The word 'pop' makes me think of a snare with a tight top head. You need an account to post a reply. When you buy products through links across our site, we may earn an affiliate commission. Click here to login, The ability to reply to and create new discussions, Access to members-only giveaways & competitions, Interact with VIP industry experts in our guest Q&As, Access to members-only sub forum discussions, Get INSTANT ACCESS to the world's best private pro audio, Promote your eBay auctions and Reverb.com listings for free. Kind of saddens me. Then put a compressor on it with a fairly high ratio and fast attack/release. the worst snare sounds come from people hitting the drum so hard they choke it....in most cases I have gotten the biggest drum sounds from people hitting the drums like "girls". In simplest terms, you can't make a snare that was not tuned well and hit like a puss- pop. Cypress Hill - Illusions (LP Version Instrumental) - YouTube, Remote SL 37 mk I vs SL 49 mkII vs MPK 49, Already have an account? Rimshots help of course. These sort of questions are odd because they seem to imply that there is a single magic trick or solution that the OP is looking for. YouTube - Jab'o Starks & Clyde Stubblefield Funky Drummers. It also blurs the snare slightly. Hey there! A great player on a well tuned-quality snare will get you most of the way there. Just a friendly reminder that political discussion, (including "offhand" and 'sideways' commenting) is. One thing at a time. When you buy products through links across our site, we may earn an affiliate commission. Create a username and password below and an account will be created and your post entered. The reality is that the answer to this (and other questions like "how do I make my mix hit hard, be phat etc") is the sum of MANY things. Put a gate on it with a fast attack, fast/medium release and a fairly high threshold, so you're just getting a snappy pop coming through. thumbsup It's more of a technique thing than anything actually. They're excellent for the entire drum kit, because you can tighten up the attack and release in about 3 seconds without affecting tone; unless you slam them. DJ Muggs used the SP1200 (with good samples). And the drum has to be tuned right. Just a friendly reminder that political discussion, (including "offhand" and 'sideways' commenting) is. The last one is a big part of it. Sounds like the pop you get from tightening up the Kick + Snare with a good comp. When capturing sound, should the engineer err on the side of "poppiness" or "beefiness"? Squish it until it's a solid snappy pop (it doesn't have to sound "good" on it's own). The drumkit is one instrument, so make sure you treat it as one, not several. In this case you'd wanna start with the kick/snare and bring in the other stuff around them. I don't understand the answers that people are giving saying you need to whack the snare hard to get pop. I also agree with Roc that the bottom snare mic is not your friend. i have really crappy digidesign compressors (protools LE 7.1) and i wanna make my srnare really pop. This makes the snare sound thicker or sustain-y-er. You can fake the effect of a Transient Designer. A good drummer can use low to medium power and make the thing really snap. To sound like him learn to use his tools. I've messed around with some on drums before and it really made them punchy. Coupled with some tasteful gating you could really make the snare explode. Do you use the Transient Designer in tandem with a compressor? If he's hitting the snare like girl, you can't make him sound like a man, [without making him mad], like to make him mad and put a picture of George WB on the snare....that gets. Songwriting and arranging process is so important for how technical elements will sound in the mix. We've had to install four channels in the control room to find out we needed eight!!!!! I understand this thread may be geared toward tweaking sounds after they are captured to tape, but as far as the source is concerned, in addition to the drummer's playing style, the type of snare drum itself has a huge impact on the sound -- the diameter and depth, the type of wood, the head, tuning/tightness of the head, and even the sticks used to strike the head help contribute to more or less "pop.". Food for thought... Gain staging properly will solve this problem every time with no FX needed when you need something to pop or punch you will have room for it to punch and snap. Metric Halo Channel Strip + snare sample = wak&pop, I'm surprised that no one has mentioned that you should make sure the top head is tuned fairly tight. It is pretty easy to get drums to "pop" when the track doesn't have to be absurdly loud (RMS) and the rest of the arrangement is made up of fairly light and laid back sounds. Try experimenting with amp sims. You can do a ton of cool **** with these things. Put a gate on it with a fast attack, fast/medium release and a fairly high threshold, so you're just getting a snappy pop coming through. If it's loose, you'll get 'poop' instead of 'pop.'. Make snare and kick "pop" Does anyone know how to make the snare and kick "pop"? i have really crappy digidesign compressors (protools LE 7.1). It can add some nice sizzle but it has a strange attack and plays havoc with the kick phase. You can really tighten up the "ring" of the drum, or do exactly this; bring out a sharp attack of the snare. Then mix it in with the original snare track. SPL DrumXchanger Plugin - based on Transient Designer. i mic'ed both top and bottom, have the phase flipped on the bottom one...i've been messing around with a longer attack time/shorter release time with a moderate ratio and moderately low threshold... it sounds okay, but is lacking on some hits... Get rid of the bottom snare microphone unless you like the sound of the strainer taking your head off. sweep through with an accentuated bandpass with a narrow q and find the frequencies that add that 'pop' sound. In so much as I can't think of any hiphop from today that sounds sonically relaxed enough for me to say that honestly. Probably not what you are looking for but... As was said, hit the snare like you want to kill it.