An ancient saw instrument passed down through the generations...

The story

Yes. Its a saw. You saw that right. A playable saw.

My great grandfather used to be a pretty good saw player, he even performed in the radio, and he left an ancient saw instrument in my family. It is a real existing instrument and there are even dedicated shops to buy them.
My dad learned to play the saw when he was a kid and we managed to dust of this beast and record some very basic samples with it.

The instrument is very difficult to play properly and the sound is just haunting not to mention how out-of tune it is.
I thought it would be awesome to record some haunting drones with it and well…here is the result. It is not perfect or your typical lead instrument, but definitely has its uses.

An instrument saw doesn’t have the spikes, its just a long metal blade. It is bowed with a regular violin bow, but you have to simultaneously bend the saw between your knees and vibrate it by shaking your legs.


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  • Some very interesting sfx!

    What can I say... This could be an amazing horror SFX library, but it needs some work to be done. First and foremost, the samples need to be processed and cropped in a more proper way, because there is noticable noice and they end up way to suddenly. The inclusion of ADSR settings would probably fix that, but still. The other thing is that in the massacre patch, the samples start way too late. I imagine that in a composing environment this would be a big pain. This could really be great!

    Alex Raptakis17 October 2021