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The snare is important because you hear it more than just about any drum in a song, and is responsible for the song's pulse. Although different snare drums sound differ from one another, here is a general way to approach EQing a snare that will usually get you to the ballpark. The first thing is you can't overcome a bad drum sound with EQ. If the snare drum doesn't sound good acoustically in the room, no amount of EQ is going to make it sound great. Let's listen to our snare drum soloed, hear what it sounds like, and then add a little bit of EQ to help it up. (music playing) Sounds pretty good to begin with, but I think we can make the sound even better.
So let's go to our EQ plug-in. We will just go to the 4-Band EQ. The first thing to remember is we can make the drums sound crisper with a little bit of 5K, and this will give it just a little bit of more definition than we had before. So let's add that 5K, have a listen. (music playing) It's a good amount of high end there, but we can add some snap if we add some 10K as well, and that will give us the snap of the snares. So let's go up 10k or thereabouts, and we will put a peaking filter on it and have a listen.
(music playing) Now remember that we get fatness between 120 and 240Hz. This just makes it a lot fuller, so let's bring it down to 100, and let's hear what happens. (music playing) Let's bypass and have a listen.
(music playing) And with the EQ. (music playing) Now let's listen in the track, and what I am going to do is let you hear it with the EQ, then we will bypass the EQ and you can hear it flat. (music playing) Now of course, there's a lot of leakage from the other drums, which is absolutely normal, so you don't want to get rid of that.
What we're doing is we are just adding a little bit here and there so everything, when it comes to EQing, is subtle. Usually, you don't want really, really big changes, especially if the drums sound good begin with. So that's how you equalize the snare drum. Remember the fatness comes at 120 to about 240Hz, the point at 900 or so, crispness at 5K, and snap at 10K.
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