Developed by Spectrasonic, Omnisphere is one of the most versatile and popular audio tools. It’s a Windows application that allows you to explore unknown realms in the music world. This software won the award for the best software instrument in 2009 and soon became widely used by the world’s top artists. The application grants you access to a massive library of preset sounds and effects. It offers life controls and more than 1600 patches for extreme versatility, so you can customize everything to suit your needs. But as great as this tool can be, there are many reasons why you may no longer want it. Below are instructions for uninstalling Omnisphere from your Windows or Mac system.
Despite being one of the most useful tools for your digital audio station, sometimes users choose to uninstall Omnisphere because:
- It doesn’t work for your genre or doesn’t add the needed synths.
- Omnisphere is too heavy for your CPU.
- Since you don’t work with music score production for films, there’s a lot of samples you can’t use.
- You’re more interested in retro sounds, and these need a lot of tweaking on Omnisphere.
- It doesn’t cover your needs if you want more keyboard instruments like pianos.
Unlike other tools like Trilogy, there’s no icon you can press to uninstall Omnisphere. Instead, you’ll need to look for the program file and delete it using the following steps.
- Open File Explorer.
- Go to Spectrasonics. You’ll find this in Program Data in your C Drive. Or you can go to this file extension C:/ProgramData/Spectrasonics.
In some cases, you may not be able to see the folder. In this case, press the View tab on the top left corner of File Explorer. After that, you can browse the Hidden Items from the menu that appears next.
- Delete the Spectrasonics Folder.
- Search for your STEAM library folder. You might have it installed somewhere else on your laptop or computer, and you need to manually delete this folder.
- Go to the Start Menu.
- Search for the following files: Keyscape.dll, Omnisphere.dll, Trilian.dll, and StylusRMX.dll and remove them.
- Navigate to the following two locations: C:/Program Files/Common Files/Digidesign/DAE/Plugins and C:/Program Files/Common Files/Avid/Audio/Plug-Ins.
- Look for any files that contain the following words: Omnisphere, Keyscape, Trilan, or StylusRMX and delete them.
- Delete the shortcut from your desktop.
Omnisphere works flawlessly on Mac machines, but you might want to uninstall it if it’s causing your MacBook to act up or crash. You might also want to delete the older version of Omnisphere 1 to download the newer Omnisphere 2. Here are the steps to follow.
- Open Finder.
- Go to the Menu bar and press Go.
- Press Options to gain access to the hidden user Library. This is where you’ll find your STEAM library and all the folders related to Omnisphere.
- Go to Application Support and then Spectrasonics. Here, you’ll find your STEAM library, and you can delete it all at once. You can also choose to uninstall a specific individual instrument and delete its folder.
- In some cases, you might have your STEAM library installed in another location. This means that you need to delete its alias folder and the original STEAM library from the location you picked when you first installed it.
- Go to Macintosh HD/Library/Audio/Plug-Ins/Components/.
- Delete any Omnisphere, Keyscape, Trilian, and StylusRMX .components you can find.
- Next, go to Macintosh HD/Library/Audio/Plug-Ins/VST/ and remove the same files with the .vst extension.
- After that, go to Macintosh HD/Library/Application Support/Digidesign/Plug-Ins/ and delete the same files with the .dpm extension.
- Repeat this and click Macintosh HD/Library/Application Support/Avid/Audio/Plug-Ins/ and delete the files that have the same name with the .aaxplugin extension.
- Finally, go to Macintosh HD/Applications and delete the files that have the .app extension.
In some cases, you might need to delete a single factory patch from your Omnisphere. You might also need to rename it. Thank goodness this process is easy and doesn’t take up much time as long as you know where to find the desired patch.
Here are the steps to follow:
- Use your Windows Explorer or Mac Finder, depending on the machine you have.
- Go to the User Folder.
- Locate the desired files that you want to delete.
- Choose the files and remove, relocate, or rename them as desired using the file manager.
Unfortunately, no. This won’t work. One reason is if Omnisphere wasn’t properly installed onto your system in the first place, you won’t find it there. Moreover, the 32-bit version might still be installed on your computer even if you’ve found and deleted it from Add/Uninstall Programs.
While this might sound like a good idea as it will decrease the download time, it won’t work either. Mac and Windows machines have different drivers and requirements, which is why you won’t be able to transfer the folder. You don’t have to pay for the tool again. But you’ll have to pay a small fee that allows you to re-download it to a new operating system.
It’s difficult to determine just how much power Omnisphere will use. The reason why is because it’s a dynamic and flexible tool that allows you to add more editing power as your needs grow. But since this tool has a lot more to offer than other programs on the market, you can expect it to use more power.
Compared to other tools, it’s quite expected to feel that Omnisphere is heavier on your CPU than other synths. However, this happens because the average patch in Omnisphere offers more than any other patch that you get from other audio tools.
As long as you own the license, you can uninstall and reinstall Omnisphere as much as you want to. Omnisphere doesn’t have a demo version, but you can buy a single or a multi-user license depending on your needs.