Drums: Big Booms in Small Places

Posted: March 1, 2010 in Music, Tutorials
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Miking techniques is not so much a science as an art-form.  Here’s some tips from EQ Magazine.

Not so long ago in a recording universe that wasn’t very far away, snare drums were king. Back then, if an engineer served up a massively humongous snare sound, the entire band would “ooo” and “ahh” and giggle hysterically, as if they had stumbled upon Prince’s top-secret notebook of super-sexy pickup lines. A great snare meant a hit song was a possibility. It elevated you above the losers who struggled to craft limp and wimpy snares. A big, honkin’ snare proved you had cracked the code for professional audio production, and that royalty checks, groupies, and repeat performances on Saturday Night Live were within your reach.

Today, a slew of those “louderthan- the-lead-vocal” snares processed with gated reverb may sound cheesy, but that doesn’t mean the concept of a mighty snare has gone the way of spandex and head bands. You can still craft a snare sound that can drive your groove quite aggressively without munching your vocal or guitar tracks— or succumbing to the reverb silliness of yore—by simply tweaking a few EQ and compression parameters. It also helps to understand how frequencies can interact to rob a particular sound of its space in the overall soundscape. [read]


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