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Camel Audio announces Alchemy

Camel Audio Alchemy

Camel Audio has announced Alchemy, the ultimate sample manipulation synthesizer.

It’s a synth powerhouse and yet is very easy to use thanks to its performance controls and remix pads. Just tweak the library of excellent presets from many of the world’s top sound designers or dive in and analyse your own samples – it’s up to you!

Alchemy key features

  • Additive, spectral and granular synthesis and resynthesis, sampling, and a very capable virtual analog engine with unison and PWM.
  • Morph or crossfade between sources.
  • Import your own samples from SFZ, WAV or AIFF files.
  • A wide range of analog modelled filters are included, in addition to a flexible rack of effects which includes all those from CamelPhat and CamelSpace as well as many new effects such as a high quality reverb.
  • The innovative modulation system is extremely flexible, yet easy to use.
  • Powerful arpeggiator with the ability to import the groove from any MIDI file for immediate synchronization to a beat.
  • Over 2GB of samples and analysed content from in-house designers Tim Conrardy and Biomechanoid, as well as designers such as Ian Boddy, Robert Rich, Scott Solida and Nucleus SoundLab.
  • A library of 300 excellent presets from many of the world’s top sound designers is included, arranged into categories for rapid access to the sound you require.

Alchemy will be available this Autumn for $249 USD / 199 EUR / 159 GBP. Cameleon owners will be able to crossgrade for half price ($125 USD / 99 EUR / 79 GBP) and CamelSpace and CamelPhat owners will be eligble for a reduced price as well ($199 USD / 159 EUR / 127 GBP).

To celebrate the announcement of Alchemy Camel Audio are having a 38% off sale on Cameleon , bringing the price down to just $125 USD / 99 EUR / 79 GBP. So if you don’t already own Cameleon, you could buy it today and familiarise yourself with additive synthesis, and then take advantage of the 50% off discount when Alchemy is released. You’ll get Alchemy and Cameleon for the price of Alchemy alone, and new sounds to play with right away.

Visit Camel Audio for more information, including a video and mp3s.

Short links for April 23rd, 2008

Some interesting things I found on April 23rd, 2008:

# The Echo Nest – The Echo Nest Analyze API is a tool that can enrich your software’s understanding of musical recordings. It uses a perceptual model of human listening to generate detailed descriptions of a song’s structure and musical content.

Given any musical sound file, our analysis engine outputs global musical track information such as tempo, dominant pitches and timbre, key, time signature, energy, etc. It also segments the sound file into large sections (such as verse, chorus, bridge), beats, and smaller time slices. Each segment is described in terms of pitch, timbre, and loudness content. The engine then segments a musical track into small time slices, each representing a perceived “sound” (a note of a piano, a syllable of a vocal line, etc.).

Each segment is then described in pitch, timbre and loudness. This information can power performances, visualizations, and games with the ability to respond to a wide range of nuances in the music they use.

Anita Lillie - Sonic Youth 'Cross The Breeze
Anita Lillie wrote a program which maps a subset of the audio data onto a visual scale, and creates video playback of the song. (above = visualization of ‘Cross the Breeze by Sonic Youth).

Adam Glazier made a nice Flash based visualizer for your Echo Nest Analysis XML.

# Portishead – Third @ Last.fm – Portishead's latest album can be streamed free of charge.

# The Reality of Depending on True Fans – Robert Rich tempers Kevin's enthusiasm for 1000 True Fans with a cautionary realism borne from actually trying the idea. The summary of his experience is so pertinent and detailed that Kevin felt was worth posting in full.

# Celebration Of Vintage and Retro Design — ads, illustrations, book covers, pins and posters from 1920-1980s – The images weren’t necessarily created in the mid of 20th century. Vintage is living today which is why this post also features artists and designers who make use of the vintage and retro style in their works.

# BeatEd – a simple drum machine for S60 – BeatEd was originally developed in couple of nights to get a drum machine and metronome application for personal guitar playing purposes.