it seems the majority of my snare recordings are junk. heh. ive been recording the same snare for the past 3 years, well the same kit for that matter... just got new cymbals last year though.. but anyways.. its a 14 x 6.5 ludwig supraphonic. it sounds real awesome live, and ive spent lots of time tuning, and always upkeep on that stuff... so i know it sounds good in person at least. just when it comes to recording i cant really capture the "livelyness" of it... I use a sennheiser e905 for the snare... so i guess when i first able to record on my own, i did the snare the standard way - 2-3 inches( well more like 4-5 since i hit kinda hard i guess)off the rim faced toward the center of the snare.. well it makes the snare sound like a carboard box. then i tried 5 inches away from the snare body aimed at the soundhole ... ive been doing it that way for sometime.. and it gets by, but still not that good.. ive tried positioning it a lil underneath capturing some wiresound, but didnt mesh well with the overheads... then all other ways sounded real bad, and wrong.. ha i know the over heads really get the snare to sound like a snare.. but i want the snare by itself to be enjoyable (obviously) as for the snare/overhead mix... i tried mono and stereo.. when mono i use a ksm27, and with stereo overheads i use 2 sm81's... i have better luck running them in mono, maybe because im not that skilled with stereo overhead thing still... they just always sound washy, and just somewhat bad sounding... the ksm27 is darker sounding.. but works... id like to try more with the stereo 81s though... so anyways...should i try a different mic? i have a sm57, but didnt like that in any configuration, and i just saw a post on someone using a md421 on a snare.. which im gonna try tomorrow when i get to the studio... ok after all that babble, and tips and lil pointers on this??