BEST snare sound ever recorded

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Post Wed Sep 20, 2006 5:37 pm

There was a topic on worst snare sound ever recorded (Lars' snare on St. Anger hada resounding victory) but...

what about the BEST snare sound ever recorded????!

Some of my favorites are:

No Doubt's "tragic kingdom"
Most Van Halen records have a kickin snare sound.
Deftones "White Pony"
311 "soundsystem"
I hate to admit this...Limp Bizkit's "Significant Other"...Too bad such a shitty band has such an awesome drummer.
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Post Wed Sep 20, 2006 10:04 pm

Denny Carmassi on Coverdale / Page

Joey Kramer on Aerosmiths 90's records

Troy Luccketta on Tesla's records

Jimmy D'anda on Bulletboys first two releases

Alex Van Halen, and John Bonham win the big prize.
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Post Thu Sep 21, 2006 5:58 am

Any album from A Perfect Circle with Josh Freese on drums :) his snare always sound great. Also, I'd agree about Deftones' "White Pony" and Limp Bizkit - I espescially like the snare on two tracks "Re-arranged" and the one for Mission Impossible OST (can't remember the title...)
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Post Fri Sep 22, 2006 9:05 am

when i saw this thread i was just about to add John otto's snare on the mission impossible theme...it's is STUNNING!!!

it is a shame, what a waste of a good drummer! :P
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Post Sat Sep 23, 2006 3:58 am

JimmiRock wrote:when i saw this thread i was just about to add John otto's snare on the mission impossible theme...it's is STUNNING!!!

exactly :)
I've found the title btw. it's "Take a Look Around" great track :)
do you happen to know what snare he was playing back then?
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Post Sat Sep 23, 2006 9:48 am

exactly
I've found the title btw. it's "Take a Look Around" great track
do you happen to know what snare he was playing back then?


I beleive he was using a few different custom OCDP snares. One 14x5.5 with a plethora of vents (20-ply), the other a 14x6.5 (30-ply)
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Post Sat Sep 23, 2006 11:32 pm

I really liked the snare sound on At The Drive-Ins "Relationship of command".
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Post Sun Sep 24, 2006 12:46 am

ViciousCircle5 wrote:
I beleive he was using a few different custom OCDP snares. One 14x5.5 with a plethora of vents (20-ply), the other a 14x6.5 (30-ply)

thanks :)
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Post Mon Sep 25, 2006 8:11 am

Shalaq wrote:I really liked the snare sound on At The Drive-Ins "Relationship of command".


i love that album..i always thought the snare was abit grotty!! each to their own, mind!!
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Post Mon Sep 25, 2006 11:03 pm

"Same Old Story" by Taste, Rory Gallagher's band circa '69-'70. John Wilson, ex-Them on drums. I'm pretty sure it's a Ludwig 5x14 Supraphonic. Bonzo on "Livin' Lovin' Maid" and "The Lemon Song". Jerry Shirley of Humble Pie on "Thirty Days in the Hole". Both 6.5x14 Ludwig Supra's.
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Post Tue Sep 26, 2006 6:54 am

limp bizkit are a musically amazing band, people just dont respect them cus of fred! john otto's style is so good its annoying! shame he loves crack now! haha
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Post Tue Sep 26, 2006 9:27 am

I wouldn't say it's the greatest snare sound ever, because there are just too many, but one of my all time favorites is Neil Peart's snare sound on Rush's "Exit...Stage Left" live album.

It's his number one snare "old faithful". A cheap Slingerland wood snare that he picked up in a pawn shop I believe for $67. He suspects that someone filed down the snare beds, because the snare is both sensitive at the lightest touch, and aggressive as well, and never chokes.

I think that snare sounds best on that live album. Especially during "Red Barchetta" and "YYZ".
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Post Tue Sep 26, 2006 9:51 am

Ya know that the credit (for the way a snare...or any part of the kit).. most generally goes to the master mixer.. NOT the musicians.. cause lot's of the time the tracks are layed and from there the musicians don't have any more control..

However I vote to give kudos to Queenryche and their Empire cd....
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Post Tue Sep 26, 2006 10:01 am

jwoo10 wrote:Ya know that the credit (for the way a snare...or any part of the kit).. most generally goes to the master mixer.. NOT the musicians.. cause lot's of the time the tracks are layed and from there the musicians don't have any more control..

However I vote to give kudos to Queenryche and their Empire cd....


I agree with this for the most part, being a part time sound engineer myself. However, I feel that it is the engineer's job to try and capture the true essence of the way the drums (or any other instrument) sound, as accurately as possible. And I always welcome the musician's input. It is afterall, THEIR sound. No one knows how our kits should sound better than us right?

Mind you, it is of course true that many engineers like to take their own liberties. It's a give and take thing.
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Post Tue Sep 26, 2006 11:10 am

I'll have to give this to Bonham on Led Zep II, Mike Portnoy on Scenes from a Memory, and Vinnie Colauita's Snare....amazing.
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