Matt Tytel, the developer behind the popular Helm freeware synthesizer, will release a new instrument called Vital (free and paid versions available) on November 24th.
Vital is a forthcoming spectral warping wavetable synthesizer by Matt Tytel. He is the author of the massively popular Helm synthesizer, which is featured on our list of the best freeware synths.
Matt spent over three years developing Vital. The project looks very promising, and I won’t be surprised if this turns out the biggest VST plugin release of 2020.
Judging by the feature list and the screenshots, Vital is set to rival popular mainstream synthesizers like Serum and Massive. Combine that with the impeccable UI design and workflow optimization we’ve already seen in Helm, and it becomes painfully clear that the ability to fast-forward time to November 24th would be the superpower to have at the moment.
Vital will be available in four different versions, with four different pricing options:
- Vital Basic – Free
- Vital Plus – $25
- Vital Pro – $80
- Vital Subscription – $5 per month
According to the currently available information, all four editions will provide Vital’s full synthesis functionality. The difference is that the paid packs will include more presets, more wavetables, a larger sample pool, and more LFO patterns.
Taking a closer look at the specs, Vital Free will include 80 presets and 25 wavetables, whereas Vital Pro will include over 400 presets and 150 wavetables, with unlimited text-to-wavetable functionality. Users who opt for the $5 monthly subscription will receive first access to new features and other exclusive perks.
As for the synthesis engine, the main highlights are Vital’s high-quality wavetable oscillators with frequency warping and wave warping, an optimized unison mode (low CPU consumption), audio-rate frequency modulation, envelopes with custom curves, sample playback, microtonal file support, and MPE support.
We will also see innovative features like stereo-modulation, which will take advantage of Vital’s ability to stereo-split an LFO and delay the two channels. Another exciting feature is the drag-and-drop modulation workflow, with modulation preview before the connection was made.
At the moment, it isn’t possible to download Vital or hear it in action. But I guess that the quick preview video embedded above is more than enough to whet everyone’s appetite.
Vital will become available on November 24th in VST, VST3, AU, and LV2 plugin formats for digital audio workstations on Windows, macOS, and Linux.
UPDATE: In The Mix launched a 50% OFF intro deal on Vital Plus. The offer includes a custom In The Mix preset pack. Ends on November 21st!
More info: Vital (to be released on November 24th, 2020)