Working with the Library
Welcome to Omnisphere 2.0. In this series we'll take a fresh look at the entire instrument from the ground up, starting with an overview of the basic organization and architecture of the plug-in and how it generates sound.
Learn about the Header section of Omnisphere, see how to access the three different browsers, and learn how to create new sounds from existing patches by changing the sound sources used in each of the patch's two layers.
The Mini Browser4:22
See how this new Omnisphere 2.0 feature is used for either attribute or sound match based browsing.
Searching in the Full Browser7:39
Discover how to use and customize the category, attribute and search fields to search for patches and sound sources by key words and metadata. See how Search Lock is useful when searching and loading patches as well as sound sources.
Discover how the boolean operators “And”, “Or”, and “Not” are used in conjunction with the search field and attribute columns to generate search results that include or exclude patches with multiple attribute specific tags.
Learn how to sort patches and sound sources, how to use ratings to sort by favourites, how to use the browser settings to audition samples on loading and how to synchronize attributes when changing parts. Also see how to reduce or thin the number of samples loaded using either scale, velocity, or range criteria; or using pitch thinning based on the notes you need for your current arrangement.
Match & Lock Browsing6:33
Explore two of Omnisphere 2.0's new intelligent browsing features. Sound match returns a set of sounds based on similar metadata, and sound lock preserves various aspects of a source sound and applies them to a destination patch.
Importing User Audio3:30
Discover how to bring your own audio into the SoundSource browser and process it with some of Omnisphere 2.0's powerful synthesis features.
Saving & Managing Sounds4:21
Learn about initializing versus clearing patches multis and layers, how and where to save and delete customized sounds, and how to use the “Save Patch Quick” function to update custom patches.
Learn how to customize the attribute and assignment metadata associated with patches so that they can be searched and sorted more effectively in Omnisphere's patch browser.
Working With Projects5:26
Explore the use of Projects as a way or bookmarking, collecting, and organizing sounds into user defined groupings that are meaningful to your own personal workflow. Projects can include multis, patches, and sound sources. It is another tool for organizing Omnisphere's library to suit your needs.
The Main Page Pt. 16:55
See how this page is used as a kind of “dashboard”, to access all the important performance controls necessary to tweak the sound of a patch easily.
The Main Page Pt. 25:06
Hear how the Solo, Glide, and legato modes work, how the alternate sustain pedal modes are used, and how the Main Page filter controls sound.
Working with the Synth Engine
Working with Layers5:50
Explore the layer pages and see how parameter adjustments can be made either uniquely for each layer or linked together, which parameters remain independent for the two layers, and how the amp, transposition, coarse tuning, fine tuning, and tracking parameters work.
Oscillators are the basic DNA of Omnisphere's patches. Learn how to switch between using Soundsources and DSP generated wavetables, and how access the various oscillator functions that are available.
Sample Mode Controls4:34
Discover how timbre shifting and timbre crushing are used to vary the harmonic quality of the sound sources by shifting, transposing, filtering, and bit crushing the samples; and how the start slider and reverse button influence playback of the mapped samples.
The Soundsource Zoom4:54
See how to work with Trilian based sound sources within Omnisphere 2.0, including using sublayers, special articulations, and sample thinning.
Basic Synthesis Controls Pt. 15:24
Discover who the shape, symmetry, and hard sync sliders are used to create timbral changes to DSP generated wavetables.
Basic Synthesis Controls Pt. 23:58
Hear how the analog and phase controls are used to detune and change the phase relationship between the two oscillators in Layer A and Layer B.
Explore how the timbral characteristics of the layer's oscillator (carrier) is changed by modulating the frequency of another waveform (Modulator) and how the FM synthesis controls are used to alter the result of this frequency modulation.
Ring Modulation Synthesis4:07
Similar to FM synthesis, but the overall amplitude is modulated by multiplying the frequencies of the layer's main oscillator with the modulator oscillator. Hear how it is used to create a nasty synth bass sound by adding some aggressive bite to one of Omnisphere's wavetables.
Hear how this section is used to degrade the layer's oscillator by reducing the bit depth, adding wave shaping, and reducing the sample rate.
Hear how this function is used to thicken up a sound by triggering additional oscillators that are slightly detuned.
Explore the amp and synth parameters available in this mode. They are used to control up to four automatically generated oscillators per layer which are used to create harmonies with the layer's main oscillator.
Discover how this engine is used to break apart audio into fragments called grains, and how it is used to create long evolving sonic textures.
Animating the Sound
Working With Modulation6:37
Modulation adds motion to a sound by having g a modulation source affect the value of a target parameter in some way. See who modulation routings are set up and managed in Omnisphere 2.0.
Using the Filter Section5:31
Explore Omnisphere's powerful filter controls, including cutoff, resonance, filter tracking, and the variant slider which moves the cutoff frequency in opposite directions on the left and right channels of a stereo sound.
The Filter Envelope5:02
Hear how the filter envelope is used as a modulation source that modulates the characteristics of the filter's cutoff frequency over time, and how the filter envelope depth knob is used to se the amount the filter envelope influences the filter section.
Working in Dual Filter Mode6:11
Explore Omnisphere's Filter Zoom section, and see how to setup, route, and offset two separate filter algorithms together on a single layer in a patch.
Working With LFOs7:56
Explore how these waveform shapes are used as sources for cyclical modulation effects. Learn how to sync them to tempo, use the various trigger modes, change shapes, start them at different points in their cycle, delay their onset, and more.
Envelopes are the contours that shape the sound coming from the oscillators and the filters. Learn how to navigate the Envelope section of the Omnisphere interface and how to adjust the four different stages that occur over the duration of a note.
Multi Stage Envelopes Pt. 16:43
Explore the Envelope zoom and see how to work with and create multiple stage modulation envelopes.
Multi Stage Envelopes Pt. 25:17
Discover how the chaos controls are used to randomize envelope curves and levels, and how the speed, depth, looping, sync, and trigger controls are used to control the playback of the envelopes.
See how two sources are used to modulate a single target, and how a third component is used to interactively crossfade between the outputs of the two modulation sources.
Learn how the arpeggiator is used to take an incoming chord and output a sequenced pattern of notes based on a defined set of rules and parameters.
Explore this sound manipulation tool and see how its intuitive performance interface is used to introduce and record variations to a patches sound.
Working With FX4:27
Learn how to work with Omnisphere's part based and multi based FX units and FX racks.
Multis & More
Working in Multi Timbral Mode5:52
Explore two different ways of working in multi mode; one where all the processing is done within the plug-in itself, and the other where the individual parts are sent to discreet aux tracks in the host DAW.
Host Automation & MIDI Learn7:02
Learn how to use and manage host automation and MIDI Learn to animate parameters either on a per part basis or when working in multi mode.
Stack Mode Pt. 15:16
See how this mode is used to create splits, layers, and crossfades between the various parts set up in the multi.
Stack Mode Pt. 23:21
See how velocity and MIDI continuous controller messages are used as the basis for triggering the patches loaded into the various parts of a multi.
Latch & Trigger Modes3:56
See how latch mode is used to have notes function as toggles to stop and start patterns, and how trigger mode is used to quantize incoming MIDI notes in real time.
Discover how this mode is used to switch between or layer patches in real time using either the mouse, on screen controls, MIDI notes, CC messages, or program change messages.
See how the System page is used to optimize streaming and other interface and performance options.
Sharing & Adding Sounds5:22
See how the improved sharing features make it simple to share patches, multis, soundsources, and user audio from either the Mini Browser or full Browser.
Learn how patches, soundsources, and multis organized into Omnisphere Projects are shared.
Publishing Libraries Pt. 15:04
Discover how and where to create your own Library and Category folders in the Finder, and how to add custom patches or multis to them from within Omnisphere.
Publishing Libraries Pt. 26:19
Learn how to add either default, category specific, or unique images to soundsources, patches, and multis; and finally, how to publish the library.
Eli Krantzberg returns with a new series on Spectrasonic's flagship virtual instrument, Omnisphere 2. In this comprehensive series, Eli covers every aspect of this powerful and versatile instrument, as well as teaching you how to use it creatively!
Beginning with working with the library, Eli explores the Browser, How To Search, Filter Your Search, Load Sounds, Import Audio, and Work With Projects. From there, Eli dives into working with the Synth Engine, going deep into Layers, Oscillators, Sample Mode, Synthesis Controls, and the various Modes.
Next, Eli details the Filter and Modulation options, including all your options for Animating Your Sounds and Working With Effects. Finally, Eli covers Multi-Timbral Mode, Stack Mode, Latch & Trigger Modes, Live Modes, and Optimizing System Performance.
Eli shows you all about the improved sharing features that let you share Patches, Multis, Sound Sources, and Audio from the Mini or Full Browser. Then Eli takes you through the Publishing Libraries, and you'll explore how and where to Create Your Own Library and Category Folders, as well as how to Add Images and Publish Your Library.
Spectrasonics Omnisphere 2 is one of the deepest virtual instruments available today, and if you're just getting started or a power user looking for expert tips, this is what the doctor ordered... Watch "Omnisphere 2 Explained" today!
Submitted 2 months ago
This is a very good explanation of the software. Well organized and presented. Eli's depth of knowledge regarding DAWs and software amazes me.
I am a: Producer
Submitted 4 months ago
I am an experienced synth programmer and found this helpful on a number of points. Very well dont and goes into features less obvious. Despite Omnisphere being easy to use, this course explained the finer points well. I'd recommend it,
I am a: Musician
Submitted 6 months ago
Very Well Done !!
Fine Quality Video Productions Knowledgable Teachers make this a great place to learn ! and easily apply to my Music.
I am a: Semi-Pro, Producer, Beat Maker, Sound for Film/TV, Ableton Live, Logic Pro, Reason
Submitted 7 months ago
Being a teacher as well as a Grammy winner, I know that the depth of a subject plays a big part on how the learning curve works. Omnisphere is a beast to absorb. I have only had the Groove3 trainer for a few days. So far it seems well organized. I look forward to its guidance
I am a: Professional, Musician, Producer, Sound for Film/TV, Cubase, Reason
Submitted 8 months ago
it gets deep into modulation, was looking for a tutorial like this one
I am a: Semi-Pro, Professional, Musician, Producer, Audio Engineer, Sound Designer, Sound for Film/TV, Ableton Live, Logic Pro
Submitted 10 months ago
Great Overview / Introduction to Omnishere
I wouldn't consider my self a beginner but I am no expert. Having never used any instance of Omnisphere, or a Spectrasonics plugin for that matter, these videos rendered me familiar with the plugin. A great alternative to clicking around blindly!
I am a: Student, Hobbyist, Producer, Beat Maker, FL Studio
Submitted 10 months ago
If you've got the coin for the software, you'd be insane not to get the vids
Another great series by Eli. Omnisphere is huge and fairly ugly as its GUI is not exactly intuitive. There's a gazillion options and you'll spend at least that many hours poking at buttons/knobs/menus trying to figure out what they do. Sometimes the effect will be obvious; sometimes very subtle--but it depends on how other options are set so you really need to understand what controls do to have any chance of being able to predict how they'll work under different circumstances or use them efficiently to achieve some effect. These videos will save you a huge amount of time getting to understand it all and it will be money very well spent. In fact, I can't imagine ever finding the time to figure out everything that Eli covers on my own.
I am a: Hobbyist
Submitted 1 year ago
Excellent Speaking and Explanation Process
The instructor speaks very well and clearly moves through the process of explaining each feature, without confusing parts or skipping around. They speak at an excellent pace, and are careful to only make mouse movements and other actions which are important. The instructor takes a very complex instrument and makes it easy to approach.
I am a: Student, Semi-Pro, Musician, Producer, Beat Maker, Audio Engineer, Sound Designer, Ableton Live, Logic Pro
Submitted 1 year ago
I have Omnisphere 2 and have downloaded and watched the Spectrasonics video tutorials. They are good but I needed more input as some things they take for granted that you already know, like the basic stuff. I'm a guitar player and not a synth genius. So I needed the basics as well. I'm a beginner in the synth world. These videos cleared up a lot of things for me.
I am a: Semi-Pro, Producer, Audio Engineer, Musician
Submitted 1 year ago
Omnisphere 2 Explained
Great, detailed look at the latest Omnisphere 2 software. Covers practically every parameter with examples. Much better than reading the Spectrasonics manual.
I am a: Professional, Musician, Sound for Film/TV
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