Snare Mixing Techniques: 6 Steps to Better-Sounding Snare!

Snare Mixing Techniques


Snare drums. Often, they’re an integral component of a tune. It’s additionally a kind of element that has a popularity for not wanting to play well with the stability of a mix. Typically you get a track to mix and for whatever cause (tonality, dynamics, efficiency, and many others…) the snare simply won’t sit in with the remainder of the track. It feels indifferent. On top. It’s its own bizarre separate entity.

Straight volume, EQ, and compression are the same old suspects we flip to when attempting to get a snare to mix in, however, there are other enjoyable & artistic strategies to assist clear up this drawback as nicely. Listed below are a few of my favorite options in no specific order


Threshold and Ratio parameters control the quantity of compression applied. Attack and Release manage the attack, tail, tone, and feel of the snare drum.

For contemporary rock and metal snare drum sounds, it’s regular to compress it a good bit. However, don’t go overboard with it: we’re nonetheless going to use a maximizer and parallel compression to it afterward.

  • Quick Attack Much fewer Transients / Preliminary Attack
  • Slow Attack Extra Transients / Initial Attack
  • Quick Release Extra Tail / Body
  • Slow Release Much less Tail / Body

You must attempt to protect a number of the snare’s transients by having an average attack time. Afterward, you’ll add parallel compression with a really quick attack and release time, to enrich the compression you have got on this snare track.

snare mixing techniques


A snare’s high quality could be radically redefined, made to shine, or completely ruined throughout the EQing process. It takes an eager ear to hear where your snare ought to sit within the mix, which means what frequency ranges it ought to occupy to mesh the finest with the remainder of the tune. Here is basic information on the frequency makeup of a standard snare sound:

Pulse, 200 Hz: Additionally typically known as the body, that is the bottom part of the snare, the half that actually smacks you in the chest. One of the best places to get an excellent, clear pulse out of your snare drum is the 200–400 Hz space.

Smack, 2 kHz: To offer a thought of the smack of the snare, it is also known as the bang or the crack. Ideally, it ought to work carefully with the pulse to make the snare sit nicely within the mix. Most of this sound is usually discovered across the 900 Hz–2.0 kHz range. When boosting the smack, a narrower bandwidth could be the finest to hone in on it without taking on an excessive amount of area in a crowded mid-range.

Stereo Imaging

Typically just pushing the picture a bit wider or decreasing the center info of the snare might help tuck it in. Like distortion, I consider this as a line-blurring approach as nicely. Inserting straight onto the channel, I’ll use any variety of magical widening plugins. Ozone Imager (FREE!), SPL Vitalizer MK2-T, or the bx_stereomaker are all glorious choices.

As soon as I’ve acquired the plugin, I’ll simply push the width till I hear the snare sit down into the mix. You probably have a multi-band imager out there, typically it’s nice to only push the top or mids and leave to bottom mono for energy.

A bit of variation right here is to make use of a stereo delay both inserted directly or on a send and gently mix in some tremendous quick stereo delay. This is one of my favorite snare-mixing techniques because it makes the snare stand out.

Transient shaping

The next method we cover is manually enhancing waveforms. After zooming in on the snare’s waveform, we notice that the tail of the snare is just a little too loud for our style. We select that part of the waveform and bring down the volume. Then we check to ensure there are not any clicks and pops as the sound performs. Enhancing waveforms manually can actually tighten up the sound, and doesn’t require any fancy plugins.

Transient Shaper by Softube

Snare in overheads

Typically the snare drum mic isn’t what brings out the character of the snare at all. Or some other drum for that matter. Deal with making the overhead sound one of the best-sounding overheads you’ve ever heard.

Solely then are you able to deliver within the individual mics to boost your drums? If the snare sounds superior within the overheads, you’ve won half the battle.

Snare Drum Tuning

Have you ever ever heard of drum tuning? I once did a tutorial about tuning drums in my outdated music manufacturing blog, however, I’ll do another one in the near future for this blog as well.

Mainly tuning a snare drum makes the pitched parts mix nicely within the mix, particularly the low frequencies. I hope these 6 steps will help you out with snare mixing techniques that are crucial and un-missable.

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Nikoloski is the founder and main content writer and editor of Mixing Tips. With his experience in audio engineering, mixing, and mastering for over 15 years, will provide hands-on experience and expertise in all the matters covered on this website.

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