Camel Audio is a UK based company producing a range of synths, effects and sample libraries. Their flagship Alchemy sampler has won many accolades, and they can boast a huge user pool of professional musicians all around the world.
“Of all the plugins I have, CamelPhat and CamelSpace are the most frequently used.” Danny Elfman
That is a huge compliment to pay to the makers of Camel Audio. They have created innovative and unique products that have found their way into countless of film scores, chart topping tracks, and much much more! Let’s begin with Camel Phat…
Based on their website, Camel Audio says that Camel Phat is a “powerful ‘colouring’ multi-effect that works wonders on guitar, bass and drums, adding warmth, punch and presence.” In reality, it is so much more than that!
Camel Phat can really add a lot of character to your sound, especially when mixing ‘in the box’. Even though we pride ourselves on modern technology, it seems (with a sense of irony!) that we are always looking for ways to make our sound ‘warmer’ or ‘fatter’ or ‘like the old days’.
Packed with a tonne of presents, CamelPhat includes the following sections –
Don’t just think of this as a multi effects unit – it actually warms up your sound. It sounds very good on a range of instruments, from applying a tiny bit of distortion to things like acoustic drums, all the way through to fattening up your string bus. You can really use this plug in for anything, and it does a great job of ‘colouring’ your sound.
I have found myself turning to this plug in A LOT for vocals. I use parallel compression on a lot of my vocal tracks, and insert one of these bad boys alongside a compressor. I also find myself using it on backing vocal group channels to really add a warmth and depth that can’t be found with any other plug in.
When I first heard Camel Space I have to admit, I was blown away. Never has a single effect sounded so ‘different’ to anything I had heard on the market. It certainly is a very unique and interesting plug in.
Categorizing it was a tricky thing to do. It includes various elements including a panner, filter, enhancer, filter mod, step sequencer, flanger, delay, reverb, but again, try not to think of this as simply a multi effects unit. You can create some very original and interesting sounds by running a basic instrument through it. The best style of sounds that I found worked well with Camel Space were legato style instruments, and sounds where you hold down a note or chord for a length of time. You can create some amazing rhythmic patterns and sequences with this plug in, and completely re work your original sound. The presets that come with this plug in are excellent on their own, but I would encourage you to play around with this plug in, as you can go quite deep!
You can see how this instrument has found its way into most modern film composers tool box. It can turn ordinary synths or string lines into something quite amazing – and it does it very quickly. The plug in is very easy to use, and with a touch of automation it’s possible to create something very unique and original.
To give you an idea of what they sound like, I have created a basic demo track that demonstrates both Camel Phat and Camel Space. Using some nice sustained Piano chords (Native Instruments Giant) I automated a few instances of both plug ins and brought them in using the mix control. It shows how you can take something quite basic and clean, and turn it into something completely new.
Overall, these plug ins are quite unique. They will add new textures and dynamics to your sound, and help you create new original pieces of audio that will sit perfectly in a wide range of film and tv music soundtracks.
Every composer should have these plug ins, as they represent excellent value for money. Both plug ins are available for £59 each, or they do a bundle that includes both of them for £99.