Vital VST Masterclass, Module 2 - Oscillator Processing




We discussed the basic sound generation principle, wavetable editing, and creation in Vital in the last module.

In this Module, I am gonna talk about various processing units in the Oscillator of Vital.


The Oscillator Pitch Controls


In Vital Oscillator, we have 2 oscillator controls.


  1. In Semitones - The Pitch is set in semitone from -48 to +48. 1 Octave = 12 Semitone

  2. In Cents - The Pitch is set in cents from -100 to +100 ; 1 Semitone = 100 Cents


Transpose Snap


The Transpose snap as the name suggests snaps the keyboard notes to a particular value. All other notes will trigger the frequency of the nearest Selected Transpose note.



Oscillator Level

The oscillator level sets the amplitude of waveforms in the wavetable. This does not set the value in dB, but rather on a scale of 0 to 1. But the effect of the parameter is the same as dB.


Pan

Sets the panning of the oscillator.


Oscillator Routing


This option sends the output of oscillators to various processing units. There are various configurations.


  1. Filter 1 - Sends the Oscillator Output to Filter 1.

  2. Filter 2 - Sends the Oscillator Output to Filter 2.

  3. Filter 1+2 - Sends the Oscillator Output to both filters

  4. Effects - Bypass the filters and sends the oscillator output to Effect Section.

  5. Direct Out - Bypass the filters as well as effects and send the oscillator output to the master.


Unison in Vital vst Plugin


What is Unison in Music?


Unison/Prime creates the copy of the original audio signal coming out of the main oscillator window. You can alter the phase, pitch, stereo width and process the entire signal(original and clones). This processing emulates the positions, pitch, and environment. Think of Unison value 9 as 9 oscillators playing the same note at the same pitch but with different instruments from different locations.


It's like copying your friend's assignments, you copy as it is, then does a little makeover to make it stand out.


Unison gives a great character as well as weig