The Omnisphere one-hour challenge

This project kind of started by accident.

I purchased Omnisphere shortly after it was released in the Fall of 2008. After installing it (which took several hours), I gleefully started working with it, and quickly found myself overwhelmed by the instrument’s huge sound library and powerful editing capabilities.

Rather than try to explore everything at once, I decided on a more focused approach. At first, I loaded one randomly selected sound and set about working with that sound alone. One thing led to another, until I came up with the rules for what I called “The Omnisphere one-hour challenge.”

The rules aren’t complicated. Begin by creating a project in your DAW including a single instance of Omnisphere. No other instruments or effects may be used. Load the eight slots in Omnisphere with eight randomly selected patches, then give yourself exactly one hour to try to create a finished composition.

Between November 2008 and¬†March 2009, I¬†undertook the challenge 20 times (more, actually, but there were at least two which I just couldn’t get off the ground, so I just abandoned them).

If you just want to listen to the tracks without a bunch of commentary, you can listen to all twenty here. If you’re interested in hearing more about each one, including a patch list, go to this category.

1. Twilight

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2. Trance Mission

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3. Apparition

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4. Ice Planet

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5. Ash and Stone

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6. Peace

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7. Fight Or Flight

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8. Metallurgy In the Morning

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9. Ice Planet 2 (Dancing Under The Ice)

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10. Synchro City

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11. Magnetosphere

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12. Pulse

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13. Tropical Ice

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14. Signal To Noise

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15. Cosmic Junkyard

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16. Going Nowhere Fast

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17. Rheostatic Breakdown

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18. When Oscar Met Claudia

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19. Ice Planet 3 (Glacial Dawn)

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20. Liquid Colors

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