Camel Audio has announced the release of Alchemy Player, an affordable software instrument plug-in for those who want the sounds of Alchemy but don’t want to create new presets. Camel Audio has also just released two new sound banks, Cinematic and Dance & Trance. The Player is included free when you purchase any Alchemy soundbank, turning each of these banks into a standalone instrument in its own right.

Alchemy Player includes 150 presets and 360 MB of samples taken from the full factory library, including evolving soundscapes, lush pads, and pulsing arpeggios.  With your first soundbank from Camel Audio you get 300 expressive presets for the modest price of $59.

Alchemy Player features the same advanced sample manipulation engine as its big brother, with additive, spectral, granular, sampling and VA synthesis for totally unique sounds, and is easily controlled via a simple and compact interface. This provides sixteen performance controls for real-time tweaking and automation, which have unique functions for each preset carefully chosen by the sound designer; so each preset is like a small synth in its own right. The remix pad also makes it possible to quickly try different variations – simply click and drag to morph between the eight variations.  All presets are arranged by productand category for rapid access to the sound you require, to keep your inspiration flowing.

On the Mac, Alchemy Player requires OS X 10.4.9, a 2 GHz Intel or G5 processor, 1 GB of RAM, 3 GB available disk space, and an Audio Units or VST host.

Alchemy Player is available now for $59 / €49 / £39 as a 224 MB download. If at any point you decide you want to access the full power of Alchemy, you can upgrade to the full version for just $199 / €159 / £143, and let your imagination run riot creating your own sounds, explore the 600 presets and 3GB sample library, and gain access to the user library and third party soundbanks. As a further incentive, this month Camel Audio are offering a free soundbank.

Until March 31st you can get 20% off all additional soundbanks, once you have one bank in your basket, so there’s never been a better time to dip your toes in the Alchemical waters.  For sound examples and further information on Alchemy Player, please visit the Camel Audio website.

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