Harmonizer Software: Another Way To Sing Harmony With Yourself

I talk a LOT about harmony singing. My search for a way to 3-part harmony with my friends when I was in high-school and failing – (not all my friends were in choir) due to the fact that a lot of people who CAN sing, still cannot sing harmony, is arguably the reason that I discovered multi-track recording in the first place!

If my friends couldn’t sing those other parts, maybe I could sing them with myself somehow. And ultimately I discovered how to do just that. My first article for Home Brew Audio was, in fact, Sing Harmony With Yourself – Learn How to Record Your Voice on Your PC and Sing Along With It! Check out a bunch of audio of how it sounds here: Vocal Harmony Experiments

Recording All The Harmonies With Actual Voices (Even All Your Own)

The way I always have done it (singing harmony with myself) has been to sing one part – say, the melody – and record it. Then play that recording back while singing one harmony part along with it. Then I rinse and repeat to get as many harmonies as possible recorded. These days it is easy to do and have it sound awesome.

In the early days I had to use cassette tapes and bounce them from one machine to another (truly old-school like Les Paul and Mary Ford!). The hiss was terrible. But nowadays, you just open a track in some multi-track recording software like Audacity or Reaper, and you can have as many tracks – one for each vocal part – as you want. And each one is clean with no additive hiss like in the old days.

Using Technology To Generate The Harmonies From One Voice

This worked fine for recording. But for solo live performance, not so much. In the 90s I discovered hardware harmonizers, machines that would split your vocal into parts for you. If you didn’t have band members who could sing harmony, that was the only way to go. The machine I used was called the TC-Helicon VoiceLive. It could do some amazing things, but is was fairly complex too. It’s discontinued, but you can see the info on it if you follow that link.

Anyway, nowadays there is software that can basically do the same thing as the old Vocalist Workstation, which represents an alternative way to sing harmony with yourself and record it. Some people prefer using harmonizer software over simply singing all the parts. If you have trouble figuring out harmony parts, this can be awesome.

Once you learn how to use it, the software method can definitely be faster. One of the more popular harmonizer programs out there comes from Antares Audio, the same company that makes Auto-Tune. It’s called Harmonizer Engine EVO. It generates harmonies and gives you control of several things such as a humanizer to make the harmonies sound more natural, creating your own harmony parts, etc.

In our latest course – Harmony Recording Awesomeness – you get two lessons showing you how to create 3 and 4-part harmony with Harmony Engine Evo, as well as how to figure out harmony parts! Below is one of the videos from the course:

Personally, I like singing all the parts myself, but for something different in your harmony arsenal, or a completely different way of singing harmony with yourself, you should check this out. To get more detailed information and/or buy Harmony Engine EVO, CLICK HERE.

8 comments on “Harmonizer Software: Another Way To Sing Harmony With Yourself”

  1. I am a retired southern gospel singer. I am now just singing in the area. I am putting together a small studio in my home.

    because of my age my voice is warn out. Its hard to harmonize so, i have been doing research on the vocal voice harmonizer to help me, I have looked at just about every brand and am getting a lot of bad feed back from sales people. I do not play a guitar and am using Audacity right now as my recorder. Money is an issue so am looking at free or inexpensive harmonizer wit plans to improve as i go. Hoping you can help me get started with ideas. Thanks

    1. Well there are ways to do it for cheap, using Reaper software. But the less expensive the method, the longer and more difficult it will be. Here my video showing how to do it using Reaper’s ReaTune – https://youtu.be/xwUECtQr1oM. And ReaVoice is another way – https://youtu.be/iA4ohseZKuU. I still think Antares Harmony Engine, Celemony Melodyne, or similar is the best way to go.

  2. Ken Theriot: I have been following your program your program now for quite sometime. I really like what you show me but am completely confused. You throw so much at that i just can not keep up. I am now an old man with music background training. Now, all i want to do is sing harmony with my self. Similar to what you are doing.
    I watch your presentation and study your course but there is so much confused as to where to go next.
    Thanks: good program program just dealing with DUMMMMM.

    1. I understand this can be a lot of tech stuff. Just feel free to ask me questions about anything you don’t understand.

      1. I thought this would work for me. It’s just too much and I don’t have the equipment, time or knowledge to follow through with this. I would like to have a refund of my initial investment if that is possible. thanking you in advance for your understanding.

        1. Ah OK. No I understand your email. I was confused when you said you hadn’t heard anything from me. Post comments usually aren’t the fastest way to get a message through to me. Anyway, I’m happy to issue a refund. Sorry this didn’t meet your expectations.

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