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).
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)
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.