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Spectrasonics Trilian Software Review

Trilogy is Dead: Long Live Trilian! Spectrasonics has been living a love story with bass guitars for sixteen years. A long time before Omnisphere, Stylus and the famous Distorted Reality, one of the first products developed by Eric Persing and his team was Bass Legends – a sample bank CD dedicated to three of the most renown bass players on earth: Marcus Miller, John Patitucci and Abraham Laboriel. read more…


Spectrasonics Omnisphere: Omnipotent & Omnificent ? After many years of development, Spectrasonics has released their new flagship virtual instrument, Omnisphere, which has been heralded as a completely new ground-breaking hybrid virtual instrument incorporating a myriad of realtime synthesis techniques, an epic library featuring ‘psychoacoustic’ sounds, and many other innovative features. It's also the first instrument to be built upon their newly developed STEAM Engine. So, when Spectrasonics, who has always been a heavy-weight in the world of VSTIs and Sample libraries, makes a claim like this, many of us stop to listen. What have we heard..... read more…

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The ultimate music-for-image tool (Omnisphere 2)

By sylvainmoreau, 11/12/2015
I bought it because a client had demos which required Omnisphere.
I found the interface ugly and poor and first thought that anyway, once that project was over, I'd get back to Alchemy and Camel Audio which also provide nice music for image sounds. Again regarding the interface, I considered Alchemy to provide a more flexibility and settings. That's true, but the more I work with Omnisphere and the more I realise how powerful and efficient it can be.

One can quickly and easily find quality sounds and edit or automate them quickly. Alchemy for instance is of course very complete, but also sometimes unnecessary complex. Sometimes it takes you in so many directions that you end up forgetting why you chose that sound for in the first place.

Omnisphere offers a large, rich and complete variety of sounds! In the end it helps a lot for my productions using pads, underscores, fx and so on.
Version 2 has a serach mode that is unique on the market, as it analyses a preset and compares it to other to suggest you those which are xlose to it! A real miracle. Or, you can look for a preset from only some parameters from another.

It's a way yo enhance one's workflow et find THE working sound you need faster. Can't do without it, and yet I have ALL there is in this style.

The main turndown is the waiting time when launching the plugin: 30 seconds... Let's hope they have an update to correct this. Then some presets can take 5 seconds to load... Like with Kontakt, there are more or less samples involved depending on the bank you choose. Yet I'm very surprised by some comments around the net by some experienced users calling it a CPU hog, unless their computer too is very experienced?

The other is that the licence doesn't allow it to be used for sound design, and I know some people who only do sound design and told me they appreciate this software but won't buy it because of this.

julian_r7's review (Trilogy)

By julian_r7, 11/09/2014
Trilogy was introduced in 2002 by Spectrasonics and, since then, it has become the tool of choice of many musicians when it comes to sampled bass guitars. I first found it in 2010 and since then I have been unable to find any other tool that gives me as many choices and possibilities and Trilogy does. I have never found compatibility issues, and that's a lot to say since I've used trilogy on six different hardware setups and for many different endeavors. There are no unnecessary steps when it comes to installation: you just place th 3gb samples file wherever you choose and run the software. The only issue is that the program comes, originally, in a set of CDs, so installation may take a while. The simple interface and ready-to-go general quality of the software makes up for it, though.


The software is really stable, and to be fair the only crashes I experienced while working with Trilogy were due to issues with Nuendo or overloading my sound card. As said before, I've been using it for four years and I've never had the need to look for other solution when it comes to sampled bass. Trilogy provides you with an incredible amount of patches to choose from, broken down into easily identifiable categories (that mostly rely on style, so that makes choices even faster). As it usually happens with this type of software, there is an overabundance of preset synth instruments, and that makes it a little harder to find the correct sound when working with certain types of electronic music.

As instruments are subcategorized by articulation or general dynamic range, you will usually have to load more than one instance of Trilogy, and eventually that hinders performance.


I particularly like the straightforward and visual appeal of Trilogy. You can easily create your own sound, either from scratch (though that's not what the program is designed for so that may be a little hard to pull off) or basing it on one of the thousands that the systems comes with by default. The presets include different types of bass (electric, standard acoustic, upright, synth) and it features an organization system with categories such as ''Old school'', ''Modern'', etc. that make it really easy to focus your search according to the type of music you are working with. The preset usually come in two different sound schemes, caled A and B, and you can adjust them individually.

The versatility of Trilogy is also an important point. I've worked in heavy metal, soft rock, jazz, and multiple other projects, using Trilogy for sketches as well as for final versions, always with excellent results.

News Spectrasonics

Snow Audio Pulse library for Omnisphere

Published on 05/11/15
Snow Audio has released Pulse for Omnisphere, an orchestral and electronic rhythmic preset library.

Omnisphere 2 has been released

Published on 04/30/15

1st preset pack for Omnisphere 2

Published on 02/24/15

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