It’s no overstatement to say that a good snare sound is essential to the backbone of almost any kind of pop record – whether that means hip hop, country, speed metal, R&B, punk rock, psychedelia, shoegaze, adult contemporary, jazz or straight up rock n’ roll. So every recording studio should have at least a couple of great-sounding snare drums tuned up and ready to go.
Deciding what snares to have on hand however, can be a daunting task to those who are unfamiliar with what’s out there. Even to the initiated, it can sometimes seem as if there are as many snare drums on the market as there are players.
Thankfully, there are a few stalwarts that never seem to go out of style, and every studio owner, engineer, producer and recording drummer would be well-served to get acquainted with them. Here are a few classics that could help establish the foundations of a small-but-versatile collection of snare drums for any studio.