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The Ultimate Guide to Solving "Try Refreshing the Soundsource Browser" Error in Omnisphere 2



How to Fix "Try Refreshing the Soundsource Browser" Error in Omnisphere 2




Omnisphere 2 is a powerful synthesizer software that offers a vast range of sounds and effects for music production. One of its features is the soundsource browser, which allows you to browse and load different soundsources from various categories. However, many users have reported an error message that says "try refreshing the soundsource browser" while using Omnisphere 2. This can be a frustrating problem that prevents you from accessing your desired sounds and saving your work.




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There are several possible causes for this error, such as corrupted or missing files, outdated or incompatible versions, incorrect folder structure, or read-only permissions. Fortunately, there are also some solutions that can help you fix this error and enjoy Omnisphere 2 without any issues. In this article, we will show you four methods that have worked for many users who faced this error. Follow these steps carefully and see which one works for you.


Method 1: Reinstall the soundset or the STEAM folder




One of the most common reasons for this error is a faulty soundset or a damaged STEAM folder. A soundset is a collection of soundsources that are installed in Omnisphere 2. A STEAM folder is where all the data and files of Omnisphere 2 are stored. If either of these components are corrupted or missing, you may encounter this error. To fix this, you need to uninstall and reinstall the soundset or the STEAM folder.


To uninstall a soundset, you need to delete its folder from C:\\ProgramData\\Spectrasonics\\STEAM\\Omnisphere\\Soundsources\\Factory. To uninstall the STEAM folder, you need to delete it from C:\\ProgramData\\Spectrasonics. Make sure you back up your custom patches and multis before doing this.


To reinstall a soundset, you need to download it again from your account on Spectrasonics website or from your installation disc. To reinstall the STEAM folder, you need to run the installer again from your account on Spectrasonics website or from your installation disc. Follow the instructions on screen and make sure you install them in their correct locations.


This method works for some users because it replaces any corrupted or missing files with fresh ones that are compatible with your version of Omnisphere 2.


Method 2: Verify structure and updates




Another possible cause for this error is an incorrect structure of the STEAM folder or an outdated version of Omnisphere 2. The structure of the STEAM folder refers to how its subfolders and files are organized. If this structure is altered or disrupted, Omnisphere 2 may not be able to locate or load certain soundsources. The version of Omnisphere 2 refers to its software update level. If this version is not up to date, Omnisphere 2 may not be able to recognize or support certain soundsources.


To fix this, you need to verify the structure of the STEAM folder and check for the latest Omnisphere updates. To verify the structure of the STEAM folder, you need to compare it with the official documentation on Spectrasonics website or with another working installation of Omnisphere 2. Make sure all subfolders and files are in their correct places and names.


To check for updates, you need to log into your account on Spectrasonics website and download any available updates for Omnisphere 2. Follow the instructions on screen and make sure you install them in their correct locations.


You also need to refresh patches, multis, and soundsources in their respective browsers in Omnisphere 2. To do this, you need to click on the circular arrow button next to the play button in each browser. This will reload all available patches, multis, and soundsources in each category.


This method works for some users because it ensures that Omnisphere 2 can find and use all soundsources without any errors.


Method 3: Delete zmap.index




A third possible cause for this error is a faulty zmap.index file. A zmap.index file is a file that contains information about soundsources in Omnisphere 2. If this file is corrupted or outdated, Omnisphere 2 may not be able to load certain soundsources properly.


To fix this, you need to delete zmap.index files from various subfolders in the STEAM folder and apply a soundsource update. To delete zmap.index files, you need to navigate to these subfolders:



  • C:\\ProgramData\\Spectrasonics\\STEAM\\Omnisphere\\Soundsources\\Factory\\Core Library



  • C:\\ProgramData\\Spectrasonics\\STEAM\\Keyscape\\Soundsources\\Factory\\Keyscape Library



  • C:\\ProgramData\\Spectrasonics\\STEAM\\Keyscape\\Soundsources\\User



In each subfolder, you need to find and delete zmap.index file.


To apply a soundsource update, you need to download it from your account on Spectrasonics website or from your installation disc. Follow the instructions on screen and make sure you install it in its correct location.


After deleting zmap.index files and applying a soundsource update, you need to restart Omnisphere 2 and Keyscape (if you have it). This will recreate new zmap.index files that are compatible with your version of Omnisphere 2.


This method works for some users because it removes any faulty zmap.index files that may cause errors while loading soundsources.


Method 4: Make sure that STEAM folder isn't set to read-only




A fourth possible cause for this error is a read-only permission on the STEAM folder. A read-only permission means that you can only view but not modify or delete files in a folder. If this permission is applied on the STEAM folder, Omnisphere 2 may not be able to access or update certain soundsources.


To fix this, you need to make sure that STEAM folder isn't set to read-only. To do this, you need to follow these steps:



  • Go to C:\\ProgramData\\Spectrasonics



  • Right-click on STEAM folder and choose Properties



  • Uncheck Read-only option and click on Apply and OK



This method works for some users because it allows Omnisphere 2 to access and modify files in the STEAM folder without any restrictions.


Conclusion




"Try refreshing the soundsource browser" error can be a annoying problem that prevents you from using Omnisphere 2 properly. However, by following one of these four methods, you should be able to fix this error and enjoy Omnisphere 2 without any issues.


Here are some tips for avoiding this error in the future:



  • Always backup your custom patches and multis before uninstalling or reinstalling anything related to Omnisphere 2



FAQs




Here are some frequently asked questions about Omnisphere 2 and the soundsource browser error:


What is Omnisphere 2?




Omnisphere 2 is a synthesizer software that offers a vast range of sounds and effects for music production. It can be used as a standalone application or as a plugin in various digital audio workstations (DAWs). Omnisphere 2 features over 14,000 sounds, 57 effects units, and an advanced arpeggiator and granular synthesis engine.


What is a soundsource browser?




A soundsource browser is a file browser in Omnisphere 2 that allows you to browse and load different soundsources from various categories. A soundsource is a basic element of sound that can be combined with other soundsources or processed with effects to create patches. A patch is a preset sound that can be played with a keyboard or a MIDI controller.


What is a zmap.index file?




A zmap.index file is a file that contains information about soundsources in Omnisphere 2. It helps Omnisphere 2 to locate and load soundsources faster and more efficiently. A zmap.index file is created automatically when you install or update Omnisphere 2 or any soundset.


What is a STEAM folder?




A STEAM folder is where all the data and files of Omnisphere 2 are stored. It includes soundsources, patches, multis, effects, settings, and other components. The STEAM folder is usually located in C:\\ProgramData\\Spectrasonics. You should not move or rename this folder unless instructed by Spectrasonics support.


What is a soundset?




A soundset is a collection of soundsources that are installed in Omnisphere 2. A soundset can be created by Spectrasonics or by third-party developers. A soundset can add new soundsources or replace existing ones in Omnisphere 2. You can install or uninstall soundsets from your account on Spectrasonics website or from your installation disc.



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