Snare Bottom

Snare Microphone Configuration

Ever wondered how to get the Snare drum to take up more of the stereo width in your productions? Perhaps you could try this technique from LA engineers that I finally got to track with this week: 1 on top, 2 on the bottom. Place a stereo pair in XY (Coincident) or very close to this arrangement beneath the "snares" of the drum. Pan them hard Left & Right. Ensure phase coherency with each other AND the snare top mic. The result is fantastic; a snare sound that emanates from the centre outwards providing a broad rich sound but still with a snap. Greatly balances the presence of the snare within the final mix and allows tweaking to offset your overhead snare position. Here's a classic pair of SONY condensors doing the job very nicely at Coloursound Studios.

SONY pair under the Snare

SONY pair under the Snare