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Alchemy Pro - Accidentally Free

An anonymous source inside of Apple pointed me towards an interesting bit of update news. It seems in the recent update to Camel Audio's Alchemy Synth Mobile, they accidentally submitted an internal version of the app to iTunes! This version has all of the Pro features unlocked by default!

There is a menu item, click the thumbnail to see it in the app, under Extras that flips it between being Pro and Free. Alchemy noticed this as well and tacked on a little message at the end of their update notes:

Ooops! For a limited time try the Pro Upgrade for free! The features are available by default. No additional activation needed. Purchase the Pro Upgrade to keep these features permanently, plus get 100 sounds and 50 loops.

So everyone has the Pro features to enjoy until Apple can get the new, corrected, version approved. Though you could continue to use the Pro features as long as you never updated the app. I think there could be a fascinating ethical debate on my having pointed that out, and welcome that in the (completely unmoderated) comments section. However, you'd never be able to use the "Update All" button in iTunes. I'd rather pay Camel their $15 due than give up that glorious time-saver.

Update: This has patched today, so no more free-ride guys. Fortunately the In-App upgrade to Pro is 50% off!

Buy Alchemy Synth Mobile on iTunes: Free

Reader Comments 12

I'm all about getting something for nothing, but Camel Audio has always been about giving back to their customers (with free or insanely cheap banks, free updates for years on all of their PC/Mac synths). Plus, they're really committed to improving their mobile version of Alchemy. You could enjoy the Pro version now, but you'd be missing out in the long run if you start to use this a lot. Plus, that little red "1" on the App Store icon is going to get really annoying after a while. But in the short term, it's a great way to try out all the Pro features. Maybe more devs can adopt this approach intentionally?

May 25, 2012  | person_outline victor

Indeed this is one of my favorite synth apps...It's tones are so lush & fruity; legend has it that Susan Ciani actually grew a new hymen after using this app.....

May 25, 2012  | person_outline Chezzdog

I'll agree with Victor -- Camel Audio has been pretty cool, and the synth is nice. While it's certainly possible to hang onto a free version, if you dig the app, send them the cash. Developers gotta eat too.

May 25, 2012  | person_outline Fessaboy

These are some great posts above, and really represent the finest spirit of everything that we are all into here.

Thanks for so eloquently summing up all of the facts in the matter, Victor. Camel Sounds have done a great job with this app, and in particular, I think anyone who would live with that perpetual red dot on their home screen just to cheap out on an app they actively use and enjoy is nuts. :)

It's interesting, but for me, I wouldn't have thought to purchase the pro version had I not tried it when this great new update arrived. Sure, the new features looked terrific on paper, but actually seeing them in action was so impressive that I felt great about dropping the 15 bucks for this valuable tool. I actually got the Cinematic and BigTone sound sets, too. :)

May 25, 2012  | person_outline gatearray

I love you guys. I'm so proud to appeal to intelligent readers. Even Cheezdog's comment is clever and thought-out!

I've been drawn into a couple of neo-journalism ethics debates in the last week. I was expecting the comments here to be something along the lines of I should be stripped of my domain name and fedora. The bit about simply not updating was worth pointing out though, for the sake of fully exploring the ramifications of this accident. It could be quite costly for Camel, and I agree that they deserve the money.

Woof..why does Alchemy want me to Upgrade to Pro. When I already upgraded ($15) months ago? Should not all software updates be free to those that bought the Pro version previously?

May 26, 2012  | person_outline Chezzdog

I've not used this synth before, but because of the "error", that gave me a chance to try the Pro version, I have now payed to be able to get future updates etc.
I am now interested in getting feedback on what users favourite sound banks are. I must say that I like all the previews, apart from the dubstep pack, and would like some opinions from longer term users, as to how useable they actually are.

May 26, 2012  | person_outline Ayup

I am not suggesting anything underhanded is going on but it seems Camel got a update approved very very quickly, or am I just being a bit paranoid?

May 26, 2012  | person_outline Bleb Head

Well I updated my alchemy with very lil fanfare and no additional cost to me, but I got a strange phone call from a camel, offering me a reverse mortgage with great rates.....WTF....?

May 26, 2012  | person_outline Chezzdog

Ayup. Its hit and miss with their $5 tone options. I purchased big tones awhile back and although I use it sparingly , I an not that pleased with it. If you can find it in yourself to say loan me 100 Euros, I would gladly advise you as to which add ons would be worthy of your time

May 26, 2012  | person_outline Chezzdog

@Chezzdog. That's a very generous offer dude! if you give me your bank details, and other personal info, I'll transfer some funds. I was super broke, but it seems that I'm soon gonna be rich, just gotta wait for a rather large financial windfall from an internet investment I made some months ago.

May 26, 2012  | person_outline Ayup


Yep you're being paranoid. Apple actually expedites their approval process for critical bug fixes to existing apps and other snafus like this, although it still took a few days. :)


Any past sound banks or the Pro upgrade are "re-activated" and ready to download for free by tapping "Restore Purchases" at the bottom of the bank selection page. Works the same way if you have Alchemy installed on both your iPhone and iPad, buy once, use on both devices.

May 27, 2012  | person_outline gatearray

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