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Spectrasonics hasn’t released Omnisphere 3, but it has built some Sonic Extensions

Spectrasonics Omnisphere Sonic Extensions
(Image credit: Spectrasonics)

It’s not Omnisphere 3 - there’s no word on if or when that will be released - but Spectrasonics has unveiled its new Sonic Extensions, add-ons for Omnisphere 2 that grant users new sounds and features.

At launch, there are four Sonic Extensions: Undercurrent, which is designed for “dark electronic scoring”; Nylon Sky, an ambient acoustic guitar; the retro-sounding Unclean Machine; and Seismic Shock, which is said to be suitable for heavy, modern electronica.

Each of these comes with not only a deep, multi-gigabyte set of multisampled sounds, but also two new and exclusive effects. Once you have the Sonic Extension, these effects can also be applied to all of your other Omnisphere content, and also to ‘satellite’ Spectrasonics instruments such as Keyscape and Trilian.

What’s more, each Sonic Extension has its own bespoke control set, so it looks like an instrument in its own right. You’ll need to have Omnisphere 2.8 or later installed if you want to run any of them, though.

The Sonic Extensions are priced at $149 each, but there are savings to be had if you buy in bulk. If you buy two at once you get 20% off, while purchasing three at once gets you 30% off. Unfortunately, it seems that these discounts can’t be applied retroactively, so you won’t save anything if you buy one Extension now and another at a later date.

Find out more on the dedicated Sonic Extensions website.

Ben Rogerson

I’m the Group Content Manager for MusicRadar, specialising in all things tech. I previously spent eight years working on our sister magazine, Computer Music. I’ve been playing the piano, gigging in bands and failing to finish tracks at home for more than 30 years, 20 of which I’ve also spent writing about music technology. 

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