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Sound Advice

Keeping Snare Subtleties In The Mix by Ken Friesen

When working with a track on which the drummer is using both hands on the snare drum, you may notice that many of the subtleties are lost in the mix.

This can be overcome by splitting the tape return to two rails. Tweak the first one to make the hit on the beat (typically the loudest one) sound right.

Apply some serious limiting to the other channel (I prefer a UREI 1176) until that loudest hit is squashed and the rest is unaffected. Equalize to taste and blend the ingredients until all is audible. This process allows those subtleties to shine without losing any of the crisp transients.

Ken Friesen, Lakeside Recording, Clayton, ON.

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