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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.

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.

SEW WHAT is made up of three basic categories:
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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.

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- 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.

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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.
Requires the FULL version of Kontakt 5.6.8+

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  Resident 25.12.2017 2 784
I think that it might be because I began playing the drums before any other instruments, that I've always enjoyed odd percussion. Even used subtly, as I usually use it, it can add a lot of weight to a track, even if it's so subtle that many people might not realize that it's in the background unless they know what to listen for.
Anyway, thanks for another unique library, Talula; it looks useful, as well as fun.
"Rap is a gimmick, but I'm for the Hip Hop, The Culture." - Method Man -
  Member 29.06.2019 1 118
Love these obscure kits! Keep them coming.
If I see anymore piano libraries i may vomit.

thanks tons uploader
I aint signing shit!
  Resident 30.12.2017 578
If I see anymore piano libraries i may vomit.

I'd lilke to see more good ones, but I'll gladly vomit at your side about the bad ones
  Resident 25.12.2017 2 784
Haha, agreed. A piano doesn't have to be sampled 58 layers deep with 4,546 round robins to sound good, but some of them out there are just weak offerings, at best. I do have a soft spot for imperfect pianos that have, say, been sitting in someones attic for 85 yrs and sound dusty af--character is always good.
"Rap is a gimmick, but I'm for the Hip Hop, The Culture." - Method Man -
  Resident 25.01.2012 2337
Sewing pack? Really? ... ok then...
  Resident 26.11.2015 654
"sewing kit". love it. goes to show anything that makes a sound can be an instrument...
make music, not walls.
  Member 11.02.2016 14 100
I can't add it like a library to my R2R Kontakt from here. Any help ? :(
  Member 6.05.2014 306
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