Anyone got any good snare isolation techniques to share?

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Anyone got any good snare isolation techniques to share?

Postby Broadwood » November 30th, 2015, 8:08 am

Just wondering how people deal with hi hat spill on here?
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Re: Anyone got any good snare isolation techniques to share?

Postby Farview » November 30th, 2015, 10:24 am

Raise the hat up and/or move it away a bit.

Put the snare mic under the hat facing away.

Some of these problems are caused by the player. If the drummer is beating the crap out of half opened hats while gently tapping on the snare, there will be nothing you can do in the mix to fix it.

The drummer has to 'mix' himself while he is playing. If he doesn't, the dynamics of the performance will be out of whack.

In other words, if the cymbals are louder in the drum mics than the drum is, he needs to bqck off on the cymbals AND hit the drums harder.
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Postby Broadwood » December 1st, 2015, 5:16 am

Thanks Jason. Pretty standard stuff and definitely agreed. That all tends to lower the hi hat drastically in the snare mic but i still find if I want to heavily treat the snare with compression no amount of gating can naturally remove the hi hat. i'm thinking of baffling the snare mic. Had any success with this? I've read elsewhere purists saying this should never be done but spoke to one high end engineer who says he does it all the time?
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Postby Farview » December 1st, 2015, 11:22 am

Try it and find out. I've never had to do it. If it sounds good to you, then you've found the answer.

If you are processing that much, you might have trouble with the ride and crashes as well. I've found that compressing and turning up the overheads will help hide the gate turning on and off.
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