Shaken Percussion

macOS/Windows $49.99 and iPad $19.99

Create shaker patterns as played by a human being

Shaken, not stirred

Skaka is a sample-based sequencer plugin for shaker percussion instruments. It has 12 slots, each with its own instrument, parameters (lots of them!) and pattern. We've built both the sequencer and the sampler from the ground, to optimize this instrument for these types of sounds. Each pattern contains events, with individual parameters like pitch, velocity (as in how fast the instrument is shaken), and envelope.

With full control over shuffle/swing amount, an advanced humanizer function, internal awareness of in- and out shakes (yes, they sound different), using grids divided into triplets/quintuplets/septuplets, timing fine-tuning and variable sequence lengths, Skaka can get very close to how a human percussionist would sound in almost any tempo without any use of degrading time stretching or similar techniques.

To top it off, there's a nice reverb, a room simulator and a high shelf filter.

Skaka comes with nearly 200 ready-made patterns covering most genres and styles.

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Requires macOS 10.10 or later, Windows 7 (SP1) or later, running a AU, VST or AAX compatible 64-bit host.




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Requires iOS 9.3 or later, and a AUv3 compliant host.


  • 12 parallel slots, each with individual settings for instrument and pattern
  • 8 different shaker instruments (Egg, Shaker, Tambourine, Caxixi, Single Shot, Ghungroos, Calabash & Seeds
  • High quality reverb plus room simulation
  • High-precision editing of each pattern, with a plethora of controls for getting the exact right timing, pitch and velocity
  • Wide range of presets covering most genres and styles
  • Advanced and customizable humanizer
  • 8 (or 9) velocity layers with more than 30 round-robins per layer for each instrument (thousands of samples used)
Further reading
Behind Skaka
Hear from the developer of our Shaker Percussion plug-in
More videos

Skaka overview

Overview & Example

Skaka in AUM

How to use Skaka in AUM

Skaka in GarageBand

How to use Skaka in GarageBand


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  • 1. Slot machine

    12 slots, each with its own instrument, parameters (lots!) and pattern.

  • 2. Mr Tambourine man

    Choose between 8 carefully sampled shaker instruments.

  • 3. Pre-baked shakes

    Choose between different presets, both global and per-slot.

  • 4. A double room, please

    A high quality reverb combined with a room simulator. No one will think that you didn't hold the shaker yourself.

Pattern Edit

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  • 1. Hit the mode, Jack

    Set each event's velocity, duration, pitch and gain independently.

  • 2. On or off the grid

    Choose between many different grids, and decide whether your events should snap to them or not. Independent per-pattern setting of the loop's length.

  • 3. Chill amount

    The whole pattern can be delayed or early for different feels.

  • 4. Human behaviour

    Adds some micro-changes (customizable) to make the loop sound just like anything between a robot and you.

  • 5. Sneak in, sneak out

    The loop may "sneak" in or out, just as it would in the real world.