Welcome To Alchemy

Alchemy is 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!

Simple Mode

(The SIMPLE interface — click to view full size.)
Alchemy features additive, spectral and granular synthesis and resynthesis, sampling, and a very capable virtual analog engine with unison and PWM. You can morph or crossfade between sources. You can import your own samples from SFZ, WAV or AIFF files. A wide range of analog modelled filters is 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. Alchemy also features a powerful arpeggiator with the ability to import the groove from any MIDI file for immediate synchronization to a beat.

Advanced Mode

(The ADVANCED interface — click to view full size.)
Alchemy ships with over 5.5GB 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, Nucleus SoundLab and others. A library of over 650 excellent presets from many of the world’s top sound designers is included, arranged into categories for rapid access to the sound you require.

Using the Manual

A list of topics is available in the right-hand sidebar of each page. Click a topic to go directly to its page. You can also click on links found in the main text.

If this is your first time browsing through the manual, we suggest you begin with the Overview page. Or dive right in to whatever topic interests you most!

Manual Conventions

Throughout this manual, when referring to the installation files and folders, either the data folder (presets, samples etc.) or the plugin files, the following locations are assumed.

Mac

Folder

Configuration folder

/Library/Application Support/Camel Audio/Alchemy

Data folder

/Library/Application Support/Camel Audio/Alchemy

Audio Unit (AU)

/Library/Audio/Plug-ins/Components/Alchemy.component

VST

/Library/Audio/Plug-ins/VST/Alchemy.vst

RTAS

/Library/Application Support/Digidesign/Plug-ins/Alchemy.dpm

Windows XP / 32-bit

Folder

Configuration folder

Start Menu > All Programs > Camel Audio > Alchemy > Alchemy Configuration

Data folder

Start Menu > All Programs > Camel Audio > Alchemy > Alchemy Data

VST

C:\Program Files\VSTPlugins

RTAS

C:\Program Files\Common Files\Digidesign\DAE\Plugins\Alchemy.dpm

Windows 7 / 64-bit

Folder

Configuration folder

Start Menu > All Programs > Camel Audio > Alchemy > Alchemy Configuration

Data folder

Start Menu > All Programs > Camel Audio > Alchemy > Alchemy Data

VST (32-bit)

C:\Program Files (x86)\VSTPlugins

VST (64-bit)

C:\Program Files\VSTPlugins

RTAS (32-bit)

C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Digidesign\DAE\Plugins\Alchemy.dpm

Downloadable PDF Manual

A version of this manual is available to download and read offline or print. The online version has several advantages in that it is more easily searchable, has images viewable at different sizes, and is always completely up to date. For a record of the latest changes to the online manual (some of which will not be found in the PDF), see the Manual history page.

Download Alchemy 1.50 PDF Manual (4.5 MB)