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    The Omnisphere one-hour challenge

    Since I got Omnisphere a little while ago, I've come up with an interesting way to explore its possibilities.

    It started when I decided to select an Omnisphere patch randomly and try to create a piece with it. One thing led to another, and now I am hopelessly ensconced in what I call:

    The Omnisphere one-hour challenge

    Here's how it works. Start by creating a project in your DAW consisting of 8 MIDI tracks and a single instance of Omnisphere. Load Omnisphere with 8 randomly selected patches, then give yourself exactly one hour, no longer, to create and record a piece.

    I've been hesitating to post these, because not all of them are as good as I'd like, but I decided to post because the project has been a lot of fun for me, and I'm interested to see what would happen if anyone else wants to give it a try.

    I've got seven completed pieces now, and here are links to them, and a list of the patches used. (Note that I don't always use all eight patches loaded).

    1. Twilight
    Patches used: Piano Morphing, Twilight Passing (0:06), Buenos Aires in Reverse 1 (0:07), Radio Chamber Strings (0:14), Church Bowls (0:18), Double Tracked 6-strings (0:42)

    2. Trance Mission
    Patches used: Growler Moog Bass, Deduks in Mourning, Transmission, Hihat open 1 (o:32), Phillip's Glass Staccato Soprano (0:34), Richness Stringyswell (0:34), Trancey Bass (0:34), TranZ Jupiter (0:43)

    3. Apparition
    Patches used: Lamenting Apparitions 1, Prepared Saz (a nice sitar-like sound, first heard at 0:13), Return of Edweena (0:15), Cheesy Strings in an Old Radio (0:29), Soft Drawbar Pad (soft organ at 0:40)

    4. Ice Planet
    Patches used: Winds of Change, Crystalline Bath (drone at 0:01, also organ-like chords at 0:31), Florescent Chimes (heard first at about 0:12 and sporadically thereafter), Bouncing Piano Strings Reverse (0:17), Sterling Glass Scraper stretch (the whooshing sound at 0:22), Big Sync (big dramatic bass note heard first at 0:29), Massive Hybrid Strings (0:49)

    5. Ash and Stone
    Patches used: Rusting Cluster Pad (at the beginning, also the arpeggiated figure at 1:03), Ashes (at beginning, slightly after the Rusting Cluster is heard), Hummstretcher Drone (at about 0:05, and drone at 1:03), Dynamic Violence (only one note, at about 0:09), Love Triangle Bells (the ostinato beginning at 0:12), Bursting (lead at 0:23), The Greek Master (horn-like lead at 0:26 and chords at 1:28), Sustanance (the crunched guitar-type sound at 0:37 and 1:28)

    6. Peace (This is my favorite so far.)
    Patches used: Ponderosa Prophet, Love Signs and Triangles (the "echo" beginning at approx. 0:07), Pipe Harp 1 (should be obvious)

    7. Fight or Flight
    Patches used: Scrap Rain, Freezing the Bows (0:04), Sepulcher (choir pad at 0:07), Cathedral Pad (organ-like pad at 0:16), It's 1978 Again (rhythmic ostinato at 1:02), Power Strings WHEEL EQ (1:08)

    (I've created a page on my website that includes a small bit of commentary on each track. Check it out if you're interested.)

    Well, thanks for listening, and I hope a few of you will be interested enough to join me in the challenge.
    Dan Powers
    www.danielpowers.info

    "It's easier to be a composer than it is to compose."
    --Ray Luke (1928-2010)

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    Re: The Omnisphere one-hour challenge

    Really nice, Dan. Great job. I love that idea. I just got Omnisphere yesterday. The install/authorization went without a hitch and I love it. The world's a cooler place since Spectrasonics. Maybe I'll try the one hour challenge sometime.

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    Re: The Omnisphere one-hour challenge

    very cool idea indeed.
    Goes to show how inspiring even a random selection of sounds in Omnisphere can be. (one of the advantages of a superb allkillernofiller library of presets!)
    Its really a composers viagra.
    I normally spend 1-2 days on any of my pieces lately.
    But that includes a videoclip.
    Its really amazing how every new selected patch triggers new ideas.
    Recently i started to use the preset multis.
    Those are even more inspiring because you have several sounds available simultaneously on the keyboard.
    Good times!


    Hans

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    Re: The Omnisphere one-hour challenge

    I gave it a try and got so into changing the first two patches around an hour went by and no song yet. I'll try again.
    Dave M.

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    Re: The Omnisphere one-hour challenge

    Quote Originally Posted by commalot View Post
    I gave it a try and got so into changing the first two patches around an hour went by and no song yet.
    Can't do that! It's against the rules!

    Here are the rules, at least the ones I follow:

    1. Begin with a project in your DAW consisting of 8 MIDI tracks and a single instance of Omnisphere. No other instruments or effects are to be used.

    2. Load Omnisphere with eight randomly selected patches. [What I'll do typically is click on the shuffle button a few times in the patch browser, pull the scroll bar down by some amount, then click on a patch name without looking at what I'm clicking on.]

    3. A patch, once selected, may not be replaced. You may, however, edit the patch as much as you like, even replacing the soundsources if desired. [exception: if you happen to load a patch that has already been used in another challenge, you may at your discretion choose to replace it.]

    4. Once all patches are selected, you have one hour to create and record a composition. At the end of the hour you must stop, whether or not the composition is complete.

    I've set these rules in hopes of accomplishing several things:

    To become more familiar with Omnisphere, both its presets and its editing capabilities.

    To force myself to think creatively outside my usual way of thinking.

    To have a little fun for a change!

    My wife and I are leaving tomorrow to visit her family, so I won't have anything new to post for a few days. I'm looking forward to getting home on Thursday so I can get back to this (and my many other projects). Meanwhile, I hope to interest some other people in trying this as well. I'm interested in seeing what you come up with.

    Have fun. See you soon.
    Dan Powers
    www.danielpowers.info

    "It's easier to be a composer than it is to compose."
    --Ray Luke (1928-2010)

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    Re: The Omnisphere one-hour challenge

    By quote - changing - unquote I mean editing the 1st two selected patches.
    Dave M.

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    Re: The Omnisphere one-hour challenge

    Fantastic idea! :-)

    Looking forward to what you guys come up with.

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    Re: The Omnisphere one-hour challenge

    Here are three more I did over the weekend. I think I'll have to quit for a while to get back to my real projects. You gotta pay the bills, but you need to have fun, too, so I don't plan to give up on this for long.

    8. Metallurgy in the Morning
    Crows, Metallic Glitch Probes, Green Glass Org Morph, Glistening Rivers (0:06), Resonation Cycles (0:10), JP Seq Bells (0:15), Deep Metals Rack (0:20)

    9. Ice Planet 2 (Dancing Under the Ice)
    Window Pane Drone, Living OB PWM Res (drone at beginning, and bass at 1:16), Communing With Whales (0:12), Bell of St. Elmo's (0:29 and 1:08), Moogie Swell (0:30), Insects on Ice (0:35), Plucked Airbell (1:00)

    10. Syncro City
    Nursery Rhymes, Shining Voices (0:02), Soviet Flute Mutterings (0:04), Electrocoder (0:25), Orchestronic Trance (0:41), Buenos Aires Arp (0:41), Wanky Euros (0:48), Harmonic Synker (0:48)

    Enjoy!
    Dan Powers
    www.danielpowers.info

    "It's easier to be a composer than it is to compose."
    --Ray Luke (1928-2010)

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