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The first thing: price. Until the 31st of December you can pay what you think Harmless is worth to you. The minimum (to cover transaction & handling costs) is set to 9 $ which is a very, very fair price :)

I like the concept of this synth. Even if you're not into an additive (or hybrid) synthesis you'll find this synth powerful and entertaining. It's just every knob means something and you can reach some unique sound very fast, much faster than using classic subtractive synth. I respect Image-Line for a statement that it's not another "real", true, classic, bla bla ;), virtual analogue synth. "This one is digital, and proud to be. Everything is fake, the tone generator, the filter & its resonance, the phaser, all performed on the harmonics, before partials are computed."

There's one downside. At the moment it seems a very buggy synth. Presets which use "Legato mode" can crash your DAW, also some users report unexpected noises, distortions (yea, me too ;) ). Looks like Harmless is not that harmless ;) But I do really like this synth. At the moment it's more like an investment to me - I don't use it but I know that Image-Line will fix the bugs. Then it'll be a very good synth.

More info: Image-Line Harmless


xylyl said...

*** The VSTi legato problem is fixed. Just download it again here (http://www.image-line.com/documents/harmless.html). ***

Robert Wagendorfer said...


I purchased it after reading this article and trying out the demo for a while.

It's a very interesting, powerful and also easy to use plugin, low CPU-requirement, nice GUI.

The price is more than fair, it's harmless! Buy it - it's highly recommended!

Greeg said...

Thanks xylyl - I downloaded Harmless again. Indeed, the install file has different size so I guess Image-Line patched few things ;) Will try it later.

Robert, I'm glad you like it. I like it too :)

Anonymous said...

i would really love to see you make a small set of presets for this in the future!

Greeg said...

well, it's quite possible :)

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