An interesting Unit in Harmor is the Harmonizer, it is one of the unique features that make harmor stand out. This function is similar to Synclevier 2.
What does Harmonizer do?
The main job of the Harmonizer is to clone the harmonics.
it clones the harmonic input and can create and place their clones at the different positions across the harmonic range.
The Harmonizer has a dedicated Harmonizer Distribution shaping associated with it that helps to control the levels of the cloned harmonics across the frequency range.
Let's discuss what each of the functions in the harmonizer does...
The amount knob sets the level of cloned harmonics.
The number of cloned harmonics
3. Harmonizer Strength
Sets the tonal balance amount of the original and cloned harmonics.
Harmonizer Matrix in Harmor
The Harmonizer matrix decides the relative position of cloned harmonics with respect to their original harmonics.
There are two types of harmonic placements in The Harmonizer.
The shift function decides the distance between cloned and original harmonics. There are two modes to set this.
Ofs(Offset) - It sets distance in octave.
Step - Sets the distance in Harmonics.
The step is decided further in 2 modes.
Additive - Shifts in an additive manner.
Multiplicative - Shifts in a Multiplicative manner.
The Gap function decides the distance between the 1st cloned harmonic with the rest of the harmonics. The first harmonic contributes the most in deciding the timbre, that's why its more powerful than its follow-ups. That is why the gap function can control the timbre of cloned harmonics.
The Gap matrix is a mysterious table.
The first thing you should know about it is that unlike shift it only works when there is more than 1 harmonics. If you are using harmonize on a sin waveform, the gap function will not work. The obvious reason is that we need at least 2 harmonic clones to make the gap.
Just like Shift Gap Matrix has two functions as well. But they work slightly differently.
Ofc(Offset) - Sets the distance between first and other cloned harmonics in octave.
Step - Sets the distance in Harmonics. The step function does not work at an extremely low width value.
The Amount, Width, and Strength option can be modulated, but the matrix can not.
Controlling the tonality and harshness of the harmonizer
When applied on waveforms with many harmonics harmonizer can create loud high frequencies that can be unpleasant to the ears.
There is an easy fix for that, The harmonizer has its own dedicated equalizer/mask that can be used to chape and remove the unwanted harmonic clones.
With that, you can easily control the tonality of the cloned harmonics.
This was all for the 9th module of the harmor masterclass. Now that you know how the harmonizer works in harmor, you can easily produce those outstanding film and sci-fi sounds. Also, use these to create bells, keys, and organs.
In the next module, we will talk about the Harmonics Blur.