Over the course of the last several months, I’ve been compiling, editing, and processing a collection of snares from some of my favourite drum recording sessions. I felt it was time I gave something back after taking so much from the online recording world over the years.
These snares were all captured at various different locations, different rooms, and with different drummers. So there’s a varied pallet of character and dynamics to delve into!
All processed by me back here at Numbskull HQ. They are (for all intents and purposes) mix-ready. However, there is still plenty of room for tailoring, as we all know there is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all template, particularly for snares.
Please download, share, enjoy.
- Bibby –
Great all-rounder with plenty of snap and body, with a dirty trashy sound that would be just as at home in electronic music as it would for live drums.
- Birch – Custom made 14×7 birch
Lovely deep woody tone, got just the right amount of sag and power to add punch and weight to a drum mix. Blends very well with some of the more ‘snappier’ snares for added top end.
- Glass – Pearl Export 14×5.5
My personal favourite from the pack. Incredibly tight, very snappy, sits perfectly in a mix whilst remaining cutting and present. It works for everything from thrash, to punk, to jazz, and sounds fantastic blended with fatter snares to add some top end crack to them.
- Meridian – Mapex Black Raven 14×6
Two versions; ‘slack’ and ‘tight’. The ‘slack’ version was recorded merely for fun, as the snare was so new and unused it hadn’t even been tuned up yet, but I thought I’d include it just in case it was usable in some capacity. It has that 70’s jazzy fatness to it that could come in handy for softer music genres.
The ‘tight’ version is this snare at its best, tuned tight and punchy. It’s got great power and cut, try blending it with the slack version!
- Musashi – Yamaha Musashi Oak 13×6
Snappy power piccolo with lots of character, great cut and presence in the mix.
- YamBrass – Yamaha Brass Nouveau 13×5.5
Absolutely awesome power piccolo, very cutting, lots of spring in its step, perfect for everything from hip hop to blast beats!
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