I’ve been a fan of Eric Persing and Spectrasonics since the Atmosphere / Trilogy / Stylus era. I used Trilogy and Stylus RMX, but not the Atmosphere. Although I’m not using Omnisphere but it’s an interesting soft-synth which has been around for a decade. I hardly make music for a while, so I didn’t put my hands on Omnisphere / Trilian, but I’m still waiting for a major upgrade of Stylus RMX 🙂
By the way, my next purchase of Spectrasonics product is probably Keyscape, a lovely keyboard collection.
Talking about the recent event from Spectrasonics, Eric Persing took the stage introducing the Omnisphere 2.5. The new upgrade itself is interesting, but the event is even more interesting to me. It’s good to see an audio-software developer have an event like this. Of course, many people think of Steve Jobs when they see Eric Persing on stage. Many moves, many gestures and some words are strongly influenced by the late Steve Jobs. But we can still see the enthusiasm from Eric and the audience.
Regarding new features, more powerful synth engine and higher resolution UI are good. Granular synthesis is not a new thing, but having it integrated into Omnisphere with user-friendly UI is also good. Hardware synth integration seems to be the highlight of v2.5. Basically, I think it’s not very complex to take MIDI CC from a digital-controlled hardware synth and have them mapped into a soft-synth as presets. Spectrasonics do it and present it in style.