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Choosing Snare Microphones

Choosing Snare Microphones

Posted by in Recording on 10. Mar, 2016 | 1 Comment

  Part of a series on getting a professional snare without samples in the mix. The professional standard top microphone is the Shure SM57. You can’t go wrong with this mic! If you’re unsure—or don’t have much time—the Shure SM57 should probably be your go-to microphone for most of your recording services. It’s insanely affordable too, […]

Master Pro Snare Drum Microphone Placement!

Master Pro Snare Drum Microphone Placement!

Posted by in Recording, Ssh! on 09. Mar, 2016 | 2 Comments

  Part of a series on getting a professional snare without samples during mixing.   If you’re recording your own drums, or recording as a service… Every part of the snare drum produces sound—including the side shell. It’s important to know which parts you want to record. In my humble opinion, you should record all of them […]

Need A Snare To Pop? Clip, Don’t Squash!

Need A Snare To Pop? Clip, Don’t Squash!

Posted by in Mixing, Ssh! on 08. Mar, 2016 | 4 Comments

  Part of a series on getting a professional snare without samples while mixing. …finally, let’s discuss mastering the art of clipping. Most of the time audible clipping is not a desired or professional sound, so care must be applied to avoid making any clipping audible—unless the sound of clipping is your artistic goal. While analog—or analog modeled—clipping […]

Learn To Tune A Snare Drum Like A Pro!

Learn To Tune A Snare Drum Like A Pro!

Posted by in Recording on 07. Mar, 2016 | 1 Comment

  Part of a series on getting a professional snare without samples while mixing. It’s no secret that how you tune a drum hugely effects the sound. I can’t tell you how tight or loose to tune this drum, since that depends entirely on the style of music, and your personal preference. However, I might be able to help […]

Get Snare Mix Reverb Right!

Get Snare Mix Reverb Right!

Posted by in Mixing on 06. Mar, 2016 | 2 Comments

  This is part of a series on getting a professional snare sound without samples. Reverb can define the perception of space for the entire drum set. This makes reverb choice of primary importance while mixing. This also makes it rather common to send more reverb to that drum than any other, often using reverb only on […]

Compress That Snare Like A Master! Mixing Technique

Compress That Snare Like A Master! Mixing Technique

Posted by in Mixing on 05. Mar, 2016 | 1 Comment

Part of a series on getting a professional snare without samples while mixing. You can think of compression applied as mostly affecting the attack and sustain of the drum. The slower the attack speed on the compressor, the more attack and punch of the drum will come through. The shorter the sustain/decay of the compressor on a […]

Mix Professional Snare Sounds Without Samples!

Mix Professional Snare Sounds Without Samples!

Posted by in Mixing, Recording, Ssh! on 04. Mar, 2016 | 1 Comment

This is an introduction to a series on getting a professional snare sound without using samples in the mix. If you have ever recorded real drums, you probably noticed that they didn’t sound as big, clear, professional and mastered as the drums on some of your favorite records. The snare is usually the most lacking when recording […]

How You Hit Your Snare Matters!

How You Hit Your Snare Matters!

Posted by in Recording on 03. Mar, 2016 | 1 Comment

This is part of a series on getting a professional snare sound without samples. The attack of the drum is largely defined by the way the drum is struck, and any compression that is added during the recording or mixing & mastering chain—I’ll discuss compression in #2. Generally speaking, it’s usually best to try and strike the […]

The Snare Drum Mix Saturation Secret Sauce!

The Snare Drum Mix Saturation Secret Sauce!

Posted by in Mixing, Saturation, Ssh! on 02. Mar, 2016 | 4 Comments

  This is part of a series on getting a professional snare sound without samples.   Saturation is one of the biggest recording and mixing secrets to getting a professional mix, because it’s rarely talked about, and it’s used regularly on recording & mixing services for  major label recordings and mixes. It should be very educational to inform you […]

Transient Mix Processing On Snare Drum

Transient Mix Processing On Snare Drum

Posted by in Mixing on 01. Mar, 2016 | 1 Comment

  Part of a series on getting a professional snare without samples while mixing. While compression is the traditional technique for controlling the attack and sustain of a drum, we now have professional transient and sustain processing tools. The cool thing about transient and sustain processing is that they sound very different from any compressor, which can make […]