Academy Dashboard Forum Production Mixing Mixing the Snare Reply To: Mixing the Snare

Todd Mitchell

    Aside from the original question, I have a question for the group. I've noticed on some tracks from the 90's the use of a very ping-y snare sound. But whenever the vocals cut in (and sometimes the lead guitar), the snare's body is gone and only the transient remains.

    I'm going to mess a bit with this, but has anyone done this? I'm thinking of using a very slow side-chain compressor on the snare to clamp down on the snare after maybe 50 ms after the transient...but I haven't figured out how to automate it! What side-chain input trick would keep the compressor open for the transient? The closest idea I have is to have manually automate it or a transient designer - or to have two parallel snare tracks with the side-chain compressing just one.

    Anyone have any ideas?