Saturday, July 21, 2018

Alchemist 2 Cinematic Impacts by String Audio- REVIEW



ALCHEMIST 2 - Cinematic Impacts is available in two packages.

FULL VERSION (download size 6.3GB)
A total of 6+GB of original sample material (Full Quality WAV files).
3.8+GB of brand new samples plus all samples included in the first version of Alchemist Cinematic Impacts Vers.1 (2.4+GB)
Two Instruments:
Alchemist 2 Cinematic Impacts 2: 2.4GB of brand new sample material and 300 of new snapshots powered by the new ALCHEMIST 2 engine.
Alchemist 2 Cinematic Impacts 1: All samples (1.6GB) and snapshots (195) of the first version of Alchemist Impacts powered by the new ALCHEMIST 2 engine.
900+ high-quality WAV total samples.
6 layers.
495 pre-programmed Snapshots.
Main Engine: Individual layer controls for pitch, volume, pan, solo, mute, effects bypass, layer lock, adsr, layer boost and cut, pan and amp LFO send.
Powerful randomize function.
Dedicated Motion Engine: Arpeggiator, Pan and Amp LFO.
Dedicated Color Engine: 200 convolution Impulse Responses, Randomize function.
Dedicated Effect Engine: skreamer, lo-fi, chorus, tape saturation, delay, and distortion (controlled by the modulation wheel).
Dedicated Eq Engine
TouchOSC compatibility and custom template


UPGRADE VERSION (download size 2.46GB)
(only for owners of Alchemist Cinematic Impacts Vers.1)


Brand new ALCHEMIST 2 engine, a lot more powerful and more efficient
2.4GB of brand new sample material (Full Quality WAV files).
Two Instruments:
Alchemist 2 Cinematic Impacts 2: 2.4GB of brand new sample material and 300 of new snapshots powered by the new ALCHEMIST 2 engine.
Alchemist 2 Cinematic Impacts 1: All samples (1.6GB) and snapshots (300+) of the first version of Alchemist Impacts powered by the new ALCHEMIST 2 engine.
900+ high-quality WAV total samples.
6 layers.
495 pre-programmed Snapshots.
Main Engine: Individual layer controls for pitch, volume, pan, solo, mute, effects bypass, layer lock, adsr, layer boost and cut, pan and amp LFO send.
Powerful randomize function.

Dedicated Motion Engine: Arpeggiator, Pan and Amp LFO.
Dedicated Color Engine: 200 convolution Impulse Responses, Randomize function.

Dedicated Effect Engine: skreamer, lo-fi, chorus, tape saturation, delay, and distortion (controlled by the modulation wheel).
Dedicated Eq Engine
TouchOSC compatibility and custom template 
  



REVIEW 
 If you've never owned a String Audio Library what are you waiting for? 

When I did my review of Alchemist 2 Cinematic Textures I wondered what the chances would be that Alchemist 2 Cinematic Impacts would really hold up as a necessary upgrade. Could it really be possible that String Audio could pull off another prefect score? I watched the video several times they released demonstrating only a handful of the new 300 snapshots. To be honest, it was a little frustrating that no one put out a video with more snapshot demonstrations of the library. To fill that curiosity void I created a 50 some minute video demonstrating a more comprehensive example of the presets. Keep in mind there are a lot I skipped over because of time constraints but you will at least have no question if this library is worth buying or upgrading from Alchemist 1 Cinematic Impacts. 

The first thing I want to express about this library is that it is not your typical cinematic impacts sample library. These sounds are exactly what every composer looking to score that next horror, dark sci-fi, or suspenseful motion picture should be looking for. These presets are dark, frightening, unnerving, sinister and downright exceptional. This library sounds freaking good!  
As I said in my review of Alchemist 2 Cinematic Textures, you can create your own sounds so easily with these libraries. If you watch the video below I do give some examples of this but don't expect any talking, it's all about the sounds that make up this video. I don't like to distract the listener too much with me rambling in my preset demonstration videos. I like to let the sounds tell the story. Alchemist 2 Cinematic Impacts is essential for anyone looking for the kind of sound that gives you that tense build up and then slams the audience with that jump moment.  

The sound design is once again flawless.  

Besides the support for the Midi/OSC controller TouchOSC, they added controls for the Volume LFO and Pan LFO to the main engine allowing you to engage the LFO quickly with a click of the mouse. There's basically an endless amount of possibilities and with the powerful randomize function you will spend no time discovering even more new sounds.


If I can address one minor complaint I have with String Audio and it's quite a simple request. The upgrade process from one library to the next is a little cumbersome in my opinion. I would love it if String Audio would someday just release separate libraries as 1 and 2 and eliminate the whole upgrade process. 

The bottom line is String Audio has proven that Alchemist 2 Cinematic Impacts is a sample library force to be reckoned with and it earns a 
5 out 5 Stars!