The snare drum is one of the most important parts not only of a battery but also of an entire band. The snare drum is always there, it always feels and if it is badly recorded it is a punch in the stomach that is repeated throughout the album.
A badly recorded snare drum can ruin the whole record!
It is obvious that each of us has different needs in terms of sound output and costs, otherwise, there would not be as many microphones as those on the market.
SHOULD I CHOOSE IT?
Very often if we have to record a disc or even just some drum parts, we turn to a more or less professional recording studio, where the choice of microphones is almost obligatory, either because of the limited number of models or because the sound engineer he is a competent person and therefore we trust him.
But often both for recording a demo and for live performances, we do it ourselves. It’s more fun, it’s cheaper and so in the choice of instrumentation, we find ourselves having to deal with which snare microphone to choose.
HOW MUCH DOES THE MICROPHONE COUNT?
The snare microphone is only a part (albeit important) of instrumentation that serves to make the drums sound good.
There are many factors to consider when it comes to recording the snare drum, including microphone placement, preamplifier choice, equalization (EQ and compression), reverb and a thousand other effects.
But the two elements that matter most are undoubtedly the drummer and the snare drum itself.
The drummer’s touch is always the most important thing. You can buy the best microphone in the world, but if the drummer doesn’t have the right touch, the sound will always be mediocre.
There is little to say, the same snare drum can really sound very different if played by different drummers. There are very cheap batteries that played by excellent drummers have a good sound and vice versa very expensive batteries to which beginner drummers do not make justice at all.
The snare drum itself is a fundamental element. There are a thousand models, brands, sizes, materials, construction techniques that could be written thousands of lines about.
Not to mention the different types of sticks, the different skins, the tuning, etc.
All these choices are choices that the drummer makes according to taste and sensations and are choices that he has already made when he has to make the snare drum, be it for a record or for alive.