Aren’t there already millions of sampled clap sounds online? Yet another pointless plugin is released to help producers waste time trying to make that “perfect” clap sound

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?”.