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Average rating: 3.7 out of 5
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A.J. Wells a part-time user from San Francisco USA writes:
Call me crazy, but I think the world would be a better place if we had instruments that made one fantastic sound instead of a million weak ones... if you doubt the power of the Omni, check out almost any Martin Hannett production circa 1978-82 (Joy Divisions' Closer and Atmposphere; Invisible Girls; The Names; New Orders' In A Lonely Place) and you will find the Omni sending chills up and down your spine... the best string sound, bar absolutely none... but the sound is so big that you have to watch it, because it wants to take over your entire mix...

Is'nt it funny how guitarists and other instrument players never complain about an instrument only having "one sound"? Are keyboardists imaginations really so massive that they need thousands of timbres? How about putting the time you would spend into programming a sound or flipping through the five hundred presets on your 2080 into writing an interesting piece of music?... what a concept!

By the way, does anyone know of any cd-roms with Omni samples? My Omni doesnt travel very well in its' old age...

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Dec-05-1999 at 17:30
adam brinkmann a professional user from U.S.A. writes:
No, it is not a Moog- and it doesn't cost as much today either. I have the original Omni. It has a sound all its own. Whether or not you LIKE it is a matter of personal taste. If you slap some efx on it and sweep the filter with a pedal things can get pretty knarly. It is gritty. It is strange. It is the 70's.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Aug-17-1999 at 13:00
nubey a professional user from USa writes:
Yes I know, the strings are better on the Solina, and on the Quartet (Siel Orchestra), but the omni has a sort of fat robust sound that fills in any mix. They have a solid tone, yes I know that they're severly limited, but the sound you'll get esp. with the right effects is killer.

For referance see: Joy Division's "Here are the young men" "Atmosphere" and generally any early new order, you'll hear that wall of sound string section and it's immediately recognizable as that classic arp string sound, and they used only omni 2's and prophets if I'm not mistaken.

For the price, you can not get a better analog string sound, other than that though... hmm.. lookelse where for your standard bleeps and bloops.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Monday-Aug-02-1999 at 15:10
Brian a part-timer user from USA writes:
I've got an OMNI (not the 2) and I love it. The string presets have a really grungy grit to them that actually is very similar to recording a real violin poorly. It actually reminds me somewhat of the mellotron in the grunge department. Mixing the strings with the one osc synth yields some really cool and not much used today sounds. Check this out and rediscover a classic. Of course if everyone does then it will be cheesy again. By no means very versatile, this synth sounds like no other and you can pick 'em up cheap if you can find 'em. Worth $200 or so without a doubt.

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Saturday-Dec-05-1998 at 17:31
Jared H. Cruse a part time user from Sweden writes:
It is in not my best interests to own one of these. It is basically an over-glorified

analog Casio Tone.

Rating: 1 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:35
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