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    does anyone know how alex van halen got the snare drum sound for the 1984 album. and what kind of drums he recorded with? thanks

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    I'm pretty sure it's Ludwig, maybe a 6.5"x14" Super Sensitive steel shell? Obviously heavily muffled. The rest of the drums were Ludwig as well.
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    • #3
      Originally posted by drumguy2112
      does anyone know how alex van halen got the snare drum sound for the 1984 album. and what kind of drums he recorded with? thanks
      using eq/compression, mics, sound engineer and a ludwig snare drum
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      • #4
        does anyone know how alex van halen got the snare drum sound for the 1984 album. and what kind of drums he recorded with? thanks
        He used the a Ludwig SS on the first two albums. From the 3rd album through the early 90's he played a Tama rosewood snare.

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        • #5
          He also used a thick heavy head
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          • #6
            Yes, he did use Ludwig
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            • #7
              Watch the Jump video - somewhere under all of the duct tape is a snare batter head. And I believe he's using a Ludwig snare as well

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              • #8
                Originally posted by andyman1970
                Watch the Jump video - somewhere under all of the duct tape is a snare batter head. And I believe he's using a Ludwig snare as well

                I want his current Ludwig Reverend Al signature snare....
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                • #9
                  On 1984 he played Ludwig kicks, Remo Roto Toms and his tried and true SS heavily muffled with the snares very loose.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Applexcore
                    using eq/compression, mics, sound engineer and a ludwig snare drum
                    believe ir or not alex van halens signature sound has more to do with tape.

                    in an old md interview , he stated that he tapes the underside of his heads for muffling and then puts them on the drums.so no one sees the the gobs of tape on the outside of the drum ..it also keeps the playing surface free of clutter

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