Having spent 20 years trying to perfect my 'ambient' drum sound - we arrive in the new Millennium, and are in the 'dry room sound' era...
So - I attempted to organize a room that can deliver contemporary drum tone.....
That snare sound is an example of 'internal drum reverb' - or in other words a dry drum signal with little ambient of close reflection signal - very compressed. I didn't use any reverb on it.
I also took a big leaf out of Mike Shipley's book and organized (subtly) different drum sounds for the different sections - for example I automated the parameters of SansAmp plug in to become more distorted and 'ringing' as the song gets closer to the chorus... This was a real example of a forum tip in action. I was so impressed with his comment that 'some people can make do with the same sound from the start to finish of a track, but not me" - that I decided to put a custom sound for each section plan in action on this song.
I also took special care to make the vocal reverb strategy - interesting.
Not rocket science for some of you I am sure but there were several 'break throughs' for me on this track.
Also Brads mastering was a nice icing to the cake!