In addition to seeing all the posts on Facebook, I’ve recently be asked the same question by many keyboard players and musicians alike. “Should I get Omnisphere, and is it worth it?” The immediate answer to that question is undenieably…. YES! With that in mind, let me clarify a few things.
What is Omnisphere?
In short, it’s an incredible software synthesizer “plug-in” that has extraordinary power and versatility. It is used by many of the top keyboard players for Hillsong, Jesus Culture, Bethel, and more. Unlike traditional keyboards, you can expand your patches and sounds simply by purchasing them online and importing them into Omnisphere. Peter James is one of the main keyboard players for Hillsong and he makes all of the patches that he’s used on the Hillsong albums available for purchase through Multitracks.com. You simply pay a small fee and instantly have the sounds off the record. It’s great!
Do You NEED it?
You don’t have to have Omnisphere to play modern worship music. Omnisphere is incredible, but it’s not a requirement. There are many great “soft(ware)-synths” out on the market including Apple MainStage, Native Instruments Komplete, etc. These all have great sounds and features. Most of the time I end up using all of these in combination with Omnisphere. Omnisphere does, however, make life a lot easier and the patches are more accurate than some of the other systems.
Try It With These Lessons
Why do I Use It?
The level of control is unprecedented. The synthesis engine allows a ton of possibilities. It has an easily browsable but enormous library. The arpeggiator is both powerful and very easy to use. LIVE mode combined with the iPad app is AWESOME. It's what you see me using it in nearly every lesson. All this adds upt to tying multiple keyboard performances into one.
Do I Need Anything Else To Utilize It?
You’ll need a host program like MainStage, ProTools, Logic, etc in order to run Omnisphere since it is a “Plug-in”. MainStage is $30 in the apple app store. I personally use it to run my rig live while running Omnisphere and other great soft-synths and it's only $30.
If you've got the budget, it's definitely worth it. It's pricier than others but I personally believe it's worth the investment. You can pick it up here. I've attached a few lessons where I've used it so you can see it in action. Not a Worship Artistry member? You can get a year of lessons cheaper than a month of private teaching here.