Steve Vai on Spectrasonics
Steve Vai is a card-carrying, board-certified guitar god, not to mention a gifted composer and producer. He has played the impossible with Frank Zappa, burned up the charts with David Lee Roth and Whitesnake, and has surrounded himself with incredibly gifted musicians on his numerous solo projects. He's sold millions of albums and won three Grammy Awards. As a composer, he's been commissioned to write a symphony for electric guitar and orchestra. He's the embodiment of great musicianship, always striving to challenge himself and his listeners. Steve's also been using Spectrasonics sounds and instruments for as long as we've been in business.
Vai advises musicians, "Let your imagination run free. That's a cliché, but really take it to heart, because when you do that you'll create things in your mind that are off of the physical radar completely. You might say 'I would love to do something that makes an instrument react this way' -or whatever it is- but it's not happening in the world yet. The fact that it's not happening isn't the important thing, the important thing is that your imagination has no limitations. Because that's how these things come to be. They start with the imagination running wild. By holding onto that big picture, you're pulling the power of the universe to bring things into your existence. Anybody that's ever created anything started with an idea. They kept that idea strong in their head, and they enjoyed the process of getting there."
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Vai weaves the sounds of Omnisphere throughout the sonic landscape of his music to heighten its meaning and draw listeners along as the story unfolds. Steve extensively uses Omnisphere for textural ambiences and interesting effects. And even with the extraordinary bass players on his team, Trilian holds down the bass in his recent tracks. "Pick any song on my recent albums, and you'll likely hear something from Spectrasonics."
Vocal sounds play a key role in some of Vai's epic pieces, for example, "Weeping China Doll" from The Story of Light. "A lot of times when you hear sampled voices, the way they're recorded might not be ideal," Vai says, "but the Omnisphere voices have a lot of integrity to them, and there's such a large variety of sounds that you can't find anywhere. I even use the Gospel Choirs and love the Boys Choirs."
Vai especially appreciates the organizational infrastructure of Omnisphere. "There's so much to choose from. The variety can keep you searching for hours! [laughs] But if you know what you're looking for, it's easy. You can search by techniques, including some weird ones like Babbling, Doo-wops, and they're even broken down into sforzandos. The way things are categorized is really nice. You can click a category, and then refine your search by type - with the vocals you search by Gender, you can refine that by searching Classical choir by Females or various Boys choirs."
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