Fifeteen snares drums dry. One snare drum wet.

Drum Machines Have No Soul

I have a large pool of tips and tricks I pull from when creating arrangements. To me they are like colors in a pallet I choose from. Because I make electronic music it’s important to keep the listeners ear interested at all times by constantly adding variations to the sound. Over time on I will talk about many of things I do. Here’s a simple one.

Let’s say you have a kick and a snare going in your song. Take every 16th snare and instead of having it dry like the others explode it out with reverb. You can either have reverb on a send return and just turn in up every 16th snare. You could also bounce one of your dry snares fully loaded and drag them in your arrangement.

Remember you don’t have to use a stereo reverb either. I like to use Altiverb which is a convolution reverb in mono. Sometimes I pan the mono reverb tail to only the left or right side.

If your “snareverb” isn’t smashing enough add some eq or distortion to the reverb. I usually use Izotope Trash for that because it has an eq, filter and distortion unit all ready in one plug-in.

I hope that gave you some ideas. Do you have some songs where you used the technique? Post a link in the comments!

photo credit: Victory of the People

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on October 9, 2007 at 12:36 am, filed under plug-ins, song writing and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

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One Response to “Fifeteen snares drums dry. One snare drum wet.”

  1. Kent Sandvik says:

    Yes, good idea. I like to use sometimes an alternate to the snare, a clap, so not every hit is a snare, or use syncopated claps from time to time to indeed surprise the listener — that’s very important. Backwards snares and claps have been used for a long time, but I think those are very much worn out as an effect by now.

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