Review: Omnisphere Amara by The Unfinished

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The Unfinished continues to up his game with his latest Omnisphere release, Omnisphere Amara. Omnisphere Amara is simply superb. If I ever get the chance to score a British drama or Scandi mystery this is the first set of sounds I will reach for.

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Review: Omnisphere Amara by The Unfinished

The Unfinished has taken his game to a whole new level with Omnisphere Amara. This stellar set of 500 sounds includes some of the richest and deepest sounds, and the best textures, pads, and noisescapes I have ever heard, not only in Omnisphere, but anywhere! If you do any dramatic film scoring work this is a can’t-miss set of sounds! A+!

Omnisphere Amara sells for £69.99 from The Unfinished

Thoughts

The Unfinished (aka Matt Bowdler) has long been my go-to resource for original soundsets for my soft synths. He has a way of coaxing fresh layers of sonic goodness out of synths that you might have thought you had already completely unearthed. In Omnisphere Amara, he has done it again…times ten. Omnisphere Amara is a complete toolkit for composers working on films in the dramatic tension genre. If you love composers like Nils Frahm, Olafur Arnalds, or Johann Johannsson, or the score to shows like “Broadchurch”, you will absolutely love this collection of sounds. I have a number of soundsets from The Unfinished for several different soft synths, but this one has to be the best.

Omnisphere Amara has a whopping 500 patches for Omnisphere 2.5, divided into the following categories: ARP + BPM, Bells and Vibes, Bowed Colors, Guitars, Hits and Bits, Human Voices, Hybrid Instruments, Keyboards, Noisescapes, Pads + Strings, Synth Bass, Synth Mono, Synth Poly, Synth Sweep, Textures Playable, Textures Soundscapes, and Transition Effects. Here’s a short summary of some of the best categories you’ll find here.

There are tons of great ARPS +BPMs within Amara. This is the designation given to tempo-synced pulses, arpeggios, and percussive loops. Many of the pulses/loops here actually give you two sounds within one, via the use of the modwheel, that can easily be stringed together during performance to add layers of interest and variation. This group probably includes the best use of the modwheel I have seen for the category. Many of the ARPS + BPMs are full of melodic phrases that could be used to score an entire scene. While Omnisphere uses a 5-star rating system to help you rank your favorite sounds, I think some of these deserve a 6! I found myself wanting an extra star many times throughout Omnisphere Amara because the sounds are just that good. One sound that caught my attention here is a preset entitled “Silent Methods.” This is an evolving, organic, lo-fi sequence with added distortion via the modwheel that is just fantastic. I call dibs!

There are many excellent Bowed Colors. These are dark and brooding sounds that evolve throughout both the low and high frequency spectrum. Here you will find plenty of scrapes and scratchy strings that will find a perfect home in either a tension-filled thriller or horror scene.

I don’t normally find guitars sounds within soft synths to be all that useful or impressive. However, the Guitars category here includes possibly the best nylon string guitar I have yet heard in a synth, and possibly one of the best I’ve heard in any library. There are also some nice acoustic and electric guitar sounds here, and even some banjo/mandolin and bowed guitars.

Probably the most neglected section of sounds in my own Omnisphere soundset collection is the Hits and Bits category. I don’t think I have ever actually used any Hits and Bits from Omnisphere in any of my tracks. However, that might just change with the release of Amara. I found the hits here to be big, bold, and varied. These would be great to add another rich layer to your dramatic tracks or scoring work.

Another oft-neglected category of sounds in my collection is the Human Voices category. When I want a choir, I reach for a choir library, not a soft synth. However, once again, The Unfinished has me rethinking that innate reaction. The sounds included in the Human Voices category are so cool. These six lo-fi choir sounds are original, lush, and filled with character.

The Noisescapes are also very cool. Here you will find gritty, dusty, dirty soundscapes filled with noise. These make excellent sound beds on which to build a track or cue.

There is only one word to describe the Pads + Strings section – AMAZING! These are some of the best pads and strings I have ever heard in a synth soundset, or any other library for that matter. These ambient pads and strings are so unique, as they are dirty and glassy and unlike anything else I’ve heard. I really think you could score an entire Scandi/British drama using these sounds and a piano alone. The modwheel is used to good effect here and causes these sounds to move and breath and even detune and disturb. I can’t say enough about these sounds!

The sub is heavily at work within the Synth Bass sounds, so you are probably going to need a sub to hear a lot of these. However, this makes them unique and keeps them from mimicking other sounds you probably already have.

I would not normally find synth sweeps all that useful, but the Synth Sweep category here includes nothing but superb sounds. I gave every single one of these 5 stars in my own rating system. These are excellent not only for sweeps, but also as soundscapes. Some of the detuned, evolving sounds here are fantastic.

Omnisphere Amara Textures

Lastly, I want to talk about the Textures. You will find two texture categories in Amara: Textures Playable and Textures Soundscapes. I’m truly saving the best for last here. I have now run out of superlatives to describe these sounds. Superb, fantastic, excellent…none of these can tackle just how good these sounds are. The Textures Playable category could serve as the entire musical bed for so many tracks and scores. These sounds are rich and evolving and just have so much character. They also come with the perfect amount of noise to add a sense of grittiness to them. The Textures Soundscapes category is simply the best set of soundscapes I’ve ever heard. These soundscapes are rich, thick, deep, and evolving and could, once again, serve as the entire musical bed for a scene. You will find sounds that are dreamy, dystopian, distorted and even more here. Several of these soundscapes have melodic movement within them as well that makes them so enchanting and captivating. This is the stuff British dramas and Scandi mysteries are made of. These sounds include a lot of pitch-shifting, lo-fi soundscapes that really add a sense of tension and drama to your tracks. One example that you have to hear is a sound called “Quicksand.” This is described as a “dusty, deep, modulating bass scraper. The modwheel adds dust and dirt and scratches.” Enough said.

Omnisphere Amara is better experienced than described. It is just so good. Once again, The Unfinished has given us something unique and inspiring. In my opinion, this one is the Everest of his excellent collection.

Facts

Omnisphere Amara is a collection of 500 unique and inspiring sounds for Omnisphere 2.5+. You can purchase Omnisphere Amara from The Unfinished for £69.99.

Omnisphere Amara sells for £69.99 from The Unfinished

 

Demos of Omnisphere Amara by The Unfinished

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Contributor Raborn Johnson reviews Omnisphere Amara by The Unfinished
“The Unfinished continues to up his game with his latest Omnisphere release, Omnisphere Amara. Omnisphere Amara is simply superb. If I ever get the chance to score a British drama or Scandi mystery this is the first set of sounds I will reach for.”