We take a look at what’s included with PreSonus Sphere.
At first glance, the PreSonus Sphere looks a lot like one of those increasingly common subscription services where, for a monthly charge, you get more software than you need for less than you thought and are left feeling that you don’t actually own anything. Subscriptions have their pros and cons, but with Sphere, once you’ve waded through the software bundle, you’ll find that there’s a lot more to it than that.
But first, the software. This includes the flagship Studio One Professional, as well as PreSonus’ Notion composition and notation software. You also get every PreSonus plug‑in and every sound expansion and add‑on for both. This equates to 24 plug‑ins for Studio One, including their recently revamped Analog Effects Collection, which comprises Analog Delay, Chorus, Tricomp, Red Light Distortion and Rotor. You get all the expansion bundles for Ampire, the Channel Strip Collection with analogue console modelling, and all the Fat Channel EQ and compressors. I didn’t know PreSonus did extra plug‑ins beyond those which came with Studio One, so these are all a bonus. Many of them support other formats such as VST, AAX and AU and will be available for use in other DAWs.
Presence XT has built up quite a library with multisampled instruments such as acoustic and electric guitars, basses and electric keyboards. Then there’s a range of orchestral sounds covering brass, woodwinds, strings, vocals, percussion, and a Studio Grand piano. The Symphonic Orchestra brings in looped musical pieces composed and performed by Lukas Ruschitzka and Roman Vinuesa. There are also more experimental sounds from Deep Flight One that dive into...