Harmor Masterclass; Module 3 - How to generate single wave cycles in Harmor?

In this module, I will show you how to generate single wave cycles inside Harmor...

First Let's understand What makes an additive audio wave cycle, or audio in general.

An additive waveform is made by combining 3 elements...

  1. Partial Frequency

  2. Partial Phase &

  3. Partial Amplitude

Harmor can break any short waveform/single wave cycle in 516 partials. The Partial frequency and amplitude are shaped from the Harmonic Level window while Harmonic Phase is shaped inside Harmonic Phase.

Partial Phase in Harmor
Partial Phase in Harmor
Partial Frequency and Amplitude in Harmor
Partial Frequency and Amplitude in Harmor

Methods to create Waveshapes in Harmor-

We will cover waveshape creation in Two steps,

  • Waveshape Creation

  • Waveshape Editing

Let's talk about waveshape creation first.


Method 1 - Drag and Drop.

You can simply drag and drop your single wave cycles in the timbre window, Harmor will analyze the Harmonic Level, Phase, and Frequency of the sample and break it accordingly.

Harmor Drag and Drop Method to Generate Single wave Cycle.
Harmor Drag and Drop Method to Generate Single wave Cycle.

Important- In Part(A&B), there are two timbre windows, but only one Harmonic Phase window. This means you can create 2 single wave cycles in each part, but they share the same phase information.

Reason- If both Timbre has their own unique phase they will create a destructive interference and this will result in disturbance in original sound. The Timbre 1 is the main Oscialltor; Load your main single wave cycle in it, Timbre 2 will follow the phase of Timbre 1.

Method 2 - Randomization

You can right-click on the timbre window and simply select Randomize, this will generate a random Harmonic Mapping.

The randomization function does not change the phase of the part.

Method 3 - Manual Shaping

This is a precise but long way, You can manually create Harmonic and Phase Shapes in the respective windows.

There are various ways to do it.

1. Step Editing - Step Editing allows you to quickly draw levels.

Step Editing in Harmor