Omni Trio

Real Name:
Robert Haigh
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Producer from Barnsley, South Yorkshire. Latterly moved to Hertford.

Rob Haigh's first release as Omni Trio was on his own Candidate Records label in early 1993. This caught the ear of Hertford based trio 2 Bad Mice who helped sign Haigh to Moving Shadow. Through the nineties Haigh developed a unique style of what has become known as ambient (or 'intelligent') Drum and Bass and released six acclaimed albums. The Omni Trio sound is notable for its intricate orchestrated production and atmospheric sound palette.
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Omni Trio Discography Tracks

Albums

Omni Trio - The Deepest Cut Vol 1 album art Omni Trio The Deepest Cut Vol 1 (Album) Moving Shadow US 1995 Sell This Version
Omni Trio - The Haunted Science album art Omni Trio The Haunted Science (Album) Moving Shadow UK 1996 Sell This Version
Omni Trio - Skeleton Keys album art Omni Trio Skeleton Keys (Album) Moving Shadow UK 1997 Sell This Version
Omni Trio - Byte Size Life album art Omni Trio Byte Size Life (Album) Moving Shadow UK 1999 Sell This Version
Omni Trio - Even Angels Cast Shadows album art Omni Trio Even Angels Cast Shadows (Album) Moving Shadow UK 2001 Sell This Version
ASHADOW32CD Omni Trio - Volume.1993-2003. album art Omni Trio Volume.1993-2003.(CD, Album + CD, Mixed) Moving Shadow ASHADOW32CD UK 2003 Sell This Version
SCALE002CD Omni Trio - Rogue Satellite album art Omni Trio Rogue Satellite(CD, Album) Scale Records SCALE002CD UK 2004 Sell This Version
AShadow34 Omni Trio - Cut Out Shapes (Rare And Unreleased) album art Omni Trio Cut Out Shapes (Rare And Unreleased)(11xFile, FLAC, Album) Moving Shadow AShadow34 UK 2012

Singles & EPs

Omni Trio - Mystic Steppers Vol 2 album art Omni Trio Mystic Steppers Vol 2 (Single) Moving Shadow UK 1993 Sell This Version
Omni Trio - Mystic Steppers E.P. album art Omni Trio Mystic Steppers E.P. (EP) Candidate Records UK 1993 Sell This Version
Omni Trio - Renegade Snares - Vol 3 album art Omni Trio Renegade Snares - Vol 3 (EP) Moving Shadow UK 1993 Sell This Version
Omni Trio - Vol 5 - Soul Promenade Remix album art Omni Trio Vol 5 - Soul Promenade Remix Moving Shadow UK 1994 Sell This Version
Omni Trio - Feel Good '95 The Return Of The Mystic Stepper album art Omni Trio Feel Good '95 The Return Of The Mystic Stepper Moving Shadow UK 1994 Sell This Version
Omni Trio - Two On One Issue 2 album art DJ Crystl / Omni Trio DJ Crystl / Omni Trio - Two On One Issue 2 Moving Shadow UK 1994 Sell This Version
Omni Trio - Volume 4 - Rollin' Heights album art Omni Trio Volume 4 - Rollin' Heights Moving Shadow UK 1994 Sell This Version
Omni Trio - Vol 5 - Soul Promenade album art Omni Trio Vol 5 - Soul Promenade (Single) Moving Shadow, Moving Shadow UK 1994 Sell This Version
none Omni Trio - Burial (Unreleased Mix) / Renegade Snares (Foul Play Remix) album art Leviticus / Omni Trio Leviticus / Omni Trio - Burial (Unreleased Mix) / Renegade Snares (Foul Play Remix)(Acetate, 10") Not On Label none UK 1994 Sell This Version
none Omni Trio - Living For The Future (FBD Project VIP Mix) / Live & Direct (Remix) album art Omni Trio / Pro-D & Cyrus Omni Trio / Pro-D & Cyrus - Living For The Future (FBD Project VIP Mix) / Live & Direct (Remix)(Acetate, 10") Not On Label none UK 1994 Sell This Version
Omni Trio - Volume 7 - Beyond The Fundamental album art Omni Trio Volume 7 - Beyond The Fundamental Moving Shadow UK 1995 Sell This Version
Omni Trio - Volume 6 - Nu Birth Of Cool / Torn album art Omni Trio Volume 6 - Nu Birth Of Cool / Torn Moving Shadow UK 1995 Sell This Version
none Omni Trio - Champion DJ / Renegade Snares album art Blackstar (2), Omni Trio Blackstar (2), Omni Trio - Champion DJ / Renegade Snares(Acetate, 10") Not On Label none UK 1995 Sell This Version
Omni Trio - Trippin' On Broken Beats album art Omni Trio Trippin' On Broken Beats (Maxi, Single) Moving Shadow, Moving Shadow UK 1996 Sell This Version
Omni Trio - The Haunted Trax EP album art Omni Trio The Haunted Trax EP (EP) Sm:)e Communications US 1996 Sell This Version
Omni Trio - Red Rain (E-Coli Mix) album art Omni Trio Red Rain (E-Coli Mix) Audio Couture UK 1997 Sell This Version
Omni Trio - Twin Town Karaoke (Guardians Of Dalliance Mix) album art Omni Trio Twin Town Karaoke (Guardians Of Dalliance Mix) Audio Couture UK 1997 Sell This Version

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giroserex

giroserex

October 12, 2018
Want your mind blown? Omni Trio made most of his music with an Amiga 500, a very early PC from the 80s, it was unique in that it was an all in one self contained sampling + sequencing system, contrast to other solutions at the time, e.g. seperately connected sampler and sequencer via MIDI cable. In any case, by todays standards these devices were more musical. The reason why lies in the design of the Amiga and shall be explained. The digital to analog chip - codename Paula - was 8 bit. The music software installed was capable of 4 mono lanes maximum - each lane used a dedicated part of the paula converter (4 converters in parallel). The samples loaded in the software arranged across the 4 tracks, initiating the sequence converted each sample INDEPENDANTLY into the analog domain where they were then mixed - Note the streams were muxxed IN THE ANALOG DOMAIN. From here the resultant signal - electricity at this point - would feed the producers speakers.

Once happy with the arrangement of samples, the finished mix would be, again output via Paula, but this time also into a tape recorder (digital or analog is irrelevant, but likely a 16bit DAT recorder). The DAT was then sent in the post for vinyl and CD pressing. The mix down still happened in the analog, or electircal domain, before being digitised by highly linear converter of the DAT recorder.

This is a far cry from how music is made today. The main reason why music SUCKS ASS today, EDM in particular is due to a mis-understanding + mis-applicaiton of digital technology by the thousands of kids who take upon it themselves to experiment and release what ever they made using only their mouse and stereo headphones in an aux jack.

The trick is to layer music with paralleled lo-rez converters and THEN digitise the finished work with one high res converter. This was how digital music was introduced, sounds were ALWAYS mixed in the analog domain, including thiose from behemoth digital synthezisers.. This is why the 80s 'sounded' great - Music taste has little to do with it. 99% of EDM music today is mixed INSIDE the computer and subsequently played through a stereo sound card / device (then to speakers). Here, the signal CANNOT BREATH or move around like it does with the Paula chipset. No matter how clever software devs think they are, they cannot match the superior (temporal/timing) resolution of universe. Unlike Paula, modern devices, their objective is 'Accuracy' and applicaiton 'Transparent Transfer', i.e. transfer of finished mixes to the public as losslessly as possible (in those days, the CD).

If bass guitar strings, which also generate waves, were transparent, we would not hear them. Synth designers of the olde understood this. Disenfranchised sound card and chipset designers of late do not. An electric bass guitar string could be viewed as an non linear 8bit converter give or take infinite time. The same could be said for a all acoustic instruments because physical inertia of the string and that in an electical medium is essentially the same. When string is plucked, the result is chaotic - musical - far from linear. A 24bit converter cannot replicate this because they were concieved to maintain linearity of the passing signal and achieves this by means of digital filters which fuck with the timing of samples as they exit the converter. Therefore anything 24bit is inherantly linear and is thus, not musical.

The distinction between linear converters used for transfer of finished work and converters like those used in the Amiga (i.e. Paula) has yet to be ackowledged by IC and sound device manufacturers, including those used by supposed 'pros'. Listeners, artists, composers, producers, engineers, pro' s depend on equipment manufacturers, who in turn, trust those who design chipsets and the latter are oblivious. Since 1990, the DNA of Electronic music (DNA being the equipment used to make it) has de-evolved, from musical to highly linear un musical. The last of the mohicans, are synthesizer designers - who phased out production in the late 90s as personal computing and music piracy took over. This is the reality. The degredation was gradual enough to go unnoticed, consequently most music today produced sounds less musical by default.

Although lack the of musicality in digital is acknowledged in some production circles, the reason as to why remains un defined (unless you've read this far). The proposed workaround, is far from optimal - artists have to ADD musicality MANUALLY using plugins. This is a waste of time considering it can otherwise be done AUTOMATICALLY with properly designed equipment like the Paula to begin with. Omni Trio certainly did not have to worry about making his work sound musical, it was merely an intentional side effect of the equipment he used. Only the arrangement was his doing. Modern artists inspired by Omni Trio do not realise that the technlogy has changed since - in fact they believe it should be easier - this is the problem.
Theroux

Theroux

January 9, 2015
Very underrated and easily my most favorite (and possibly the best) DnB artist ever.
djease

djease

October 25, 2014
Spot on. Essential releases. Inspired.
Bigchamp69

Bigchamp69

December 10, 2011
edited 10 days ago
Rob was and could still be the best DnB producer ever in the scene. How come you say ? What about Rupert (Photek) or Karl (Dillinja) D-Bridge, Dom (Dom n Roland), DJ Crystl add Tech itch, Krust to!.. and 1 or 2 more.
Rob was a game changer, musically no one touches him. Listen to his first three releases. The vocals, the snares, the melodies, the composition and the beats. Everything fitted, nothing was over cooked or under cooked, he could produce hard dark tunes, tunes full of vocals, it did not really matter because musically it sounded better and still does than the rest. Rob was/is classically trained, so he understands composition and structure of music in general, not many producers do and lets face its not a prerequisite. People see Rob as the sound and vocal man .. he had all bases covered, for me the best there was and still is. Dom and Rupert (Photek) come real close as does Dillinja (never gets enough credit) all genius's in their own right, but for me Rob Haigh (Omni Trio) is the best.
DarkSunshine1993

DarkSunshine1993

September 23, 2010
edited over 8 years ago
Omni Trio is one of the most influential UK Jungle/DnB producers to my knowledge and I personaly recommend this release to new Drum 'n Bass listeners and Oldskool Ravers, Junglists, and Breakbeat heads. If you haven't already heard, Omni Trio is a legendary pioneer and his music rates a 6/5.

I know, not possible on Discogs... but I thought it would be cool if they had a 10/10 rating system to be more specific; In which case I would rate Omni Trio a true 10/10 for his work from what I heard of '92-'95...

I have all his tracks from then, and so should you!

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