Posted February 18, 2011 by Stephan Earl in Reviews

Spectrasonics Omnisphere 1.5 and Omni TR for iPad

Spectrasonics Omnisphere 1.5 & Omni TR

If you’re a fan of Spectrasonics’ flagship virtual ‘Power Synth’ Omisphere, then you’re in for a special treat.  Omisphere 1.5 was just released along with a new controller app for the iPad called Omni TR.  Omnisphere 1.5 is available as a free download for all registered owners of Omisphere, and the Omni TR iPad app is available for free on the apple store.

Omnisphere 1.5 comes with many new features including:

  • Harmonia: New zoom page shows all Harmonia parameters per layer adding up to 10 oscillators per patch with new independent modulation options for Levels and Fine Tuning on each Harmonia oscillator.
  • Waveshaper: New zoom page with extreme new processing modules including polyphonic ‘Crusher’ and ‘Reducer’ sections with ‘Force’ and ‘Animation’ controls that can all be modulated.
  • Granular Synthesis: New ‘Speed’ and ‘Position’ modes. New zoom page with new ‘Granular Visualizer’ showing a graphic model of the effect of parameter edits which makes Granular synthesis easier to use.
  • Over 700 brand new patches created by renowned Spectrasonics sound development team = over 5,000 patches and 8,000 total sounds
  • Five-Column Browser view displays more sound categories and attributes simultaneously
  • Recently Added” Browser sorting option
  • Added support for MIDI devices which send polyphonic aftertouch
  • New ‘Clone Part’ feature allows easier editing/setup with multichannel MIDI controllers
  • New MIDI Learn hardware control mode follows Live Mode selection
  • Modulation Envelope points can be key-command snapped to semitone when modulating pitch
  • User-assignable Legato Interval rule added

Omni TR app for the iPad brings “Touch Remote” functionality to Omnisphere for a powerful tactile hands-on user experience.  It’s especially great for using Omnisphere in the live environment, and is blast for creating new sounds in real-time using the new Orb feature.

If you’re ready to be inspired, check out this video by Eric Pershing demonstrating the new features of Omnisphere 1.5 and Omni TR.

[vimeo http://www.vimeo.com/20020519 w=600]

Stephan Earl

Composing, recording and producing music in the home studio environment for over 25 years, musician and author Stephan Earl now enjoys sharing his home studio setup experience with other home studio recording musicians via HomeMusicProduction.com.