A couple of recent songs I recorded involved some tambourine action. Compared to, say, a snare drum, tambourines have very strong transients. Lots of energy in the high end. They're one of the best instruments to cut through a mix.
I haven't been quite sure on how to tame these transients without limiting the crap out of them. Some compression helps, but having a short attack doesn't make the tambourine 'snap' as much as a slower attack. How do most people mix their tambourines so their transients don't stick out so far that in 'mastering' you can barely get a few dB before having to brick wall limit?