Vital Audio - Vital - Spectral Warping Wavetable Synth

Vital is a spectral warping wavetable synthesizer. Spectral warping is a technique for modifying the timbre of a sound by stretching, shifting, smearing, and skewing its harmonics up, down, and around the spectrum. This allows Vital to create a wide range of sounds, from classic analog to futuristic digital.

Vital has a number of other features that make it a powerful and versatile synthesizer. These include:

  • High-quality wavetable oscillators: Vital’s wavetable oscillators are capable of producing a wide range of sounds, from classic analog to futuristic digital.

  • Efficient unison: Vital’s unison engine can create up to 16 voices per oscillator, for a thick and powerful sound.

  • Two routable voice filters: Vital has two routable voice filters, each with several analog and digital models.

  • Audio-rate modulation: Vital supports audio-rate modulation, which allows you to create clean drum transients and frequency modulate filter cutoff.

  • Stereo-splitable LFOs: Vital’s LFOs can be stereo-split, so you can have different modulation depths for the left and right channels.

  • Modulatable envelopes: Vital’s envelopes can be modulated by other parameters, so you can create complex and evolving sounds.

  • Modulation remapping: Vital’s modulation remapping feature allows you to customize the shape of every modulation.

  • Custom sample source: Vital can use custom samples as oscillator sources.

  • Random modulation sources: Vital has a number of random modulation sources, including Perlin, Lorenz Attractor, S&H, and Sine Interplation.

  • Eight routable effects: Vital has eight routable effects, including a multiband compressor, multi-mode phaser, and 16 voice chorus.

  • MPE support: Vital supports MPE, so you can control it with expressive MIDI controllers.

  • Microtonal file support: Vital supports microtonal files, so you can create sounds with non-Western tunings.

  • Oscilloscope and spectrum viewer: Vital has an oscilloscope and spectrum viewer, so you can visualize your sounds.

The interface and sound quality of this synth is great. I know the design was no doubt ‘inspired’ by Serum, but what a joy it is to program sounds on.

I was watching a video on youtube about an AI tool called MicroMusic for Vital. Basically, you drag a piece of audio into MicroMusic and it analyzes it and creates upto 10 similar presets in Vital. I thought that is so cool to quickly get a similar result.

Wow thanks, I didn’t know about the Micro Music tool.

First Things First: Getting Comfortable with the Interface

Vital boasts a clear and intuitive interface, but let’s break it down to familiarize ourselves:

  • Oscillators: These are the sound generators, where your sonic journey begins. Vital offers two wavetable oscillators, allowing you to layer and blend waveforms for rich and complex textures.

  • Filter: Your tone sculptor. The filter shapes the tonal characteristics of your sound, allowing you to cut or boost specific frequencies.

  • Envelopes: These control how your sound evolves over time. Think of them as faders that automate parameters like filter cutoff, volume, or even oscillator pitch.

  • Modulation Matrix: This is your playground for adding movement and complexity. Route LFOs, envelopes, and other sources to various parameters to create dynamic and evolving sounds.

  • Effects Section: From classic chorus and reverb to distortion and bitcrusher, Vital’s effects section adds the final polish and character to your sound.

Shaping Your Sound: Filter Finesse and Envelopmental Adventures

The filter and envelopes are your dynamic duo, shaping the character and evolution of your sound:

  • Filter Cutoff: This controls the high-frequency roll-off, allowing you to create warm, bassy sounds or bright and airy textures.

  • Filter Resonance: Adds emphasis to specific frequencies, giving your sound a biting edge or a smooth, subharmonic growl.

  • Envelopes: Automate filter cutoff, oscillator pitch, volume, and more to create evolving textures and emulate real-world instruments.

Modulation: Where Sounds Come Alive

Vital’s modulation matrix unlocks a universe of sonic possibilities. Here’s how to wield its power:

  • LFOs: These Low Frequency Oscillators add rhythmic and melodic movement to your sound. Route them to parameters like filter cutoff, oscillator pitch, or volume to create pulsating basses, shimmering pads, and evolving textures.

  • Envelopes as Modulators: Don’t just use envelopes for basic shaping; use them to modulate other parameters for complex textures. Imagine a filter cutoff envelope controlling the pitch of your oscillator for a truly mind-bending effect.

  • MIDI Control: Take your sound design to the next level by assigning MIDI controllers to various parameters in Vital. This lets you play with your sound in real-time, adding expressive nuances and dynamic control.

Beyond the Basics: Advanced Techniques for Sound Design Gurus

Once you’ve mastered the fundamentals, explore these advanced techniques to take your sound design to the next level:

  • Unison and Detuning: Add thickness and power by layering multiple copies of your oscillator with slight detuning. This creates a chorus-like effect, perfect for fat basses and soaring leads.

  • FM Synthesis: Unlock the world of FM synthesis within Vital by using one oscillator to modulate the pitch of the other. This creates complex and metallic sounds, reminiscent of classic DX synths.

  • Sample Import and Granular Synthesis: Breathe new life into your existing samples by importing them into Vital and using granular synthesis techniques. This

Some of those presets sound really lovely.