The highlight of Camelaudio’s update to their Alchemy synth is the new preset browser. Camelaudio did a fantastic job at categorizing all their presets libraries, making it a breeze to navigate your patches collection. This browser is slick, fast, and tremendously improves workflow.
Now, you may be wondering why I am posting about a competitor’s product… Well, to start with, I have been friend with the Camels since their creation in 2000. We go back a long way, and I really admire their products.
But there is more to that. Ben got in touch with me almost 12 months ago, to discuss their plans for their browser after seeing the Zen engine in action. It quickly became clear that Zen already included a lot of the functionality they wanted, and was extendable enough to add the other features they needed… which is is how, under the hood, Alchemy’s browser is now powered by Zen, customized by the Camels to handle articulation and genre, among other things. They also wrote their own integrated UI for it. It is a thing of beauty, and certainly sets the standard for integrated presets browsers.