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Old 01-13-2010, 07:22 PM
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Default How to approximate a handclap sound?

Any ideas on the best way to do this? Splash on top of an aux snare? A particular pairing of stacked cymbals? The LP [or was it Rhythm Tech] crasher, if they still make it [or the new Pearl version of it]?
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Old 01-13-2010, 07:42 PM
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a cheap electric drum pad with a clap sound?

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sorry, couldnt resist. Im afraid i have no idea on how to approximate it using acoustic instruments. Seems to me you could spend more time chasing that dream than just using a pad of some kind
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I did a track in the studio with handclaps, and I tried to teach 5 other guys in the band the part (pretty simple) and they couldn't get it down. So I just tracked overdubs we did 6 tracks two panned left two center and two right. I tried to vary them up and play a little behind the beat on some tracks and ahead of the beat on others. you need to put lots of reverb to get that classic 808 sound. you might be able to use a crasher with lots of reverb on it to get the sound. the 808 sound is basically white noise with reverb.

a maraca is close to the sound of handclaps also.

I think any kind of cymbal stacker or hi-hat would be too bright and metallic to approximate hand claps. maybe if you filter/eq it you can get the sound.
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Here's what I do...

Go to the morgue.....

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Go to the morgue.....

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Two thin boards and smack them together
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Two thin boards and smack them together
Great idea. Mount two strips of hardboard or paneling together and tape them at the bottom. Figure out a way to mount them to the left of your hats with the front board just slightly higher than the back one. Flick the front (back towards you) with your index finger and they'll smack together.
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I think there might be a certain acoustic or electronic stompbox.

You know, those small boxes that a non-drummer musician will use as self-accompaniment, often to simulate a kick drum sound, some have different sounds.
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I always thought that the china cymbal in the Aaron Spears video sounded like a handclap. May be it is a China stacked on top of another cymbal. Does anyone know?
http://www.drummerworld.com/Videos/aaronspearsMD.html

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Jeff- thanks for pointing me to that! It's pretty close. I think it's a splash mounted inside a china...? I should've clarified the question- I meant mimic a handclap sound in a live setting without electronics [I don't always have a monitor] and with something that I can hit with a drumstick.

Larry & Chip- uh, I still don't get it...? Please clue me in! :)
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Jeff- thanks for pointing me to that! It's pretty close. I think it's a splash mounted inside a china...? I should've clarified the question- I meant mimic a handclap sound in a live setting without electronics [I don't always have a monitor] and with something that I can hit with a drumstick.

Larry & Chip- uh, I still don't get it...? Please clue me in! :)
Is that what Aaron uses? Does any one know for sure? I'd love to be able to get the sound that he does with that.

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Johnny Rabb's "drumbals" sound pretty close to me:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XNMKVj6yXaU

You could try out a splash on a side snare and see what that sounds like.
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Sheesh! Johnny Rabb is amazing! He has so much positive energy I think he's part canine! Dogs are always happy. How come I ain't a dog?

Yep, the cymbal on the low tom sounds most convincing as a hand clap. But I'm interested in that center hat he's playing. It sounds like he's using two 10" splashes. This would be very versatile for the kind of music I like (1920s jazz). Hmm... I'm gonna try that.

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Any ideas on the best way to do this? Splash on top of an aux snare? A particular pairing of stacked cymbals? The LP [or was it Rhythm Tech] crasher, if they still make it [or the new Pearl version of it]?
I would say sticking a small effect cymbal on an aux snare tuned low is about right. I tried doing it before but you lot all thought i looked like a prick. Did sound like a hand clap though i reckoned.
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I would say sticking a small effect cymbal on an aux snare tuned low is about right. I tried doing it before but you lot all thought i looked like a prick. Did sound like a hand clap though i reckoned.
Exactly!!!...this is what I have used. Take a small 8"-10" splash cymbal and put a cheap hi-hat clutch on it to use as a handle. It works pretty great!...However I have mine on a very high tuned aux snare and that gives me the best hand clap sound...
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Old 01-15-2010, 09:24 AM
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Thanks, folks, if anyone has more ideas, keep 'em comin'! Eddie & nicotine- have you tried it with a cymbal & drum of the same diameter? I have an old cracked 10" splash just taking up closet space, and a 10" aux snare in my regular setup...
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check this out:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aK-CfmsehN0

half way through he puts the spash on the snare... sounds almost hand clappy to me
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Bump! Figured I'd resurrect this old thread in the wake of the stacked cymbal combo thread... Recommendations?
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I'm going to invent one! Maybe a digital "sample" of me smacking my Wife's bottom! Maybe it will sell better than my pedal did! LOL!
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I think there might be a certain acoustic or electronic stompbox.

You know, those small boxes that a non-drummer musician will use as self-accompaniment, often to simulate a kick drum sound, some have different sounds.
Ahhh the 80s. Good luck finding one, although I do know where one is.

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Hold one hand palm up. With the other hand, hit the palm of the first hand with the palm and fingers of the other hand. That'll get you pretty close.
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Jojo mayer does a double rim click kinda thing. He starts in cross stick position, and hits the rim of the rack then the snare very quickly to kinda make a click-flam sound
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Suitably tuned tamborims. You can even gat a special stand that will let you play a dozen at a time to sound like an army of hand clappers.

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You could use a whip or slapstick like they use in orchestras. It resembles it and cuts really well.
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Here is a video of the tamborim machine in action: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hftFUXa3HKg
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Hold one hand palm up. With the other hand, hit the palm of the first hand with the palm and fingers of the other hand. That'll get you pretty close.
Hard to do while holding drumsticks. :/
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I'm speaking of something I can incorporate into the drumkit setup, folks. Also thinking more of a white-noise, sharp, short (but not *too* staccato) sound. Think "Centerfield" by Fogerty, or "Let's Go" by The Cars, maybe "Ladies' Night" by Kool & the Gang, but with something physical, not electronic. I'm thinking a cymbal stack of some sort would be ideal, just trying to narrow down from literally a million possible combinations.
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Got you covered!

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I'm speaking of something I can incorporate into the drumkit setup, folks. Also thinking more of a white-noise, sharp, short (but not *too* staccato) sound. Think "Centerfield" by Fogerty, or "Let's Go" by The Cars, maybe "Ladies' Night" by Kool & the Gang, but with something physical, not electronic. I'm thinking a cymbal stack of some sort would be ideal, just trying to narrow down from literally a million possible combinations.
Are you dead set against electronic? I recently added an Alesis Sample Pad 4 and am loving the options it gives me. Foot stomps, claps, electronic snare. I also recently combined a couple samples using Audacity (snare and tambourine) and it is really helpful.
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Personally I do this one of two ways.

The obvious one, as already stated in this thread, is using an electronic pad with and actual hand clap sample. I've done this many times, and even pitch the clap up or down to match the song.

However, if you only need it for one song in a set, and aren't using any other electronics in the show, than having all the extra gear is a pain.
What i do to get around that is use an auxiliary snare (typically a 10" Yamaha Stage Custom) and muffle the top head with moon gel or a snare clip. Then I make sure to crack a loud rimshot on every hit. It get the job done.
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Are you dead set against electronic? I recently added an Alesis Sample Pad 4 and am loving the options it gives me. Foot stomps, claps, electronic snare. I also recently combined a couple samples using Audacity (snare and tambourine) and it is really helpful.
Not *dead set against*, but would rather not. I'll resort to it if I have to.
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It just adds so many possibilities. I no longer take my cowbell. I just started working on a song that has bar chimes and I just downloaded the right sample for that. I am loving it.
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A lot of drummers use the double-cross-stick-flam on the rim trick.. but personally I never found it that close. If you need to play a rythmn and add hand claps at the same time, I'd use a percussion tree with either some large offset castanets or an orchestral-type of hand clapper - that you can hit with a stick. The splash cymbal on the snare is cool sound but kind of odd.. not really a clap sound but still cool. E-pads are realistic sounding but you can always tell it's fake - it always the same canned sound - but works in some cases.

One of the things I love about acoustics is that the skill and ingenuity of the player combined with the construction and choice of instrument is what crafts an amazing listener experience.. not so much with e-sounds.

The thing about hand claps is you need several people clapping slightly offset.. after all this time you'd think there would be an e-sound that randomizes the sample to get that effect!

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I should also clarify that I've *seen* videos of this- some that sound great, some, not so much. But, I'm having trouble locating some of those, and when I have, had trouble finding out the specific pieces used.

I think an inverted splash inside a small China is gonna do the trick, although the splash on aux snare may also do it. Looking for specific recommendations of cymbals to use for the purpose.

Also, is the Rhythm Crasher (or Ribbon Crasher, or whatever it was called) still available? Anyone have one?
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Almost off topic - pardon - but hand clap samples tuned down make for great marching feet - mic this and treble it up?

http://www.steveweissmusic.com/produ.../sound-effects
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