Hands Make Sounds is a free sound library featuring 158 samples of hand claps and finger snaps. The sounds were recorded in six different indoor locations with the goal of capturing their natural reverb characteristics. The result is a detailed and diverse collection of natural sounding hand made percussion sounds.
The clap samples have been recorded in six different rooms, from a tiny toilet to a large empty hallway. Although you’re free to add your own reverb to these sounds of course, it’s often nice to have percussion samples which already capture the natural reverb characteristics of different rooms. Although sitting alone in a toilet and clapping into a microphone isn’t exactly the best way to spend a day, I’m really happy with how those samples turned out. The claps which were recorded in the empty hallway in front of my apartment also sound nice and they work great when layered on top of classic 808 snares. But that’s not all! The library was created in collaboration with Cy Brazanthr, a music producer and sound designer who is also known under the artist name Girls With Depression. He has provided some unusually cool gang claps and processed finger snaps. Some of my favorite sounds in the library are his lovely lo-fi clap samples which have been recorded with a laptop microphone. They sound very digital, but in a nice crunchy way.
The snap samples are sorted into four different groups. The samples labeled snap-close have been recorded from close range, with almost zero reverb. The ones labeled snap-far have been recorded in my living room, from various distances. Samples labeled snap-slow and snap-stacked are more digital sounding. Cy has pitched down some of them, to achieve a crunchier sound. Most of the snaps have been recorded with both hands at the same time, in order to achieve that classic musical finger snap sound. I’ve tried to keep my hands apart as much as possible, which resulted in a nice stereo separation in the majority of the sounds.