Review: Realm of Omnisphere II for Omnisphere 2.5+ by CL-Projects

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CL-Projects is back with Realm of Omnisphere II, the follow up to the original ambient and atmospheric Omnisphere soundset, Realm of Omnisphere I. This soundset offers 172 ambient sounds that should fit nicely into ambient or new age music.

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Review: Realm of Omnisphere II for Omnisphere 2.5+ by CL-Projects

With arpeggios, pads, strings, synths, and ambient atmospheres, CL-Projects is back with Realm of Omnisphere II, 172 patches for Omnisphere 2.5+. With an ambient tone that tends toward optimism, Realm of Omnisphere II would be a nice addition to an ambient or new age composer’s toolkit.

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Realm of Omnisphere II for Omnisphere 2.5+ sells for £24.99 from CL-Projects

Thoughts

Inspired by artists like Jean Michael Jarre, Tangerine Dream, and Vangelis, Realm of Omnisphere II offers rich, layered, and evolving sounds with an optimistic, bell-like quality. As I played through these sounds, I found myself imagining scenes of protagonist awakenings or a sunrise on a distant alien planet.

Realm of Omnisphere II has been divided into five categories: Ambient, Arpeggios, Pads, Strings, and Synths.

I think I enjoyed the Ambient sounds the most. There are some great atmospheres and drones here with lots of evolving textures. Pressing a single key can lead to a ton of texture and depth, with some great surprises in store for those who have the patience to allow each sound to unfold. The modwheel and aftertouch offer subtle changes to the sounds, as well as some FX. This can be both a strength and weakness of this soundset; the subtle changes can be nice but underwhelming at times. I always appreciate sounds that change significantly via the use of the modwheel, but that is not the ethos of this soundset. Subtle, gradual changes are most of what you will find here. However, the Ambient sounds are rich and layered and beyond your standard presets.

There are several good Arpeggios on offer within Realm of Omnisphere II. Most of these sounds tend toward a brighter, bell-like tone which can be really great. I would like to have seen a little more variety in the tone of the sounds here (possibly some darker, more moody sounds), but again, the focus here is on sounds with a more bell-like, even hopeful character. There are some complex arpeggios here that I enjoyed, as well as an excellent “Big Taiko Drums” patch. This rhythmic loop was a nice unexpected find amid more atmospheric arpeggios.

The Pads continue with a bell-like and hopeful overtone and some really cool and unusual evolving FX (swirling whistles, alien-like vibes, etc.). There are also some choir pads. The modwheel and aftertouch controls are used a lot for pitch-shifting and opening/closing filters. These pads would be perfect for a dream sequence or a scene with a layered, complex, but hopeful tone.

The Strings continue the theme with a more ethereal, heavenly quality. These strings tend toward a bright and sometimes crystallized character. There are several synth string sounds here that are typical of what you would expect to find in a synth strings patch. The two standouts in this group are a patch entitled “Burning Strings” and another called “Distorted Strat.” “Burning Strings” is an analog string pad that includes the sound of bouncing grains of sound that utilizes the modwheel to slowly transpose the sound up by one octave. This can lead to a great climbing pitch-shift effect. “Distorted Strat” was a real surprise here. It is a processed combination patch that sounds as if a distorted guitar was placed in a blender with an ethereal, ambient pad. This leads to an unusual and beautiful ethereal distorted guitar that would perfectly fit into atmospheric and cinematic music.

The Synths continue the mood by offering bell-like tones, with the modwheel providing the ability to add subtle pitch-shifts on the fly. I would like to have seen more innovative implementation of the modwheel in this the soundset overall, as I did find myself wanting to hear how some of these sounds would have reacted to more creative modwheel use instead of the redundant subtle pitch-shifts, slight filter changes, etc.

As always, make sure not to overlook the multis on offer here. The multis are broken into the same five categories: Ambient, Arpeggios, Pads, Strings, and Synths.

The Ambient Multis offer 4 solid patches with lots of evolving textures. The modwheel adds interesting FX and character here. Unlike most of what you will found within the single patches, some of the sounds here have a darker quality. The Arpeggios Multis over several Berlin School-inspired patches. The Pads Multis carry over that bell-like and hopeful tone from the single patches with some FX and a bright tone. The Strings Multis have some Vangelis-inspired patches, the highlight of which is “Laws of Motion” – an atmospheric guitar pad sound that offers a beautiful atmosphere coupled with a great sounding classical-style guitar. This patch is an inspiring song waiting to happen. Lastly, the Synths Multis continue with the theme of an ethereal quality.

Realm of Omnisphere II would make a nice addition to the toolkit of a composer in need of hopeful, inspiring, and ethereal patches. There are some rich and evolving sounds here that could serve as the inspiration for some beautiful tracks.

Facts

Realm of Omnisphere II includes 172 patches for Spectrasonics Omnisphere 2.5+. You can purchase Realm of Omnisphere II from Sampleism for £24.99 or Synthmob for $31.99.

Realm of Omnisphere II for Omnisphere 2.5+ sells for £24.99 from CL-Projects

 

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Contributor Raborn Johnson reviews Realm of Omnisphere II for Omnisphere 2.5+ by CL-Projects
“CL-Projects is back with Realm of Omnisphere II, the follow up to the original ambient and atmospheric Omnisphere soundset, Realm of Omnisphere I. This soundset offers 172 ambient sounds that should fit nicely into ambient or new age music.