By | September 2, 2019


Size 1.95 Gb

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.


Sawmill is not your standard sample library. It is an advanced and powerful synthesizer with sampled oscillators. There are 32 waveforms, generated mostly with a modular analog system and vintage analog synthesizers.

The samples are fairly long to capture bits of analog drift and tiny electronic imperfections which makes it sound more alive. Each sample has been looped by hand without any additional processing, to preserve as much of the original flavor as reasonably possible.

The waveform selection is focused mainly on different variations of saw, but it also includes other basic shapes, as well as some fancy waveforms you can generate in a modular by mangling the oscillator with rectifiers, ring modulators, inverters and the like, all in analog domain.

Sawmill includes nearly complete palette of what Kontakt has to offer in signal processing: full range of filter types, classic effects, different types of envelopes, LFOs with various shapes and frequency modulation.


Additionally there are several innovative functions.

There is a sequenced modulator, which is a crossover between a step sequencer and an LFO – you can program a value pattern and shape it to the LFO waveform.

There are six patterns which can be combined and/or patched to different parameters, like pitch or filter cutoff. In fact, any parameter can be automated using MIDI CC.

There is pitch glide function with adjustable acceleration curve.

And then there is the advanced multi-arpeggiator, which is like having a stack of eight arpeggiators, which you can sequence or combine in different ways to create complex note patterns out of a simple chord.


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
Kontakt 5.8.1 or newer (full version) – Not Kontakt Player

V1.1 Update:

added some drop-down tool menus for modulator
added some snapshots
fixed some typos in manual


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