Review: ESC PlugInGuru Tribute Library by PlugInGuru

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The ESC Tribute Library adds some fresh yet familiar new sounds to Omnisphere, all with a sleek synthetic flavor.

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Review: ESC PlugInGuru Tribute Library by PlugInGuru

With sounds created by the programmers of the European Sound Collective, the ESC PlugInGuru Tribute Library adds a variety of extra content to Omnisphere. While the presets run the gamut of sonic styles, you can really tell that the creators love synths thanks to the amount of analog synth-influenced patches. There are plenty of gems in this 250 preset package, and if you do a lot of composing/producing, you’ll likely find a lot of inspiration as well.

ESC PlugInGuru Tribute Library sells for $35 from PlugInGuru

Thoughts

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The ESC Tribute library hits all of Omnisphere’s most popular categories for presets, which is always a plus. So we’ll just get that little note out of the way first!

This entire soundset does a great job at being mostly recognizable as synth-based, while still doing lots of interesting things that take advantage of Omnisphere’s immense flexibility. The results are primarily sounds with interesting timbres that remain playable. There is very little “overcrowding” as I like to call it – when a sound designer/programmer gets carried away adding crazy little effects and modulations, turning a patch into essentially its own composition rather than an instrument.

So many of these presets have a nice and warm overall tone, no doubt due to their use of analog synths as sound sources. But I wouldn’t say this is a “retro” library at all – there’s plenty of room for modern when using these patches tastefully. As always, I’ll now go through my five favorite patches that I discovered while going through this set.

Favorite Patches:

BPM DRUM – Pulse of Life BH: It was hard to pick this one, because all of the BPM DRUM patches seem really cool and useful. This one has a really nice pulsing rhythm that is barely tonal and is a perfect way to add some “modern” rhythmic movement to a track. It’s not overly “synthy” or cheesey – just a great and simple pulse loop with a timbre somewhere between electronic and organic.

BPM SYNTH – Razor WS: Another pulse/loop that’s simple enough in tonality to easily drop into lots of cues – this time it’s a very analog sounding synth pulse with a feedback-esque sound that swells up every couple of bars. It makes for a very good rhythmic bass with a relatively slow pace that would work well in tension cues.

BASS – Acid Bass BH: Again, the bass category is generally all great. But this one was too much fun to play around with. It’s a very aggressive and biting monophonic acid bass sound. Cranking the modwheel adds even more edge and bite to it with some filter manipulation, which happens to also work well as a dubstep wobble bass effect.

PAD – Bowed Night AA: This is a warm pad with a really cool warbling effect going on that makes me think of some kind of trapped energy. It’s like the sound is holding back some explosion of alien energy that’s trying to escape. It does chords very well and makes some really interesting textures. The modwheel brightens up the sound and opens some filters.

TEXT – Orbital Search BH: A really interesting textural patch that occupies mid to high frequencies with a spacey and moving atmosphere. Some resonance and filter oscillation make cool things happen in a subtle enough way to be interesting without being intrusive. The modwheel changes the timbre and is best moved very slowly, as to keep up the subtlety.

Facts

The ESC PlugInGuru Tribute Library consists of 250 patches and 50 sound sources for Omnisphere 2.1 or later. All patches were created by the programmers of the European Sound Collective, with each patch listing the author’s initials in the title. The entire package uses 140 MB of disk space installed.

ESC PlugInGuru Tribute Library sells for $35 from PlugInGuru

 

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Contributor Steven McDonald reviews ESC PlugInGuru Tribute Library by PlugInGuru
“The ESC Tribute Library adds some fresh yet familiar new sounds to Omnisphere, all with a sleek synthetic flavor.”