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Omnisphere 2 Explained®

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Chapter 1 : Working with the Library

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    Getting Started

    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.

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    First Sounds

    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.

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    The Mini Browser

    See how this new Omnisphere 2.0 feature is used for either attribute or sound match based browsing.

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    Searching in the Full Browser

    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.

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    Boolean Filtering

    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.

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    Loading Sounds

    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.

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    Match & Lock Browsing

    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.

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    Importing User Audio

    Discover how to bring your own audio into the SoundSource browser and process it with some of Omnisphere 2.0's powerful synthesis features.

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    Saving & Managing Sounds

    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.

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    Editing Tags

    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.

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    Working With Projects

    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.

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    The Main Page Pt. 1

    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.

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    The Main Page Pt. 2

    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.

Chapter 2 : Working with the Synth Engine

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    Working with Layers

    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.

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    Oscillators Overview

    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.

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    Sample Mode Controls

    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.

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    The Soundsource Zoom

    See how to work with Trilian based sound sources within Omnisphere 2.0, including using sublayers, special articulations, and sample thinning.

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    Basic Synthesis Controls Pt. 1

    Discover who the shape, symmetry, and hard sync sliders are used to create timbral changes to DSP generated wavetables.

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    Basic Synthesis Controls Pt. 2

    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.

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    FM Synthesis

    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.

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    Ring Modulation Synthesis

    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.

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    Waveshaper Synthesis

    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.

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    Unison Mode

    Hear how this function is used to thicken up a sound by triggering additional oscillators that are slightly detuned.

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    Harmonia Mode

    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.

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    Granular Synthesis

    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.

Chapter 3 : Animating the Sound

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    Working With Modulation

    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.

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    Using the Filter Section

    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.

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    The Filter Envelope

    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.

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    Working in Dual Filter Mode

    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.

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    Working With LFOs

    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.

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    ADSR Envelopes

    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.

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    Multi Stage Envelopes Pt. 1

    Explore the Envelope zoom and see how to work with and create multiple stage modulation envelopes.

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    Multi Stage Envelopes Pt. 2

    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.

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    Morphing Modulation

    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.

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    The Arpeggiator

    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.

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    The Orb

    Explore this sound manipulation tool and see how its intuitive performance interface is used to introduce and record variations to a patches sound.

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    Working With FX

    Learn how to work with Omnisphere's part based and multi based FX units and FX racks.

Chapter 4 : Multis & More

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    Working in Multi Timbral Mode

    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.

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    Host Automation & MIDI Learn

    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.

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    Stack Mode Pt. 1

    See how this mode is used to create splits, layers, and crossfades between the various parts set up in the multi.

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    Stack Mode Pt. 2

    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.

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    Latch & Trigger Modes

    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.

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    Live Mode

    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.

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    System Performance

    See how the System page is used to optimize streaming and other interface and performance options.

Chapter 5 : 2.1 Update

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    Sharing & Adding Sounds

    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.

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    Sharing Projects

    Learn how patches, soundsources, and multis organized into Omnisphere Projects are shared.

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    Publishing Libraries Pt. 1

    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.

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    Publishing Libraries Pt. 2

    Learn how to add either default, category specific, or unique images to soundsources, patches, and multis; and finally, how to publish the library.

Chapter 6 : 2.5 Update

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    Graphic Enhancements

    The new high resolution interface can be rescaled to hide the browser, there are now four layers per part, a new Granular Synthesis layout with waveform display, Live Mode mixer view, new FX Unit preset steppers, and new layer level meters.

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    Synthesis Enhancements

    Hear the new state variable filters in action along with the new unison spread modulation target, constant bipolar modulation source, new LFOs, shared signal path routing, and more.

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    Hardware Synth Integration & More

    Explore the new per layer solo and cross linking functions, patch rating entry via the computer keyboard, and the biggest new feature of this update: hardware synth integration.

Chapter 7 : 2.6 Update

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    Arpeggiator Update

    Explore the arpeggiator's new exciting and creative features including the new note patterns, octave options, step modifiers, step dividers, and more.

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    Bias Modulation, New SoundSources, & More

    Discover how the new Bias modulation target works as a fulcrum based variation of key tracking, with modulation occurring above or below a user chosen position. Hear some of the new sound sources, analog oscillator wavetables, and more.

Product Overview


Eli Krantzberg returns with the most comprehensive video tutorial 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!

Updated for v2.6, Eli begins with working with the library, exploring 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.

Also, Eli has created in-depth videos for the specific update features and functions included with versions 2.1, 2.5 and 2.6, so you can be sure the info you're getting is up to date.

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!"


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Omnisphere 2 Explained® is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 33 .
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very good Omnisphere introduction Very good Omnisphere introduction with quite a few interesting tips
Date published: 2021-05-25
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from No fluff straight to the point A great in-depth tutorial of getting to grips with Omnisphere. The author starts each video straight into the topic with out any waffle or pointless chit chat. Every sentence is facts and information which allows you to work in Omnisphere whilst watching the videos. Each video you progress deeper into Omnisphere and before you know it you’ve master all the concepts of the plugin. And the rest is then up to your imagination.
Date published: 2021-04-01
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from super detailed! alot of advanced tips in these videos
Date published: 2021-02-10
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great Clear and very user friendly
Date published: 2020-12-04
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Best tutorial out there by far!! Searched around alot for omnipshere 2.5 courses and every one from the start for one reason or another would start off ok then do something that would leave me scrathing my head with no explanation or just do a course on 2.0 without any of the updates. As someone who only started learning music production 6 months ago i need everything broken down step by step and this course hits that mark, even when EK had clicked something he didnt mean to he would mention this (which is one of the things i got annoyed at with a lot of courses elsewhere) when im sat here watching every cursor move. Every little thing on omnisphere is explained with examples and straight to the point with no waffling on. Really enjoyed doing this course, which ive learnt over the 6 months can be a rarity.
Date published: 2020-06-27
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Just simply the best! Definitely a knowledgeable resource!
Date published: 2020-06-15
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from First Class. Even if you are an experienced user of Omnisphere, this is an excellent refresher.
Date published: 2020-06-09
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excellent. Excellent!
Date published: 2020-05-23
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Nice in depth explanation I learned a lot. Ominisphere is clearer now
Date published: 2019-06-07
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Make good buying decisions I frequently use these tutorials to see if I want to spend my hard earned dollars on a specific product. Eli Krantzberg is my go-to guy for this type of knowledge because he gives me real-life examples of how to use a product. It makes buying decisions much easier. Thanks, Eli and thanks Groove3.
Date published: 2019-04-24
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excellent overview of Omnisphere 2 It's around 8 years ago since I watched Eli's Omnisphere Explained. This one is up there with its detailed overview. Really enlightening stuff. While I haven't finished the full videos (currently at chapter 3) I've learned a lot. Some of it is refreshing what I learned years ago, while also learning the new interface as well. I have to say groove3 is the site I check before committing to any vsti purchase to make sure I have that knowledge waiting to be shared before I buy. Thanks again Eli...legend!
Date published: 2019-02-17
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Fantastic I am very excited to share that the videos have been of great service to me in regards to learning more about Omnisphere. The video narrator is very clear and concise in explaining all the basic aspects that one might miss when attempting to learn more Omnisphere.
Date published: 2018-10-19
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Good overview. Very helpful, although while it covers everything, it doesn't always go deep into everything. More of an extensive overview.
Date published: 2018-10-17
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Well Done! As usual, an excellent presentation by EK. I should, however, point out at about 1:48 into the “Live Mode” segment, when Eli scrolls through patches, there is no sound. As they say, the silence is deafening.
Date published: 2018-09-27
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great! Always informative and clearly explained!
Date published: 2018-09-17
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Well done... 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,
Date published: 2017-10-30
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very Well Done !! Fine Quality Video Productions Knowledgable Teachers make this a great place to learn ! and easily apply to my Music.
Date published: 2017-09-10
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Omnisphere 2 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
Date published: 2017-07-25
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from very helpful it gets deep into modulation, was looking for a tutorial like this one
Date published: 2017-06-24
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from 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!
Date published: 2017-05-03
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from 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.
Date published: 2017-05-03
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from 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.
Date published: 2017-03-29
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great Tutorials 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.
Date published: 2016-12-31
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from 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.
Date published: 2016-12-28
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from well taught This is a very good intro to Omni. It's a thorough go through all the features. The Spectrasonics site has some tutorial videos but these are mostly Omni 1. These videos teach the interface very well, but they don't go into actually making sounds artistically, beyond mostly 80's basic synth sounds. The most challenging part of Omni for most are the sythesiser editing pages, these are explained very well, but I found myself wondering if I could ever use these sounds because of their lack of natural sound character. Working with your own patches and with audio samples is explained - functionally, but I wanted to know more about how to mangle their sounds properly. I got answers to these questions, but Skippies stuff on Utube is better for hands on sound crafting - after you have learnt the controls via this package
Date published: 2016-09-27
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Omnisphere 2 I liked the video-lesson! I hope I'll find more of the material interesting for me.
Date published: 2016-09-20
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excellent ! Excellent & thorough course, very useful. Very informative, and understandable.
Date published: 2016-07-28
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Another Eli Hit I'd get any training video from Eli any day of the week. This video series will save you so much time when learning Omnisphere. Everything explained is clear and concise. However, I personally think you should have experience with synthesis before jumping into Omnisphere.
Date published: 2016-06-11
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Perfection Very thorough and informative-took weeks off my learning curve. To be honest, I probably wouldn't have bought Omnisphere 2 had I not known that there was an Eli Krantzberg course on it!
Date published: 2016-05-26
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Clear, concise, great value The tutorials are clear and concise. A great value. I would recommend this video series to anyone.
Date published: 2016-05-11
Rated 3.0 out of 5 by from Acceptable Course You get only a good introduction approach, nothing more. Not near to intermediate as advised.
Date published: 2016-04-20
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from David - Eli, Goliath - Omnisphere 2 Once again, Eli takes us on a delightful and comprehensive guided tour of the inner workings of this massive plug-in. Not too many stones left unturned here so get ready to roll up your sleeves and jump in.
Date published: 2016-03-30
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Thorough! This is a very good explanation of the software. Well organized and presented. Eli's depth of knowledge regarding DAWs and software amazes me.
Date published: 1969-12-31
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