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Harmony Assistant

Short overview


Harmony Assistant includes in a single program what is usually found by owning several.

It is both: 
  • A powerful score editor, including page and engraver mode support
  • A digital synthesizer, providing quality music rendering, even without expensive hardware
  • An arranger, that creates automatic accompaniments
  • A drum pattern manager, enabling to relate rhythm to your tunes
  • A digital sound editor, to insert recorded instruments and digital tracks into your work.
  • A tablature editor
  • etc
The exceptional versatilities make Harmony Assistant an extremely flexible and easy to use tool.

Score editor

mode page
Harmony manages a wide range of music symbols, and above all takes account for you to hear them as well.

Thus, grace notes, glissando, trills, mordants, vibrato, pedal, ottava, dynamics, etc, are played.

A powerful editor lets you insert, delete and move notes easily on staves.





Engraver mode

Harmony Assistant enables two different modes for note spacing: arithmetical and engraver mode.

In arithmetical spacing mode, notes and rests are separated by a distance that is proportional to their duration. For example, there is twice more distance after a half note than after a quarter. In engraver mode, distance between symbols can be freely adjusted.

Arithmetical mode
Engraver mode
Engraver mode
Arithmetic mode
For example, here is how an half and series of shorter notes are displayed in arithmetical mode.
As you can see, there is a wide empty space after the half, and sixteenths are highly compressed.
Here is the same bar in engraver mode. Spacing is now automatic to settings and proportional for the eye.


Multi-windowing


Document window can be split into several parts, in order to see and edit several areas of the same score at the same time.

Each part has its own scale and display mode.

For example, you can have a window split in two, showing you the same document in scroll mode and page mode.


Views

Harmony Assistant manages the notion of "views". Views are a different way of displaying a same score, completely or partially. They enable to display and work on some staves only, and to select a different page setup in each view.

For instance, if your document contains a whole orchestral score (conductor score), you can define a view for each instrument in the orchestra so that each performer could receive only the music sheet that matches their instrument.

Album


In the Album window, objects or music patterns can be pasted to be retrieved later.

These objects can be sounds, parts of a song, graphics, text...



Digital synthesizer

A complete digital instrument sound database is included in Harmony Assistant, which provides a very good quality of sound to playback your music, even if you do not own professional hardware.

Very elaborate digital effects (Reverb, Chorus, Distortion, Wah...) can be applied at any location on score.


Audio space mixer


Score edit
It is a special palette to manage the volumes and stereo panning positions of each instrument.

A special mode, called "live mode", memorizes the changes you make in real-time.
Replay these edits right away; edit segments again for accuracy, save file to keep changes for replay anytime later.

Accompaniment and drum generator

AccompaniementsAutomatic accompaniments will be harmonized with your tune and played in it.
Create your own accompaniments as easily as you insert notes on a staff.
You can edit drum or percussive patterns and use them in your tune, just by placing them at the required position on score.


Chord grid calculation

Harmony can calculate automatically the chords that match notes on your score, then show the chord grid. You can then apply changes to this grid and rearrange your score.


Security

You can limit access to your document by a password, and doing so protect your work. For example, your score can be played but not modified.

When working on a file, its different versions can be kept on your hard disk so that you can cancel your changes in case of mistake.

Quick start

Many document templates, covering the most usual needs, are provided. You can also define your own templates.


Digital sound editor

digital edit
It is possible to record your own sounds from a CD or a microphone (or to import a sound in WAV or AIFF format), and use them as instruments in your tune.

You can also record complete digital tracks from a CD or a microphone (or import a sound in WAV, AIFF, OGG or MP3 format), then work on it using the software. These digital tracks can be mixed with regular or MIDI staves.


Compatibility with other programs

Your tune files can be played either on Windows, Mac OS or Linux, since Harmony Assistant exists on these three platforms.
Harmony Assistant enables also to import and export music in MIDI, Rich Midi, ABC, TAB, bTAB, Tabledit, KAR, Yamaha PSR format as well as in digital audio formats like AIFF, WAV, Vorbis Ogg or MP3.
Scores can be used in word processors, picture editors or publication software through the PICT, BMP or EPS export.
Harmony Assistant can also read MOD and S3M files.
For example, you can then convert easily a MIDI file to MP3.


Lyrics

KaraokeYou can add lyrics to your tune, then play it in Karaoke mode: words scroll while you are singing.
Of course, Harmony Assistant imports and exports in MIDI Karaoke format (.KAR). 
Harmony Assistant manages karaokes with several sung voices, ideal for choirs.
You can also record a complete piece from a CD, then soften the singer's voice and sing in place of him.
"Shape note" notation is also managed.

Using Virtual Singer, lyrics will even be automatically sung.


Real-time MIDI input

If you own a MIDI keyboard, you can perform real-time MIDI input. Above this, because Harmony Assistant also manages digital tracks, you can record at the same time a digital audio track. You can then record your voice with the microphone while you play on keyboard.


Tablature and chord diagram

TablatureGuitarists, bassists and harmonicists haven't been forgotten: Harmony Assistant calculates tablatures and displays the guitar chord diagrams. You can even define your own stringed instrument and calculate tablatures for it! 
Harmony Assistant can also compute tablatures for all fretted string instruments (Banjo, Balalaïka, Ukulele ...) but also for Harmonica, Appalachian Dulcimer,  Baroque Lute and many wind instruments like Recorder, Penny Whistel, Ocarina, Galoubet, Shakuachi, Concert flutes, Piccolo, Tuba, Irish Iullean, Scottish and Bretonne pipe, Clarinet, French Horn, Xaphoon.
A complete library of chord diagrams is included in Harmony. You can complete this library by defining easily your own chords.


Graphics and colors

Pictures, in black and white or color (in BMP or PICT format) can be inserted at any point on score. 
All music symbols can be colorized, globally or individually, in order to enhance the attractiveness of your document. 
For example, you can set all "C" to blue, and "D" to green... Useful if you're learning musical notation. 

You can drop texts and comments where you want on the score, and define your own background patterns.


External music fonts

A font other than SToccata can be used for printing music symbols.
It is possible to define "charsets". Each staff in a document can be related to a different charset.
A charset can be made of characters from different fonts.


Printing

Printing is widely user-definable. You can define what staves you want to be printed or not, whether you want the ruler, tune name, or the complete lyrics below the score. 
You can also print the complete sorted list of guitar chord diagrams to make a very useful customized handbook.
You can even print cards for street organs.


MyrScript


myrscriptMyrScript is the embedded programming language of Harmony Assistant. It enables the user to add his own features to the program.

MyrScript includes a text editor, an interface editor (Interface Composer) a step-by-step debugger with breakpoints.

With Harmony Assistant, more than 80 scripts are provided by default.


And many other features

Like drum staff editing (grid or standard), multi-voice staves, multi-instrument staves, floating palettes, user-defined palettes, Gregorian notation, video tutorials...



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