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Apple’s DAW, Logic Pro X, has been given a sizeable update to version 10.2 – and now includes a new Alchemy synthesiser.

The Alchemy soft synth was originally developed by Camel Audio – but now comes bundled with version 10.2 of Logic Pro X after Apple bought Camel Audio last year.

The new synth comes with a healthy 14,000 samples and 3,000 presets, and is available today as a free update to all Logic Pro X users.

Head over to Apple’s support page here for a full rundown of what’s changed.

Introduction of Alchemy

Alchemy is a new sample manipulation synthesizer that includes the following:

  • Next generation synthesizer plug-in with multiple sound generators including; additive, spectral, formant, granular, sampler, and virtual analog
  • Over 3,000 presets for all types of electronic music including electronic dance, hip hop, rock, and sound for picture
  • Integrated keyword preset browser for finding the right sounds quickly
  • Performance controls like the Transform Pad make it easy to explore and reshape sounds
  • Combine up to four synth modules to create complex multi-layered sounds
  • Virtual analog oscillators produce authentic recreations of iconic synth sounds
  • Wide selection of modeled analog and special effect filters for producing sounds with vintage character and tonal complexity
  • Create animated, dynamic instruments using over 100 modulation sources that include flexible LFOs, AHDSR and MSEG envelopes, and step sequencers
  • Manipulate and combine samples in new ways using unique collection of morphing and resynthesis tools
  • Import EXS24 instruments or create your own using a robust set of sampler features
  • Apply independent arpeggiators to each of the four sound sources to transform simple chords into elaborate performances
  • Integrated effects rack with reverb, modulation, delay, compression, and a range of distortion effects

More new features

  • Share directly to Apple Music Connect (requires Apple Music Connect account)
  • Share and backup files to Gobbler (requires Gobbler third-party subscription)
  • Adds support for Force Touch trackpad
  • Create custom track icons with your own image files
  • 1,000 new Apple Loops from a variety of popular instruments and genres including EDM, Hip Hop, Indie, Disco, Funk, and Blues
  • There are now independent settings for the handling overlapping MIDI recordings depending on whether Cycle is on or off
  • It’s now possible to set Replace mode for audio recordings independently depending on whether Cycle is on or off
  • It’s now possible to create new tracks with the same channel strip instead of creating a Take folder when recording audio in cycle mode
  • Expanded MIDI clock options improve sync compatibility with external MIDI devices
  • The new As Time Quantize option in the Piano Roll Snap menu sets the snap value to follow the Inspector quantize setting
  • Audio regions can now be nondestructively reversed using either a check box in the Region Inspector, or a key command
  • There are now Global Key Commands to set the Nudge value to various note values
  • There is now a key command to toggle the Clear/Recall Solo button
  • The Audio Editor now shows fades applied to flexed regions
  • The new General > Editing preference Piano Roll: Region Border Trimming controls whether the borders of a region can be edited within the Piano Roll editor
  • There are now commands in the Global Tracks Marker Set menu to convert the currently selected Marker Set to Arrangement Markers, or to convert Arrangement Markers to conventional Markers
  • There is a new key command Set Locators by Regions/Events/Marquee and Enable Cycle Mode
  • Open the sound library from the shortcut menu that appears when you right-click or control-click a cell in Drum Machine Designer

Andrew Rafter

Andrew Rafter is the editor and founder of Harder Blogger Faster.