Chameleon is an AUv3 compatible sampler instrument plugin for your favourite DAW.
The program can run as a standalone app in order to record audio samples from the internal microphone or professional audio interface. It also supports incoming Inter-App Audio connections for sampling directly from other iOS applications, however it is primarily intended to be used as an AUv3 Instrument plugin for applications such as Cubasis, AUM, Auria, Meteor, Gargeband etc. The plugin can additionally be loaded as an AUv3 effect in order to record audio passing through it from other AUv3 Instrument sources, which makes it a very versatile and useful tool.
So what is a sampler? A sampler is a device that allows you to imitate other instruments with just a few short audio snippits. Although it comes with a library of presets it also allows you to create your own. You do this by recording multiple audio clips and mapping them to the notes on a MIDI keyboard and Chameleon does the rest using a sophisticated pitch shifting algorithm to fill in the blanks. Recorded samples can either be layered or mapped freely over a 7 octave range and saved as individual presets. Presets are then organised into custom categorised banks which can be exported and shared with others.
Just think, you can sample all your favourite synth sounds and carry them around on your iPhone/iPad without the inconvenience of lugging heavy gear around with you. Sample anything from musical instruments to vocal snippits, drum machines or ambient noises. The possibilities are endless.
Recording is incredible easy. Just create a New Patch and press record. Chameleon will wait for you to play a note before recording begins. Once recorded press the LEARN button and tap the note range on the virtual or MIDI keyboard to map the sample. Repeat this as many times as required, tweak the settings and save your patch. Additionally you can setup loop points with the ability to apply crossfade. If all that sounds too complicated, just press auto sample and let Chameleon do all the sampling for you.
Chameleon also has a quite sophisticated arpeggiator which allows you to create complex mixtures of notes and chords with glide, hold and re-triggering options.
On board reverb, digital delay and chorus effects are available to give your samples a more polished touch. We also include 4 touch pads for quickly dialing in on a sound or for easy effect automation. Configurable touch ADSR and modulation options are available too.
Chameleon can also import audio samples using iOS Files integration or you can make use of Copy / Paste to quickly drop one of more samples into a patch. You can also freely edit samples using the built in tools such as normalise, fade in, fade out, crop, clear options etc.
You can run Cameleon as a standalone app and map external MIDI keyboards (Bluetooth MIDI support also included) and perform audio sampling outside of your DAW. This is provided for convenience since you can't record input when hosted as an AUv3 Instrument plugin.
Yes some DAW's have built in samplers which only have the ability to playback libraries provided with the software. Chameleon allows you to built your own libraries of sounds and share them with others. There's a budding rapper in you dying to get out and we have just the tool!
AUv3 Instrument and AUv3 Effect compatible
Runs as a standalone app for sampling purposes.
Supports incoming IAA connections to compatible apps..
ADSR touch envelopes and modulation.
ARP - Sophisticated programmable arpegiator.
Reverb, Chorus and Digital Delay Effects with BPM sync.
Backup and Restore patches and banks.
Create your own user banks.
4 Touch Pads for automation.
16 MIDI Drum Pads
iOS Files App support for import and export.
Bluetooth MIDI support
Loop Points and optional Crossfade supported.
Monophonic and Polyphonic modes.
Auto Sample feature.
Built in Vocoder.
Added the ability to set the note range for Auto Sampling.
Fixed a small bug which caused the last recorded sample to not be refreshed.
Fixed a couple of small wording / spelling issues.
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Please increase sampling time and improve on patch browser
I love pretty much everything about this except how short the sampling time is. I was really hoping this would be the one but the lack of time stretching and only 8 seconds of sampling time means BM3 is still the king of samplers. It would be great if there was a chop mode too.
Also, the patch browser needs work, having it close every time I select a patch and having to open it again, navigate to the category again and chose the next patch make the process extremely slow when finding sounds
5 stars as the dev was quick to fix the AUv3.
The AUv3 did not load when multitrack launched (at all) on either AUM, AudioBus or ApeMatrix.
Although I haven’t tried ApeMatrix or AudioBus yet, it works just fine with AUM now, which makes me think it’ll probably be ok too with the other two (Although apparently ApeMatrix still has some issues with it but I’m sure they’ll be resolved soon).
As for the multitrack recorder AUv3, I was not aware it has been updated (restored my phone a few weeks ago and I forgot to deactivate automatic updates ha!). Sorry about that! I will check whether my issues with it have been solved already or not but thanks for letting me know .
I do hope in the future for multitrack we can load several AUv3s of the multitrack that somehow act as a single instance (for multitrack recording in parallel (drums on one track, synths on another... etc).). Although this could be done on separate instances it makes more sense to me to be able to localize all our recordings in the same auv3 instance, it almost turns AUM ApeMatrix and AudioBus onto full DAW!
Thanks for the wonderful feedback, it is always the best when a dev keeps up with his clients.
I will now make sure I support 4pockets more in the future by buying more of their very accesible plugins which seem to be top quality according to the reviews.
Developer Response ,
Thanks for the feedback. I don't seem to be running into the same issues as I'm loading this fine on the iPhone XS Max within AUM, saving and loading sessions. Same goes for AudioBus, but I am aware of issues with Ape Matrix. Are you simply unable to resore a session in AUM with Chameleon being the only loaded app or is it some combination that I need to be investigating?
The MultiTrack AUv3 plugin was only recently released and had more updates than I can shake a stick at. If there is something in particular that is causing an issue please contact me by way of email so I can recove the issue.
Uhh... IIA not working?
Can't really find a way to reach the dev for support, so I'm posting it here. I can't get chameleon to receive audio from any other app through IIA. I tried:
-) AUM. Connecting to AUM output, it shows a successful connection in AUM. But chameleon seems to receive no audio, and the record button in chameleon won't click.
-) Audiobus 3: chameleon isn't listed as an output option at all in AB3. But I can select "Audiobus intermediate out" in chameleon, however, AB3 doesn't say anywhere that any connection was made (I don't know if it is supposed to say so), and in chameleon, it still seems to be receiving no audio.
-) connecting directly to audiokit synth one : inside chameleon, I selected synth one as my source. It says the same "success" message, but still seems to be receiving no audio. If I click monitor button, it warns me about feedback, but no sound is heard from synth one, and the record button still does nothing.
So I've tried three different ways to get IIA to be received by chameleon, and none worked. But the dev has been updating this app, so I find it difficult to believe that this problem would be overlooked. Am I doing something wrong?
I left 5 stars but if the dev doesn't respond and I can't find a solution elsewhere, I'll probably be back with a different rating.
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