How to add snap to your snares is a helpful trick to make your snares pop out of the mix.
In this quick video, I’ll show you one of my favourite methods of achieving this. There are a few different ways to get the desired result.
The most obvious way is, of course, to simply select the waveform of the snare you want to ‘snap’ and slightly shift it. This works when your snare is made up of different layers. Normally leaving the lower end of the snare in place. Take the higher end layers (normally a Clap or Click) and slightly move them. This creates more space for the samples to breathe.
By being slightly offset with the kick drum and low end of the snare it can really help open up your mix.
However, I have a different approach to doing this. I love to use the track delay built into my DAW. It can sometimes be a bit heavy on processing power, but in all honesty, I’ve never really noticed.
By using track delay it gives you much finer and precise control over the amount of ‘shift’ you use. It also means that your waveforms (or midi notes if using a synth) remain tightly snapped to your grid. This is especially helpful if you decide to make some changes to your arrangement.
How to add snap to snares is a great technique you should be using often to create space in your mix. It’s a lot better than having loads of stacks of samples. Often we add more layers, or even push the volume up more than needed, just to hear the snare better. This creates muddiness in the mid & mid to low range of your mix. We know that piling bass on bass doesn’t help so don’t do it to your drums aswell. Having different drum elements playing separately to each other can be really dynamic, punchy and clear.
Try shifting the claps of your snares in your latest project and listen to the difference it makes.