Hi & welcome to another AAA Sound Design Top Tip

The Snare Drum for me provides the Punch to the Kicks Boom. I like it to sound clean and crisp obviously the sound will vary Snare on Snare track on track but in general this is the sound I want particularly when EQing a Snare from an actual kit

Top Tip 1 : Cut the really low end – I find little of any use on a Snare below the frequency of around 70Hz so apply a High Pass filter around this range

Top Tip 2 : I generally apply a Low Pass filter around the 10KHz range. Many will disagree and say that Snares need the “air” in the high frequency range. I tend to go with what I know to work and personally cutting these high frequencies on the snare generally make for a better overall mix

Top Tip 3 : Boom! – Increase the frequencies around the 120Hz range. This is where the body of the snare lives and where the boom of the Snare can be enhanced. Be careful not to increase the volume of these frequencies too much, remember small increments

Top Tip 4 : Crack! – The crack of the Snare lives around the 1.5 – 2.5KHz range so apply a Bell Curve EQ here and sweep to find the sweet spot then add a boost to accentuate the crack. Again be sparing with this boost

Top Tip 5 : I tend to cut frequencies around 450 – 750 Hz. I don’t want the Snare occupying too much of the mix so I use a Bell EQ with a fairly wide bandwidth to cut some of these frequencies and make room for other instruments in the mix

What I would generally do at this stage is listen to the Kick & Snare together and make sure they are not conflicting and are complimenting each other. I would then add the Bass to check all these elements together and tweek accordingly. Getting the Rhythm section of a mix right is vital

I hope you have found this tutorial interesting & t has given you some paractical ideas, check back next week for another EQ tutorial

Regards

Neil

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