Harmor Masterclass Module 5 - Harmonic Protection, Clipping, Time & Frequency Domain


This post will discuss what I believe to be the coolest features in the Harmor; Harmonic Protection and Harmonic Clipping. We will also discuss some extra features that often confuse sound designers.



Harmonic Protection in Harmor


"Harmonic Protection is the law and order in the Harmor city." Noone defies its authority.


Just like its name it protects harmonics from various units like Filter, Phaser, Pluck, etc.

It will be better if we look at an example rather than talk about it in theory.


In any plugin when you use let's say a filter, it filters out all the harmonics outside the cut-off frequencies, or phaser affects all the harmonics in the effective frequency range. But what if you want to exclude certain frequencies from filtering and phasing? That's where Harmonic Protection comes in, it takes those certain harmonics under its protection and no other unit dares to touch it.


How does Harmonic Protection work?



How does Harmonic Protection Works in Harmor?
How does Harmonic Protection Works?

The function of the Harmonic Protection is really simple. You can select the harmonic range from the "Harmonic Protection Shaping". These harmonics now are under the protection and can be excluded from the processing units. You can set the amount of exclusion by tuning the harmonic protection slider.



You can also exclude any unit from Harmonic Protection by using the unit order. All units before the Harmonic Protection are affected by it, while the units after Harmonic Prot are not affected by the Harmonic Protection.











Harmonic Protection shaping saves the state as cache, that is why it does not require a high CPU processing.


Now you can exclude any particular frequency range from any unit. This function is unique to Harmor, making it an unbeatable synth when it comes to controlling over the sound.



Harmonic Clipping in Harmor


What is the best multiband compressor you have ever used and how many bands it supports?


Most Multiband compressors support up to 3 bands, advanced compressors like Pro MB can take this number up to 6 bands.


Harmor has its multiband Limiting compressor/Harmonic Clipping and this limiting compressor can extend up to 27 bands and cover the full harmonic range.

What's more, is that you have access to different clipping curves that can create different dynamics for your sound. Let me show you how it works..



Harmonic Clipping in FL Studio Harmor
Harmonic Clipping in FL Studio Harmor

In the shaping option, you can find the Harmonic Clipping, this window allows you to set the clipping threshold for different harmonic ranges. After setting your threshold, you can use the Harmonic clipping slider to set the Compression/Limiting/Clipping amount.


You also have 5 clipping modes that work just like a compression curve. These modes are


  • High Threshold - Works as normal compression/clipping

  • Soft Low Threshold - Soft clipping, good for preserving initial attack

  • Sharp Low Threshold - Hard Clipping, for smooth transients

  • Hard Low Threshold - Works like Pumping Compression

  • Subtraction - Special Modes that exclude Harmonics.


FX/Dry Mix in Harmor


The FX/Dry Mix section in Harmor sets the relative level of Dry and effect mixed signal.

The range of the slider is -100% to +100%. The polarity of the waveform changes in the negative and positive ranges.



Time Domain Volume



Time and Frequency Domain envelope in Harmor
Time and Frequency Domain envelope in Harmor


The digital signals can be represented by using FFT(Fast Fourier Transform) in two main domains; Time and Frequency.


We don't need the in-depth knowledge of these domains right now so I will simply tell you the application in Harmor.


As I told you earlier that Harmor uses and processes sin waves of different amplitude, phase, and frequencies and then combines them to create a waveform.


This is the point where that combination happens, this is the moment of truth about how our sound will come out. Moreover, The Time Domain decides the volume level of the part and the polarity of the waveform. Its value ranges from -Infinite to 12dB for both positive and negative cycles.



Frequency Domain Envelope Volume


This is the main volume envelope of the Harmor, it decides the ADSR(Attack, Decay, Sustain, and Release), Unlike Time Domain you can Modulate its volume envelope.


The frequency Domain ranges From -Inf to 12dB in a single cycle only, i.e. it does not changes the polarity of sound.



Auto Gain and Velocity Volume Envelope Relationship


Auto gain compensates for the volume loss during the processing. When your signal's tonal balance disrupts, Auto gain kicks in and reestablish that balance. There are two modes of Auto gain, Relative and absolute. You can choose these options from the Advanced Tab.


Velocity to Volume Relation


In harmor the attack and release can be linked to the velocity of the notes played. This function holds great importance when creating humanized sounds. To use this function you have to enable the velocity relation function and set the arrack and release range in the volume envelope.



Auto Gain and Velocity-Volume Envelope Relation


Conclusion


I hope you learned something new about harmor, use these functions to get more dynamic and creative control over your Harmonics and waveform. The Harmonic Protection to creatively exclude important harmonics and Harmonic Clipping for waveshaping.

In the next Module of FL Studio Harmor Masterclass, we will discuss the filters in Harmor.

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