Review: Realm of Omnisphere for Omnisphere 2 from CL-Projects

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In the electronic realm, Realm of Omnisphere has become an indispensable library for me already. Heavy influenced by the electronic pioneers of old here, the vast majority of these sounds will really fit well in underscore, film score, and video games and definitely for electronic music of all genres.  CL-Projects’ first foray into Omnisphere is full of inspiration.

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Review: Realm of Omnisphere for Omnisphere 2 from CL-Projects

Realm of Omnisphere is an eclectic mix of well-designed gems that run the gamut from cinematic pads and sweeping ambient atmospheres to classic Berlin School arpeggios, imaginative strings and all around great sounding synths.

Realm of Omnisphere sells for £22.99 including VAT from: CL-Projects

Thoughts

CL-Projects is the brainchild of Frank Dierckx who has released a significant number of successful Kontakt libraries including really powerful emulations of the Virus and Supernova synthesizers. This is CL-Projects’ first foray into Omnisphere and it contains the same intense level of inspiration I have heard in their other works.

Realm of Omnisphere is packed with the classic sounds of 70’s electronic royalty like Tangerine Dream, Klaus Schulze, Vangelis and Jean Michel Jarre.

Realm of Omnisphere is packed with the classic sounds of 70’s electronic royalty like Tangerine Dream, Klaus Schulze, Vangelis and Jean Michel Jarre, along with a vast amount of material that would be equally at home in a film score from John Carpenter or Hans Zimmer. Somewhere in between, there is a variety of evolving atmospheres, lush pads, and a combination of strings that range from guitars to spacey symphonics.

One of my favorite things about Realm of Omnisphere was playing through the Arpeggios in the library which immediately reminded of all the 70’s classic electronic albums from the Berlin School giants. The inspiration was full-on for me to create a new track for my latest solo album as I worked through these one by one. The Arpeggios are definitely one of my favorites in the library and they are extremely diverse (In the interest of full disclosure I also created some demo music for this library).

Realm of Omnisphere is divided into six main categories: Ambient, Arpeggios, Multis, Pads, Strings and Synths. As a first effort with Omnisphere, I found it really refreshing that CL-Projects made so much use of aftertouch, modwheel and the Orb to add movement, vibrato and/or modulation based on the individual patches.

The Ambient category is a bit of a wolf in sheep’s clothing. There is a great deal of movement and emotion in these patches, not the blandness that some expect from ambient.

The Pads are full of unique lush and evolving cinematic patches which again often make use of the Orb to add movement to the sounds. There are also dark and brooding offerings like “Angel of Mercy” and “Book of Revelation” that would be right at home in suspense or horror scenes,

This has become an indispensable library for me already.

The Strings contain a range of nice sounding layered guitars, Vangelis inspired strings and a fair amount of material that is immediately reminiscent of vintage analog synth strings.

The Synths category I really found to be a mixed bag, but in a good way. There is less Orb movement or modulation applied here and more emphasis on stabs, biting leads, and even some pad-type sounds. There is some really nice use of the Omnisphere Granular Synthesis at play here in some of the patches as well.

Based on the styles of music that I compose in the electronic realm (no pun intended), this has become an indispensable library for me already. While there is a heavy influence of the electronic pioneers of old here, the vast majority of these sounds will really fit well in underscore, film score, and video games and definitely for electronic music of all genres. If you are looking for a top notch library to expand Omnisphere 2, I would highly recommend Realm of Omnisphere.

As with all of my reviews, I would encourage you to check out the official demos to make sure that this is the right tool for you.

Facts

Realm of Omnisphere contains 120 patches, 30 multis and requires Omnisphere version 2.2.0g or higher.
Realm of Omnisphere sells for £22.99 including VAT from: CL-Projects

Demos of Realm of Omnisphere