Snare Drum Miking: Techniques from the Field

Benefit from the lessons learned by two top veteran audio engineers

By PSW Staff August 1, 2018

The Snare drum is the baseline sound for the mix, yet before the arrival of rock ‘n’ roll in the late 1950s, putting a microphone near the snare was out of the question. Now miking the snare is routine and, while there’s no magic formula for capturing its sound, with a few easy rules and some simple tools, the backbeat goes on.

In “Snare Drum Miking: Techniques from The Field,”  Chapter 4 of the PSW Expert Series on Drum Microphones, veteran audio practitioners Mark Frink and Chris Huff present an array of successful approaches and solutions for optimized capture of snare drum sound. The insights and techniques learned from their years in the field include three primary factors in getting a good snare drum sound, and along the way they also focus on:

  • Tuning the snare
  • Solid starting points
  • Microphone angle and distance
  • Additional optimization tools
  • EQ and filtering
  • And more!

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Mark Frink is a veteran touring sound engineer who has mixed monitors for numerous top artists, and he’s also a noted free-lance tech writer.

Chris Huff is a long-time practitioner of church sound and writes at Behind The Mixer (behindthemixer.com), covering topics ranging from audio fundamentals to dealing with musicians – and everything in between.

The ProSoundWeb Expert Series on Drum Microphones is presented by Audix, and features top authors from ProSoundWeb and Live Sound International.  Look for additional free chapters in the coming weeks with the goal of learning more about drum microphones.

And, if you missed a previous chapter, it is available for download below:

Chapter 1: “Techniques For Miking Drum Kits

Chapter 2:  “Optimizing Miking Of The Mighty Kick Drum”

Chapter 3: “Drum Miking: Creative Solutions To Capture The Kit


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