Camel Audio has released Alchemy v1.5, a major update to its sample manipulation synthesizer.
Alchemy v1.5 iintroduces a fully-featured preset browser, over 1000 presets, faster loading times, improved remote control from the Alchemy iOS app and other enhancements.
- Powerful New Browser – Over 4,000 previously-released Camel Audio presets have been carefully tagged by category, subcategory, genre, sound library, sound designer, articulation, and timbre. Finding favorites is a breeze — simply rate presets with a single click and then sort by rating. Users can add tags to make it easy to call up presets associated with a particular project or live set, and can also add comments to presets with playing tips or other notes.
- Dedicated iOS Remote – Alchemy v1.5 with the latest update to Alchemy on iOS offers even smoother and more expressive remote control. Change preset, move the remix pad, and access performance controls — all without leaving the comfort of your controller keyboard. Previously the domain of multi-thousand dollar devices, polyphonic pitch bend is new to this update, and offers an amazingly expressive way of playing instruments — especially when combined with polyphonic aftertouch. Also users can now save desktop presets and all referenced WAVs in a single .CamelSounds file, making it easier to move sounds to the mobile version, or another PC.
- Bigger and Better Bundles and 20% Off Alchemy – Alchemy Complete comprises Alchemy with all 24 sound libraries installed, including the newly-released Shlomo Beatbox. It now features over 14GB of samples and 4,000-plus presets, including 32,000 hand-crafted variations, all fully tagged for the new browser. The bundle is now priced at $785.00 USD/€649.00 EURO/£529.00 GBP — a 50% saving on buying the products separately. The Alchemy Atmospheric and Electronic bundles have also increased in size, each now offering 1,900 presets and over 6GB of samples for $399.00/€329.00/£269.00.
Alchemy itself is now bundled with 1,000 presets including a free sound library of choice, totalling a massive 5GB of exclusive samples. The v1.5 update is free to all existing users. New users can purchase Alchemy at 20% off till 15th October – just $199.00/€159.00/£143.00.
See the Camel Audio site for details.
7 thoughts on “Camel Audio Releases Alchemy v1.5 – Here’s What’s New”
Alchemy is such a great synth, and this patch browser is a welcome addition.
Key Features: Bigger and Better Bundles
The full version mostly duplicates functions I already have, but I own 4 of the Alchemy Player libraries, with an eye on a 5th. Its crashed exactly ONCE in about 3 years, otherwise being rock-steady. The variety of programmers puts it far above the pack for flexibility. I discarded a less capable synth, because this one covers so many bases. Another plus: they don’t upgrade constantly. This is a measured and useful revision. If I was just starting out or rebuilding a rig, this would be on the short list. Some synths lean more towards sound design, some towards being a player’s synth. This one can do both.
I’m not sure how I feel about the idea of the browser displaying presets that I don’t own, but could purchase from them. That would be annoying if you couldn’t turn it off.
Alchemy rocks but this update is little more than an excuse to sell patch libraries. It should be a free update.
I disagree, as it takes a LOT of coding work to manage anything at all. If you use the instrument much at all, that browser will be a real time saver. Besides, they’re offering it at $50 off for a while and they offer good price breaks on the sound sets from time to time, which I applied to my last set. I get those as a registered user. Crakkers won’t. I have to defend their libraries and their right to profit for something of merit. They’re less expensive than quite a few we see. Between the variety and the odd way Alchemy seems to fit right into its own sonic slot, I find it gratifying to see how easy it is to tweak a sound for a given purpose. I have a special fondness for how its pad sounds seem to blend with my other gear like a sibling. Its hard to find a seriously bad synth anymore, but the better ones are golden. I make multiple safeties and you can bet my Alchemy sets are always among them.
I actually own all the libraries and eveything. The new browser is a huge plus. It is much faster to sort through the huge amount of sounds. Between the factory stuff and the stuff I have created it is a welcome addition being able to actually find stuff relatively quickly.
I still say Alchemy is hands down the absolute best sof synth out there and I own many.