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Inspirational & ODD Instruments


A series of percussion instruments set to expand in a series of free updates, resulting in ten total sets, each including one or more instrument racks based on quirky themes and set up with interesting routing, unique macro functionality and bonus goodies such as effect racks and loops.

Developer: PerforModule
Compatibility: Ableton Live 9.7.5+ | Live 10
OS: Mac & Windows
Min. Requirements: Ableton Live Suite 9.75+


An evolving series of percussion instruments and nifty gadgetry, combined into one nicely organized pack which installs into Ableton Live. It expands over time gradually with new instrument sets, generally containing one to two instrument racks (sometimes more) plus bonus content. While generally specializing in signal processing, PerforModule occasionally comes up with ideas for interesting percussion sources to record samples of and even more interesting ways to present them as high-quality, usable Ableton Live instruments. This pack is a solution for presenting all of those instruments together in a cohesive and  continually relevant collection without having to worry about any file-organization woes.

Each update includes one or more instruments based on eccentric concepts with novel functionality and custom macro schemes. It currently contains 6 instrument sets…

NEW dropdownsticks – Have you ever played the game “pickup sticks” and loved the sound that the sticks make as they fall and scatter?

Based on that idea, the latest addition to the performoducussion pack of odd and interesting percussion instruments for Ableton Live, “dropdown sticks”, includes a drum rack containing twenty-three instances of such an occurence — each on a different household surface, resulting in a variety of unique timbres.

Recruiting the assistance of his 8-year old son for the drops, Animus used three very different portable recording devices (Samsung Galaxy S7, RCA VR5220-A Hand Recorder, and Nintendo 3DS) to capture the sonic signature simultaneously from the front, left and right.

Each of these layers on their own sound pretty thin, but blended together they become suprisingly full, rich, and highly dimensional. Care was taken to time-align the three layers perfectly for mono-compatible, realistic stereo width. Each sound is provided with a custom-calibrated macro control which allows to “morph” from a clattery slosh to a single solid thwack, more suited for staccato percussion programming.

newton’s percradle – 3-mic layered multisampled metallic click instrument recorded from colliding spheres. The mic chain layering leads to realistic natural room space which can be adjusted directly. The velocity affects the chosen sample rather than simply volume level, so that by playing quieter you are triggering the softer hits of the newton’s cradle, resulting in a very organic feel. Also includes a template set, loops and a MIDI clip to experiment with pedular momentum timing.

toy gears – 2 instruments recorded from rotating toy gears. The Toy Gears Rotator plays a rotating gear that continues while the note is held, good for sound design of things like grinding wheels; the other is a percussive instrument triggering transient slices, providing a bunch of instances of a mechanical thwack sound which vary slightly from each other.

tinkular chimes – Unlike most of the performoducussion instruments, these are melodic, great for when you need clear, crisp, ringing bell chime tones which poke through with sharp transients. Includes 22 mallet instruments crafted from 164 metal rod strike samples (x3 mic layers), with a unique “random-robin” sample playback which adventurously randomizes hits of the same chime among the three mic layers, preventing the digital boredom of successive hits sounding the same.

brokwurl – 2 percussion instruments crafted from samples of an old, broken down wurlitzer piano lying decrepit outside… “brokwurl cghrg perc” uses Ableton’s Impulse device for trippy stretchy special effects… “brokwurl tak perc” plays tasty wooden percussion samples, great for adding a rustic, folksy feel to tracks.

wine corker – A 16-pad drum rack playing samples recorded from a winery’s bottling station. Sounds include pneumatic air compression, the thump of corks being placed, clicks, taps, and bottles sliding around on the counter. Built with parallel effect chains included.

cracklecough – Instrument and drum rack honoring the history of Colorado, USA, plus three rad audio effect racks. The “coff rack” is a fun beatbox-style kit set up in standard 16-pad drum pad layout, “crackeler” is an alternative to layering vinyl crackles or tape hiss, “fuzzer” provides multiple means of adding fizz and fuzz to audio, “dualshift” pitch-and frequency-shifts the lower and upper spectra separately, and “gatepong”, ping-pong delay with an unusual rhythm and anti-congestion.


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1 November 2017

3 new sets of instruments added:

  • tinkular chimes
  • newton’s percradle
  • toy gears
  • brokwurl

24 April 2018

‘wine corker’ and ‘cracklecough’ sets added.

Maintenance update, cosmetic polishing.



Our Products are generally provided as Zip file downloads which in all cases will need to be extracted and saved to your hard drive prior to installation. Details on the different file type provided and what to do with them are below.

.alp Files – These are Ableton Live Packs and will install directly into the Packs Section of the browser of Ableton Live. When you double click on them you will see a pop up window asking you to confirm that installation is ok as the files are described as “Legacy”. This is fine and you are ok to proceed, the packs are created using the format for an earlier version of Live and so remain compatible with the current version.

.amxd files – These are individual MaxforLive Devices and can be stored anywhere on your hard drive. We’d advise creating a folder for them and then adding that folder as a location within the Places section of Lives Browser.

Control Surface Scripts – Please refer to the individual User Guides provided with your download, an abridged version of the installation will be shown further down this page.

ClyphX Pro – Please refer directly to the manual and installation video for this specific product.

Novation Circuit Packs – These are provided as individual Sysex Files and as a complete bank file. All are to be installed using a version of the Circuit Editor and not via Novations Components back up utility.



PerforModule is the brainchild of Animus Invidious. Over the year Animus has collaborated with scores of artists from all over the world on songs appearing on various albums and compilations. He has mastering credits on about a dozen albums with his unofficial brand “Tasty Mastering”. Known for having sensibilities covering both acoustic as well as electronic music, he has mastered material by Astara Summers, Hopeful Heroines, Michael Garfield, Charlie Milo Trio, Phat Kid, StoneyBertz, Lil’ Flip and others.The most recent album mastered by Animus Invidious is “Face Our Own Reflection” by Joy Tru, which includes multiple songs that have achieved FM radio play reaching hundreds of thousands of listeners.As a Sound Designer Animus has assisted various musicians with tailored sound design tasks over the years (for example, he appears in the credits of the prog metal album Solipsism by the band Left Brain). In 2013, Animus started and began sharing clever and useful custom Ableton Live racks which he had crafted. Shortly thereafter, his “Vocoverb” device was featured on Ableton Live’s website and the rest is history.LINKS – WEBSITE

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