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Trying To Replicate A Snappy Fast Attack Snare Sound Dynamic Microphones
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Trying To Replicate A Snappy Fast Attack Snare Sound

Hey all. I'm trying to replicate a clean, snappy snare sound that I've heard in various recordings. Any tips on snares (dimensions, build material) and mic'ing (mic type, mic placement) and post-processing (i.e. EQ, compression) would be awesome! Below are some modern examples of the snare sound I'm going for!





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On the Childish Gambino it sounde to me like a shallow (5") wood drum. Possible vintage and 8 lug. Its got muffling, and is probably i a small dead space. Its close miced and there doesn't seem to be much overhead sound. The drummer is not playing rimshots.
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Hearing a lot of snare. Sounds like a mic underneath. Tight and bright.
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High pitch, dampened for sure (not hearing any ring on either snare). Definitely a lot of bottom mic. I would try a piccolo snare first, if that didn’t work I’d try something like one of those popcorn snares. I recommend the Kramer MPX tape in post cause that plug-in is amazing at shaping sharp snare transients. I feel like you could roll off a lot of the lows on a sound like this.
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Don't use an SM57, use a small condenser.

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Don't use an SM57.

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That's just good general advice.
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That's just good general advice.
I agree, but there are many on GS who would disagree.

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I agree, but there are many on GS who would disagree.

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I'm well aware of my minority opinion. I stand by it , though.
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I'm well aware of my minority opinion. I stand by it , though.

Glad to know I am not the only one!

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Ian
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Glad to know I am not the only one!

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add me to the list!
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Glad to know I am not the only one!

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add me to the list!
Jon Brion is with us as well.
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Don't use an SM57, use a small condenser.
Or a decent dynamic.
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Glad to know I am not the only one!

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Let's start a "Just stop using 57's" club.
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Let's start a "Just stop using 57's" club.
Good idea. There are plenty of better choices. I have never seen one used in a UK studio.

Cheers

Ian

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After the topic of "how to get that snare sound" has been sufficiently answered i'll chime in - the opening of the "57-haters-anonymous" club.

I used a 57, last time back in 2003 or so. It gave signal. I'm not too proud of it.
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