An additive synthesizer with morphing and re-synthesis features
Version: 1.6Cameleon 5000 is a superb, multifaceted additive synthesizer with great features expecialy when it comes to morphing and re-synthesis.
License: Free To Try $125.00
Operating System: Mac OS X
Cameleon excels at pads and evolving textures.
Cameleon 5000 is an additive synth, featuring resynthesis and sound morphing, which excels at pads and evolving textures and comes with a library of over 800 presets. At its heart is the morph square which allows you to morph between four different instruments at once. You can also use the morph timeline to create rythmic loops, evolving soundscapes and pads. Uniquely, Cameleon comes with a range of preset morph timelines, to make creating new sounds even easier.
Cameleon can import sampled sounds (WAV/AIFF) into any of the four voice slots, or you can choose from the extensive range of built in voices. Cameleon has many unique features: it breaks sounds down into both a harmonic and noise component resulting in much higher quality, and greater flexibility. No other additive synth is able to perform multi-sampling resynthesis, which results in much more realistic and expressive sounds.
Cameleon also allows you to import image (BMP) files and turn them into sounds. This offers an extremely powerful way to design never heard before sounds, and if you're ever stuck for inspiration, just try loading up any picture - perhaps a picture of your mum!
Once you have imported a sound, you can then edit it in ways which are impossible with a conventional sampler. You have individual control over each of the harmonics - so you can for example boost all the odd harmonics, or even draw your own harmonic spectra.
Every part of Cameleons interface has been designed with ease of use in mind, and the 'easy' page is just one example. The easy page has simple but powerful controls to quickly shape the sound, including the ability to change the balance of harmonics and noise, add LFOs, or edit the amplitude envelope. You can also use the unique 'stretch' parameter to time stretch sounds in real time without the loss in quality associated with other instruments.
Cameleon has a comprehensive set of effects, including a sweepable formant filter, distortion, compression, chorus, delay and reverb. Cameleon is supplied with over 800 presets, all arranged into categories, such as pads, leads and basses.
If you're after instant inspiration, just select the type of sound you require (eg. rythmics) and hit the random button to get an entirely new random rythmic loop, which has never been heard before. Cameleon also comes with a really well written manual including tutorials and tips on getting the best out of it.