Hi all, I have some issues with some snare tracks I recently recorded and would like to hear your opinions and suggestions for processing them during mixdown. This is one of the first bands I ever recorded, so don't be too harsh with me. Here is the recording I am referring to: hammerton - Snare trembling - SoundCloud This is a mix of the top and bottom snare mics. I was using a Beyer 201 on top and a 57 at the bottom, both going into a Focusrite ISA pre. First of all: What do you think of the snare sound? Should I have gotten rid of the resonance at about 300 Hz before recording? Given that this is a rock band, I think the snare drum should be way punchier. Do you think I did something wrong with mic placement? Could I have made the sound punchier with a different preamp? Or is it just the drummer playing too softly? Another issue is that if I send this track through a 1176-style compressor to add some punch I inevitably make the ghost notes, snare rolls and unwanted snare vibrations much louder, which I don't want. How can I compress the louder hits without making everything else louder as well? I have gotten decent results with a gate set to a range of 9 dB. If I then compress the track by 9 dB I will basically have the same level differences between the main hits and the ghost notes as on the original recording, but the main hits will be compressed. A gate with a range set to infinity won't work because there's just too much going on on this snare track. I was also thinking of copying the entire track and manually gating the copied track, so that only the main snare hits remain. I could then compress the copied track and play it together with the original. Are there any other solutions? Thanks!