Results 1 to 5 of 5

Thread: how to get the loud dry snappy loud crack on a deeper snare drum?

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Posts
    17
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    Rep Power
    0

    how to get the loud dry snappy loud crack on a deeper snare drum?

    Sign in to disable this ad
    i have a 14 x 6 1/2 inch gretsch snare drum...i noticed it has a very deep heavy sound...like a marching band snare....not that much but the sounds deep as crap....
    does anybody know any tips i can do to make it have the more...snappier, cracking extra loud snap....more like a piccolo sound....any certain type of drumhead i should get? like coated or ebony or what? or any other tips? thanks

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    the eye of satan's butthole
    Posts
    36,068
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 557 Times in 500 Posts
    Rep Power
    0
    Deep heavy marching band snare? Lol.

    If you want your 14x6.5 (probably wood) snare to sound like a piccolo, put it on the shelf and buy a piccolo.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    Denver, CO
    Age
    50
    Posts
    19,592
    Thanks
    991
    Thanked 731 Times in 655 Posts
    Rep Power
    21474864
    I don't think a head change is going to get you there. Layer in samples or do as Greg say.
    PC Win7-64-24G i7-4790k/Cubase 9 Pro 64-bit/2-Steinberg UR824's/ADAM A7x/Event TR8/SS Trigger Plat Deluxe/Melodyne 4 Studio/Other things that don't mean anything if a client shows up not knowing what it wants.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    May 2003
    Location
    Huntington, NY
    Age
    67
    Posts
    943
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    Rep Power
    12471393
    If you are going to be playing a variety of different styles of music, then you will need a variety of different snares (and cymbals too). I own about a dozen different snares (some are just for back up at a gig). The drum you own and are describing sounds like it is a great snare drum for certain music, but it just isn't what you're looking for. You will probably be happier with a shallower drum with a very thick hardwood shell. Heavier and thicker batter head A standard coated Remo or Evans should do it. Tuned up tight with the snare wires a bit snug. That will give you plenty of sharpness. Maybe you will like a piccolo, but remember that a piccolo snare drum is all about high pitch and it may not give you the presence that you are after. A good metal shell snare will give you lots of resonance and crack but it won't be dry. A 14" diameter, 10 ply maple or birch shell (or heavier) with sharp bearing edges about 4"-5" deep with heavier coated head and tuned tight with snug snare wires will give you the sound you're asking for.
    "There is no expedient to which man will not resort to avoid the real labor of thinking."
    -Sir Joshua Reynolds

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Posts
    7
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    Rep Power
    0
    If you must stick with the snare you have, look at putting a drier head on there and cranking it up (try an Evans HD Dry)
    Also, perhaps entertain the idea of die-cast rims and perhaps rimshotting.

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. quieting a loud snare in the overheads?
    By T-RAVE in forum Microphones
    Replies: 19
    Last Post: 06-16-2005, 20:11
  2. snare to loud in overheads ASAP!!!!
    By patlang12 in forum Drums and Percussion
    Replies: 27
    Last Post: 02-18-2005, 17:05
  3. Short Snappy Snare?
    By Badchi in forum Mixing Techniques
    Replies: 12
    Last Post: 02-10-2005, 21:04
  4. snappy snare setting
    By old crow in forum Drums and Percussion
    Replies: 12
    Last Post: 02-04-2005, 10:09
  5. I need a REALLY LOUD SNARE
    By tmix in forum Drums and Percussion
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: 04-17-2003, 18:11

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •