Born in the U.S.A.

  • Artist: Bruce Springsteen
  • Album: Born in the U.S.A.
  • Label: Columbia Records
  • Year: 1984
  • Producer: Jon Landau, Chuck Plotkin, Bruce Springsteen, Steve Van Zandt
  • Engineer: Bob Clearmountain, Toby Scott
  • Studio: The Power Station (now Avatar)


Gated Reverb
One of the greatest larger-than-life snare sounds. The explosive timbre begins with drummer Max Weinberg -- his technique, musicality, and well-tuned kit. The studio gets involved with a heavy hand -- strong dose of EMT 140 plate reverb through a Kepex Gate, augmented by the acoustic sound of Power Station Studio A (now Avatar).
It's a distinct mid-80s species in the evolution of gated snare sounds that began in 1980, and was made wildly famous a year later.


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