DIY Shakers with PVC

These shakers are done!

Shakers are commonly used percussive instruments to give you a more energetic feel to the rhythm you are playing. Most producers use samples from originals to do the job. With extra drum automation you can get the same result like a live recording.

I prefer a live recording because: More dynamics, more motion, more energy and better sounds.

In this short DIY tutorial I will show you how I made my own Shakers from PVC.
A little video will be recorded also.

First things first.

You can make these shakers for about 5 bucks per shaker.
I bought all my stuff at a plastics store.

– All pressure PVC glue.
– PVC piping – you can choose your own diameter. We used 30mm
– Connector parts to hold the top and bottom in place.
– PVC ends which you can screw on. (In this way you can always choose to change the material inside the shakers)

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Cutting and Assembling

You can cut the pvc piping in any length you want. Depending on the sound you would like to create.

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Choose your length. It doesn’t matter how short they are.

You can use a flat file to make the edges smooth and flat.

You can use a flat file to make the edges smooth and flat.

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These are the caps I used to close my shakers.

Check if the PVC pipe has a straight edge on the top.

Check if the PVC pipe has a straight edge on the top.

Glue all the parts together and let it dry for 20 minutes. Depending on the glue you used.

Glue all the parts together and let it dry for 20 minutes. Depending on the glue you used.

Final product. You can use sandpaper to get rid of the extra glue.

Final product. You can use sandpaper to get rid of the extra glue.

The materials (produces your sound)

Your shaker’s sound will depend mainly on what materials you choose to put inside it. Some good, basic materials to use include:

  • Polenta. This will deliver a very soft, light sound and may not be loud enough for live performances.
  • Rice. Slightly louder than polenta, the sound of a rice shaker will be sharper and more of a rattle.
  • Lentil. A shaker filled with lentils will sound rough and loud.
  • Bean. For a harsh, loud rattling sound similar to that of maracas, use beans in your shaker.

Your variables will be:

  • The material of the container.
  • The material of the filling and.
  • The size of the container.

Two guiding principles:

  • Don’t mix fillings of different sizes in the same container. The sound will be hard to control that way.
  • Don’t overfill or underfill.

On the internet I found other articles regarding these DIY shakers, so here’s a short list:

Thanks for reading!

DIY Shakers with PVC – Thats all!

Ben Solar at Stubru Interview and Download

Stubru

Friday 17.01.2014

What a crazy friday I had last week. While at work on my lunch break I checked facebook and saw a post from “Switch.” A statement in the Belgian edm scene on StuBru.
They asked their fans what track they had to play at the weekend. What I did is what other producers also might do in this situation. I submitted one of my own tracks. It was Meiko – Leave the lights on (Ben Solar edit). After a couple of hours and still at work I suddenly got a telephone from Stijn Maris. He’s the host of the “Weekend” schedule at Stubru on friday night. He’s the man that played Ben Solar at Stubru

He asked me if I could answer a couple of questions later that night for his show because he really liked this track.
It was a very short interview where I didn’t had the time to talk about the promoters and labels I played for.
I hope I get another chance next time!

Take some time to listen to the interview (Dutch). The track will be played afterwards.

If you would like to download this track then follow the link below.

I like to thank everybody who supported me in this travel. My girlfriend who promoted this track to all her friends. My family. I thank all my fans for supporting me on stage, off- and online. All promoters and party people! (Links in the link section soon.)

Short info about the track:

  • Original artist: Meiko
    Original track: Leave the lights on
  • Mastering by Product Londen & Mixdown by myself. (I recorded this track at -6db Peak 24bit Wav)
    The mastering company boosted the track to -0,2 db peak with a great addition of space and presence on the synth parts.
  • More info and download on: www.facebook.com/benslr
    (Click the Download tab on the page)

Meiko – Leave the lights on [Ben Solar Remix]

artworks-000059817271-jhr4ao-t500x500Enjoy the magnificent voice of Meiko in the Ben Solar Lights on Edit.
A download can be found at the following link (320/kbs mp3)
http://goo.gl/ibKYcb

Meiko Official: https://www.youtube.com/user/meikomusic
Meiko Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/meikomusic
Meiko Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/meikomusic
The track on Itunes: http://goo.gl/BwqzEk

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Johnny Cash – Personal Jesus (Ben Solar Edit)

artworks-000057617984-xn3vjl-t500x500A tribute to Johnny Cash. Personal jesus is one of my favorite songs, so I thought It would be great to edit this track as a deep tech-house track.

He died in 2003, 10 years ago. A great man! I honor him with this edit.

Enjoy listening and downloading.
Download link: https://soundcloud.com/nuttyproducer/johnny-cash-personal-jesus

 

 

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Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/benslr

This is an unofficial Movie. All the footage was taken from a couple of documentaries and the clip hurt.

The track I made is free so I don’t earn any money on this!!!
Thank you!