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27 Nov 2020

Serum vs. Vital VST comparison UPD. Jan '24

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Everything that you need to know about Serum VS Vital. I didn't compare available options in effects. Leave your feedback in the comments, if you wish. I'll improve the article.

Ver.
v1.368 beta
1.5.5 early
View
(click to enlarge)
Price
189$
free
Amount of 3rd party presets
tens of thousands ⭐
thousands
Preset Browser
Preset menu
Has interesting options
20231227-preset-menu-serum.jpg
 
20231227-preset-menu-vital.jpg
Browse by vendor
Weird
20231227-vendor-serum.jpg
Fine ⭐
20231227-vendor-vital.jpg
Select multiple categories
yes
Retains browser state
yes
Keyboard arrows browse presets
yes
Stores SCW in the preset
yes
Microtuning
yes
Resizable UI
(fixed ratio)
yes
Visual feedback
good
better
Skins
yes
yes, has editor ⭐
Has Keyboard, Mod / Pitch wheel, Glide, Mono, Legato, Always
same
OSC
2 + sampler + Sub (only 6 shapes)
3 + sampler ⭐
Direct Out
Only sub and noise
everything ⭐
Wave morph modes
 
20231227-warp-serum.jpg
 
20231227-warp-vital.jpg
Spectral morphing
No
 
20231227-spectral-vital.jpg
Macro
same
ENV
4
6
LFO
8
8
LFO can be ENV
yes
LFO has Delay and Smooth
yes
LFO presets
yes
copy LFO
20201127-serum-clfo.gif
hold alt
20201127-vital-cp.jpg
random LFO
yes, 2
yes, 4
random LFO modes
1
4
max oversampling
4x
8x
LFO freq
Hz
time
Modulation max rate
100 Hz
1000 Hz (0.001 sec)
Mod dest and side-chain (SC)

has AUX source, it is like SC in Massive

20201127-serum-aus.jpg

drag and drop MOD env on morph curve

20201127-vital-aus.jpg



Sort modulation

20201127-serum-som.jpg

20201127-vital-som.gif

filters
2
3 ⭐
num of types
96
64
filter edit
switch display mode

20201127-serum-sw.gif
acts like X-Y pad

20201127-vital-xy.gif
SCW inport modes
7

20201127-serum-1.jpg
3

20201127-vital-1.jpg
MPE
yes
Reverb
okay
good ⭐
Distorsion
16 ⭐

20201127-serum-d.jpg
6

20201127-vital-d.jpg
unison stack modes
20201127-serum-um.jpg
20201127-vital-us.jpg
Storing Presets
a little bit messy
well organized ⭐
Undo / Redo
no
yes ⭐
20231227-vital-undo-redo.jpg
Wave editor
Paste wave formula
yes
no
custom distortion wave shape

20201127-serum-cdw.jpg
render last note

20201127-serum-ce.jpg
hyper / dimension

20201127-serum-hd.jpg
filter level

20201127-serum-lvl.jpg
modulate lfo anchor X-Y position

20201127-serum-mlfo.jpg
silence tails when DAW stops

20201127-serum-sl.JPG
no
drag and drop picture

20201127-serum-qr.jpg
Not the same

ntp.jpg
LFO can sync freq to pitch

freq.PNG
Custom Wave Morph Mode

cwwm.jpg
Coarse Pitch

coars.jpg
Hidden here

20201127-vital-coarse.jpg
Tooltips

tt.jpg
LFO: select dots

20201127-serum-sd.gif
FX insert unit with macros

20201127-serum-fx.JPG
Lock Mod Matrix on preset change

20201127-serum-ls.jpg
OSC to LFO

20210919-osc-to-lfo.png
some filters has extra rotary

20201127-serum-mf.gif
filter type morphing

20201127-vital-ftm.gif
LFO: quick draw

20201127-vital-qd.gif
tranpose snap

20201127-vital-t.jpg
Stereo mod for modulators

20201127-vital-st.JPG
Unison mode per oscilator

20201127-vital-umpo.jpg
only filter

20201127-serum-fsp.gif
waveform and spectral analyzer

20201127-vital-anl.jpg
text to wavetable

20201127-vital-ttw.jpg
search in wavetable list

20201127-vital-s.jpg
extra midi modulators

20201127-vital-mi.jpg
more voice stealing options

20201127-vital-vs.jpg
Spread

20201127-vital-tm.jpg
MIDI learn indicator
no
20231227-midi-learn-indicator-serum.jpg
yes
20231227-midi-learn-indicator-vital.jpg



Vital tips:
ctrl + mouse = precise increment
alt + click = enter value
click on waveform to see spectrogram
double click = default
shift + change pitch = jump by octave

20201127-vital-spread.gif


draw and copy/paste shapes right in the LFO

20201127-vital-copy-shape-r.gif


use spectral view mode to see spectral morph

20201127-vital-sp.gif


use mouse wheel to tune modulation amount without drop the source on destination

20201127-vital-hold.gif


you can mute modulation

20201127-vital-mu.gif


disable compression by sliding stripes (ratio)

20201127-vital-comp.gif


scroll mouse to zoon bands

20201127-vital-scrl.gif


smoth can be switched to fade-in

20201127-vital-fade.gif


use shift to edit all LFO curves

20201127-vital-ac.gif


Source
Vital Synth Hacks and Secrets by Baphometrix



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