Ableton Live Pack of the Boss HC-2 Hand Clapper
CLAP! is a multi-sample Ableton Live Pack featuring the sounds of the Boss HC-2 Hand Clapper analog clap synthesizer. CLAP! has over 2900 24-bit/44.1kHz samples uniquely divided into three perspectives: the full clap samples, the flam only portion of the claps, and the clap samples minus the flam. These additional sample sets, along with Live's extensive sound design capabilities, take CLAP! well beyond the sounds of synthesized hand claps.

CLAP! has over 430 presets, including over 360 drag and drop hits, and over 60 Instrument Racks that cover everything from the classic sound and functionality of the original hardware to tricked-out instruments that deliver sonic mayhem. Live's Arpeggiator and Simpler's Pitch Envelope were used in many of the Instrument Racks, offering a wide range of new and compelling percussion presets. There is even a Drum Rack 'trap kit' using nothing but clap samples. The sample sets used in each preset employ eight velocity layers which translates into instruments that are expressive and dynamic.

To round things out, there are 129 Live Clips for you to use in your own compositions. These include drum grooves, rhythm beds and evolving textures. There are also two fully arranged Live Sets that demonstrate just what CLAP! can do.
CLAP! at a Glance
  • 2904 24-bit/44.1kHz Samples
  • 8 Drum Racks, including a 'Trap Kit'
  • 32 Creative Instrument Racks
  • 33 Layered Hit Instrument Racks
  • 363 Simpler Instrument Hits
  • 129 Live Clips ranging in tempo from 60 to 165 bpm:
    - 94 'trap kit' drum grooves
    - 35 rhythmic beds
  • Two fully arrange Live Sets
  • Requires Ableton Live 8.3 and up (including Live 9)
Purchase CLAP! for Ableton Live
$14 USD (Instant Download)
$24 USD (Disc incl. shipping)
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Sampled from Three Perspectives
Boss HC-2 Hand Clapper
The Boss HC-2 Hand Clapper
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The HC-2 resembles a guitar effects pedal, with a distinctive blue pad for triggering the sound. Based on the circuit found in the classic TR-808 and TR-909 drum machines, the HC-2 uses a noise source, shaped by a filter to create the clap sounds. The unit has only three knobs: Sensitivity for controlling the responsiveness of the pad and external trigger input; Dry for adjusting tone / brightness and Hall for controlling a pseudo reverb effect. These controls allow subtle variation of the clap sound in real time. The HC-2 has a 1/4-inch output as well as a 1/4-inch trigger input, which was used for triggering the sounds for sampling.
The range of sounds available to the HC-2 are quite subtle, so to get more programming flexibility it was decided to make edits out of the original (full) clap samples to include the flam only portion of the samples as well as the samples minus the flam. This has allowed us to create shaker, snap and guiro type presets using the flam only samples, and snare, tom and other 'skinned' percussion instruments using the hit only samples.

clap trap kit
Drum and Instrument Racks

Clap Trap Drum Rack
The Clap Trap Kit is a 12-note Drum Rack that makes good use of the three sample perspectives in combination with Simpler's tuning and synthesis.
clap trap kit
'Skinned' Percussion Hits
Simpler's Pitch Envelope helps emulate skinned percussion sounds, like these Taiko Claps.
clap trap kit
Arpeggiated FX Hits
Live's Arpeggiator was used for a number of creative Instrument Racks, offering unique effects such as guiro scrapes, harp glissandos, percolator fx, and the menacing Shredder.
clap trap kit