Introducing OMNIBUS 3.0 – a major update to the virtual patchbay for Mac

The audio routing software which operates as virtual patchbay for Mac has had its biggest update yet. OMNIBUS 3.0 turns any Mac into a networked audio device which can connect 256 channels of I/O to any other Mac on the same network.

It also now supports application capture, and can be controlled via StreamDeck or MIDI controllers. Check out the full list of new features below or start your 7-day demo.

OMNIBUS can handle even the most complex routing scenarios with ease, and makes networking audio easier than ever before. 

  • Route multichannel audio between different machines connected to the same network via AVB or NDI
  • Four configurable virtual audio devices with up to 256 I/O channels per device 
  • Separate system and application audio outputs and use applications as audio sources in the OMNIBUS routing matrix 
  • Save and load routing snapshots or entire OMNIBUS sessions and open them on other machines
  • Switch routing snapshots from an Elgato Stream Deck, MIDI controller, key commands or Hot Snapshot panel

OMNIBUS already allows Mac users to route audio seamlessly between all devices – physical and virtual – connected to their Mac, but OMNIBUS 3.0 adds application capture, so users can easily grab audio from any software running, rather than needing to route that audio first to a virtual device.

The audio routing software – which operates like a virtual patchbay between applications and audio devices on a Mac – now features networking functionality, with support for NDI and AVB network protocols. 

This new networking functionality means OMNIBUS 3.0 can send and receive multichannel audio from any other machine on the same network, turning any Mac into an audio device with full multichannel I/O. (OMNIBUS can send and receive 256 channels of audio via AVB or 128 with NDI, but users can create multiple AVB ‘devices’ in OMNIBUS to send and receive audio). 

Film and TV composer and sound designer Dan Zlotnik remarks “When collaborating, being able to patch computers with different DAWs and different sample rates straight into my session has changed my whole workflow, this is such a powerful feature. With Omnibus 3.0 I can easily and quickly network all Mac machines on the session, this has never been so easy”. 

Mix Engineer Adam Hawkins says “OMNIBUS 3.0 has really sped up my workflow when mixing. I use it to A/B/C/Ding multiple sources while working on a stereo mix. I can A/B/C with my current mix, the rough mix that was sent to me, and my last pass if I’m doing a revision. When working with Dolby Atmos I use it to A/B with the 7.1.4 mix against the stereo master.

GRAMMY-winning producer Rafa Sardina added, “OMNIBUS 3.0 represents the future of audio applications. You can just come in and start making music, there is no learning curve, no frustration with setup. You don’t need to be a scientist to make music or use audio tools, but you do need to be one to make tools like Omnibus 3.0. The future is being made by the scientists at Audiomovers.”