Spectrasonics recently released the new update for their flagship power synth. Welcome to Omnisphere 2.6 First Look & Review of New Features!
Omnisphere 2.6 First Look & Review Of New Features
The first thing that strikes me after opening Omnisphere 2.6 is all the new integrated hardware profiles. Omnisphere now includes Hardware Synth Integration feature with full support for over 65 Hardware Synths! The update is free for all owners of Omnisphere 2. We have a totally re-iterated arpeggiator and over 600 new presets! And boy is this update exciting.
Let’s dive in and look at the new features.
Hardware Synth Profiles
It doesn’t matter if we own these hardware synths. We can easily access the wavetables and profiles from these synths just by selecting a hardware synth from the dropdown at the top of Omnisphere.
Among the new harware profiles we find Roland Juno-106, Roland D-50, Super Jupiter and the Alesis Andromeda.
Firstly, in the Omnisphere 2.6 first look video, I fired up some of the hardware profiles which instantly loads up the parts (1-4) with predefined oscillators. These oscillators are sampled replicas as heard in the original hardware synths. While the retro hard ware synths never could keep pitch, Omnisphere now gives you total control of keeping these sounds in check.
It’s a mind blowing feature which basically gives you access to all those retro synths at your fingertips without the hassle of fiddling with ageing gear.
Arpeggiator on steroids
One of the major upgrades to me with this new update of Omnisphere 2.6 is really the arpeggiator. This new iteration of the arp has some new features more commonly found in step sequencers. There is a new box above each step which on a right-click brings up a menu with tons of new on-step features. Each step can have it’s own unique pitch-glide, pitch transpose, step divider, Chord Voicing and Chord Inversion.
A wonderful new feature is to capture an arpeggiated sequence and export it to your DAW as a raw midi file with all the pitch-glides and step dividers included. While capturing an arpeggio you can even change the key and it will be burnt to the midi capture.
Omnisphere 2.6 – Conclusion
In conclusion, these are all very powerful features that makes sure that Omnisphere 2 still sits on the throne as one of the most powerful vst plugins on the market. I know I will spend hours creating interesting music and sounds with this updated beast.
If you want to learn more about the powerful sounds and features of Omnisphere I did another video talking about the key features that makes Omnisphere 2 one of the best vst synth plugins.
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