Review: Omnisphere Altura by The Very Loud Indeed Co.

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Most of us have Omnisphere and, because of that, most of us are aware of the biggest flaw with Omnisphere: Overuse of its presets in media causing them to become cliché. How do we resolve this problem? New patches! Altura from The Very Loud Indeed Co. has come to the rescue here with a wonderful new collection of 120 patches created with horror and tension in mind.

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Review: Omnisphere Altura by The Very Loud Indeed Co.

Though Omnisphere’s power truly lies in its sound designing capabilities, for many busy working composers there simply isn’t the time to spend tinkering with patch creation while looming deadlines approach. New third party preset packs and sound sources for the synth are a wonderful way to breathe new life into this industry standard tool. Altura from The Very Loud Indeed Co. offers 120 new patches created from 251 new sound sources recorded primarily from percussion and bass sources. All of these sounds have been created with tension and horror in mind and are sure to excite the imagination.

Omnisphere Altura normally sells for $29 from The Very Loud Indeed Co.

Thoughts

I’m always excited when I get to dig into a new Omnisphere preset pack. As one of my favourite synths, I’m well aware of its immense power and flexibility. I’ve also become hyper aware of how overused some of the presets can be, especially in television scoring. Because of this, new presets and new sound sources are always welcome. Altura from The Very Loud Indeed Co. brings us 251 new sound sources which have been used to create 120 brand new horror and tension presets. These are divided across arps and tempo-synced sounds, hybrid organic, impacts and hits, keys, pads, and textures.

I began by digging into the arps and I was instantly hooked. They did an absolutely phenomenal job here. Each patch is interesting, rich, and detailed. That detail, interestingly enough, was something I actually predicted to be a problem at first. Some of the sounds, though fine when played in isolation, may be too busy in the context of a larger mix. There are so many elements going on and many of these may pose a problem or could clash. I found myself playing one particular patch and thinking how much I loved it but wishing there was an easy way to take one a low rumbling element on the fly. I then looked up at the omnisphere window and right there in the window was a description of the patch along with instructions stating that modwheel controls the level of that element! This was so absurdly perfect. They predicted and solved my problem before I even knew I had it. This type of thoughtful instrument design is something that really sets apart the good creators and the brilliant creators. I would say without a doubt that, if this library is any indication, The Very Loud Indeed Co. falls squarely in the realm of brilliant creators. It’s so obvious when you play any of the patches that they were created by musicians and crafted with so much love and care.

Next I began playing with the impacts. There should be a whole library of these! What you get is a small but interesting sounding collection of impacts and hits each darker and grittier than the last. I think my only con for this whole review is that there aren’t a lot of these. It sort of felt like we were being teased by being given such a small number of such wonderful sounds! If they come out with, or perhaps already have, a collection consisting only of hits like this, they would certainly have a customer here.

The keyboards and pads brought a lot of diversity to the pack. Though Altura is designed with tension and horror in mind, a lot of these instruments had what I can only describe as subtle hidden beauty in them. As if you’re looking at something gritty and broken but depending on your playing you can pull real emotion out of these patches. A lot of these sounds also really came to life with some long reverbs or delays allowing them to balloon out in interesting ways.

Overall this library would be a wonderful addition to the hard drive of any media composer who works in tension or horror as well as anyone looking for a tool kit to allow them to venture into that sonic world. The price point of 29 dollars feels extremely fair, if not on the cheap side for something of this quality. If you’re a user of synths like Omnisphere 2 or Zebra 2, then you would be well served to stop what you’re doing right now and check out the website of The Very Loud Indeed Co. to see what kinds of other things they have to offer.

Facts

Omnisphere Altura is a collection of 120 new presets patches for Omnisphere 2. The patches are spread across arps/bpm, hybrid organic, impacts and hits, keyboards, pads, and textures and soundscapes. The pack includes 251 new sound sources including recordings of renowned drummer Horacio Paris and bassist Chalo Trejos. The patches are designed with dark horror/tension sounds in mind. Altura requires the full version of Spectrasonics’ Omnisphere 2.6+ to work.

Omnisphere Altura normally sells for $29 from The Very Loud Indeed Co.

 

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Contributor Shaun Chasin reviews Omnisphere Altura by The Very Loud Indeed Co.
“Most of us have Omnisphere and, because of that, most of us are aware of the biggest flaw with omnisphere: Overuse of its presets in media causing them to become cliché. How do we resolve this problem? New patches! Altura from The Very Loud Indeed Co. has come to the rescue here with a wonderful new collection of 120 patches created with horror and tension in mind.”