Posted on 04. Mar, 2016 by Daniel Duskin (Record Producer, Mixing & Mastering Engineer) in Mixing, Recording, Ssh!
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 real drums, and the most difficult drum to make sound great. This article will help explain why, and help point you in the right direction
You won’t have to re-trigger samples any longer.
a short history of
The Big Drum Sound !
Larger than life drum sounds have been a big part of records for many decades.
In the early days, much of that big drum sound was obtained by recording those drums in a very large room. By the 60′s and 70′s, blending in some reverb at the mix phase was becoming more common.
By the early 80′s, it was commonplace to re-trigger snare drums with LinnDrum samples—eventually many reverb units were available, and drum machines were abundant.
These days it seems that everyone is re-triggering drums—especially snares—because low-cost drum triggering plugins are commonplace, sample libraries are cheap, and obtaining a good snare without re-triggering can be difficult without a lot of experience.
While there was something unique about re-triggered samples in the 80′s—largely because it was expensive and difficult to do—today it’s so easy and commonplace that there’s nothing special about re-triggering drums with samples.
Today it’s so rare to hear a great sounding snare that isn’t re-triggered, when you hear a natural snare it is instantly unique and respectable.
The problem is that it can be difficult to achieve, and often seems to require a rain dance to go with heavy doses of patience and experience.
The most absurd notion is that sampled snares just sound better.
A sampled snare was recorded and mixed like any other. There is nothing about the fact that it’s sampled that makes it sound better.
The reality is that the person that sampled that snare was a professional that really knew what they were doing.
So let’s learn how to get great snare sounds without samples!
The following 10 parts will teach you how to get a great snare without using samples.