Camel Audio don't take themselves too seriously, which is possibly why they always call their Host machines Camel Phat, and their Voice Processors Camel Phatt. In fact, the people of Cameleon have a rather chaotic sense of humour; the Camel Phat preset offered by the factory is an instant example. It's an acoustic piano, just like the factory preset but with all the pass-through controls replaced with four state variables. This includes an amplitude scale, offering a range from silence to maximum amplitude; a state which makes you think of a limiter or attenuator, which sets the maximum level (or maximum amplitude in this case) that will be sent to the other VST; a rate function, which changes the sound's pitch at the same time as its velocity; and a pitch function, which when set to 100 percent, will invert the signal and make the piano play a set of bells. Simply set the soft or loud parameter to any of the four scales, and the system will cycle through them with a randomised interval, mimicking a realistic playing style.
So what can Camels do? In the grand tradition of my previous review of a synthesizer that deserves to be loved, I'm going to hand-wring it over to Camel Audio so they can tell us about Cameleon:
Cameleon 5000 is the first digital instrument to incorporate voice programming into the additive synthesis process. In essence, you can use the sonic possibilities of the instrument to your heart's content, and can even use its effect engine to modify how synthesised sounds respond to changes in your playing, for example. 'Voice Programming' means that Cameleon can parse your sample and reconfigure its internal synthesis engine based on the note information in the WAV or AIFF file. It can even sample sounds from the files that make up your instrument, from the Organ to the Soprano Sax, and will use the pitches in these samples as the basis for the actual notes played on the keyboard. This is similar to what you can achieve with other instruments which have sampled sounds, though often a lot more expensive. You also have the option of using Camel's sample libraries to help you out, but frankly I found these libraries to be a bit hit and miss. Without an accompanying audio editor, the only way to change notes on a sample in Camel Audio is to re-export it as MIDI, or in a case of the Guitar Voice sample library, to change the root note on the samples stored inside it by using an audio editor; this doesn't help the sonic quality of the sample, but for specific note changes this is a good workaround.