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When audio software maker Camel Audio announced they were ceasing operations and making their product line unavailable, we considered two possibilities: either they had simply closed shop, or they were bought.

Well, they were bought. That is, we can’t confirm the plug-in vendor has been purchased by Apple. Here, let’s line up two scenarios again. Either:

1. Camel Audio spontaneously moved their UK business registration to Apple’s London address and named Apple lawyer Heather Joy Morrison as their sole Director. (Upside: awesome prank. Downside: um, maybe you get thrown in the Tower of London, or whatever England does these days.) OR —

2. Apple bought them.

MacRumors breaks the story, but this is no “rumor.” Because the UK corporate registry records are public, they have the PDF of the filing. (See below.) And Heather Morrison is listed on LinkedIn as Apple’s iTunes Senior Counsel, Europe. (My guess is this has nothing to do with the App Store or iTunes, but just that Ms. Morrison is the most convenient senior legal representative for Apple in the UK.)

Okay, so now we know Apple bought Camel. What does it mean for Camel’s products, like CamelSpace or CamelPhat?

I’m surprised to see wide speculation on social media that this means Camel Audio’s product line is “saved,” and will be reissued as Apple products. I suppose I could encourage this notion. Sure, you’ll see Apple Alchemy 2 soon, available as AU, AAX, and VST for OS X and Windows. Oh, yes, and we took Bruiser the dog to a farm upstate. He’s loving all that free space to run around.*

No, the most apt comparison would seem to be Redmatica. That vendor of automatic sample import products was bought way back in 2012, and only at the beginning of this year did the acquisition bear any fruits – in the form of a far more limited implementation of the same functionality inside MainStage. The rest of the Redmatica acquisition fits the pattern, too: the developer simply closed up shop with no explanation and ceased making the products.

Apple’s smaller developer acquisition targets seem to be more about adding talent, presumably both on OS X and iOS. It certainly indicates the company’s ongoing commitment to its music creation line, GarageBand and Logic Pro. Camel has competencies in signal processing and software instruments, on both desktop and mobile. Now, it’s possible that Alchemy 2, at least, which commenters have already observed was well underway, would surface as a new instrument from Apple. It’s even possible that Camel was already doing contract development work for Apple – note the appearance of new compressor models in Logic Pro X 10.1. (I think that more likely that was done by engineers already in-house, but it’s within the realm of possibility.)

But I suspect Camel Audio fans will mostly have to comfort themselves by knowing the talent, experience, and assets of Camel will become part of Apple’s existing software efforts over time. That will lead to something, but more likely a form fitting Apple’s product lineup and plans. Anyone with any hope of seeing Camel’s current product lineup on the Mac in anything resembling its present form is more optimistic than I am. (And anyone ever expecting anything for Windows again has actually left our reality.)

Apple might want more talent, too. They’ve got both OS X and iOS to cover, and development has been handled in no small part by veterans of former Emagic. If there has been any attrition of those Emagic veterans (either in Hamburg or relocated to California), Apple would need to pick up the slack, and hiring music developers is a specialized field. Talent is actually hard to find, at least from what I’ve heard in (off-the-record, informal) chats with human resources at every music developer I’ve ever spoken to.

One other wrinkle: we don’t know what’s on Apple’s future product road map. Remember those mobile competencies? Rumor sites have been predicting new, more pro-focused tablet hardware. The joy of not knowing is, you’re free to speculate.

But yes, bottom line, as MacRumors writes:

It is not known what Apple plans to do with Camel Audio, but it’s possible the company’s technology could be incorporated into a future version of Logic Pro X, Apple’s software designed for professional musicians, or GarageBand.

Well, yes, those, simply substituting the word “possible” with the words “incredibly likely.”

In the meantime, I will send good wishes to the Camel Audio team on the acquisition. There was an outpouring of support from readers for the work you did. It was clearly widely appreciated. I hope the Apple acquisition does lead to good things personally and professionally, and I look forward to using the tools you make with them – whatever form it may take.

Previously:
Plug-in Maker Camel Audio is Deceased; Download Software Now

And with the scoop:
Apple Acquires Popular Instrument and Effect Plug-In Maker Camel Audio [Juli Clover for MacRumors]

Camel Audio Acquired by Apple by MacRumors

Here’s Camel Audio’s Alchemy running on the iPad – and likely part of why Apple found them interesting.

And yes, while commenters went on a long tirade about piracy, it’s possible that Alchemy’s free-to-buy, in-app-purchasing for everything else model didn’t pan out, either.

* #bruiserlives

Addendum: I also want to congratulate Chris Breen on his move to Apple. The former Macworld editor was my start in this business, connecting me both with my first assignment for that magazine and (indirectly) with Keyboard, as well. I literally wouldn’t be here in Berlin writing CDM if not for him. The timing here could also be relevant: Chris’ music knowledge might be applied to added documentation of some kind there. (Chris and I were, over the years, alternatively reviewing Apple Logic.)

We speculate on all of these things, but at the end of the day, what matters the most to me personally is that the talented people working in this industry have fulfilling careers. And so I do hope Apple means good things for them. I’m only sorry not to get to continue to read Chris’ work at Macworld.

  • Coming to Logic X and other Apple software sometime soon… Redamatic again. Logic users should celebrate the possible and most likely outcome of this.

    • Yes, indeed. And I still find Sculpture one of my favorite software instruments of all time (even given other physical modeling implementations). That was… now many years ago. It’s time for a new instrument in Logic.

      • genjutsushi

        absolutely Peter. The existing plugins bundled with Logic are ancient in comparison with the competition. Buying Alchemy 2 would give them a lovely headline grabbing addition to Logic 11.

        • Well, yes, though … on the other hand, what a sampler does, for instance, hasn’t changed *so* much. Still, something derived from Alchemy could be great.

          • heinrichz

            actually if you look at the Kontakt sampler you have Timemacine ie granular and AET which is spectral processing, so clearily features like could be part of a modern day sampler.. a sampler is just a realtime audio processor of sorts.

        • RyanBowk

          Who cares how old they are, they still make noise, its not about new synths all the time. Limitation lies with in the user not the tools!

      • heinrichz

        yes, time for a new more advanced sampler with granular and spectral synthesis.

    • Tony Scharf

      Yes! we shall celebrate the death of a great tool and it’s re-emergence as an over simplified shell of it’s former self. Great times!

    • Richard Cheese

      Piss off Russ you great big plopper.

  • Coming to Logic X and other Apple software sometime soon… Redamatic again. Logic users should celebrate the possible and most likely outcome of this.

    • Yes, indeed. And I still find Sculpture one of my favorite software instruments of all time (even given other physical modeling implementations). That was… now many years ago. It’s time for a new instrument in Logic.

      • genjutsushi

        absolutely Peter. The existing plugins bundled with Logic are ancient in comparison with the competition. Buying Alchemy 2 would give them a lovely headline grabbing addition to Logic 11.

        • Well, yes, though … on the other hand, what a sampler does, for instance, hasn’t changed *so* much. Still, something derived from Alchemy could be great.

          • heinrichz

            actually if you look at the Kontakt sampler you have Timemacine ie granular and AET which is spectral processing, so clearily features like could be part of a modern day sampler.. a sampler is just a realtime audio processor of sorts.

        • RyanBowk

          Who cares how old they are, they still make noise, its not about new synths all the time. Limitation lies with in the user not the tools!

      • heinrichz

        yes, time for a new more advanced sampler with granular and spectral synthesis.

    • Tony Scharf

      Yes! we shall celebrate the death of a great tool and it’s re-emergence as an over simplified shell of it’s former self. Great times!

    • Richard Cheese

      Piss off Russ you great big plopper.

  • Coming to Logic X and other Apple software sometime soon… Redamatic again. Logic users should celebrate the possible and most likely outcome of this.

    • Yes, indeed. And I still find Sculpture one of my favorite software instruments of all time (even given other physical modeling implementations). That was… now many years ago. It’s time for a new instrument in Logic.

      • genjutsushi

        absolutely Peter. The existing plugins bundled with Logic are ancient in comparison with the competition. Buying Alchemy 2 would give them a lovely headline grabbing addition to Logic 11.

        • Well, yes, though … on the other hand, what a sampler does, for instance, hasn’t changed *so* much. Still, something derived from Alchemy could be great.

          • heinrichz

            actually if you look at the Kontakt sampler you have Timemacine ie granular and AET which is spectral processing, so clearily features like could be part of a modern day sampler.. a sampler is just a realtime audio processor of sorts.

        • RyanBowk

          Who cares how old they are, they still make noise, its not about new synths all the time. Limitation lies with in the user not the tools!

      • heinrichz

        yes, time for a new more advanced sampler with granular and spectral synthesis.

    • Tony Scharf

      Yes! we shall celebrate the death of a great tool and it’s re-emergence as an over simplified shell of it’s former self. Great times!

    • Richard Cheese

      Piss off Russ you great big plopper.

  • Kinetic Monkey

    I can confirm – We do still throw people in the Tower of London.

    • Wait, so you’re saying maybe I should *not* have just registered CDM as an LTD. at 10 Downing Street with the sold Director being Russell Brand?

      • Kinetic Monkey

        Oi, Lads! Call the Beefeaters! After him!

    • rimwolf

      Well, it’s better than throwing people OFF the Tower of London.

      • Kinetic Monkey

        No, we stopped doing that in 1983.

  • Kinetic Monkey

    I can confirm – We do still throw people in the Tower of London.

    • Wait, so you’re saying maybe I should *not* have just registered CDM as an LTD. at 10 Downing Street with the sold Director being Russell Brand?

      • Kinetic Monkey

        Oi, Lads! Call the Beefeaters! After him!

    • rimwolf

      Well, it’s better than throwing people OFF the Tower of London.

      • Kinetic Monkey

        No, we stopped doing that in 1983.

  • I can confirm – We do still throw people in the Tower of London.

    • Wait, so you’re saying maybe I should *not* have just registered CDM as an LTD. at 10 Downing Street with the sold Director being Russell Brand?

    • rimwolf

      Well, it’s better than throwing people OFF the Tower of London.

  • john doe

    So Apple in all likelihood will make a brilliant Pro Application into a dumbed down, mac-only toy. Or just take it apart for spares.
    Again.
    I was so looking forward to Alchemy II…

    • Rocketpilot

      Yep, that’s the first thing that comes to mind when I fire up Logic Pro. Dumbed-down toy. Yes sir.

  • john doe

    So Apple in all likelihood will make a brilliant Pro Application into a dumbed down, mac-only toy. Or just take it apart for spares.
    Again.
    I was so looking forward to Alchemy II…

    • Rocketpilot

      Yep, that’s the first thing that comes to mind when I fire up Logic Pro. Dumbed-down toy. Yes sir.

  • john doe

    So Apple in all likelihood will make a brilliant Pro Application into a dumbed down, mac-only toy. Or just take it apart for spares.
    Again.
    I was so looking forward to Alchemy II…

    • Rocketpilot

      Yep, that’s the first thing that comes to mind when I fire up Logic Pro. Dumbed-down toy. Yes sir.

  • joel

    No more Windoze software!

    • No, but… well, there are a lot of other developers.

  • joel

    No more Windoze software!

    • No, but… well, there are a lot of other developers.

  • joel

    No more Windoze software!

    • No, but… well, there are a lot of other developers.

  • nobody

    {{ off-topic grey neckbeard grumbling about Apple discontinuing the rock-solid standalone MIDI patchbay that was the Emagic Unitor8 and AMT8 }}

    • Ashley Scott

      ah yeah – my AMT8 was still working under osx 10.7 via the power of the internets (http://www.potm.org/software/Unitor/). But I couldn’t vouch for anything newer – or ‘rock solid’ for that matter (I don’t have enough gear to test that bit)…

  • nobody

    {{ off-topic grey neckbeard grumbling about Apple discontinuing the rock-solid standalone MIDI patchbay that was the Emagic Unitor8 and AMT8 }}

    • Ashley Scott

      ah yeah – my AMT8 was still working under osx 10.7 via the power of the internets (http://www.potm.org/software/Unitor/). But I couldn’t vouch for anything newer – or ‘rock solid’ for that matter (I don’t have enough gear to test that bit)…

  • nobody

    {{ off-topic grey neckbeard grumbling about Apple discontinuing the rock-solid standalone MIDI patchbay that was the Emagic Unitor8 and AMT8 }}

    • Ashley Scott

      ah yeah – my AMT8 was still working under osx 10.7 via the power of the internets (http://www.potm.org/software/Unitor/). But I couldn’t vouch for anything newer – or ‘rock solid’ for that matter (I don’t have enough gear to test that bit)…

  • muffdiver

    cameltoe.

  • muffdiver

    cameltoe.

  • muffdiver

    cameltoe.

  • Gesslr Gesslr

    Even though I am an Apple fan, this news leaves me cold. Logic is NOT my DAW of choice, and IF there is a stand alone product, it will most likely be in the form of a bundled instrument exclusive to Logic/GarageBand. That really bums me out.

    • That is a near-certainty, too, yes, given past strategy.

  • Gesslr Gesslr

    Even though I am an Apple fan, this news leaves me cold. Logic is NOT my DAW of choice, and IF there is a stand alone product, it will most likely be in the form of a bundled instrument exclusive to Logic/GarageBand. That really bums me out.

    • That is a near-certainty, too, yes, given past strategy.

  • Even though I am an Apple fan, this news leaves me cold. Logic is NOT my DAW of choice, and IF there is a stand alone product, it will most likely be in the form of a bundled instrument exclusive to Logic/GarageBand. That really bums me out.

    • That is a near-certainty, too, yes, given past strategy.

  • Tony Scharf

    If Apple bought them, they are good as dead. Alchemy, even if released, would be AU only and no support given to the PC users, who Apple will punish for being so stupid as to buy a PC. As a former Logic PC user, I’ve seen it all before.

    R.I.P. Alchemy. You were one of the good ones.

  • Tony Scharf

    If Apple bought them, they are good as dead. Alchemy, even if released, would be AU only and no support given to the PC users, who Apple will punish for being so stupid as to buy a PC. As a former Logic PC user, I’ve seen it all before.

    R.I.P. Alchemy. You were one of the good ones.

  • Tony Scharf

    If Apple bought them, they are good as dead. Alchemy, even if released, would be AU only and no support given to the PC users, who Apple will punish for being so stupid as to buy a PC. As a former Logic PC user, I’ve seen it all before.

    R.I.P. Alchemy. You were one of the good ones.

  • heinrichz

    That’s great news for me as a Logic user. Apple definitely needs to up upgrade its ESX and adding granular or spectral synthesis for more advanced sample processing would make it a serious competitor of Kontakt and NI in general.

    • Richard Cheese

      Lick my sack.

  • heinrichz

    That’s great news for me as a Logic user. Apple definitely needs to up upgrade its ESX and adding granular or spectral synthesis for more advanced sample processing would make it a serious competitor of Kontakt and NI in general.

    • Richard Cheese

      Lick my sack.

  • heinrichz

    That’s great news for me as a Logic user. Apple definitely needs to up upgrade its ESX and adding granular or spectral synthesis for more advanced sample processing would make it a serious competitor of Kontakt and NI in general.

    • Richard Cheese

      Lick my sack.

  • YoWazzup

    wow, Apple is in acquisition frenzy these last years. And not just companies, plenty of people too have been grabbed by the Fruity… What’s going on ?

    • Charles

      They have more money than Switzerland, and tech talent is in high demand. Hopefully it’ll be put to good use, but I’ve seen some real wastes of good brainpower too.

  • YoWazzup

    wow, Apple is in acquisition frenzy these last years. And not just companies, plenty of people too have been grabbed by the Fruity… What’s going on ?

    • Charles

      They have more money than Switzerland, and tech talent is in high demand. Hopefully it’ll be put to good use, but I’ve seen some real wastes of good brainpower too.

  • YoWazzup

    wow, Apple is in acquisition frenzy these last years. And not just companies, plenty of people too have been grabbed by the Fruity… What’s going on ?

    • Charles

      They have more money than Switzerland, and tech talent is in high demand. Hopefully it’ll be put to good use, but I’ve seen some real wastes of good brainpower too.

  • omar

    now all you need is a photo of the guys from camel walking down the street in sweatpants looking like shit and you will be the perez hilton of the music world…

    • Again, it’s not a rumor. It’s a publicly available document that proves they were acquired. It’s actually news. Beyond that, it’s fairly obvious, low-risk speculation.

  • omar

    now all you need is a photo of the guys from camel walking down the street in sweatpants looking like shit and you will be the perez hilton of the music world…

    • Again, it’s not a rumor. It’s a publicly available document that proves they were acquired. It’s actually news. Beyond that, it’s fairly obvious, low-risk speculation.

  • omar

    now all you need is a photo of the guys from camel walking down the street in sweatpants looking like shit and you will be the perez hilton of the music world…

    • Again, it’s not a rumor. It’s a publicly available document that proves they were acquired. It’s actually news. Beyond that, it’s fairly obvious, low-risk speculation.

  • teej

    This acquisition brings a lot of potential power to Apple. Camel’s talents are quite broad. My hunch is that this, combined with Redmatica, will bring some major improvements to the EXS format as a whole. The Redmatica guys likely knew more about the EXS format at the time of that acquisition than the people working on it at Apple by that point. And Alchemy did some amazing things with sampling technology AND were pushing the SFZ standard as well. The EXS is indeed ancient. Yes, it works, but it’s no longer in the running, and that running supports a rather large and profitable industry of soundware.

    Will they oust Kontakt from the throne? Not likely to ever happen, BUT it could make it much less of a “must buy” for serious “pro” Logic users (composers, scoring peeps, etc). Just as Aperture will never kill Lightroom for longtime Adobe users, BUT it is becoming the standard for new people entering from scratch.

    I would put less money on seeing “Alchemy” as we know it for Logic, but rather a major overhaul to the EXS sampler – from the instrument itself to the file format and everything in between. Camel has so much amazing tech under their belt.

    • Charles

      Aperture was end-of-lifed last year.

      I don’t think the goal is to oust Kontakt (nor should it be); if it means pressure on third-party developers to keep up their game that’s a good thing – if it pushes them out of business it’s definitely not.

      • teej

        Just exactly what I meant — NOT to try and oust Kontakt, but to at least offer a worthy out-of-the-box sampler for Logic users who need some horsepower sampling.

        ( and yes Aperture is dead… so whatever it will be called this time… “Photos Pro X” or something silly. )

        My point was simply that Logic is not technically a “complete” package for many kinds of pro user at the moment. For many pro use cases, you would need to immediately spend twice much money on Kontakt as you did on Logic in order to get some specific kinds of work done.

        A new and/or improved sampler has the potential to alleviate that need and added expense, which would make Logic all that much more of a value. Even providing the ability to load Kontakt patches would open up the doors to an entire world of 3rd party instruments that Logic can simply not make use of on its own.

        • Oof, let’s not talk about Aperture. (And incidentally, no, actually, there they’ve got a consumer app replacing both Aperture and iPhoto that does *less* than the previous iPhoto.)

          No, I think it’s better to look to Emagic for the strategy – seriously. Logic has for years been about integrating the tools you need, with the EXS being at the core. So I think you hit the nail on the head: this is likely to do with keeping those instruments functional and continuing to add rich built-in instruments (and possibly also effects). And now that probably means both desktop and mobile.

          I don’t think people should worry about iPhoto – Logic has stayed the course now for years despite lots of bellyaching. But you can reasonably worry that the fruits of the acquisition could be a long time in coming.

          • teej

            totally. and i think for sure they MUST have been impressed by the iPad version of Alchemy with all the super tight desktop plugin integration. plus, the really unique Alchemy sound library and all those great add-on packs! whatever they paid, i think its safe to say they got a lot for their money. and now, we wait… and pray the latest version of Alchemy survives enough OS upgrades to remain usable until we begin to taste the fruits of this dillyo.

  • teej

    This acquisition brings a lot of potential power to Apple. Camel’s talents are quite broad. My hunch is that this, combined with Redmatica, will bring some major improvements to the EXS format as a whole. The Redmatica guys likely knew more about the EXS format at the time of that acquisition than the people working on it at Apple by that point. And Alchemy did some amazing things with sampling technology AND were pushing the SFZ standard as well. The EXS is indeed ancient. Yes, it works, but it’s no longer in the running, and that running supports a rather large and profitable industry of soundware.

    Will they oust Kontakt from the throne? Not likely to ever happen, BUT it could make it much less of a “must buy” for serious “pro” Logic users (composers, scoring peeps, etc). Just as Aperture will never kill Lightroom for longtime Adobe users, BUT it is becoming the standard for new people entering from scratch.

    I would put less money on seeing “Alchemy” as we know it for Logic, but rather a major overhaul to the EXS sampler – from the instrument itself to the file format and everything in between. Camel has so much amazing tech under their belt.

    • Charles

      Aperture was end-of-lifed last year.

      I don’t think the goal is to oust Kontakt (nor should it be); if it means pressure on third-party developers to keep up their game that’s a good thing – if it pushes them out of business it’s definitely not.

      • teej

        Just exactly what I meant — NOT to try and oust Kontakt, but to at least offer a worthy out-of-the-box sampler for Logic users who need some horsepower sampling.

        ( and yes Aperture is dead… so whatever it will be called this time… “Photos Pro X” or something silly. )

        My point was simply that Logic is not technically a “complete” package for many kinds of pro user at the moment. For many pro use cases, you would need to immediately spend twice much money on Kontakt as you did on Logic in order to get some specific kinds of work done.

        A new and/or improved sampler has the potential to alleviate that need and added expense, which would make Logic all that much more of a value. Even providing the ability to load Kontakt patches would open up the doors to an entire world of 3rd party instruments that Logic can simply not make use of on its own.

        • Oof, let’s not talk about Aperture. (And incidentally, no, actually, there they’ve got a consumer app replacing both Aperture and iPhoto that does *less* than the previous iPhoto.)

          No, I think it’s better to look to Emagic for the strategy – seriously. Logic has for years been about integrating the tools you need, with the EXS being at the core. So I think you hit the nail on the head: this is likely to do with keeping those instruments functional and continuing to add rich built-in instruments (and possibly also effects). And now that probably means both desktop and mobile.

          I don’t think people should worry about iPhoto – Logic has stayed the course now for years despite lots of bellyaching. But you can reasonably worry that the fruits of the acquisition could be a long time in coming.

          • teej

            totally. and i think for sure they MUST have been impressed by the iPad version of Alchemy with all the super tight desktop plugin integration. plus, the really unique Alchemy sound library and all those great add-on packs! whatever they paid, i think its safe to say they got a lot for their money. and now, we wait… and pray the latest version of Alchemy survives enough OS upgrades to remain usable until we begin to taste the fruits of this dillyo.

  • teej

    This acquisition brings a lot of potential power to Apple. Camel’s talents are quite broad. My hunch is that this, combined with Redmatica, will bring some major improvements to the EXS format as a whole. The Redmatica guys likely knew more about the EXS format at the time of that acquisition than the people working on it at Apple by that point. And Alchemy did some amazing things with sampling technology AND were pushing the SFZ standard as well. The EXS is indeed ancient. Yes, it works, but it’s no longer in the running, and that running supports a rather large and profitable industry of soundware.

    Will they oust Kontakt from the throne? Not likely to ever happen, BUT it could make it much less of a “must buy” for serious “pro” Logic users (composers, scoring peeps, etc). Just as Aperture will never kill Lightroom for longtime Adobe users, BUT it is becoming the standard for new people entering from scratch.

    I would put less money on seeing “Alchemy” as we know it for Logic, but rather a major overhaul to the EXS sampler – from the instrument itself to the file format and everything in between. Camel has so much amazing tech under their belt.

    • Charles

      Aperture was end-of-lifed last year.

      I don’t think the goal is to oust Kontakt (nor should it be); if it means pressure on third-party developers to keep up their game that’s a good thing – if it pushes them out of business it’s definitely not.

      • teej

        Just exactly what I meant — NOT to try and oust Kontakt, but to at least offer a worthy out-of-the-box sampler for Logic users who need some horsepower sampling.

        ( and yes Aperture is dead… so whatever it will be called this time… “Photos Pro X” or something silly. )

        My point was simply that Logic is not technically a “complete” package for many kinds of pro user at the moment. For many pro use cases, you would need to immediately spend twice much money on Kontakt as you did on Logic in order to get some specific kinds of work done.

        A new and/or improved sampler has the potential to alleviate that need and added expense, which would make Logic all that much more of a value. Even providing the ability to load Kontakt patches would open up the doors to an entire world of 3rd party instruments that Logic can simply not make use of on its own.

        • Oof, let’s not talk about Aperture. (And incidentally, no, actually, there they’ve got a consumer app replacing both Aperture and iPhoto that does *less* than the previous iPhoto.)

          No, I think it’s better to look to Emagic for the strategy – seriously. Logic has for years been about integrating the tools you need, with the EXS being at the core. So I think you hit the nail on the head: this is likely to do with keeping those instruments functional and continuing to add rich built-in instruments (and possibly also effects). And now that probably means both desktop and mobile.

          I don’t think people should worry about iPhoto – Logic has stayed the course now for years despite lots of bellyaching. But you can reasonably worry that the fruits of the acquisition could be a long time in coming.

          • teej

            totally. and i think for sure they MUST have been impressed by the iPad version of Alchemy with all the super tight desktop plugin integration. plus, the really unique Alchemy sound library and all those great add-on packs! whatever they paid, i think its safe to say they got a lot for their money. and now, we wait… and pray the latest version of Alchemy survives enough OS upgrades to remain usable until we begin to taste the fruits of this dillyo.

  • sq1learning

    I’m a longtime Alchemy user and am set up to use legacy for a long time too.

    Yet, on whatever new capability come to fruition given Apple’s plucking Camel Audio, my own hope is that this has more to do with the new large ‘pro’ tablet Apple is teasing.

    Alchemy is very suitable for morphing into a performance interface showcase, given its engine’s deep routing and flexibility, so my fingers are crossed that it is headed to be a showpiece on the large pro iPad.

  • sq1learning

    I’m a longtime Alchemy user and am set up to use legacy for a long time too.

    Yet, on whatever new capability come to fruition given Apple’s plucking Camel Audio, my own hope is that this has more to do with the new large ‘pro’ tablet Apple is teasing.

    Alchemy is very suitable for morphing into a performance interface showcase, given its engine’s deep routing and flexibility, so my fingers are crossed that it is headed to be a showpiece on the large pro iPad.

  • sq1learning

    I’m a longtime Alchemy user and am set up to use legacy for a long time too.

    Yet, on whatever new capability come to fruition given Apple’s plucking Camel Audio, my own hope is that this has more to do with the new large ‘pro’ tablet Apple is teasing.

    Alchemy is very suitable for morphing into a performance interface showcase, given its engine’s deep routing and flexibility, so my fingers are crossed that it is headed to be a showpiece on the large pro iPad.

  • The company did not give any reason for shutting down. Neither Apple nor Camel Audio has confirmed or denied news of this takeover.

    http://www.bidnessetc.com/35537-apple-inc-may-have-acquired-camel-audio/

    • Right – this was exactly the same pattern as the Redmatica acquisition in 2012. Apple doesn’t comment on in-progress acquisitions.

      Unless you want to support the “spontaneously moving your address to Apple’s offices and replacing your board of directors with Apple’s senior legal consul for no reason” theory.

  • Right – this was exactly the same pattern as the Redmatica acquisition in 2012. Apple doesn’t comment on in-progress acquisitions.

    Unless you want to support the “spontaneously moving your address to Apple’s offices and replacing your board of directors with Apple’s senior legal consul for no reason” theory.

  • Right – this was exactly the same pattern as the Redmatica acquisition in 2012. Apple doesn’t comment on in-progress acquisitions.

    Unless you want to support the “spontaneously moving your address to Apple’s offices and replacing your board of directors with Apple’s senior legal consul for no reason” theory.

  • Merlin

    I would prefer to fix the problems inside the engine of LOGIC X. Some null tests shows that the engine is really problematic. Ableton and Cubase are already up in the frontiers for 2-3 years. Fix the problems there, put 32 bit float, create a faster work-flow and for god shake put auto time stretch while importing audio in the preview area ( audio bin ).

  • Merlin

    I would prefer to fix the problems inside the engine of LOGIC X. Some null tests shows that the engine is really problematic. Ableton and Cubase are already up in the frontiers for 2-3 years. Fix the problems there, put 32 bit float, create a faster work-flow and for god shake put auto time stretch while importing audio in the preview area ( audio bin ).

  • Merlin

    I would prefer to fix the problems inside the engine of LOGIC X. Some null tests shows that the engine is really problematic. Ableton and Cubase are already up in the frontiers for 2-3 years. Fix the problems there, put 32 bit float, create a faster work-flow and for god shake put auto time stretch while importing audio in the preview area ( audio bin ).

  • Pranked by Camel Audio

    Thank you Camel Audio Team for this perfidiousness for the sake of money!!!
    Your loyal customer, who was purchasing all your products with confidence.

  • Pranked by Camel Audio

    Thank you Camel Audio Team for this perfidiousness for the sake of money!!!
    Your loyal customer, who was purchasing all your products with confidence.

  • Pranked by Camel Audio

    Thank you Camel Audio Team for this perfidiousness for the sake of money!!!
    Your loyal customer, who was purchasing all your products with confidence.

  • Richard Cheese

    Apple is a pile of faeces.

  • Richard Cheese

    Apple is a pile of faeces.

  • Richard Cheese

    Apple is a pile of faeces.

  • Damien

    Oh Apple… All you want to do is ruin the healthy virtual instrument/effect industry by buying out companies and making the tech exclusive to Logic.

  • Damien

    Oh Apple… All you want to do is ruin the healthy virtual instrument/effect industry by buying out companies and making the tech exclusive to Logic.

  • Damien

    Oh Apple… All you want to do is ruin the healthy virtual instrument/effect industry by buying out companies and making the tech exclusive to Logic.

  • Ad Fundum

    just use nexus in fl studio, take the time how nexus works,what you can do with nexus. i have test them both and alchemy = the same as nexus if you know how to do it.

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