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Snaps ‘n’ Claps

(11 customer reviews)

3.00 1.50 plus VAT

Finger snaps and handclaps in a little tin box

Description

“Mongo’s Cupboard is where the boundaries of reality are blurred a bit. (Does anyone besides me have a sneaky suspicion that this is where he sleeps?)” – The Razorwire Ballet

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NEW! Snaps’n’Claps PRO edition

Snaps N Claps PRO panelbox

Love Snaps’n’Claps but want pro-level control over cluster density, timing, pitch, filtering, and more? Check out Snaps ‘n’ Claps PRO for pro-studio-grade hippies in a tin!

Finger snaps and hand claps – let’s face it: what track couldn’t benefit from them?

Well, all right, maybe your death-metal post-apocalyptic breakbeat fusion band might not reach for these on a daily basis, but for the rest of us, there’s always a time when a handclap or fingersnap backbeat is just perfect for adding a touch of old-style class to a track; or lending your guitar melody that 60s vibe; or injecting a bit of human presence to your beat; or nailing that flamenco spirit. Mardi Gras! Campfire singalongs! Protest anthems! There’s always a time for snaps and claps.

Unfortunately, up until now, that time has often come just when the flower-girl vocalist is making out with the bongos guy, and the hippie you got in to play the tambourine is too stoned to keep time. What you need is reliable snaps ‘n’ claps, in a little metal tin, that you can fire up without risking RSI in your snapping hand.

Snaps n Claps box shotRhythmic Robot Snaps ‘n’ Claps is a little miracle of simplicity. We sampled a handful (ha! handful!) of finger snaps and hand claps. In fact, we did it twice, with high- and low-pitched variants of both. (At last, Mongo’s outsized hands have come in useful for something.) The front panel is pretty self-explanatory: use the little crank to select how many snaps or claps you want, and hit C4 or D4 for snaps, E4 or F4 for claps. That’s it. Oh, there’s a tuning control to alter the pitch further if you want to.

The snaps ‘n’ claps you get are recorded dry, and are randomly varied, so there’s none of that machine-gunning to worry about; and there’s a subtle stereo spread as you add more snaps ‘n’ claps. Want more snaps ‘n’ claps? Hit two keys together for ALL the claps, or ALL the snaps. Want still more snaps ‘n’ claps? Want Wembley Arena doing the “Keep It Cool, Boy” refrain from West Side Story? Or the Slow Handclap of Death over your mate’s demo track? Just fire up multiple instances of Snaps ‘n’ Claps!

Whatever your snap- or clap-based needs, Snaps ‘n’ Claps delivers. Snaps ‘n’ Claps: more reliable than stoned hippies.


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A hint for using Snaps ‘n’ Claps: Because the clusters of sounds recorded in Snaps ‘n’ Claps inevitably trail the beat somewhat – they’re spread out in time, and they have to spread after the beat at which you play the note – it can really help to tighten the feel of the groove if you tweak their timing after recording them. Once you’ve recorded (and, if you wish, quantised) your Snaps ‘n’ Claps patterns, select them in your DAW and very slightly nudge them ahead of the beat. That way the mid-point of the cluster will be brought on to the beat and the overall groove will tighten up hugely.

 


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11 reviews for Snaps ‘n’ Claps

  1. dannyhearnmusic (verified owner)

    Only reason I give this 4 stars is because Snaps and Claps PRO has more features and is the better instrument generally, however this is nice if you want something quick and aren’t so bothered about fine tuning the sound. I would use this for demos and move to the pro version for the final mix, but at this price, definitely worth having in your arsenal!

  2. W.TaylorRiley (verified owner)

    As with some keyboards I give my rating as 4/5 for the naturally, uhhh, “unversatile” sound. Which you would expect out of Snaps ‘n’ Claps, right?? WRONG! Snaps n claps are good ANYWHERE! ANYTIME!! They SNAP and they sure as heck CLAP! I purposefully avoided the Pro model, as I will probably end up tweaking little bits of the sound relentlessly to no end. And this provides!! No tweaking necessary!!

  3. steflinux (verified owner)

    It’s cheap and useful, but the GUI is not that intuitive.

  4. joao.bispo.pt (verified owner)

    Great organic vibe and variation for rhythm tracks.

  5. Poesque (verified owner)

    Give yourself a hand.

  6. DON Chaffer (verified owner)

    As stated, snaps and claps, and as another reviewer noted, they’re bone dry, which means it’s BYORl bring your own reverb, which I prefer anyway.

  7. Alexander (verified owner)

    Excellent, just what I needed.

  8. Adam (verified owner)

    The sounds of this are extremely versatile and well recorded (it is very dry, just “slap” some reverb on there and it sounds that much better!). The feature allowing you to choose how many snaps or claps playing simultaneously is a great bonus, allowing you to add sounds both to louder / more intimate pieces.

  9. Brent (verified owner)

    This is another instrument that is useful for ANYTHING. No matter what type of music you make, this will come in handy. And as always with RR products, you can’t beat the price.

  10. Manuel Soares

    Simple and intuitive.
    Has already allowed me to add snaps that focus the naturally recorded snaps of a small ensemble. Just a touch of this broadens the mixing possibilities quite a bit. Definitely a no brainer for a pop production!

  11. Michael Klubertanz

    Snaps’n’Claps was an incredibly useful tool to have when I was looking for body sounds to form a vital part of the score for “The Runner”. Have a look for yourself: The Runner, AU 2014, shortlisted at Cannes Short Corner.
    Thanks a lot to the Professor and Mongo!

    • The Professor

      Love the short and love the track, too! Very effective use of tempo shifts to keep the tension and pace going. Nicely done 🙂

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