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Alchemy Player is a free software instrument with a 1GB sample library and 200 instrument sounds including evolving soundscapes, lush pads, and pulsing arpeggios.
Alchemy Player may be the only sample player you ever need, since it can now load any SFZ sample library. Built with the Alchemy engine under the hood, it provides ready to play sounds that can be easily tweaked via the intuitive interface.
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 product and category for rapid access to the sound you require, to keep your inspiration flowing.
If at any point you decide you want to access the full power of Alchemy, you can upgrade to the full version and let your imagination run riot creating your own sounds, explore the 675 presets and 5.5GB sample library, and gain access to the user library and third party soundbanks.
Reviewed By artificial
June 1, 2011
Sound: First of all, you have to know, that there's the same engine working beneath the hood as in Alchemy. I downloaded Alchemy Player and tried out the factory sounds and yeah, I really got lost in all these great pads, soundscapes, etc... ! These sounds were exactely what I was looking for. Furthermore, you can extend the sound palette by purchasing more soundsets from Camel Audios website. I'm an owner of Luftrum:Ambient and I just can say, the quality of this soundset is just outstanding. So I'm sure, all the other soundsets are worth every penny too.
Features: Despite one could think that Alchemy Player is "just a preset machine", it can can much much more. For each preset you have a dedicated adsr envelope. Furthermore, there are 8 knobs which give you control over predefined parameters of the loaded preset. There are also 2 X/Y pads in the middle of the plugin, which can be assigned to different parameters. You can also find 8 remix pads on it, which allow you to quickly tweak the sound!
Since v.1.2 it also possible to load sfz files! With this feature alone, it would be a great sample player - depending on which sfz-files you use. In combination with the remix pads, you can come up with great and innovative sounds very fast!
So, I think for a freebie this is an amazing feature set, even though it's not bloated. IMO a really well thought-out concept with nearly endless possibilities!
Documentation: You can find the documentation of Alchemy Player in Alchemys' manual, as it is the same as "Alchemys' SIMPLE Interface"! But honestly, I think everything in Alchemy Player is quite self-explanatory, so hardly a manual is need, but maybe that's just my opinion.
Customer support: IMO, Camel Audio has one of the best customer services out there. I contacted ZenPunkHippy (Andy) quite often with some specific questions and I always got a super-fast and competent answer! Perfect!
Value for money: The plugin itself is free, so what should I say? Best value for money! ;) The individual soundsets cost about 25-50 € which is a steal for the quality you get!
Stability: I use it quite of in my projects, and never had a single crash. So, rock-stable!Read more