Spectrasonics Sonic Extensions · Source: Spectrasonics
Spectrasonics Sonic Extensions Undercurrent · Source: Spectrasonics
Spectrasonics Sonic Extensions Nylon Sky · Source: Spectrasonics
Spectrasonics Sonic Extensions Unclean Machine · Source: Spectrasonics
Spectrasonics Sonic Extensions Unclean Seismic Shock · Source: Spectrasonics
Omnisphere evolves to take on new sound content that includes deep multi-sampled instruments, custom controls and exclusive effects.
Spectrasonics make some superb virtual instruments. They’ve been around a long time and their output is one of the slowest in the industry. Omnisphere was released in 2008 with version 2 meandering its way to release in 2015 and 2.5 appearing 3 years later. And now they believe they’ve come up with a new idea to offer some sound packs for their flagship synth. However, these are more than sound packs.
Each Sonic Extension comes with a library of undoubtedly fantastic and deeply multi-sampled sounds but they also come with new ways to interact with them. What that means is that they have a custom front panel as if they were their own instrument running within the Omnisphere engine. They also come with a couple of new effects that can be used in Omnisphere as a whole. Another feature is the use of “Scenes” within a patch to let you save variations and get back to them without changing the preset. Omnisphere itself also gets a bit of an update although the road to version 3 is probably still a few years long if Spectrasonics previous rate of change is anything to go by.
Sonic Extensions is launching with four new instruments:
- Undercurrent – Dark Electronic Scoring.
- Nylon Sky – Ambient Acoustic Guitar.
- Unclean Machine – Living in Retroland.
- Seismic Shock – Heavy Modern Electronic.
They offer a wide range of sound palettes and possibilities with 1000s of sounds, 1000s of Scenes and variations. Each one costs $149 although if you buy more than one at a time you can snag yourself a discount.
Instead of quick and cheesy trailers, Spectrasonics have hefty walk-through videos on each of the Sonic Extensions and a 2-hour live stream which stylishly and artistically introduces all of the instruments, effects and features – the production values are off the charts.
Omnisphere is one of the greatest virtual instruments out there and now it’s becoming one of the greatest platforms. While the concept of Sonic Extensions isn’t new when you consider the UVI Workstation/Falcon, Native Instruments Kontakt or the Spitfire libraries, the quality of the experience is top notch. It feels a little bit expensive for a sound pack but I guess you have to factor in the effects and size of these libraries.