This snare sound is pretty much what is happening now on the radio. It’s a combination of both crack and low end. It’s also the hardest for me to get, I don’t know why, I’ve just always been challenged with this one. I will tell you it’s easier with a 6 1/2″ snare for me than a 5 1/2.” I really like using the black beauty for this sound as well. It just works. I’ve got a 6 1/2″ Joyful Noise that I’m trying to make work for this sound, and have yet been able to wrangle it into submission. But I’m hopeful! The non brass snares are good for this sound as well. I work at a studio in Nashville that has an aluminum 6 1/2″ snare that works beautifully for this.
Whew! I almost didn’t get this one done. I just finished editing and it’s 1:20 in the morning, 30 minutes of rendering, then export, then I can upload to youtube. This one almost didn’t happen. I also had a heck of a time digging those pictures up, my laptop hard drive died a few weeks back and I need to find a data recovery place that doesn’t charge $2000 bucks to get my info back. I had 15k pictures on that drive!!! By the way, check out this pic that my dad sent me when I was 6!!! OMG!!!!
This snare sound is also one that many really good engineers get by taking the ‘crack’ sound and eq’ing it towards a mid sound. I’m just saying, don’t be surprised when you hear a mix, and your snare sounds a little different, there are a lot of interpretations out there and engineers have their own as well.