Happy Winter 2013 everyone. I was mixing a record I had produced and one of the elements that the artist requested to have in the track was a “marching band snare” like the one made famous by Major Lazer’s Pon De Floor. If you haven’t been living under a rock for the last 4 years you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about. You’ve probably also noticed a lot more Pop oriented dance records have been using some type of variation of this type of snare as either their main drum pattern or during a drop transition. Not that I think it’s a bad thing I happen to love it. In recent independent dance records I’ve heard, more often than not the producer will simply chop up the Pon De Floor sample and create a whole new pattern. As cool as that may be, if you are a more ambitious producer who likes to sequence their own drums I have something that may help you out: EQ Settings for a great sounding marching band type snare that will sit nicely in your mix.
Here is an example taken straight from the song I was mixing. All parts of the mix have been removed except snare, kick and a white noise filter effect:
In case you’re curious the snare sound I used to sequence the pattern was from Native Instruments Abbey Road 70′s Drums sound bank and the EQ settings are for Wave’s V-EQ4 which model the Neve 1081. The EQ is tailored so that the low end of the snare doesn’t interfere with your kick and there is just enough mid-range to accommodate a vocal.
You can download the settings HERE and feel free to let me know what you think.