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Snare Drum Quick Tip with Maag EQ4

Hey guys, what’s up? Welcome to another video.

In this one, I wanted to show you a snare drum EQ trick. Kind of a secret weapon. Most of the time it works — well, most of the time to sometimes it works. You may have to play around with the frequency.

But let’s just get into it. Here’s what the track sounds like. A little country thing.


Alright. Now there’s a bunch of delays flying around.

It’s an EQ move, and if you’re having trouble getting your snare drum to kind of cut through a little bit, there’s one frequency you can try boosting, and this is one of the reasons why I love this Maag EQ from Plugin Alliance. UAD just released a version of it through Brainworx.

You’re going to grab 5kHz — so I’m using this Air Band here, set it to 5kHz, and then just boost a little bit of it. Let me solo these drums so you can hear what I’m talking about.

So here’s the drums.


Alright, that’s with it. I’ll bypass it back and forth now.

[drums, before and after Maag]


There’s not a ton of it in, but it really makes a big difference with the presence and how forward and how much it kind of pokes through. Let me play it in the mix and I’ll pull 5kHz in and out.


Just gives the snare drum that little bit extra power. You know, that little bit extra to hang on to when it’s trying to poke through a big thick mix.

Let’s go back to soloing the drums, and I’ll kind of exaggerate it so you can really hear it.



Anyways, you get the point. It’s one little move in a big puzzle, which is pretty much what mixing is. It’s not one big preset, it’s a bunch of tiny little moves that kind of get you to the end.

So take that, play with it. You don’t have to have this EQ, this is a special thing. I do highly recommend this EQ. It’s one of my favorite things. I use this on every mix I do. The Air Band alone makes it worth it.

So grab 5kHz, put it in shelf, crank it, see what happens. Try it on different EQs, try it on an API, try it on an SSL, try it on stock Digi 7 whatever that is EQ that we all know and see and love and still use all the time.

Try it in Logic, try it in Cubase. I don’t know what you’re using.

Anyways, that’s all I’ve got. Short and sweet. Subscribe to the channel if you haven’t already, like me on Facebook, follow me on Twitter, Instagram, all of that stuff. The information is down in the description, and I will see you in the next video.





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