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.
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.
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.