Non-Lin snare weight
A classic ’80s reverb treatment can come into its own if you’re looking to add weight to mid-range drums and percussive sound sources.
You may well be familiar with the concept of gated reverb. By putting an aggressive gate after a spatial treatment, as it decays, the sound abruptly ‘stops’. Once volume drops before a chosen Threshold in a Gate, it ‘closes’ altogether, stopping any more sound from being heard. It’s a powerful technique which shares a lot in common with the NonLin algorithm made famous by the AMS RMX16 reverb. This hardware reverb unit contains a number of algorithms but ‘NonLin’ became particularly synonymous with drum sounds after Phil Collins used it on the tom fill to his smash hit In The Air Tonight. Whilst that drum sound owes as much to the choice of drum microphones and heavy compression, the NonLin algorithm makes a huge impression too.