Which metal?

Optimus Prime

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When I get a new kit in like a year or so I'm going to get a mid-level kit and then get a really nice high end snare to go with it. I like my snare to have a nice fat, deep sound but still with a good crack. A good example of the sound I'm after is Brandon Barnes's snare sound on Rise Against's album Appeal to Reason.

I might get a metal snare, but I'm not sure what would be the best to get. I'm thinking that either copper or brass would be the best metals since, from what I've read, both have the crack of metal snares but also with the warmth and low end of some wood snares. I'll mainly be playing hard rock, punk, and a little metal, but I also want my snare to be versatile so I don't need to get a new one if I begin to play different genres.

So what do think would be better for the sound I'm after - brass or copper? I'm also considering aluminum and bronze, but I can't find much info on their sound characteristics.
 

metldrummer2112

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I say brass. But I'd also say go for a wooden snare you like, they sound much better in my opinion, and they'll work in all settings you could throw them at if you have a good one and know how to tune.
 

jnewlon_drum

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Brother_Bong":unff36hc said:
SGarrett":unff36hc said:
Thrash? :lol:

How about a 6.5"x14" birch snare?
I'm actually waiting for one!

agreed...im using a 13" x 7" orange county snare for my metal band an it has a great sound...very loud and fast crack with a nice small ring out...very deep sound
 

jnewlon_drum

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metldrummer2112":f6yflpxn said:
I say brass. But I'd also say go for a wooden snare you like, they sound much better in my opinion, and they'll work in all settings you could throw them at if you have a good one and know how to tune.
agree and to get a nice deep tone with a crack...get a 13" X 7" snare...
i play metal and pretty much did the same thing ur doing...

i have a pacific kit with a 13" X 7" orange counry snare
 

metldrummer2112

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jnewlon_drum":3pivgfxb said:
metldrummer2112":3pivgfxb said:
I say brass. But I'd also say go for a wooden snare you like, they sound much better in my opinion, and they'll work in all settings you could throw them at if you have a good one and know how to tune.
agree and to get a nice deep tone with a crack...get a 13" X 7" snare...
i play metal and pretty much did the same thing ur doing...

i have a pacific kit with a 13" X 7" orange counry snare
Or take it even further like I did and get a 14"x8"
 

AmnestysLowEnd

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Aluminum is f**kin loud! :twisted: I have a pearl tico torres free floater 14x6.5, its aluminum, and its got a great tuning range, nice dept when tuned low and a shit load of crack when tuned high.
I had a yamaha brass 14x6.5 and I loved it with a two ply tuned high but that about it, it was too boxy and resonate when tuned low, so I traded for a.....
Maple, Pork Pie made in u.s.a by hand 14 x6.5 (I stress this because both ocdp and Pork Pie make over the seas crap that they sell at GC and are commonly associated with the brand name and need less to say the quality is a little shady to say the least) all I can say about maple is classic snare, its got body and crack, huge tuning range, and nice controlled resonance.

What you got to do is play a lot of snares and bring a key with you to the shop so you can try some different tunings. Play it your self then stand away and let someone else play it, get the full idea of how it sounds.
 

DRUMSMYWIFE

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Oh man I love Brandon Barnes and RA, they're one of my favorite bands. The almighty Pearl Free-Floating Brass, should do justice.
 
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