Hi! In my view - sound quality is better than Omnisphere, but you have to buy some extra Camel library to achieve this! Camel Audio goes the other way than Spectrasonics - they keep the Alchemy price lower with "small" factory content, and everyone can extend the library by buying some more alchemy banks. It's better than putting the software and all banks together so users have to spend 500$ to even use the software. Camel Audio gives users to choose what they want, there are several bundles with different preset banks on different discounted prices! So thinking this way, I don't feel they should come up with better factory sounds - they should improve here and there and give new functionality instead!
It's evident that a 200 € synth can not be shipped with 30 Go first quality samples, in every possible domains. If Alchemy works really like a sample manipulator, with resynthesized samples, the raw quality of those samples (recording quality, velocity levels, round robin…) may be less important than when Alchemy works as a kind of modern rompler or sampler (playing samples in "sample mode").
Of course, we don't know much about Alchemy V2, but according to Camel Audio, sound quality improvement should be the first goal. And I agree with this! The VA engine is very good. The modulation capabilities close to perfection. The FX section can be improved, but I think more visually that for sound quality. The additive editor can be improved, and of course the spectral one, not very usable. But the weak points are, in my opinion, the insufficient transparency of resynthesizing (especially in additive mode) and the quality of some samples from the factory bank, especially the acoustic instruments. All this will be improved in V2.
As Cimbasso wrote, Simon Stockhausen showed that Alchemy 1 (or 1.5) can provide very good and interesting sounds with good orchestral samples, even resynthesized in additive mode. The Dream Voices bank, from Camel Audio, is an absolute must, and shows also what Alchemy only can. The demos of the new Biolabs light space bank are very impressive too (I'm just a bit dirt-poor to time, if this expression translated from French by the reverso website makes sense).
I think Alchemy can everything, because it's a top synth, a sampler, and a mix of both. But please Camels, keep V2 as easy to use as V1. A genius performance section (4 alchemy or alchemy player instances just with the Himalaya vintage sound bank and you're the king of Ibiza!). And "right click - add modulation". So cool!