BEST snare sound ever recorded

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Post Sun Oct 07, 2007 12:45 pm

This is a great topic. It's hard to think of this off hand. I loved Chad Smith's snare sound on "Blood, Sugar, Sex Magic". I also love Mikkey Dee's snare sound on "Abigail". In most Kreator albums, Ventor's got a controlled yet powerful snare sound the cuts through but isn't overbearing. "Slowly We Rot" also has a good snare sound. Love the snare on Tony Williams Lifetime "Turn It Over" album. On the Cactus S/T album, Appice's snare is kicking. The earlier Deep Purple albums had a good sound to them. Speaking of newer stuff, I like the Culross snare sound on "Doomsday X".

The best though? I'd probably have to say Steve Gadd w/Stanley Clarke on "Silly Putty". The snare isn't particularly defined, and at first listen might not seem that amazing. But when compared with other drums it sounds so damn consistent and crisp and controlled. Yep. Gonna have to say that is my favorite.
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Post Sun Oct 07, 2007 5:47 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.”

Me: these were probably the brass versions. Bonham used an Emperor.

P.S. The secret to Bonhams snare tuning, here it is -
Coated emperor batter, and the resonant side is a coated ambassador, just liek what you would use on a tom. Put on the 42 strand snares to cut through the thick bottom head and tune the drum like a tom, medium tight top, and the bottom head tuned tighter than the top. You do need to break in the heads on both side, and have the 42 strand snares wear through the coating on the ambassador head. Try it out and youll see it sounds exactly like Bonzo.

If you watch Ocheltree's video, Bonham did use an Emperor on top but an ambassador snare head on bottom.

“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.”

I say to a degree…yes, but the choice of snare and the tuning are a major factor. Yes you can beef up a crappy sounding snare but if you start with a killer sound you get a killer sound. providing the engineer doesn’t F#$%^ it up.

Most of these guys sound like they use a tight bottom head Bonham, Copeland, Van Halen. That the key to opening up the drum and getting a big fat sound. The top head is a matter of preference.
I never really liked the tight thin crack sound except when Garibaldi plays. I like a fat sound. Camerons, Bonham, Aldridge, Dunbar, Weckl, Kramer...I know there's more.

Like Peart, I have a Ludwig 6 1/2 x 14 Rocker that I choose over everything. It's a cheap snare. It only has 8 lugs. It's one of those that were made of wood and covered with a chrome wrap. I removed the wrap and finished it. This thing is Fat, loud, warm, dark, never chokes even when you crank it tight.
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Post Sun Oct 07, 2007 7:19 pm

Scotto123 wrote:Mike Portnoy on Scenes from a Memory


it's funny cause scenes from is the one CD where his snare sounds kinda annoying... images and awake i think have the best snare sound... oh, train is also good
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Post Sun Oct 07, 2007 8:32 pm

Tim Alexanders snare is amazing as well as Chad Sextons, I also adore steward copeland's snare sound. And I absolutely love Chad Smiths tone on "Give it away" and "knock me down"
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This is the best sound ever recorded...besides my snare! :D
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Post Tue Oct 16, 2007 4:52 pm

[quote]Like Peart, I have a Ludwig 6 1/2 x 14 Rocker that I choose over everything. It's a cheap snare. It only has 8 lugs. It's one of those that were made of wood and covered with a chrome wrap. I removed the wrap and finished it. This thing is Fat, loud, warm, dark, never chokes even when you crank it tight.

I just bought another one of these snares a couple days ago. I found out from Ludwig that these were made of Mahogany. It's a cheapo but I like the sound and feel of it. It's FAT, Full, and Loud and it doesn't choke even when you crank it tight.This drum had the infamous black and white badge that looks like the blue and olive badge.
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Post Tue Oct 16, 2007 5:51 pm

John Mayer's "Continuum" Album. Behold the magic of Steve Jordan.
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Post Tue Oct 16, 2007 9:40 pm

anything recorded with a ludwig supraphonic.
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Post Wed Oct 17, 2007 6:27 am

Thomas Noonan's snare on 36 Crazyfist's 2nd album "Snow Capped Romance" - DEAR GOD! The snare sounds so amazing - a really tight krack, but but with awesome body to it. You'll have to hear it yourself - I hugely recommend it - as im not sure ive given it justice...


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Post Mon Oct 29, 2007 9:37 pm

c'mon, who hasnt heard vinnies longo yet, that drum just floors me
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Post Tue Oct 30, 2007 7:38 pm

Everybody has there own taste in sounds. I never understood the appeal of a snare that cracks...anybody can get a crack out of a snare...just use one ply heads and crank it up tight. To me it's just a poorly tuned snare.
I like my live drum to sound FAT, rich, warm, full. It's harder to get a sound that is versatile and that will sound good on most styles of music.
If I wanted a crack, I would put it on the side as an extra.
Unless I'm tryin to play garabaldi stuff.
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Post Sat Nov 03, 2007 5:08 pm

rodney holmes' snare
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Post Sun Nov 04, 2007 1:06 am

Stewart Copeland's snare come to mind.
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Post Sun Nov 04, 2007 4:05 pm

311's Snare sound is always good. I recorded with a 14' Pork Pie Acrilic Snare. That was the greatest snare i ever heard on tape.
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Post Mon Nov 05, 2007 9:16 am

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