Review: OmniPulse 3: CineFire (Omnisphere 2.6 Expansion) by PluginGuru

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A rhythmic powerhouse for Omnisphere 2.6, CineFire provides plenty of pulsing percussive and melodic content. From pulsing basses, leads, and chords, to percussive tick-tocks and even some unique world and orchestral textures, this library will appeal to both cinematic composers and producers focused on modern dance music.

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Review: OmniPulse 3: CineFire (Omnisphere 2.6 Expansion) by PluginGuru

PluginGuru recently released this expansion for Omnisphere 2.6, this time offering another focused collection of rhythmic, tempo-synced content in the OmniPulse series. From pulsing basses, leads, and chords, to percussive tick-tocks and even some unique world and orchestral textures, this library will appeal to both cinematic composers and producers focused on modern dance music.

OmniPulse 3: CineFire (Omnisphere 2.6 Expansion) sells for $39.00 from PluginGuru

Thoughts

Cinefire is the newly released third installment in the OmniPulse series from developer John “Skippy” Lehmkuhl, aka the PluginGuru. This particular expansion series is very focused, if you couldn’t guess from the name, on rhythmic content: pulses, arps, etc. Upon loading, you’ll immediately notice that there is only one category of preset here: “ARP+BPM”. Every patch here has been created for the purpose of providing rhythm and movement to your music, and provides a lot of great content to play with. There are plenty of the familiar faces to be found when perusing the presets, such as groovy synth arpeggios, deep pulsing basslines, and percussive tick-tocks and hi-hat type sounds. As far as the synth sounds are concerned, they would fit perfectly into a wide variety of electronic or even cinematic genres.

I am a sucker for low, pulsing basslines, so of course the first few sounds I checked out were in the BASS category. I immediately noticed the versatility of this expansion: “BPM BASS – Driven To Tears” is a slightly distorted and very edgy, driving bassline, which would be right at home on an action packed trailer cue or a hybrid film/video game score: precise yet slightly overdriven, giving it a very intense and aggressive feel. Another preset in this same category, “BPM BASS – Slowly Drive Me Mad” has a more spacey, psytrance type sound to it, but still retaining a bit of drive and grit, which I personally love with synths, so it sounds a bit more raw as opposed to unrealistically clean. I found a lot of the sounds to fall into two broad categories, either totally EDM/pop based, or more cinematic, with some being able to cover a multitude of genres. On the EDM side you really get a wide variety of genres represented, from deep electro-house to more chilled, downtempo/ambient styles. All the presets sync to your DAW’s tempo, so no matter the BPM of your track, they will fit, from hyped rave styles to the more relaxed and ambient tracks.

Aside from the usual suspects of pulses, basslines, and arpeggios, there are a lot of really great textures as well, including unique percussive loops from various drums and cymbals to world or orchestral based content featuring strings and also some more traditional instruments, such as African and Chinese flutes, kalimbas, tablas, an oud, and more. It’s provides some unique textures and nice variety to a lot of the synth-based songs. Keep in mind, that while these patches do contain samples of these instruments, the nature of the presets is a very synthy, electronic as opposed to realistic and organic.

Expansions that are laser focused like this have an advantage over more all-inclusive libraries: if you know what you’re looking for, in this case rhythmic pulses, this expansion provides a variety of content that will satisfy that need. This also may hold a small disadvantage though, for the same reason: while you can turn off the ARP for some of the presets, they are meant to be sequenced and used by just playing one note or a chord, instead of really using them to write melodies and leads. Worth mentioning, but of course not a problem for me, as I knew that going in, and I LOVE rhythmic pulses anyway. Cinefire definitely provided that in spades, along with some unexpected surprises in the world and orchestral department.

Facts

Omnipulse 3: Cinefire requires Omnisphere 2.6 or higher to run, and includes 133 patches and 13 multis, and requires only 32mb of hard drive space to download.

OmniPulse 3: CineFire (Omnisphere 2.6 Expansion) sells for $39.00 from PluginGuru

 

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Contributor Brian Freeland reviews OmniPulse 3: CineFire (Omnisphere 2.6 Expansion) by PluginGuru
“A rhythmic powerhouse for Omnisphere 2.6, CineFire provides plenty of pulsing percussive and melodic content.”