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Privately Held Corporation
Industry Computer software and hardware for music production/performance
Founded 1994[1]
Headquarters Los Angeles, California
Key people
Eric Persing
Number of employees
Website Company Website

Spectrasonics is a music software company based in California, United States. Founded in 1994 by Eric Persing, the company originally produced sample libraries[3] and then became one of the first companies to create software instruments in 2002[4] Their flagship product is Omnisphere, an extensive software synthesizer released in 2008. Other notable products include Stylus and Trilian.[4] The company's instruments are used by many professional music producers and well-known musical artists.[5]

They are notable for the significant awards that their software has won and the real world use by professionals in the sound industry.[6][6] These awards include, but are not limited to:

  • Best Software Instrument 2009 (Omnisphere). At the 10th annual Musikmesse International Press Awards, Spectrasonics' Omnisphere was voted the 'Best Software Instrument' of 2009. The prestigious MIPA awards are chosen by the editors of over 100 music industry magazines from more than a dozen countries. The MIPA has come to be considered the "Grammy" of the musical instrument/pro audio industry.[7][8]
  • Best Software Instrument 2003 (Atmosphere). At the second annual Game Audio Network Guild (G.A.N.G.) Awards, held March 26 at the yearly Game Developers Conference in San Jose, California, the organization's members voted Spectrasonics' Atmosphere(TM) Dream Synth Module the Best Audio Software of 2003.[9]

Their products have been used by many professional musicians and film scorers. Their sounds can be recognized in films such as Terminator Salvation, Transformers, and The Kingdom.[6] Video game music composer Tom Salta and Academy Award nominated film composer James Newton Howard have been quoted saying Spectrasonics' music software products are an important part of their music studios.[10][11]


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ "Spectrasonics". LinkedIn. Retrieved 2011-10-04. 
  3. ^ "Legacy Products". Spectrasonics. Retrieved 2011-10-04. 
  4. ^ a b "Products – Omnisphere, Stylus RMX, Trilian". Spectrasonics. Retrieved 2011-10-04. 
  5. ^ "Users". Spectrasonics. Retrieved 2011-10-04. 
  6. ^ a b c "Spectrasonics News – User Stories". Spectrasonics.net. Retrieved 2011-10-04. 
  7. ^ "The #1 online community for musicians | Harmony Central". Messe.harmony-central.com. Retrieved 2011-10-04. 
  8. ^ "mipa award 2009 – Nominees and Winner". .mipa-award.de. Retrieved 2011-10-04. 
  9. ^ "Spectrasonics' Atmosphere is G.A.N.G Award Winner". Mixonline.com. April 2, 2004. Retrieved 2011-10-04. 
  10. ^ "Mix magazine February 2008 profile of Tom Salta's project studio Persist Music featured in Mix magazine February 2008". Mixonline.com. February 1, 2008. Retrieved 2011-10-04. 
  11. ^ [2][dead link]

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