Friday, April 29, 2011

Camel Audio Alchemy Gets Major Update and Alchemy Player Goes Free

Nearly a year in the making, Camel Audio has released Version 1.20.1 of its flagship Alchemy synth. This is a major update adding 64-bit support, RTAS support, vastly expanded sample format, among a ton of other fixes and features. (Check out the complete list below...) Existing users can log in to their accounts on the Camel Audio web page to download the free update.

And in other news, Alchemy Player, the playback-only/limited waveform version of Alchemy, has been made absolutely free. This will definitely give the curious a great way to get a feel for the sound of the synth before buying it.

Now for those new features:

New formats - 64-bit and RTAS
64-bit support for Mac and Windows - access unlimited memory
RTAS Support for Pro Tools on Mac and Windows

SFZ Sample Playback Support
SFZ support - high quality loading of 3rd party and converted SFZs
Key switching for fast access to articulations
Round robin support for added realism
Unlimited zones for velocity, round robin, key switches...
Intelligent sample memory handling halves the sample memory required
Multiple audio file import when holding down 'Shift' with automatic mapping to keys
Easy SFZ loading via File -> Load

Improved GUI and New Skin
New 'Nightshade' skin by BitPlant
Switch skins from the file menu
Volume level meters for master filters and sources
Zoom size remembered for all editors
MSEG curves reset by double-click

Other New Features
Additional mod source for polyphonic aftertouch
Improved auto-assign for performance controls
24 new acoustic reverb presets
Randomise snapshots option
Support for shortcuts or aliases to folders
Improved MIDI program change implementation
Easier, faster, more reliable sound library installation
Supports new '.CamelSounds' file type for easier installation
Improved stability and GUI handling in all hosts
Improved Cameleon preset import
Increased MSEG editor maximum zoom
MSEG stretch mode now allow horizontal dragging
Demo period increased to 4 weeks
Effects rack now supports mouse wheel
Reduced mouse sensitivity when editing breakpoints
Allow use of different spectral palettes
Save consolidated no longer copies factory samples
User details only displayed once per instance
Faster updating of re-mix pad and other controls
Additive editor phase value reset on left click
Copy to all snapshots now works for snapshot volume
All submenus now display a check mark
Comment lines now supported in SFZ files

Tutorial Videos:
New 'Importing Audio' and 'Granular' tutorial videos - over 100 mins of tutorials
Videos now embedded in relevant page of manual

User Library Additions:
Now over 500 presets in User Library
WAV to oscillator and LFO waveform utilities available in user library

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