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Version 1.3 of Cameleon 5000 Synthesizer Released

Version 1.3 of Cameleon 5000 Synthesizer Released


June 17, 2004

Camel Audio have announced the release of version 1.3 of Cameleon
5000, an additive synthesizer with morphing and resynthesis abilities.

Version 1.3 adds a host of new features including the ability to convert bitmaps
to noise. Sounds may also be exported as bitmaps, so that they may be edited
in a graphics program and then reimported. Cameleon also adds support for microtuning,
and has had significant CPU optimization allowing it to be run at lower latencies.
It now responds to MIDI bank and program changes. The update also offers a
number of sound quality improvements including improved reverb and chorus effects.
Other improvements include voice mute buttons, longer LFO cycles, multi-sampling
of bitmaps and support for Mac OS 9.

The new version also adds 130 new instrument presets covering everything from
filmic effects and ambiences, pads and dancefloor basses to vocal sounds, courtesy
of the new vocal formant filter presets. There are also new harmonic presets
including saws and squares inspired by Juno and Virus synthesizers. The update
includes many new morph timeline presets – one of Cameleons unique features
– which makes creating rythmic loops and evolving pads a matter of a couple
of mouse clicks.

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Cameleon 5000 is supplied with an extensive library of more than 600 presets,
and is available for both Windows and Mac OS X / OS 9, in VST and Audio Units
plugin formats. It can be purchased online from the Camel Audio website for
$199 or 159 euro.

Camel Audios website has been updated – you can now download several hundred
Cameleon presets, read tutorials and interviews with famous users, or even
buy a Camel Audio T-shirt.

New features in v1.3

  • Bitmaps can be analysed to create noise settings
  • Sounds may be exported as bitmap images
  • Micro tuning support added via the .tun format
  • CPU optimization – note ons optimized allowing Cameleon to be run at lower
  • Pver 130 new instrument presets
  • New vocal formant (oh, ah, eh) presets, harmonic presets modelled on Juno
    and Virus
  • Responds to MIDI bank/program changes
  • Mute option for each voice on morph page
  • Support for Mac OS 9
  • Other improvements include improved reverb and chorus, longer LFO cycles,
    mutli-sampling of bitmaps, new morph timeline presets, decibel display, all-vol
    option on additive editing window, CPU optimized for instrument loading,
    logarithmic control on volume, increased zoom range, randomization now applies
    to formant filter too, instrument bank and program are midi learnable, windows
    version now has an installer, bug fixes

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