It is easy to change the BPM (Beats Per Minute) when Vital is running as a VST inside a DAW but it is more difficult to change the tempo when in Standalone mode. So unless you just use it standalone running at its default 120 BPM, (equivalent to 0.500s per beat i.e. 2 beats per second) there are two main options you have to change the tempo …ignoring a) installing a DAW as an option, b) just altering the Tempo e.g. from 1/2 to 1/4 or c) placing more beats on your grid. The 2 options are…
- To adjust the tempo in seconds
- To create 2 macros to speed and slow down the Global Beats Per Second. (click here for the free Preset template)
Watch the Video to see how or carry on reading below to find out more.
Pros and Cons of using Vital Synth in Standalone for setting BPM
Changing Tempo Using Seconds
You can change the tempo using seconds. This will give you an accurate BPM.
- Click on the crotchet quarter note and choose Seconds instead.
- The seconds will depend on the speed you require. 0.5 seconds is equivalent to 1 beat every half second i.e. 120 beats per minute (great for house and techno music).
Unless you want to do the math…there are plenty of resources available to look up BPM to Tempo; try googling “tempo to bpm conversion”
or there is probably a “BPM to Tempo Chart” in the back of your favourite dance music book
TIP 1 The beat will also be dependent on where you emphasise your beats on the 8 x 1 grid. Take care of you may end up playing half time.
TIP 2 If you are playing triplets make sure your conversion has been done for triplets!
TIP 3 Unless you deliberately want to have differeing tempos for each LFO please make sure you update the tempo in each LFO which is cumbersome!
Changing Tempo Macros
You can assign Macros in the Global Matrix to speed up and slow down Vital’s Global BPM setting however please note this is only as accurate as you are when turning the macro buttons. It does overcome the need to individually adjust each LFO to the new tempo though.
Add a Macro to speed the BPM up.
- Assign Macro 1 to Global Beats Per Minute.
- Set the Slider Amount to its max.
- Label Macro 1 ‘Speed Up’.
Add a Macro to slow the BPM down
- Assign Macro 2 to Global Beats Per Minute
- Set the Slider Amount to its minimum
- Label Macro 2 ‘Slow Down’.
Free Global BPM Macros Preset Template
Both these ways of adjusting the BPM when Vital Synth is in standalone mode have their pros and cons and unless you really cant use either a free or paid for DAW e.g. because of CPU or supportability then these 2 options work. Perhaps they are best used when you are designing draft sounds and generating ideas before crafting them in more detail once you are in your DAW where you can add extra bells and whistles using automation, arpeggiators, midi and sound effects and the like.