The Vital Synth macro feature is brilliant; my only wish is I could have more Macros! This article walks through the basics of macro functionality, and design tips and tricks. There is also a link to a video and 2 accompanying Presets with worked examples.
Visit YouTube for my video which walks through the creation of 5 different Macros.
You can download the Free Vital Presets here.
- Blend Two Oscillators (Preset Part 1 & 2)
- Use the Vital Matrix to detune the Oscillators to add dynamic movement (Preset Part 1 & 2)
- Build a Macro to control the other Macros (Preset Part 1 & 2)
- Use LFO 1 to modulate Macro 3 (Preset Part 1)
- Use a Macro to control LFO 1 and enhance LFO 1 with the Mod Remap (Preset Part 2)
How to add a Vital Synth Macro
Macros can be added by dragging or dropping the macro control on any other control which turns green on the Voice, Effects or Advanced screens.
Alternatively they can be added via the Matrix screen which is sometimes easier and also enables you to keep track on your various macro assignments.
The macro will then automatically adjust the value of what it is controlling when you turn the dial.
Vital Macro Basic Functionality
- Each of the four macros can be assigned to multiple controls.
- Each assignment is represented by a circular icon.
- Each Circular icon is colour coded e.g.
- GREEN or PURPLE icons represent Oscillators, LFOs and other controls on the VOICE and ADVANCED pages (the colour depends on whether other Macros have already been assigned to the same control)
- PURPLE icons represent Macros
- SANDY/GOLD icons are assigned to Filters,
- Effects assignments are coloured the same as the effect e.g RED for distortion, YELLOW for flange etc.
- Each Circular icon can be assigned a value representing the amount or level it will apply to the control it is assigned to.
- If fully shaded in the macro amount is at its maximum value and pro rata if partially filled (like a pie chart).
- Use the pencil to rename each Macro to remind you or people you share your Preset to what it does.
- Double click a Circular icon / pie to remove it – take care there is no undo!
- AVOID Creating macros with severe pitch or volume changes which could hurt ears!!
- REMEMBER to save versions of your preset as there is no undo button!
Vital Macro Advanced Functionality
- I recommend that you prioritise or group your macro functionality to maximise their use e.g. design them so that they can be used in combination with each other or build them in a way that more esoteric functions wont disrupt more subtle changes.
- Enter specific values in your macros (right click > enter value, or Ctrl/Cmd + Mouse to accurately adjust the value) or adjust the pie chart value with your mouse.
- Use the right click to avoid tabbing to the Matrix it gives you options to Enter a value, Remove, Bypass, Make UniPolar/BiPolar, Mono/Stereo
- Use the right key to assign the macro to your midi keyboard its easy to do!
- Values can be positive or negative. Turn on the Bi-Polar setting to assign positive and negative values.
- Use Macros to adjust the value of another control value/parameter by dragging the Macro on to the other button. You will see a green dot in these controls like an embossed radio button to signify it can be controlled by a Macro.
Vital Matrix Screen
- Get to know the Matrix page which will make macro assignment easier and to experiment with new target destinations.
- Order the Matrix screen columns by clicking the title bar to sort e.g. by Source or Destination
- Click the #No. in the first Column to temporally turn an assignment off i.e. ‘mute it’
- Use Bipolar to send positive and negative values based on the direction of the macro knob turn
- Right Click on the amount to Enter exact values. Zero (0) is in the middle with negative values to the left and positive values to the right.
- Don’t forget to add Stereo effect settings for lead parts
- Use the Morph setting to apply ‘s’ curve type modifications rather than just linear adjustments
- Use the Mod Remap to further modulate your transformations.
My final tip is that the Matrix is a great place to reverse engineer other Vital Preset Macros to get a better understanding of the art of the possible.