Review: Omnidose by Man Makes Noise

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Because Omnisphere 2 is arguably the most popular soft synth in existence today, the market is flooded with add on packs. So flooded in fact that it can be hard to know what kind of quality to expect. Man Makes Noise can be heard strongly through the crowd as a creator of high quality sounds. Their new product Omnidose is right up there at the top in terms of quality and value.

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Review: Omnidose by Man Makes Noise

Omnisphere is arguably the de facto swiss army knife soft synth for all types of music makers. It’s vast collection of sounds and its powerful and robust engine allows users to create and perform thousands of unique and interesting sounds. Something that instantly makes this instrument more appealing is that it’s constantly growing thanks to the wonderful work of companies like Man Makes Noise who produce high quality expansion packs such as Omnidose which aim to expand the already huge sound making possibilities of Omnisphere 2.

Omnidose sells for €25.00 from Man Makes Noise

Thoughts

One of the nice things about getting a new soundset for Omnisphere 2 is how easy they make it install. After about 2 clicks, I was ready to start playing my new sounds! I started at the top of the list with the arps. Immediately I had a smile on my face and knew Man Makes Noise had done a great job with their new soundset Omnidose. I have played with other Omnisphere 2 soundsets that, though they technically add a large list of patches to your collection, don’t really seem to add anything useful or usable. This is certainly not the case with Omnidose as most of the patches seem like they could slip right into your next dark electronic track or modern hybrid thriller score. I got the distinct impression that I was playing patches that were not only made for musicians but were made by musicians which is surprisingly and unfortunately not always the case in the market today.

The soundset requires the omnisphere 2.6 update because it makes heavy use of the hardware library sounds added in that patch. The sounds they focused on were taken from the legendary Roland D-50. Though they didn’t set out to emulate this instrument, they were aiming to capture the general spirit of it.

The pads are all really gorgeous sounding and are a definite stand out of the library. They’re both emotional and cinematic and there are many to choose from. Some of these are lush enough to really be able to carry a scene. The synth basses are also really nice. The mono synths are super fun and put a smile on my face. They would be instantly useful for dark electronic music or your next gritty thriller score. The poly synths are also fun as they come but I found them to be more useful and interesting if I made them mono and pretended they were just part of the mono synth list. That’s the great thing about this being an omnisphere add on: it gives you the flexibility and the power of omnisphere’s wonderful engine. All the patches are really expressive and playable. This is due to the care Man Makes Noise took when mapping CCs to sensible places allowing the player full control of their sound in a very intuitive way.

Though my impression of the library is overwhelmingly positive, there were a few areas I found lacking. This tended to come in the form of categories not having many sounds in them and as a whole feeling like they were added as an afterthought. The distortions for instance, might be useful and are certainly a cool concept but there are only three of them. This is also true of the synth shorts. They’re really nice but I found myself wishing for more patches. The hits are also “hit or miss”. Though a few of them are super cool, some of them feel like they were just added to increase the size of the patch list and aren’t usable sounds.

Despite these issues however, I would absolutely recommend Omnidose to any media composer or maker of dark electronic music. Any issues the library has are really only in limitation of scope and not really in lack of quality. These limitations can also be put in perspective when you look at the price tag of only 25 euros which seems a fair price for sounds which were obviously crafted with care by musicians who knew how they would be used.

Facts

Omnidose by Man Makes Noise is a preset collection add-on for Omnisphere 2. It makes heavy use of the 2.6 hardware library so it requires version 2.6+ to work. It is a collection of 125 patches made from the Roland D-50 waveforms covering various categories including arps, distortions, hits and bits, pads/strings, synth bass, synth mono, synth poly, and synth short. When installed, the preset pack will require a little over 200mb of disk space.

Omnidose sells for 25 Euros with a special introductory price of 19 Euros until February 9th.

Omnidose sells for €25.00 from Man Makes Noise

 

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Contributor Shaun Chasin reviews Omnidose by Man Makes Noise
Man Makes Noise can be heard strongly through the crowded Omnisphere-add-ons as a creator of high-quality sounds. Omnidose is right up there at the top in terms of quality and value.”