Omnisphere sampling secrets revealed

Spectrasonics releases behind-the-scenes video

You'll soon be able to find out what a burning piano sounds like.

We’ve already briefed you on the basics of Spectrasonics’ forthcoming Omnisphere - now the company has released a video that reveals how some of the synth’s more wild and wonderful sounds were created.

Omnisphere is a huge new virtual instrument that features not only enhanced versions of all the sounds from Spectrasonics’ Atmosphere, but also a selection of new patches that are based on what the company is calling ‘psychoacoustic sampling’.

Many of these tones are genuinely different to anything we’ve heard before. Ever wanted to play the sound of a filament in a lightbulb? Omnisphere lets you do it. Have you longed to know how a clothes horse connected to two acoustic guitars would sound? You’ll soon be able to find out.

The video runs for just over 15 minutes and provides an entertaining insight into some of the techniques used in Omnisphere’s creation. As well as the ‘instruments’ listed above, you’ll also see a musical typewriter, an orange being rolled round a Tibetan singing bowl and the spectacular burning piano. It’s quite a ride.

The video (and others) can be viewed on Spectrasonics’ Omnisphere preview website. The finished product will be released on September 15 2008 in VST, RTAS and Audio Units formats priced at $499.