How tight should the snares be?
Through experimentation and the advice of some other experienced drummers, I have come to the conclusion that the snare-side (bottom) head of a snare drum should be tensioned extremely tight. Don't be bashful about this. Crank that puppy up very tight.For most styles, you want the snare-side head very tight.
And, should you compress snares?
You can make a snare drum really pop in the track by compressing it substantially (5dB10dB) but leaving the attack long enough that the initial transient still comes through.On hardware compressors, you can also push the signal into mild distortion to add some crunch on the snare.
Nevertheless, should I tune my snares?
Don't eliminate ring completely, tune without wires
Removing it will make your snare sound boxy to the audience, especially if you are playing at a moderate/loud volume.The setting of the snare wires is also very important and a fundamental part of the snare drum's sound.
Thereof, how do you get punchy snares?
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- Compress with the right compressor type.
- EQ out the boxiness.
- Add some thickness.
- Add some crackle.
- Focus on bringing out the snare in the overheads.
- Use a tight reverb.
- Medium attack.
- Slower release.
Similarly, how do you EQ snares?
Start with rolling off the extreme lows so that the snare isn't interfering with your kick and sub bass. Somewhere around 80hz should do the trick. Next add a gentle boost around 7kHz and high shelf around 12kHz to let the snare cut through. Lastly add a boost around 200-250hz for the body of the snare.
Beside this, how do you make snares softer?
Make it snap with a transient shaper
You can use the plug-in to boost the attack of a snare that needs bite or soften the transient when there is too much smack. Decreasing the sustain can remove the sound of the room while upping the sustain will bring out low-level details and splatter the signal.
Then, what should my snare be tuned to?
For a 6.5" snare drum, the pitches G - Bb are what you should listen for (Ab - B for a 5" drum). Using your drum key, tighten each tension rod ONE EVEN HALF TURN always working in opposites across the drum until you come near the pitch. Use a piano or keyboard percussion instrument to help find your pitch.
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