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Old 08-07-2009, 06:28 PM
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Default 80's Hair Metal Snare

Hey Everyone,

So I just joined a Def Leppard tribute band, and of course I'm having trouble recreating that ridiculous electronic snare sound that you would find in most 80's hair metal. I just bought a Tama Superstar Hyperdrive set, and am using the snare that came with it. For everything besides hair metal it works for me. Short of buying a new snare for this new project, any tips on how to get a more Rick Allen-esque snare sound?

I have an old snare, its from the starclassic line, that I could potentially put new heads on. What kind of head would give me that hair metal boom?

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Old 08-07-2009, 06:56 PM
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Hey Everyone,

So I just joined a Def Leppard tribute band, and of course I'm having trouble recreating that ridiculous electronic snare sound that you would find in most 80's hair metal. I just bought a Tama Superstar Hyperdrive set, and am using the snare that came with it. For everything besides hair metal it works for me. Short of buying a new snare for this new project, any tips on how to get a more Rick Allen-esque snare sound?

I have an old snare, its from the starclassic line, that I could potentially put new heads on. What kind of head would give me that hair metal boom?

Thanks
You could always look for a set of simmons hex electronics from way back when... That would let you completely replicate the "ridiculous electronic snare sound "
if your kit is mic'ed: a less expensive and accoustic solution might be to muffle the heck out of the drum heads and then have heavy reverb put on it. this might more closely resemble that electronic sound.
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Old 08-07-2009, 07:58 PM
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Default Re: 80's Hair Metal Snare

I believe Rick's earlier kit (pre accident) was a Ludwig
and he used a Supra 6 1/2 x 14"

Try a remo reverse black dot on your snare drum!
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Old 08-08-2009, 04:15 AM
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Hey Everyone,

So I just joined a Def Leppard tribute band, and of course I'm having trouble recreating that ridiculous electronic snare sound that you would find in most 80's hair metal. I just bought a Tama Superstar Hyperdrive set, and am using the snare that came with it. For everything besides hair metal it works for me. Short of buying a new snare for this new project, any tips on how to get a more Rick Allen-esque snare sound?

I have an old snare, its from the starclassic line, that I could potentially put new heads on. What kind of head would give me that hair metal boom?

Thanks

Easy.... use the head of your choice (Remo CS Blackdot or Coated Ambassador work well ) and crank the bottom head fairly tight and keep the snares anywhere from loose to medium , tune the top head medium to medium tight and use a remo ring..
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Old 08-08-2009, 06:29 AM
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Put a pinstripe on it. Yes thats what I said a pinstripe. You'll get the sound your looking for.
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Old 08-08-2009, 09:08 AM
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Put a pinstripe on it. Yes thats what I said a pinstripe. You'll get the sound your looking for.
yeah, I'll second this suggestion.
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Old 08-08-2009, 06:23 PM
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i think you need a deep (at least 6,5" ) 14" metal snare .
heads combo : batter side 2 ply CLEAR
snare side (this is very important ) : remo emperor or another brand ,but it
has to by thicker than regular ones
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Old 08-17-2009, 09:32 AM
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yeah, I'll second this suggestion.
I will third the suggestion but I am going to suggest that you use triggering as well. Why? Well, the song Photograph isn't Rick Allen playing the drums. It is Mutt Lange playing a Linn drum. That is why the drum part sounds strange. Also, by triggering, you will be able to access those sounds more easily and more consistently, especially if you have samples available.


Understand that I don't normall advocate triggering, but your situation is very specific and it would be what I would do.

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