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How to use BlueARP as a smart harmoniser


funkninja
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Hey everyone,
Here's how to turn BlueARP into a smart harmoniser:

You'll need at least 2 layers in Unify, one for the root pitch and one for the harmonised pitch.

In BlueARP:
In the INPUT FILTER section – set the In quantize to none.

In the ARP ENGINE -
Steps = 1
Sync =1/64
force to scale: root key – here's where you define which key you're in.
Gate time – default
Force to scale: Scale – define the scale type you want (major, minor etc)
Restart on – key

You can then define the harmony note in the SCALE STEP section - +2 will give you a third which will be major or minor depending on what you set in the Force to scale: Scale box.

Have fun 🙂


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getdunne
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@funkninja

Fantastic! Thanks for sharing this recipe. I've created a template patch (attached below) that embodies it.

  • Click the link to download the bluearp-harmonizer.zip file
  • Unzip and put the unzipped patch file TEMPLATE - BlueARP as Smart Harmonizer.unify into the Libraries/User Library/Patches folder under your main Unify data folder.
    • To locate and open main Unify data folder: click gear icon to go to Settings, click Change... button next to label "Data folder"
  • In Unify, click the lightning-bolt icon at the top of the patch browser to update the patch database
  • In patch browser, select and load TEMPLATE - BlueARP as Smart Harmonizer
  • Follow instructions in the patch comment, to adjust BlueARP scale settings to your liking
  • Swap in your favorite instruments
    • Note you can use the built-in Unify instrument to load entire Unify patches

I have also just added this to the Patch Recipes page in the Unify manual.


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funkninja
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Great! Thank you @getdunne. Am I right in thinking this capability is unique to Unify? 🤩 


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getdunne
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Posted by: @funkninja

Am I right in thinking this capability is unique to Unify? 🤩 

How I wish it were, but no, what you've pointed out is a basic capability of BlueARP that I didn't even realize it had. It can be used anywhere BlueARP can be used. All I can say is that since it's probably easier to use BlueARP in Unify than anywhere else (e.g. in a DAW using whatever MIDI routing capabilities the DAW offers), it's arguably easiest to do in Unify.


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