Eric Persing

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Eric Persing
Eric Persing showing off his OMG-1 synthesizer
Born (1963-07-21) 21 July 1963 (age 60)
NationalityUnited States American
Known forSound design
SpouseLorey Persing

Eric Persing is a German-born sound designer, professional synthesist and producer based in Los Angeles, California. He is best known as the Founder and Creative Director of the music software and virtual instrument company Spectrasonics. He has been a major contributor to all of Spectrasonics' products, including Omnisphere, Keyscape, Stylus RMX,[1] Trilian, Atmosphere and Trilogy.[2]

Persing started working for the Roland Corporation as Chief Sound Designer[3] from 1984 to 2004,[4][5] where he worked on many influential synthesizers and music-related products such as the Roland D-50,[6] the JD-800, the Roland JX, JV, JP, XP series synthesizers and many others. Even today, his sounds can be heard in many productions.

At the 2011 NAMM Show, as part of a joint promotion with the Bob Moog Foundation, Persing exhibited the OMG-1 synthesizer, a unique synthesizer of his own design that integrated a Moog Little Phatty with an Apple Mac Mini and two iPads running virtual instruments, all housed in a custom curly maple cabinet.[7]

Important influences for Persing are Vangelis, Kraftwerk, Jan Hammer, Yes, Genesis and Thomas Dolby.[8]


In 2011, Persing and his team accepted the TEC Award for "Best Musical Instrument Software" for Omnisphere version 1.5.[9][10]


  1. ^ "Stylus Virtual Groove Module". Canadian Musician. Norris-Whitney Communications Inc. May 1, 2002. Archived from the original on October 7, 2014. Retrieved 26 August 2012.
  2. ^ "Spectrasonics Artisan Eric Persing". Spectrasonics. Retrieved 26 August 2012.
  3. ^ "Roland meeting stresses educational market". Music Trades. Music Trades Corp. March 1, 1990. Archived from the original on October 29, 2013. Retrieved 26 August 2012.
  4. ^ Battino, David; Richards, Kelli (2005). The Art of Digital Music. Backbeat Books. p. 76. ISBN 0-87930-830-3.
  5. ^ The Church Collective interview
  6. ^ Vail, Mark (2014). The Synthesizer. New York, NY: Oxford University Press. p. 54. ISBN 978-019-539481-8.
  7. ^ Vail, Mark (2014). The Synthesizer. New York, NY: Oxford University Press. p. 221. ISBN 978-019-539481-8.
  8. ^ KVR audio interview
  9. ^ "The 27th TEC Awards Winners". 2012-01-20. Archived from the original on 2012-08-20. Retrieved 2012-08-26.
  10. ^ "ILIO News: Spectrasonics' Omnisphere has won the prestigious "TEC Award"". Retrieved 2012-08-26.

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