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Antiquity Music Shaker Chimes



Kontakt Player Compatible
5 GB Sample Library
24 bit 96 kHz Sampling
5 Articulations
Every Note Sampled
Over 20 Presets
VST AU RTAS Standalone

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Perhaps the most unusual instrument ever created by the percussion company J.C. Deagan Inc., Shaker Chimes were invented by John Calhoun Deagan in 1900. Also known as Organ Chimes, they are one of the rarest Deagan instruments, with only a few dozen sets still known to exist. Deagan claimed his organ chimes to be "universally conceded as being the greatest novelty instrument ever invented." Indeed, they were popular among vaudeville musicians during the early 1900s, though they ultimately failed to create a significant market niche for themselves.

Shaker Chimes Catalog PageAlthough called a "novelty" instrument, Shaker Chimes can produce a wide range of beautiful and unique sounds. A single Shaker Chime consists of four bell metal tubes mounted in a frame. The chimes hang on a floor rack and are played by striking or shaking them by hand. Or they can rock back and forth via their own centripetal motion, creating lush harmonic soundscapes. Shaker Chimes are based on the Indonesian bamboo angklung, but the timbre is altogether different due to their bell-metal construction. Several performances with the instrument can be seen on Youtube.

With the aim of bringing this instrument’s sounds to musicians everywhere, Antiquity Music created this high-quality sample library of the Shaker Chimes.


The Shaker Chimes recorded for this virtual instrument came from the estate of a vaudeville musician. With a 2.7-octave range, they are the third largest known set in the world and were a custom order from Deagan. The chimes were tuned to A=440 and can be played alongside other instruments in an ensemble or recording.

We sampled every one of the 32 notes - over 30 times each - at the world-class studio The Village Recorder. The main microphones used to record these Shaker Chimes were a stereo pair of vintage Neumann M49s.

Shaker Chimes AdThere are several techniques of playing Shaker Chimes, allowing for numerous sonic possibilities. Antiquity Music captured each of these techniques when sampling the chimes. These techniques include shaking the chime once, shaking the chime continuously, punching the chime and allowing it to rock back and forth, and lifting the chime and allowing it to rock back and forth. To learn more, go to the "Specifications" tab.


This is a Kontakt instrument. You will need the full version of Native Instruments' Kontakt 5 or later in order to use it to its fullest extent. This is not a Kontakt Player instrument. It will run as a plug-in in any VST/AU/RTAS compatible DAW environment or host application, e.g. Pro Tools, Ableton Live, Cubase, Nuendo, Reaper, etc.


Shaker Chimes Instrument Panel

Shaker Chimes' instrument panel allows the player to select from the following techniques:

1. Shake - Shaking the chimes back and forth multiple times. This shaking can occur at varying speeds, depending on the performance desired. Antiquity Music recorded the chimes at several speeds and used adaptive morphing scripts to combine them into a continuous, finely-adjustable, and MIDI-syncable spectrum of shaking speeds.

2. Punch and Stop - Punching or shaking the chime once, then stopping it almost instantly. This creates a strong attack with a brief yet beautiful decay.

3. Punch and Release - Punching and releasing the chime, thereby allowing the bell's centripetal force to rock the bell back and forth. The initial punch creates a strong attack, and the subsequent rocking can continue for long periods of time, creating hypnotic, rhythmically unpredictable soundscapes if multiple notes are played. Antiquity Music sampled at least thirty continuous seconds on average for every note in this technique.

4. Lift and Release - Lifting and releasing the chime ("Lift and Release"), which causes it to rock back and forth without a strong initial attack. This technique is perfect for producing lush harmonic textures.  Similarly, each sample in this technique averages at least thirty seconds in length.

Additional features include:

  • Shake Tempo control (using the modwheel), with both free and tempo-sync settings

  • ADSR Envelope

  • Tuning to the original A=435 pitch


The Shaker Chimes effects panel features the following effects:

  1. Delay

  2. Rotator Cabinet

  3. Convolution Reverb

See the Specifications tab for more details.

Shaker Chimes Specifications

5 GB Core Sample Library - Over 1800 Samples
24 Bit 96 kHz Sampling 
5 Articulations 
Effects Panel with Impulse Response Reverb Library
Kontakt 5 Compatible - VST AU RTAS