After using Omni from the first day it appeared I am still very impressed by its quality and I use it nearly as my only synth now. Still there are two things that really irritate me and make my composing life quite hard:
1. lately I was looking for a main piano-like "broken-chord-song-starter" that would fit to the already arranged percussion. So I was looking for something like a piano with some frills and fringes in the back, perhaps something airy or even eerie. What I found in half an hour of searching is
- piano waaay in the back of the hall, piano on fire, piano ebowed, piano plucked, piano broken, piano with grammophone sound, piano from mars, piano from venus....you name it! Why the hell not JUST A PIANO? I would have layered it myself in multi mode with something to make it stranger, more hollow, more eerie or more fairy. but PLEEASE , why not just add a simple , aaaah, ..Piano?
I still haven´t found a starting sound for that song and it is the same with every song i start. I already asked in this forum for some more simple starter sounds to have a basis for sound-sculpting. Why don´t I mix it with other synths or sample library? Because I do not like to create two tracks, have to load two synths and make notes about which sound I used in them if I could have it all in Omni. I want omni and its really outstanding sound quality to be my main "beast". But there is such a gap between (only very few) sounds that make me yawn because they are soooo traditional and those zillions of outer space noises that i will never ever use because I am NO film composer and need more sounds that a) are in tune with all other acoustic instruments I play and b) start to give a sound when I press a key and not 12 Seconds later.
My second wish/complaint is directly related to the first topic: the file system.
I am no american and probably do not think like one. Neither do I think like a sound designer. I think like a composer, or wanna-be composer If you like.
When I search for a sound for my piece, I do absolutely NOT care about whether its psychoacoustic or hybrid-organic or poly synth because all this doesn´t give me any clue I need. Instead I would have searched for the attribute "Short attack" together with "piano-release" and "tuned" or perhaps "short attack" together with "short release" and "atonal" if I was looking for a percussive sound adding to the drums.
Please do not get me wrong : I do not complain here because I would not like Omni, just the contrary: I fell in love with its superb sound-quality, its 3d-sound image and its finesse . I just cannot work with it properly because I absolutly get lost while searching for sounds. Whenever I try to think like someone from spectrasonics when searching a sound my search gives 3 hits with nothing I need.
And pleeease do not tell me, i should use another synth for my needs: I can SMELL that everything I need is in there. ;-)
And now the good news: whenever I was searching for a fitting pad or string sound, search lasted 3 seconds and everyone was pleased and making big eyes.. And nothing brings me faster near the angels than "English combined choir". I think I would have bought Omni only for this patch...
P.S: I hope I did not offend anyone by not just humming the omni-present "Omnisphere-is perfect" hymn. As I said : I am no american (german) and way of discussion and general tone in german forums is somehow different than in american forums: more critic and a tad! more aggressive. I hope you do not mind.