Originally Posted by Brad McGowan
I generally find myself using similar compressor settings on snare no matter what the genre (just what my ear likes). I think it's really the drummer and the drum that make the difference.
I always try to get the compressor to be working with the tempo of the song and with the drummer's dynamics. If you are getting too much stick, and not enough body, a faster attack can help squash the stick down into the decay. For a good drummer, I like an 1176 with a very slow attack, to let the crack of the stick through, then a release that is as long as possible before the next snare hit comes in. Doing this on the kick and snare makes them go pooooooompaaaaaaaaahpooooooompaaaaaaaah
instead of pooom paaaah poooom paaaah if that makes any sense.
I really like the 1176 on snare because the ratios are great at shaping the "body" of the snare and you can drive the output amp to make the snare brighter if need be.