BEST snare sound ever recorded

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Post Tue Sep 26, 2006 1:53 pm

You always knew it was Van Halen as soon as you heard that snare crack. Bonham could have made a Radio Flyer snare sound good.
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Post Wed Sep 27, 2006 1:32 am

Good call on Josh Freese. The first A Perfect Circle album has a beautiful snare sound, and while they are mixed low, the toms on that album are the best I've heard. Along with that album, my favorite snare sounds are:

Dream Thater's Awake album

Guns & Roses Use Your Illusion albums

Pretty much any Tommy Lee recordings

Fireflight's The Healing of Harms gets an honorable mention, haha

Basically, anything that has medium pitch, no or little compression, some gated reverb, killer attack, and pure open tone. Never trigger/digitally alter the snare!!!!!!

I totally agree that the snare sound is completely controlled by the engineer/producer unless you are a household name in the drumming world or unless the producer/engineer just doesn't know what he is doing and has to ask you how it's supposed to sound.
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Post Wed Sep 27, 2006 1:57 am

Uhhh, i mostly prefer super tight sounding snares.
Loved Brooks Wackerman on Suicidal Tendencies album "Freedumb". Anything by Chad Sexton (311), Jon Theodore (ex The Mars Volta), Tim Alexander (Primus, Attention Defecit etc..), Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater), Jose Pasilias(sp?)(Incubus), John Dolmayan (SOAD) and of course, Virgil Donati.
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John Stanier of Helmet on Meantime and Betty
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Post Sun Oct 01, 2006 10:21 am

I love Neil Pearts black slingerland that he has used on almost every album. Who dosent like Bonham's snare? Thats whay I play.

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.

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Post Sun Oct 15, 2006 4:45 pm

travis barker on 'take off your pants and jacket', carter beauford on 'before these crowded streets' abe cunningham on 'white pony', jose pasillas on 'a crow left of the murder', tim alexander on 'pork soda', dave abbruzzesse on 'vs', stewart copeland on 'synchronicity', matt chamberlain on 'from the choirgirl hotel'. to name a few.
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Post Mon Oct 16, 2006 10:37 am

i like chad sexton of 311 snare, any of john bonham snares, carter beauford of dave mathews, and drummer from the band strata
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Post Mon Oct 30, 2006 4:05 pm

ben kweller's snare sound in the album sha sha was pretty awesome id have to say. i also enjoy the sound mark gajadhar gets out of his snare in all of the blood brothers' cds
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Post Mon Oct 30, 2006 5:12 pm

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

Thts a gr8 snare :)
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Post Fri Nov 03, 2006 2:17 pm

draconic wrote:tim alexander on 'pork soda', stewart copeland on 'synchronicity',
Hell yes!!!!

and I love Tim Alexander's snare sound on Primus's "Tales from the Punchbowl"

and something about Billy Martin from MMW's sound is quite awesome too.

Buddy had a great sound with that nasty ass fibes snare he used & Dennis Chambers has a fercious snare sound always...DAMN!!!! tough question...forgot an honorable mention of Will Calhoun's snare sound on Cult of Personality...some reason that snare sound moves me. crap...forgot Elvin Jones...all the time!!!!
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Post Tue Nov 07, 2006 3:37 pm

Alex Van Halen..hands down the most consistant and best snare sound ever.

Who here cannot instantly recognize it when they hear it?
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Post Tue Nov 07, 2006 4:46 pm

Mike Portnoy-all albums!!!

Stewart Copland- spirits in the meterial world i just listen to this song becuase of the snare drum.. its weird though it somehows seems like his snare changes in differnt songs

Carter Beauford- listen to satelitte how could u not like that sound!!

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Post Wed Nov 08, 2006 1:12 pm

I don't even know the album or the name of the guy, but Poison The Well's drummer's snare on the song Nerdy is nuts, It's not your typical snare sound, but I like it.
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Post Wed Nov 08, 2006 3:22 pm

I've always been a huge fan of Steve Riley's snare sound on L.A. Guns' "Cocked and Loaded" record. LOADS of tone and depth but with enough crack to set it apart. If ya haven't heard it, give it a listen. Anyone know what snare/head config. he was using on that record?