Omnisphere 2.6 Released!
For those of you who were asleep last year, Spectrasonics rocked the virtual instrument world in August of 2018 when they unveiled Omnisphere 2.5's Hardware Synth Integration feature. In Spectrasonics's words, "Omnisphere’s ground-breaking Hardware Synth Integration feature bridges the physical experience gap between software and hardware, giving users intuitive control of Omnisphere by using the familiar layout of their hardware synth."
With the update to 2.5 in August, Spectrasonics released 1,000 FREE patches for Omnisphere 2 that are based on the hardware synths it supports with Hardware Synth Integration. The follow-up to version 2.6, released March 2019, added yet another 600 patches, and brought the total number of supported synths to over 65 (and growing). This is exciting news for the synth collectors out there. Some of the newly supported synths include classics such as the Roland Juno-106, Super Jupiter, Alesis Andromeda, and Roland D-50, to name a few.
"Wait, so this is just MIDI assignments right?" Not quite! Hardware Synth Integration goes far beyond MIDI learn. In Omnisphere 2.6, every supported synth has its own unique profile allowing you to control every parameter of Omnisphere that appears on the front panel of the synth, automagically. By simply tweaking your hardware synth's controls, you're digging deep into Omnisphere's architecture!
Major Arpeggiator Update
Version 2.6 also gifts us with a major Arpeggiator update with all new creative tools, making it one of the most flexible arpeggiators ever. The many innovations include inspiring new Pattern Modes, Step Dividers, Pitch Slides and the unique ability to have altered Chord Voicings and Chord Inversions per step. Also included is a new Arpeggiator Preset Library that showcases all the creative possibilities. Best of all, Omnisphere 2.6 can now capture the MIDI data of the arpeggiator as a standard MIDI file, which can be dragged to any DAW for further editing!
Expanded Hardware Synth Integration
With the 2.6 release, many new (and some vintage!) hardware synth profiles have been added, including support for over 65 popular hardware synthesizers from Moog, Sequential, Roland, Korg, Novation, Nord, Behringer, Access, Studiologic and Yamaha. The supported hardware synths cover a wide array of form factors and price ranges for different types of users.
Each supported synth has its own quirks and unique features. For example, the Moog Voyager's touchpad controls Omnisphere's Orb; the Juno-106 can save and recall patches directly from the synth; the Roland System 8 and SE-02 allow you to sequence Omnisphere sounds via their built-in sequencers, plus many more features found on other synths. You'll just have to explore!
One profile we are excited to see supported is the Korg MS-20iC, a very synth-like controller that features modular synth style routing. When you connect patch cables on its front panel the same routings happen in Omnisphere. A truly hands-on modular experience in a software plug-in!
Like we mentioned before, all these new features, including the 600 new patches, are included FREE in the 2.6 update for registered users of Omnisphere 2. It's simple to update, either log into your Spectrasonics user account (https://auth.spectrasonics.net/useracct) or open up Omnisphere 2 and click "Get Updates". Happy tweaking!