage.
ModernCompressor
ModeledafterthelegendarySSLbusscompressor,thiscompressoraddsabright,solid
statecharactertothesound.
VintageCompressor
Modeledonthe"goto"vintageUniversalAudioLA2Aand1176compressors,thisunithas
averywarmandmusicalsound.
PrecisionCompressor
ThePrecisionCompressorissuperclean,versatileandmodernsounding.It'sanidealhifi
studiocompressorandworkswellformastering.
StompComp
ModeledafterthevintageRossCompressorguitarpedal,ithasatough,grittycharacter,and
itisusefulforlotsmorethanjustguitars.
GateExpander
Atraditional,controllableNoiseGatethatalsoworkswellasaDynamicExpander

EQUALIZERS
StudioEQ
Thiscleanandversatile2bandEQprovidesmultiplemodesforeachbandandissuitablefor
mastering.

Vintage2bandEQ
ModeledafterthePultecEQP2Amodeltubeequalizer,withaverywarmandmusicaltone.
Vintage3BandEQ
ModeledafterthePultecEQPseriestubeequalizers,renownedfortheirextremelymusical
andfattones.
Graphic7BandEQ
Usefulfortailoringafullspectrumaudiosourcewithbroadcontrolofmultiplebands.
Graphic12BandEQ
Usefulfortailoringafullspectrumaudiosourcewithfinecontrolofmultiplebandsforprecision
control.
Parametric2BandEQ
Providesprecisionfrequencycontrol,withtwofullysweepable,overlappingbands.
Parametric3bandEQ
Providesprecisionfrequencycontrol,withthreefullysweepable,overlappingbands.

FILTERS
EnevelopeFilter
ThisFXUnitusesOmnisphere'sfilterswithanenvelopefollowertoprovideacool,animated
envelopeeffect.
FormantFilter
Afilterbasedonthecharacteristicsofthehumanvocaltract,withadjustableheadsizeand
vowelcontrols.
PowerFilter
DevelopedincooperationwithGForceSoftwareandbasedontheirfamousandsupermusical
impOSCarfilterdesign.
ValveRadio
Auniquedevicethatfunctionsbothasadualfilterandadistortiondeviceincludesdrive
controlandagate.
WahWah
Modeledafterclassicwahwahpedalsofthe1970s,withLFOmodulationthatcanbesyncedto
thehosttempo.
CryingWah
ThisFXunitismodeledaftertheclassicVoxCryBabywahwahpedal,usedbyClaptonand
Hendrixandeveryoneelse!

DISTORTIONAMPFX
StompboxModeler
ThisFXunitrecreatesELEVENmodelsofincrediblefuzz,overdrive,anddistortionpedals.
FlameDistortion
Scorchyouraudiowiththisextremelyversatiledistortionandbitcrushingunit.
MetalzoneDistortion
ModeledaftertheBossMT2MetalZonedistortionpedalrocktones,galore!
ToxicSmasher
ThisFXunitcombinesOmnisphere'sWaveshaperwithdifferentcontrollablefiltertypes.
FoxyFuzz
ThisFXunitismodeledaftertheFoxxToneMachinefuzzpedal,knownforitssustainincludes
octaveharmonics.

AMPLIFIERFX
Bassman
ThisFXunitismodeledafterthemighty,mighty'59FenderBassmanamplifiermany

ThisFXunitismodeledafterthemighty,mighty'59FenderBassmanamplifiermany
guitarists'favoriteamp.Comeswithselectable,highendmicandpreampcombinations.
Controlsfortheheadandthecabinet.
Boutique
ThisFXunitismodeledafterthe100wattDumbleOverdriveSpecialamplifier,with
selectable,highendmicandpreampcombinations.
BritVox
ThisFXunitismodeledaftertheVoxAC30amplifierthisampledtheBritishInvasionofthe

1960s!Comeswithselectable,highendmicandpreampcombinations.Controlsforthehead
andthecabinet.
ClassicTwin
ThisFXunitismodeledaftertheclassic(andwemeanCLASSIC!)'65BlackfaceFenderTwin
amplifierwithselectable,highendmicandpreampcombinations.Controlsfortheheadand
thecabinet.
Hiwattage
ThisFXunitismodeledafteracustom100watt1974HiwattamplifierClassicRocktones
withselectable,highendmicandpreampcombinations.Controlsfortheheadandthecabinet.
RockStack
ThisFXunitismodeledaftertheseminalandiconic'64MarshallJTM45amplifierwith

selectable,highendmicandpreampcombinations.Controlsfortheheadandthecabinet.
SanZAmp
ThisFXunitismodeledafterthetrendsettingSansAmpGT2tubeamplifieremulationpedal.
SmokeAmp
Aguitaramplifiermodelingeffect,whichmodelsanicevarietyofampsandcabinets,modeled
afterhandmadeampsfromsmaller,boutique,customampmanufacturers.
ThriftshopSpeaker
Thisunitisdesignedtotrashyouraudiobyrunningitthrougholdfunky

speakers/telephones/megaphonesthatyoumightfindinathriftshop.

MODULATIONFX
AnalogChorus
ThisFXunitismodeledafterfamousBossandTCElectronicschoruspedalsthathave
gracedthousandsofclassickeyboardandguitartracks.Stereoandmono.
UltraChorus
Averyrichandthickchorusunit,withsomeuniqueLFOmodulation.
SolinaEnsemble
ThisFXunitismodeledaftertheclassic"Ensemble"effectintheARPSolinaStringEnsemble.
AnalogPhaser
ThisFXfeaturesmodelsoftheOberheimPhasor,MXRPhase90,andacustom

chorus/phaseshifter,withtheabilitytosynctoyourtrack.
RetroPhaser
Classicphaserunitwithavintage,lowfivibeandadarkertoneanda"Dirt"switch.Canbe
syncedtothehosttempo.
ProPhaser
AversatileandrichphaserdesigncapableofgoingwaybeyondtraditionalPhasereffects.
EZPhaser
Bestsuitedforclassicphasereffects,whilebeingveryeasytouseandunderstand.
AnalogFlanger
ThisFXunitismodeledafterthepopularclassic,theA/DAFlangerpedal.You'veheardthis!
RetroFlanger
Classicflangerunitwithawarm,vintagecharacter.Completewitha"Dirt"switch.
Flanger
Providesmanytraditionalflangingandtunedresonanceeffects.Canbesyncedtothehost
tempo.
AnalogVibrato

AnalogVibrato
hisFXunitismodeledafterthevibratooftheonceubiquitousRolandJC120andofthe
T
ShineiUniVibepedal,whichimitatedaLeslie(thinkPinkFloyd).
VintageTremolo
Thisunitrecreatestheclassicvintagetubeamptremoloeffect,inmonoorstereo.Think60's

Surfmusicand70sShouldandR&B.

CREATIVE
QuadResonators
Thisunitisbasedoncombfiltersandaddstunedresonancestoanyinputsignal.Robotsare
takingovertheworld!
Innerspace
Designedtocreateacousticresonances,organictextures,andaddunconventionalambiences
toanyinputsignalbysuperimposingthecharacteristicsofonesoundontoanother.

DELAYS
ChorusEcho
InspiredbytheclassicRolandChorusEchounitsfromthe1970s.Featuresamodulateddelay
linethatcanbesyncedtothehosttempoandincludesavintagechorusmode,aswellasa
"Dirt"switch.
BPMDelay
Asingle,truestereodelayunitthatisalwaysinsyncwiththehosttempo.
BPMDelayX2
Dualmonodelaysthatarealwayssynchronizedtothehosttempo.
BPMDelayX3
TripleLCR(leftcenterright)monodelaysthatarealwayssynchronizedtothehosttempo.
RadioDelay
Adualmono,BPMstyledelay,withthedelayedsignalspassedthroughOmnisphere'sValve
Radiodistortionfilter.Canbesyncedtothehosttempo.
Retroplex
Modeledaftertheoldtapeechounitsofthe1960sand1970ssuchastheEchoplex.Delays
andEchosareselectablefromanyyear:1960through2000!

REVERB
ProVerb
Ambiencecontrolledwithsurgicalprecision,ProVerbisthepremier,studioqualityreverbunit
intheOmnisphereFXarsenal.Extremelyversatile,hires,andrichsounding.
EZVerb
Asimpletouse,basicreverbunitthatuseslessCPUpower,andsoundsgreat!
SpringVerb
Faithfullyrecreatestheclassiccheesyvibeoftheancientspringreverbsof1960'sSurfera
(andbefore!)guitaramplifiers.

UTILITY
Imager
Ahandyutilitythatcanbeusedtowidenthestereoimage,correctphase,andmuchmore,
includingsyncableautopan.

Canyouusemorethanfoureffectsunitsatatime?
Yes!It'sactuallypossibletohaveahugenumberofsimultaneousFXUnitsactiveatthesame

Yes!It'sactuallypossibletohaveahugenumberofsimultaneousFXUnitsactiveatthesame
timeinoneinstanceofOmnisphere.AnyoftheFXUnitscanbeputintooneofthefourslotsin
anOmnisphereFXRackanddependinginyourcomputer'sprocessingpower,upto37FX
Rackscanbeopenatonce.
Here'sthestructure:
4Effectsperrackx4racksperpart=16EffectsperPart
16EffectsperPartx8Parts=128FX
4Effectsperrackx4MultiAuxracks+Masterrack=20EffectsperMULTI

ConsiderationswhenusingtheFX:
EachFXUnitconsumesdifferentamountsofadditionalCPUpower,sothenumberof
simultaneousFXUnitsdependsontheavailableCPUpowerofyourcomputer.SomeFX,like
thePROVerb,canevenusedifferentamountsofCPUpower,dependingonwhichsettingsare
used.
TomaximizeCPUperformanceinmultitimbral,LIVE,orSTACKapplications,its
recommendedtoBypassanyPartFXUnitswhichcanbesharedbyotherparts(especially
reverbs&delays).AgoodapproachistocopyaPartFXUnitssettings,bypassitandthen
pastethesettingsintoafreeAuxrackforsharedusebythemultitimbralParts.Inother
words,thesignalfrommultiplePartscanbesenttooneFXunit.Thinkofahardwarerecording
console,wherethesignalfrommultiplechannelsissentthroughonehardwarereverb.
SomeFXUnitshavetwopages.Thesecondpageparameterscanbereachedbyclickingthe
arrowontherightsideoftheplugin.Usually,it'slabeledMOREorliststhetypeofparameter
foundonthesecondpage.
YoucanuseexternalthirdpartyFXpluginswithOmnispherebyutilizingthemultipleoutputs
featureofOmnispherewithyourhost.

FXBASICSLoadingAnFXUnit

ToloadanFXUnitintoaRack,clickthedownwardfacingtriangleonthedesiredslot.

Fromtheresultingdropdownmenu,chooseanFXUnitbyselectingtheFXcategoryandthen
theFXnamefromthemenu.

FXBASICSChangingAnFXUnit

ToselectadifferentFXUnitinthesameFXSlot,clickthesamedownwardarrowandchoosea
differentonefromanyofthecategoriesfromthedropdownmenulist.

FXBASICSBypassingAnFXUnit

AnFXUnitisactivewhentheovalFXNameWindowislitupwithalightbluecolor.

ToBypassanFXUnit,clicktheovalFXNameWindow.Thenamewindowdarkenswhen
bypassed.

ClickingthewindowagainwillreactivatetheFXUnit.

NOTE:BypassinganEffectDOESsaveCPUpower.

FXBASICSRemovingAnFXUnit

ToremoveanFXUnitfromtherack,clickthedownwardfacingtriangleontheactiveslotand
chooseNOEFFECTfromthetopofthelist.

NOTE:RemovinganyunneededFXUnitssavesmemorywhenthepatchisloaded.Itis
recommendedtoremoveanyunnecessaryFXbeforesavingPatches,MultisorSongs.

FXPRESETSIntroduction

TheflexibleFXPresetsystemoffersrapidaccesstothefullpowerofOmnisphere'sFX.It's
easytocreate,copy,paste,save,andrecalluniqueindividualFXUnitsorentireRacksofFX.
TherearetwokindsofFXPresets:FXUnitPresetsandFXRackPresets.
FXPresetsmaybe:
Savedwithcustomnames
Loadedfromadropdownmenu
CopiedfromanyFXSlotorRack
PastedtoanyFXSlotorRack
Freelysharedacrossanyplatformorhost.

TERMINOLOGY:Programs,Patches,orSettingsarecommontermsinother
productsforPresets.Theyallmeanessentiallythesamething.InOmnisphere,we
usethetermPresetsexclusivelyinreferencetothesettingsofindividual
components,likeFX,Envelopes,etc.ThetermPatchalwaysreferstoacompleted
soundinOmnisphere.

HINT:Spectrasonicshasincludedanextensivefactorylibraryofhundredsofuseful
PresetstogiveyouaglimpseintotheworldofOmnisphereFX.Theyareafantastic
startingpointforexploringthediversesonicpossibilitieswiththeFXsystemDon't
missthem!

FXPRESETSUnitPresets

AnFXUnitPresetconsistsofthecompletecustomizedparametersettingsofaspecificFXUnit,
whichallowsfortotalrecallofthatoneeffect.It'sveryusefultobuildalibraryofFXUnit
presetsthatyoulikeandyoucanexperimentbyusingPresetscreatedforonepurposefora
completelydifferentapplication.
FXUnitPresetsareaccessedbyclickingonthedownarrownexttotheleftonanFXunit.A
menuwillpopupdisplayingPresetsrelevanttothatparticularunit.Forexample,inthepicture
below,theRetroplexDelayhasit'sownPresetlist.

TosaveyourownFXUnitPresets,clickonthedownarrowtotheleftoftheunit.UserFXUnit
PresetsmustbesavedinaspecificlocationinorderforOmnispheretoseethem.Whensaving
aPreset,afiledialogwillappear,promptingyoutosavetothecorrectlocation:

Omnisphere/SettingsLibrary/User/Presets/Effects/nameoftheeffectunit

UserPresetswillappearupinthePresetmenubelowtheFactoryPresets,dividedbyasolid
line.

Youcancreateasmanysubdirectoriesforpresetsasyoulike,aslongasthefoldersare
nestedonyourdriveinthespecificdirectoryforthatunit.FXPresetshavetheextension
.fxp_rmx

FXPRESETSSaving

SavinganFXPresetallowsyoutogiveaPresetacustomnameandrecallitlaterfromalistof
Presets.ThisisaconvenientwaytobuildacustomlibraryofFXthatyouliketouse.

ToSaveaPreset:
Selectthedropdownarrowtotheleftoftheunit.
Adropdownmenuwillappear.
SelectSAVEEFFECTSPRESET.
ASavedialogboxwillappearallowingyoutonametheFXPreset.TheSavedialogbox
defaultstothedirectoryforthatparticularFXUnit.

NOTE:ThereisnoDeletePresetcommand.ToremoveaPreset,youmustnavigateto
thePresetviayourcomputer'sdirectorystructureandremoveitmanually.Thesameis
trueforrenamingPresets.

FXPRESETSCopying&PastingUnits

CopyinganFXUnit,alongwithallofitscurrentparametersettingsandPastingitintoanother
slotisaquickandusefulwayofreorganizingtheorderandplacementofFXUnits.It'snot
requiredtoSaveaPresetinordertouseitinanotherotherFXSlot.YoucansimplyCopythe
FXUnitwithitscurrentsettingsandsimplyPasteitintoanyotherFXSlottochangetheorder
ofeffects.YoucanalsoPasteoveranexistingFXUnitwithadifferentFXUnitandnew
settings.
ToCopyandPasteanEffect:
SelectthedropdownarrowtotheleftoftheFXunityoudliketocopy.
Adropdownmenuwillappear.
SelectCOPYEFFECTPRESET.
ChooseanyotherFXSlot.(ItdoesnotmatterwhetherornotthetargetedFX
SlotcurrentlyhasanEffectonit.)
Selectthedropdownarrowtotheleftoftheunit.
FromthedropdownmenuwillSelectPASTEEFFECTPRESET.
ThisFXSlotnowhastheexactsameFXUnitandsettingsastheoriginalFXUnit.

FXPRESETSRacks

ARackPresetsavesthesettingsofallfourFXSlotsintoasinglePreset.Anycombinationofup
tofourFXUnitsandtheirrespectivesettingsissaved.Thisfeaturegivesyouinstanttotal
recallofawholeFXRacktotryonanythinginOmnisphere.Thepossiblecombinationsof
Effectsandsettingsareanendlesssourceofinspiration.
SelectingthePRESETSmenuintheupperleftoftheFXRackaccessesFXRackPresets.

FXPRESETSSavingRacks

SavingafullRackPresetallowsyoutogivethePresetacustomnameandrecallitforfuture
use.ThisisaconvenientwaytobuildacustomlibraryofRackPresetsthatyouliketouse.
ToSaveanFXRack:
SelectthePRESETSmenuarrowabovetheFXrack.
Adropdownmenuwillappearliketheonebelow.

SelectSAVEEFFECTRACKPRESET
ASavedialogboxwillappearallowingyoutonametheFXRackPreset.The
SavedialogboxdefaultstotheOmnisphere/Settings
Library/Presets/Effects/Racksdirectoryonyourdrive.

AllFXRacksPresetsappearintheOmnisphereinterfaceinthedropdownmenu.It'spossible
tosetupasmanysubdirectoriesforPresetsasyoulike,aslongasthesubfoldersarenested
intheRacksdirectoryonyourdrive.FXRackPresethavetheextension.fxr_rmx

NOTE:ThereisnoDeletePresetcommand.ToremoveaPreset,youmustnavigateto
thePresetviayourcomputer'sdirectorystructureandremoveitmanually.Thesameis
trueforrenamingPresets.

FXPRESETSLoadingRacks

LoadingFXRackPresetsfromthemenuisaneasywaytouseyourfavoriteFXcombinationsat
anytime.Also,itallowsyoutoquicklyexperimentwithmanycombinationsofdifferentsettings
indifferentmusicalcontexts.
ToLoadanFXRackPreset:
SelectthePRESETSmenuarrowabovetheFXrack.
Adropdownmenuwillappear.
SelectaRackPresetfromthemenutoloadthenewRack.

FXPRESETSCopying&PastingRacks

asdf
CopyinganFXRackalongwithallofitscurrentparametersettingsandpastingtoadifferent
RackisaquickandusefulwayofworkingwithFXRacks.It'snotrequiredtoSaveaPresetin
ordertocopyittoanotherRack.YoucansimplyCopytheRackwithitscurrentsettingsand
PasteitintoanyotherRack.YoucanalsoPasteoveranexistingRack.
ToCopyandPasteanFXRack:
SelectthePRESETSmenuarrowabovetheFXrack.
SelectCOPYEFFECTRACK.
ChooseanotherFXRack.(ItdoesnotmatterwhetherornotthetargetedRack
currentlyhasanyFXUnitsinit.)
SelectthePRESETSmenuarrowabovetheFXrack.
SelectPASTEEFFECTRACK.
ThisFXRacknowhastheexactsameEffectsandsettingsastheoriginalFXRack.

FXTubeLimiter

TheTubeLimiterFXUnitinOmnisphereisbothalimiterandcompressor.Itwasmodeledon
thewarmsoundofthefamousFairchild670tubelimitersofthe1960's.TheTubeLimiterhas
aslowerandsmootherresponsethantheothercompressorsinOmnisphere,thatnotonly
worksgreatasastereobusscompressor/limiter,italsoworkswellforindividualinstruments.
IthasafixedinternalcompressionratiothatmatchesthecharactertheoldFairchildunits.
TheTubeLimiterisanidealtoolforpumpingthingsupinamusicallyfatway.
LIMIT
EngagesandDisengagesanadditionalBrickwalllimiterattheoutput.Thecompression
controlscontinuetoworkregardlessofwhetherthebrickwalllimiterisengagedornot.
THRESHOLD
Setstheaudiolevelatwhichtheunitstartstocompressthesignal.Iftheinputsignalisbelow
theThresholdlevel,theunitdoesnotapplyanycompression.Oncethelevelcrossesthe
Threshold,thenthecompressionbeginstoaffectthesignal.Range:0to60db
GAIN
Amakeupgainstagethatadjuststheoveralloutputvolumetocompensateforcompression
levelreduction.Range0to24db.
PEAK/RMS
AllowsthechoiceofPEAKLimitingorRMSCompressioncurves.PeakLimitingdetectsaudio
transientsthatarelouderthanthesetThresholdlevelandappliescompressiontocontrolthose
Peakstowhateverlevelyou'veset.RMSCompressiondetectsanaudiosignal'saveragelevel
andappliesCompressiontotheoverallsignal.Thishelpsmakethewholeaudiosignallouder.
WithRMS,thereisnospecificceilingfortheaudioasthereiswithPeakLimiting.
ATTACK
Adjuststheamountoftimethatthecompressortakestostartcompressingoncetheaudiohas
goneabovetheThresholdlevel.Range:0.1msto400ms
RELEASE
Adjuststheamountoftimethatthecompressortakestostopcompressingoncetheaudiohas
goneundertheThresholdlevel.Range:10msto5000ms.

FXTapeSlammer

TheTapeSlammerFXUnitisdesignedtosimulatetheeffectsofdifferenttypesofanalogtape
compression,saturationandage.It'sveryversatileandistheperfectunittoaddwhenyou
needalittlemoreedge,gritorwarmth.It'salsoidealtomakesomethingsoundmoreretro,
andevenworkswellasanormalcompressor/limitertoo!
PAGEONECONTROLS
SATURATE
Controlstheamountofthetapesaturation/distortioneffect.Range:0to100%
AGE
Allowsyoutocontrolhowoldthetapestockis.Range:BrighttoDark
THRESHOLD
Setstheaudiolevelatwhichtheunitstartstosimulatethetapecompression.Iftheinput
signalisbelowtheThresholdlevel,theunitdoesnotapplyanycompression.Oncethelevel
crossestheThreshold,thenthecompressionbeginstoaffectthesignal.Range:0to60db
ATTACK
Adjuststheamountoftimethatthecompressortakestostartcompressingoncetheaudiohas
goneabovetheThresholdlevel.Range:0.1msto400ms
RELEASE
Adjuststheamountoftimethatthecompressortakestostopcompressingoncetheaudiohas
goneundertheThresholdlevel.Range:10msto5000ms.
GAIN
Amakeupgainstagethatadjuststheoveralloutputvolumetocompensateforcompression
levelreduction.Range0to24db.
PAGETWOCONTROLS
LIMIT
EngagesandDisengagesanadditionalBrickwalllimiterattheoutput.Thecompression
controlscontinuetoworkregardlessofwhetherthebrickwalllimiterisengagedornot.
PEAK/RMS
AllowsthechoiceofPEAKLimitingorRMSCompressioncurves.PeakLimitingdetectsaudio
transientsthatarelouderthanthesetThresholdlevelandappliescompressiontocontrolthose
Peakstowhateverlevelyou'veset.RMSCompressiondetectsanaudiosignal'saveragelevel
andappliesCompressiontotheoverallsignal.Thishelpsmakethewholeaudiosignallouder.
WithRMS,thereisnospecificceilingfortheaudioasthereiswithPeakLimiting.

FXModernCompressor

TheModernCompressorFXunithasabright,solidstatesoundcharacterwithaveryfastand
snappyresponsecurve.TheModernCompressorwasmodeledafterthelegendarySSL
compressorsfoundintheirrenownedconsolesthatareresponsibleformanyhitrecords.This
compressorisgreatforthestereomasterbussifyouwantaveryclearbrightsound,orworks
equallywellinbringingoutthepresenceofanyindividualelementinamix.
THRESHOLD
Setstheaudiolevelatwhichtheunitstartstocompressthesignal.Iftheinputsignalisbelow
theThresholdlevel,theunitdoesnotapplyanycompression.Oncethelevelcrossesthe
Threshold,thenthecompressionbeginstoaffectthesignal.Range:0to60db
RATIO
Therangeofdynamiccompressiononcethecompressorengages.Rangeis1:1to8:1
GAIN
Amakeupgainstagethatadjuststheoveralloutputvolumetocompensateforcompression
levelreduction.Range0to24db.
PEAK/RMS
AllowsthechoiceofPEAKLimitingorRMSCompressioncurves.PeakLimitingdetectsaudio
transientsthatarelouderthanthesetThresholdlevelandappliescompressiontocontrolthose
Peakstowhateverlevelyou'veset.RMSCompressiondetectsanaudiosignal'saveragelevel
andappliesCompressiontotheoverallsignal.Thishelpsmakethewholeaudiosignallouder.
WithRMS,thereisnospecificceilingfortheaudioasthereiswithPeakLimiting.
ATTACK
Adjuststheamountoftimethatthecompressortakestostartcompressingoncetheaudiohas
goneabovetheThresholdlevel.Range:0.1msto400ms
RELEASE
Adjuststheamountoftimethatthecompressortakestostopcompressingoncetheaudiohas
goneundertheThresholdlevel.Range:10msto5000ms.
LIMIT
EngagesandDisengagesanadditionalBrickwalllimiterattheoutput.Thecompression
controlscontinuetoworkregardlessofwhetherthebrickwalllimiterisengagedornot.

FXVintageCompressor

AlthoughtheModernandVintageCompressorunitshavenearlyidenticalcontrols,thesound
andresponsecharacteristicscouldn'tbemoredifferent.TheVintageCompressorwasmodeled
onvintageUALA2Aand1176styleresponsecurves,butgivenmoreflexibilitytotailorthe
sound.Thisunitisverywarmandmusicalsoundingandworksbestwithindividualelements.
THRESHOLD
Setstheaudiolevelatwhichtheunitstartstocompressthesignal.Iftheinputsignalisbelow
theThresholdlevel,theunitdoesnotapplyanycompression.Oncethelevelcrossesthe
Threshold,thenthecompressionbeginstoaffectthesignal.Range:0to60db
RATIO
Therangeofdynamiccompressiononcethecompressorengages.Rangeis1:1to16:1
GAIN
Amakeupgainstagethatadjuststheoveralloutputvolumetocompensateforcompression
levelreduction.Range0to24db.
PEAK/RMS
AllowsthechoiceofPEAKLimitingorRMSCompressioncurves.PeakLimitingdetectsaudio
transientsthatarelouderthanthesetThresholdlevelandappliescompressiontocontrolthose
Peakstowhateverlevelyou'veset.RMSCompressiondetectsanaudiosignal'saveragelevel
andappliesCompressiontotheoverallsignal.Thishelpsmakethewholeaudiosignallouder.
WithRMS,thereisnospecificceilingfortheaudioasthereiswithPeakLimiting.
ATTACK
Adjuststheamountoftimethatthecompressortakestostartcompressingoncetheaudiohas
goneabovetheThresholdlevel.Range:0.1msto400ms
RELEASE
Adjuststheamountoftimethatthecompressortakestostopcompressingoncetheaudiohas
goneundertheThresholdlevel.Range:10msto5000ms.
LIMIT
EngagesandDisengagesanadditionalBrickwalllimiterattheoutput.Thecompression
controlscontinuetoworkregardlessofwhetherthebrickwalllimiterisengagedornot.

FXPrecisionCompressor

ThePrecisionCompressorissuperclean,versatileandmodernsounding.It'sanidealhifi
studiocompressorandworkswellformastering.

INPUT
Setstheinputleveltothecompressor.
RATIO
Thecompressionratiocanbesetfrom1:1(nocompression)to10:1.
SUSTAIN
Controlsboththethresholdandoutputgainofthecompressioneffect.Highersettingslowerthe
thresholdandmakeupmoregain,whileslowingtheattack.
RELEASE
Adjuststheamountoftimethatthecompressortakestostopcompressingoncetheaudiohas
goneunderthethresholdlevel.v
LEVEL
Amakeupgainstagethatadjuststheoveralloutputvolumetocompensateforcompression
levelreduction.

FXStompComp

TheStompCompismodeledafterthevintageRossCompressorguitarpedal.Thispedalis
extremelyhardtofindandveryexpensive,henceit'soneofthemostclonedcompressor
pedalsonthemarket.Itisknownforitswarmandfulltone,butalsoforitssoughtaftertough,
grittycharacter.It'snotjustforguitars!

INPUT
Setshowhardyouarehittingthecompressor.
SUSTAIN
Controlsboththethresholdandoutputgainofthecompressioneffect.Highersettingslowerthe
thresholdandcausemoregaintobemadeup,whileloweringtheattack.
RELEASE
Adjuststheamountoftimethatthecompressortakestostopcompressingoncetheaudiohas
goneunderthethresholdlevel.
GAIN
Amakeupgainstagethatadjuststheoveralloutputvolumetocompensateforcompression
levelreduction.

FXGateExpander

TheGateExpanderFXunitisatraditionalNoiseGatetypeofeffect.Italsoworkswellasa
DynamicExpander,whichistheinverseofacompressioneffect.
THRESHOLD
ControlstheaudiolevelatwhichtheGatestartstoopen.Range:0to35db
ATTACK
Adjuststhespeedatwhichthegateopens.Range:0.1msto400ms
HOLD
Adjustshowlongthegateremainsopen.Range:0to2000ms
RELEASE
Adjuststhespeedatwhichthegatecloses.0.1to4000ms
RANGE
Controlsthedynamicrangeoftheattenuationofthegate.Range:90to0db

FXStudioEQ

Thisclean,versatile2bandparametricEQprovidesmultiplemodesforeachband.Inaddition
toPeakingmode,whereyouchoosewhichfrequenciestoscooporboost,thecontrolsinclude
HighandLowshelvingandhighpass/lowpassfiltering.

[BAND1][BAND2]GAIN
AdjuststhegainofBand1andBand2.
[BAND1][BAND2]FREQ
SelectstheFrequencyofBand1andBand2.
[BAND1][BAND2]Q
ControlstheResonanceorEQBandwidthofBand1andBand2.
[BAND1]MODE
SelectsafiltertypeforBand1fromthefollowingoptions:
LoShelf,Peaking,HPF.
[BAND2]MODE
SelectsafiltertypeforBand2fromthefollowingoptions:HiShelf,Peaking,LPF.

FXVintage2BandEQ

TheVintage2BandEqualizerFXunitwasmodeledafterthegreatfixedfrequencydesignof
thevintagePultecEQP2Amodeltubeequalizer.Theuniquecharacteristicofthisclassic
designisthatoneachEQband,thesamefrequencycanbebroadlycutandboosted
simultaneously.Italsoincludesagentlelowpassfilterforthehiband,whichresultsinvery
warmandmusicaltonesthatcanhavealotofgainwithoutgettingharsh.
[LOWBAND]BOOST
Increasesgainoftheselectedfrequency.Range:0to+20dB
[LOWBAND]FREQ
DropdownmenuthatprovidesFrequencyoptionsof20,30,50,60,75,100,200Hertz
[LOWBAND]CUT
Reducesthegainoftheselectedfrequency.Range:0to20dB
[HIGHBAND]BOOST
Increasesgainoftheselectedfrequency.Range:0to+20dB
[HIGHBAND]Q
ControlstheResonanceorEQBandwidthoftheselectedfrequency.Range:0to1
[HIGHBAND]FREQ
DropdownmenuthatprovidesEQfrequencychoicesof2000,3000,4000,5000,8000,10000,
12000,140000,16000,18000Hertz
[HIGHBAND]CUT
Reducesthegainoftheselectedfrequency.Range:0to20dB
[HIGHBAND]FILTER
AdjuststheFrequencycutoffoftheLowPassFilter.Range:5000to18000Hz

FXVintage3BandEQ

TheVintage3BandEqualizerFXunitwasmodeledafterthegreatfixedfrequencydesignof
thevintagePultecEQPseriestubeequalizers,whicharerenownedfortheirextremely
musicalandfattonesthatcanhavealotofgainwithoutgettingharsh.
[LOW]FREQ
DropdownmenuthatprovidesFrequencyoptionsof20,30,50,60,75,100,200Hertz
[LOW]GAIN
AdjuststhegainoftheLowBand.Range:20to+20dB
[MED]FREQ
DropdownmenuthatprovidesFrequencychoices.Choices:300,500,800,1200,1600Hz
[MED]GAIN
AdjuststhegainoftheMidBand.Range:20to+20dB
[HIGH]FREQ
DropdownmenuthatprovidesEQfrequencychoicesof2000,3000,4000,5000,8000,10000,
12000,140000,16000,18000Hertz
[HIGH]GAIN
AdjuststhegainoftheHighBand.Range:20to+20dB
LEVEL
Adjuststheoveralloutputvolume.Range:0to13dB.

FXGraphic7BandEQ

The7BandGraphicEqualizerisveryusefulfortailoringafullspectrumaudiosourcewith
broadcontrolofmultiplebands.WiththeQcontrol,itismuchmoreversatilethananaverage
graphicEQcapableofachievingcombfilterFXandevenbasicspeakersimulationeffects.

PAGEONECONTROLS
50Hz,100Hz,500Hz,1k,5k,10k,15k
Eachknobcontrolsthegainofthecorrespondingfrequency.Range:18to+18dB

PAGETWOCONTROLS
Q
ControlstheResonanceorEQBandwidthofallsevenfrequencybands.Range:0.1to2
LEVEL
Adjuststheoveralloutputvolume.Range:0to13dB.

FXGraphic12BandEQ

The12BandGraphicEqualizerisveryusefulfortailoringafullspectrumaudiosourcewithfine
controlsofmultiplebandsforprecisioncontrol.WiththeQcontrol,it'smuchmoreversatile
thananaveragegraphicEQcapableofcombfilterFXandevenbasicspeakersimulation
effects.
63Hz,125Hz,250Hz,400Hz,630Hz,1k,1.6k,2.5k,4k,6.3k,10k,16k
Eachknobcontrolstheboostorcutgainofthecorrespondingfrequency.Range:16to+16
dB
Q
ControlstheResonanceorEQBandwidthofalltwelvefrequencybands.Range:0.1to2
LEVEL
Adjuststheoveralloutputvolume.Range:0to13dB.

FXParametric2BandEQ

The2BandParameterEqualizerhasthebenefitofprecisionfrequencycontrol,withtwofully
sweepable,overlappingbands.ThistypeofEQisbestsuitedforsurgicalequalization,
particularlyinpinpointcuttingorreducingofanundesirablefrequencyinthesourceaudio.
[LOW]FREQ
SelectsaFrequency.Range:30to7000Hz
[LOW]Q
ControlstheResonanceorEQBandwidth.Range:1.9to0.1
[LOW]GAIN
AdjuststhegainoftheLowBand.Range:20to+20dB
[HIGH]FREQ
Selectsasweepablefrequency.Range:1000to16000Hz
[HIGH]Q
ControlstheResonanceorEQBandwidth.Range:1.9to0.1
[HIGH]GAIN
AdjuststhegainoftheHighBand.Range:20to+20dB
LEVEL
Adjuststheoveralloutputvolume.Range:0to13dB.

FXParametric3BandEQ

The3BandParameterEqualizerhasthebenefitofprecisionfrequencycontrol,withthreefully
sweepable,overlappingbands.ThistypeofEQisbestsuitedforsurgicalequalization,
particularlyinpinpointcuttingorreducingofanundesirablefrequencyinthesourceaudio.
[LOW]FREQ
SelectsaFrequency.Range:30to600Hz
[LOW]Q
ControlstheResonanceorEQBandwidth.Range:1.9to0.1
[LOW]GAIN
AdjuststhegainoftheLowBand.Range:20to+20dB
[MID]FREQ
SelectsaFrequency.Range:100to6000Hz
[MID]GAIN
AdjuststhegainoftheMidBand.Range:20to+20dB
[HIGH]FREQ
SelectsaFrequency.Range:1000to16000Hz
[HIGH]Q
ControlstheResonanceorEQBandwidth.Range:1.9to0.1
[HIGH]GAIN
AdjuststhegainoftheHighBand.Range:20to+20dB

FXEnvelopeFilter

ThisFXUnitusesOmnisphere'sfilterswithanenvelopefollower,addingsonicanimationtothe
envelopeofasound.IncludesacoolcompressoronPage2tosquashthosefilteredsounds!
GreatforusewithClavinetsandelectricguitars,andanythingelseyouwanttolivenup.

MINISLIDER
Controlsthemixofthedrysignalandtheprocessed(wet)signal.Thepercentageindicatesthe
amountofthesignalthatiswet.

PAGEONECONTROLS
SENS
Controlsthedepthoftheenvelopeappliedtothefilter.
SHAPE
Controlstheresponseoftheenvelopefollower.Theenvelopereactsfasteratslowersettings
andslowerathighersettings.
INVERT
Invertsthecontouroftheenvelopefollower.
TYPE
Dropdownmenudeterminesthefiltertype.
RESO
Controlstheamountoffilterresonance.
GAIN
Mastervolume.

PAGETWOCONTROLS

[FILTER]CUTOFF
AdjuststhefilterCutofffrequencyforthechosenfilteronPage1.ThehighertheSENSvalue,
themorewillaffectthisCUTOFFfrequency.
[FILTER]SPREAD

TheSPREADcontrolmovesthecutofffrequencyinonedirectionononesideofthestereofield
whilemovingitintheoppositedirectionontheothersideofthestereofield.
[COMPRESSOR]ON/OFF
Engagesanddisengagesthecompressorthroughwhichthefilterisfedbeforetheoutput.
[COMPRESSOR]INPUT
Setstheinputleveltothecompressor.
[COMPRESSOR]SUSTAIN
Controlsboththethresholdandoutputgainofthecompressioneffect.Highersettingslowerthe
thresholdandcausemoregaintobemadeup,whileloweringtheattack.
[COMPRESSOR]RELEASE
Adjuststheamountoftimethatthecompressortakestostopcompressingoncetheaudiohas
dippedunderthethresholdlevel.
[COMPRESSOR]GAIN
Amakeupgainstagethatadjuststheoveralloutputvolumetocompensateforcompression
levelreduction.

FXFormantFilter

TheFormatFilteraddscharacteristicsofthehumanvoicetoasound.Itaccomplishesthisby
chaininganarrowsetofbandpassfilters,setatspecificfrequencies,whichreflecttheformants
ofthehumanvoice.

PAGEONECONTROLS

HEADSIZE
Simulatestheresonatingqualities,basedonthesizeofahumanhead.Highervalueswillhave
adeeperresonance.Range:0.00Cmto1.00Cm
VOWEL
Selectsthetypeofvocalformant,orvowelcharacter,thatwillaffectthesound.Sweepingthe
controlwillgraduallychangebetweenthedifferentvowelsounds.Range:0.00Hzto1.00Hz
RES(Resonance)
Emphasizestheformantsfrequency.Range:0.00to1.00
CAUTION:HighRESlevelscancauseloudoscillations.
BLEND
Blendsinthehigherfrequenciesoftheoriginalsound,toaddclaritytothefilteredresult.
Range:0.00Ampto1.00Amp
LEVEL
DeterminestheoverallFormantFiltereffectlevel.Range:infdBto0dB

PAGETWOCONTROLS
ThesearetwodedicatedmodulationLFOsforboththeHEADSIZEandtheVOWELcontrolson
PageOne.

[HEADSIZE]RATE
ControlsthespeedoftheHeadsizemodulation.TheratetypesareeitherinHzorinrhythmic
valuesdependingonwhethertheSyncbuttonisenabledornot.
Range:
Synced:32x,16x,8x,7x,6x,5x,4x,3x,2x,1/1,1/2,1/4,1/8,1/16,1/32,1/64,1/96,
1/1dot,1/2dot,1/4dot,1/8dot,1/16dot,1/1triplet,1/2triplet,1/4triplet,1/8triplet,1/16triplet.

Unsynced:0.00Hzto15.000Hz
[HEADSIZE]DEPTH
Controlstheamountofthemodulation.Range:0to1
[HEADSIZE]SYNC
TherearetwowaystocontroltherateoftheHeadsizemodulation,byHzandbyvarioussync
rateswiththehost.WhentheSyncbuttonisenabled,thevalueswillchangetomusicalrates.
[VOWEL]RATE
ControlsthespeedoftheVowelmodulation.TheratetypesareeitherinHzorinrhythmic
valuesdependingonwhethertheSyncbuttonisenabledornot.
Range:
Synced:32x,16x,8x,7x,6x,5x,4x,3x,2x,1/1,1/2,1/4,1/8,1/16,1/32,1/64,1/96,
1/1dot,1/2dot,1/4dot,1/8dot,1/16dot,1/1triplet,1/2triplet,1/4triplet,1/8triplet,1/16triplet.
Unsynced:0.00Hzto15.000Hz
[VOWEL]DEPTH
ControlstheintensityoftheVowelmodulation.Range:0to1
[VOWEL]SYNC
TherearetwowaystocontroltherateoftheVowelmodulation,byHzandbysyncrateswith
thehost.WhentheSyncbuttonisenabled,thevalueswillchangetomusicalrates.

FXPowerFilter

ThePowerFilterisabrandnewfilterdevelopedincooperationwithGMedia,whichisbasedon
theirfamousimpOSCarfilterdesign.ThisrichsoundingfilterrequiresafairamountofCPU
powerandshouldbeusedsparinglyonslowercomputersystems.It'sthesamePowerFilteras
theoneontheFiltersection,butwithmorefiltertypesandanadditionaldedicatedLFOfor
sweepingthewidth,whichisusefulforproducingformantandvowelsweeps.
CAUTION:ThePowerFilterhastremendousheadroomandiscapableofveryloud
soundsthatcanhurtyourearsanddamageyourspeakersifyouaren'tcareful.
GMedia'swarningthatitScreamslikeaBastardshouldbeheeded!Pleasebemindful
ofthiswhenworkingwiththeResonance,DriveandGainknobs.

PAGEONECONTROLS

CUTOFF
ControlsthecutofffrequencyoftheFilter.Range:17.125to18318Hz.
RES
ControlstheResonanceorQoftheFilter,whichemphasizesthecutofffrequencytothepoint
ofoscillationatthehighestsettings.
WIDTH
ControlstheamountofFrequencyseparationbetweenthefilters.Range:0to1.
TYPE
Dropdownmenudeterminesthesoniccharacterofthedifferentfilteroptions.
LowPass24dB,BandPass24dB,HighPass24dB,LP/LP,BP/BP,HP/HP,LP/BP,LP/HP,BP/HP
DRIVE
Controlstheamountofoverdrive/saturation.Range:0to1
LEVEL
Adjuststheoveralloutputvolume.Range:0to1

PAGETWOCONTROLS

[CUTOFF]RATE
Controlshowfastorslowthefiltercutoffcycles.
Range:

Range:
Synced:32x,16x,8x,7x,6x,5x,4x,3x,2x,1/1,1/2,1/4,1/8,1/16,1/32,1/64,1/96,1/1dot,
1/2dot,1/4dot,1/8dot,1/16dot,1/1triplet,1/2triplet,1/4triplet,1/8triplet,1/16triplet.
Unsynced:0.00Hzto15.000Hz
[CUTOFF]DEPTH
Controlsthesweeprangeofthecutoffmodulation.Range:0to1
[CUTOFF]SYNC
EngagesandDisengagessynchronizationoftheLFOratewiththehost'stempo.
[WIDTH]RATE
Controlshowfastorslowthefilterwidthcycles.
Range:
Synced:32x,16x,8x,7x,6x,5x,4x,3x,2x,1/1,1/2,1/4,1/8,1/16,1/32,1/64,1/96,1/1dot,
1/2dot,1/4dot,1/8dot,1/16dot,1/1triplet,1/2triplet,1/4triplet,1/8triplet,1/16triplet.
Unsynced:0.00Hzto15.000Hz
[WIDTH]DEPTH
ControlsthemodulationrangeofthewidthsweepingLFO.Range:0to1
[WIDTH]SYNC
EngagesandDisengagessynchronizationoftheLFOratewiththehost'stempo.

FXValveRadio

TheValveRadioFXunitisauniquedevice,whichfunctionsequallywellasadualfilterandalso
adistortiondevice.Thecombinationofthesetwoeffectscanproductmanytypesofvintage
radioandtelephonespeakersimulationeffects.Thisunitalsoincludesasimplenoisegateon
Page2.

MINISLIDER
Controlsthemixofthedrysignalandtheprocessed(Wet)signal.Thepercentageindicatedis
theamountofthesignalthatisWet.Range:0to100%

PAGEONECONTROLS
LOPASS
ControlsthefrequencycutoffoftheLowPassfilter.Range:100to22000Hz
HIPASS
ControlsthefrequencycutoffoftheHighPassfilter.Range:20to10000Hz
Q
ControlstheResonanceorQofthetwofilters,whichemphasizesthecutofffrequencies.
Range:.5to3.0
DRIVE
Increasestheamountofoverdrivedistortiongain.Range:0to100%

PAGETWOCONTROLS
GATE
SetstheaudiolevelatwhichthethresholdfortheGatestartstoopen.Range:0to35dB
ATTACK
Adjuststhespeedatwhichthegateopens.Range:0.1msto400ms
RELEASE
Adjuststhespeedatwhichthegatecloses.0.1to4000ms
GAIN
Adjuststheoveralloutputvolume.Range:0to3.5dB.

FXWahWah

TheWahWahFXunitwasmodeledafterclassicwahpedalsofthe1970's.It'safunand
versatileeffectthatdoesn'tsoundlikeanyoftheotherOmnisphereFilters.ThisFXunitworks
bothasasweepingwahwahandalsoasanautowahenvelopefiltereffectbyusingthe
controlsonPage2.

PAGEONECONTROLS

[SWEEPLFO]RATE
ControlshowfastorslowtheLFOSweeps.
WhenSynced:16x,8x,7x,6x,5x,4x,3x,2x,1/1,1/2,1/4,1/8,1/16,1/32,1/64,1/2D,
1/4D,1/8D,1/16D,1/2T,1/4T,1/8T,1/16T.
Unsynced:0to8.8Hz
[SWEEPLFO]DEPTH
ControlsthesweeprangeoftheLFOsweep.Range:Offto100%
[SWEEPLFO]SYNC
EngagesandDisengagessynchronizationoftheLFOratewiththehost'stempo.
[TONE]FREQ
ControlstheCenterFrequencyrangeofthefilterwah.Range:10to+10%
[TONE]Q
ControlstheResonanceoremphasisofthewahfrequency.Range:10to+10%
[TONE]WIDE
Aphasereversalthatinvertstheleftandrightmodulationforastereowaheffect.

PAGETWOCONTROLS

[AUTOENV]THRESHOLD
TheaudiolevelatwhichtheEnvelopeFollowermodulationbegins.Range0to90dB
[AUTOENV]ATTACK
ThetimeoftheEnvelopeFollowermodulationbeginningslope.Range200to8000ms
[AUTOENV]RELEASE

[AUTOENV]RELEASE
ThetimeoftheEnvelopeFollowermodulationendingslope.Range25to1500ms
[AUTOENV]POLARITY
ThepolarityoftheEnvelopeFollowermodulation.Choices:HIGH/LOW,LOW/HIGH
SOURCE
DropdownmenuthatallowsachoicebetweenLFOandAUTOENVassourceofWahwah
modulation.
LEVEL
Adjuststheoveralloutputvolume.Range:0to13dB.

FXCryingWah

ThisFXunitismodeledaftertheclassicVoxCryBabywahwahpedal,usedbyClaptonand
Hendrix,andprettymucheveryoneelse!Includesanicecompressorattheendofthepathto
compressthefilteredsignal.

PEDAL
Controlthefrequency(wah)ofthefilter.
[AUTOWAH]SENS
Controlsthedepthoftheenvelopeappliedtothefilter.
[AUTOWAH]ENV
Controlstheresponseoftheenvelopefollower.Theenvelopereactsfasteratslowersettings
andslowerathighersettings.
[COMPRESSOR]ON/OFF
Engagesanddisengagesthecompressorthroughwhichthefilterisfedbeforetheoutput.
[COMPRESSOR]INPUT
Setstheinputleveltothecompressor.
[COMPRESSOR]SUSTAIN
Controlsboththethresholdandoutputgainofthecompressioneffect.Highersettingslowerthe
thresholdandcausemoregaintobemadeup,whileloweringtheattack.
[COMPRESSOR]RELEASE
Adjuststheamountoftimethatthecompressortakestostopcompressingoncetheaudiohas
dippedunderthethresholdlevel.
[COMPRESSOR]GAIN
Amakeupgainstagethatadjuststheoveralloutputvolumetocompensateforcompression
levelreduction.

FXStompboxModeler

ThisFXunitrecreates11ofTHEBESTclassicfuzz,overdrive,anddistortionpedals,including
Boss,Ibanez,DOD,Arbiter,SolaTone,MXR,ProCo,andBigMuff.

DRIVE
Sometimesreferredtoasoverdrive,Driverepresentstheamounttheamplifierisoverloaded,
causingdistortion.Thehigherthiscontrolisset,themoredistortedthesignalwillbe.
TONE
Controlsthetoneofthedistortion,creatingdarkerresultsatlowsettingsandbrighterresultsat
highersettings.TheTonecontrolrespondsdifferentlydependingontheselectedModel.
LEVEL
Mastervolume.
MODEL
SelectsoneoftheStompboxmodels:
BossBD2BluesDriver
Classic,creamy,bluestonesfromoneofthebestoverdrivepedalsofitstype.
IbanezTubeScreamer
Boostedmidrangeoverdrive,lovedbybluesplayers.ThinkStevieRayVaughn.
BossSD1Overdrive
Providesawarm,tubelikedistortion,whileretainingclarity.
DOD250Overdrive
Smooth,ClassicRocktone.
ArbiterFuzzFace
Classicfromthe1960s,usedbytheBeatles,TheWho,JimiHendrix,PinkFloyd,
tonameafew.
SolaToneBender
AdescendantoftheArbiterFuzzFace,thiscooldistortionpedalformthemid
sixtieswasaClassicRockstapleandmadeacomebackin2012.
MXRDistortion+
Tonsofsustaininthismustardcoloredclassic,oftenusedinClassicRockand
HeavyMetal.
ProCoRAT
AnotherdescendantoftheArbiterFuzzFace,usedextensivelybyDavidGilmour,
JeffBeck,andJoeWalsh.
BigMuffPi

BigMuffPi
ElectroHarmonixdevelopedthisfromearliermodelscalledAxisFuzzandFoxey
Lady,obviousnodstoHendrix.
BossDS1Distortion
SimilartotheProCoRAT,thissimpleoverdrivepedalwaspopularwithPrince,
Nirvana,SteveVai,andtheRedHotChiliPeppers.
DODFX69Grunge
Superheavydistortion,namedforthePacificNorthwestGrungesceneofthe
'90s!

FXFlameDistortion

Flameisanextremelyversatiledistortionunitcapableofanythingfrommildtubeoverdriveto
nastybitcrushingandradicalfuzzboxeffects.TheDriverhasmanydifferenttypesof
waveshapingtypesandtheuniquestructureofnotonlypre/postgain,butpreandpostfiltering
withmixableLP/HPfiltersoneachsideoftheDrivecircuit.Allofwhichmakesforakiller
distortionprocessor!

MINISLIDER
Controlsthemixofthedrysignalandtheprocessed(Wet)signal.Thepercentageindicatedis
theamountofthesignalthatisWet.Range:0to100%Wet
[PRE]GAIN
AdjuststheamountofgainBEFOREbeingprocessedbytheFlameDriver.Range:200to+10
dB
[PRE]TYPE
AdjuststhebalanceoftwofiltertypesappliedtotheaudioBEFOREbeingprocessedbythe
Driver.
Range:100%LowPassto100%HighPass.
[PRE]FILTER
ControlstheCutoffFrequencyoftheFilter.Range:100to21924.17Hz
DRIVER
Dropdownmenuwithdifferentwaveshapingdriveoptions.
Choices:Warm,Heat,BURN,Fuzzy,Scorch,Loud,Glow,Roast,Toast,2Bits,Torch,Bake,
Ignite,Gater,Psycho,Cook,Blaze,Smoke,MELT,Topkill,Tube,Valve
CAUTION:Someofthesedriverscanproduceextremelyloudsounds,sowatchout!
[POST]GAIN
AdjuststheamountofgainAFTERbeingprocessedbytheFlameDriver.Range:200to+10
dB
[POST]TYPE
AdjuststhebalanceoftwofiltertypesappliedtotheaudioAFTERbeingprocessedbythe
Driver.
Range:100%LowPassto100%HighPass.
[POST]FILTER
ControlstheFrequencyoftheFilter.Range:100to21924.17Hz

FXMetalzoneDistortion

ThisFXunitismodeledaftertheBossMT2MetalZonedistortionpedal.Hugelowendand
midrange,withasupersmoothhighend,thisdistortionunit'soverdriverangesfromwarmto
insane.Excellent,musicaltonecontrolsforshapingtheperfectsound.

DRIVE
Sometimesreferredtoasoverdrive,Driverepresentstheamounttheamplifierisoverloaded,
causingdistortion.Thehigherthiscontrolisset,themoredistortedthesignalwillbe.This
powerfulcontrolreallyaddsenergy.
LOW
Bipolarcontrolwhichcutsorboostslowfrequencies.
MID
Bipolarcontrolwhichcutsorboostsmidfrequencies.
HI
Bipolarcontrolwhichcutsorboostshighfrequencies.
LEVEL
Mastervolumecontrol.

FXToxicSmasher

ThisFXunitcombinesOmnisphere'sWaveshaperwithdifferentfiltertypes.Itprovidesthe
sameeffectastheexistingWaveshaperinOmnisphere,butwiththeflexibilityofusingit
anywhereinanFXchain.
MINISLIDER
Controlsthemixofthedrysignalandtheprocessed(wet)signal.Thepercentageindicatesthe
amountofthesignalthatiswet.

PAGEONECONTROLS
CRUSH
ntroducesdistortionbyreducingtheresolutionofdigitalaudio.Thislowersthedynamicrange
andincreasesthenoisefloor.Usethisforachievinggrainyorlofisounds.Theeffectcanrange
fromslightlydistortedtoveryharsh,dependingonthesetting.
REDUCE
ControlstheamountofsampleratereductionthatisintroducedtotheOscillator.Byreducing
thesamplerate,distortionandartifactscalled"aliasing"areintroducedtothesound.
Generally,aliasingisavoidedindigitalaudio,buthereitcanbeusedinacontrolledmannerto
addwildlydifferenttonalqualities.Thehigherthissliderisset,thelowerthesamplerate,and
themorepronouncedtheeffectwillbe.
WAVESHAPER
Dropdownmenuforselectingoneofthefourpresetwaveshapingalgorithms.Theserange
from1(softer)to4(moreaggressive).
DEPTH
Controlstheamountofwaveshapingappliedtoasound.Thehigherthesetting,themore
pronouncedtheeffect.IfWaveshaperisOFF,itwillhavenoeffect.
GAIN
Adjuststheoveralloutputvolume.

PAGETWOCONTROLS
CRUSHFORCE
Thiscontroladdsauniquedistortiontothebitdepthforamoreaggressivesound.This
parameterwillhavenoeffectiftheCRUSHknobissettozero.
REDUCEANIM
TheAnimationslideraddsadynamic,timevariantcharactertothesampleratereduction.This

TheAnimationslideraddsadynamic,timevariantcharactertothesampleratereduction.This
parameterwillhavenoeffectiftheREDUCEknobissettozero.
FILTER
Dropdownmenuforselectingthefiltertype:LPF,BPF,HPForOFF.
[FILTER]CUTOFF
ControlsthefilterCutofffrequency.
[FILTER]RESO
ControlsthefilterResonance.
[FILTER]PRE/POST
Controlswherethefiltersitsintheaudiopath:"PRE"placesitbeforethe
crushed/reduced/waveshapedsignal,POSTplacesitafter.

FXFoxxyFuzz

ThisFXunitismodeledaftertheFoxxToneMachinefuzzpedal,availablefrom19651975.
Knownforitslongsustain.

SUSTAIN
Thisknobcontrolsthedistortionandthefamoussustainlevel.
MELLOBRITE
Thisknobcontrolsthetoneandrangesfrom(youguessedit!)mellowtobright!
VOLUME
Adjuststheoveralloutputvolume.
OCTAVE
Thisswitchactslikeanoctaveraddingharmonicdistortionanoctaveabove.

FXBassman

ThisFXunitismodeledafterthemighty,mighty'59FenderBassmanamplifiermany
guitarists'favoriteamp.Ithasafullsetofamplifiercontrols,alongwithaselectionofimpulse
responsesfromthespeakercabinetusingdifferenthighendmicandpreampcombinations.
Includescontrolsfortheheadandthecabinet,whichcanbeusedseparatelyorincombination
withotheramps.

PAGEONECONTROLS
BASS
Bipolarcontrolwhichcutsorboostslowfrequencies.
MID
Bipolarcontrolwhichcutsorboostsmidrangefrequencies.
TREBLE
Bipolarcontrolwhichcutsorboostshighfrequencies.
PRESENCE
SometimesreferredtoasBrillianceorEdge,Presenceboostsveryhighfrequenciesand
slightlyrollsoffthelowend.
VOLUME
TheVolumeknobcontrolshowmuchsignalissentthoughthe"tubes"inthefirstgainstage.
Highersettingscanintroduceapleasingdistortion.
MASTER
Mastervolume.

PAGETWOCONTROLS
GAIN
TheGainswitchintroducesagainboostintotheguitaramp,likeaHighGainswitch.
BOOST
Thisisatonecontrolthatwhenincreasedbooststhehighfrequenciesatthesametimeit
attenuatesthelowend.
AMPLIFIER
Enablesordisablestheamplifiermodel.Iftheswitchisoff,noneoftheamplifiercontrolswill
beactive.TheonlyactivecontrolwillbetheCabinetMicmenuandyoucanusethecabinet
withotherampheads.

withotherampheads.
CABINETMIC
Dropdownmenuforselectingimpulseresponsesofthespeakercabinetusingavarietyof
highendpreampsandmics.

FXBoutique

ThisFXunitismodeledafterthe100wattDumbleOverdriveSpecialamplifier.Ithasafull
setofamplifiercontrolsandaselectionofimpulseresponsesfromthespeakercabinetusing
differenthighendmicandpreampcombinations.

PAGEONECONTROLS
GAIN
TheGainswitchintroducesagainboostintotheguitaramp,likeaHighGainswitch.
AMPLIFIER
Enablesordisablestheamplifiermodel.Iftheswitchisoff,noneoftheamplifiercontrolswill
beactive.TheonlyactivecontrolwillbetheCabinetMicmenuandyoucanusethecabinet
withotherampheads.
PREAMP
ThePreampknobcontrolshowmuchsignalissentthoughthe"tubes"inthefirstgainstage.
Highersettingscanintroduceapleasingdistortion.
MODE
Thisdropdownmenuallowsyoutoselectdifferentmodels:Jazz,BriteandMid.
MASTER
Mastervolume.

PAGETWOCONTROLS
BASS
Bipolarcontrolwhichcutsorboostslowfrequencies.
MID
Bipolarcontrolwhichcutsorboostsmidrangefrequencies.
TREBLE
Bipolarcontrolwhichcutsorboostshighfrequencies.
PRESENCE
SometimesreferredtoasBrillianceorEdge,Presenceboostsveryhighfrequenciesand
slightlyrollsoffthelowend.
CABINETMIC

CABINETMIC
Dropdownmenuforselectinganimpulseresponseofthespeakercabinetusingavarietyof
preampsandmics.

FXBritVox

ThisFXunitismodeledaftertheVoxAC30amplifier.ThisampledtheBritishInvasionofthe
1960s!Comeswithselectable,highendmicandpreampcombinations.Controlsforthehead
andthecabinetwhichcanbeusedseparatelyorincombinationwithotheramps.Mixand
matchheadsandcabinets!

PAGEONECONTROLS
BASS
Bipolarcontrolwhichcutsorboostslowfrequencies.
MID
Bipolarcontrolwhichcutsorboostsmidrangefrequencies.
TREBLE
Bipolarcontrolwhichcutsorboostshighfrequencies.
PRESENCE
SometimesreferredtoasBrillianceorEdge,Presenceboostsveryhighfrequenciesand
slightlyrollsoffthelowend.
LEVEL
TheLevelknobcontrolshowmuchsignalissentthoughthe"tubes"inthefirstgainstage.
Highersettingscanintroduceapleasingdistortion.
MASTER
Mastervolume.

PAGETWOCONTROLS
GAIN
TheGainswitchintroducesagainboostintotheguitaramp,likeaHighGainswitch.
BOOST
Thisisatonecontrolthatwhenincreasedsimultaneouslybooststhehighfrequenciesand
attenuatesthelowend.
AMPLIFIER
Enablesordisablestheamplifiermodel.Iftheswitchisoff,thennoneoftheamplifiercontrols
willbeactive.TheonlyactivecontrolwillbetheCabinetMicmenu.
EQ

EQ
EnablesordisablesthetonecontrolsonPageOne.
CABINETMIC
Dropdownmenuforselectinganimpulseresponseofthespeakercabinetusingavarietyof
preampsandmics.

FXClassicTwin

ThisFXunitismodeledaftertheclassic(andwemeanCLASSIC!)1965BlackfaceFender
Twinamplifier.Theunmistakablesoundofthis85watt/212combohasbeenheardon
virtuallyeveryrecordinthepast50years.
Comeswithselectable,highendmicandpreampcombinations,aswellascontrolsforthehead
andthecabinetwhichcanbeusedseparatelyorincombinationwithotheramps.

PAGEONECONTROLS
BASS
Bipolarcontrolwhichcutsorboostslowfrequencies.
MID
Bipolarcontrolwhichcutsorboostsmidrangefrequencies.
TREBLE
Bipolarcontrolwhichcutsorboostshighfrequencies.
PRESENCE
SometimesreferredtoasBrillianceorEdge,Presenceboostsveryhighfrequenciesand
slightlyrollsoffthelowend.
VOLUME
TheVolumeknobcontrolshowmuchsignalissentthoughthe"tubes"inthefirstgainstage.
Highersettingscanintroduceapleasingdistortion.
MASTER
Mastervolume.

PAGETWOCONTROLS
GAIN
TheGainswitchintroducesagainboostintotheguitaramp,likeaHighGainswitch.
BOOST
Thisisatonecontrolthatwhenincreasedsimultaneouslybooststhehighfrequenciesand
attenuatesthelowend.
BRIGHT
Whenenabled,thisswitchboostshighfrequencies.

AMPLIFIER
Enablesordisablestheamplifiermodel.Iftheswitchisoff,thennoneoftheamplifiercontrols
willbeactive.TheonlyactivecontrolwillbetheCabinetMicmenuandyoucanusethecabinet
withotherampheads.
CABINETMIC
Dropdownmenuforselectinganimpulseresponseofthespeakercabinetusingavarietyof
preampsandmics.

FXHiwattage

ThisFXunitismodeledafteracustom100watt1974Hiwattamplifierisanalltimeclassic
Britishtonemonster!Comeswithselectable,highendmicandpreampcombinations.The
controlsfortheheadandthecabinetcanbeusedseparatelyorincombinationwithother
amps.Mixandmatchheadsandcabinets!Excellentforcreatingheavyrocktones.

PAGEONECONTROLS
BASS
Bipolarcontrolwhichcutsorboostslowfrequencies.
MID
Bipolarcontrolwhichcutsorboostsmidrangefrequencies.
TREBLE
Bipolarcontrolwhichcutsorboostshighfrequencies.
PRESENCE
SometimesreferredtoasBrillianceorEdge,Presenceboostsveryhighfrequenciesand
slightlyrollsoffthelowend.
DRIVE
Sometimesreferredtoasoverdrive,Driverepresentstheamounttheamplifierisoverloaded,
causingdistortion.Thehigherthiscontrolisset,themoredistortedthesignalwillbe.
VOLUME
TheVolumeknobcontrolshowmuchsignalissentthoughthe"tubes"inthefirstgainstage.
Highersettingscanintroduceapleasingdistortion.
MASTER
Mastervolume.

PAGETWOCONTROLS
GAIN
TheGainswitchintroducesagainboostintotheguitaramp,likeaHighGainswitch.
BRIGHT
Whenenabled,thisswitchboostshighfrequenciesandattenuateslowones.
AMPLIFIER

Enablesordisablestheamplifiermodel.Iftheswitchisoff,thennoneoftheamplifiercontrols
willbeactive.TheonlyactivecontrolwillbetheSpeakerMicandyoucanusethecabinetwith
otherampheads.
CABINETMIC
Dropdownmenuforselectinganimpulseresponseofthespeakercabinetusingavarietyof
preampsandmics.

FXRockStack

ThisFXunitismodeledaftertheseminalandiconic'64MarshallJTM45amplifier.Originally
basedontheFenderBassman,itused12AX7tubesformoredistortionandhadanaluminum
chassis,toreducehum.ItwouldbeeasiertolistwhohasNOTusedthisamp,thanwhohas!
Completewithafullsetofamplifiercontrols,itcomeswithselectable,highendmicand
preampcombinations.Controlsfortheheadandthecabinetwhichcanbeusedseparatelyorin
combinationwithotheramps.Mixandmatchheadsandcabinets!

PAGEONECONTROLS
BASS
Bipolarcontrolwhichcutsorboostslowfrequencies.
MID
Bipolarcontrolwhichcutsorboostsmidrangefrequencies.
TREBLE
Bipolarcontrolwhichcutsorboostshighfrequencies.
PRESENCE
SometimesreferredtoasBrillianceorEdge,Presenceboostsveryhighfrequenciesand
slightlyrollsoffthelowend.
LEVEL
TheLevelknobcontrolshowmuchsignalissentthoughthe"tubes"inthefirstgainstage.
Highersettingscanintroduceapleasingdistortion.
MASTER
Mastervolume.

PAGETWOCONTROLS
GAIN
TheGainswitchintroducesagainboostintotheguitaramp,likeaHighGainswitch.
BOOST
Thisisatonecontrolthatwhenincreasedsimultaneouslybooststhehighfrequenciesand
attenuatesthelowend.
AMPLIFIER
Enablesordisablestheamplifiermodel.Iftheswitchisoff,thennoneoftheamplifiercontrols

Enablesordisablestheamplifiermodel.Iftheswitchisoff,thennoneoftheamplifiercontrols
willbeactive.TheonlyactivecontrolwillbetheSpeakerMicandyoucanusethecabinetwith
otherampheads.
CABINETMIC
Dropdownmenuforselectinganimpulseresponseofthespeakercabinetusingavarietyof
preampsandmics.

FXSanZAmp

ThisFXunitismodeledafterthetrendsettingSansAmpGT2tubeamplifieremulationpedal.
Ithasafullsetofamplifiercontrolsandaselectionofimpulseresponsessimulatingselectable,
highendmicandpreampcombinations

DRIVE
Sometimesreferredtoasoverdrive,Driverepresentstheamounttheamplifierisoverloaded,
causingdistortion.Thehigherthiscontrolisset,themoredistortedthesignalwillbe.
LOW
Bipolarcontrolwhichcutsorboostslowfrequencies.
HIGH
Bipolarcontrolwhichcutsorboostsmidrangefrequencies.
MIC
Thisdropdownmenuisusedtocontrolthemicplacement.Theoptionsare:OffAxis,Center
andClassic.
MOD
Thisdropdownmenuisusedtoselecteitherthedefaultampsetting(Clean),againboost
setting(HotWired),orahighgaintonewithscoopedmidrange(HiGain).
AMP
Thisdropdownmenuallowsyoutoselectthedifferentamplifiersafterwhichthisunithasbeen
modeled:AmericanTweed(Fender),ClassicBritish(Vox),orModernCalifornia(boutique).
MASTER
Mastervolume.

FXSmokeAmp

TheSmokeAmpSimulatorhasafullsetofamplifiercontrols,speakercombinationsand
modeledversionsofseveralclassicguitaramplifiers.

PAGEONECONTROLS(AMP)

AMP
Enablesordisablestheamplifiermodel.Iftheswitchisoff,thennoneoftheamplifiermodels
willbeactive(althoughtheSpeaker,Gain,DriveandMastercontrolswillstillbeoperational).

MODEL
Thesearerepresentations,ormodels,ofwellknownguitaramplifiers
USAFenderDeluxe
PlexiallPlexi
BritishVOX&AC30
ChiefMatchless&Chieftain
RectifyMesaBoogie&tradifier
TwinAmericanFenderTwin&/p>

MIC
Thisisaswitchtocontrolonaxisversusoffaxismicingofthespeakers.

SPEAKER
Therearethreedifferentalgorithmsthatsimulatethenumberofspeakerconesinanamplifier
housing.IfOFFischosen,nospeakermodelingwillbeheard.
1X12oneactive12inchspeaker2X12twoactive12inchspeakers

fouractive12inchspeakers
&n>
GAIN
TheGainswitchintroducesaXXdBboostintotheguitaramp,likeaHighGainswitch.

TheGainswitchintroducesaXXdBboostintotheguitaramp,likeaHighGainswitch.

DRIVE
SometimesreferredtoasOverdrive,Driverepresentstheamountofoverloadingofthe
amplifierwhichiswhatcreatesdistortion.Thehigherthiscontrolisset,themoredistorted
thesignalwillbe.Range:0100

MASTER
Thisistheoutputleveloftheamplifier.Whensettoaminimumsetting,nosignalwillbe
heard.Range:0100

PAGETWOCONTROLS(TONE)
TONE
Thisswitchenablesthefourtonecontrols.Whenturnedoff,thesettingsoftheBass,Mid,
TrebleandPresencearedisabled.

BASS
Controlstheamountoflowfrequencies.Range:0100

MID
Controlstheamountofmidrangefrequencies.Range:0100

TREBLE
Controlstheamountofhighfrequencies.Range:0100

PRESENCE
SometimesreferredtoasBrillianceorEdge,Presenceboostsveryhighfrequencies.Range:
0100

FXThriftshopSpeaker

Designedtotrashyouraudiobyrunningitthrougholdfunkyspeakers/telephones/megaphones
thatyoumightfindinathriftshop.
Thisunitusesdifferentkindsofdistortionmodelsandthensuperimposestheambiencesofa
widevarietyofdevices(rangingfromtuberadios,computerspeakers,andheadphones,to
childrentoys,intercomsandmuchmore)ontothesound.Inadditiontobeinggoodat
producinglofisounds,itisusefulforcreatingsoundswithaverynarrowfrequencyrangethat
sitwellinamix.

MINISLIDER
Controlsthemixofthedrysignalandtheprocessed(wet)signal.Thepercentageindicatesthe
amountofthesignalthatiswet.
[DISTORTION]INPUT
Thisknobcontrolstheinputlevel.
[DISTORTION]TYPE
DropdownmenuforselectingoneofthedistortionmodelsfromtheStompboxModeler:Boss
BD2BluesDriver,IbanezTubeScreamer,BossSD1Overdrive,DOD250Overdrive,
ArbiterFuzzFace,SolaToneBender,MXRDistortion+,ProCoRAT,BigMuffPi,Boss
DS1Distortion,andDODFX69Grunge.
[DISTORTION]TONE
Controlsthetoneofthedistortion,creatingdarkerresultsatlowsettingsandbrighterresultsat
highersettings.TheTonecontrolrespondsdifferentlydependingontheselectedmodelinthe
Typemenu.
[DEVICE]MONO
Engagingthisswitchmakestheeffectedsignalmono.
[DEVICE]TYPE
Dropdownmenuforselectingtheambienceofthedifferentkindsofdevices,includingradios,
toys,cheapmics,computerspeakers,megaphones,telephones,andmore.Theinputsignalwill
takeonthetimbralcharacteristicsoftheselection.
[DEVICE]GAIN
Masteroutputlevel.

FXAnalogChorus

ThisFXunitismodeledaftertheBossCE2,theBossCE5ChorusEnsembleandtheTC
ElectronicChorus.Allthreeofthesechoruspedalsarestillsoughtafterfortheuniquetones
theybringtoatrack.

MINISLIDER
Controlsthemixofthedrysignalandtheprocessed(wet)signal.Thepercentageindicatesthe
amountofthesignalthatiswet.
RATE
ThiscontrolsetsthecyclespeedoftheLFO.Minimumsettingswillproduceasweepingeffect,
highersettingswillcreateamorewarblingeffect.
DEPTH
TheDepthcontroladjuststheamountofpitchmodulationfromtheLFO.
WARMTH
Whenenabled,thisswitchmakesthetonewarmerbyrollingoffthehighfrequenciesand
slightlyboostingthelowend.
MODEL
Thisdropdownmenuallowsyoutoselectfromthedifferentchorusesafterwhichthiseffect
hasbeenmodeled:
BossCE2
Rareandhighlycollectible,thisfamous,robin'seggbluepedalhasasmooth,
warmsound.
BossCE5ChorusEnsemble
NewerversionoftheCE2,withaddedfiltercontrols.Differentandcoolsounding.
TCElectronicChorus
Forgoodreason,thisvintageanalogchoruspedalishighlysoughtafterby
guitaristsandkeyboardplayers.Warmchorusandversatilemodulation.
MONO
Engagingthisswitchmakestheeffectedsignalmono.

FXUltraChorus

Chorusisapitchanddelayeffectthataddsarich,shimmeringqualitytoasoundbydetuning
anddelayingtheincomingsignalandcombiningitwiththeunaffectedsignal.
TheUltraChorushasadedicatedLFO,aLushcontrol,whichgivesthisunitaverydense,rich
charactercomparedwithotherChoruses.

PAGEONECONTROLS

MINISLIDER
Controlsthemixofthedrysignalandtheprocessed(Wet)signal.Thepercentageindicatedis
theamountofthesignalthatisWet.Range:0to100%
RATE
ThiscontrolsetsthecyclespeedoftheLFO.Minimumsettingswillproducesasweepingeffect,
highersettingswillmakeforamorewarblingeffect.Range:0.00Hzto15.000Hz
DEPTH
TheDepthcontroladjuststheamountofpitchmodulationfromtheLFO.Range:0.01to0.98
DELAY
ControlstheDelaytime.Range:0.001.00
SHAPE
Thesethreewaveformscontrolthecontourofthepitchchangeappliedtothedelay.
SineAsymmetrical,smoothlycyclingwave
Randometricalchangesinthewavemakerandomizedpitchchanges.
LinearAsymmetrical,linearcycle.
LUSH
Sumstheleftandrightsignal,whichaddsmoredensitytothesound.

PAGETWOCONTROLS
FEEDBACK
AppliedtotheDelay,Feedbackrepeatsthedelaysformoresonicdensity.Atminimumsettings
thedifferenceisminor,atmaximumsettingsitcreatesflangingmetallicovertones.Range:
0.01to0.98
INVERT

INVERT
ReversesthephaseoftheChorus.
WIDTH
Pansthechorusedsignaltoleftandright,wideningupthestereoimage.Range:0.001.00
TONE
ToneisacombinationHighPassandLowPassfilter.Whensetat12OClock(.500)theTone
isneutral.Whenshiftedclockwise,ahighpassfilterisapplied,whenchangedcounter
clockwise,alowpassfilterisapplied.Range:0.001.00
LEVEL
Adjuststheoveralloutputvolume.Range:infto0.00

FXSolinaEnsemble

ThisFXunitismodeledaftertheEnsembleeffectintheARPSolinaStringEnsemble.This
keyboardwasusedonrecordsinpracticallyeverygenreintheSeventiesanditssignature
soundcamefromtheinternalchoruseffect.Thaticonic,swirlingchorusisfaithfullyreproduced
here.

MINISLIDER
Controlsthemixofthedrysignalandtheprocessed(wet)signal.Thepercentageindicatesthe
amountofthesignalthatiswet.
RATE
ThiscontrolsetsthecyclespeedoftheLFO.Minimumsettingswillproduceasweepingeffect,
highersettingswillcreateamorewarblingeffect.
DEPTH
TheDepthcontroladjuststheamountofpitchmodulationfromtheLFO.
MONO
Engagingthisswitchmakestheeffectedsignalmono.

FXAnalogPhaser

ThisFXfeaturesmodelsoftheincredibleOberheimPhasor,theclassicMXRPhase90,and
aboutique,customdesignedchorus/phaseshifter.

MINISLIDEr
Controlsthemixofthedrysignalandtheprocessed(wet)signal.Thepercentageindicatesthe
amountofthesignalthatiswet.
RATE
ThiscontrolsetsthecyclespeedoftheLFO.Minimumsettingswillproduceasweepingeffect,
highersettingswillcreateamorewarblingeffect.
DEPTH
TheDepthcontroladjuststheamountofmodulationfromtheLFO.
SYNC
EngagesanddisengagessynchronizationoftheLFOratewiththehost'stempo.
MODEL
Thisdropdownmenuallowsyoutoselectdifferentphasersafterwhichthiseffecthasbeen
modeled.InadditiontothecustomdesignedChorus/PhaseShifter,wehave:
OberheimPhasor
BeforecreatingclassicsliketheOB8,TomOberheimcameupwiththePhasor.
Canasoundbelushandsubtleandneverboring,allatthesametime?Turnthis
unitonandseeforyourself.
MXRPhase90v
ThisboxhasbeendescribedasVanHalentoneinabox.Classic1970sphaser,
forguitarandeverythingelse!
MONO
Engagingthisswitchmakestheeffectedsignalmono.

FXRetroPhaser

APhaserwithavintage,lowfivibe,theRetroPhaser.Onthesurfaceitlookssimilartothe
EZPhaser,buthasmorefeatures,andadedicatedpagefortoneshaping.

PAGEONECONTROLS
MINISLIDER
Controlsthemixofthedrysignalandtheprocessed(Wet)signal.Thepercentageindicatedis
theamountofthesignalthatisWet.Range:0to100%
RATE
ControlshowfasttheLFOcycles.ThevalueoftheRatecontrolisdeterminedbytheSync
control.IfSyncisengaged,thenthevalesofRatewillbeinmusicaltime.IfSyncisnot
engaged,RatesvalueswillbeinHz.
Range:
Synced:32x,16x,8x,7x,6x,5x,4x,3x,2x,1/1,1/2,1/4,1/8,1/16,1/32,1/64,1/96,1/1dot,
1/2dot,1/4dot,1/8dot,1/16dot,1/1triplet,1/2triplet,1/4triplet,1/8triplet,1/16triplet.
Unsynced:0.00Hzto15.000Hz
DEPTH
Controlsthesweeprangeofthemodulation.Range:0to1
SYNC
EngagesanddisengagessynchronizationoftheLFOratewiththehost'stempo.
POLES
Dropdownmenuthatselectshowmanystagesorpolesthephaseruses.Morepolesequala
moreresonantsoundcharacter.
Range:4,6,8or12poles
MANUAL
Controlsthecenterpointofthephaser.Range:0100%
FEEDBACK
Controlstheamountofresonance/feedbackofthephaser.Highsettingswilloscillate.
Range:0100%
INVERT
ChangesthephaseangleofthePhaserby180,whichchangesthetonecharacterofthe
Phasing.

Phasing.

PAGETWOCONTROLS
DIRT
AddssubtleoverdrivetothePhaserssignal
TONE
Thiscontrolisasimpletonefiltercontrol.Range:ToneDarkToneBright
TONEFX
AppliestheTonesettingtoboththewetanddrysignals,orjustthewetsignal.Range:
WET/DRYorWET
WIDTH
Controlsthewidthofthestereoimageofthephasingsignal.Range:0100%
LEVEL
Adjuststheoveralloutputvolume.Range:0to13.0dB.

FXPROPhaser

ThePROPhaserFXunitisoneofthemostversatileandrichestphaserdesignsever.Itisalso
capableofproducingawidearrayofuniquesoundsbeyondtraditionalphasereffects
includingtunedresonances,strangepitchbendingeffectsandenvelopefollowedphasingto
nameafew!

MINISLIDER
Controlsthemixofthedrysignalandtheprocessed(Wet)signal.Thepercentageindicatedis
theamountofthesignalthatisWet.Range:0to100%

PAGEONECONTROLS
[LFO]RATE
ControlshowfastorslowtheLFOcycles.
Range:
Synced:32x,16x,8x,7x,6x,5x,4x,3x,2x,1/1,1/2,1/4,1/8,1/16,1/32,1/64,1/96,1/1dot,
1/2dot,1/4dot,1/8dot,1/16dot,1/1triplet,1/2triplet,1/4triplet,1/8triplet,1/16triplet.
Unsynced:0.00Hzto15.000Hz
[LFO]MIN
ControlstheminimumpointofmodulationdepthoftheLFO.Range:0to100%
[LFO]MAX
ControlsthemaximumpointofmodulationdepthoftheLFO.Range:0to100%
POLES
Dropdownmenuthatselectshowmanystagesorpolesthephaseruses.Morepolesequalsa
moreresonantsoundcharacter.
Choices:3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20,21,22poles
SYNC
EngagesandDisengagessynchronizationoftheLFOratewiththehost'stempo.
WIDTH
Controlsthewidthofthestereoimageofthephasingsignal.Range:0to360degrees
FEEDBACK
Controlstheamountofresonance/feedbackofthephaser.Highsettingswilloscillate.
Range:0to100%

Range:0to100%

PAGETWOCONTROLS
SOURCE
ContinuousmixcontroltoblendbetweenLFOandEnvelopeFollowermodulaionsources.
Range:0to100%
[ENVELOPE]ATTACK
ThetimeoftheEnvelopeFollowermodulationbeginningslope.Range:0to400ms
[ENVELOPE]RELEASE
ThetimeoftheEnvelopeFollowermodulationendingslope.Range:0to1000ms
[ENVELOPE]MIN
ControlstheminimumpointofmodulationdepthoftheEnvelope.Range:0to100%
[ENVELOPE]MAX
ControlsthemaximumpointofmodulationdepthoftheEnvelope.Range:0to100%
DRIVE
Controlstheamountofoverdriveatthefinaloutput.Range:0to100
LEVEL
Adjuststheoveralloutputvolume.Range:200to+10db

FXEZPhaser

Contrarytowhatyoumightexpect,EZPhaserisnotasimplifiedversionofthePROPhaser,
butanentirelydifferentphaserdesignwithit'sownuniquesoniccharacter.EZPhaserisbest
suitedtorecreatingclassicphasereffectsanditisverysimpletouseandunderstand.

MINISLIDER
Controlsthemixofthedrysignalandtheprocessed(Wet)signal.Thepercentageindicatedis
theamountofthesignalthatisWet.Range:0to1
RATE
ControlshowfastorslowthePhasercycles.
Range:
Synced:32x,16x,8x,7x,6x,5x,4x,3x,2x,1/1,1/2,1/4,1/8,1/16,1/32,1/64,1/96,1/1dot,
1/2dot,1/4dot,1/8dot,1/16dot,1/1triplet,1/2triplet,1/4triplet,1/8triplet,1/16triplet.
Unsynced:0.00Hzto15.000Hz
DEPTH
ControlshowwidethesweeprangeoftheLFOwillbe.Range:0to1
SYNC
EngagesandDisengagessynchronizationoftheLFOratewiththehost'stempo.
POLES
Dropdownmenuthatselectshowmanystagesorpolesthephaseruses.Morepolesequalsa
moreresonantsoundcharacter.
Choices:FourorEightpoles
MANUAL
Controlsthecenterfrequencyofthephaser.Range:0.005to0.1
FEEDBACK
Controlstheamountofresonance/feedbackofthephaser.Range:0to1
LEVEL
Adjuststheoveralloutputvolume.Range:infinityto0Unitygain.

FXAnalogFlanger

ThisFXunitismodeledafterthebuiltlikeatankA/DAFlangerpedal.Famousforitsroad
worthyconstructionandsuperversatiletone,thisflangergivesyoufantasticmusicaleffects
(nottomentioncooljetenginesounds!).

MINISLIDER
Controlsthemixofthedrysignalandtheprocessed(wet)signal.Thepercentageindicatesthe
amountofthesignalthatiswet.
RATE
ThiscontrolsetsthecyclespeedoftheLFO.Minimumsettingswillproduceasweepingeffect,
highersettingswillcreateamorewarblingeffect.
DEPTH
TheDepthcontroladjuststheamountofmodulationfromtheLFO.
SYNC
EngagesanddisengagessynchronizationoftheLFOratewiththehost'stempo.
COLOR
Controlsthetoneoftheaffectedsignal,creatingdarkerresultsatlowsettingsandbrighter
resultsathighersettings.
ENHANCE
Controlstheamountofdelayfeedback,whichproducesastrongerflangingresonance.
MONO
Engagingthisswitchmakestheeffectedsignalmono.

FXRetroFlanger

Flangingisasweeping,combfiltertypeeffect.TheRetroFlangerhasspecialfeaturesthat
givethesoundamorelofi,vintagecharacter.

MINISLIDER
Controlsthemixofthedrysignalandtheprocessed(Wet)signal.Thepercentageindicatedis
theamountofthesignalthatisWet.Range:0to1

PAGEONECONTROLS
RATE
ControlshowfastorslowtheFlangercycles.ThisistheRetroFlangersLFOratecontrol.
Range:
Synced:32x,16x,8x,7x,6x,5x,4x,3x,2x,1/1,1/2,1/4,1/8,1/16,1/32,1/64,1/96,1/1dot,
1/2dot,1/4dot,1/8dot,1/16dot,1/1triplet,1/2triplet,1/4triplet,1/8triplet,1/16triplet.
Unsynced:0.00Hzto15.000Hz
DEPTH
ControlshowwidethesweeprangeoftheLFOwillbe.Range:0.01to1
SYNC
EngagesandDisengagessynchronizationoftheLFOratewiththehost'stempo.
DELAY
Controlsthecenterfrequency/delaytimeoftheflanger.Range:0.005to0.1ms
FEEDBACK
Controlstheamountofdelayfeedback,whichproducesastrongerflangingresonance
Range:0.01to0.99
INVERT
Reversesthephaseofthedelayfeedbacksignal,producingathroatierflangingtone.
LEVEL
Adjuststheoveralloutputvolume.Range:infinityto0Unitygain.

PAGETWOCONTROLS

DIRT
AddsoverdrivetotheRetroFlangerssignal
TONE
Thiscontrolisasimpletonefiltercontrolthatadjuststhebrightnessofthesignal.
Range:ToneDarkToneBright
TONEFX
AppliestheTonesettingtoboththewetanddrysignals,orjustthewetsignal.Range:
WET/DRYorWET
WIDTH
ControlsthewidthofthestereoimageoftheRetroFlangersignal.Range:0100%

FXFlanger

ThesimpletouseFlangerunitprovidesmanytypesoftraditionalflangingandtunedresonance
effects.Theinvertswitchallowsforawiderrangeofsoundcharacteristicsthanmostflangers
offer.

MINISLIDER
Controlsthemixofthedrysignalandtheprocessed(Wet)signal.Thepercentageindicatedis
theamountofthesignalthatisWet.Range:0to1
RATE
ControlshowfastorslowtheFlangercycles.
Range:
Synced:32x,16x,8x,7x,6x,5x,4x,3x,2x,1/1,1/2,1/4,1/8,1/16,1/32,1/64,1/96,1/1dot,
1/2dot,1/4dot,1/8dot,1/16dot,1/1triplet,1/2triplet,1/4triplet,1/8triplet,1/16triplet.
Unsynced:0.00Hzto15.000Hz
DEPTH
ControlshowwidethesweeprangeoftheLFOwillbe.Range:0.01to1
SYNC
EngagesandDisengagessynchronizationoftheLFOratewiththehost'stempo.
DELAY
Controlsthecenterfrequency/delaytimeoftheflanger.Range:0.005to0.1ms
FEEDBACK
Controlstheamountofdelayfeedback,whichproducesastrongerflangingresonance
Range:0.01to0.99
INVERT
Reversesthephaseofthedelayfeedbacksignal,producingathroatierflangingtone.
LEVEL
Adjuststheoveralloutputvolume.Range:infinityto0Unitygain.

FXAnalogVibrato

ThisFXunitismodeledafterthevibratooftheonceubiquitousRolandJC120andofthe
ShineiUniVibepedal,whichimitatedaLeslie(thinkDavidGilmour).

RATE
ThiscontrolsetsthecyclespeedoftheLFO.Minimumsettingswillproduceasweepingeffect,
highersettingswillcreateamorewarblingeffect.
DEPTH
TheDepthcontroladjuststheamountofpitchmodulationfromtheLFO.
SYNC
EngagesanddisengagessynchronizationoftheLFOratewiththehost'stempo.
MODEL
Thisdropdownmenuallowsyoutoselectdifferentvibratosafterwhichthiseffecthasbeen
modeled:
TheRolandJC120amplifierwasanEightiesclassic.Popularforitsclean,built
inanalogchorusandvibratoFX,itwasusedintheNewWavescenebybands
likeThePoliceandTheCure,andevenSupertrampandjazzguitaristPat
Metheny.Thevibratoisfaithfullyreproduced,here.
ThespinningspeakeroftheShineiUniVibepedalwasoriginallymeantto
imitateaLeslierotatingspeaker,andalthoughitwasnottoosuccessfulatthat
(!),ithadacoolsoundthateveryoneloved.Thiswasachievedviaaseriesof
phasingfilters.
ENHANCE
Controlstheamountofdelayfeedback,whichproducesastrongerflangingresonance.
MONO
Engagingthisswitchmakestheeffectedsignalmono.
LEVEL
Adjuststheoveralloutput.

FXVintageTremolo

Thisunitrecreatestheclassicvintagetubeamptremoloeffect.Tremolowaspopularizedinthe
1960s,firstwithSurfGuitar,andlaterwithkeyboards,suchastheWurlitzerandRhodes
electricpianos.TheblackfaceFenderampsfromthattimewereconsideredthebestforthis
kindof"creamy"tremolo.
Itwasoriginally(andingeniously)achievedbyusinganoptoisolator(optoforshort)circuit.
Theoptsensordetectsalightsource(oftenasimpleincandescentbulb)whichismodulated
electricallytoflashonandoff.Itthenconvertsthepulsinglighttoanelectricalimpulsewhich
modulatesthevolumeoftheaudio.
Originallyamonoeffect,astereoversionwasintroducedbyFenderfortheirRhodeselectric
pianos.Theaudioalternatedfromlefttorightareallycooleffect,especiallyonstage!

RATE
Thiscontrolsetsthespeedofthetremolo.
DEPTH
TheDepthcontroladjuststhedepthoftheamplitudemodulation.FromallONandallOFFto
justasubtleriseandfallinvolume.
AGE
Astheoptocircuitsgotolder,theylosttheirabilitytomodulatecompletelyONorOFF(and
that'sactuallyagoodthing!).ThismadeforasmootherON/OFForL/Rthatwasnotasjarring.
UsethisknobtocontrolthemodulatedamountofON/OFForL/R.Highersettingsyielda
smoother,"oldersounding"tremolo.
WAVE
Thisdropdownmenuallowsyoutoselectdifferenttremolowaveforms:Opto(Square),Sine
andTriangle.
LEVEL
Mastervolume.
PANNING
Engagingthisswitchenablesalternatingleftrightpanning.

FXQuadResonator

Thisunitisbasedonfourparallelcombfiltersthatcanaddtunedresonancestoanyinput
signal.Combfilterscreatea"metallic"ringingeffectandarecreatedbyfeedingasoundback
intoitselfandmixingthetwosignals.Thepositionalrelationshipofthemixedsignalseffectsthe
resultantpitch,resonance,and"springiness."

PAGEONECONTROLS
WETMIXSLIDER
Controlsthemixofthedrysignalandtheprocessed(wet)signal.Thepercentageindicatesthe
amountofthesignalthatiswet.Range:0to100%
PITCH1,2,3,4
ControlsthepitchoffsetoftheResonatorsinrelationtotheNotevalue.
NOTE
ReferencepitchfromwhichPitch14knobswillbeoffset.
FEEDBACK
ThisknobcontrolshowmuchofeachResonator'soutputisfedbackintoitself.Thehigherthe
setting,themoreresonanttheresultswillbe.
+/
Thisknobcontrolsthedirectioninwhichsignalsaredelayedbeforetheyareaddedtothe
input.

PAGETWOCONTROLS
LEVEL1,2,3,4
ControlsthelevelofResonatorsonPage1.
MASTER
ControlstheoveralllevelofResonators14.
SPREAD
ThisknobaffectsthepanpositionsofeachofthefourResonators.Attheminimumvalue,all
fourResonatorsarepannedtothecenter.Atthemaximumvalue,Resonators1and3are
pannedfullleftandResonators2and4arepannedfullright.
TONE
ThisknobcontrolstheCutoffofa6dbLowpassfiltersappliedintotheinternalfeedbackloopof
theresonatorstoprovideadampingresult.Attheminimumsetting,thesoundwillbedarker
andathighersettings,brighter.

andathighersettings,brighter.

FXInnerspace

DesignedtoapplyacousticresonancesanduniquespacestoanysoundinOmnisphere,
Innerspacesuperimposesthecharacteristicsofonesoundontoanother.Soundsrangefrom
pillsbeingdroppedinaglass,scrapedpianostrings,crushedsugargrains,cymbalsweeps,to
liquidstreams,vinylnoises,andtonsmore.Youcanloadone(ortwoparallel)ambiencesand
theirtimbralcharacteristicswillbeappliedtotheOmnispheresound,yieldingsurprisingand
unconventionalresults.ThesecondpageofInnerspacehasa7bandgraphicEQ,tosculptthe
soundevenfurtherandcontrolanypeaksthatcannatuallyoccurfromthecombinationof
soundswithresonantambiences.

PAGEONECONTROLS
INPUT
Thisknobcontrolstheinputleveltotheeffectunit.
A,B
SelecttheambienceinslotAand/orslotBfromthesedropdownmenus.
BALANCE
ControlsthebalancebetweentheambiencesloadedinslotsAandB
OUTPUT
Mastervolume.

PAGETWOCONTROLS(EQ)
50Hz,100Hz,500Hz,1k,5k,10k,15k
Eachknobcontrolsthegainofthecorrespondingfrequency.
Q
ControlstheResonanceorEQBandwidthofallsevenfrequencybands.

FXChorusEcho

InspiredbytheclassicRolandChorusEchounitsfromthe1970s,thisunitcombinesboth
analogstyledelayandchorusing,butincludesnewfeatures,likestereowidthcontrolanda
dedicatedDirtcontrolforamoregrittysound.

PAGEONECONTROLS
MINISLIDER
Controlsthemixofthedrysignalandtheprocessed(Wet)signal.Thepercentageindicatedis
theamountofthesignalthatisWet.Range:0to100%
DELAY
ThevalueoftheDelaycontrolisdeterminedbywhatMODEiscurrentlyenabled.Thesecanbe
timevaluesorratiovalues.
CHORUS1Range:1ms100ms
CHORUS2Range:5ms
ECHORange:50ms2000
BPMRange:1/1ms,1/2ms,1/4ms,1/8ms,1/16ms,1/32ms,1/64ms,1/2Dms,1/4Dms,
1/8Dms,1/16Dms,1/2Tms,1/4Tms,1/8Tms,1/16Tms.
NOTE:TheDmeansdottedandtheTmeanstriplet
FEEDBACK
Feedsthedelaysignalbacktotheinputforechorepeats.Range:0100%
RATE
Controlsthespeedofthepitchmodulation.Range0Hzto8.8Hz
DEPTH
Controlstheamountofpitchmodulation.Range:0100%
MODE
FourmodesareavailablewhichdeterminethecharacteroftheChorus/Echo.Thefirstthree
modesaretimebased,ignoringthehoststempo.Thelastmode,BPM,isbasedonthehosts
tempo,andisbasedonawidevarietyofnotevalues.
CHORUS1Basedonahortdelayrange,withamaximumvalueof100ms.
CHORUS2Longerdelay,upfasecond.
ECHOAverylongdelay,upcondslong
BPMDelaysbasedonmusicalvaluhosttempo
INVERT

INVERT
Invertsthedelayedsignal,soitsoutofphasewiththeoriginalsignal

PAGETWOCONTROLS
DIRT
Addsawarmdistortiontothesignal.
TONE
Aboost/cutcontrolwhichaddshigherorlowerfrequenciestothesound.RangeToneDark
ToneBright
TONEFX
Asingletonefilterwhichcontrolsthebrightnessofthesignal.Range:WET/DRYorWET
WIDTH
ControlsthewidthofthestereoimageoftheChorusEchossignal.Range:0100%
LEVEL
Adjuststheoveralloutputvolume.Range:0to13.0dB.

FXBPMDelay

TheBPMDelayoffersasingletruestereodelayunitthatisalwaysinsyncwiththehost's
tempo.Thefeedbackanddrivecontrolscanproducesomecoolsoundswiththebuiltin
resonantfiltering.

MINISLIDER
Controlsthemixofthedrysignalandtheprocessed(Wet)signal.Thepercentageindicatedis
theamountofthesignalthatisWet.Range:0to100%

PAGEONECONTROLS
LEVEL
Adjuststheoveralloutputvolume.Range:0to1
PAN
Controlsthespatialplacementofthedelayedaudiointhestereofield.
BOUNCE
Controlshowmuchthedelayedaudiobouncesbetweentheleftandrightchannels.
Range:0to100%
DELAY
Dropdownmenuthatallowsyoutochoosethetimevalueofthedelayedaudio.
Choices:1/1,1/2,1/4,1/8,1/16,1/32,1/64,1/96,1/1dot,1/2dot,1/4dot,1/8dot,1/16dot,
1/1triplet,1/2triplet,1/4triplet,1/8triplet,1/16triplet
TONE
Controlswhetherthedelayedaudiogoesthroughahighpassorlowpassfilter.Inthecenter,
thefilteristurnedoff,similartotheMasterFilterontheEditPage.Range:0to1
EMPH
ControlstheresonanceoftheTonecontrolcutofffrequencyinthedelayedsignal.
Range:0to1
FEEDBACK
Feedsthedelaysignalbacktotheinputforechorepeats.Range:0to1

PAGETWOCONTROLS

[OVERDRIVE]FEEDBACKLOOP
InsertstheOverdriveandToneFilterintotheFeedbackLoop.Thisisusefulforproducing
echoesthatgetdarkerwitheachsuccessiverepeat,andalsoforcreatinginfinitedubstyle
echofeedback.
CAUTION:TurningthisswitchONcanproduceextremelyloudandpowerfulhowling
feedbacksignalswhichcandamageyourearsandyourspeakerssowatchout!
[OVERDRIVE]TYPE
SelectsbetweenOddorEvenharmonicdistortionforthedelayedsignal.
[OVERDRIVE]DRIVE
Controlstheamountofoverdrivedistortioninthedelayedsignal.Range:0to1
[OVERDRIVE]PRE/POST
SelectsbetweentheoverdrivecircuitbeingplacedbeforetheToneControlfilter(PRE),orafter
theTonecontrolfilter(POST).

FXBPMDelayX2

TheBPMDelayX2offersdualmonoauraldelaysthatarealwayssynchronizedtothehost's
tempo.Thefeedbackanddrivecontrolscanproducesomecoolsoundswiththebuiltin
resonantfiltering.

MINISLIDER
Controlsthemixofthedrysignalandtheprocessed(Wet)signal.Thepercentageindicatedis
theamountofthesignalthatisWet.Range:0to100%

PAGEONECONTROLS
[DELAY1]LEVEL
Controlsthevolumeofthedelayedaudio.Range:infto0dB
[DELAY1]DELAY
Dropdownmenuthatallowsyoutochoosethetimevalueofthedelayedaudio.
Choices:1/1,1/2,1/4,1/8,1/16,1/32,1/64,1/96,1/1dot,1/2dot,1/4dot,1/8dot,1/16dot,
1/1triplet,1/2triplet,1/4triplet,1/8triplet,1/16triplet
[DELAY1]PAN
Controlsthespatialplacementofthedelayedaudiointhestereofield.
[DELAY2]LEVEL
Controlsthevolumeofthedelayedaudio.Range:infto0dB
[DELAY2]DELAY
Dropdownmenuthatallowsyoutochoosethetimevalueofthedelayedaudio.
Choices:1/1,1/2,1/4,1/8,1/16,1/32,1/64,1/96,1/1dot,1/2dot,1/4dot,1/8dot,1/16dot,
1/1triplet,1/2triplet,1/4triplet,1/8triplet,1/16triplet
[DELAY2]PAN
Controlsthespatialplacementofthedelayedaudiointhestereofield.
FEEDBACK
Feedsthedelaysignalbacktotheinputforechorepeats.Range:0to1

PAGETWOCONTROLS
[COLOR]TONE

Controlswhetherthedelayedaudiogoesthroughahighpassorlowpassfilter.Inthecenter,
thefilteristurnedoff,similartotheMasterFilterontheEditPage.Range:0to1
[COLOR]EMPH
ControlstheresonanceoftheTonecontrolcutofffrequencyinthedelayedsignal.
Range:0to1
[COLOR]FEEDBACKTONE
InsertstheOverdriveandToneFilterintotheFeedbackLoop.Thisisusefulforproducing
echoesthatgetdarkerwitheachsuccessiverepeat,andalsoforcreatinginfinitedubstyle
echofeedback.
CAUTION:TurningthisswitchONcanproduceextremelyloudandpowerfulhowling
feedbacksignalswhichcandamageyourearsandyourspeakerssowatchout!
[OVERDRIVE]TYPE
SelectsbetweenOddorEvenharmonicdistortionforthedelayedsignal.
[OVERDRIVE]DRIVE
Controlstheamountofoverdrivedistortioninthedelayedsignal.Range:0to1
[OVERDRIVE]PRE/POST
SelectsbetweentheoverdrivecircuitbeingplacedbeforetheToneControlfilter(PRE),orafter
theTonecontrolfilter(POST).
GAIN
Adjuststheoveralloutputvolume.Range:0to1

FXBPMDelayX3

TheBPMDelayX3offerstripleLCRmonodelaysthatarealwayssynchronizedtothehost's
tempo.Thefeedbackanddrivecontrolscanproducesomecoolsoundswiththebuiltin
resonantfiltering.

MINISLIDER
Controlsthemixofthedrysignalandtheprocessed(Wet)signal.Thepercentageindicatedis
theamountofthesignalthatisWet.Range:0to100%

PAGEONECONTROLS
[LEFT]LEVEL
Controlsthevolumeofthedelayedaudio.Range:infto0dB
[LEFT]DELAY
Dropdownmenuthatallowsyoutochoosethetimevalueofthedelayedaudio.
Choices:1/1,1/2,1/4,1/8,1/16,1/32,1/64,1/96,1/1dot,1/2dot,1/4dot,1/8dot,1/16dot,
1/1triplet,1/2triplet,1/4triplet,1/8triplet,1/16triplet
[CENTER]LEVEL
Controlsthevolumeofthedelayedaudio.Range:infto0dB
[CENTER]DELAY
Dropdownmenuthatallowsyoutochoosethetimevalueofthedelayedaudio.
Choices:1/1,1/2,1/4,1/8,1/16,1/32,1/64,1/96,1/1dot,1/2dot,1/4dot,1/8dot,1/16dot,
1/1triplet,1/2triplet,1/4triplet,1/8triplet,1/16triplet
[RIGHT]LEVEL
Controlsthevolumeofthedelayedaudio.Range:infto0dB
[RIGHT]DELAY
Dropdownmenuthatallowsyoutochoosethetimevalueofthedelayedaudio.
Choices:1/1,1/2,1/4,1/8,1/16,1/32,1/64,1/96,1/1dot,1/2dot,1/4dot,1/8dot,1/16dot,
1/1triplet,1/2triplet,1/4triplet,1/8triplet,1/16triplet
FEEDBACK
Feedsthedelaysignalbacktotheinputforechorepeats.Range:0to1

PAGETWOCONTROLS

PAGETWOCONTROLS
[COLOR]TONE
Controlswhetherthedelayedaudiogoesthroughahighpassorlowpassfilter.Inthecenter,
thefilteristurnedoff,similartotheMasterFilterontheEditPage.Range:0to1
[COLOR]EMPH
ControlstheresonanceoftheTonecontrolcutofffrequencyinthedelayedsignal.
Range:0to1
[COLOR]FEEDBACKTONE
InsertstheOverdriveandToneFilterintotheFeedbackLoop.Thisisusefulforproducing
echoesthatgetdarkerwitheachsuccessiverepeat,andalsoforcreatinginfinitedubstyle
echofeedback.
CAUTION:TurningthisswitchONcanproduceextremelyloudandpowerfulhowling
feedbacksignalswhichcandamageyourearsandyourspeakerssowatchout!
[OVERDRIVE]TYPE
SelectsbetweenOddorEvenharmonicdistortionforthedelayedsignal.
[OVERDRIVE]DRIVE
Controlstheamountofoverdrivedistortioninthedelayedsignal.Range:0to1
[OVERDRIVE]PRE/POST
SelectsbetweentheoverdrivecircuitbeingplacedbeforetheToneControlfilter(PRE),orafter
theTonecontrolfilter(POST).
GAIN
Adjuststheoveralloutputvolume.Range:0to1

FXRetroplex

TheRetroplexdelayunitisspeciallymodeledaftertheoldTapeEchounitsofthe60'sand70's
liketheEchoplex,withsomemodernenhancements.It'salotoffunandunpredictable!

MINISLIDER
Controlsthemixofthedrysignalandtheprocessed(Wet)signal.Thepercentageindicatedis
theamountofthesignalthatisWet.Range:0to100%

PAGEONECONTROLS
VARISPEED
Smoothlycontrolsthetapespeed/delaytimeoftheechoes.Range:1%to10%
FEEDBACK
Feedsthedelaysignalbacktotheinputforechorepeats.Range:0to100%
TAPEMODE
Dropdownmenuofferingdifferentpresettypesofechoanddelayranges.
Choices:ECHO1,ECHO2,DELAY1,DELAY2
[FLUTTER]AMOUNT
Simulatesthetapefluttermotorinstabilityeffectofvintagetapeechomachinesthatmakethe
echoesvaryinpitchfromonerepeattothenext.Range:0to100%
[FLUTTER]SPEEDControlshowfastthemotorinstabilityaffectsthetapeflutterpitch
modulationoftheechoes.Range:0to100%
YEAR
Dropdownmenuthatcontainsalistofyearsfrom19602000.Choosingayearsimulatesthe
fidelityofthechosenera.Earlieryearshavelessfidelitythanlateryears.
WIDTH
Controlsthewidthoftheechostereoimaging.Range:0(mono)to100%(fullstereo)

PAGETWOCONTROLS
DRIVE
Controlstheamountofoverdrivedistortioninthedelayedsignal.Range:0to1
SMASH

Adjuststhebitresolutionofthedelayedaudioforadditionaldistortion.Range:32bitto4bit
FREEZE
Lockstheechobufferforacontinuousplaybackloopofwhatisintheechobuffer.Usefulfor
simulatingsoundonsoundstyletapeloopingtechniques.
NOTE:TheFreezebufferisclearedwhenOmnisphereisclosed.TosavetheFreeze
buffer,youneedtorenderOmnispheretoanaudiofile.
GAIN
Adjuststheoveralloutputvolume.Range:0to100

FXRadioDelay

RadioDelayisessentiallyahybridofaDualmonoBPMstyledelay,butwiththedelayed
signalsrunningthroughtheValveRadiodistortionfilter.Thisproducescool,dualfilteredecho
effectsthatsoundliketheyarecomingfromdistortedoldspeakersorradios.Anothercool
trickwiththisdelayisthatitcanbedesyncedfromthehost'stempoandsettoacompletely
differenttempo,sothatthedelaysdon'talwayshavethatperfectsoundtothem.Avery
usefulandinterestingeffect!
NOTE:TheRadioTunergraphiconPage2isnotfunctionalit'sjustthereforfun!

MINISLIDER
Controlsthemixofthedrysignalandtheprocessed(Wet)signal.Thepercentageindicatedis
theamountofthesignalthatisWet.Range:0to100%

PAGEONECONTROLS
[FILTERS]HPF
Controlsthecutofffrequencyforthehighpassfilter.Range:20to10000Hz
[FILTERS]LPF
Controlsthecutofffrequencyforthelowpassfilter.Range:100to22000Hz
[FILTERS]Q
Controlstheresonanceofthecutofffrequencyofthefiltersinthedelayedsignal.
Range:0to1
[DELAYS]LEFT
Dropdownmenuthatallowsyoutochoosethetimevalueofthedelayedaudio.
Choices:1/1,1/2,1/4,1/8,1/16,1/32,1/64,1/96,1/1dot,1/2dot,1/4dot,1/8dot,1/16dot,
1/1triplet,1/2triplet,1/4triplet,1/8triplet,1/16triplet
[DELAYS]TEMPO
ControlsthespeedofthedelaysfromhostSynctoanyindependenttemposetting.
Range:SYNC,42.30to500BPM
[DELAYS]RIGHT
Dropdownmenuthatallowsyoutochoosethetimevalueofthedelayedaudio.
Choices:1/1,1/2,1/4,1/8,1/16,1/32,1/64,1/96,1/1dot,1/2dot,1/4dot,1/8dot,1/16dot,
1/1triplet,1/2triplet,1/4triplet,1/8triplet,1/16triplet
FEEDBACK

FEEDBACK
Feedsthedelaysignalbacktotheinputforechorepeats.Range:0to100%

PAGETWOCONTROLS
FEEDBACKLOOP
InsertstheOverdriveandToneFilterintotheFeedbackLoop.Thisisusefulforproducing
echoesthatgetdarkerwitheachsuccessiverepeat,andalsoforcreatinginfinitedubstyle
echofeedback.
CAUTION:TurningthisswitchONcanproduceextremelyloudandpowerfulhowling
feedbacksignalswhichcandamageyourearsandyourspeakerssowatchout!
DRIVE
Controlstheamountofoverdrivedistortioninthedelayedsignal.Range:0to1
WIDTH
Controlsthestereowidthofthedelayanddrysignal.Range:0to100%
GAIN
Adjuststheoveralloutputvolume.Range:0dbto12db

FXSpringVerb

TheSpringVerbunitwasincludedintheOmnisphereFXfamilybecausewefeltthatourother
reverbsinOmnisphereweresoundingtoogood!Thisunitfaithfullyrecreatesthecheesyvibeof
theancientspringreverbsof1960'seraguitaramplifiers.It'salimitedeffecttobesure,but
whenyouhaveneedofaretrosonicblastfromthepastthisbaby'smorethanuptothe
challenge!

MINISLIDER
Controlsthemixofthedrysignalandtheprocessed(Wet)signal.Thepercentageindicatedis
theamountofthesignalthatisWet.Range:0to100%

PAGEONECONTROLS
[REVERBERATION]TIME
Controlsthelengthofthereverb.Range:0to100%
[REVERBERATION]TONE
Controlsthebasictonecolorofthereverbcharacter.Range:10to+10
[REVERBERATION]WIDTH
Controlsthestereowidthoftheaudio.FullleftisMono,Centerisnormalstereoandfullrightis
ultrawidefakeStereo.

PAGETWOCONTROLS
[TONE]EQ
EngagesanddisengagestheEQTonecontrols.
[TONE]BASS
Controlstheamountoflowfrequencies.Range:15to+15dB
[TONE]TREBLE
Controlstheamountofhighfrequencies.Range:15to+15dB
[TONE]INSERT
AllowsyoutopositiontheEQbeforeorafterthereverb.Choices:PREorPOST
GAIN
Adjuststheoveralloutputvolume.Range:24to+24dB

FXPROVerb

PROVerbisthepremier,studioqualityreverbunitintheOmnisphereFXarsenal.It'svery
versatileandcanachievenotonlygreatRoom,PlateandHallsimulations,butit'salsocapable
ofproducingunusualmetallicresonancesandspecialeffects.Besuretocheckoutthelarge
arrayofFactoryPatchesforPROVerb,astheydemonstratetherangeofpossibilitiesvery
well.

MINISLIDER
Controlsthemixofthedrysignalandtheprocessed(Wet)signal.Thepercentageindicatedis
theamountofthesignalthatisWet.Range:0to100%

PAGEONECONTROLS
SIZE
ControlstheRoom/Hallsizeofthereverberation.Range:0to100
TIME
Controlstheoveralllengthofthereverb.Range:100to20000ms
PREDELAY
Controlstheamountittakesforthefirstreflectiontoappear.Range:0to500ms
CPULOAD
ControlsthequalityofthereverbbyallowingtoplugintousemoreorlessCPUpowerto
createahigherorlowerqualityofreverbeffect.Alsoveryusefulformakingdifferentdensity
variations.
Range:0to100%
DENSITY
Controlsthesmoothnessorcoarsenessofthereflections.Range:0to1000
[TONE]LOWS
Controlsthelevelofthelowfrequenciesofthereverb.Range:18to+6dB
[TONE]HIGHS
Controlsthelevelofthehighfrequenciesofthereverb.Range:18to+6dB

PAGETWOCONTROLS
[REVERBSHAPING]LOFREQ

Choosesthelowcrossoverfrequencyofthereverbsignal.Range:25to1000Hz
[REVERBSHAPING]LOTIME
Controlsthespecificlengthofthereverb'sLowFrequencies.Range:10to400
[REVERBSHAPING]HIFREQ
Choosesthehighcrossoverfrequencyofthereverbsignal.Range:500to22000Hz
[REVERBSHAPING]HITIME
Controlsthespecificlengthofthereverb'sHighFrequencies.Range:10to400
WIDTH
AdjuststhestereowidthoftheWetsignal.Range:0to100%
DIFFUSION
Controlstheamountofchaoticvariationinthereverbreflections.Range:0to100
FREEZE
Locksthereverbsignalthatiscurrentlyinthebuffertocreateaninfinitereverbeffect.
NOTE:TheFreezebufferisclearedwhenOmnisphereisclosed.TosavetheFreeze
buffer,youneedtorenderOmnispheretoanaudiofile.

FXEZVerb

TheEZVerbisasimpletouse,basicreverbunitwithtonecontrols.

MINISLIDER
Controlsthemixofthedrysignalandtheprocessed(Wet)signal.Thepercentageindicatedis
theamountofthesignalthatisWet.Range:0to100%

TIME
ControlsthelengthoftheReverb.Range:0to0.98
PREDELAY
Controlstheamountittakesforthefirstreflectiontoappear.Range:0to100ms
HFDAMP
ControlstheamountofHighFrequencyDampeningoftheWetsignal.Range:1to0.013824
LFDAMP
ControlstheamountofLowFrequencyDampeningoftheWetsignal.Range:0to0.328509
LEVEL
Adjuststheoveralloutputvolume.Range:0to1

FXImager

TheImagerisaveryusefulswissarmyknifeutilitydevicethatcanbeusedasstereoimage
widener,phasecorrector,monoizer,panner,channelinverter,leveler,gainboosterandmore!

PAN
Controlsthespatialplacementandstereobalanceoftheaudiowithinthestereofield.
Range:100%Leftto100%Right.
IMAGE
Controlsthestereowidthoftheaudio.Centerisnormalstereo.
Range:MonotoWideStereo+100%
SWAPL/R
AllowsyoutoswaptheLeftandRightChannelsofastereoaudiosource.
Options:L/R,R/L.
PHASE
AllowscontroloverphaserelationshipbetweenLeftandRightChannels.
Menuoptions:Normal,Inverted,InvertedLeftChannel,InvertedRightChannel.
[AUTOPAN]RATE
Controlshowfastorslowtheautopanningwilloccur.
WhenSynced:16x,8x,7x,6x,5x,4x,3x,2x,1/1,1/2,1/4,1/8,1/16,1/32,1/64,1/2D,
1/4D,1/8D,1/16D,1/2T,1/4T,1/8T,1/16T.
Unsynced:0to8.8Hz
[AUTOPAN]DEPTH
Controlshowmuchautopanningoccurs.Range:OFFto100%.
[AUTOPAN]SYNC
EngagesandDisengagesautopansynchronizationwiththehost'stempo.
GAIN
Adjuststheoveralloutputvolume.Range:0to13dB.

FXTechnologyPartners
SpectrasonicsFXTechnologyPartners
WeareproudtohavecollaboratedwiththefollowingpartnersindevelopingthecustomFX
usedinOmnisphere:

OverloudAudioTools
www.overloud.com
TechnologyfromOverloudwasusedinthefollowingFXunits:
PrecisionCompressor
StompComp
StudioEQ
EnvelopeFilter

CryingWah
StompboxModeler
MetalzoneDistortion
FoxxyFuzz
Bassman
Boutique
BritVox
ClassicTwin
Hiwattage
RockStack
SanZAmp
ThriftshopSpeaker
AnalogChorus
SolinaEnsemble
AnalogPhaser
AnalogFlanger
AnalogVibrato
Innerspace

NomadFactory
www.nomadfactory.com
TechnologyfromNomadFactorywasusedinthefollowingFXunits:
TubeLimiter
TapeSlammer
ModernCompressor

VintageCompressor
GateExpander
Vintage2bandEQ
Vintage3BandEQ
Graphic7BandEQ
Graphic12BandEQ
Parametric2BandEQ
Parametric3bandEQ
PowerFilter
WahWah
SmokeAmp
RetroPhaser
RetroFlanger
ChorusEcho
RadioDelay
Retroplex

GForceSoftware
www.gforcesoftware.com
TechnologyfromGForceSoftwarewasusedinthefollowingFXunits:
ValveRadio
PowerFilter

BramatSmartelectronix
www.smartelectronix.com
TechnologyfromBramatSmartelectronixwasusedinthefollowingFXunits:
FlameDistortion
PROPhaser

MagnusatSmartelectronix
www.smartelectronix.com
TechnologyfromMagnusatSmartelectronixwasusedinthefollowingFXunit:
PROVerb

Audionerdz
www.audionerdz.com
TechnologyfromAudionerdzwasusedinthefollowingFXunit:

FormantFilter

Sinevibes
www.sinevib.es
TechnologyfromSinevibeswasusedinthefollowingFXunit:
ToxicSmasher

LEGALNOTICESTrademarks
Allothermanufacturers'productnamesusedinthisinstrumentaretrademarksoftheir
respectiveowners,whichareinnowayassociatedoraffiliatedwithSpectrasonics.These
trademarksofothermanufacturersareusedsolelytoidentifytheproductsofthose
manufacturerswhosetonesandsoundswerestudiedduringSpectrasonicssounddevelopment.

ARPEGGIATORIntroduction

AnArpeggiatorreceivesincomingMIDInotes,andoutputsasequencedpatternofnotesbased
onadefinedsetofrules.Similarinconcepttoastepsequencer,anArpeggiatorhasanumber
ofdifferencesthatsetitapart.Likeastepsequencer,anArpeggiatorallowsyoutocreateand
transposeapattern,butitalsointeractsdirectlywiththechordsandintervalsthatyouplay
fromthekeyboard.
OmnispheresArpeggiatorhasmultiplemodes,triggertypes,andclockrates,avariablelength
32stepPatternProgrammer,andfeaturestheinnovativeGrooveLockfeaturethat
synchronizestheArpeggiatorwithStylusRMXgrooves(oranystandardMIDIfile).
EachPartinOmnispherecanhaveitsownArpeggiator,eachwithitsownuniquepattern
settings.ThismeansthatuptoeightArpeggiatorscanberunningsimultaneously,whichis
especiallypowerfulwhenusingStackandLiveModes.
TherearemanyArpeggiatorpresetsavailabletohelpgetyoustartedexploringthe
Arpeggiatorscapabilities.SelectingthedifferentArpeggiatorpresetswillallowyoutocheckout
someexamplesofthekindsofarpeggiopatternsthatcanbecreated.Arpeggiopatternsthat
youcreateormodifycanbesavedaspresetsforlateruse.

POWERBUTTON

ToengagetheArpeggiator,selectthepowerbutton.

ARPEGGIATORPresets

SelectingthedownarrowontherightsideoftheARPEGGIATORlabelwillrevealthePresets
menu,whichhassave/copy/pasteoptionsandamenuofArpeggiatorpresetpatterns.Any
customarpeggioscanbesavedaspresets.Youcanalsocopyandpastepatternsbetween
OmnispheresPartswiththeCopy/Pastefunctions.

ARPEGGIATORModes

ThereareelevendifferentArpeggiatormodesavailablewhichdeterminethewaythe
Arpeggiatoroutputsnotes.ClickingontheMODEfieldwillrevealtheavailablemodes.
Chordallthenotesheldinachordwillbetriggeredatthesametime,basedon
thevelocityvalueofeachstep.
Upallthenotesheldwillbeplayedinanascendingarpeggio.
Downallthenotesheldwillbeplayedinadescendingarpeggio.
Up/Downallthenotesheldwillfirstbeplayedascending,thendescending.
Up/Down+similartoUp/Down,Up/Down+repeatstheuppernoteandthe
lowernote,insteadofjustplayingthemonce.
Down/Upallthenotesheldwillfirstbeplayedinadescendingarpeggio,then
anascendingarpeggio.
Down/Up+similartoDown/Up,Down/Up+repeatsthelowestandhighest
noteswhenitreversesdirection.
RandomAllthenotesheldwillbeplayedinrandomorderinthearpeggio.
AsPlayedThenotesareplayedintheordertheyaretriggered.
RepeatX2Everynoteinthearpeggiowillberepeatedtwice,inascending
order.
RepeatX4Everynoteinthearpeggiowillberepeatedfourtimes,inascending
order.

ARPEGGIATORTrigger

Legato
TheArpeggiatorwillcontinuethroughallofthestepsinthepatternaslongasnotesareplayed
legato.Ifyouliftyouhandfromthekeysbeforethepatternhasfinished,theArpeggiatorwill
restartfromthebeginningofthepattern.

SongPosition
TheArpeggiatorwillfollowthesongposition(bar&beats)ofthehost.

Note
Everytimeanewnoteistriggered,theArpeggiatorwillrestartfromthefirststep.

ARPEGGIATORClock

Theclocksettingletsyouchangetheinternalresolutionofthepattern,anddeterminesthe
timevalueofeachstep.Forexample,ifyouselect1/8theneachstepintheArpeggiatorwillbe
equaltoaneighthnote.Inadditiontostraightsteps,tripletsanddottednotevaluesare
availablefromtheClockmenu.
Availablerangesare:
Straightsteps:1/1~1/64
Triplets:1/1triplet~1/64triplet
Dottednotes:1/1dotted~1/64dotted

ARPEGGIATOROctave

1OCT
TheArpeggiatorwillplaybackapatternbasedonlyonnotesthatarebeingheldontheMIDI
controller.
2OCT
TheArpeggiatorwillplaybackapatternbasedonnotesbeingheldontheMIDIcontroller,
followedbythesamepatternoneoctavehigher.
3OCT
TheArpeggiatorwillplaybackapatternbasedonnotesbeingheldontheMIDIcontroller,
followedbythesamepatternoneoctave,thentwooctaveshigheroverathreeoctaverange.
4OCT
TheArpeggiatorwillplaybackapatternbasedonnotesbeingheldontheMIDIcontroller,
followedbythesamepatternoneoctave,thentwooctaves,andagainthreeoctaveshigher
overafouroctaverange.

ARPEGGIATORReset

Whenselected,thepatternwillimmediatelyresettothefirststep.
NOTE:UsingResetwillstartplaybackfromthefirststepregardlessofTriggermode.

ARPEGGIATORSpeed

TheSpeedknoballowsauserdefinedoffsetofthehost'stempo,whichgivesthesoundofa
freewheeling,unsynchedarpeggiator,butisfullycontrollable.
Whenitissettothecenterposition,thearpeggiator'sspeedwillbethesameasthecurrent
hosttempo.Whensetallthewaytotheright,themaximumvaluewouldbe8Xthecurrent
hosttempoandwhensetallthewaytotheleft,theminimumvaluewouldbe1/8ofthecurrent
hosttempo.Thereisahighresolutionrangeinbetweenthetwoextremes.

NOTE:Speedismodulatable,MIDILearnable,andAutomatable.

ARPEGGIATORLength

Allowstheoveralllengthofalleventsinthearpeggiotobeshortenedorlengthened.Inthe
examplebelow,thelengthofeacheventisatmaximumlength.

AfterchangingtheLengthcontroltoitsminimumvalue,alloftheeventsareaveryshort
duration.

NOTE:ChangingthelengthofindividualeventsisdiscussedinthePattern
Programmingsection.

ARPEGGIATORSwing

Attheminimumsetting,alltheeventsarealignedstraighttothetempogrid.Asthecontrols
settingisincreased,theeventswillhaveagreaterswinggroove.Athighsettingstheswing
willbeveryexaggerated.

NOTE:IftheSwingcontrolisselected,theGrooveLockStrengthsliderwillbeforced
tomaximumsetting,whichishowitsdesignedtowork.

ARPEGGIATORVelocity

Thiscontroldetermineshowmuchthevelocityofincomingnotesaffectsthedynamicsofthe
Arpeggiatorpattern.Atmaximumsetting,keyboardvelocityoverridesallofthevelocity
settingsintheArpeggiatorssteps.Asthesettinggetsclosertominimum,thevelocityvalues
ofeachstepwilldeterminethedynamicsoftheArpeggiatorpattern.Generallyasettingof
50%isagoodbalance,sinceitallowstheincomingMIDIvelocitytointeractwiththedynamics
ofthepattern.

ARPEGGIATORPatternProgramming

OmnispheresArpeggiatorcanhaveupto32stepsinapattern.Eachstepcanhaveitsown
lengthandvelocityvalue.
Tochangethevelocityofastep,clickandholdatthetopofthestepanddragitupordownto
raiseorlowerthevelocityvalueofthestep.
Twoormorestepscanbecombinedtocreateatie.Thefastestwaytotiestepstogetheristo
doubleclickthenextsteptotheright.Fineradjustmentsthedurationofanindividualstepcan
beachievedbyholdingdownSHIFTwhiledraggingtherightedgeofthebarhorizontallyuntil
thedesiredlengthisachieved.Ifthesubsequentstepofthepatternisempty,thedurationofa
stepcanbedraggedintotheemptysteptoincreaseitsnotevalue.

Thereisatranspositionoffsetaboveeachstepwitharangeof+/24semitones.Clickonthe
"0"torevealthemenuandselectthedesiredsemitonetransposition.

ARPEGGIATORRange

Thethinbluebarunderthestepsdetermineshowmanystepsthepatternwillhave.Tochange
thenumberofsteps,selecttherightendoftheRangeSlideranddragitleftorrightuntilthe
desirednumberofstepsisset.

NOTEDraggingtheRangeSlidertotheleftinordertoshortenthepatterndoesnot
deletestepsitmerelyhidesthem.Youcanaccessthemagainbymovingthesliderto
theright.

Range132

ARPEGGIATORGrooveLock

GrooveLockisoneofOmnispheresmostinnovatenewfeatures.Inthepast,arpeggiators
havealwayshadafixedtiming,sotheyvehadlimitedusefulnessingenresoutsideof
electronicmusic.WithGrooveLockyoucanlockthegrooveoftheArpeggiatortothefeelof
anyStylusRMXorStandardMIDIfile.Thisdramaticallyexpandstherhythmicpotentialof
theOmnisphereArpeggiator.
AnyMIDIdatafromStylusRMXincludingGroovesthathavehadChaosappliedtothemcan
bedraggedfromStylusRMXsMIDIFilefieldintoOmnispheresGrooveLockfield.Thename
oftheRMXGrooveisalsocarriedover.
Aswell,thefeelofanystandardMIDIfilecanbeusedasareferenceforGrooveLock.Thisis
achievedbyloadingastandardMIDIfileintoGrooveLockusingdraganddroportheMIDI
filebrowser.ThisisexplainedintheMIDIfilebrowsingsection.
GroovescanbedraggedfromeitherofStylusRMXstwoMIDIFilefields,locatedonthe
DirectorypageorontheChaospage.

StylusRMXDirectoryPage

StylusRMXChaosPage

ClickanddragthenameoftheMIDIfilefromStylusRMXintotheGrooveLockfieldbelow
theArpeggiatordisplaytolockthefeelofOmnisphereandStylusRMXtogether.

GrooveLockisnotlimitedtoStylusRMXMIDIdata,anystandardMIDIfilecanbedragged
intoOmnispheresGrooveLockfeature.ThisisexplainedintheMIDIfilebrowsingsection.

GROOVELOCKStrength&Clear

StrengthisablendcontrolthatdetermineshowmuchtheimportedMIDIgroovewillaffectthe
feeloftheArpeggiatorspattern.Atminimumsetting,Omnispherewillignoretheimported
MIDIgrooveinfavorofastandard,straightgridfeel.WithStrengthsettomaximum,the
importedMIDIgroovewillcompletelyoverridethegridandbasethefeeloftheArpeggiators
patternontheimportedgroove.

ClearstheMIDIfilefromthefromtheGrooveLockfield.

GROOVELOCKMIDIFileBrowsing

Inadditiontodraganddrop,itsalsopossibletoclickinsidetheGrooveLockfieldtoopena
filedialog,whichallowsbrowsingtoany.MIDfileonyourcomputerthatyouwishtoimportinto
theArpeggiator.


NOTE:Omnispherewillonlyrecognizethefirst128MIDInoteeventsina.MIDfile,so
anysubsequentnotesareignored.

GROOVELOCKIndicatorDots

WhenaMIDIfilehasbeenimportedordraggedintotheGrooveLockfield,aseriesofsmall
bluedotswillappeardirectlybelowtheArpeggiatorsteps.Thesedotsserveadualpurpose.
TheyconfirmthatGrooveLockhasreceivedMIDIdataandprovideavisualreferenceforthe
feeloftheMIDIcontent.ChangingtheArpeggiatorsClockvaluewillchangetheresolutionof
thebluedots.

ArpeggiatorClocksetto1/8

ArpeggiatorClocksetto1/16

TheGrooveLockfeatureusesthetimingandnotevaluesoftheMIDIcontent,notthe
melodicvalue.ThismeansthatOmnispherelockstothefeelorgrooveoftheclip,nottothe
musicalpatternitself.ThisappliestopolyphonicMIDIfilesaswell.

MIXERPAGEIntroduction

TheMIXERpageprovidesacompleteoverviewofallthePartsinaMULTI.AlleightPartsare
displayedinatraditionaleightchannelMixerlayout,witheachParthavingthefollowing
adjustablesettings:

MIDIChannel
OutputChannel
MuteandSolo
PatchName(displaysthePatchloadedintothePart,andprovidesdirectaccess
tothePatchBrowser)
PartLevel&Pan
AuxSends1~4

MIXERPartNumber&MIDIChannel

PartNumber

EachofOmnisphereseightpartsisnumberedalongthefarleftoftheMIXERpage.

MIDIChannel

Bydefault,Parts1~8areassignedsequentiallytoMIDIChannels1~8.However,eachPart
inaMULTIcanbesettorespondtoanyoneof16MIDIchannels.Selectthedesiredchannel
fromtheMIDIChanneldropdownmenu.

Range1to16

NOTE:WhileeitherLIVEMODEorSTACKMODEisenabled,thesesettingsareignored.

MIXERMute&Solo

Mute

SelectingtheMButtonmutestheaudiooutputforthatPart.However,thePartisstillplaying
inthebackgroundwhenmuted,andwillcontinuetouseCPUresources.

Solo

SelectingtheSButtonwillSoloaPart.WhentheSolobuttonisselected,onlythatPartwillbe
heardandallotherPartswillbemuted.ItispossibletoSolomultiplePartsbyselecting
additionalSolobuttons.

NOTE:TheSoloandMuteButtonscanbeMIDILearned.Usingthisfeaturecanmakeit
veryeasytoMuteorSolomultiplePartssimultaneously.CheckouttheMIDILearn
chapterformoreinformation.

MIXEROutputAssignment

Bydefault,Parts1~8areassignedtoOUTA.However,eachPartinaMULTIcanberoutedto
anyoneofthe8Outputchannels.SelectthedesiredchannelfromtheOutputChanneldrop
downmenu.

RangeOUTAOUTH

NOTEPleaserefertotheFXArchitecturesectionformoredetailabouthow
OmnispheresOutputsandFXarerouted.

MIXERPatchNameDisplay

ThePatchNameDisplayshowsthecurrentlyloadedPatch.ClickingthePatchNameDisplaywill
openthePatchBrowser.PatchescanthenbebrowsedandloadedforthatPart.Closingthe
PatchBrowserwillreturnyoutotheMIXERpage.

NOTE:PleaserefertotheBROWSERsectionofthemanualfordetailedinformation
aboutusingOmnispheresPatchBrowser.

MIXERLevel&Pan

Level

EachParthasaPartLevelfader.Movingthefadertotheleftdecreasesvolume,movingthe
fadertorightincreasesvolume.
TheLevelMeterdisplaysthePartscurrentsignallevel.Althoughthemetercangointothe
red,OmnispherewillrarelydistortonthePartlevel,sodistortionisnotaproblematthis
stage.
Rangeinfto+9.54dB
NOTE:UseCommand/CTRLclicktoresetthefaderto0dB.

Pan

EachParthasaPancontrol.Movingtheknobcounterclockwisepanstotheleft.Movingthe
knobclockwisepanstotheright.
Range0.000to1.000

MIXERAuxSends

EachofthefourAuxSendshasitsownFXRack(accessedbyselectingtheFXButtonatthetop
oftheMIXER).TheAUX1~AUX4knobsletyoucontroltheamountofFXappliedtothePart.

NOTE:TheAuxSendsFXaresharedbyall8PartsintheMULTI.PleaseseetheFX
chapterforasignalflowdiagram.

CPUCONSERVATIONANDMUTING
Whenall32AuxSendknobsareinthezeroposition(fullycounterclockwise),allAuxSendFX
willbeinternallybypassedtoconserveCPUpower.
Conversely,ifanyoneoftheAuxSendknobsisnotinthezeroposition,thenallAuxSendFX
willbeenabled.
ToconserveCPUpower,pleasemakesurethatallAuxSendsontheMIXERpageareinthe
zeropositionwhennotinuse.

NOTE:PleaserefertotheCONCEPTSsectiononCPUOptimizationformoretipson
gettingthebestperformancefromtheinstrument.

STACKMODEIntroduction

STACKMODEisapowerfulfeaturedesignedforcreatingsplits,layers,andcrossfadeswithup
toeightPartsatonce.STACKMODEoffersaflexibleenvironmentforeitherliveperformance
orcomposing.STACKMODEisespeciallyusefulforrecordingamultiPartperformanceusinga
singleMIDItrackinyourhostsequencer.
UsingLatchandTriggerModestogetherwithStackModeallowsyoutocreatecomplexmulti
Partperformancesthatcanbelayeredandquantizedinrealtime.
UseSTACKMODEinsteadofLIVEMODEwhenyouwanttocreatesplitsandcrossfades,and
playallthePartsusingasingleMIDIchannel.
TherearethreedifferentwaystointeractwithPartsusingSTACKMODE:NOTES,VELOCITY,
andCC.AlthoughtheyallsharethesameSTACKMODEGridlayout,theyareappliedvery
differentlyfromoneanother.
UsingNOTES,eachPartRegionismappedtoaMIDINoterange,allowingyoutomapsplits,
layersandpositionalcrossfadesacrossyourkeyboard.UsingVELOCITY,eachPartRegion
respondstoaspecificVelocityrange,sonomatterwhereyouareplayingonthekeyboard,
differentPartRegionscanbetriggeredbyplayingharderorsofter.UsingCC,PartRegionscan
beswitchedandcrossfadedusingMIDIControlChangemessages.

NOTE:STACKMODEworkswithmultiplepatchessimultaneously,soitrequiresa
powerfulcomputertomakethebestuseofit.Tooptimizeperformance,mutePatch
FXlikeReverbsandDelaysandusethesharedAuxSendsFXinstead.

EnablingStackMode


ToenableSTACKMODE,selectthePowerButtontotheleftoftheSTACKMODElabel.
WhenSTACKMODEisenabled,youllseeSTACKMODEdisplayedintheleftsideofthe
Omnisphereheader.Thiswillbevisiblefromanypageintheplugin.

STACKMODEPresetsMenu

AllSTACKMODEsettings(exceptMIDIChannel,whichwillalwaysdefaulttoAny)aresaved
andrecalledwiththeMULTI,whichmeansyoucansetupaMULTIspecificallyforusewith
STACKMODEenabled.
InadditiontosavingandloadingcompleteMULTIS,StackPresetscanbeindependentlysaved
andloadedfromthedropdownmenuatthetopoftheSTACKMODEpage.
AStackPresetonlysavesandrecallsthelayoutoftheSTACKMODEGrid.Thisincludesthe
positionsofalladdedPartRegions,andtheoriginalPartnumbersassociatedtothoseRegions.
WhenaStackPresetisloaded,itwillreplacethelayoutoftheSTACKMODEGrid.PartRegions
willbeautomaticallymatchedtothesamePartnumberstheywereassignedwhenthePreset
wassaved.

NOTE:StackPresetsdonotstorePatches,PartNames,CCassignments,orwhich
setting(NOTES,VELOCITYorCC)wasselectedatthetimetheStackPresetwassaved.

STACKMODEMIDIChannelMenu

AllofthePartsinSTACKMODErespondtoasingleMIDIChannel,evenifthePartsare
assignedtodifferentMIDIChannelsontheMixerpage.UsetheMIDIChannelmenutochoose
whichMIDIChannelSTACKMODEwillrespondto.

RangeAny,CH:1CH:16

STACKMODEMIDICCMenu

UsetheMIDICCmenutochoosewhichMIDIControlChangenumberSTACKMODEwillrespond
towhenusingtheCCsetting.

NOTE:WhenusingCC,allPartsaddedtotheStackModeGridwillbetriggered
simultaneouslywhennotesareplayed,eveniftheirRegionsareoutsidetheCCvalue
range,andnotoutputtingaudio.Therefore,thisfeaturecanputahighdemandonthe
CPU.

STACKMODEGrid

TheStackModeGridismadeupof8horizontalRows,eachdividedby128linescorresponding
tothefullrangeofpossibleMIDIvalues.
Upto8PartscanbearrangedontheSTACKMODEGridasRegions.ARegionwillalways
correspondtoonePart,andisdisplayedhorizontallyalongaRow.Onceaddedtothegrid,
Regionscanbemoved,resizedoreditedusingtheMouse.
OneRowcancontainmultiplePartRegions,buteachPartcanonlybepresentinoneRowata
time.

STACKMODEOperationModes

TherearethreewaysthatPartRegionscanbeusedinSTACKMODE:NOTES,VELOandCC.
Onlyoneofthesecanbeactiveatatime.

STACKMODEOPERATIONSMODESNotes

WhenNOTESisselected,PartRegionsaremappedtoaMIDINoterange,allowingyoutomap
splits,layersandpositionalcrossfadesacrossthekeyboard.Eachofthe128linesinthegrid
correspondtoaMIDINotenumber,andRegionscanbemappedoveratenoctaverange.
WhenNOTESisselected,aminikeyboardisdisplayedatthebottomoftheStackModeGrid

NOTE:Theminikeyboardwillhighlightnotesinblueastheyareplayed.Notes
highlightedinredarenotesthathavebeenMIDINoteLearnedinLIVEMODE,andare
shownforreferenceonly.

STACKMODEOPERATIONSMODESVelocity

WhenVELOisselected,PartRegionsaremappedtoaspecificVelocityrange.Themini
keyboardisnotdisplayed.Instead,thehorizontalaxisrepresentsthe128Velocityvalues.This
allowsVelocityswitchingandcrossfadingofParts.Forexample,whichPartisplayeddepends
onhowhardorsofttheMIDIkeyboardisplayed.
ThehorizontalaxisshowswhitereferencenumbersforVelocityvaluesandalsodisplays
incomingMIDINotemessages.Themarkersonthehorizontalaxisrangefrom1127.When
youplaynotes,theirVelocityvalueswillbedisplayedbyblueverticalbars.

PartsontheleftsideoftheGridwillbetriggeredatlowerVelocitylevels,whileathigher
Velocity,PartsontherightsideoftheGridwillbetriggered.
Intheexamplebelow,allthePartswillbetriggeredexcepttheRegionatthefarright,whichis
mappedtoaVelocityrangeof109128.

Inthisexample,playingatlowerVelocityvaluestriggersthetwoPartsontheleft.


Inthisexample,playingatmediumVelocityvaluescrossfadestotheRegioninthecenterof
theGrid.

Finally,asVelocityincreasesfurther,thenextRegiontotherightwillbetriggeredbyhigher
Velocityvalues.

STACKMODEOPERATIONSMODESCC

WhenCCisselected,PartRegionscanbeswitchedorcrossfadedusingMIDICCmessages.
ThisisusefulforcrossfadingpatchesfromaMIDIhardwaresliderorknob.EachRegioncanbe
mappedtospecificvaluesacrosstheMIDICCsrange.TheMIDIControlChangenumberthat
STACKMODEusesischosenfromtheMIDICCmenuontheSTACKMODEpage.

OncetheMIDIControlChangeNumberhasbeenchosen,alloftheRegionswillrespondtothat
CCnumber.ThecurrentMIDICCvalueisdisplayedatthebottomoftheStackModeGrid,
similartoVELOmode,butonlythecurrentvalueisvisible.Whileholdingnotesdown,thevalue
displaywillupdateasyousweepacrosstherangeofCCvalues.

NOTE:WhenusingCC,allPartsaddedtotheStackModeGridwillbetriggered
simultaneouslywhennotesareplayed,eveniftheirRegionsareoutsidetheCCvalue
range,andnotoutputtingaudio.Therefore,thisfeaturecanputahighdemandonthe
CPU.

NOTE:MIDICC32(bankselect)isnotavailable.

STACKMODEAdding&RemovingParts

ToaddaPart,Right/ControlClickonthedesiredRowintheStackModeGrid,thenchoosea
Partfromthemenu.AllofthePatchesloadedintothecurrentMultiwillappearinthismenu.
AnyunassignedPartswilldisplayas.

NOTE:YoucanaddPartstotheStackModeGridthathavenoPatchesloadedyet.

Toplacetwo(ormore)PartsonthesameRowsimplyRight/ControlClickonaRowagain,and
selectAddPartforeachPartthatyouwanttoaddtothatRow.Upto8Partscanbeaddedto
asingleRow,howeveritisusuallysimplesttoassigneachParttoitsowncorrespondingRow.
ToremoveaPartfromanyRow,Right/ControlClickontheRegionandselectRemovethis
Part.

NOTE:RemovingaPartfromtheSTACKMODEgriddoesntremovethatPartfromthe
Multi,soitcanbeaddedbacktothegridagainifdesired.WhenreaddingaPart,all
previouschangesmadetoitsRegion(position,widthandfades)areretainedwhen
addedbacktothegrid.

STACKMODEMoving,Crossfading&ResizingRegions

MovingTomoveaRegion,clickinsidetheRegionanddraghorizontally.

NOTE:YoucanonlydragRegionshorizontally,andnotverticallyacrossRows.To
relocateaParttoanotherRow,simplyaddtheParttothedesiredRowusingtheAdd
Partcontextualmenu.ThePartwillrelocate,withitsRegionsettings(position,width
andfades)intact.

ResizinganddragthelowerrightorlowerleftcornerofaRegiontoincreaseordecrease
itswidth.IftwoRegionsareonthesameRowandcrossfadedtogether,resizingwillonly
changethewidthoftheselectedRegion.

FadingToadetoaRegion,selecttheupperrightorupperleftcorneroftheRegionand
dragthecornerinward.Thefurtherthecornerisdragged,themoregradualtherampandthe
longerthefadewillbe.
Youcanshortenorremoveafadebydraggingtheuppercornerofthefadeoutward.

Contiguous&CrossfadeTohavecontiguousorcrossfadedRegions,bothRegionsmustbe
onthesameRow.OnceonthesameRow,Regionscanbeplacedsidebysideforcontiguous
layout.

TocrossfadetwoRegions,placetwoRegionsonthesameRow.CreateafadeononeRegion
(onthesidefacingtheotherRegion),thendragthefadedRegiontowardtheother.Whenthe
Regionstouch,Omnispherewillautomaticallycreateacrossfade.

Dragginginsidethecrossfadedareawillmovethecrossfadewithoutchangingitslength.This
willnotmovetheRegionsthemselves,althoughtherelativelengthoftheRegionswillchange
accordingly.
Draggingontheuppercornersofthecrossfadewillincreaseordecreasethelengthofthe
crossfade,withoutmovingeitherRegion.Again,therelativelengthoftheRegionswillchange
accordingly.

accordingly.

STACKMODEPatchBrowserAccess

ToaccessthePatchBrowserforaspecificPart,control/rightclickitsPartRegionandselectthe
Popupbrowsertochoosenewpatchoptionfromthecontextmenu.ClosingthePatchBrowser
willtakeyoubacktotheStackModepage.

STACKMODELatch&TriggerModes

LIVEMODEIntroduction

LIVEMODEisapowerfulfeaturethatallowsyoutoseamlesslyswitchandlayerPatches.LIVE
MODEwasdesignedforuseinaliveperformanceenvironment,butisalsoaninspiringwayto
interactwiththesoundsofOmnisphereincompositionandproductionsituations.LIVEMODEis
especiallyusefulforrecordingamultiPartperformanceusingasingleMIDItrackinyourhost
sequencer.
UsingLatchandTriggerModestogetherwithLiveModeallowspowerfulcontrolovermultiPart
performancesthatcanbeswitched,layeredandquantizedinrealtime.
UseLIVEMODEwhenyouwanttoswitchandlayerPartsonthefly,orneedenhancedinterface
visibilityinaliveenvironment.LIVEMODEisalsoidealifyouhavetwodifferentMIDIhardware
controllersconnectedtoOmnisphere.
LIVEMODEoffersmultiplePartselectionmethodsthatcanbeMIDILearnedandusedfor
switchingandlayeringParts.Thedifferentselectionmethodscanallbeusedatthesametime.
ThisprovidesacreativeandflexiblemethodofworkingsimultaneouslywithallthePartsthat
makeupaMULTI.
InLIVEMODEitspossibletoseamlesslyswitchbetweenPartswithoutinterruptinganalready
playingPart.Forexample,sustainednotesonPart1wontcutofforchangeafterswitchingto
andplayingnotesonPart2..
WhenswitchingfromaPatchwithalongreleasetime,anewPartcanbeselectedandplayed
withoutcuttingoffthereleasesoundofthepreviousPatch.
TheLIVEMODEpagehaseightSlots,eachcorrespondingtoanOmnispherePart.Patchnames
aredisplayedinlarge,easytoreadtype,sotheyareclearlyvisiblewhileonstage.
APartcanbeplayedwhenitsselected(ahighlightedPartindicatesthatitisselected).Parts
thatarenotselectedwillnotrespondtoincomingMIDINotes.Patchescanbelayeredby
selectingmultipleParts.
InLIVEMODE,allofthePartsrespondtoasingleMIDIchannel(ortwoMIDIchannelswhenin
DualLiveMode).
AnyPartcanbemutedandsoloed,andcontrolsareavailableforeachParttoadjustmixlevels
andaccessthePatchBrowser.

YoucanalsouseyourSTACKMODEregionsinLIVEMODE,byturningON"StackModeNote
Regions"intheLIVEMODEzoom.ThisgivesyoutheflexibilitytocombinetheinstantPart
selectionfromLiveModewiththeStackModesplitsandlayeringcapabilities.

PowerButton

ToenableLIVEMODE,selectthePowerButtontotheleftoftheLIVEMODElabel.
WhenLIVEMODEisenabled,youllseeLIVEMODEdisplayedontheleftsideofthe
Omnisphereheader.Thiswillbevisiblefromanypageintheplugin.

NOTE:LiveModecanberemotelycontrolledfromaniPadusingOmniTR

LIVEMODESelectingParts

TogetthemostoutofLIVEMODE,itcanoftenbemoreconvenienttoswitchPartsremotely
(ratherthanbyusingthemouse),byMIDILearningthePartswitches,orbyusingOmniTR
ourremotecontrolappfortheiPad.
ToMIDILearnaPart,Right/ControlclickonitsSlottoopenthecontextualmenu,thenchoose
thePartselectionmethodyouwouldliketoMIDIlearn.

MIDICCLearn:
SelectMIDICCLearnfromthemenu,andthenphysicallymoveacontrolonyourMIDIdevice.
ThecontrolonyourMIDIdevicewillnowselectthePart.
MIDINoteLearn(KeySelect):
SelectMIDINoteLearnfromthemenu,andthenplayanotefromyourMIDIcontroller.That
notewillnowselectthePart.

NOTE:LearnedMIDINoteswilldisplayasredhighlightedkeysontheSTACKMODE
minikeyboard.SelecttheNotessettingontheSTACKMODEpagetodisplaythemini
keyboard.

MIDIProgramChange:
electMIDIProgramChangeLearnfromthemenu,andthenpressaProgramChangebuttonon
yourMIDIdevice.ThisProgramChangebuttonwillnowselectthePart.
Therearethreemodesavailable(Touch,Latch,andSwitch)thatdeterminehowthePart
selectionmethodsoperate.SeetheLIVEMODESettingssectionfordetails.

NOTE:MultipleassignmentscanbemadeforaPart.Forexample,youcanassignboth
MIDIKeySelectandMIDICCtoasinglePartSlot.

MIDIKeySelectandMIDICCtoasinglePartSlot.

LIVEMODEShowMenu

LIVEMODEoffersfivewaystoswitchorlayertheeightPartsviaMIDINotes,MIDICC
messages,MIDIProgramChange,viathemouseorwithOmniTR.Thefirstthreemethodsuse
MIDILearntosetuphowthePartswillrespond.Althoughallmethodscanbeactiveatthesame
time,onlyonecanbedisplayedatatimeontheinterface.TheSHOWMENUletsyouchoose
whichPartselectionmethodsinformationisdisplayedontheLIVEMODEpage.
PartNumbersorMIDILearnassignmentsaredisplayedintheboxestotheleftofthePart
names,eitherindividuallyorgroupedwiththeoptionalMixerControls.WhentheMixerControls
areenabled,thisinformationisdisplayedintheupperrightcorneroftheMixerControlsbox.

Intheexamplesbelow,thePartsareillustratedwithandwithouttheMixerControlsenabled.

SHOW:KeySelect
DisplaystheMIDINoteassignedtoselectthePart.

SHOW:MIDICC
DisplaystheMIDIControlChangenumberassignedtoselectthePart.


SHOW:ProgramChange
DisplaystheMIDIProgramChangenumberassignedtoselectthePart.

SHOW:PartNumber
Thisisthedefaultdisplay,whichcorrespondstotheactualPartNumber.

LIVEMODEReorderingParts

PartscanbereorderedbydragginganddroppingthembetweentheeightSlots.Droppinga
PartintoanoccupiedSlotdoesntdeletetheexistingPart.Instead,alltheremainingPartswill
movetomakeroomforthedroppedPart.

NOTE:ReorderingPartsintheLIVEMODEdisplaywillnotchangetheirpositionsinthe
MIXER.Forexample,aPatchloadedintoPart3oftheMIXERwillremainasPart3,
regardlessofwhichPartSlotitoccupiesontheLIVEMODEpage.
NOTE:MIDILearnassignmentsarespecifictotheSlot,nottothePart.When
reorderingParts,MIDILearnassignmentsdonotmovewiththem,butremainwiththe
Slot.

LIVEMODEMixerControls

DisplaysthebasicmixcontrolsforeachoftheeightParts,andincludesaMutebutton,Solo
button,aLevelsliderandaFoldericontoaccessthePatchBrowser.Anychangesmadeusing
theMixerControlsontheLIVEMODEpagewillbereflectedontheMIXERpage,sincetheyare
thesameparameters.

MuteMutesthePart.MultiplePartscanbeMuted.This
isaduplicateoftheMutebuttonfromtheMIXERpage,
andcanbeMIDILearned.

SoloallPartsexcepttheonethatsbeenselected.
MultiplePartscanbeSoloed.Thisisaduplicateofthe
SolobuttonfromtheMIXERpage,andcanbeMIDI
Learned.

PatchBrowserOpensthePatchBrowser,allowing
PatchestobeloadedintothePart.ClosingthePatch
BrowserreturnstotheLIVEMODEpage.

LevelControlstheoutputlevelofthePart.Thisisa
duplicateoftheLevelsliderfromtheMIXERpage,and
canbeMIDILearned.

LIVEMODEDualLiveMode

DualLiveModeaddsasecondMIDIchanneltoLiveMode,andisdesignedforusewithtwo
MIDIcontrollers.ItdividestheeightPartsintotwocolumnsoffourPartseach(Parts14,and
Parts58).EachcolumncanreceiveMIDImessagesonitsownMIDIchannel.Thecolor
schemeischangedsothatthesecondcolumnishighlightedinwhiteinsteadofblue.

NOTE:PartscanstillbereorderedinDualLiveMode.Partscanalsobemovedbetween
thetwocolumns(andthereforeswitchedbetweenMIDIchannels),simplybydragging
themfromonecolumntotheother.

TIP:UsingDualLiveModewithtwoMIDIcontrollers,itspossibletosetuponeMIDI
ControllertobeusedexclusivelyforplayingtheeightParts,whiletheotherMIDI
ControllerisdedicatedtoPartselection.

LIVEMODELatch&TriggerModes

TheLatchModeandTriggerModefeaturesextendthemultitimbralperformancecapabilitiesof
Omnisphere,especiallywhenusedtogetherwithLiveModeorStackMode.
Theyenablerealtimecreationofcomplex,multiPartperformanceswithfullsynchronization
betweenParts,andacrossmultipleOmnisphere,TrilianandStylusRMXinstances,withoutthe
needfortraditionalsequencingtechniques.
LatchModecausesnotestobeheldwhenplayed(ortoggledoffwhenplayedagain),allowing
quicktriggeringofrepeatingarpeggiatedphrasesorsustainedsounds,whilefreeingthehands
toplayadditionalnotesforlayering,orforswitchingtootherPartstoplaynewphrasesontop.
UsingTriggerModes,incomingMIDInotescanbequantizedinrealtime,makingitveryeasy
toexperimentandimprovisealongwithotherPartsandclockedsourceswithoutlosing
synchronization.Thesefeaturesarealotoffuntouseforjammingandbuildingupideas
quickly!
Usedtogether,theyenableawiderangeofcreativeperformance,liveremixing,and
compositiontechniquestodiscoverandexplore.

LIVEMODELatchMode

WhenLatchModeisenabledforaPart,repeatedlyplayinganotewilltogglethenoteonand
off.Whenitistoggledon,thenotewillcontinuetosustain,evenifthenoteisreleased.Playing
thesamenoteagainwilltoggleitoff.
LatchModeisaccessedfromtheLIVEMODEpage,usingtheLatchModeViewbutton.

NOTE:APartsLatchModestatuscanalsobeviewed&changedfromtheSTACKMODE
pageusingPartRegionsandtheircontextmenus,orfromtheEDITPage,usingthe
controlsintheFooter.

LatchModeallowsrapidandcreativelayeringofmultiplenotesorParts,whichyoucanthen
playalongwithbyswitchingtootherPartsinLiveMode.UsingLatchModeisextremelyuseful
whenworkingwithrhythmicsounds,andusedtogetherwithTriggerModes,allowsoneshot
triggeringofsoundsquantizedinrealtime.
LatchModeissetindependentlyforeachoftheeightParts.ItisalsoindependentfromLive
Mode,soLiveModedoesnotneedtobeenabledforLatchModetobeactive.

Viewing&EnablingLatchMode
TovieworadjusttheLatchModestatusforaPart,opentheLIVEMODEpage,andselectthe
LatchModeViewbuttontoopentheLatchModeView.

NOTE:TheLatchModeViewbuttontogglesbetweentheLatchModeandLiveMode

NOTE:TheLatchModeViewbuttontogglesbetweentheLatchModeandLiveMode
views.ClosingtheLatchModeViewdoesnotchangeordisabletheLatchModeor
TriggerModesettings.

WhentheLatchModeViewisopen,youwillseetheLatch&TriggerModePartControls.
SelectingtheLatchModeIconforaPartwillenableLatchModeforthatPart.TheIconwill
highlighttoindicatethatLatchModeisenabledforthePart.
IfyouarealreadyholdingsustainednoteswhenyouenableLatchMode,thoseheldnoteswill
belatched.
SelectingtheLatchModeIconagainwilldisableLatchModeforthepart.

....

NOTE:DisablingLatchModeforaPartwhileitsplayingwillimmediatelysendanAll
NotesOffmessagetothePart.ThetailsfromFXandreleasestagesfromenvelopes
willcontinuetodecay.TheAllNotesOffcommandwillapplytoallnotesthatare
playingonthatPart.

LatchModeIconsareMIDIlearnable,soyoucanassignahardwarecontroltoremotelyenable
ordisableLatchModeforaPart.

AllNotesOff

SometimeswhenusingLatchMode,itspossibletolosetrackofwhichnotesarelatched,oryou
mighthavemultiplePartsplayinginLatchModethatyouwanttostopsimultaneously.
TheAllNotesOffbuttonwillsendanAllNotesOffmessagetoall8Partsatonce.FXtailsand
releasestagesfromenvelopeswillcontinuetodecay,sothecutoffisnotunnaturallyabrupt.
NotesbeingplayedonallPartswillbestopped,regardlessoftheirLatchstatus.
TheAllNotesOffbuttonisMIDIlearnable,whichallowsyoutotriggeritusingahardware
controller.

NOTE:IfyouhavemultiplePartsplayingusingLatchModeandonlywanttostopone
Part,disablethatPartsLatchModeIcontosendanAllNotesOffmessageonlytothat
Part.

LIVEMODETriggerMode

TriggerModeenablesrealtimequantizationofincomingMIDInotes,sothatmultiplePartswill
alwaysplayinsync.
TriggerModeisaccessedfromtheLIVEMODEpage,usingtheLatchModeViewbutton.

NOTE:TriggerModescanalsobeviewed&accessedfromtheSTACKMODEpageusing
PartRegionsandtheircontextmenus,orfromtheEDITPageusingthecontrolsinthe
Footer.

Whenplayingcomplexphrasesorrhythmicsoundsalongwithothersequences,itcanbe
difficulttosyncthoseperformances.TriggerModesolvestheseproblemsbyquantizinglive
MIDIinput.WithTriggerModesotherthanImmediateselected,theplaybackfromeach
incomingMIDInoteisdelayeduntilthethenextpointonthebar/beatgridisreached.This
makesitmucheasiertoplayinaliveperformancesettingwithcompletesynchronization.
TriggerModecontrolstheplaybackstarttimeofMIDInotesplayedliveviaaMIDIcontrolleror
fromMIDInotessentfromaMIDItrackinthehostsequencer.
TriggerModesaresetindependentlyforeachoftheeightParts,andTriggerModesare
independentfromLiveMode,soLiveModedoesnotneedtobeenabledforTriggerModesto
beactive.

UsingTriggerModeinLiveMode
UsingtheswitchingandlayeringcapabilitiesofLiveModetogetherwithTriggerModequantizing

UsingtheswitchingandlayeringcapabilitiesofLiveModetogetherwithTriggerModequantizing
allowsforsomeexcitingperformancepossibilities.Forexample,youcaneasilyswitchbetween
orlayertwodifferentarpeggiatingsounds,withoutworryingaboutfallingoutofsyncasyou
play.
TriggerModescanalsobeusedwhilebrowsingandauditioningsounds.Ifyouhaveselecteda
TriggerModeotherthanImmediateforthePart,thesoundswillbequantizedinrealtimeand
willplayinsyncwiththehostorotherclockedsourceasyouauditionthem.

Viewing&SelectingTriggerModes

ToviewandselecttheTriggerModeforaPart,opentheLIVEMODEpage,andselecttheLatch
ModeViewbuttontoopentheLatchModeView.

NOTE:TheLatchModeViewbuttontogglesbetweentheLatchModeandLiveMode
views.ClosingtheLatchModeViewdoesnotchangeordisableLatchModeorTrigger
Modesettings.

WhentheLatchModeViewisenabled,youwillseetheLatch&TriggerModePartControls.The
TriggerModeIconwilldisplaythecurrentlyselectedTriggerModeforthePart,andallowsyou
toaccesstheTriggerModemenuforthatPart.

SelecttheTriggerModeicon,andchoosethedesiredTriggerModefromdropdownmenu.A
checkmarkwillappearnexttotheselectedoption,andtheTriggerModeiconwillchangeto
reflecttheselectedTriggerMode.

TriggerModes
Immediate:thisisthedefaultTriggerMode.MIDIinputisnotquantized,and
playbackofMIDInotesisimmediate.
Next16th:thisoptiondelaystheplaybackofincomingMIDInotestothenext
16thnote.Inotherwords,notesarequantizedinrealtimetothenext16thnote.
Ifyouplayaheadofthenext16th,theremaybeaslightdelaybeforethenote
sounds.Thisdelaywillbeamaximumofa16thnoteatthecurrenttempo.This
modemakesiteasytoplayquickphrasesinperfectsyncwithotherPartsor
clockedsources.
NextBeat:thisoptiondelaysplaybacktothenextbeat.IfincomingMIDInotes

NextBeat:thisoptiondelaysplaybacktothenextbeat.IfincomingMIDInotes
arriveaheadofthenextbeat,thedelayisamaximumofonebeat.NextBeat
modemakesitveryeasytotriggerrhythmicpatchesinperfectsync,andwhen
usedtogetherwithLatchMode,forlayeringphrasesthatarequantizedtothe
beatinrealtime.
NextBar:delaysplaybackuntilthenextbar.IfMIDImessagesarriveaheadof
thenextbar,thedelayisamaximumofonebar.Thismodeisespeciallyusefulif
youwanttosynchronizephrasesonthedownbeatofameasure.Youcanpressa
noteanytimeinthepreviousbaranditwillwaituntilthenextbartoplay.

NOTE:TheselectedTriggerModealsoaffectsaPartsArpeggiator,LFOsandEnvelopes.
Thesewillalsobedelayeduntilthenoteitselfistriggered.

LIVEMODEPrevious/Next

ThePrevious/NextarrowsstepthroughtheeightSlotsoneatatime,changingtheselected
Partwithoutstoppinganynotescurrentlybeingplayed.ThePrevious/NextarrowscanbeMIDI
Learned,sotheycanbetriggeredviaMIDImessages.

WhenDualLiveModeisenabled,twosetsofPrevious/Nextarrowswillbevisible.Theleftset
willstepthroughPartSlots14,andtherightsetwillstepthroughPartSlots58.Bothsets
canbeMIDIlearnedviatheirrespectiveMIDIchannels.

LIVEMODEStackModeNoteRegions

OmnisphereallowsthePartsplitting,layeringandfadingfeaturesofSTACKMODEtobeused
incombinationwithLiveMode.Therearetimesinliveperformancewhensplitsaredesiredat
thesametimeinstantlyswitchingbetweenPartsisneeded.Thiscanbeachievedbyclickingon
the"StackModeNoteRegions"PowerButtonintheLiveModeSettingspage.

When"StackModeNoteRegions"isturnedON,therangeandfadesettingscurrentlysetfor
eachoftheregionsintheStackmodepagearealsomadeactiveinLiveMode.WhenLive
ModeisONand"UseNoteRegionsfromStackmode"isON,thentheStackModeregionswill
bewhiteinsteadofblue.
Hereisapracticalexampleofhowitworks:
Part1hasanarpeggiatedsynthsoundthatyoudliketouseintheintroofasong.Part2hasa
synthbass,andPart3hasapad,bothfortheverse.
InStackMode,theregionforPart1coverstheentirekeyboardrange,Part2issettoplayon
theleftsideofthekeyboardandPart3toplayontheright.
InLiveMode,enable"StackModeNoteRegions.Now,usingeitheryourcomputerorOmniTR,
youcanselectPart1fortheintroandrightbeforetheverse,selectParts2and3
simultaneously.Yourkeyboardwillbenowdividedintotwoparts,withthebassontheleftand
thepadontheright.

NOTE:TurningtheStackModepowerbuttonONengagesSTACKMODEandturnsLive
ModeOFF.TheStackModeregionsturnblueand"StackMode"willbedisplayedinthe
header.

LIVEMODESettingsZoom

TheSETTINGSpageallowstheconfigurationofLIVEMODEparameters.TheseincludethePart
selectionmethodsthatLIVEMODEwillrespondto,aswellassettingsforMIDIChannel,Modes,
andDisplayFormats.

SettingsinDualLiveMode
WhenDualLiveModeisenabled,theSettingsoptionsareduplicatedforbothchannelsand
groupedasParts14andParts58(correspondingtothetwocolumnsinDualLiveMode).This
allowssettingstobecustomizedindividuallyforeachMIDIdevice.


NOTE:LIVEMODESettingsaresavedwiththeMULTI.

KeySelect

Whenenabled,PartscanbeselectedusinglearnedMIDIProgramChangemessages.When
disabled,PartswillnotrespondtoProgramChangemessages.

ProgramChange

Whenenabled,PartscanbeselectedusinglearnedMIDIProgramChangemessages.When
disabled,PartswillnotrespondtoProgramChangemessages.

KeySelect

henenabled,PartscanbeselectedusinglearnedMIDINotemessages.Whendisabled,Parts
willnotrespondtoMIDINotemessages.

NOTE:EvenwhentheMIDICC,PROGRAMCHANGEorKEYSELECTbuttonsaredisabled,
youcanstilladdnewMIDILearnassignments.LIVEMODEwillmakethenew
assignments,butwillnotrespondtothoseMIDImessagesuntiltherespectivePower
Buttonisenabled.

StackModeNoteRegions

Whenenabled,youcanusethesplitting,layeringandfadingfeaturesofSTACKMODEin
combinationwithLiveMode.

MIDIChannel

DetermineswhichMIDIChannelLIVEMODEwillrespondto.
AnyWillrespondtoMIDImessagessentfromanyMIDIchannel.
CH:XXWillrespondtoMIDImessagessentfromthespecifiedMIDIchannel.

MouseSelectMode

Partscanbeselected(ordeselected)usingaMouse.
LatchLatchModesanon/offtoggle,sowhenaPartisfirstselectedwiththe
Mousecursor,itcanbeplayed.Whenitsselectedagain,thePartis
deselected.UsingLatchmode,multiplePartscanbeselectedforlayeredplaying.
TouchOnlythePartcuselectedwiththeMousecursorcanbeplayed.
SelectinganotherPartswitchestothenewPart.Touchmodeisusefulfor
switchingsoundsquicklyandisthedefaultMouseSelectMode.

MIDICCMode

PartscanbeselectedordeselectedusingMIDIControlChangemessages.
LatchLatchModeactsasanon/offtoggle.SendingalearnedMIDICC
messagetoaPartwillselectit.AnothermessagefromthatMIDICCassignment
willdeselectthePart.

NOTE:LatchModeisintendedforusewithMIDIcontrollersthataresetto
usemomentarymode.IfyourMIDIcontrollerissettousetogglemode,
youshoulduseSwitchModeinsteadofLatchModewhenusingMIDICC.

TouchSendingalearnedMIDICCmessagetoaPartwillselectit,andallother
Partswillbedeselected.OnlyonePartcanbeselectedatatimeusingTouch
ModewithMIDICC.

NOTE:IfyouwanttouseTouchModetoselectmultiplePartsatonce,
pleaseuseKeySelectratherthanMIDICC.UsingTouchModewithKey
SelectsupportstheselectionofmultipleParts.

SwitchThedefaultMode.Partswillbeselectedcorrespondingexactlywiththe
actionsofthelearnedMIDICCmessages.IfthelearnedCCisat0,thePartis
deselected.IfthelearnedCCisat127,thePartisselected.

NOTE:EachPartrespondstotheCCeventsfromyourMIDIcontroller
basedonhowyouhavetheMIDIbuttonsprogrammed.Youcanprogram
yourMIDIcontrollerintogglemodeormomentarymodeandtheParts
willrespondaccordingly.

KeySelectMode

PartscanbeselectedordeselectedusingMIDINotemessages,suchasnotesonyourMIDI
keyboard.Oncenoteshavebeenlearnedtheywillnolongertriggersoundswhensent,butwill
insteadselectanddeselectPartsaccordingtothechosenmode.
LatchLatchmodeactsasanon/offtoggle.SendingalearnedMIDINote
messagetoaPartwillselectit.SendingthenoteagainwilldeselectthePart.
TouchSendingalearnedMIDINotetoaPartwillselectit,andallotherParts
willbedeselected.IfmultipleMIDINotemessagesaresentatonce,any
combinationofPartscanbeselectedatonce.ThisisthedefaultKeySelectmode
andisveryusefulforliveperformance,sinceitallowsinstantselectionofany
combinationofParts.
SwitchartswillremainselectedonlywhileholdingdowntheassignedNoteon
aMIDIkeyboard.

KeySelectDisplayFormat

MiddleC(notenumber60)isreferredtointwodifferentwaysaseitherC3orC4depending
ontheMIDIdevicemanufacturer.Youcanchooseeithernumberingconvention,basedonyour
keyboardoryourhostsoftware.Pleaserefertoyourdeviceorhostsownersmanualto
determinewhichisthecorrectsetting

ProgramChangeDisplayFormat

TheLIVEMODEdisplaycanaccommodatedifferentProgramChangenumberingsystems.
SomeMIDIdeviceshaveProgramChangesystemsthatarebasedon8numbersinsteadof
10.Othersuse0127or1128.Thisoptionallowsyoutochangethedisplaytomatchyour
MIDIdevice.PleaseconsultyourMIDIdevicesownersmanualtodeterminewhichisthe
correctsetting.

SYSTEM

TheSystempageinOmnisphereisauniversalcontrolareathatgovernshowOmnispheres
soundsarestreamed,setsomeuserdefaultsandconfiguresthemodulationcontrols.

SYSTEMMemoryManagement

TheSampleMemoryMenuallowsyoutomanuallylimittheamountofvirtualmemory
OmnispherecanuseforSampleMemory.
ThedefaultisProcesslimit.Todisablememorylimitalerts,useNolimitonSampleMemory
instead.

Selectingavaluefromthedropdownmenusetsthemaximumamountofvirtualmemory
Omnispherewillhaveavailabletouse.
Usingtheupdownstepperswillstepthroughtheavailablevalues

NOTE:OmnisphereSoundsourcescanrequireagreatdealofmemory.Whenlimiting
theamountofmemoryavailabletoOmnisphere,itisagoodideatoalsoapplySample
ThinningusingthePatchBrowserLiteVersionfeature,orthethinningoptionsonthe
SoundsourceZoomEditView.

MemoryMeter
TheMemoryMeterdisplaystheamountofmemorycurrentlyinusebyOmnisphere,alongwith
theremainingavailablememory.ThisdisplaymirrorstheMemoryGaugefoundontheBrowser
Pages.


NOTE:WhenServerMode(Maconly)isenabled,theSampleMemoryMenuwillshow
"NolimitonSampleMemory.ThisiscorrectforServerMode.TheMemoryMeterwill
alwaysdisplayMemoryused0mb,butwillcontinuetodisplayyourremaining
availablememory.

SYSTEMStreaming

ThefirstcolumncontainscontrolsforthestreamingfunctioninOmnisphere.Streamingpermits
samplestolargelyresideondisk.Inthiswayyoucanuselargesampleswitharelativelysmall
amountofmemory.

StreamingMode

StreamingModeengagesordisengagesdiscstreaminginOmnisphere.Ifyoudisabledisc
streamingbyselecting"NotStreamed"yoursoundswilltakelongertoload,takeupmoreRAM,
andOmnispherewillwarnyouwithamessage:

WhenusingOmnisphereonaPCit'srecommendedtoleaveModesetto"Streamed"unlessyou
knowwhatyouaredoing(e.g.havelotsofphysicalmemory)orneedtodisableharddrive
streaming.
OnMac'sthereisanadditionalmodecalled"Server",whichisshortforSampleFileServer.
PleaserefertotheSampleFileServerpageformoredetails.

NOTE:OntheMacversionofOmnisphere,Serverisenabledbydefault.Donotchangeitto
"Streamed"unlessdirectedtobySpectrasonicssupport.

PreLoadMemorySize

Determineshowmuchmemoryisdevotedtosamplepreload.Thehigherthesettings,theless
likelythatglitcheswilloccurduetostreamingproblems.However,turningituprequiresmore
memoryandwillincreasetheloadtimeforSoundsources.
Recommendedvaluesarebetween22,000to66,000,with60,000asthestandarddefault
value.IfpatchesmakeuseTimbreorSampleStart,thisparametermightneedtoberaised
over40,000.

NOTESoundsourcesmustbereloadedwhenchangingthisparameterbeforethenewvalue
willtakeeffect.

Range1000samplesto100,000samples


NumBytesPerRead

Determinesthesizeofeachreadofsampledata.Increasingthissettingimprovesperformance
whenworkingwithasmallnumberoflargesamples.Therecommendedsettingisaround
150,000.ThisparameterisgenerallynotasimportantasthePreLoadMemorySize.Values
smallerthan100,000shouldbeavoided.
Range1000Bytesto480,000Bytes

LockMemory

DeterminesifRAMisdedicatedtoholdingthePreLoadmemory.LockMemoryshouldbekept
onexceptforrarecaseswhereRAMisunavailableforthispurpose(suchasrunningmany
largeapplicationssimultaneously.)Soundsourcesmustbereloadedwhenchangingthis
parameterbeforeitwilltakeeffect.

StreamReadAhead

Thisswitchincreaseslowleveldiscreadaheadsofewerphysicaldischeadmovementsare
neededtoperformseveralconsecutivereadactions.SinceStreamReadAheadimproves
efficiencyinalmostallsituationsitshouldbelefton.

StreamBrake

Thecontrolbalancessystemresourcesbetweenstreamingandotheroperations.Thisisthe
secondmostimportantstreamingparameter,afterthePreLoadMemorySize.Itshould
generallybesettoamoderatevaluearound0.1.Valuesabove0.5mayleadtostreaming
glitchesduetodeferringstreamingreadsinordertogiveprioritytootherprocessing
operationsintheapplication.Turningitdowntozeromaycauseglitchesinotheroperations
duetothestreamingmonopolizingtheCPU.Thereisarelationshipbetweenthisparameterand
theNumBytesPerReadparameter.Whenthatparameteristurnedup,thisparametershould
generallyalsobeturnedup.
Range0.00secondsto1.00seconds

StreamDisplay


LeftnumberThenumberofstreamsinprogress.Shouldnormallybezero,butshouldflash
temporarilytoanonzeronumberwhenanoteisstarted.Ifitstaysnonzeroforseveral
seconds,thatmaybeaproblem,andsoreducingtheBrake(orincreasingthePreLoad)would
berecommended.
MiddlenumberThenumberofnotesinprogress.Shouldbezerowhennonotesareplaying.
Maybea2xor4xmultipleofthenumberofnoteswhendoingvelocitycrossfading,orwhen
therearemultiplelayers.
RightnumberThenumberofsamplesthatare"preloaded"(includingallvoicesinallparts).
ShouldgoupanddownasvariousSoundSourcesareloaded.Itmay"lag"abitbehindload
actions,whichisnormal.
Rightnumberinparenthesisnumberofsamplesloadedin"Streaming=OFF"mode.
ShouldalwaysbezerounlessStreamingisturnedoff.Anerrorisindicatedbythestreaming
statusdisplayatthebottomoftheleftcolumnonthesystempagewhenyouseetwonumbers
attheendofthedisplay

SYSTEMSampleFileServer

OntheMacversionofOmnisphere,theStreamingSwitchisreplacedbytheModemenu,and
providesanadditionalServermodeforloadingsampledata.

NOTE:TheServermodeonlyworksonMac,soyouwontseetheModemenuon
Windows.OnWindows,usea64bithostinstead.

Servermodeisawayofsolvingthe"outofmemory"problemthatcanhappenwhenusing
largesamplesetswith32bithostsandisanalternativetousing64bithosts.TheServermode
shouldbeusedwhenyouarerunninga32bithostonMac,andyouareloadinglargesamples.
IfyouarerunningaMac64bithost(suchasLogic9.1orhigher),itisnotnecessarytoenable
Servermode.

NOTE:TheSampleFileServerusesphysicalRAMtoloadsamples,andaminimumof
6GBofRAMisrecommendedwhenusingServerMode,especiallywhenloadinglarger
KeyswitchMultis.

TheStreamingModeMenucontainsthreeitems:Streamed,NotStreamed,andServer.
StreamedandNotStreamedenableanddisableStreaming.SelecttheServeroptiontoenable
theSampleFileServer.

WhenServerisenabled,anewsystemprocessiscreated(inadditiontothehostprocess)
calledSpectrasonicsServer.ItwillappearintheMacActivityMonitor.Omnispherestartsand
stopsthatprocessautomatically,soyoushouldneverhavetoworryaboutit.

NOTE:Servermodeusesstreaminginternally,sotheremainingstreamrelatedcontrols
intheStreamingsectionarestillappliedandusefulwheninServermode.

SYSTEMMiscellaneousIntroduction

Thisareadeterminesthesettingsformastertuning,theinstrumentsstartuppageand
preferencesforhowtheLayersbehaveintheinterface.

StartupPagePreference

OmnispheresdefaultstartuppageistheMainPage.Thismenuallowsyoutoselectfromeither
theOrb,Visualizer,Info,ControlsorEditpageasthedefault.

StartupDirectoryPreference


FromthismenuitispossibletoselectthePatchdirectorythatwillbeselectedonstartup.Itis
possibletospecifySpectrasonics,Userorthirdpartylibraries.
FromthismenuitispossibletoselectthePatchdirectorythatisloadedatstartup.Hereyou
canspecifyandlimitthestartupdirectorytochoicessuchas"All,""AllSpectrasonics,"
"Projects,""User,"anyoftheSatelliteInstrumentsandLegacyLibraries,aswellasanyofyour
thirdpartylibraries.
Forexample,the"AllSpectrasonics"optionallowsyoutobrowseonlySpectrasonicsPatches,
includingthosefromaSatelliteInstrumentlikeTrilian,andomitsanyUserandthirdparty
sounds.
The"AutoRecall"optionisdesignedforliveuse,loadingasetofpreselectedPatchesand
Browserfiltersatstartup.HavingtheBrowserFiltersloadedonstartupisparticularlyuseful
whenbrowsingfromOmniTR,aseachpartwilldisplayalistofprefilteredsoundsreadyfor
immediateremotebrowsing.

SwitchToLayerUponActivationPreference

TheLayerMIXslidersonthefooteroftheLAYERPAGEShaveactivationbuttons.IfSwitchTo
LayerUponActivationissettoON,thenwheneveryouturnonaLayer,itwillautomatically
switchtheEDITpagesviewtothatLayer.


Forexample,ifLayerAisactivated,butLayerBisnot,andyouselecttheLayerBactivation
button,theviewwillswitchtoLayerB.
ThisisthedefaultbehaviorandthewaythatAtmosphereworked.Ifyouprefertonothave
theautomaticLayerswitching,youcanturnthatbehavioroffhere.
IfSwitchToLayerUponActivationisoff,thenLayeractivationwillnotcausetheLayerpageto
changetotheactivatedLayer.

SyncTabbedPanesTogether

Whenenabled,thisfunctionwillensurethatwhenyouchangefromoneParttoadifferentPart,
theviewwillbethesame.
Forexample,ifPart1hastheFXpageselected,andthenPart2isselected,itwillalsodisplay
theFXpage.IfSyncTabbedPanesTogetherisdisabled,thentheviewswillnotsynchronize
theyllchangedependingwhatPartyouareon.

RoundRobin

Repeatednotesonasamplebasedinstrumentcantypicallycauseamachineguneffect,with
notesrepeatingmonotonously.RoundRobinisasamplingtechniquethatallowsarepeated
notetotriggeradifferentsampled"take"eachtimeitsplayed.Thismakesrepeatednotes
soundverynatural,andeliminatesthemachineguneffect.
SomeSoundsourcesincludemultisampledRoundRobinsamples,whichmeanswerecorded
multipletakesforeachnoteandvelocity.Infact,asingleSoundsourcecancontainahuge
numberofRoundRobinsamples!ThisisparticularlytrueforTrilianbasses.Ifyouareloading
TriliansoundsintoOmnisphereusingOmnisphereLibraryIntegration,thissettingcanbe
especiallyuseful.

TheRoundRobinMenuletsyouselecthowRoundRobinsampleswillbeorderedwhentwoor
moreRoundRobinsamplesareloadedintomemory.
Therearefourplaybackoptionsavailableonthedropdownmenu:NoVariation,Random,
RandomFullCycle,andSequential.

NOTE:TheSampleThinningsettingslocatedinthePatchBrowsersSoundsourceZoom
determinehowmanyRoundRobinsamplesareloadedwiththePatchorSoundsource.

AcceptOmniTRConnections

EnablingthisoptionallowsOmnispheretocommunicatewiththeOmniTRiPadapp.When
AcceptOmniTRConnectionsisenabled,OmniTRwillbeabletoautomaticallyconnectto
Omnispherewhenlaunched.
ForcompleteinstructionsonsettingupOmniTR,pleasevisitourwebsiteat:
http://www.spectrasonics.net/omni_tr_app/

SYSTEMModulation

TheMODULATIONassignmentssectionallowsyoutooverrideandremapthestandardMIDI
messagesusedtheModulationMatrixsourcesinOmnisphere.Simplyselectthedropdown
menunexttooneofthefourteenmodulationtypesandapopupwillappearthatsaysMove
MIDIController.ThenonyourMIDIcontrollermovetheknob,sliderorwheelthatyouwishto
usetoremaptothatModulationsource.
TheUserCCModulationsourceisparticularlyusefulforaddinganadditional,nonstandard
MIDIControllerintotheOmnisphereModulationMatrixwithoutdisruptinganyofthestandard
assignments.

SYSTEMMIDIController

ThechoicesforMIDImodulationsourceinOmnisphereincludeavarietyofstandardMIDI
controllerssuchasWheel,Expression,SoftPedal,etc.Youcanusetheseoptionsonthe
SystemPagetomapthosesourcestootherMIDIcontrols.Thiscanbeusefulifyoudon'thave
aparticularphysicalcontrollersuchasanExpressionPedal.Forexample,ifyoumapWheelto
BreathControl,youcanuseaBreathControllerinanypatchesthatusetheWheelasa
modulationsource.

Toremapanyofthesecontrollers,selectamenuintheMODULATIONcolumnandmovethe
controllerthatyouwanttoassigntomodulationtype.

NOTE:TheremappedcontrolwillonlybevisibleontheSystemPage.IntheModulationMatrix
andModulationSourcemenuoftheEditPagetheoriginalModulationSourcenamewillbe
shown.Forthisreason,itsrecommendedtousetheUserCCsource,sincethatsnotusedin
anyfactorypatches.

SYSTEMMasterTuning

ThisisOmnispheresglobaltuningparameter.Thatmeansanytuningchangeyoumakeon
MASTERTUNINGwillaffectanyothertuningsettingsintheinstrument.Thedefaultis440Hz,
whichisthestandardformostWesternmusic.Forothertuningstandards,Omnispheres
masterpitchcanbechangedtoaccommodateanyofthem.

Range420Hz460Hz

SUPPORT

ManycommontechnicalsupportquestionscanbeansweredbycheckingtheSpectrasonics
SupportKnowledgeBase

NOTE:YouwillneedtologintoyourUserAccounttoaccesstheSpectrasonicsSupport
KnowledgeBase.

IfyouarestillinneedoftechnicalassistanceafterreferringtotheSupportKnowledgeBase,
pleasecontacttheTechSupportDepartmentbyphoneoremail,andwewillgladlyassistyou.
Ifyoucallandarenotabletospeakwithatechnicalsupportspecialist,it'simportanttoleavea
message.Allcallsarereturnedintheordertheyarereceived.Yourcalloremailisimportant
tous,andwewillgetbacktoyouassoonaspossible.

8189558444phone
8189558613fax
8888704223tollfreeinN.America

MondayFriday10AM5PMPacificTime
IfyouarecallingoutsideN.America,pleasenotethetimedifferenceinCalifornia.

email:info@spectrasonics.net

SALESSUPPORT

ForproductordersorsalespleasecontactyourlocalSpectrasonicsdistributor.All
Spectrasonicsinstruments,Xpandersandlibrariesaresoldthroughourinternationaldistributor
andauthorizeddealernetwork.

SUPPORTUpdates

It'simportanttodownloadandinstallthelatestversionofOmnisphere,sincewearecontinuing
toaddnewfeaturesandimprovetheirperformanceandcapabilities.

http://www.spectrasonics.net/updates

GLOSSARYOFTERMS

AudioUnit
AppleintroducedtheAudioUnit(AU)pluginspecificationinMacOSX.Sincethisplugin
standardisnativetoOSXandnottoanyspecifichostorplatform(likeTDMorVST)Apple
hasencouragedcompaniestoadoptitasastandardforallMacaudioapplications.Althoughit
isnotcrossplatform,manyhostapplicationslikeLogic,GarageBand,DigitalPerformer,
AbeltonLiveandothershaveadoptedtheAudioUnitpluginstandard.
AU
AbbreviationforAudioUnit
AUXSend
AnalternatevariableaudiooutputusedtosendasignaltoadedicatedFXrackforadditional
FXprocessing.InOmnisphere,therearefourAUXSendsperPartontheMixerPage.They
routeaudiotocorrespondingAUXFXracks.Forexample,AuxSendknob1routesaudioto
AUXFXrack1,etc.AUXSendknobscontrolthevolumesenttotheAUXFXracks.
AUXReturn
AnAUXReturnroutesaudiofromanAUXFXRackdirectlytoOutputAtheMasterFader.
Automation
AsyoumanipulatecontrolsontheOmnisphereinterface,thehost'sautomationrecordsthese
movementsandplaysthemback.Theserecordedmovementscanalsobeeditedfrominside
thehostapplication.Youmayalsouseahardwarecontrolsurfacetomanipulatesomeof
Omnisphere'sparametersaswell.
Bar
Averticallineonamusicalstaffthatindicatesthebeginningorendofameasure.Synonymous
withmeasure.
Bipolarcontrol
Thiskindofcontrolhasmorethanonefunctionwithinitsmovementrange.Usually,thereisa
centerdetentpositionwherethecontrolisoff.Movingonedirectionfromthedetentposition
activatesonefunctionandmovingtheotherwayfromthedetentpositionactivatesadifferent
function.TheMasterFilterontheEditPageisanexampleofthis:inthecenterposition,the
filterisoff.MovingtheslidertotheleftofthecenterdetentpositionactivatesaLowPass
Filter.MovingthesameslidertotherightofthecenterdetentactivatesaHighPassFilter.
Browser
Thedynamic,searchableareaofOmnispherethatoffersaccesstotheCoreLibraryof
Soundsources,PatchesandMultis.
Buss
Apathwhichroutesaudiofromoneormoresourcestoaparticulardestination.
Bypass
DisengaginganFXUnitsothatitnolongeraffectstheaudio.DoingthissavesCPUpower.
Clone
ToduplicateUsedinMIDIlearnterminology.DuplicatesthecurrentsetofMIDILearn
parametersfromPart1toParts28.Thisisagreattimesaverwhensettingupanexternal
hardwareMIDIcontroller.YoucansetupPart1withalltheMIDILearnparametersyoulike,
thenclonePartonetoalltheotherParts.More...
Cycle
OneCyclehasbeencompletedwhensomethingrunsfromitsstartpointtoitsendpoint.This
canrefertothingslikegroovesorLFOwaveforms.
Column
AverticallistofavailablechoicesintheBrowser.Omnisphere'sColumnscanbechangedtolist
avarietyofAttributes.
Compressor/Limiter
Adeviceforreducingtheeffectivedynamicrangeofaninputsignalbypreventingitfrom
rapidlyexceedingorfallingbelowaselectedamplitudethreshold.Thefirstpartofa
compander,itisusedtomakeloudpartsofasignalsofterandsoftpartslouder.Beyondthe

compander,itisusedtomakeloudpartsofasignalsofterandsoftpartslouder.Beyondthe
threshold,theratioofthesignal'sinputleveltoitsoutputlevel(e.g.,2:1,4:1)isuser
selectable.Acompressoriscommonlyusedtokeeplevelswithinanacceptablerange,but
becauseitcanslowasignal'srateofdecaybelowthethreshold,compressorsarealsousedto
addsustaintoinstrumentssuchaselectricguitarandbass.Thelimiteractslikeacompressor,
butoperatesonlyatthetopendofthedynamicrange.Thelimiterhasafasterattacktime(1s
to1ms)thanthecompressoralone(1msto10ms).Acompressor/limiteristraditionally
insertedbetweentheoutputsofadeviceandtheinputsofthemixerormasteringrecorder.
More...
Centerdetent
Thisistheneutralpositionofaparameter'sknoborslider,especiallyinreferencetobipolar
controls.Wheninthisposition,thefunctionisdisengagedanddoesnotaffectanything.
Defaults
ThesearepredeterminedsettingsthatOmnisphererecallswhenitisfirstinstantiated,cleared,
reverted,orwhenaglobalmodeischanged.Spectrasonicsprovidesfactorydefaults,butyou
canreplacethemwithyourownsettings.
Directory
Usedinreferencetoafolderonthecomputer'sdrive.
Dropdownmenu
OneofthesemenulistsappearswhenyouclickonanOmnispheredisplaywindowwitha
downwardarrow.Onceyouclickontheappropriatewindow,amenuappearstodropdown.
Oncethemenulistappears,youcanselectanoptioninthemenuwiththemouse.
Synonymouswithpopupmenu.
DSP
DigitalSignalProcessingreferstothemanipulationofdigitalaudioinacomputer.Themore
processingyouwouldliketodo,thefasterandmorepowerfulcomputeryouneed.
Engine
Thecoresoftwarecodethatstructurestheoperationofaudiofunctionsinaplugin.Theengine
developedbySpectrasonicsthatisresponsibleforrunningisOmnisphereisSTEAM
(SpectrasonicsTeam),andStylusRMXs'engineisS.A.G.E(SpectrasonicsAdvancedGroove
Engine)
Expander
(1)Asignalprocessingdevicewhichistheinverseofacompressor,providingthegradual
attenuationofsignalsthatfallbelowauserdefinedthreshold.Thisprocess,knownas
expansion,reducesbackgroundnoiseandatthesametimeincreasesthedynamicrangeofthe
inputsignal.
Fader
Acontrollerintheformofasliderthatusuallyaffectstheloudness/softnessofaudiolevels.
PlacingafaderatUnityor0gainmeansthattheaudiochannelisoutputtingthesameaudio
levelaswasinputtothechannel.Mostfadersallowyoutomakethevolumelouderandsofter
thantheoriginallyinputsignal.Alsousedtorefertoanytypeofslider.Synonymouswith
Slider.
Folders/SubFolders
Anorganizationaltoolonacomputerthatallowsgroupingoffiles.AlsoknownasaDirectory.A
subfolderisafolderinsideanotherfolder.Alsoknownasasubdirectory.
Footer
ThesectionatthebottomoftheOmnisphereGUIthatwillchangedependingonwhichpage
you'recurrentlyviewing.
FXSlot
AnareawhereanFXUnitcanbeloaded.TherearethreeFXSlotsperFXRack.
FXUnit
AnFXUnitisaninternalOmnispheresoftwaresignalprocessingpluginwhichgetsloadedinto
anFXSlot.EachFXUnitisarealtimesoundprocessor.Currently,thereare33FXUnitsin
Omnisphere.
FXRack
TheareadesignatedtoloadFXUnits.AnFXRackconsistsoffourFXSlots.
FXParameter
Anyknob,slider,dropdownmenuorbuttonthatausercanselectandadjust.Theresultisa
changeinthesoundpassingthroughtheFXUnit(unlessitisbypassed).

changeinthesoundpassingthroughtheFXUnit(unlessitisbypassed).
FXPreset/Patch
SavingallthecurrentparametersettingsofasingleFXUnitcreatesanFXPatch.Userscan
savecustomFXPatches.TheseFXPatcheswillbeavailablelaterinanysession.Patchis
synonymouswithPreset.
FXRackPreset/Patch
SavingallthecurrentparametersettingsofanentireFXRackcreatesanFXRackPatch.AnFX
RackPatchcanbeanycombinationofuptothreeFXUnitswithanysettings.Userscansave
customFXRackPatcheswithcustomnames.TheseFXRackPatcheswillbeavailablelaterin
anysession.PatchissynonymouswithPreset.
Global
Anythingthataffectsthestatusoftheentireplugin.
GrooveLock
Omnisphere'sArpeggiatorcanimportStylusRMX'sgroovesasMIDIdatatosynchronizeRMX
grooveswiththeArpeggiator.
GUI
GraphicUserInterfaceInOmnispherethisisthepluginwindowandallthepagesthatyou
seeandmanipulate.
Host/HostApplication
AcomputerapplicationorhardwaredevicecapableofloadingVirtualInstrumentsoftwareplug
ins.AlsoknownasaSequencerorDAW(DigitalAudioWorkstation).Logic,DigitalPerformer,
ProTools,Cubase,Nuendo,Sonar,GarageBand,Live,Traktion,FruityLoops,MetroandAcid
ProareallexamplesofsoftwarehoststhatworkwithOmnisphere.MUSEReceptorandNeko
areexamplesofhardwarehoststhatworkwithOmnisphere.
Instance
WhenyouopenaOmnispherepluginyourhost,thereisoneinstanceofitinyoursession.If
yourcomputerispowerfulenough,youcanrunseveralinstancesofOmnisphereatonce.
Instantiation/DeInstantiation
Theprocessofopening/closingpluginsfromyourhost.SynonymouswithLoading/Unloading,
Opening/Closing,Loading/Deleting,etc
Inverted
Reversedornegativepolaritymodulation.
Keyboard
1)AnexternalMIDIcontrollercapableoftriggeringnotesviapianostylekeys.
2)AlsoatextentryASCIIcomputerkeyboard.Thereareseveralkeyboardmouse
combinationsthatprovideaccesstoOmnisphere'sfeatures.
Knob
Acontrolthatcanbeturnedclockwiseandcounterclockwise.Aknobcanbeusedtocontrola
widevarietyofparameters.
Learn
MIDILearniscapableofmatinganexternalphysicalcontrollerwithvirtuallyanyparameter
insideOmnisphereforremoteperformancecontrolandautomationapplications.
LFO
LowFrequencyOscillatoracontinuous,cyclicalmodulatorthatcanbeusedtoaffectasound
inmanyways.Forexample,youcanuseittoautopanaudio,producetremoloorfilter
sweeps.
Limiter
SeeCompressor/Limiter
List
Adisplaymenuofavailableoptions.Usuallytheyarepresentedvertically.
Menu
Twodifferentmeanings:
1.Referstoacollectionofsoundsorgroovesthataremappedonasinglekeyboardlayoutfor
easyaccess.
2.Referstoauserinterfacesoftwarepopup/dropdownlistofoptions.
MenuItem

MenuItem
Referstotheitemsinthelistofapopup/dropdownmenuinthesoftwareinterface.
MIDICC
MIDIContinuousController.MIDIhas128possiblecontrollers.Omnispherecanrespondtoany
ofthemusingtheMIDILearnfeature.
Multipatch
OmnisphereiseightpartmultitimbralandsettingsforallthePatchesthatmakeupaMultican
besavedasa'MultiPatch'.
Multitimbral
TheabilitytooperateonmorethanoneMIDIchannelatatime.Omnisphereis8Part
Multitimbral.
Omni
ThroughtheMIDILearnfunction,Omnisphereiscapableofbeingsetupsothatitrespondsto
anyincomingMIDICCmessagesonanychannel.
Parameter
AnOmnispherecontrolthatcanbemanipulatedtoaffecttheaudio.
Part
EachOmnispherePartcanloaditsownPatchandoperateindependentlyofalltheotherParts.
Thereare8PartsinOmnisphere.EachonehasitsownnumberedbuttonintheHeader.Parts
18correspondtoMIDIChannels18.
Patch
Apresavedsetofparameters.AlsoknownasaPreset.AFactoryPatchisapatchcreatedby
Spectrasonics.AUserPatchisapatchthatyoucansaveandnameyourself.Thenamecomes
fromoldersynthesizerdayswhenmanyphysicalpatchcordswereusedtocreatesoundsby
connectingpartsofthesynthesizertogetherwiththepatchcords.
Peak
Peakvalueisthemaximuminstantaneousexcursionfromzeroofanaudiowaveform,as
measuredbyapeakmeter(PPM).Thepeakvalueofasoundisalsothemaximum
instantaneouspressureexcursionofthesound
PitchShift
Theprocessofchangingthefrequencyofasound.Itcanbechangedsothatitishigheror
lower.
PlugIn
Asoftwareapplicationthatreliesonrunningfromwithinahostapplicationtoprovideadditional
neededfunctionality.
Pole
TherolloffslopeofFiltersismeasuredindb.Forevery6dbofrolloff,thefilterhasan
additionalPole.Atwopolefilterhasarolloffslopeof12dbandafourpolefilterhasarolloff
slopeof24db.Omnispherehasfilterswith6db,12db,18dband24dbrolloffslopes.
PopupMenu
Alistthatseemstoappearfromnowhere.AnexampleofthisistheFXPatchpopupmenu.
CntrlClick(Mac)orRightClick(PC)anywhereonanFXSlotandalistappearsoutofthinair!
Synonymouswithdropdownmenu.
PowerFilter
AgreatsoundingfilterdevelopedincooperationwithGmediafromtheirreknownedimpOSCar
synthesizer.Becarefulwhenusingitthough,becausethePowerFiltercanbeVERYloudandit
requiresafairamountofDSPpowerfromyourcomputer.
Preset
Asetofparametersthathasbeenpreviouslysavedandisavailableforrecall.Sysnonymous
withPatch.
Retrigger
Whenthisparameterisactivated,OmnisphereresetsanLFOwaveformbacktoitsbeginning
phasepositionatthestartofeachmeasure.
Reverse
Playsasamplebackwards.
RMSCompression
RootMeanSquare.Aformulafordescribingthelevelofasignal.RMSisderivedbysquaringall
oftheinstantaneousvoltagesalongawaveform,averagingthesquaredvalues,andtakingthe

oftheinstantaneousvoltagesalongawaveform,averagingthesquaredvalues,andtakingthe
squarerootofthatnumber.Forsinelikesignals,averagepower=RMS(voltage)RMS(current)
RoundRobin
Termreferringtoasamplingtechniquethatallowsarepeatednotetotriggeradifferenttake
eachtimeitsplayed,givinganaturalsoundingresultandeliminatingthemachineguneffect.
RTAS
RealTimeAudioSuiteaDigidesignproprietary,crossplatformpluginformatforProTools.
S.A.G.E.
SpectrasonicsAdvancedGrooveEnginewhenSpectrasonicscreatedourowninhouse
softwaredevelopmentteam,SAGEwasthetechnologydevelopedthatbecamethebasisfor
StylusRMX.
SampleStart
Parameterthatcontrols,fromatimingstandpoint,howfarfromthebeginningasamplewillbe
triggered.WhenReverseisengaged,thiscontrolstheendpoint.
Sequence
Acomputerfilesavedbyasequencer/DAWthatcontainstracksofMIDInotesandaudiofiles.
Sequencer
Acomputerapplicationthatallowsrecording,entryandeditingofMIDInotesandaudiofiles.
Also,knownasahostifthesequenceriscompatiblewithplugins.
Slider
Acontrolthatyoumovebackandforthorupanddowndependingonitsorientation.Movinga
slidercancontrolawidevarietyofparameters.SynonymouswithFader.
SoundDirectory
AdirectorythatcontainsSuites.ItisthesubdirectoryofaMasterdirectory.
Standalone
Asoftwareprogramthatiscapableofrunningonitsownwithoutahostapplication.
STEAM
STEAMstandsforSpectrasonicsTEAMandistheengineforOmnisphereandmanyexciting
futureinstruments.
SubPage
ThesearepageswithinamainEditingPage.Forexample,ontheFXPage,thereare6FXsub
pages.
Sync
AbbreviationforSynchronization.Whenthisfeatureison,Omnispherelockscorresponding
parameterstothehost'stempoandthenadjustmentscanbemadeusingrhythmicvalueslike
1/4notes,1/8notesand1/16notes.OtherwisetheparameteriscontrolledbyCyclesper
second.
Tube
Anelectronicdevicewhichconsistsofvarioustypesofelectrodes(anode,cathode,etc.)anda
heatingelement,allcontainedinavacuum.Itssimplestform,thediode,isusedasarectifier.
Thetriodeisfunctionallysimilartoatransistor.TubesarecalledvalvesintheUK.
Unity
Whenaparameterissetsothatitdoesnotmakeanychangestothepassingsignal.
Unitygain
Adevicewhichneitherattenuatesnoramplifiesasignal.Mostsignalprocessingdeviceshave
unitygain,whichmeansthattheyneitheramplifysoundnorcauseinsertionloss,andtherefore
canbeaddedintoanaudiosystematvariousplaceswithoutupsettingtheoverallgainofthe
system.
Unlearn
Parametersthathavebeenmatedwithaphysicalcontrollercanbeunattachedviathisfeature
oftheMIDILearnsection.
ValueDefinitions
8xthisvaluestretchesacycleofaparametersuchasanLFOacross8bars.
1/8thisvaluecyclesaparametersuchasanLFOevery1/8note.
1/8DthisvaluecyclesaparametersuchasanLFOeverydotted1/8note.
1/8TthisvaluecyclesaparametersuchasanLFOeverytriplet1/8note.

Valve
SeeTube.
VST
VirtualStudioTechnologyacrossplatformpluginplatformcreatedbySteinberg.

CREDITS

ProducedbyEricPersing

SOFTWAREDEVELOPMENT
Principalsoftwaredevelopment:GlennOlander,NealOlander
Additionalcoding:ThomasSerafini,BernieTorelli,ArtemiyPavlov,Bramde
Jong,JonHodgson,MagnusJonsson,DavidStrozyk,JayOlson,ShirleySloper,
JankoendeHaan,ChadMartin

SOUNDDEVELOPMENT
PrincipalSoundsourcedevelopment:EricPersing,DiegoStocco,Ignacio
Longo,TobiasMarberger,ScottFrankfurt
Additionalsounddevelopment:BobDaspit,TobiasMarberger,Jonathan
Merrill,RobyDuke,PeterMaunu,AdamHawk,BobWilson,HansJrgScheffler,
StphanePigeon,DanHolter,SteveConner,StphaneBonvallet,SchtungMusic,
RyelandAllison,DanPortisCathers,NickManson,LesCorrea,MichaelFlint,Hans
Zimmer,LennieMoore,BobbySummerfield,JoeArthur,JohnLehmkuhl,Andrew
Schlesinger,GabeShadid,JackMazzotti,SteveTavaglione,PeterJames,Matt
Bowdler,PendlePoucher,MikeBabbitt,CarlLofgren,SethNorman,MichaelLord,
AceYukawa,LuigiBruti,ScottTibbs,TaroKakehashiJr,LukePickerill,Richard
Souther,AkiraEndoh,TetsuyaFukumaro
Performers:GulliBriem,JonathanMerrill,AlvinChea,CantateBoysChoir,
WilliamCantos,RandyCrenshaw,JeffGunn,DaveSimpson,EllisHall,HuunHuur
Tu,ImaniFellowshipChoir,JenniferIvester,KirstenWenlock,LibbyTorrance,
MelindaPerrin,PabloSepulveda,RobyDuke,SteveAmerson,TheHertfordshire
Chorus,TheWashingtonChorale,TheComplineSingers,BobDaspit,Peter
Maunu,AimeeBuchholtz,BashiriJohnson,Makinto,GinaSal,Kaigalool
Khovalyg,AnatoliKuular,SayanBapa,Amalita,JosGuzman,MarceloSulantay,
ElmerBrown,KirstenOwen,JulieWolf,RogerTreece,AntowaineRichardson,
MainAttraction,RonnieRowland,TonyGraves,LeeConerly,SeanKing,Nikol
Kollars,JoMiller,DougBarnett,KukHarrell,JustoAlmario,KatharineGrant,Lisa
Curtis,SamTownsendJr.,LindaMcCrary,CharityMcCrary,DonMcCrary,Howard
McCraryII,CharlesMcCrary,KristleMurdenandallthegreatbigmusical
McCraryfamily,ElliotRedman,DrewDumas,TimurBeriker,TheEscolade
SambapercussionistsofRiodeJaneiro,ElijahNewsome,EddieCusic,Eugene
Powell,DeeDeeBrazitis,RobStewart,MelvinSaunders,TimothyDanpier,Joe
ArthursSouthAfricanChoir,AntwoineParmer,S.H.A.D.E.S.UrbanYouthChoir,
CorlaWygal,RichardHill,DavidPalmer,CarolEnsley,ValeriePinkston,Karl
Nagele,FritzTatzer,JuanM.Ponce,MartinMayorga,AlphonsoCastaedaand
RosaCastaeda.
Recordedin:London,EnglandBurbank,California,Brooklyn,NewYorkRiode
Janeiro,BrazilMumbai,IndiaSingaporeHammamatsu,JapanJackson,
MississippiCapeTown,SouthAfricaPedaso,ItalyKingston,JamaicaSeattle,
WashingtonParis,France,Bothel,WashingtonLosAngeles,California
Dusseldorf,GermanySantaMonica,CaliforniaBoise,IdahoKenyaTibet
TuvaIstanbul,TurkeyBelgium,CzechRepublic

DESIGN
PrincipleInterfacedesign:TolgaGurpinar,EricPersing
Additionaldesign:IgnacioLongo,ScottFrankfurt,GlennOlander,
CoverArt,ArtDirection,GraphicDesign&SonicImagery:TolgaGurpinar

CoverArt,ArtDirection,GraphicDesign&SonicImagery:TolgaGurpinar

DOCUMENTATION
ManagingEditor:IgnacioLongo
GraphicLayout:MichaelFlint
Contributors:IgnacioLongo,JonathanMerrill,EricPersing,RobinsonCollins,
MichaelFlint,GlennOlander,NealOlander

PRODUCTION
ProductionManager:MichaelFlint
ProductionCoordinator:LoreyPersing
WarehouseManager:GabrielMuoz
Discmaster:IngacioLongo
Betamaster:BobWilson
Printing:GraphicVisions

WEBSITE
Webmaster:ChadMartin
Sitedevelopment:TolgaGurpinar,ChadMartin,EkimYardimli,AdamHawk
Techshop:ChadMartin,LoreyPersing,CesarMoreno,JohnMartin

ADDITIONALTECHNOLOGY
PowerFiltersbyGForceSoftware
UVIFiltersbyUniversSons
CustomFXdevelopmentpartners:Overloud,NomadFactory,Audionerdz,
Smartelectronix,Sinevibes
FLACLosslessAudiocompressioncourtesyofxiph.orgFoundation
AdditionalThriftshopImpulsesbyFokkevanSaaneGeluid

SPECIALTHANKS

SpecialThanksto:
IgnacioLongo,TolgaGurpinar,MichaelFlint,ScottFrankfurt,LesCorrea,BobWilson,Diego
Stocco,BobDaspit,NealOlander,GlennOlander,GulliBriem,StphanePigeon,JohnMartin,
ChadMartin,JonathanMerrill,CesarMoreno,GabrielMuoz,MariaArellano,PauldeBenedictis,
AndyGradl,SusanDiGiulio,MikeBabbitt,MarkandShellyHiskeyandall@ILIO,Satoshi
Yamaguchiandall@MediaIntegrationJapan,SueMeaneyandall@SonicVirtualMedia,
Patrik,Mattiasandall@LuthmanScandinavia,Bevandall@SampleDivisionS.Africa,Lluis
andall@MasAcoustics,LuboandNevianaChristov,LarryIserforallthehelponcopyright
clearance,Jesse@GreenbergGlusker,RandyAvazian,RichardandCyndiSouther,Ruth
Calvert,PatriciaMachado,Jaz,SorenandSagePersing,SharonFrankfurt,MercedesLongo,
LaurieWilson,DavidKlinger,PastorMarkPickerillandall@CAEagleRock,BobMoogforthe
inspirationofhislegacy,IketaroKakehashi,AceYukawaandall@RolandJapan,allourbeta
testersandallofourfantasticusers,whoconstantlyblowusawaywiththeiramazing
creativity!

TheProducerwishestoextendpersonalthanksto:
MydearestLoreywithoutwhosefaith,determinationandencouragementOmnispherewould
simplynotexist.

"Iwilldeclarethatyourlovestandsfirmforever,thatyouestablishedyourfaithfulnessin
heavenitself."Psalm89:2

THISINSTRUMENTISGUARANTEEDTOBE100%COPYRIGHTCLEAN
Copyright2008/2015Spectrasonics.AllRightsReserved

LEGALLicensing/ProtectionFAQs

What'stheprincipleofthestandardlicenseagreement?
Singleusermusicproduction/performance=Allowed
Multipleusers=NotAllowed
Nonmusicuse=NotAllowed
Anyusesthatarenotallowedneedadditionalpermissionoraspeciallicensefrom
Spectrasonics.

ArethereanylegallimitationstohowIcanuseOmnisphere?
Themainlimitationisthatyouarenotallowedtouseittomakeasamplelibraryoranother
kindofsamplebasedproduct.Youarealsorestrictedfromgivingawayorpostingonlineany
loopsorsamplescreatedusingOmnisphere.However,youareabletouseOmnisphereinall
musicalrecordingapplicationswithoutpayinganyadditionallicenses.

DoesOmniphereusecopyprotection?
Yes,wehaveourownsystem.Onceyouveinstalledandopenedtheplugin,youllhave4day
graceperiodtousetheproductwithoutauthorizationindemomode.Tocontinueusingthe
instrumentonthatcomputer,youllneedtoauthorizethepluginonourwebsite.It'sfastand
easy,andyou'llgetyourResponsecodeforyourcomputerimmediately.Youdon'thavetouse
yourmusiccomputertodothewebauthorization.

WhattypeofCopyProtectionmethoddoesOmnisphereuse?
AllSpectrasonicsproductsuseacustomdevelopedChallenge/Responsesystem.Thissystem
allowsyoutoinstallandauthorize24hoursaday,7daysaweek.Withoursystem,youaren't
limitingtousingitononecomputer.Oursystemismoreflexiblethandonglebasedones,
becauseit's:SingleUser/MultipleComputer

DoesOmnisphereuseadongle?
No.

HowmanycomputerscanIinstalliton?
SinceallSpectrasonicsinstrumentshaveaSingleUser/MultipleComputerlicense,thismeans
youcaninstallanduseOmnisphereonasmanycomputersthatyouownandwillbeusing
yourself.

WhatifIneedmorethanoneinstallforlaptopuse,ifmyharddrivecrashesorifIget
anewcomputer?
Notaproblem...ourwebsiteisavailablearoundtheclocktohandlethesesituations
immediately.It'sveryeasytodoitonlineandyoullalwaysbeabletogettheauthorizations
thatyouneedforyourcomputersfromSpectrasonics.

CanIusemySpectrasonicsInstrumentsonmorethanonecomputeratatime?
Yes.Thisisnoproblemaslongasit'sforasingleuser.

ImconcernedaboutwhatwouldhappentomySpectrasonicsinstrumentsifthe
companyweretogooutofbusiness...wouldIbestillbeabletoauthorizethem?
Absolutely!AtSpectrasonics,webelieveitisessentialtoguaranteetoouruserstheabilityto
getlifetimeauthorizationsfortheSpectrasonicsinstrumentstheypurchased.Intheunlikely
eventthatthecompanyweretogooutofbusiness,wewouldprovidetheabilityforall
registereduserstogetcontinuedauthorizations.Infact,wealreadyhaveasysteminplacefor
thiscontingency.However,thegoodnewsisthatthiseventishighlyunlikely...weplantobe

thiscontingency.However,thegoodnewsisthatthiseventishighlyunlikely...weplantobe
aroundformanyyears!

DoIhavetocreditSpectrasonicsifIuseOmnisphere?
No,itisn'tmandatoryforourinstruments...butwecertainlywouldappreciateit!

DoIneedtoobtainaspeciallicensetouseOmnisphereonacommercialproject?
No,thelifetimelicensefeetousethesamplesiscoveredinthepurchasepriceofthe
instrument.Youcanuseitonasmanyofyourownprojectsasyoulikeandwehopethatyou
makesomehitswithit!

CanIuseOmnisphereonMusicLibraries?
Yes,thisisfine.Somecompaniescompletelyrestrictthiskindofusealtogethersincemusic
librariescansometimescrossoverintothesoundwarebusiness,butSpectrasonicsallows
musiclibraryuse.Infact,wehavemanycustomersthatuseourproductsinstandardmusic
libraries.Specificlimitationsaboutmusiclibrarycollectionusageofincludethefollowing:
Themusicinthelibrarymustbeinamixedformat.Youcannotprovideseparatetracksin
yourmusiclibraryifyouwanttouseourproductswithourstandardlicense.
Theintendedaudienceforyourmusiclibrarycollectionmustbetononmusicians.

CanIuseOmnisphereinFilmTrailers?
Yes,thistypeofuseisfine.Somecompaniesrestrictthiskindofuse,butSpectrasonicsallows
it.

CanIuseOmnisphereinmultimedia/gamemusicprojects?
Yes,thisisOKunlessyouwanttoputsamplescreatedwithSpectrasonicsVirtualInstruments
directlyencodedintothegame.Thatrequiresaspeciallicense.Remember,musicuseis
allowed,butnonmusicuse(example:SFX)isnotpermittedwithoutaspeciallicenseforthis
typeofuse.PleasecontactSpectrasonicsifyouwishtoencodethesamplesintoagame
system.

CanIdistributethemusicIvecreatedwithSpectrasonicsproductsinamultitrack
format?
OneoftheonlythingsthatisNOTallowedisdistributingyourmusicinamultitrackformatthat
completelyexposestrackscreatedusingoursamples.
Theprobleminthiscaseisthattheseparatetrackscantheneasilybereusedinnewworksby
theenduserofthemusicwhoisnotalicensedSpectrasonicsuser.Thisusethenturnsintoa
typeofredistributionofourcopyrightedsamplesasaderivativework,whichisnotallowed
withoutspecialpermissionoraspeciallicensefromSpectrasonics.
NOTE:Multichannelmixedmusicisnotaproblem(5.1,7.1mixes,etc.).

WhatiftheSpectrasonicselementsinmymusicareexposedforaperiodoftime?
Wearentconcernedaboutnormalmusicuse,wherethemusicispresentedinthestandard
mixedformat.Ofcourseoursoundsmaysometimesappearinexposedpassageslikeintros
andbreakswithinasongsmixandthisisconsiderednormalusage.

CanIuseSpectrasonicsInstrumentsorlibrariestocreateloopsorsamplesfor
distributionifI'mlayeringthemwithothersoundsordoingalotofcreative
processing?
No.AtleastnotwithoutgettingspecialpermissionoranadditionallicensefromSpectrasonics.
Legally,thisisconsidereda"derivativework"whenourcopyrightedsoundrecordingsare
involvedinthecreationofnewsamplesorloops.

Whatifit'sjustformyownuseandIdon'tdistributethesamplesI'vecreated?
Ifyou'realicenseduser,youarewelcometouseyourSpectrasonicsinstrumentsandlibraries
tocreatenewaudiosamplesandloopsforyourownuse.Theimportantthingisnotto
distributethem.

Iworkataproductionmusicstudiowithseveralothercomposers/producers.Canwe
alluseOmnispherefromourmainserver?
No.It'sveryimportantthateachcomposermusthavehisorherowncopyandlicensefor
Omnisphere.Wemakeregularcheckstoverifythatlargeproductionstudioshaveobtainedthe
properlicensesforourinstrumentsandsamplelibraries.

Asastudioowner,canIincludeOmnisphereonarentalorstudiocomputerforclients
touseontheirprojects?
No.ThestandardlicensetouseOmnisphereisonlygrantedtothebuyer.Wehavea"single
user/multiplecomputer"lifetimelicensepolicy.Ifitisyourownrecordingprojectthatyouare
producing,ofcoursethatisn'taproblem...butyourstudioclientsaren'tlicensedtouseitfor
theirownprojects,andOmnisphereusecan'tbe"rented".Multiplelicensepackagesare
availablebycontactingyourSpectrasonicsdistributor.Ifyouhavequestionsregardingmulti
licensepackagescontactinfo@spectrasonics.net

DoesthismeanthatIcantuseOmnispherewhenworkingonsomeoneelsesproject?
Thistypeofuseisverystandardandnotaproblematall.The"singleuser"isdefinedasthe
personwhoislicensedtousethesoftwareinstrument.Thismeansthatthelicensedusercan
useitonanunlimitednumberofmusicalprojectstheyareinvolvedin.Thiscanbeapersons
ownproject,aprojectwheretheyareactingasaproducerorengineerforanotherartist,asa
sessionmusicianperformingonsomeoneelsesprojectliveorinthestudio,etc.Themain
pointofourlicenseagreementistheconceptofasinglelicenseduser.Ifalicensed
Omnisphereuserisnotmusicallyinvolvedinaproject,thatiswherethereisarestriction
hencetheinabilitytosimplyrenttheinstrumentorrent"time"tousetheinstrumentaspartof
astudiosservices.MostofourcustomersusetheirSpectrasonicsinstrumentsonmany
differentkindsofmusicalprojectsfordifferentartistsandcollaborations.

Canmywritingpartneruseacopyofmyinstrumentontheircomputer?
No...thelicensetouseOmnisphereisonaperperson(singleuser)basis.Theywouldneed
theirowncopyofOmnispheretouseitontheircomputer.

CanIinstallmyOmnisphereonaclientscomputerfortheiruse?
Notunlesstheyarealicenseduser.Theywillneedtheirownserialnumberandregistrationto
belicensedtousetheinstrument.

Iveneverheardofthesekindsoflicensingrestrictionsbefore.Thisseemsunusual
andtotallydifferentfromusinghardwaresoundmodules.WhydoesSpectrasonics
havesuchanunusualpolicy?
ItsnotactuallyunusualatallorevenuniquetoSpectrasonics.Infact,thisistheidenticaltype
oflicenseagreementusedbythousandsofmedialibraries,virtuallyallsamplebasedvirtual
instrumentsandthevastmajorityofmusicsoftware.Singleuserlicenseagreementsdohave
differentrestrictionscomparedtousinghardwaredevices,andmanypeoplearenotawareof
thesetypesofdifferencesandrestrictions.PartofthepurposeofthisFAQsectionistoserve
asaclearexplanationofourpolicies.Inthiscase,thesetypesof"singleuser"license
restrictionsarestandardfornearlyallsoftware/soundwarecompanies,notonlySpectrasonics.

CanIresellOmnisphereusedtosomeoneelse?
NotwithoutobtainingalicensetransferfromSpectrasonics.Thesoundsandsoftwareare
licensedandregisteredONLYtoyou.Youcannotautomaticallytransferthelicensetosomeone
else,andthereforeyoucannotsimplysellitused.Ifyoudoattempttosellitusedwithout
obtainingalicensetransfer,thebuyerwillnotbeabletousetheproductbecauseitis
registeredandlicensedtoyou.TheOmnispherelicenseistherightgiventoasinglepersonto
usetheinstrument.Whenyoupurchasetheproduct,youareprimarilypurchasingthelifetime

usetheinstrument.Whenyoupurchasetheproduct,youareprimarilypurchasingthelifetime
righttousetheproductandthesoundsitcontainsinyourownmusicprojects.Also,ifyousell
anyofyourcomputersthathaveaSpectrasonicsinstrumentsinstalledonthem,youare
requiredtodeletethemfirstfromtheharddrive.

HowwouldIobtainalicensetransferandhowmuchdoesitcost?
Thevastmajorityofsamplelibrariesandsamplebasedvirtualinstrumentsonthemarketdo
notallowlicensetransfersofanykind.However,atSpectrasonicswerealizethatthereare
certaincircumstanceswhereitcanbealegitimatetransaction.Becausecircumstancescan
varysomuch,weonlygrantlicensetransfersonacasebycasebasis.
Dependingonthecircumstances,whenalicensetransferisgranted,thereisoftenanadditional
feeinvolvedthatcoversthetransferofalltherightstothenewusertousethecorelibrary
sounds,toreceivefulltechsupportandcontinuingsupportupdaterights,issuinganewserial
numberandaccount,etc.Licensetransferredversionsofthissoftwaredonothavethesame
upgradespecialpricingprivilegesasstandardnewunitspurchasedatanauthorized
Spectrasonicsdealer.Ifyouhavemorequestionsaboutobtaininglicensetransfers,howmuch
itcostsandwhatthelimitationsareoflicensetransferredversions,pleasecontactusdirectly
atinfo@spectrasonics.net

Dolicensetransferred(used)versionsgetaccesstosoftwareupdatesandupgrades?
Yes,butnotnecessarilythesamespecialupgradepricingoffers.

Canalicensetransferred(used)versionberesoldandtransferredagain?
No.Thiscanonlybedoneoncebytheoriginalpurchaser.

WhataretheprivilegesofaLicensedUserthatpurchasedOmnispherefroman
authorizedSpectrasonicsdealer?
Lifetime,unlimiteduseofthepurchasedversionoftheinstrumentandthesoundsitcontains
touseformusicprojects.
Freephone,emailandonlineTechnicalSupport
Freesoftwaremaintenanceupdates
Specialupgradepricingonmajornewversions

LEGAL/SAMPLINGFAQs
AmIallowedtodistributesamplesI'vemadeofanyofOmnisphere'sFactorysound
libraries?
No.ThefactorycoresoundlibrariesofOmnispherearecopyrightedandmaynotbe
distributed.Thisincludesalltypesofdistributiontheuseinothersamplelibraries,soundFX
librariesorsamplebasedhardwareorsoftwareproductsisspecificallyprohibited.

WhatifIextensivelymodifytheOmnispherefactorysounds?
Allmodification,layeringandtweakingisstilllegallyconsidereda"derivativework"basedon
copyrightedrecordings,soanytypeofreusesampledistributionlikethiswouldrequire
specificclearanceinadvance.

DoesthismeanthatI'mnotallowedtodistributemyownoriginalOmnisphere
patchesormultis?
That'snotaproblem.AnytypeofdistributionofuserOmnispherepatchesandmultis(.prt
&.mltfiles)isnotonlyallowed,it'sencouraged!:)

AmIallowedtodistributesamplesofmyownoriginalOmnispherepatches?
YourownoriginalOmnispherepatchesareverylikelytobebasedonourcopyrightedmaterial,
sotheanswerwouldbeNOinthosecases.Contactusifyouhavequestions.


CanIsampleOmnisphereformyownprivateuse?
Ofcourse.EverylicenseduserisfreetouseOmnisphere'ssoundsinanywaywithinthe
productionoftheirmusicthatworksforthemcreatively...includingmakingtheirowncustom
sampleswiththeinstrument.Thosecustomsamplesonlybecomealegalissuewhentheygo
beyondtheprivatemusicaluseoftheindividualuser(i.e.distribution).

AmIpermittedtodistributemyOmnispheresamplesifit'snoncommercial?
No.There'snodistinctionbetweencommercialornoncommercialdistribution.Posting/sharing
originalsamplesofOmnispherepresentsthesamelegalissuesascommercialdistribution.
ButifSpectrasonicssampledothermanufacturers'instrumentstomakeOmnisphere,
thenwhycan'tIuseOmnisphereformysamplingproject?Thisseemsinconsistent.
ForOmnisphere'scorelibrary,Spectrasonicsresearchedandobtainedallnecessarylegal
clearancetousealltheoriginalsampleswecreatedthatincorporateothermanufacturers'
instruments.
PleasecontactSpectrasonicsdirectlyifyouhaveanyquestionsregardingsampling
Omnisphere:info@spectrasonics.net

LEGALNOTICESSoftwareLicenseAgreement

NOTICETOUSER:THISISACONTRACT.BYINSTALLINGTHISSOFTWAREANDSOUNDS,YOU
ACCEPTALLTHETERMSANDCONDITIONSOFTHISAGREEMENT.
ThiscopyoftheSoftwareislicensedtoyouastheenduser.PleasereadthisAgreement
carefully.
ThisSpectrasonicsEndUserLicenseAgreementaccompaniesaSpectrasonicscomputer
softwareprogramandsoundsanditsdocumentationandotherrelatedexplanatorymaterials
(collectively,theSoftware).Inadditiontotheprogramandthedocumentation,theterm
Softwareshallalsoincludeanyupgrades,modifiedversionsorupdatesoftheSoftware
licensedtoyoubySpectrasonics.
ALLUSEOFTHESOFTWAREISSUBJECTTOTHISLICENSEAGREEMENT.YOUAREAGREEING
TOALLTHETERMSANDCONDITIONSOFTHISAGREEMENT,ANDCONSENTTOBEBOUNDBY
ANDBECOMEAPARTYTOTHISAGREEMENT.SPECTRASONICSACCEPTANCEISEXPRESSLY
CONDITIONEDUPONYOURASSENTTOALLTHETERMSANDCONDITIONSOFTHIS
AGREEMENTTOTHEEXCLUSIONOFALLOTHERTERMSIFTHESETERMSARECONSIDEREDAN
OFFERBYSPECTRASONICS,ACCEPTANCEISEXPRESSLYLIMITEDTOTHESETERMS.
1.LicenseGrant,Use,andRestrictions.SubjecttothetermsandconditionsofthisAgreement,
Spectrasonicsherebygrantsyouanonexclusive,nontransferablelicense(theLicense)touse
thecomputersoftwareprograminmachineexecutableobjectcodeformonly,andonlyin
accordancewiththeapplicableenduserandtechnicaldocumentationprovidedby
Spectrasonics.Allrightsnotexpresslygrantedhereinarereserved.
YOUMAY:(a)usetheenclosedSoftwareonmorethanonecomputer(b)physicallytransfer
theSoftwarefromonecomputertoanotherprovidedthatitisusedonlybythepurchaserof
Omnisphere(c)makecopiesoftheSoftwaresolelyforbackuppurposes.Youmustreproduce
andincludethecopyrightnoticeonalabelonanybackupcopy,andmusttakereasonable
measurestoensurethatanycopyisusedonlyasallowedbythetermsofthisAgreement.
YOUMAYNOT:(a)distributecopiesoftheSoftwaretoothers(b)rent,leaseorgrantsub
licensesorotherrightstotheSoftware(c)provideuseoftheSoftwaretothirdparties,orina
computerservicebusiness,network,timesharing,multipleCPUormultipleuserarrangement
withoutthepriorwrittenconsentofSpectrasonics(d)translateorotherwisealtertheSoftware
withoutthepriorwrittenconsentofSpectrasonics(e)reverseengineer,decompile,
disassembleorotherwiseattempttodiscoverthesourcecodeoftheSoftware,exceptandonly
totheextentapplicablestatutorylawsspecificallyprohibitsuchrestrictionsnor(f)create
derivativeworksbasedontheSoftware,ThisLicensedoesnotspecificallyentitleyoutoany
updates,enhancements,orimprovementstotheSoftware.Spectrasonicsmayreleasetheseat
times,andfromtimetotime,atitssolediscretion.
2.Title,Copyright,andOtherRights.ThecodeisownedbySpectrasonics,anditsstruture,
organizationandcodearethevaluabletradesecretsofSpectrasonics.TheSoftwareisalso
protectedbyUnitedStatesCopyrightLawandInternationalTreatyprovisions.Asbetweenthe
parties,Spectrasonicsand/oritslicensorsandsuppliersretainallright,titleandinterestinthe
Softwareandallcopiesandportionsthereof.Title,ownershiprights,andintellectualproperty
rightsinandtothecontentaccessedwiththeSoftwareisthepropertyoftheapplicablecontent
ownerandmaybeprotectedbyapplicablecopyrightorotherlaw.ThisLicensegivesyouno
rightstosuchcontent.YoumayuseSpectrasonicstrademarksonlytoidentifyprintedoutput
producedbytheSoftware,inaccordancewithacceptedtrademarkpractice,including
identificationoftrademarkownersname.Suchuseofanytrademarkdoesnotgiveyouany
rightsofownershipinthattrademark.Exceptasstatedabove,thisAgreementdoesnotgrant
youanyintellectualpropertyrightsintheSoftware.
3.DisclaimerofWarranty.THESOFTWAREISPROVIDEDASISANDSPECTRASONICSAND
ITSLICENSORSANDSUPPLIERSMAKENOWARRANTIES,EXPRESS,IMPLIEDOROTHERWISE,
ANDEXPRESSLYDISCLAIMALLWARRANTIES,INCLUDINGWARRANTIESOF
MERCHANTABILITY,NONINFRINGEMENTOFTHIRDPARTYRIGHTS,ANDFITNESSFORANY
PARTICULARPURPOSE.SPECTRASONICSANDITSLICENSORSANDSUPPLIERSDONOTAND
CANNOTWARRANTTHEPERFORMANCEORRESULTSYOUMAYOBTAINBYUSINGTHE
SOFTWARE.SOMESTATESDONOTALLOWEXCLUSIONSOFANIMPLIEDWARRANTYOR
LIMITATIONSONHOWLONGANIMPLIEDWARRANTYMAYLAST,SOTHISDISCLAIMERMAY
NOTAPPLYTOYOU.
4.LimitationofLiability.NOTWITHSTANDINGANYTHINGTOTHECONTRARY,NEITHER

4.LimitationofLiability.NOTWITHSTANDINGANYTHINGTOTHECONTRARY,NEITHER
SPECTRASONICSNORITSLICENSORSANDSUPPLIERSSHALLBELIABLEWITHRESPECTTO
ANYSUBJECTMATTEROFTHISAGREEMENTUNDERTORT,CONTRACT,STRICTLIABILITYOR
ANYOTHERLEGALTHEORY(A)FORANYINDIRECT,SPECIAL,INCIDENTAL,OR
CONSEQUENTIALDAMAGESOFANYCHARACTERINCLUDING,WITHOUTLIMITATION,
DAMAGESFORLOSSOFGOODWILL,DATA,PROFITORSAVINGS,WORKSTOPPAGE,OR
COMPUTERFAILUREORMALFUNCTION,OR(B)FORANYDAMAGESINEXCESSOF
SPECTRASONICSLISTPRICEFORALICENSETOTHESOFTWARE,OR(C)FORANYCLAIMBY
ANYTHIRDPARTYEVENIFSPECTRASONICS,ITSREPRESENTATIVE,ORITSLICENSORSOR
SUPPLIERSSHALLHAVEBEENINFORMEDOFTHEPOSSIBILITYOFSUCHDAMAGES.SOME
STATESDONOTALLOWTHEEXCLUSIONORLIMITATIONOFINCIDENTALORCONSEQUENTIAL
DAMAGES,SOTHISLIMITATIONANDEXCLUSIONMAYNOTAPPLYTOYOU.
5.Termination.TheLicensegrantedinSection1willterminateautomaticallyifyoufailtocure
anymaterialbreachofthisAgreementwithinthirty(30)daysofwrittennotice,orimmediately
withoutnoticeinthecaseofabreachofSection1.Upontermination,youshallimmediately
ceasealluseoftheSoftwareandreturnordestroyallcopiesoftheSoftware.Exceptforthe
LicensegrantedinSection1andexceptasotherwiseexpresslyprovidedherein,thetermsof
thisAgreementshallsurvivetermination.Terminationisnotanexclusiveremedyandallother
remedieswillbeavailablewhetherornotthelicenseisterminated.

LEGALNOTICESSoundsLicenseAgreement

NOTE:COPYRIGHTLAWSHAVERECENTLYBEENSTRENGTHENED.ITIS
INYOURBESTINTERESTTOREADANDFOLLOWTHISAGREEMENT.
Youcannotresellorcopythisinstrumenttoanotheruser.
Youcannottransferownershipofthisinstrumentorthesoundsorprogramsitcontainswithout
obtainingalicensetransferfromSpectrasonics.LicenseTransfersareonlygrantedonacase
bycasebasis.
DONOTUSETHISPRODUCTUNTILYOUHAVEREADTHISLICENSEAGREEMENT.
BYOPENINGANDINSTALLINGTHISPRODUCT,YOUACCEPTTHISLICENSEAGREEMENT.
Reproductionorduplicationofthiscollectionoranyofthesoundrecordingscontainedinit,
eitherastheyexistonthisdiscorbyanymeansofreformatting,mixing,filtering,re
synthesizing,processingorotherwiseeditingforuseinanotherproductorforresale,isstrictly
prohibitedwithouttheexpresswrittenconsentofSpectrasonics.
Allunauthorizedgiving,trading,lending,renting,reissuing,redistributingorresellingofthis
productoranyofthesoundsitcontainsareexpresslyprohibited.
Thelicensetousethisproductisgrantedforasingleuseronly.Youcannotresell
Omnisphereasausedproducttosomeoneelsebecausethisisanontransferablelicenseof
thecontainedsoundrecordings.Youcannotelectronicallytransferorpostsamplesof
OmnispheretoanotherpersonorgroupofpersonsovertheInternetorplacethemina
computer/samplernetworktobeaccessedbymultipleusers.
UseofthesesoundsinMultimedia/GameMusicprojectsislimitedtousewithinoriginalmusical
compositions.
SpectrasonicsconstantlymonitorsotherSoundwareandSoftwarereleasestocheckfor
copyrightinfringements,andwillprosecuteallpiracyandcopyrightviolationstothefullest
extentofthelaw.

LEGALNOTICESTrademarks

OmnisphereisaregisteredtrademarkofSpectrasonics.
Allothermanufacturers'productnamesusedinthisinstrumentaretrademarksoftheir
respectiveowners,whichareinnowayassociatedoraffiliatedwithSpectrasonics.These
trademarksofothermanufacturersareusedsolelytoidentifytheproductsofthose
manufacturerswhosetonesandsoundswerestudiedduringSpectrasonicssounddevelopment.
VSTisatrademarkofSteinbergGmbh
RTASisatrademarkofDigidesign
AudioUnitsisatrademarkofAppleCorporation
UVIisatrademarkofUniversSons