Since we started Rhythmic Robot, Snaps 'n' Claps
has become one of our best-loved instruments. It seems that everyone needs some fingersnaps or handclaps every once in a while, and our original Hippie In A Tin™ is just perfect for dialling them up quickly and simply.
But what if you need more control – over the sound of your snaps 'n' claps, or their precise timing in your track? What if you want to tweak them more specifically to the groove you've got in your head? Snaps 'n' Claps PRO is the answer. We've taken the original hippies that fuelled Snaps 'n' Claps, and put them through a rigorous boot-camp workout to instil some discipline and work ethic into those flower-power slackers. Only the strongest have survived. The result is an entirely new instrument, created from the ground up with new samples and a far greater degree of user control.
Instead of predetermined clusters of sounds, Snaps 'n' Claps PRO lets you build those clusters from individual samples – which can be spread out in time to a greater or lesser extent to allow for tight or loose grooves, manipulated across the stereo field, filtered, and adjusted with random pitch variation, to create extremely flexible and customisable beats. These samples are entirely fresh, recorded in an anechoic chamber to allow you to add your own ambience or reverb within the mix. You can take control of how many virtual hippies are snapping their fingers or clapping their hands at any one time, and allow them to be laid-back or precisely focused in their attitude to the beat. You can select from low, medium and high claps and snaps, generated from different hand sizes and snapping / clapping techniques, mixing the proportions of these in your clusters to your taste for a very convincing group sound. The results can be further adjusted to sit perfectly in the mix, with low- and high-pass filters to take out unwanted frequency ranges or to add automated effects. By combining the Timing Spread, Filter and Variation controls, you can either dial in very natural, expressive, non-repeating parts; or create quite unnatural, robotic, almost synthesiser-style sounds suitable for more electronic styles of music. In short, you now have the depth and breadth of control to take your snaps 'n' claps to the next level.