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Making Drums from Scratch - Questions about 909 Drum Machines & Samplers
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Making Drums from Scratch - Questions about 909

I use synths almost entirely for my music, and I'm starting to build my own drum kits with sounds from my various synths (hardware / Software). I wanted to ask, I have the bass and hats and snares all working well with noise and envelopes, but the clap ... I understand the 909 is a fully analog drum machine, what oscillators are being used to generate a 909 clap? It's not a sample chip is it? How can I emulate a clap sound from the synthesis level?

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- G.
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I use synths almost entirely for my music, and I'm starting to build my own drum kits with sounds from my various synths (hardware / Software). I wanted to ask, I have the bass and hats and snares all working well with noise and envelopes, but the clap ... I understand the 909 is a fully analog drum machine, what oscillators are being used to generate a 909 clap? It's not a sample chip is it? How can I emulate a clap sound from the synthesis level?

Thank you!

- G.
The 909 is actually an analog/digital hybrid with special circuits generating the sounds.
You should read some internet because all this stuff is extensively documented.
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The hi-hats, ride and cymbal are samples, the clap is analogue.

It's noise and snap - I can kinda do one on my 101 but it's not got complex enough controls to pull off a decent clap!!
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How can I emulate a clap sound from the synthesis level?

Thank you!

- G.

White noise into bandpass filter.Then mess with filter envelope amount & decay time & add some resonance.Layer 3 synths & offset the time by a few milliseconds on the 2nd & 3rd at track level
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Guys, you can't make a 909 clap with a typical synth.
At least you will need like a 7 stage envelope or something else to generaqte the repeating pulse of semi-noise. You can fake some stuff with lfo's but it won't sound like a 909 easily.
If you want to synthesize that stuff i'd say start with getting a modular.
You're gonna need specialized envelopes, specialized noise sources, lots of stuff not easily available on most synths.
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