Hand Clapper

808, 909, HC2, and more

Hand Clapper Plugin GUI (VST, AU, AAX)

Claps Synthesizer Plugin

Hand Clapper is a drum synthesizer plugin dedicated to claps sounds.
The design is inspired by a famous Japanese percussion synthesiser from the ’80. There are three internal noise sources that are used to recreate the classic sound of vintage analog drum machines (such as 808, 909, HC2, and more).
You are not limited to just the on-board sounds though, you can also load in any sample you want.

Hand Clapper is available for MAC, PC, and LINUX (VST, VST3, AU, AAX, CLAP, 64-bit only), and also as AUv3 and Standalone on the App Store.

Boss Hand Clapper HC2 - 1
Boss Hand Clapper HC2 - 2
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Inspired by the classic Boss HC-2 pedal, the raison d’être of “Hand Clapper” is the generating of handclaps. Out of the box it comes with 45 Factory Presets using 21 custom analog samples taken from several analog instruments (drum machine, analog synths, and real claps) to emulate the TR-808 and TR-909, and the HC-2 itself.

Custom Samples

You are not limited to just the onboard sounds though, you can also load in any sample of your own choosing (a single WAV up to four seconds long), which can lead to some very interesting results with a little experimentation. Try using synth shots, piano noises or vocals for example!

Hand Clapper Drop Custom Sample Feature


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“Hand Clapper couldn’t be easier to use, which makes it both productive and fun; but more importantly, it sounds truly wicked, perfectly capturing the spirits of the vintage machines at its heart. and doing crazy things to external samples.”

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Also available on iOS

Hand Clapper is available for iPhone and iPad on the App Store, as a AUv3 plugin and Standalone (IAA).

Hand Clapper Demo

Try Hand Clapper for free with some limitations: silence for 3 seconds every 45 seconds, saving disabled.
If you like it, you can purchase a license and then authorize the demo version.


Requires macOS 10.9 or higher
AU, VST2, VST3, AAX, CLAP (64bit only)


Requires Windows 7 or higher
VST2, VST3, AAX, CLAP (64bit only)


Requires Ubuntu 20.04 or newer
VST2, VST3, CLAP (64bit only)


  • 4 sources: 808, 909, HC2, Custom
  • 48 Factory Presets
  • 24 Factory Samples from vintage gear
  • Tone bandpass/peak filter
  • Vintage Reverb
  • Preset system with randomizer

Download the Manual (PDF)

System Requirements

 Windows 7 – 11
VST2, VST3, AAX, CLAP (64-bit)

 OS X 10.9 – macOS 13
VST2, VST3, AU, AAX, CLAP (64-bit)
Universal 2 Binary

 Ubuntu 20.04 LTS
VST2, VST3, CLAP (64-bit)

Copy Protection

To activate your plugin you can choose between Online and Offline authorization.
Create an account, log in through the plugin to activate, or download your license file for offline activation.


1 license up to 3 computers

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No Internet

No connection required to activate


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