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Old 28th June 2009
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Making a mediocre steel snare drum sound good.

The kit I've got borrowed for recording has a steel snare that refuses to sound good in real life or recorded no matter how it's tuned, tweaked, damped, fondled, whatever. It has no 'impact crack' and sounds like a discordant fart. The shells inherent resonance is ugly. (For the record, I realize a steel snare has a certain amount of 'bong' by nature. The problem here is that the 'bong' on this one is unpleasant).

Anyone have any secret tricks I haven't thought of for prepping this thing? Or suggestions for a snare I can order for cheap that will do the job?

Genre is mostly on the 'rock' side of things.