Sound Design – Unique Clap

Posted: Tuesday, September 10, 2013 by Dylan Benson in Labels: , ,

I love post audio and sound design, but every now and then, I like making some music.  When I have the opportunity to fuse the two together, then what could be better?  A while back, Indaba Music offered up the opportunity to remix Young London’s “Let Me Go”.  I decided to give this song a whirl, and I gave it a different remix feel.  This is not my best work, but below is what I ended up with as my final product.

All in all, I really didn’t change the song too much.  However, I did do something interesting with the claps.  At around 1:13, I introduced something a little different.  When I was tapping around on my keyboard looking for a good “clap” sound, I realized that nothing was exactly what I wanted.

I was looking for sort of reverse reverb swell into the clap.  I ended up doing something a little different.  I added a normal clap sound, but to get that reverse reverb sound I tried to think what made that sound, and made a nice smack?  Well, a golf club swing and hit!

Basically what I did was quite simple: I found a sample of a golf smack that worked (and that was legal to use).  Then I simply layered it with the existing drum track, and there you go!  Here is a video that will give you a better understanding of how it sounds.  I cranked up the golf smack a bit so the difference would be noticeable.

So there you have it.  A simple little trick that can make your mix sound different than the rest!  I love when I get to merge sound design and music composition/mixing.  Did you find this little hint interesting?  Let me know in the comment section below, and feel free to share any tips and tricks you may have!