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Old 06-25-2011, 10:51 AM
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Default Re: Snare drum sound in superior drummer

To answer your original question, which I don't think anyone addressed, if I have the MIDI data available I will adjust it (or a copy of it to preserve the original) to get the snare hits to sound more even first. This assumes you KNOW what the drum part is supposed to sound like, if not you might want to work through this with the drummer to make sure you are achieving the sound the drummer wanted.

For a realistic drum part there needs to be some variety in the sound (dynamically and sonically). SD can help take care of the sonic part with the sample switching, but you are in control of the dynamics. For some genres sounding "realistic" is not a concern. I will often leave a bit more dynamics in the production stage than I think I will want in the mix, and then if I need to decrease the dynamic range in the mix, I can compress, but by leaving the dynamic range larger originally I have increased the number of samples used therefore the snare sound still has more sonic variety. I hope that made sense.

Also, you need to be careful you are not increasing the level of what was intended to be a ghost note, which a lot of drummers use. Again, the drummer can help with this if there is a question--intended ghost note versus mis-trigger.
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