Camel Audio has updated their sample manipulation synthesizer Alchemy to v1.11 and released a new soundbank created by highly respected sound designer BigTone. Camel Audio is also running a competition to create a tutorial video with the opportunity to win $500. The three week fully functional demo has also been updated with all the latest improvements. Even if you tried the demo before, you can use the new version for a further three weeks.
This update includes many new features and bug fixes, and is Windows 7 and Snow Leopard compatible. The new version offers Cameleon 5000 preset import, new formant filters for the additive and spectral sections, much enhanced spectral synthesis quality, new additive editor features, punchier unison VA attacks and numerous other improvements.
Alchemy is now able to import and export additive and spectral data to CSV files. These files can be read and written by spreadsheets or third party utilities. Aladdin by Paul Nauert is now available from the User Library and is the first such utility and offers the ability to generate anything from plucked sounds to wave sequences using techniques such as cellular automata, random walks and FM. Registered Alchemy users can download Alchemy v1.11 by logging into their account on the Camel Audio website.
The BigTone Alchemy expansion is a collection of 150 immaculately programmed pads, playable arps and warm synth sounds, all of which are suitable for a wide range of genres including trance, ambient and electronica. The set was created by highly respected sound designer BigTone and comes with a library of over 100MB of his specially created samples. Each preset has fully programmed perform assignments which make them fun and easy to tweak, and comes with 8 remix pad variations for a total of 1200 sounds. The BigTone expansion can be purchased from the Camel Audio website and costs 59USD/49EUR/39GBP.
New features in Alchemy v1.11:
– Cameleon 5000 preset import
– New formant filter for additive and spectral engines, accessed via Amp knobs
– Much enhanced spectral synthesis quality when pitching sounds up and down
– Improved additive editor modes including dark and bright partial editing
– Can now edit multiple breakpoints at once in the additive editor
– CSV file import and export for additive and spectral engines
– AAZ file import and export for additive and spectral engines
– In VA mode PVar values less than 100% now set all oscillators to given value
– Much more responsive MSEG and additive editors on Windows
– Zoom position of all editors now anchored to current scroll bar location
– MIDI learn and automation read / write for individual source edit controls
– SFZ files listed at the top of the import browser list for easier selection
– Swap Snapshot command added to Perform section file menu
– Spectral editor loop indicators are displayed using a different colour
– New indicator to show that second level modulation depths are being edited
– Additive oscillator count updates when higher partials are created in editor
– Displays message when attempting to load presets created in more recent version
– MIDI Unlearn All is now displayed on the main file menu
– Easier to skin – skin folder tidied up