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Sonor Protean Gavin Harrison Signature Snare Drum – Drummer’s Review

Here’s our latest review featuring a Sonor Protean Gavin Harrison Signature Snare Drum.

Filmed April 2024 (scroll down for recording & equipment details).

Featuring…

  • 14 x 5.25”, 6-ply, 6mm Birch Shell,
  • Silky Black finish with white underlays,
  • Classic rounded bearing edge (top), 45˚ bearing edge (bottom),
  • S-Hoop (batter), Cutaway Triple Flanged Hoop (resonant),
  • Sonor Dual Glide quick release snare mechanism,
  • 8-Strand snare wire.

UK RRP: £789.00

Sonor says...”The Signature Snare is handcrafted in Germany. It is made from 6-ply, premium hand-selected Birch wood to make a thin 6mm shell. The timeless Silky Black finish is offset by white underlays between the chrome fittings and the shell. The snares are available in a Standard and Premium Edition: The Standard Edition includes the snare, a set of 3 dampening rings and 2 Protean tuning keys. The Premium Edition additionally includes a unique Protean case, made by Hardcase UK. The case contains the “EQ” and “Spacer” snare wires, secured in a wooden box, separated from the drum itself.”

For more details, head to: www.sonor.com

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Recording Details:

Filmed at Paul Caboche Studios (Cornwall UK). 

Microphone List:

Snare Top: Electrovoice PL80
Snare Bottom: Electrovoice PL80
Over Head wide: AKG C414B (pair)
Centre Over Heads: AEA R88 MK2 Stereo Ribbon Mic
Front Centre Room : AEA R88 MK2 Stereo Ribbon Mic
Wide Room Mic’s: sE2200T Tube Mic’s (pair)

Recording Process:

Microphone Pre amps: 16x Rupert Neve Designs 5052

Pre amp outs to Avid HD analog to digital converters connected to Avid HDX card

Recorded into Pro Tools Ultimate latest version running HDX cards mounted in an Apple Mac Pro 2019 16core.

Audio Template Details: 

No EQ:

Direct microphone sound – no EQ either pre or post recording applied from the Neve 5052 Pre-Amps EQ section.

Basic EQ:

Basic EQ setting using the EQ section of the Neve 5052 mic Pre-Amps. No post recoded EQ or processing applied.

A Note From Paul…

“The microphones were set up with the overheads and room mic’s measured to the centre of the snare drum to keep the phase of any stereo pair in phase. The AEA R88 MK2 mic’s being stereo mic’s had no issue with phase but the front centre room mic and centre overhead where aligned with each other to keep the same stereo image. The phase reverse switch was engaged on the bottom snare mic to correct the phase between the two snare mic’s. Hi pass filters only used on the overheads. The Electrovoice PL80 mic’s have very little proximity bass boost so can be considered a pretty flat representation of the snare drum. Every effort was made so that the NO EQ sound example audio on the video was as true a representation of what the drums sounded like in the live room. The live room of the studio has been treated to also provide a neutral sound close to the drums with the room mic’s then giving a true representation of what the drums sound like in the room. Using 16 identical Mic Pre amps also helps with electrical phase so there is no difference between tone and phase of the Mic Pre amps. The brief for recoding the drums was to give as true a representation as possible of what the drums actually sound like and to then give examples of what can be done to the sound of the drums.”


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