Topic: Snare  (Read 1352 times)

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Offline Stuart Wade

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« on: July 15, 2013, 09:04 PM »

How is the snare in this song tuned? And which snare does it sound like? I think it's tight, especially on the batter side, but I want an expert's answer. How tight on the batter and how tight on the resonant side? And how tight are the snare wires? What can I do to achieve this sound? Like heads and etc. It also sounds like the drum is muffled with a wallet or something. Tell me what you think and be as specific as possible. I love this sound.

Offline Chip Donaho

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Re: Snare
« Reply #1 on: July 16, 2013, 10:34 AM »
More than likely he's using old Remo heads, tuned fairly tight. The snare wires are also rather tight. He may be doing a rim shot to get that sound, but not sure as I don't hear a woody stick sound. But I would tune both sides rather tight to achieve that sound. I'm sure he's using a wooden snare, not a metal one. That song is old enough that he's probably using an old Gretch or Ludwig snare. By the way, he's probably using a wallet as a muffler on the drum head. Hope this helps.  :)
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Offline Michael Griener

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Re: Snare
« Reply #2 on: July 16, 2013, 03:48 PM »
Al Jackson, Jr. was the house drummer during the heyday of Stax Records. Willie Hall and Howard Grimes sat in when Jackson was not available and took over after his death. The following are some of the recording setups that were used at Stax during that time.

    The drum kit was usually a Rogers, sometimes with a Ludwig 400 or Ludwig Acrolite snare
    Drums were either recorded in a small booth or surrounded by baffles (gobos)
    Jackson often placed his wallet on the snare drum to deaden it
    Snare mics included Neumann KM84, RCA 77DX, ElectroVoice RE-15, Shure 545
    Kick was often mic’ed with an RE-20
    Drums were recorded through the Specrasonics console
    Snare was sometimes detuned until the head was floppy and then tightened with the snare’s built-in damper
    Hi-hat was never mic’ed


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