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Camel Audio releases demo version of Alchemy
Camel Audio has released a demo version of Alchemy, the sample manipulation synthesizer for Windows and Mac.
The free demo is completely fully functional for three weeks, with no annoying voices or silences, and presets and songs created with the demo can be loaded with the full version. The demo comes with 40 presets and 100MB of samples to give you a taste of the 2GB of samples and over 300 presets in the full version. Alternatively, import your own WAV, AIFF or SFZ files into the additive, spectral and granular resynthesis engines.
Camel Audio has also updated Alchemy to version 1.0.8, which includes many improvements and fixes including reduced CPU consumption, the ability to import files from external drives and improvements to the installer. The manual is now available to download as a PDF file, for more convenient offline browsing, and features improvements such a tips and tricks section. The Camel Audio forum now has over 100 user presets to download and is a good place to get help as well as discuss improvements to Alchemy.
Changes in Alchemy v1.0.8
- Mac import browser allows browsing of external drives (in the Volumes folder) as well as following aliases and symbolic links.
- Mac installer allows data to be installed to a different location, such as an external drive.
- Runs on Receptor via unsupported method.
- Installer improvements: moves keyfiles and searches for RAR files and keyfiles in the same location as the installer as well as on the desktop (must extract mkpg file from dmg for this to work on Mac).
- Responds to all MIDI channels 1-16.
- Downloadable PDF manual (from first page of Wiki manual).
- Fixed CPU spikes.
- Improved randomization when Loops, Guitars and Arpeggiated folders selected.
- Improved default path for Additive and Spectral file menus.
- Fixed so files with capital letter extension shows up in source menu.
- Improved so moving fine tune and pan displays values -100%..100%.
- Fixed crash importing single cycle waveforms in additive mode.
- Fixed web menu options in file menu.
- Fixed Alchemy blocking Cubase Key Commands.
- Fixed problem with some AMD processors.
- Fixed incompatiblity between Alchemy and Orion.
- Fixed issues with random button.
- Fixed so save dialog shows up when GUI is closed if project save needs data location.
- Improved song saving so only asks for data saving location when AAZ data greater than 1MB and user locations are identified properly.
- Improved sluggish response of modulation depth knobs.
- Fixed modulation menu for depth knobs.
- Fixed MIDI learn and unlearn on depth knobs.
- Fixed double click on the modulation depth knobs so it immediately set knob to default.
- Fixed timing accuracy when running at buffer sizes larger than 256 samples.
- Fixed mac file menus to deal with more then 256 items.
- Fixed problem with WAV files with non lowercase extension, and those located inside a folder called “Alchemy”.
- Fixed AIFF file loading issues fixed.
- Fixed so AlchemyConfig.txt gets created if it is not present.
- Fixed so yellow modulation ring is updated when copy/paste modulation assignments.
- Fixed spelling of “Tune Coarse”.
- Improved remix pad response.
- First note doesn’t make a sound at all if placed right in the starting position.
- Fixed Audio Unit so it deals with sample rate changes correctly.
- Fixed loop points in sampler mode to syncronize with warp marker loop points.
- Fixed partial pan values so they can be set in the additive editor when in overall mode.
- Fixed playback of samples with very short (<64 samples) loop lengths.
Alchemy is available for Windows and Mac for $249 USD / 199 EUR / 179 GBP. Registered users can download the latest update for free.
The demo version can be downloaded from the Alchemy product page on the Camel Audio website, where you’ll also find tutorial videos, example MP3s and lots more.
Visit Camel Audio for more information.