How to use BlueARP as a smart harmoniser
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 the INPUT FILTER section – set the In quantize to none.
In the ARP ENGINE -
Steps = 1
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 🙂
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.
Great! Thank you @getdunne. Am I right in thinking this capability is unique to Unify? 🤩
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.