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need some expert advce

Discussion in 'Recording' started by SunDaze, May 1, 2011.

  1. SunDaze

    SunDaze Active Member

    How can I get the snare to seem as if it is right smack in front of me ?
    I have sampled hits of strike drum machine.
    I am using a TL space reverb and am experimenting that and
    some gate on an aux channel.
    I am happy with the tone and the attack of the snare now but need it to come up closer.
  2. audiokid

    audiokid Staff

    less verb helps more verb doesn't.
  3. SunDaze

    SunDaze Active Member

    Even with no verb , I feel like I want it closer . Ive been experimenting with plates to fatten up, and eq alittle boost 3- 3.5khz.
    Is there anything else that could help bring it closer?
  4. audiokid

    audiokid Staff

    upper mids maybe. around 1.6k, 2.5k, 3k

    Edit: Sorry, didn't see your reply until after my post
  5. audiokid

    audiokid Staff

    Ah, sometimes snares sound really nice alone, samples from an album, drum programs etc but are processed to fit that song or a certain effect. make sure you aren't adding width to it because you will be doing the opposite of what you are trying to achive, which is an In-Your-Face SMACK!
    Don't be using a stereo sample. Keep the snare mono and then add your effect if you like to the track or the final mix. Remember that less is more when it comes to effects and especially reverb.
  6. audiokid

    audiokid Staff

    Sounds like you just don't have the right snare sound then. Why don't you add a sidestick in it. Find something with a really good crack and mix it into the snare. You can put more reverb in one or the other to give it some depth.

    I do this all the time. My snares have the bottom and top plus an overhead mixed in. You blend the three or four to get the best sound.

    hope that helps!
  7. SunDaze

    SunDaze Active Member

    thanks Chris, I ll try , that . Sidechain to trigger another close snare .
  8. jimmys69

    jimmys69 Active Member

    Heavy parallel compression on snare can really bring it out front. A bit of distortion or saturation also helps to put it on top for me. Slate Trigger EX would make your life a wonderful place for super happy fun snare time! :D


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