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Post by campironwood » Thu Nov 10, 2005 7:43 pm

You dont by chance have access to a Spectrasonics 610 Complimiter do you?
If so, dub as many claps as you like, pre mix to taste, then run them all out to a mono track thru this compresser.

you'll like it.

i'm doing it this weekend.

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Post by joeysimms » Fri Nov 11, 2005 9:20 am

campironwood wrote:You dont by chance have access to a Spectrasonics 610 Complimiter do you?
If so, dub as many claps as you like, pre mix to taste, then run them all out to a mono track thru this compresser.

you'll like it.

i'm doing it this weekend.

-morgan
Or, skip the 610 and you'll still like it. if you're on tape, track 3 times with at least 2 people: one normal speed, one track high/PB slow, the 3rd track slow/PB faster. Be at least 5-6 ft away from the mic.
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Post by joel hamilton » Fri Nov 11, 2005 9:28 am

curtiswyant wrote:Any tips on getting good handclap sounds? I've tried overdubbing myself a zillion times, getting a group of friends, LDCs/SDCs/dynamics etc but to no avail. Any advice on compression/gate settings and stuff? Next time I might try doing them "dirty..." :x
I multi track them, left, right, and I distort the center.

Thats it.

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Post by jajjguy » Sat Nov 12, 2005 7:35 am

inverseroom wrote:Of course you need this
or this.

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Post by jca83 » Sat Nov 12, 2005 9:09 am

probably already been said, but:

i have a group sit around a room with an omni in the middle.. make them roomy and even try a little reverb, compress them a bit too. they'll sit better in case somebody is has a loud, loose clap or something.

some people seated, some standing, some people slapping their legs, others clapping.

at least one of the guys needs to be clapping in double time with everyone else in single, more of taps then claps.
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Re: Handclaps

Post by wedge » Thu Nov 17, 2005 12:12 pm

joel hamilton wrote:I multi track them, left, right, and I distort the center.

Thats it.
Sounds cool. How distorted do you distort the distorted claps in the (distorted) middle?!?

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Post by Jason Molinari » Thu Nov 17, 2005 12:30 pm

insane how hard it is to get the simplest, most primative instrument to sound real.

being a solo recordist i have best results in a dead room or burried under a baffle. make multiple passes with different mics (small condensers work for me) and i mute the previous pass(es) so i can get as natural of a sound as possible and not match up exactly. the cupped, palm to palm, i've had best results with vs. the open/fingers to palm version.

i then track a take of hitting the whitepages with a drumstick. (you can search that thread on this site).

that's a place to start.

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Post by Stephen B. » Thu Nov 17, 2005 1:08 pm

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Post by wedge » Thu Nov 17, 2005 1:47 pm

Wow! What album's that on?!? Me wanna buy...

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Post by Stephen B. » Thu Nov 17, 2005 1:57 pm

wedge wrote:
Wow! What album's that on?!? Me wanna buy...
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Post by helmuth » Thu Nov 17, 2005 2:53 pm

cgarges wrote:Next time you're by yourself, try overdubbing a few passes of slapping your bare leg with both hands. It'll get you to a group clap thing faster.
That's the best tip I've got so far from this place! :wink:

No theriously, I've never got my handclaps to sound the way I want them to. Two hands on the kneec(l)ap sounds exactly like I want it to. Hands down.

Where can I send you the $35?

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Post by rydberg » Mon Nov 21, 2005 9:37 am

Also, it depends on what kind of clapping you want. Intimate, small handclaps (like 2 people) are a lot different than the Wall Of Handclapping. That being said, the last time I had to make a wall of handclaps I made 4 passes of 5 guys clapping on an omni mic in a big room, threw a short mono delay on a couple of the tracks (10-20 ms.) and crushed the submix of everything with a limiter. Ka-pow.

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Post by cgarges » Mon Nov 21, 2005 12:50 pm

eskimo wrote:That's the best tip I've got so far from this place! :wink:


Cool. Glad you like it. Jim Brock taught me that.
eskimo wrote:Where can I send you the $35?
You may be getting me confused with Jeff, who I haven't seen around here lately. If you want, you can send $35 to Larry or Hillary. I'm sure it'll make up for some of the large amounts of money they've put into getting this board back up.

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Post by KennyD » Fri Nov 25, 2005 5:02 pm

eskimo wrote:
cgarges wrote:Next time you're by yourself, try overdubbing a few passes of slapping your bare leg with both hands. It'll get you to a group clap thing faster.
That's the best tip I've got so far from this place! :wink:
Well, at the risk of sounding ridiculous, I've also had success with having someone slap their bare gut.

How many of you out there have ever mic'd a belly?

I think I used a 414 on that one...

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Post by pandatone » Fri Nov 25, 2005 9:48 pm

leg slaps.. great solo trick. or belly slaps.. depending on how your feelin'. plus 3 or 5 layers of hands.. compressor over them all. also.. maybe mix in a little bit of drum machine hand clap in the background, can add some body, and behind all the real claps. you don't notice its fakeness..

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