Exploring the Depths of Sound: My Favorite Software Synthesizers for Crafting Ambient Music

My favourite software synthesizers for making ambient music and why.

Ketil Lien

2/4/20242 min read

In the world of ambient music production, the choice of instruments is pivotal. As an artist passionate about creating immersive soundscapes, I've found that certain software synthesizers stand out for their versatility, depth, and unique textures. Among them, Spectrasonics Omnisphere 2, Reveal Sound Spire, Synapse Audio Dune 3, and Korg Wavestate have become my go-to tools for crafting ambient tracks that transport listeners to otherworldly realms.

Spectrasonics Omnisphere 2: A Universe of Sounds

Omnisphere 2 by Spectrasonics is more than just a synthesizer; it's an entire sonic universe. Its vast library, boasting over 14,000 sounds, is a treasure trove for any ambient music producer. The ability to morph and blend these sounds using Omnisphere’s powerful synthesis engine allows me to create lush, evolving textures and atmospheres that are essential to my ambient compositions.

Reveal Sound Spire: Rich and Versatile

Reveal Sound’s Spire stands out for its rich tonal quality and versatility. Its intuitive interface and wide range of waveforms make it a favorite for creating both organic and intricate electronic sounds. Spire's polyphonic synthesizer combines powerful sound engine modulation and flexible architecture, making it an ideal tool for crafting detailed and expressive ambient soundscapes.

Synapse Audio Dune 3: The Layering Master

Dune 3 by Synapse Audio is renowned for its ability to layer and sculpt sounds. Its complex architecture, including eight layers per patch, allows for immense depth and complexity in sound design. This feature is particularly useful in ambient music, where nuanced layers and evolving sounds play a crucial role in creating a captivating auditory experience.

Korg Wavestate: Reviving Wave Sequencing

The Korg Wavestate brings back the forgotten art of wave sequencing with a modern twist. Its unique approach to sound generation allows for the creation of ever-changing, evolving soundscapes that are perfect for ambient music. The Wavestate’s extensive sample library, combined with its deep modulation capabilities, enables me to create dynamic, cinematic textures that are both nostalgic and futuristic.


As an ambient music producer, the ability to paint sonic pictures is essential, and these software synthesizers are my brushes. Each brings its unique flavor and capabilities to the table, allowing me to explore the vast possibilities of sound. Spectrasonics Omnisphere 2, Reveal Sound Spire, Synapse Audio Dune 3, and Korg Wavestate are not just tools; they are collaborators in my creative process, helping me to weave intricate soundscapes that resonate with listeners.

Discover the magic of ambient music and the synthesizers that shape its sound. Explore my work and the capabilities of these extraordinary instruments.

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