Sawmill is an instrument inspired by the supersaw sound. In a broad sense, it doesn’t try to emulate the classic supersaw sound but I think it’s interesting how layering detuned saw oscillators turns a static sound into a moving texture. I have been wondering how would it sound if you detuned other parameters, not just pitch. For example, you could also detune filters, LFO frequency, effects etc… Welcome to Sawmill, where you can detune everything, on every oscillator. There are seven oscillators and it is quite like having a stack of seven synthesizers, with controllers conveniently grouped by type. So if you want tune a filter cutoff you have a row of seven knobs to deal with. It makes it easy to experiment with oscillator layering.
DETAILS: + 7 oscillator stack with all parameters editable individually for each oscillator + 32 sampled oscillator types, analog and vintage digital + 2574 hand looped samples (2.75 GB unpacked – open wav) + 107 presets in snapshot format + Multi-arpeggiator with 8 arp patterns to combine + Step sequencer and LFO crossover modulator with 6 editable waveforms + Comprehensive set of 32 scales to choose from so the arp can be locked to precise musical notes + 35 filter types + 105 Snapshots + 49 Page User Guide
SOUNDS There are 32 oscillator waveforms to choose from. Mostly different flavors of saw and other spiky waveforms as those work best with layering. Oscillator waveforms are tagged by source: – Modern analog – generated with eurorack modular system, based on Intellijel Dixie and Doepfer A-110-4 oscillators, first being triangle core and second sine based (sine waveform is not a derived from other waveforms by waveshaping). There are several saw flavors processed by different filter types, where cutoff is modulated loosely by pitch CV. Besides regular shapes there are numerous exotic shapes, generated by mixing and processing regular waveforms, using ring modulators, rectifiers, logic modules etc., all in analog domain.
– Vintage analog – generated with Sequential Circuits Six-Track synthesizer, which has a neat feature of mixing three basic waveforms. There are three basic waveforms: saw, pulse and triangle and two mixed waveforms: saw + triangle and saw + pulse. There are also two versions of saw processed with tuned Moog type low pass filter. Tuned means that I used oscilloscope to manually tune the cutoff for each semitone, so the waveform shape is consistent over the whole set. This synthesizer is also the source of noise oscillator.
– Vintage string machine – that’s a single pulse waveform recorded from1979’s Siel Orchestra, which had a solo mode being basically a single oscillator out. This set doesn’t cover the whole 84 semitones, lowest and highest octaves will be derived by pitching the samples in Kontakt.
– Early mini clone – generated with eurorack oscillator, being the clone of early design of Minimoog model D using no integrated circuits. This set includes Mini’s trademark ‘sharktooth’ waveform and the only rectangle shape available (not exactly rectangle if you look at it).
– Vintage digital – two extra waveforms, generated with Casio CZ-3000, a unique phase distortion synthesizer.
v1.1 Update: – added some drop-down tool menus for modulator – added some snapshots – fixed some typos in manual
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