Goldbaby’s layered drum machine claps are a wonderland of machine sound design

What is the sound of a drum machine clapping? Well… that will be the bland sound you hear all too often. It’s time to layer up, get your applause out of isolation, and layer up in thick layers. And Goldbaby’s latest might have you cracking up again.

I normally skip sound packs in a hurry, but Goldbaby’s stuff has long been an exception – oozing personality and immediately exuding a genuine passion for the eccentricities of vintage gear. He’s one of those sound pack designers who organized things the way you would – if you had more time and focus. (Sigh.)

And that is what is particularly pleasant in this collection. Rather than being a lowest common denominator pack catering to a particular style, this opens up in an organized way that’s perfect for doing some real sound design, customization, and patching. (I find the Goldbaby stuff the first thing I load onto new gear with the sample loadout, plus the odd patch or code.)

Step One: Tons of drum machines, more than you could ask for, with a parcel from the beloved MFB (seriously, go buy one if you can):

808, 909, 707, 626, Claptrap, R50e, MFB-522, LXR-2, MachineDrum, Nord Drum 2, Model Cycles, DRM-15, PO-32, Microtonic, Metasonix D1, DSI Tempest, MRX-185, PB -300, 4 In The Floor Perc Combo, Conn Rhapsody, XD5, Tom, Tek, RZ-1, RPM40, Kastle Drum, RX5, DrumBrute Impact, DDD-5, Tanzbär.

Second step – prepare it for experimentation. Even the “PleaseRead” documentation encourages you:

Claps are grouped into groups of similar sound. Sometimes it’s just subtle shifts within groups. It’s deliberate. Using a few similar claps in your beat can add a nice sense of movement and groove.

Some claps have an initial attack that precedes the sound of the full clap. These can be played a little early to give a nice loose feeling to your rhythm.

Claps are perfect for layering under snare drums!
Don’t be afraid to make your own layering with these samples.

This is frankly what the mainstream soundware world and its over-engineered presets lack. It’s a perfect toolkit for experimentation – and gets you right into the fun part of production.

Round of applause, then.

Products and other audio demos:

$9, 25MB, 24 and 16 bit WAV, 144 claps, stereo and mono for each, obviously works with anything.

Plus, honestly, some of their freebies are some of my favorite sounds:

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