Apple has pushed out an update to its professional audio software that introduces native integration with the Alchemy softsynth that was acquired as part of the company’s buyout of Camel Audio at the beginning of this year.
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Alchemy has been added to both Logic Pro X 10.2 and MainStage 3.2, while the mobile Logic Remote has gained new controls to support the synthesizer. Several other improvements have also been made to the desktop apps. Both Logic and MainStage now include 1,000 new Apple Loops and stability improvements.
Logic also gained support for the Force Touch trackpad on newer MacBook models, the ability to share music directly to the Apple Connect social network built into Apple Music, and the option to create custom track icons. Improvements have also been made to the MIDI clock through the additional of new options.
Both Logic and MainStage—which come in at $199 and $29, respectively—are cheaper than the original Alchemy synth from Camel Audio, which cost $250 before the developer was acquired, making either app a great deal.
The full Alchemy release notes are below:
• Introducing Alchemy – the ultimate sample manipulation synthesizer – Next generation synthesizer plug-in with multiple sound generators including; additive, spectral, formant, granular, sampler, and virtual analog – Over 3,000 presets for all types of electronic music including electronic dance, hip hop, rock, and sound for picture – Integrated keyword preset browser for finding the right sounds quickly – Performance controls like the Transform Pad make it easy to explore and reshape sounds – Combine up to four synth modules to create complex multi-layered sounds – Virtual analog oscillators produce authentic recreations of iconic synth sounds – Wide selection of modeled analog and special effect filters for producing sounds with vintage character and tonal complexity – Create animated, dynamic instruments using over 100 modulation sources that include flexible LFOs, AHDSR and MSEG envelopes, and step sequencers – Manipulate and combine samples in new ways using a collection of morphing and resynthesis tools – Import EXS24 instruments or create your own using a robust set of sampler features – Apply independent arpeggiators to each of the 4 sound sources to transform simple chords into elaborate performances – Integrated effects rack with reverb, modulation, delay, compression, and a range of distortion effects