Alchemy Tutorial

Alchemy Explained®

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Chapter 1 : Getting Started

  • Introduction to Alchemy 2:26

    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!

  • The Interface 4:06

    The Interface

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

  • Signal Flow 3:38

    Signal Flow

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

  • The Title Bar 6:50

    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.

  • Preset Browser 4:58

    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.

  • Performance Controls 15:40

    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.

Chapter 2 : The Synthesizer

  • Sources Introduction 15:56

    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.

  • Modulation Introduction 4:59

    Modulation Introduction

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

  • Additive Synthesis 14:16

    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.

  • Virtual Analogue 7:48

    Virtual Analogue

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

  • Spectral Synthesis 8:03

    Spectral Synthesis

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

  • Granular Synthesis 18:35

    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.

  • Source Editor 4:22

    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.

  • Morphing 9:24


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

  • Additive Editor 18:51

    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.

  • Spectral Editor 7:51

    Spectral Editor

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

  • Arpeggiator 14:58


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

  • The Filters 14:11

    The Filters

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

  • Effects Rack 6:52

    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.

Chapter 3 : Modulators

  • Modulators Pt. 1 14:15

    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.

  • Modulators Pt. 2 6:22

    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!

  • The Master Section 3:19

    The Master Section

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

Chapter 4 : Sound Design Examples

  • Granular Beats 12:11

    Granular Beats

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

  • Granular Chords & Stabs 6:34

    Granular Chords & Stabs

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

  • Vowel Bass 13:17

    Vowel Bass

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

  • Granular Mid Range 5:55

    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!

Product Overview

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.

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