Better Snare Drum Sounds Through EQ

Better Snare Drum Sounds Through EQ

I’ve been asked a lot about how to get good drum sounds, and in particular, how to EQ drums properly to sit in a mix. While there are few hard and fast rules, the video (below) shows how I locate and notch out problematic frequencies in a snare drum that hasn’t been recorded all that well. This is a technique that can be used in the studio on all kinds of instruments, but also in a live venue when trying to fix overtones that are feeding back.

Your ears are king; there’s no one recipe to a great drum sound. Different drums, mics, mic placements, rooms, and musical styles/mixes play an enormous part in making perfect harmony, so this is presented as one technique that can help shape drums into whatever they need to be for a given song.

I use the MOTU Masterworks EQ plug-in, an emulation of classic British console EQ’s (and one of my top two EQ plug-ins, alongside the Universal Audio Neve 1073) in this demonstration, but similar results can be achieved with many other good EQ plug-ins as long as they have freely selectable frequency ranges (as opposed to predetermined frequency notches).

If these techniques are helpful to you, please tweet, buffer, G+, or Facebook it on to your friends! Special thanks to my friends at MOTU and Blue Microphones for the Yeti microphone used to make this tutorial.

 

16 hours ago
All of the PSPaudioware EQ's are down to $19 or $29, and they are amazing value for $$. Highly recommended. https://t.co/rOgIHqEWkS
5 days ago
If anyone's going to invent a flux capacitor, it won't be Elon Musk; it'll be Denis Goekdag from @zynaptiq. https://t.co/tjmpTWd5dQ daviddas photo
2 weeks ago
New video: my express video manual and thoughts on 8Dio's Deep House Vol. 2 sample library for Kontakt. I'm doing these for myself to remember how the products work; hopefully they're a help to others too. https://t.co/iI7s3OR4Rg