Review: Etherium & Majestica, Vol. 1 for Omnisphere 2 from That Worship Sound

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Inspiring, spiritual and uplifting are just mere adjectives but they are appropriate words that describe the pair of Omnisphere libraries, Etherium and Majestica, released by Jason Ray Schoepfer. These are not just mere sounds one can use for underscoring a composition, they are sounds that can be used to build a personal relationship with your music, nature, the otherworldly.

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Review: Etherium & Majestica, Vol. 1 for Omnisphere 2 from That Worship Sound

Inspiring, spiritual and uplifting are just mere adjectives but they are appropriate words that describe the pair of Omnisphere libraries, Etherium and Majestica, released by Jason Ray Schoepfer. These are not just mere sounds one can use for underscoring a composition, they are sounds that can be used to build a personal relationship with your music, nature, the otherworldly.

Etherium & Majestica, Vol. 1 for Omnisphere 2 sell for $25.00 each from That Worship Sound

Thoughts

For those of you who have been long time Omnisphere users, Jason Ray Schoepfer hardly needs an introduction. He has been creating libraries for the Spectrasonics synth for quite some time and his Northern Lights library is considered one of the best designed ambient resources on the market. Jason hails from Calgary in the great white north and, clearly, draws inspiration from the spiritual beauty of his surroundings; this is quite evident in the lush sounding landscapes he creates.

Though separate, Etherium and Majestica go hand-in-hand, sort of like the “double albums” one used to purchase in the glory days of vinyl. Majestica is purely Pads, created from both vintage and modern synthesizer samples such as the Prophet 12, Radias, Juno, and a customized version of the Behringer DeepMind 12. Jason makes heavy use of Omnisphere’s on-board FX, modulation capabilities and your controller’s ModWheel to keep the patches from sounding alike. For those who like “out-of-the-box” sounds, there is a whole world to discover here, many of the patches you may find inspiring enough to not make any alterations, in the slightest.

One such patch I particularly found no need to additionally modulate is the Bell Horns. A very soft 2-layer patch that combines a horn sounding Pad with a Bell sample called Aerophonia (though, admittedly, I’m not sure what the actual source is as an Aerophone is typically a flute sound). There is such calm and gentleness to this patch, especially played below C4 where the Bell sound is almost reminiscent of a Tibetan singing bowl. The Bell sound is given some slight motion by the Radio Delay in the FX section. If one keeps the key depressed after the Bell sound’s release fades out, the horn sound lingers on into the aether.

 

Another patch in Majestica, which would make a terrific drone, is the single layer Vox-RedModstra where Jason samples his own voice. He adds some slight motion via LFO and also adds Omnisphere’s Granular option where the depth is controlled by the ModWheel. Using the Mod Wheel also opens up the filter giving the texture an otherworldly sound and feel.

Etherium, on the other hand, is a more rounded out library which add a variety of categories to compliment the Pads from its own library or Majestica’s. Jason makes use of Sub Phatty basses, granularized plucks and vintage vinyl sounding Pads. While I wish there were additional bass and plucks in the package, what is there is well developed and the door is left slightly ajar for the more experienced Omnisphere user to further modulate the sounds. The 4 Bass patches, for instance, are single layer though there is a Hang Drum 2nd layer which is disengaged and, in addition, a customized arpeggiator pattern which is also turned off. While sampling the library and creating some audio demos, I found the Hang Drum layer rather not to my taste so I substituted one of the plucks to create a much different sounding multi-layer. There were other modifications I made but I could spend pages and pages talking about it…the point being is that the Omnisphere modulation rabbit hole is as deep as an abyss…how deep you want to descend, is totally up to you…ONWARD!!


In the example below on the left, you can see the included categories within Etherium. They include 45 Pads, 3 Plucks, 2 Guitar, 1 Bell and 4 Bass sounds. The 2 created Bass sounds have a, seemingly, identical twin with the exception of an added LFO controlling the Power Filter Cutoff and the Mod Wheel controlling the LFO Depth of the added LFO; both seemingly alike but very different.

One of the more beautiful patches in the library is the Elegant Tribute Guitar. It’s a dual-layer patch that combines a sampled Nylon String Acoustic Guitar with an Oberheim-8. The OB-8 layer also makes use of Omnisphere’s Harmonia. Jason has engaged 2 layers of the Harmonia, raised one by 12 semitones and the other by 24 semitones. He also slightly de-tunes the 2nd layer to give the overall feel an uplifting, lush yet slightly dissonant sound creating an almost reflective emotion in the listener. He also gives one the ability to “darken” the sound a bit, giving the player an option of enabling a third Harmonia level which is tuned down 12 semitones. One of the more fascinating and creative patches in the entire repertoire.

Etherium Majestica Demo by Ramond Ricker

Facts

Etherium contains 55 patches, 7 multis, 30 new soundsources and downloads as 1.7 GB. Etherium requires Omnisphere version 2.3.0h or higher.
Majestica, Vol. 1 contains 50 patches and downloads as 1.6 GB. Majestica requires Omnisphere version 2.3.0h or higher.

Etherium & Majestica, Vol. 1 for Omnisphere 2 sell for $25.00 each from That Worship Sound

Demos of Etherium & Majestica, Vol. 1 for Omnisphere 2


I recorded a single audio track using Quick Time’s audio record feature. It was later converted into an MP3 file. No external processing or EQ was used (though the demo could sorely use some cleaning up). It was played live, in a single take (no overdubbing) using 4 instances of Omnisphere, 2 from Etherium and 2 from Majestica. Any and all modifications to the patches were done within Omnisphere.

Videos of Etherium & Majestica, Vol. 1 for Omnisphere 2