While shooting his How To Record Heavy Drums series of videos, Glenn Fricker happened to have a metric (because Canada) fuck ton of snares laying around his studio. So what better use of such a surplus than to do a snare shootout?
Glenn loves him some live snare, and has a serious distaste for snare samples. While I understand wanting an organic and live sound, I personally have a far greater problem with sampled cymbals and their lack of depth than sampled snares.
A snare can have a great many differing and nuanced tones depending on how you hit it, but for the purposes of metal, I generally don’t want that many. When it comes to cymbals, though, you can’t do a proper wash when they only sampled hits with the tip of the stick and none with the shaft (the “just the tip” problem). Hi hats are far too complicated a sound to simulate properly with samples, as the interaction between the edges of the two cymbals is crazy complex.
Just one man’s damned opinion though – and here’s another: