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Live Snare Compression with MaxxVolume (Tip)

Phil Strong

Phil Strong

FOH Engineer

Kanye West, Common, Q-Tip, A Tribe Called Quest

Tricks of the Mix: Find out how to bring that extra something to your mix using Waves plugins, brought to you by Waves Artists, Product Specialists and enthusiasts like yourself.

When it comes to snare drums, MaxxVolume is it! Key reasons to add compression to a snare are to control overall level, smooth out inconsistent strikes, and bring up soft notes like rim shots. This plugin does all these tasks exceptionally well, even adding a gate. Dial down the threshold to keep your snare gently compressed the whole time, then raise the threshold on the soft notes to make them louder and to shrink the dynamic range. Add the gate last, and bingo – you’ve got a killer consistent snare you can build your entire mix around.


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