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What's your favorite snare sound? Drum Machines & Samplers
Old 17th August 2007
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. . . also liberty - downeaster alexa
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Bonham, Tool, Bill Bruford, Neil Peart & Jimmy Chamberlain are my top 5.
Old 17th August 2007
Any Jimmy Chamberlain snare. Most Deftones, but I think they support with samples. Beck, Sea Change and The Information (probably samples on most)
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Pearl Jam's Vs. is up there
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smashing pumpkins siamese dream.
Old 17th August 2007
i've always loved the snare on that Tom Petty song "You
don't know how it feels" or whatever it's called...
("let's get to the point, let's smoke another joint" song).

but yeah, Bonham. any song.

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Boston 1 - Someone tell me how they did that in '76.

Old 17th August 2007
Originally Posted by Drumsound View Post
Bonham for sure.

A lto fo different Ringo snares esp some of the earlier higher pitched stuff.

"Where's Summer B?" on the first Ben Folds Five record.

The Soft Bulletin has a bunch of cool snare sounds.

Bonham's snare sound is incredible. I have to agree.

It's got this...great, woody, punchy quality to it. I've often wondered what snare that is. Anyone know?

I do know, that a part of that sound are the Helios desks and obviously his playing......but ya...great nonetheless. Have a listen to the snare on "Stairway"....again lol...... when they start rockin can really hear it.

Old 17th August 2007
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Little Feat's first post Lowell George album "Let It Roll" (produced and engineered by some guy named Massenberg) has some awesome snare sounds. Particularly "Hate To Lose You're Lovin". Bright and crisp with tons of SMACK. And "one clear Moment" has two great snares. The basic one is joined by a piccolo.

I also always loved the detuned, rattley snare on the Eagles "I can't Tell You Why".

And Clearmountain for the Pretenders "Don't Get Me Wrong".

And Purdie's wallet taped to the snare rimshot sound.
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fat dry crackin 70's pop rock snaresthumbsup
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And Bonham, of course.

Here's a video of his drum tech giving a tour of Bonham's kit.
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Bonham played a 14x6.5 ludwig supraphonic
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Neil Peart's Ludwig snare.
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"Are You Weeping" by Gary Wright (on "Light of Smiles" LP) is a perfectly toney, fat, and crisp snare sound. gorgeous, in the manner of "Dancing Days" by Led Zep, another favorite for the same reasons.

I'd be remiss if I didn't mention "Roundabout" by Yes. Bruford had all the answers with that drum sound.
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I'd add the following:

"Barracuda" by Heart.

"Paperlate" by Genesis. That era of Duke/Abacab/Genesis(geometric shapes) was one of very nice sounding drums and perfect mixes in the band's career.

of a later vintage, check out any of the Motley Crue album from the early 90's that was done without Vince Neil, and the Generation Swine album, especially "Beauty", whose opening few bars with just the drums are so massive they'll corrode your soul.

Frankly, I'm surprised (not really) that no one's mentioned "Notorious" by Duran Duran. It's one of those classic, signature sounds, especially when you hear a drummer do the song's opening snare riff, that everyone can usually hear coming from a mile away.

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Finally, add that big, whompin' tune by The Power Station from the mid-80's. I have the 12", and those drums are incredible.

Likewise, and in a similar vein, the "View to a Kill" single by Duran, which uses very similar drum sounds.

And, to be fair to the other Duran guys, the single "Election Day" by Arcadia has a gorgeous sheen, and the snare is one of those perfect sizzling envelopes with just a hint of tone, tons of "snappy", and perfect placement in the exceptional mix. "Goodbye is Forever" on the Arcadia album is also really nicely done; the drums are very different there.

p.s. there're plenty of weak-sounding Led Zeppelin snare sounds on record. Even they're pretty decent, but not really, compared to what else is out there. A little more specificity would make this thread more interesting/valuable.
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Specific songs - Artist/Album/Song:

#1 Talk Talk - Laughing Stock - Ascension Day (recorded with one mic from about 10 feet away in mono, mixed in stereo and compressed)

Others that I think are great:

Death (Richard Christy) - The Sound of Perseverance - Scavenger of Human Sorrow
This Heat - Deceit - S.P.Q.R.
Cornucopia (Wolfgang Gaudes) - Full Horn - Day of a Daydreambeliever
Alex Cline - The Other Shore - Gigantic Human Frame
Ruins (Yoshida Tatsuya) - Tzomborgha - Skhanddraviza
Magma (Christian Vander) - Attahk - Last Seven Minutes
John Coltrane (Rashied Ali) - Intersteller Space - Saturn
John Coltrane Quartet (Elvin Jones) - A Love Supreme - Pursuance
Converge (Damon Bellorado) - Petitioning The Empty Sky - The Saddest Day
Fred Anderson & Hamid Drake (Hamid Drake) - Back Together Again - Back Together Again
Napalm Death - Enemy of the Music Business - Next On The List
Bauhaus - In The Flat Field - Double Dare
Cave-In (John-Robert Conners) - Until Your Heart Stops - Terminal Deity
Can - (Jaki Liebezeit) - Ege Bamyasi - Spoon
Nels Cline (Alex Cline) - The Giant Pin - Fly Fly
U Totem (Jim Gordon) - Strange Attractors - No Mo Ippon
Uz Jsme Doma (Petr Bohm) - Usi - Bosi

Okay, I need to quit or I'll be here all night...haha
Old 17th August 2007
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Forgot to add Joy Division's Unknown Pleasures..basically the whole album..such a unique approach to the kit that is unforgettable.
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Anything that goes Thud from the 70's
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phil collins picolo snare drum sound from the We can't dance album. Killer sound imho !
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Originally Posted by rainy-taxi View Post
phil collins picolo snare drum sound from the We can't dance album. Killer sound imho !
right on; haven't thought about that album since its radio days!
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mike portnoy - train of thought

anything from portnoy, all of his sounds are awesome
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This one's easy for me: Al Jackson on Al Green's "Love and Happiness." A fatter snare there never was.

I also like just about every sound ?uest Love has ever gotten out of a snare.
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Jeremy Taggart's snare from early Our Lady Peace stuff. Arnold Lanni gets this incredibly ringy, heavy snare sound. It's on the older Finger Eleven stuff that he did, too.

+1 on the Ben Folds Five reference, too. And of course the Bonham.
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Lenny Kravitz "Are you gonna go my way"

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Elton John's "someone saved my life tonight"

and some of Paul Simon's Roy Halee

Skateaway...Dire Straits
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dang, I have a lot here to note

fav today: Year of the Rabbit - Year of the Rabbit (ex-failure singer)
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Nirvan - In Utero - Milk it

Old 17th August 2007
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Originally Posted by Grasshopper View Post
Nirvan - In Utero - Milk it

Finally a mention of Albini.
Old 18th August 2007
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Originally Posted by idylldon View Post
Anytime Kenny Aronoff hits one.

I second that. Especially on Mellancamps Lonesome Jubilee.

Any Police record.

All of R.E.M.'s Document. Not much of a fan but man the snare is distinctive.
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