I was wondering if I should write about it or not 😉 Image-Line Harmless is newly released “additive synthesizer doing subtractive synthesis. Or if you prefer, a subtractive synthesizer powered by an additive synthesis engine”.
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