Can anyone tell me what kind of percussion instrument this is? The first example is an excerpt of the score from the movie Signs, written by James Newton Howard. This instrument in question plays right on the very first beat of the song, it sounds like a crack, a sort of snap. It then comes back in at 3:49 and plays at the same time as the bass drum. Then also, what is the percussion instrument that plays at 0:32 in this song called Straw Man, it's the one panned all the way to the right, and also sounds kind of like a snap, and is it the same thing as what's in the Signs excerpt?
I have been stumped by what this instrument is for a long time, and I hear it in all kinds of orchestral scores and stuff. The reason I ask now is because the piece, Straw Man, was created using East West Gold orchestra, which I have just now installed, and I would like to be able to use whatever this percussion instrument is. Thanks a ton!