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_the shakes

_the shakes brings free infinite rhythmic + textural design to Ableton for sampled shakers and tambourines. Instant pattern gen + blend at your fingertips.


Note: This device uses 60+ Max for Live MIDI devices in just 1 Ableton Device so expect loading times to be long (Average is +/-1 min).


See it in action here:


We always want some sort of extra percussive thing or texture to accent our beats, but making new rhythms from scratch and finding samples is a chore. What if we could just load up an instrument with a bunch of useful patterns that we could blend in parallel and be done with it? We set off and sampled our favourite studio shakers and tambourines, and brought them into Ableton Live for something s-s-special.


We used over 60 Max for Live devices in this pattern bending and blending power tool, then sprinkled on some cool effects, and 41 macro presets to show you the ropes. Automate the macros for pattern presets and FX for maximum shakiness.


From straight time to fake time, these are the shakes.


• Minimum requirements: Ableton Suite 11.3+

• 36 shaker and tambourine samples. (5MB)

• 20x3 different bendable percussion patterns (60 total).

• 1 Ableton 11.3+ Session.

• 1 Ableton Device with 41 effects + pattern presets.

• 96k/24bit .wav sources.

• 100% Royalty-Free.

• Designed in Vancouver, Canada by Subsocial Studios.



For best results, we recommend updating to the latest version of Ableton Live for patch/preset compatibility.


Ableton error messages such as, "Only audio effects can be placed in this kind of track." or, "Preset can not be loaded. It's probably broken." - usually indicate that our presets were made in a version of Ableton that is newer than yours. If you run into issues, please contact us for help!


Important: Ableton Live files are not backwards compatible. We generally create new releases in the current version of Ableton Live. Currently, all of our Ableton releases are for version 11.0 or greater. Using older versions of Ableton Live will most likely not allow you to use our newest releases. Consider updating your version of Ableton to the latest version to ensure good compatibility.


Some of our Ableton releases are for specific editions of Ableton only (Intro, Standard, Suite). Please ensure you have the correct version before purchasing.

_the shakes

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    The audio files contained in our sample packs are compatible with any audio software or hardware.

    Some of our releases contain presets or software instruments and effects that are specific to particular software or hardware.

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