INTRO Harvest is a MIDI plugin sequence generator that can produce note melodies, chords, and rhythmic patterns.
CHEATING? Let's get right down to it with a pre-emptive strike against the opposition. Is using Harvest cheating? I'll answer a question with questions.
• Is using a word processor instead of a typewriter cheating? • Is using a nail gun instead of a hammer and nails cheating? • Is opening up a dictionary or thesaurus cheating?
Harvest doesn't complete a composition and market it. It's a tool, devised to "Unlimit your MIDI." Does it succeed? In my case, YES! Harvest has quickly become one of my favorite tools. The learning curve is shallow. In no time, I was up and running, navigating about and creating. In a word — INSPIRING!!! I particularly find it useful for developing unique melodic leads and basses. It's also great at tweaking melodies and blasting through songwriter's block via randomizing. Here's where I plagiarized my workflow: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=thEsZGnA7No.
WORKFLOW • Open a couple MIDI tracks, one for Harvest and the other for an instrument that Harvest controls. • Select number of bars, note length, and quantization • Input notes or select from a list of preset keys (scales/mode) and chords • Use metronome to tap-out notes (all notes will be in key as per key selection) • Lock-in desired notes and ReGen/randomize the rest. .. almost like playing poker. .. keep the good cards and ask for a few new ones. Only with Harvest you can keep asking for replacement notes until you nail it! • Press record to print onto instrument track. • Edit and shape as/if needed. • Add more layers if desired. • Add FX to taste.
FAVORITE Features • Neat, clean, inviting interface • Easy to use; fun to use; fast; musical • Demolishes songwriter's block • Subtly teaches music theory • Interactive Piano Roll • Humanize for some swag and swing • Stable • Updated frequently • Responsive developer with good customer support • Excellent video tutorials • Good price.
FEATURE REQUESTS • Stand-alone version • Increase number of bars to 32 • Drag-n-drop • Note locking issue identified by KVR Audio Member, Saffran: "Only two options to lock notes, click one note at a time or all notes. If you have 30 notes and want to lock 2/3, that's 20 clicks. Why can't any of them turn into lasso selecting when ctrl-clicked?" • Streamline CPU consumption.
SUMMARY Harvest has quickly become an indispensable tool in my virtual toolbox. No regrets whatsoever. It's extremely musical. If you're a songwriter of any genre, check this out. There's a free version, Harvest Mini. If you dig that, step up to big bro. unique workflow for writing music. Thanks, Harvest Plugins, for developing this amazing audio composition software.
I must admit I have overseen this but I would assume it is more or less meant "only tested with" cause it (free lite version) worked for me in Mulab for example. But I got shocked I must admit as I have read your review, and yes, at last it is misleading especially as with Live/Max for live so many great things in this area (generative/sequencer) really only work with M4L. They should make this clear. Maybe write to support, they are responding quick and are very communicative and nice.
Ah well I think I spoke too soon about Sonar. I had what seemed to be a successful session with Harvest in Sonar. When I opened the project again to do additional work, the project through an exception every time. I started a new project again with Harvest. It seemed good and I saved it. On restarting and reloading, the same crashes occurred.
I am happy to report with Studio One, I did not have this problem. I started a previous song file (i.e. project in Studio One) and it started up cleanly. I will use Harvest in Studio One which is satisfactory for me. Anyway, Harvest does not claim compatibility with Sonar in its spec ... I guess its just a different animal.