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Installing Omnisphere Patches from Peter James

For Instructions on Installing Omnisphere Patches in Version 2.0, please view this support article.

 

 

Install Manual

 

OVERVIEW

First of all thank for your purchase and support!

A lot of time, effort and creativity has gone into these patches and I’m excited to finally have them in a format that I can make available to all Omnisphere and Trilian users.

I’ve taken a lot of time to totally re-worked and replicate inside Omnisphere ALL the external effects and extra channel strip effects I used with these patches on their subsequent albums and tours to give you the sound heard on these projects.

 

ENJOY!

 

INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS

 

First of all make sure your version of Omnisphere is completely up to date and you have downloaded all relevant updates from the Spectrasonics website.  Please note that Trilian patches are installed in Omnisphere’s folders and will show up inside Omnisphere when installation is complete. This is not a mistake. 

I also recommend saving or backing up your product(s) to a different location before installing them. This will make them easy to re-installation if you have computer trouble or accidently delete a product during the installation process.

 

Installing Patches 

Locate your Spectrasonics Steamfolder and copy the folder ‘Peter James’ and its contents into this location:

Steam/Omnisphere/Settings Library/Patches

 

NOTE: If you are a previous customer and already have a ‘Peter James’ folder and subsequent subfolders installed in this location DO NOT replace the existing ‘Peter James’ folder with this new one! This will result in losing your previously installed patches. ONLY copy the contents inside this folder into the existing ‘Peter James’ folder.

 

Installing Pete’s FX

If your product also contains a folder called ‘Pete’s FX’ follow the installation instructions below: 

Locate your Spectrasonics Steam* folder 

copy the folder ‘Pete’s FX’ and its content to this location:

Steam/Omnisphere/Settings Library/Presets/User/Effects/Racks

 

NOTE: If you are a previous customer and already have a ‘Pete’s FX’ folder in this location DO NOT replace the existing ‘Pete’s FX’ folder with this new one! This will result in losing your previous FX presets. ONLY copy the contents inside this folder into the existing ‘Pete’s FX’ folder.

 

Installing PETE’S MULTIS

If your product also contains a folder called ‘PETE’S MULTIS’ follow the installation instructions as follows: 

 

Locate your Spectrasonics Steam* folder and copy the folder ‘PETE’S MULTIS’ and its contents into this location:

Steam/Omnisphere/Settings Library/Multis/User

 

NOTE: If you are a previous customer and already have a ‘PETE’S MULTIS’ folder in this location DO NOT replace the existing ‘PETE’S MULTIS’ folder with this new one! This will result in losing your previously installed Multis. ONLY copy the contents inside this folder into the existing ‘PETE’S MULTIS’ folder.

 

Now open Omnisphere and click on the "" button at the bottom of Omnisphere’s PATCH BROWSER and MULTI BROWSER page to refresh your patch/multi list. Installation is now complete and these Patches, Multis and FX’s should show up in Omnisphere as seen in the picture examples that follow.  (Note that these screenshots are of Omnisphere 1.5, but Omnisphere 2 looks similar).

 

For more detailed information on how to locate your Spectrasonics ‘Steam’ Folder see specific Mac and PC instructions further down.

 

 

 

Locating your Spectrasonics ‘Steam’ folder on an Apple Mac

 

You’re Spectrasonics Steam folder should be located in the file directory location below:

 

Macintosh HD/Users//Library/Application Support/Spectrasonics/Steam

 

If you have trouble finding your ‘Library’ folder under your User Name simply follow these instructions:

 

For Mavericks users simple select your user name in the file directory, click on the ‘Cog’ shaped settings menu at the top of the page and select ‘Show View Options’. Then click on the box next to ‘Show Library Folder’ at the bottom of the dropdown menu to make your Library folder visible:

For older OS X versions follow the instructions below to make the Library folder visible.

Open the program TERMINAL

Paste this command inside Terminal and press ‘Enter’: chflags nohidden ~/Library/

 

Locating  your Spectrasonics ‘Steam’ folder on a PC

 

On Windows Vista, Windows 7 & Windows 8 your Steam folder should be located the file directory location below:

 

C:\ProgramData\Spectrasonics/Steam

 

ProgramData is normally a hidden folder. To "Show Hidden Files" go to Start Menu/Control Panel/Appearance And Personalization/Folder Options/View tab. Select the "Show Hidden Files and Folders" option and hit "Apply". 

 

On Windows XP, the Spectrasonics Steam folder is located here:

 C:\Documents And Settings\All Users\Application Data\Spectrasonics/Steam

 

USING PETE’S PATCHES

 

Tips for sorting through my patches:

I’ve labelled all my patches with either a ‘#’ at the beginning for Omnisphere soundsources and ‘##’ for Trilian based soundsources and ‘###’ for Multis to make it easier to locate them. You can use this to search for my patches in the ‘Search’ bar on the right hand side of the PATCH BROWSER. You can also use this Search bar to search for album/song specific patches for example: entering “Oceans” into the Search bar will bring up all the sounds that I used on the song Oceans.

Filter sounds using the dropdown menu inside the PATCH BROWSER as seen below and select: ‘ALBUM’, ‘GROUP’ or ‘SONG’.

ALBUM – Each sound is tagged with the specific album it was used on.

SONG – I’ve done my best to tag every sound with the corresponding song it was used on. But because of the crazy nature in which some albums were recorded and my less than perfect memory, there are some song tags that maybe missing. 

GROUP – I’ve tagged each sound the same way I have them tagged in my person setup - Arp/Rhythmic, Bass, Distorted, FX, Keys, Lead, Pad Soundtrack/Film, Strings, Trance.

 

 

USING PETE’S FX

 

If your product contains ‘Pete’s FX’ here are a few tips for using them.

 

I like to run my Effects in MULTI mode so I can send as much or as little of the original signal through the AUX channel to them as I want. This way I can adjust the Dry/Wet Mix for each patch to my liking. It also means I can leave all the original patch FX’s untouched and put the FX Stack Reverb over the whole sound(s).

 

USER TIPS AND TRICKS

 

First of all please take a look at the individual NOTES for each patch inside Omnisphere located in the PATCH BROWSER or MULTI BROWSER pages. These will give you important information about what additional Pete’s FX were used as well as the correct tempo information for any Arp/Rhythmic patch etc. (This tempo is determined by your host software eg. Logic/Mainstage, Protools etc.) Make sure your host program is sending the correct bpm to Omnisphere or things could start sounding interesting ☺. 

I use the ‘Master Filter’ ‘LPF’ effect located on the Main/Controls page of Omnisphere a lot to manipulate my sounds in real-time. I use this effect to brighten and darken the tone of each patch even more than I use the volume slider these days. I find it’s a much better way of flowing with the dynamics of a song or piece of music, especially in a live situation. If a patch sounds different to what you may be hearing it on a specific album, 9 times out of 10 it will be because the LPF slider is in a different position to where it was when it was recorded for a specific section of that song. Simply move this slider till it matches the tone of the album-recorded patch you are listening to. I also like to Map this LPF  MASTER FILTER to my Mod Wheel to give me easy real-time control over this parameter.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

What are Patches/FX/Multis?

Patches are the individual sound presets for Omnisphere. Pete’s FX’s are Effects Racks that can be added to any patch or groups of patches under the ‘FX’ tab (see picture on page 4.). Multis are combinations of patches and can be located in the ‘MULTI’ Tab at the top of Omnisphere (see picture on page 4).

 

Why doesn’t my product contain FX’s or Multis?

Not all products were designed to need additional FX’s or Multis. Everything you need to get the sound heard in any audio demos is in the product you purchased.

 

Why doesn’t my preset sound like the audio demo?

There are three main reasons for this:

- Additional FX need to be added - Make sure that you read the individual notes for each Patch/Multi located in the NOTES Tab on the Browser page. This will tell you if any additional FX’s from ‘Pete’s FX’ were used. (see page 7 for additional information on ‘Pete’s FX’).

- The MASTER FILTER slider has been moved – I use the Master Filter LPF a lot when using my patches/multis and move this slider while playing in real-time. (see page 8 for additional information).

- Your host software is sending the wrong bpm information to Omnisphere. This determines the tempo of any ARP/Rythmic based sounds and delays etc. Tempo specific information is found in the NOTES for each patch/multi.

 All programming, images and text © Peter James Productions 2014 All Rights Reserved.

 

If you are still having trouble after viewing the screenshot instructions please contact our support.

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