Omnisphere Tutorial

Omnisphere Explained®

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Chapter 1 : Working with the Presets

  • The Big Picture 8:35

    The Big Picture

    Learn how the hierarchy of Omnisphere’s sound structure and how the main interface elements are set up.

  • Browsing the Browsers 6:11

    Browsing the Browsers

    See how the browser functions are a sophisticated data base with options to display, sort, and return search results based on various attributes, key words and tags.

  • Navigating the Patches 9:45

    Navigating the Patches

    Discover some of the ways of sorting and navigating through the Patch Browser’s search results field.

  • Custom Navigation 8:19

    Custom Navigation

    Explore ways of customizing the browser displays, and organizing sounds in custom projects.

  • Save Patches & Edit Tags 9:53

    Save Patches & Edit Tags

    Learn how to create a new category and save an edited patch as well as assign and edit custom tags.

  • Sample Thinning 4:14

    Sample Thinning

    See how the Lite Version function is used for custom sample thinning to free up memory by loading in a subset of the complete sound source sample mappings.

Chapter 2 : Patch Control

  • Main Page: Patch Controls 7:25

    Main Page: Patch Controls

    Explore the patch wide functions on the Main page Controls tab, and how they can be used to influence how the overall response of the patch reacts when notes are triggered.

  • Main Page: Layering Controls 8:11

    Main Page: Layering Controls

    See how to easily modify and sculpt sounds form the filter and layer specific controls found on the Main Controls page.

  • Patch Common Parameters 8:36

    Patch Common Parameters

    The Edit Page is Santa’s Workshop, the belly of the beast where patches are conceived, born, and grown. Learn how to use the parameters common to an overall patch here as a gateway into designing and sculpting your own unique sounds.

  • Anatomy of a Patch 7:51

    Anatomy of a Patch

    The basic model of all synthesis is to set up a sound, run it through filters to shape the frequency response, and modulate the filter, amplitude, or other aspects of the sound to create motion. Here we’ll take a simple oscillator waveform, run it through a filter, and use an envelope to create some modulation; as a means of demonstrating the basic anatomy of a patch.

Chapter 3 : Sound Sculpting

  • Synth Oscillator Controls 7:52

    Synth Oscillator Controls

    See how the main synth oscillator controls are used to shape the sound either statically or dynamically over time, and how the analog and phase knobs are used to introduce pitch and phase discrepancies between the two layers.

  • Sample Mode Parameters 7:38

    Sample Mode Parameters

    Learn how the Main controls are used for shaping sample based sound sources.

  • FM Synthesis 7:00

    FM Synthesis

    Explore how the FM synthesis parameters are used to generate wildly oscillating pitch sweeps, gentle vibratos, and add musical grit and bite to your sounds.

  • Ring Modulation 8:09

    Ring Modulation

    See how the ring modulation parameters are used to multiply and modulate the amplitude of a sound source in interesting ways.

  • Waveshaper 8:54


    Discover the unique ways Omnisphere can incorporate polyphonic distortion into a patch’s signal flow with the waveshaper parameters.

  • Unison Mode 6:49

    Unison Mode

    Learn how to use the Unison mode controls to generate subtle, and not so subtle, thickening chorusing effects by adding up to eight automatically generated detuned voices.

  • Harmonia 6:56


    See how the harmonia zoom functions take the Unison mode multiplier features to the next level by offering unique controls for each of the additionally generated voices.

  • Granular Synthesis 7:04

    Granular Synthesis

    Learn how the granular synthesis parameters are used to split samples into thousands of tiny grains, and then edit their lengths, pan positions, pitches, and order.

Chapter 4 : Adding Motion

  • Filter Basics 10:06

    Filter Basics

    See how Omnisphere’s filter and filter envelope controls work, and three built-in modulation pathways are used to vary the characteristics of the filter cutoff parameter.

  • Working with Dual Filters 7:31

    Working with Dual Filters

    Learn how Omnisphere’s dual filter system works, and how it can be used to generate complex frequency dependent rhythmic filter patterns.

  • Working with Envelopes 8:03

    Working with Envelopes

    See how to create and edit ADSR and complex envelope patterns in the Envelope Zoom window.

  • Chaos & Groove Lock 4:31

    Chaos & Groove Lock

    Watch how to import and lock an envelope pattern to an external MIDI file or RMX groove, and how to use the chaos and auto chaos features to create variations.

  • Modulation Routings 5:58

    Modulation Routings

    See how modulation routings are created, managed, and edited on the Edit page and in the Modulation matrix zoom.

  • Morphing Modulation 6:13

    Morphing Modulation

    Discover Omnishpere’s unique modulation feature that allows for cross fading between two modulation sources feeding the same target.

  • LFO Basics 5:48

    LFO Basics

    Explore the various ways to control the repeating cyclical waveforms called LFOs as they are used as modulation sources.

  • LFO Phase Offset & Triggers 3:48

    LFO Phase Offset & Triggers

    See how the phase offset and various trigger modes are used to control where in the waveform and when, in relation to the notes played, the LFO patterns are triggered.

Chapter 5 : Post Patch Movement

  • Enabling Host Automation 4:35

    Enabling Host Automation

    Learn how to enable parameters for automation within your host sequencer, and how to view a master list of all automation assignments.

  • The Arpeggiator 10:20

    The Arpeggiator

    Explore the features of Omnisphere’s arpeggiator and see how it is used to take incoming MIDI notes and output them in customized sequenced patterns.

  • The Orb 8:46

    The Orb

    Explore the wild sonic manipulation possibilities available with Omnisphere's Orb. Learn how to record and control its movements externally as you mangle patches in interesting and unexpected ways.

Chapter 6 : Multitimbral Techniques

  • The Mixer 7:25

    The Mixer

    Explore Omnisphere’s mixer and FX sections, and learn how to set up the parts for multi-timbral and multiple output usage in Apple Logic Pro.

  • Live Mode 8:18

    Live Mode

    See how Live mode is used to override the individual part MIDI channel assignments, and allow for freely changing between parts via the mouse, key switching, and MIDI CC or program change messages.

  • Latch & Trigger 6:14

    Latch & Trigger

    See how latch and trigger modes are used on the fly in Live mode to create real-time soundscapes.

  • Stack Mode 9:09

    Stack Mode

    Learn how to set up note, velocity, or MIDI CC based splits, layers, and cross fades using Omnisphere’s Stack Mode.

Product Overview

Eli Krantzberg is back with a new series on the mind blowing Spectrasonics Omnisphere virtual synth. Eli covers it from beginning to end, demystifying all of its features and functions as well as ways to get creative with its awesome power.

Eli starts with detailed overviews of the Omnisphere user interface and then covers the basics such as navigating, browsing patches, saving your own patches and edit tags. He then goes into sound sculpting with the different types of synthesis available in Omnisphere, as well as ways to modulate, morph, filter and groove lock your sounds for even more creativeness. Next, Eli dives into the powerful arpeggiator, the Orb, the mixer section, Live mode, Stack mode and so much more.

If you use Spectrasonic Omnisphere in your studio or live rig, why not get the most out of it? New sounds equals new inspiration, and who doesn't need that? Enter Omnisphere Explained today...

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