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Distortion box for snare ? Effects Pedals, Units & Accessories
Old 10th October 2007
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Distortion box for snare ?

In many cases I've seen engineers running a snare drum track through a distortion pedal and I remember it being a very cool trick, at least in certain cases. I've never tried it and would like to experiment.

I'd love some recommendations as to what distortion units you guys are using for snare and/or other non-guitar applications when you just want some extra "hair" on something.

Thanks
Old 10th October 2007
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SansAmp Rack Mount Unit
Old 10th October 2007
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Yeah it can get nice and trashy.
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Agreed. My PSA1 gets used for all sorts of things but almost never guitar!!

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Old 10th October 2007
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i 4th that
Old 10th October 2007
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that sounds like a good time, I got a sans amp kicking around....are the input's line level??
Old 10th October 2007
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Altec 1589B mic preamp. It's a way better distortion box then it is a mic pre. That thing has zero headroom so it's perfect for the task. I wired in a pad at the output of mine so that I can never clip my converters no matter how much I turn it up. It goes from subtle crunch to full on Nine Inch Nails vocal distortion.

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Old 10th October 2007
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Actually a plug-in: Ohm Force Ohmicide. Makes it explode.
Old 11th October 2007
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Or you can overdrive the pre going in. Use a compressor after to drop the gain. And sometimes I use my ADM256's for a dirty doubling effect. Almost like distortion but not. OR Just use Tapehead.
Old 11th October 2007
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Overdriving a Neve pre, Spectrasonics 610 are two of my favorites.
Old 11th October 2007
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I have said it before - and I'll say it again.

Go try the FREE blockfish comp. with the saturation at extreeme settings. Beautiful, simly beautiful.

Old 11th October 2007
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Aside from dirt boxes...

Small tube amps and a microphone.
Old 11th October 2007
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Turn the output of an LA-2A up full
Old 11th October 2007
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Intersound IVP

My Intersound IVP does a nice job warming up drums or straight up destroying them. Switchable between a "clean" and fake "tube" channel it also has a very flexible, extreme & musical equalizer. Great Bass DI too. Used around $50-$200.
Old 11th October 2007
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When mixing I usually send a parallel snare track back out to....

1) Chandler TG2 with the input cranked, lots of cool major

2) Vintech 473 with the input cranked, lots of cool mojo with EQ

3) A guitar amp, not so cranked... call it medium distortion. Guitar amp distortion, a little goes a long way.

4) Tube Screamer

5) A guitar POD (never tried a bass POD, could be cool)

6) I might stay in the box and use BlockFish or even Amp Sim in Samplitude
Old 11th October 2007
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Culture Vulture - bottom mic only.
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You guys gate the snare track that is sent to the disto? If so, do you gate it hard (only transient) or like you would in a mix (if you gate at all). I've tried it but had to put the fader at like -80 to get something decent..



Herwig
Old 12th October 2007
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You guys gate the snare track that is sent to the disto? If so, do you gate it hard (only transient) or like you would in a mix (if you gate at all). I've tried it but had to put the fader at like -80 to get something decent..



Herwig

No gate for me.

Sometimes -80 is the perfect setting.
Old 12th October 2007
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Ensoniq DP-4 "VCF Distortion" is pretty cool on snare...

Olivier.
Old 12th October 2007
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Old 12th October 2007
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I have said it before - and I'll say it again.

Go try the FREE blockfish comp. with the saturation at extreeme settings. Beautiful, simly beautiful.

Block fish has just the splat for the real connoisseur of extreme splattyness.
Old 12th October 2007
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Lotta heavies using the butler tube driver pedal...or the chandler rackmount.
Old 12th October 2007
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if you're using PT, grab the Massey THC plug-in.

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Old 12th October 2007
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Dramastic Obsidian

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Old 12th October 2007
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Distressor.

Sansamp PSA, rackmount or plugin

Big Muff

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Old 13th October 2007
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ART Pro MPA. For me it's not a mic pre, it's a distortion box.
Old 13th October 2007
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Why waste a good processor like an LA-2 trying to **** something up? Just throw it though a tubescreamer and there ya go...
Old 13th October 2007
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We've been doing that since the 70's.

It's called a dbx 160.

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A fun one I messed with recently was the Neve 8801 channel strip to pull out the "bonk" of the drum with the dynamics section while bringing out the top and bottom crack with the EQ a bit... then splitting the return and driving half to the mix desk and the other half through a Thermionic "Culture Vulture" set on "overdrive" with the "pentode" selected then folded back in just a smidge to get the drum to really pop without taking up too much space in the track.
Old 13th October 2007
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i like the martech mic pre or a telefunken v76 on that. sometimes ampfarm.
Old 13th October 2007
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I'd love some recommendations as to what distortion units you guys are using for snare and/or other non-guitar applications when you just want some extra "hair" on something.

Thanks

Any distortion box thats laying around...
old f*cked up amps and overblown laptop speakers mic'd with 5 dollar radio shack jobbies.

usually routing w/ a little labs PCP but sometimes not.
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