FL Studio Harmor Masterclass; Module 4 - Phase, Blending Modes and Sub Harmonics
We are continuing from the last module where we discussed waveshape generation. In this module, we will talk about Blending Modes, Phase, Sub-harmonic, and Clipping.
Blending Modes in Harmor -
Blending Modes decides how will the Harmonics of Timbre 1 and Timbre 2 will interact, they set a relation between the waveshape in terms of harmonics.
There are 6 blending modes in Harmor
Fade - A simple Morph Between Timbre 1 and Timbre 2.
Subtract - Harmonics of Timbre 2 are subtracted from timbre 1
Multiple - Harmonics of Timbre 1 and Timbre 2 are multiplied
Maximum - The Harmonics with Maximum amplitude are played.
Minimum - Harmonics with minimum amplitude are played
Pluck - The Harmonics follow Pluck Decay.
Let's discuss each of these modes in detail.
1. Fade Blending Mode
Fade blending mode is a simple crossfade morphing between the timbre 1 and timbre 2 waveshape. You can control the fade amount with the mix knob.
2. Subtract Blending Mode
In Subtraction Blending mode, the Harmonic amplitude of Timbre 2 is subtracted from timbre 1.
For Example, let's say that the Fundamental/First Harmonic of Timbre 1 and Timbre 2 are equal in magnitude, then the output of Fundamental frequency at 100% subtraction will be 0.
Note - In the Harmor Manual, Subtract is referred to as "Timbre 1 is Subtracted from Timbre 2" but it is the exact opposite from my analysis.
3. Multiply Blending Mode
In multiplication Blending, the amplitudes of Harmonics from timbre 1 and timbre 2 are multiplied.
For example, if the Amplitude of Fundamental in Timbre 1 is 3 and in Timbre 2 is 3 then the resulting output for the fundamental will be 3*2=6.
A noteworthy property of multiply mode is that if any of the harmonics(weather in timbre 1 or 2) are 0, the output of that harmonic will always be 0; because 0 multiplies by any number is always 0.
4. Maximum Blending Mode
In The Maximum Blending mode, The Harmonics with the highest amplitude are preferred.
For example, if the 2nd harmonic in Timbre 1 is a -6dB while in Timbre 2, it is at -5dB, Harmor will choose The 2nd Harmonic of Timbre 2 which has a large value for harmonic amplitude.
This mode selects the highest amplitudes from both timbre 1 and timbre 2.
5. Minimum Blending Mode
The Exact Opposite of the Maximum Mode, Minimum Blending selects the Harmonics from both timbre 1 and timbre 2 that have the minimum amplitude.
6. Pluck Blending Mode
The Pluck Blending mode is a special case, it is a flexible model that follows th