I had the same experience. I looked for hours for a way to avoid the reset of the modulators at the beginning of a pattern/song.
Having free running “everything” would open a world of possibilities, especially in the field of generative music, and also to create less repetitive modulation textures for pads.
I use also Pigments, and that feature is gold, with the addition of 3 random engines, among which a Turing generator. Vital has Lorenz . Good reason for me to use both synths. I was expecting the free running feature, given that it is possible to set the tempo in seconds, which in most cases will cause the modulator to fall out of sync… so something is off… but maybe I still do not understand how to get out of Vital, what I’d like. In that case, please educate me!
This said, I hope that someone here will say: have you seen that button down there, that enables the free running modulators… ?