Snare Suggestions for Corporate Gig

LanceMCA

Member
Hey everyone! I'm looking to all of you for help. I'm gonna be doing some gigging with a corporate act and my current Black Panther is far too aggressive for the act. I'm looking for something a little more "in the pocket". Does anyone have any suggestions? I could use some insight. Thanks!
 

toeKNEE

Junior Member
ehhh!!!




no seriously wavelength has a point, why not down tune, or get some multi-rods??
 
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LanceMCA

Member
Thanks for the suggestions guys... Yes I have thought of all the obvious MODS for sound, but don't wanna be detuning and muffling ever other show... This is purley for convienience. I will have one snare for my rock sound and one for the corporate gig.
 

Bo Eder

Platinum Member
Hey everyone! I'm looking to all of you for help. I'm gonna be doing some gigging with a corporate act and my current Black Panther is far too aggressive for the act. I'm looking for something a little more "in the pocket". Does anyone have any suggestions? I could use some insight. Thanks!
Define "aggressive"? What does that mean? And how do we gauge that other snares are less aggressive? As we were discussing in the "brand name" thread - nobody cares. The audience will hear a snare drum. Heck, they'll just see a drumset and recognize it for what it is: drums. Play 'em.
 

skod

Senior Member
Multi-rods. They work a treat. And they are cheap. If they don't work well enough (and you may not care for how they work on your cymbals, depending), _then_ lay out bigger coin. But a little tweek like that can go a long way.
 

MikeM

Platinum Member
I'm still stuck on "corporate gig". Does that mean low volume? Not knowing what you have or are trying to get away from, I'll shoot from the hip and suggest you can't go wrong with a good old 5x14 wood snare for something sensitive but not too aggressive. That's just a guess, tho, and there's a million 5x14 wood drums to choose from.
 

Aeolian

Platinum Member
To me "corporate gig" means a large variety of covers, mostly danceable. And leaning either towards an R&B or classic rock vibe depending on the band. I played for a number of years in a corporate band. Mostly R&B with some rock and some Latin thrown in. A few parties were on the smaller side but many were large affairs in decent sized ballrooms with everything mic'd though everything from KF850s to hung Meyer line arrays. Volume wasn't so much an issue as versatility. Although with the emphasis on dance, a strong backbeat usually meant a decently "aggressive" snare. I played guitar on those gigs. And the drummer would usually use a 14x5 maple DW. But in larger rooms he would borrow my 5x14 hammered brass PDP which had a bit more pop and ring to it.

But for smaller corporate things like the occasional background music things we would do, an Acrolite would be perfect. Sounds like a snare drum to everyone, even without smacking the snot out of it, and fits with most music people expect to hear. It's fairly likely that it was what was on the original record.
 

toddbishop

Platinum Member
I have a Pearl Omar Hakim 13". Wonderful drum. 13x5 mahogany. Very warm.​
Me too-- it's been my main drum for awhile. Not too expensive, either.

Lance, anything in the 13-14"x5-6.5" range, that does not have a fetishy / all-rattlesnake head finish should do you fine. Die cast hoops can make kind of harsh rimshots, so I'd be looking for something with triple-flanged hoops-- you might find they give you more latitude for getting a good sound at lower volumes. Congratulations on the gig-- make some money and have fun.
 

gutenberg

Senior Member
Get yourself a "standard" like a 5x14 Supraphonic or Acrolite. Either one will cover most everything you'll need to play on that gig.
 

RickP

Gold Member
When I play a gig where I need to be really versatile I take my 5 x 14 Ludwig Black beauty or 5 x 14 Bronze Supraphonic. These have wide tuning ranges nd can be very articulate and pound back beats as well.

Honorable Mention would go to a Ludaloy Supraphonic or Acrolite. I prefer the 5 x 14 size.
 

LanceMCA

Member
Awesome guys... Yes corporate means a little bit of every style... Needs to always sit in the pocket of every song. Sounds like an acrolite might be the way to go... I also heard a black widow and thought it was pretty sweet...
 

SgtThump

Platinum Member
Awesome guys... Yes corporate means a little bit of every style... Needs to always sit in the pocket of every song. Sounds like an acrolite might be the way to go... I also heard a black widow and thought it was pretty sweet...
Also keep your eye out for other similar (copy?) aluminum drums like the Pearl Sensitone.
 

opentune

Platinum Member
For a 'corporate' gig may I suggest a snare built by a 'corporation'? A Yamaha? A Tama? :)

No really, I think any snare will do, off the top of my head any 5 x 14. How about a LM400 or Acro. Look at all the variety of work Hal Blaine did with an LM400.

At some point it really is how you play it and nobody in the audience at a corporate gig will know any diff.
Good luck, enjoy the gig.
 

GruntersDad

Administrator - Mayor
Staff member
1/4 turn detune on each lug should do the trick and when you want it back, 1/4 turn in the other direction. Or put a small towel on the head and be done with it.
 
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