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Setup


After you have completed the standard process of installing the plugin into your chosen plugins folder,

Step 1: Make two new MIDI tracks.
Step 2: Apply the Harvest plugin onto one track, and apply your MIDI instrument of choice to the other.
Step 3: On the “Midi From” drop down on your instrument track, change from “All Ins” and select the MIDI track that Harvest is on.
Step 4: Still on the instrument track, change the “Monitor” setting from “Auto” to “In”.
Step 5: Arm the Harvest track for recording.

Harvest is now ready for use

TIP: We recommend creating a dedicated folder for MIDI clips created with Harvest. Having done this, you can save the folder and easily access your new MIDI clips in Ableton’s browser.

*The following method can only be used to control VST instruments. If you would like to control one of FL Studio's default instruments, see below*

After you have completed the standard process of installing the plugin into your chosen plugins folder,

Step 1: Load your instrument of choice into an instrument track on the Channel Rack
Step 2: In the instrument’s window, select “Detailed Settings”, followed by “VST Wrapper Settings” (top left corner gear icons)
Step 3: Under MIDI, change input port to any desired number
Step 4: Next, load Harvest onto another instrument track on the Channel Rack
Step 5: Now, again under “VST Wrapper Settings”, select the same port chosen in step 3.

Harvest is now ready for use.

Alternate Method for controlling FL Studio's instruments

Step 1: Insert FL Studio's Patcher plugin into a track.
Step 2: In Patcher, right click to insert Harvest. Then, right click to insert your instrument of choice
Step 3: Connect From FL Studio > Harvest > Instrument > To FL Studio.
Step 4: Click the Gear icon to open the Settings in Harvest's plug-in window. Change the Output Port number to any number.
Harvest is now ready for use

TIP: We recommend creating a dedicated folder for MIDI clips created with Harvest. Make this folder accessible in your file browser by going to Options > File Settings, and selecting your folder of choice. Note that your file browser will need to be reread when a new file is created.

After you have completed the standard process of installing the plugin into your chosen plugins folder,

Step 1: Drag Harvest from the Instrument window into your timeline.
Step 2: Drag your instrument of choice from the Instrument window into your timeline.
Step 3: On your instrument's track, expand the height of the track to make the Input selector visible.
Step 4: Change Input from "All Inputs" to "Harvest"
Step 5: Select the Harvest track so it's highlighted and armed
Step 6: Arm the instrument track, ensuring both tracks are armed.

Harvest is now ready for use

After you have completed the standard process of installing the plugin into your chosen plugins folder,

Step 1: On an empty track, click "FX" to open your effects browser.
Step 2: Select Harvest from your list of effects.
Step 3: Click "Add..." from your effects window to add your instrument of choice.
Step 4: Once your instrument is chosen, click the input selector on the track and select "Input: MIDI > All MIDI Inputs > All Channels"
Step 5: Arm your track and enable Record Monitoring.

Harvest is now ready for use

After you have completed the standard process of installing the plugin into your chosen plugins folder,

Step 1: Drag Harvest from the VST window to create a new track in your timeline
Step 2: Drag your instrument of choice from the VST window to create a second track in your timeline
Step 3: Show I/O Routing by clicking the button at the bottom left of the Tracks window
Step 4: On Harvest's track, change the Output from "Master" to "Tracks > [YOUR INSTRUMENT TRACK NAME]"
Step 5: Click Harvest's track so that it is highlighted.

Harvest is ready for use

After you have completed the standard process of installing the plugin into your chosen plugins folder,

Step 1: Drag Harvest from the VST window to create a new track in your timeline. Click "OK"
Step 2: Drag your instrument of choice from the VST window to create a second track in your timeline. Click "OK"
Step 3: Expand the instrument track so that Input options are visible.
Step 4: Change the instrument's input from "Omni" to "Harvest1Omni" by selecting "Harvest 1 > MIDI Omni"
Step 5: Click "Input Echo" to change setting from "Auto" to "On"
Step 6: Click Harvest's track to select it.

Harvest is now ready for use

After you have completed the standard process of installing the plugin into your chosen plugins folder,

Step 1: On an instrument track, click the Keyboard icon next to the Mute button
Step 2: Select Harvest from your list of instruments
Step 3: In the same window, under instruments, click the down arrow next to the words "Select Synth", and select your instrument of choice
Step 4: Click the gear icon in Harvest's row
Step 5: Click "Show Plug-in" to see Harvest's interface

Harvest is now ready for use

After you have completed the standard process of installing the plugin into your chosen plugins folder

Step 1: Create a new project where a Basic Synth track and rack are inserted automatically. (The Basic Synth can be replaced with any other instrument)
Step 2: Drag your instrument to a lower slot in the rack
Step 3: Insert Harvest in the rack’s fist slot and Mulab’s Event Recorder module in the next rack slot
Step 4: Start recording. The Event Recorder automatically creates a sub-track for the recorded MIDI notes
Step 5: Rewind the track, deactivate Harvest and the Event Recorder to play the recorded MIDI notes


After you have completed the standard process of installing the plugin into your chosen plugins folder,

Step 1: Create a new project and drag Harvest to Track 1 to the left of the Volume and Pan controls.
Step 2: Drag a VST instrument to Track 2
Step 3: Right click on the Input Device Selector on the left of Track 2 and select MIDI Tracks -> Track 1
Step 4: Arm Track 2 and start recording.
Step 5: Rewind the track, disable Harvest to play the recorded midi notes.

Frequently Asked Questions


Q: Is Harvest available for Logic Pro X, or in an AU format?
A: Not at this time but this feature is a high priority. It is possible to use Harvest in Logic Pro through the use of bridge plugins such as Kushview Element, PlugInGuru's Unify or Blue Cat's PatchWork, but has not been tested extensively. Not all features are guaranteed to work as intended.
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Q: Is Harvest compatible with Pro Tools?
A: Pro Tools compatibility a goal but there is no estimated time frame as of now.

Q: Is Harvest compatible with Reason?
A: Unfortunately Reason is not supported because it does not support VST MIDI routing.

Q: Is Harvest compatible with Cantabile/Digital Performer/etc?
A: If your DAW supports the VST format, there's a very good chance that Harvest will work in your DAW. If you're unsure, we recommend testing it with Harvest Mini (which is free).

Q: Can you drag MIDI from the plugin into the DAW timeline?
A: Not at this time but this feature is another high priority.

Q: Is Harvest 32-bit or 64-bit?
A: Harvest is 64-bit and can only be used in 64-bit environments.

How to Add a VST Plugin to Your DAW



To get advice specific to your DAW, I would recommend searching online "how to install plugins in [your DAW]". However, the process is usually pretty consistent across DAWs. The main idea is this: your DAW looks into a folder for it's third party plugins (like Harvest). You can usually set what this folder is, and you must have the plugin in the folder for it to work.
Harvest Full

  • First, find out what folder your DAW is looking for plugins. This can usually be done by going into the Settings or Preferences of your DAW, and often there is a section for Plugins.
  • Once you know what folder to use, run the Harvest Installer. After inputting the activation code, the installer will ask where it should place Harvest.dll (PC) or Harvest.vst (Mac). Select the file path that your DAW is looking at. You may need to use a "Scan for Plugins" function, or restart the DAW for the Plugin list to be updated. If done correctly, Harvest will show up in the Plugins section in your DAW.
  • The Harvest.dll or Harvest.vst files do not need to be placed by the installer for it to work: as long as they end up in the folder somehow.

Harvest Mini

  • First, find out what folder your DAW is looking for plugins. This can usually be done by going into the Settings or Preferences of your DAW, and often there is a section for Plugins.
  • Unzip the Harvest Mini.zip folder. Find the Harvest Mini.dll (PC) or the Harvest Mini.vst (Mac) file and place it into the Plugins folder found in your DAW settings. You may need to use a "Scan for Plugins" function, or restart the DAW for the Plugin list to be updated. If done correctly, Harvest Mini will show up in the Plugins section in your DAW.