Making the modern dance claps
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Old 27-04-2013, 08:46 PM   #1
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Making the modern dance claps

Sorry if this has been asked before, but I couldn't find it.

I've been trying to make the kind of claps like Madeon and BT and everyone else make, like for example, in this song:

(Vervoeren by BT)

I have all the NI synths/samplers at my disposal, and recently bought FabFilter Twin 2 (just an hour ago!), for what that is worth. Also have Ableton Suite.

So far I've been using Ableton's Analog, just taking white noise and filtering it to get the right sounding range, but I can never get it to sound like any of the pros.

I recently watched this tutorial video, but it sucks



So, is anyone here familiar with making these kinds of claps? Or.. are artists like BT and Madeon just using sample packs? I've been using sample packs but I have been trying to move in the direction of synthesizing all my drum sounds from scratch.

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Old 27-04-2013, 08:55 PM   #2
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Re: Making the modern dance claps

If you decide to do something in Reaktor, this guy will guide you in the right direction:


I'm not sure of your knowledge with building, and it isn't like that clap I know, but from here you can make a few changes, maybe a highpass filter, saturation/slight distortion, maybe add a saw and pulse for a very short duration to give it a "pop" at first... If you are looking for a good drum synth, there is one in the native instruments user library titled "drummachinewsky" that uses some of the same sorts of methods. You might need to double your oscillators up in order to get something that has more beef to it. Hope that was helpful, sorry if it wasn't.

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Re: Making the modern dance claps

just use a sample.


i mean, as an academic measure go ahead and twiddle knobs until you are blue in the face, but I'm fairly certain the above mentioned artists just use samples and layer/process.

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Old 29-04-2013, 03:30 AM   #4
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Re: Making the modern dance claps

Honestly, a few layered 808 or 909 clap samples, maybe a couple real hand clap samples if you're feeling adventurous, maybe a filtered snare sample for good measure, maybe even some extra white noise, and that's basically 98% of dance music claps. Just EQ them a bit to brighten them up/ tighten up the mid range, and COMPRESS. Like, heavy multiband compression, some moderate single-band compression after that, and a compressor on your drum buss. If you think you're over-compressing your clap, you're not compressing enough.

Oh, and don't forget a nice bright, short reverb too, that'll help.

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Old 02-05-2013, 05:38 PM   #5
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Re: Making the modern dance claps

Thanks for the recs guys..

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Re: Making the modern dance claps

A big part of the sound is slightly nudging the clap ahead of the beat.

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