It’s a sad day today. The first thing I read this morning was that Camel Audio, makers of the amazing Alchemy soft-synth, are out of business as of yesterday. I bought their synth about a year ago and have been planning on writing a glowing review ever since, but for various reasons never got around to doing it. Alchemy is (or should that now be “was”?) by far the most intuitive and most inspiring soft synth I have ever worked with. It was the first softsynth that actually got me programming a synth again. And it has (imo) the easiest interface ever, given the complexity of the program.
News travels fast these days, and various websites are full of disappointment and speculation. Some think Apple could have bought the company (now there’s hoping!), some commenters think CA went out of business because of piracy (which is absurd if you simply check the popular torrent sites: CA’s protection scheme apparently worked quite well), some think CA should now make Alchemy freely available (the absurdity of which I won’t go into). Internet as usual: lots of noise, little substance.
All that doesn’t change the fact that it is a sad day. I’m glad I can still fire up Logic, load an instance of Alchemy, and have hours of fun. I just hope I’ll still be able to do that in, say, a year, or two. There’s hoping indeed that some serious software vendor has bought CA and will continue development of Alchemy 2 (which apparently was almost finished, or at least well underway).
For now: thanks guys, you made a wonderful and inspiring piece of software. I (and many others) hope we’ll see you make amazing stuff again in the future.