// Clap Machine

Clap Machine is a freeware VST/AU plugin for Windows and Mac OS X, based on the natural hand clap samples from our free Hands Make Sounds sample library. The purpose of Clap Machine is to provide a quick and easy way to add natural sounding claps to your music.

You can use it to easily create rhythmic sequences or some natural sounding group claps (aka “gang” claps) by playing multiple notes at the same time. The plugin features four full octaves of clap sounds which I’ve recorded in different location, with more or less natural reverb.

You can use the simple global AR volume envelope to control the softness and the tail of the claps. If you don’t want any natural reverb, use shorter release times and either add some of the built-in reverb, or use a third party reverb plugin to process the signal.

Compatibility

This free instrument is available for VST and AU plugin host applications on 32-bit and 64-bit versions Windows and Mac OS.

License

You can use the software provided on this page free of charge, in both free and commercial audio and video projects. You may not re-distribute this software without our written permission (for that and any other queries, you can reach us here).

Installation

Windows: Extract the downloaded archive to your VST plugins folder (the one which is scanned by your DAW).

Mac OS X: Extract the downloaded archive to /Library/Audio/Plug-Ins/Components and restart your DAW.

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64 thoughts on “Free VST Plugins

  • December 22, 2014 at 3:47 pm
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    Thanks for this usable plug in–my only question is I didn’t find the release did anything -I am running OS X Yosemite LogicProX 10-.7

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    • December 22, 2014 at 4:30 pm
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      Hi George, thanks for using the plugin! Try lowering the release all the way down to 0 and quickly playing a note. The tail of the clap should cut off as soon as you release the key. Does that work?

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  • December 22, 2014 at 4:52 pm
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    Thanks for the FREE plugin guys.
    Works great!!

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  • December 23, 2014 at 12:13 am
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    doesn’t seem to work with bitwig, but does with FL

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    • December 23, 2014 at 1:03 pm
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      Thanks for reporting that! I’ll test the plugin in Bitwig.

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  • December 23, 2014 at 5:52 am
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    Thanks very much .. and merry christmas!

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  • December 23, 2014 at 10:01 am
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    thanks! any idea how to change the presets in FL?

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  • December 23, 2014 at 11:29 am
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    Thx guys .merry christmas

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  • December 23, 2014 at 12:59 pm
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    How do you install on MAC? Thanks!

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    • December 23, 2014 at 1:06 pm
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      Copy the contents of the extracted archive to /Library/Audio/Plug-Ins/Components and restart your DAW.

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  • December 23, 2014 at 2:02 pm
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    Hi – have downloaded and installed the .dll in my VST folder (in Sonar X3); the soft synth loads up ok in the DAW but I have the message “Cannot find any instruments”. Can’t see what I’m doing wrong but any suggestions? Thanks!

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    • December 23, 2014 at 2:11 pm
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      Hi Mark, you should copy the entire contents from the archive to your VST plugins folder, not just the DLL. Let me know if that fixes the issue!

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      • December 23, 2014 at 4:03 pm
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        Thanks – I feel such a pillock now but it works great. Back to the egg nog think. Merry Xmas!

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        • December 23, 2014 at 9:09 pm
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          Glad to hear that it worked! Merry Christmas and enjoy the eggnog! :)

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  • December 23, 2014 at 3:54 pm
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    Awesome plug! I’m hoping this is the first in a series of future 99 Sounds Plugins. Now, I have even more incentive to learn C++ :)

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    • December 23, 2014 at 9:09 pm
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      Thanks Bryan, there will definitely be more VST plugins on 99Sounds in the future! :)

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  • December 23, 2014 at 8:04 pm
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    Thanks Guys. This will save me a lot of time. Give yourselves a big “CLAP” :-)

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  • December 24, 2014 at 3:27 am
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    Would be fantastic with modern dance choreography!

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  • December 24, 2014 at 3:29 am
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    Thank you and Merry Christmas.

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  • December 24, 2014 at 6:34 am
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    Thanks for the free plugin,will try it out.HAPPY CHRISTMAS!

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  • December 24, 2014 at 10:03 am
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    thanks for this great plugin !
    layered claps sounds reeeeeaally nice !!!

    merry christmas,
    alex hilton
    a1audio.de

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  • December 24, 2014 at 1:43 pm
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    Hi !

    I cannot make it work on Sony Acid Pro 6.
    Message : “Cannot find any instruments”.
    Although all files (dll & mse) have been extracted into my plugins folder and the dll is “seen” by Acid.

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  • December 26, 2014 at 1:08 pm
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    Hi. I was just wondering.. is there a way to get rid of the creepy hand? It kinda makes me feel uncomforable.

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  • December 26, 2014 at 2:32 pm
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    Works Perfect , thanks for saving a huge time , Merry Christmas !!

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  • December 27, 2014 at 2:52 pm
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    iv downloaded the vst and au files. i run the install but ableton is telling the files are corrupt and won’t complete installation. what am i missing :( i want to get clapping! please help

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  • December 27, 2014 at 11:52 pm
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    Does not work for me with ableton 8. Folders are empty after i moved the files to my VST plug-in custom folder..? what am i dong wrong, please help me.

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  • December 28, 2014 at 4:41 pm
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    Hello, not to seem like im hugely moaning about a free piece of software, but i seem to be having issues with running the plug in on logic 9 on 10.9.5.
    Ive copied the .component across to the plug in/components folder and re-started logic, its found the instrument but no notes are making any sounds?
    Any ideas? Thanks very much. It looks great

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  • December 29, 2014 at 12:12 am
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    HOla gracias por el VSt alguien me puede indicar como lo instalo en pc 64 bits envienme un email de antemano GRACIAS y FELIZ NAVIDAD.y PROSPERO AÑO NUEVO.
    :)

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  • December 29, 2014 at 12:18 am
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    Thank you! :-)

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  • December 29, 2014 at 11:07 am
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    Only one dislike about this vst is u can’t assign any of the dials to be controlled from a controller inside Ableton. Other then that sounds good

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  • January 3, 2015 at 8:38 am
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    Hi,
    Tried several times to make this work, but I can´t seem to be able to load the instruments (claps). All I get is “Cannot find any instruments”.
    It doesn´t work in Kontakt 5, nor the freebe TX16Wx. I run Mixcraft 6. Any suggestions?

    Cheers/
    Markus

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    • May 15, 2015 at 4:11 pm
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      Fist remove the plugin from your daw. Download the plugin again and do this. Once you open up the zip folder in your downloads, open either the 32vst or 64vst zip folders. Once you open that their should be a folder called the same thing that is just a regular folder. Drop that into your plugin folder for your daw and it should be working now!

      Cheers,
      The Electric Warehouse

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  • January 4, 2015 at 5:26 pm
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    These are sweet… if you get the “hands make sounds” sample pack and use it alongside the Clap Machine, you’re good to go for polyrhythms (a/k/a “church claps” or “soul claps”)!

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  • January 13, 2015 at 10:29 am
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    Hi…. there how doesn’t work this plugin?

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  • January 15, 2015 at 6:02 pm
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    Thanks it’s not bad. Could be done a built in feature to creat multiple clap trick, because single claps not much use for the music. Please answer me to email(if you can) what quality of samples are used in there.

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  • January 18, 2015 at 7:34 pm
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    When I tried to download the 7zip exe file, my Norton Internet Security went crazy. Shall I assume the download is safe; and/or is there another way to download it? Thanks.

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    • January 18, 2015 at 7:57 pm
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      Hi David, there are no 7ZIP files on this page. Choose one of the download options below the plugin screenshot (they are all in ZIP format). Either way, rest assured that the plugin, as well as any other content hosted by 99Sounds, is 100% clean and safe.

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      • January 19, 2015 at 2:23 am
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        Sorry – my bad. There is some kind of 7Zip ad on the page in green with a big DOWNLOAD bar, so I had originally clicked on that. So I then went ahead and downloaded the correct Win 32-bit and 64-bit versions. I then copied the extracted Clap Machine Win32 VST (I’m needing to use the 32 bit version of Cakewalk Sonar at the moment) folder to the Cakewalk\Vstplugins folder. However, when I go to Insert a Soft Synth in Sonar, and scroll to the vstplugins options, the Clap Machine VST plugin does not appear. Any suggestions? Thanks – David Cohen

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        • January 26, 2015 at 2:58 pm
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          Hmm, from your comment it seems that the installation process was done right. Perhaps Sonar needs to re-scan your plugins folder?

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    • January 19, 2015 at 1:34 am
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      You can disregard – I just noticed the Download links are to the right; I was clicking on the 7zip download…..

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  • January 28, 2015 at 3:15 am
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    I extracted the files Library/Audio/Plug-Ins/Components and restarted Logic 10.1 but I can’t find the plugin anywhere, could you help me with that, please? Thanks in advance!

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  • January 31, 2015 at 5:29 am
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    Grazie!! bellissimo plugin!!!

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  • May 1, 2015 at 11:25 pm
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    ok, very cool, very nice, works great, sounds great — THANKS!

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  • May 26, 2015 at 9:31 pm
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    I’ve just discovered this website, it’s great! Thank you from Argentina!

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  • July 5, 2015 at 1:56 pm
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    I’ve got the clap and I don’t mind a bit!

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  • July 20, 2015 at 4:53 am
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    I am a musician not a computer geek. I waste more time trying to install stuff like this than it takes to write and record a whole song. I downloaded it. I don’t know how to open it or where to store it. I am using Presonus Studio One Professional and have Windows 7. Can anyone help?

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    • July 21, 2015 at 2:24 pm
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      Presonus Studio One Professional is a DAW? I don’t use it, but… try this:
      – Put this VST in the usual folder of plugins
      – possibly you have to re-scan the VST folder
      – Try inserting this VST plugin as an effect in any (new) track. After that you might be able to either play it from your keyboard, or perhaps even from the computer keyboard, or if not, insert a MIDI item in this track and edit it.

      This last step should work for any DAW supporting MIDI.

      If this does NOT work, you need any “VST host” (there are some good freebies out there, or instance a German one called “VST Host” :-) ) and load Clap Machine there.

      Yes, sometimes things are difficult to connect… think of Computer Audio as a second or third language that you want to learn, i.e. accept you will need time to understand things. It is normal. Don’t get frustrated to soon :-)
      Juan María

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  • July 21, 2015 at 2:16 pm
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    Hi there,
    I recently composed a short piece for 2 clapping percussionists and made a production using your software… if you like it, feel free to link to it from your demo page – it would be a honor. (Yes, I credited you with link on the corresponding soundcloud page)
    The piece is called Claptrap
    https://soundcloud.com/juan-maria-solare/claptrap-2-percussionists-juan-maria-solare

    In producing the piece, first I spent some time notating which samples are usable, which are most of them. If you make an update of this (or other) VST instruments, I would be happy to act as beta tester (in case you need some, of course).

    Juan María

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    • July 21, 2015 at 2:26 pm
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      Creo que te conozco, jaja.
      Sí, esta página es muy buena. Atenti!
      Conocés la página relacionada? Buscá “Bedroom Producers”, es lo más.

      Juan María desde Bremen

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  • August 14, 2015 at 10:08 pm
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    It sounds and works great. Good Work Guys !!!!1

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  • August 16, 2015 at 10:43 am
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    What an awesome VST, simple and effective. I really like your work.

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  • October 17, 2015 at 3:48 pm
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    Love this Plug-in! I always recommend this one to people.

    Thanks guys!

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  • November 7, 2015 at 12:40 pm
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    Iv downloaded the plugin but thats alls its doing. its not recognised and won’t open with and programs i have. it won’t even find 32 lives which converts 32bit into 64 ? any help ?

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  • January 19, 2016 at 12:47 pm
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    I have placed the items in Guitar Tracks Pro 4 VST Plugins folder. no luck though? doesn’t even come up in the effects?

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  • March 7, 2016 at 9:02 am
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    Very cool this clap machine! I like this blog! Do you accept FREE guest-post or link exchange?
    Thank you!

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  • June 1, 2016 at 1:17 am
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    The release knob does nothing here, and I’m using the 64-bit version with Mixcraft 7. It just sounds like a ping-pong ball hitting a table.

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