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Sew What

Here is one of the most unique percussion libraries you'll hear. We sampled nearly every sewing item you can imagine - pitched and non-pitched, from sewing machines and knitting needles to buttons, cloth, and scissors. Play them as single shots or custom defined arpeggiations. The sewing machines are tempo-synched.

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Requires the FULL version of Kontakt 5.6.8+

DEMOS


One demo for Sew What features a number of Cinesamples' other libraries. 

Sew - This demo features ONLY the Sew What library.

Scissors n Sticks: Sew What, CineBells, CineBrass Core and Pro, CineHarp, CinePerc, CineStrings Core, CineWinds Pro, Dulcimer and Zither, and VOXOS

ABOUT

SEW WHAT is a combo of single shot pitched and non-pitched percussion with the option of a built-in arppegiator and effects rack.  

We were approached by composer Christopher Lennertz to build a custom library for a recent animated film.  His request - all sounds related to sewing.  So, off we went to the craft shop to get our materials.

We got funny looks in Michael's Craft Shop while we "played" all of their merchandise, but they were happy when we walked out with full carts of everything sewing related! 

  • Thread
  • Elastic
  • Shoelaces
  • Cardboard
  • Fabric
  • Cloth
  • Embroidery Hoops
  • Scissors
  • Buttons
  • Beads
  • Knitting Needles
  • Tape measure
  • Velcro
  • Zippers

We ripped cloth and velcro.  We dropped buttons and beads, put them in jars and shook them.  We suspended knitting needles and hit them.  We plucked thread and elastic.  We even found out that our 3 pairs of scissors have very different sounds.  

From the cloth and embroidery hoops, we made awesome frame drums.  From the shoelaces and a guitar frame, we made a custom guitar.  We stretched a long suede shoelace across a shovel handle to make a shoelace bass.  

Then came the sewing machines!  Everyone brought in their family sewing machine – from a vintage 1930 crank model to an ultra modern programmable electronic machine and everything in between.  We recorded them at different speeds (when possible) and programmed them to tempo-sync to your DAW.  

We included an arpeggiation section in which you can design your own tempo-synced rhythms and an effects page to further customise each sound. 

FEATURES

SEW WHAT is made up of three basic categories:

  • MATERIAL
  • ARPEGGIATOR
  • EFFECTS
     

MATERIAL

This is where you can select one of the many materials we recorded: anything from metal sewing needles to our homemade frame drums.

1 PRESETS: Loading a preset from the "1 PRESETS" category will change the Rhythm, Effects, and Materials.


RHYTHM

  • Turn off the arpeggiator by clicking the "ARPEGGIATOR" button. You can increase or decrease the number of steps in the arpeggiator by clicking and dragging up or down on the number box next to the "ARPEGGIATOR" button.
  • You can change the note values and note lengths, including the attacks and decays.
  • "Beat Sync" enables you to sync the start of your rhythm to the next downbeat. 
  • "DYNAMIC RANGE" allows you to change the range of velocities. A higher bar results in lower lows and higher highs; a lower bar results in more normalized dynamics.
  • Randomize your rhythms with the "RANDOMIZE" button. 
  • Use the "EXTEND RHYTHM" to extend your custom arpeggiation rhythm beyond the number of steps in your arpeggiator. You will see your newly looped rhythm when you extend the number of steps. 
  • Randomize the panning and velocities of your loop with the "Random Pan" and "Random Vel" knobs. 
  • "Sloppiness" creates an element of humanization by randomly shifting note attacks and velocities.


2 RHYTHMS: Loading a preset from the "2 RHYTHMS" category will change the Rhythm ONLY, not the Effects or Material.


EFFECTS
Mix your sound using the following effects:

  • Shaper
  • Reverb
  • EQ
  • Saturation
  • Delay
  • Compressor

3 FX: Loading a preset from the "3 FX" category will change the Effects ONLY, not the Rhythm or Material.

THE SESSION


1930 Singer

Modern Machine

Cloth, Buttons, & More ...

Cloth Frame Drums

Shoelace Bass & Guitar

Recording a "Singer" 

PATCH LIST

    • 01 Sew What - Master
    • 17 4/4 Swish
    • 02 12/8 Tape Measure Triplets
    • 18 4/4 Syncopated Sub Smack
    • 03 4/4 Button Drop Groove
    • 19 4/4 Syncopated Velcro
    • 04 4/4 Clave Delay
    • 20 4/4 Tiny Shaker 8ths
    • 05 4/4 Cutting Cloth
    • 21 5/8 Broken Scissors
    • 06 4/4 Elastic Heart
    • 22 5/8 Scissor Clock
    • 07 4/4 Funky Elastic
    • 23 7/8 Lid Delay
    • 08 4/4 Funky Shoelace
    • 24 Rain
    • 09 4/4 Funky Thread
    • 25 Scifi Rain
    • 10 4/4 Galloping Gertie
    • 26 Thread Scrape
    • 11 4/4 Groovy Haircut 1
    • 27 Tonal Frame Drum 808
    • 12 4/4 Groovy Haircut 2
    • 28 Tonal Knitting Needle Shimmer
    • 13 4/4 Groovy Haircut 3
    • 29 Tonal Shoestring Guitar
    • 14 4/4 Rip Groove
    • 30 Tonal Shovel Bass
    • 15 4/4 Scissor Clock 2
    • 31 Tonal Total Saturation
    • 16 4/4 String Theory
    • 32 Tonal Wood Knitting Needles
    • 02 1930s Singer ALL TEMPOS
    • 16 Singer Modern P1 113 BPM
    • 03 Baby Lock P4 104 BPM
    • 17 Singer Modern P1 155 BPM (Triplets)
    • 04 Baby Lock P4 119 BPM
    • 18 Singer Modern P1 157 BPM
    • 05 Baby Lock P4 133 BPM
    • 19 Singer Modern P1 164 BPM
    • 06 Baby Lock P4 134 BPM (Triplets)
    • 20 Singer Modern P1 186 BPM
    • 07 Baby Lock P4 139 BPM
    • 21 Singer Modern P1 318 BPM
    • 08 Baby Lock P57 119 BPM
    • 22 Singer Modern P4 114 BPM
    • 09 Baby Lock P57 129 BPM
    • 23 Singer Modern P4 124 BPM
    • 10 Baby Lock P57 155 BPM
    • 24 Singer Modern P4 131 BPM
    • 11 Baby Lock P57 172 BPM
    • 25 Singer Modern P4 156 BPM
    • 12 Baby Lock P57 206 BPM
    • 26 Singer Modern P4 194 BPM
    • 13 Baby Lock P57 277 BPM
    • 27 Singer Modern P4 238 BPM
    • 14 Modern P1 90 BPM
    • 28 Small P1 132 BPM
    • 15 Singer Modern 318 BPM
    • 29 Small P1 148 BPM

Technical Specifications

Requires the FULL version of Kontakt 5.6.8 and above.  The FREE player will NOT support this product. 

  • Requires a minimum of 4GB free hard drive space during installation. Library size is approx. 2GB after installation
  • Minimum 8GB RAM Recommended

Kontakt 5.6.8 Minimum System Requirements: 

  • Mac OS X 10.11 through 10.13, i5
  • Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10 (latest Service Pack, 32/64-bit) Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD Athlon 64 X2

Kontakt 5.6.8 Supported Interfaces:

  • Mac OS X (64-bit only): Stand-alone, VST, AU, AAX
  • Windows (32/64-bit): Stand-alone, VST, AAX

SEW WHAT CREW

    • Produced by: Christopher Lennertz, Michael Barry, and Michael Patti
    • Project Director: Tim Starnes
    • Kontakt Scripting: Ben Chrisman
    • Recording Engineer: Tim Starnes
    • Recording Assistant: Josh Margolis
    • Mix Engineer: Tim Starnes
    • Sample Editors: Ben Chrisman and Tim Starnes
    • Production Assitant: Dara Taylor