Camel Audio Tutorial

Alchemy Explained

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Getting Started

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    Tutorial 1

    Introduction to Alchemy


    Alchemy is a very powerful additive, virtual analogue, spectral and granular synthesizer and sampler! Although complex, it's easy to use once you wrap your mind around it. Watch Laurence cover and unravel all the features of this synth so you get it!

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    Tutorial 2

    The Interface


    Laurence shows you the various areas of the Alchemy interface and how you interact with them including using displays and knobs.

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    Tutorial 3

    Signal Flow


    Laurence explains how the signal passes in and out of Alchemy.

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    Tutorial 4

    The Title Bar


    Next, Laurence covers the Browser, Simple and Advanced views and the File Menu. Also, choosing different skins for Alchemy and Randomizing presets is covered.

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    Tutorial 5

    Preset Browser


    Laurence shows you how to browse through presets using Alchemy's powerful preset browser. Next, using categories, rating presets and giving comments to a preset is shown. He then wraps up this video with how to assign attributes to presets and saving sounds.

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    Tutorial 6

    Performance Controls


    Perform knobs, XY controller, master envelope and remix pads are revealed. Laurence shows you how to manipulate presets and also your own sounds as well. Assigning targets to the performance controls is then explained.

The Synthesizer

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    Tutorial 7

    Sources Introduction


    Laurence shows you all the Common controls to all the sources, Source drop down menu, as well as Copying and Pasting sources. Laurence then explains Looping within source audio and ways of importing audio into Alchemy.

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    Tutorial 8

    Modulation Introduction


    Learn how to assign modulators in Alchemy and assigning modulation to modulator parameters.

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    Tutorial 9

    Additive Synthesis


    Discover what Additive Synthesis is as well as Additive re-synthesis in Alchemy. Manipulating Additive data and Additive sound design is also explored.

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    Tutorial 10

    Virtual Analogue


    See how to use Alchemy as a virtual analogue synth. Waveforms, unison and detuning is also discussed.

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    Tutorial 11

    Spectral Synthesis


    Explore Spectral Synthesis to re-synthesize audio. Spectral re-synthesis sound design is shown.

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    Tutorial 12

    Granular Synthesis


    Learn to import sounds to manipulate in the granular element. Size, Density and all about grains is covered as well as Granular Sound Design including tuning, position and stretching audio.

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    Tutorial 13

    Source Editor


    Discover the editor and how it relates to each source. Learn to make sure samples are set to play on the correct key.

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    Tutorial 14



    Explore morphing between presets and morphing parameters. See how to use the different morph modes and the XY controls to morph parameters.

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    Tutorial 15

    Additive Editor


    See how to generate your own additive waveforms and manipulate their pitch, amp and pan settings. Partials, fundamentals and analyzing additive re-synthesis data is also shown.

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    Tutorial 16

    Spectral Editor


    Discover how to draw in waveforms using the Spectral editor. Brush modes, opacity and manipulating spectral re-synthesis data is also covered.

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    Tutorial 17



    Learn to use the Arpeggiator and Sequencers. Tuning the Arpeggiator and applying pan and amp variation and Arpeggiator swing is all revealed.

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    Tutorial 18

    The Filters


    Alchemy has a multitude of filters. Filter types, cutoff, resonance and drive are explained as well as filter slopes and Formant filters.

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    Tutorial 19

    Effects Rack


    See how to apply Effects. Reverbs, Delays and Distortion modules. Learn to use Mod FX to generate Chorus and Flanger effects. Utility Effects is also discussed.


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    Tutorial 20

    Modulators Pt. 1


    Explore LFO's and ADHSRs. Hold, MSEG and drawing in your own envelopes using breakpoints is shown as well as using the Sequencer for creative sound design. Extracting grooves from MIDI Files is then revealed.

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    Tutorial 21

    Modulators Pt. 2


    Learn how to use Mod Map to force a random LFO to play notes from a minor triad. Then see how the XY MSEG can manipulate two MSEG's at once!

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    Tutorial 22

    The Master Section


    Discover trigger modes, global tuning and portamento. Pitch bend and global settings for Amp and Pan is also revealed.

Sound Design Examples

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    Tutorial 23

    Granular Beats


    Watch Laurence manipulate beats in the granular element, altering tempo without changing the pitch. He then mashes up the classic amen break!

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    Tutorial 24

    Granular Chords & Stabs


    See Laurence take whole tracks and extract old school rave stabs as well as evolve big pads and atmospheres.

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    Tutorial 25

    Vowel Bass


    Explore how to use Alchemy to make an Electro House / Dubstep style Vowel/Formant Bass sound.

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    Tutorial 26

    Granular Mid Range


    See how to add some foley sound and manipulate it in the granular element to enhance a Dubstep bass sound. Laurence then wraps it all up with how to use and alter foley sound to create twisted mid-range frequencies!

Laurence Holcombe is back with another in-depth collection of video tutorials about Camel Audio's super synth Alchemy! This synth is not for the faint of heart, it's a sonic powerhouse with tons of features and functions. Laurence has your back though, he shows you it all from start to finish so you can practice your own sonic alchemy with truly amazing virtual synth.

Laurence begins with the important basics such as a detailed introduction to Alchemy, its user interface, signal flow in and out of the plug-in, the Title Bar, Preset Browser and Performance Controls. He then dives into the different synthesis sections such as Sources and Modulations, Additive Synthesis, Virtual Analog, Spectral Synthesis and Granular Synthesis. The powerful Source Editor and Morphing features are next, followed by eye-opening tutorials on the Additive Editor, Spectral Editor, Arpeggiator, Filters and Effects Rack.

In the next chapters, Laurence goes deep into the Modulators section and then the Master Section, revealing all that you can do there. For the big finale, Laurence gets into cool sound design examples on creating sounds such as Granular Beats, Chords & Scales, Vowel Bass and exciting Granular Mid Range tones.

Camel Audio's Alchemy is quite the sonic cannon, with a truly never ending range of sounds. Follow along with Laurence and learn this virtual synth inside and out. Get "Alchemy Explained" today.

1. When did you start dabbling in music?

I learnt the trumpet and piano around age 12 and then guitar a couple of years later. I played in a few indie bands for a few years until I discovered the turntables and Dj'ing. I then swapped the guitar for the synthesizer and the stage for the Dj booth and the rest is history!

2. What training have you had?

I completed a diploma in sound engineering and music technology from islington Music Workshop in London. I am also level 1 certified in Logic. The most important training I have received though is sitting for hours on end at my studio making music!

3. When did you get into recording?

Recording demos for the indie bands I mentioned earlier. Then recording vocals for my tracks as DEF inc. and laterally Rebel Sonix. I also worked in London studio Rollover in around 2005.

4. People you have worked with/for?

I've remixed Coldplay, Kylie, Roots Manuva and John B. Labels I have released on include Parlaphone, EMI, Fingerlickin, Eight Fx, Quantum, Botchit and Scarper amongst others. I have composed music for Sony Playstation games, Sky tv, J&B Whiskey, Lexus cars and the BBC to name a few. I have produced online tutorial videos and have had a 1 hour production video in Music Techs magazines cover DVD. I have also Dj'ed at events such as Glastonbury festival and Miami WMC and touring extensively all over the world.

5. Why are you so good at training people?

Well hopefully I have a clear and concise training method mixed with a serious passion for making music. I have previously worked for Apple teaching Logic and also regularly lecture on Logic and electronic music production. I also teach the Ministry of Sound DJ academy in London which involves teaching an introduction to Djing as well as in depth seminars on using NI's Traktor and also Serato Scratch Live. As a producer making cutting edge electronic music, I have to remain at the forefront of new sounds and production techniques. I mix my time between different areas of the music industry - production, remixing, DJing and also teaching which allows me to develop all those skills simultaneously - so I can improve my teaching ability whilst also continuing to develop as a producer (something which you never stop doing!)

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Alchemy Explained is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 2.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must see for Alchemy 2 users as well! This guy really knows his stuff. He teaches really well and inspires the user to explore Alchemy. Pretty much everything applies. Just a bit different user interface. There maybe some real differences but none that have hindered me learning Alchemy 2 through the Alchemy1 tutorial! Well done Mr. Tutor Teacher guy.
Date published: 2016-12-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really indepth I loved listening to this series of tutorials, very indepth and interesting
Date published: 2016-11-04
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