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How to use Vital Synth (Short Vital Tutorial)

Updated: Sep 15, 2023


There's a lot to say about Vital, but in a nutshell, this Matt Tytel masterpiece may be the greatest FREE soft synth on the market right now.


That's right, there's a free version of this handy synth that covers all of Vital's main functions! There are commercial variants with more presets and wavetables, but the free version is all you need - along with a pack of our unique presets, of course!


So, if you're wanting to add a new strong impacting wavetable synthesizer to your studio arsenal, look no further. Those who are familiar with Serum will find that their skills transfer over rather easily, with numerous similarities in design and setup.


Oscillators with Wavetables


A trio of high-quality wavetable oscillators with waveshaping and distortion capabilities power the sound. You may select from a variety of predefined wavetables or make your own, much as in Serum. The sample slot in Vital is similar to Serum's 'Noise' feature. We can load a texture sample here to give our synth sounds a genuinely distinct character.


Filters


Once your oscillators and sample are ready, you may route them via two distinct filters, each with 32 filter types.

The possibilities are essentially limitless, and it goes without saying that all filter parameters can be modulated for more sound-shifting flavors.



Modulation


With three envelopes and four LFOs in six modes, sounds may be moulded in a variety of ways using automated parameter control.

Draw your forms directly in the editor, or load an LFO preset and change the frequency mode if you want rhythmic modulation in time with your rhythms.

If you can't obtain enough modulation, there are several more choices available, including note velocity, note pressure, a mod wheel, and randomisers.


The randomisers are wonderful for producing textures and atmospheric movement, and connecting velocity and pressure to filter and effects settings, as well as wave morphing, may give your sound a truly expressive quality.


FX


Once we've finished with the 'Voice' area, we can continue on to the 'Effects' rack, where we may stack any combination of 9 diverse effects to truly fine-tune our sound. Of fact, practically all fx parameters are modulation mappable


Macros


The Macro part has four rotary knobs that may be assigned to different parameters of our choosing, such as a WT-position, an FX level, or an LFO speed.


It's also a good idea to connect these knobs to a hardware MIDI controller so you may modify your sounds in real time while playing.


Macros are wonderful for creating new ways to twist your synth sounds into oblivion, or you may go for a more subtle expression.



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