No problem. THNAKS for this excelent post!! We have selected this kick drum sound since it has a lot of low ends, kind of a room reverb layer underneath it, as well as some resonant peaks which need processing. (also see hard vs soft limiter settings). Snare body / beef. First, however, I need to mention the importance of the recorded snare drum sound, so let’s briefly talke about recording a snare drum. I cannot understate how important that is. Make your settings too extreme so that you’re ears learn what bad compression sounds like, try to get breathing in your compression, but do it so that you get how attack and release times can impact your sound. The key is you need to know how each sounds. Bottom snare mics often sound surprisingly plastic. The 200-500Hz range is tricky. You also have a lot of tone down there (90Hz – 150Hz) with which you can experiment a little bit. The stick of the attack is around where our ears are most sensitive 2-2.5kHz. EQ the Kick Drum . If there’s phase cancellation then the snare won’t be punchy. The snare drum can sit nicely in your mix, or it can be a total nightmare. Part 14 of 31 – Working with a thin, maybe weak sounding snare drum in the mix? I once did a tutorial about tuning drums in my old music production blog but I’ll do another one in the near future for this blog as well. 2kHz to 3.5kHz is where you’ll find the crunch of the snare drum. If it’s a live snare the 1st thing to check is phase. That will give you more of an industrial sound. Drums. Thanx once again. You want to look at the gain reduction meter when compressing. If your snare drum is too wimpy/weak then give it a small boost around 60Hz-120Hz. If you’re snare drum is not wimpy then remove everything under 100Hz you won’t need that. Sometimes you might find that the eq settings are not the problem but the level adjustment of other sounds are overpowering the snare drum so make sure you got the levels of other sounds right. Snare ring usually lingers between as low as 500Hz and as high as 900Hz (start cutting with your snare EQ around 650Hz to locate the frequency of the ringing You want a fairly narrow Q width on that band, but not too much). MXL 990 Condenser Microphone Review: Worth The Money? 3 – Best Preamps for Snare Drum 4 – Tips: EQ and Compression for Snare 5 – 6 Tricks for Crafting an Awesome Snare Sound. Compression / Limiting A Snare. You want the bottom snare mic blended just enough to make a subtle difference and ensure the snares are heard, but not dominant in your overall snare sound. Last time we looked at how to use an Eq on kick drum and bass sounds. Selecting the right snare for the job is essential, but that may not be enough to win over your listeners.In the big picture, learning how to EQ a snare drum will guarantee consistent results throughout your projects.. SNARE – If the kick drum is bleeding into the snare mic too much, it may be introducing nasty low end into the mix. If you put a really hard limiter on it, the ring of the snare will be greatly increased (wicked hard limiter, then boost your output gain a lot to compensate). Please continue doing that! If you continue to use this site we assume you're happy with it. Also add some air to your snare to make it shine by making a boost at 10kHz.eval(ez_write_tag([[580,400],'talkinmusic_com-medrectangle-3','ezslot_0',107,'0','0'])); To help the snare cut through a mix then use an eq to cut other sounds where the snare hits. Those two settings will change the “vibe” of the sound, can cause or prevent clicking sounds, and cause the compressor to pump or breathe. Knowing your way around the EQ is a very important aspect of getting a great drum mix going. To get a snappy snare sound then boost around 6kHz-8kHz this will also add presence to the snare drum. I rarely come across a snare that couldn’t use some “extra love”. Image by Danny Sheppard via Flickr / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0. Just grab your stock EQ and let’s get to work. Hello there and welcome to the Snare EQ, Compression and Effects – Mixing A Snare Drum Guide! Snare Attack. Even though different genres my require different settings this guide will help you learn how to find problem frequencies and how to help the snare cut through the mix. But if the problem is the snare eq settings then this guide should be able to help you fix that. You’re really going to start to head the compression once you get over -8db to -10db attenuation. Again, don’t push it hard, but don’t always cut it, either. The warmth of a snare drum is mostly found around 120Hz-200Hz this part of the spectrum fills out the snare drum.