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How to Make and Import Custom Vital Skins (+Free Templates)

Terran

5 min read

Feb 23

What is a Custom Vital VST Skin?


A custom Vital skin is a user-generated visual overlay that changes the plugin interface. 


The Vital Skin Designer was introduced in version 1.07, sparking a wave of creativity within the community. Allowing audio engineers to make and install custom Vital Skins.


Then, when Vital version 1.5.1 released, we got an updated UI and gained access to an all new Skin Designer layout. Now, Vital Skins are called Vital Themes, and users have access to a lot more customization. From glowing LFOs to gradients, producers can tailor Vital's UI to match their brand, vibe, or preferences.


A custom Vital VST skin shown over the default Vital theme, featuring the Vital skin designer on the right.

How to Install a Custom Vital VST Skin


Open Vital within your DAW of choice, Alt+Click the hamburger icon in the top right, and click the Load Theme option. Then, find and select your custom Vital Skin! Feel free to follow the visual guide below.


Step 1: Alt+Click the Hamburger Icon

Red arrow showing how to open the Vital Skin Designer menu to create a custom Vital theme.

Step 2: Click the Load Theme Option

Infographic showing how to load a custom vital theme into the Vital VST.

Once uploaded, Vital's entire UI transforms instantly.


No worries if you change your mind. Simply choose "Default" from the same menu to revert Vital back to its original look.


Infographic showing how to load the default vital theme from a custom vital skin.

How to Create a Custom Vital Skin in 4 Steps


  1. Access the Vital Skin Designer

  2. Test Out the Skin Designer Menu

  3. Create a Color Palette

  4. Design Your Custom Vital Skin!


Step 1: Access the Vital Skin Designer


Alt+Click the hamburger icon in the top right, and select Edit Theme Colors. This interesting interface shown below will pop up to the right of the plugin.


Red arrow pointing to the new skin theme editor in the Vital VST plugin.

On the right you'll notice the global section labels, click one to open it and see which elements it holds. This breaks the design process down into categories like Oscillators, LFOs, and Filters. Clicking parts of the Vital VST will also bring you to different sections of the Skin Editor. (try clicking the preset menu)


On the left side you can see the list of available colors. To add a custom color to Vital, scroll to the bottom of the list and click the Plus (+) icon. Drag any color from this list over an element to change its color.


If these screenshots don't look familiar, you may need to update Vital. We explain how to update to the latest version at the end of this article.


Red arrow pointing from the old Vital Skin Designer to the new Vital Theme editor

Step 2: Test Out the Vital Skin Designer Menu


While it may seem advanced, you don't need to be a production wizard to create a custom vital skin. Familiarize yourself with each element by clicking through each element. When selected, Vital will highlight the element you are adjusting.


Red arrows showing how the vital skin designer changes the color of elements.

Tweak different parameters to understand how each feature appears on screen.


Step 3: Create a Color Palette


For each of our designs, we start by choosing a color palette for our Vital theme. This is an important step as it helps lay the foundation of Vital skin design.


You can either find a color palette online, make one from an image, or use a free color palette generator like coolers.io.


Step 4: Design Your Custom Vital VST Skin


Now for the fun part! Start with the background to set the tone for your design. Then work through each feature, applying your chosen colors. Remember, clarity is key so make sure to keep it user-friendly.


Skip the hassle of learning each element by using our custom Vital Skins as a template! (or as a reference)


When you finish creating your new Vital Skin, make sure to click Save through the same hamburger menu within Vital.


Red circle showing how to save a custom vital skin.

Our Top 3 Free Vital Skins


Elevate your music production process with our custom Vital VST Skins. Hand-edited by Terran, each design uses dynamic glow effects and a high-contrast color palette. Our goal is to create an interface that's not only intuitive but entertaining for extended studio sessions.


Keep in mind that these are Vital Themes designed for Vital version 1.5.1 and beyond.


Terrvform Vital Skin


Terrvform custom vital skin, featuring orange, white, black and grey as the primary colors.

[REDACTED] Vital Skin


Blurry image of the vital vst skin with coming soon text

[REDACTED] Vital Skin


Blurry image of the vital vst skin with coming soon text

Vital Skin Editor Summary


If you are a music producer tired of starting at the same old greys and blues, creating your own Vital skin is a great move.


We designed our free vital skins with care for anyone interested, but they also make great templates! All you need to do is change our colors in the skin editor to your custom palette.


We will continue to update this list with every custom vital skin we create, so make sure to check back here soon or save the page.


Vital VST Subscription and Pricing Options


While the Vital VST plug-in is free, purchasing a package will earn you additional presets, sample packs, and wavetables on top of all the base features! Here’s a quick look at their pricing options:


Vital Basic (Free): Includes Vital, 75 presets, and 25 wavetables


Vital Subscription ($5 per Month): Includes Vital, $5 of monthly credit in the Vital store, unlimited text-to-wavetable, additional skins, exclusive Discord perk, prioritized support, and first access to new features


Vital Plus ($25 one-time payment): Includes everything in the regular subscription, plus 250 presets and 70 wavetables


Vital Pro ($80 one-time payment): Includes everything in regular subscription, plus 400+ presets and 150 wavetables


You can download the free Vital VST by visiting Vital.audio (not sponsored)


Vital spectral warping wavetable synth primary logo.


Full Vital VST Features List


Drag-and-Drop Modulation Workflow

Intuitive and quick modulation assignment with a visual preview for streamlined sound design


Spectral Warping Wavetable Synthesis

Explore new soundscapes by warping the harmonic structure of wavetables, enabling the creation of unique timbres


Three Wavetable Oscillators

Includes frequency and wave warping capabilities for refined sound design


Efficient Unison Mode

Enables thick, lush sounds by layering multiple voices


Versatile Voice Filters

Two routable filters featuring several models, both analog and digital, with continuous blending modes for diverse sound shaping


Audio-Rate Modulation

Craft precise drum transients and modulate filter cutoffs with high resolution


Stereo-Split LFOs

Customize LFO shapes and split them stereo-wise for intricate modulation patterns


Modulatable Envelopes

Draw in dynamic sound movements with customizable envelope curves


Modulation Remapping

Tailor the response of each modulation source for unique modulation shapes


Custom Sample Source Integration

Upload a custom sample for personalized sound design


Random Modulation Options

Includes Perlin noise, Lorenz Attractor, Sample & Hold, and Sine Interpolation with stereo options for unpredictable modulations


Robust Effects Section

Eight routable effects including a multiband compressor, a versatile phaser, and a lush 16-voice chorus


MPE Support

Full compatibility with MPE controllers for expressive performances


Microtonal File Support

Play and experiment with non-standard tunings for unique scales and modes


Advanced Preset Browser

Easily organize, search, and tag presets with a user-friendly browser


How to Update the Vital VST


In order to update your Vital VST, you'll need to visit account.vital.audio and sign into your Vital account. Then head to the downloads section and download the latest version. Make sure to install the software into the same folder that the previous version is in.


Once the installation is complete, open your DAW and verify that the updated version of Vital is available and functioning. You may need to rescan your VST plugins folder within your DAW if the update isn't recognized.

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