GETTING RID OF UNWANTED SNARE BUZZ PART 1: LEVELING THE PLAYING FIELD

A common issue for ALL drummers is getting rid of unwanted snare buzz, be it a live setting, or the recording studio. While you want your snares to vibrate freely for the best “snare” sound possible, too much unnecessary buzz is a drag. Whether it’s rattle from a kick drum hit, or sympathetic buzz from a ringing tom, how you control snare buzz can make you a friend or foe to an audio engineer getting drum sounds. There are several tips I will recommend here for solving this problem, but none is as fundamentally important as centering, and leveling your snares. Centering, and leveling the snares not only reduces snare buzz. it also increases snare sensitivity which in turn makes the snare drum sound, and play better. SO WHAT CAUSES SNARE BUZZ?

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