Howdy gang, new user here. I recently bought Logic after a loooong hiatus with music and have been cautiously optimistic with my progress so far. I'm a bassist by trade and not really well-versed with keys, DAWs, sequencing etc but over the last few months I've been getting closer to coaxing Logic to spit out what I'm hearing in my head. Having fun and despite considering myself a decent songwriter I haven't considered my tinkering anything more than an enthusiast hobby. Until i saw some Spectrasonics products demoed at NAMM.
In short, I've sold a kidney, held bake sales etc in order to buy Trilian and Omnisphere (I haven't even tortured myself with Stylus vids yet). I bought Trilian today to get my feet wet.
My first question -- Omnisphere 1.5 is due in a few days. I know the current (1.3x?) version qualifies for a free 1.5 update, but do you think it would be wise to hold off and buy a dedicated 1.5 retail package to be eligible for (possible) free 1.6-2.x updates? I guess my concern is that 1.5 may take some time to appear in retail channels and I'm pretty much *dying* to get a hold of this monster.
My next question concerns sys reqs and performance. I run Logic 9 on a MBP C2D 2.33 w/ 3GB of ram. Logic runs fine, but then again I have pretty anemic projects... generally 8-12 tracks, and I merge/freeze when practical to save on resources. Will Trilian or Omnisphere (separately, not together) run reasonably well on a 3GB MBP? Let's say one ultrabeat track, half a dozen audio tracks, a generic midi track and an Omni track?
The reason I haven't pulled the trigger yet on Omni (other than the impending 1.5 release) is I can easily see me ramping things up quickly with Logic + Trilian + Omnisphere and possibly RMX, and I can already hear my MBP choking on that setup, so I'm going to need to buy either a dedicated Mac or a new i5/i7 MBP. I'm debating on buying Omnisphere now and saving another month for a new machine or buying a new machine now and holding off on Omni for another month.
'nuther question -- Omnisphere's guitar(ish) library. Haven't watched/heard a lot about them. When it came down to deciding on an overall platform, it came down to either NI Kontakt or Omnisphere, and Omni (to my ears and for my needs) won hands down, although the NI libraries seem to have some really bang up guitar sounds. Haven't heard a lot of that on the Spectrasonics front. I'm not looking for ultra-realism (I can always plug in my cheap MIM Strat), something slightly synthy/atmospheric isn't a problem (and maybe even desired). I'm looking for something like a Hendrix-reversed guitar lead that's legato to be used for simple melodic stuff.
For those that own Omni -- have you also picked up the Hans Zimmer guitar packs? Thoughts?
Ok, enough yapping. I can't wait for Trilian and my M-Audio controller to arrive! Damn you Eric Persing, what subliminal messages have you embedded in your NAMM videos to compel me to drain my bank account?