This is one for those of you who have more money than sense – and let’s be honest, there’s more of them in dance music than anyone would admit. You can now actually buy a plugin that lets you make your own clap sounds – apparently, using one of the millions of samples that already exist isn’t good enough anymore…
It’s called Hand Clap Studio by Robotic Bean. It costs $49 and I know about it because I’m currently being bombarded by their adverts across my social media channels. Despite reading up about it here, I’m still of the opinion that this is a solution to a problem that doesn’t exist.
Whenever I do produce records, most of my clap sounds come from a pack that UK house and garage legend Grant Nelson put on the internet in the late 1990s. They’re tiny little MP3 files – but no one has ever complained to me about the claps on my tracks.
File under “who actually buys this crap?”.