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Old 16th November 2006 | Show parent
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Originally Posted by Blindside ➡️
Basically get the natural sound of the snare drum 90% of where you want it before you start thinking about effects.
The natural sound of the snare drum doesn't come off a tiny section of the top head where the mic is pointed. It comes from the whole drum. Ever since I started using a mic in front of the kit, maybe 3 feet out, 3 - 5 feet high, the snare sounds great. There's a sweet spot out there. If you've got isolation headphones, have the drummer play a beat at a low to moderate volume and move the mic around. Suddenly the snare sounds like a snare.
Also, you can pull the snare mic off the drum so it's also seeing the side of the shell. Works great if you want less thump and more whack.