Harvestman Malgorithm Overview

Harvestman Malgorithm Bit Crusher

Volume drastically changes the response of how the Malgorithm interacts with the incoming signal.
Bit Crusher – Bit Depth goes from 1 to 8 bits.
Nyquist (Sample Rate) – 20kHz max.
Devil On activates the Volvulus modes – 8 total can be achieved through the 3 switches.
Rectify acts an overall distortion/waveshaper
Using an LFO as the source audio creates interesting results.

This Malgorithm in the video is the latest revision and here are the differences between the new and old:
Maximum bit depth has been extended to 10 bits. Maximum sampling rate is doubled.
The ‘devil’ section works a little differently: when engaged, the Bit Depth control changes function and becomes a modifier for your selected devil function. The rectify switch adds some high-frequency garbage in this mode instead of strictly rectifying the signal.

5 Responses to “Harvestman Malgorithm Overview”

  1. Waz July 13, 2010 at 1:52 pm #

    Do you like the Malgorithm or Geiger Counter better?

    • admin July 14, 2010 at 12:00 am #

      They both sound and are used differently in my system. The Geiger Counter’s bit depth and sample rate reduction offers more features but does not sound as musical or versatile as the Malgorithms. The Malgorithms offers eight incredible sounding volvulus modes but it’s not as versatile as the Geiger Counters wavetable distortions. The ergonomics on the Geiger Counter are among the worst I’ve dealt with but the thing sounds amazing. I find that I use the Geiger Counter while processing individual signals and the Malgorithm for overall/summing distortion. Sorry if this confuses you.

  2. woodteeth July 13, 2010 at 1:53 pm #

    these demos are fantastic! i obviously need to experiment with not putting my signal in so hot.

    do you know if your malgorithm is “updated” or not?

    • admin July 14, 2010 at 12:03 am #

      This is the updated version of the Malgorithm. In my opinion the new version has a more versatile range of sounds that it can achieve and has an almost ‘smooth’ feeling and musical tone in comparison to the old one. This may not be for everyone. It’s a cheap upgrade and can be done by contacting Harvestman at sebastian@theharvestman.org.


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