I wanted to make or acquire some fat snare sounds, and so far I've heard this advice: -layer some snare samples with other snares or kicks. -sidechain compression to help it cut through a mix. - compression to make it snap I basically get the impression that you can't really get an amazing punchy snare without a good sample in the first place. So, where can I get good snare samples? (without spending any money if possible) There are a few that have been released free with CM magazine which are decent, but are there any other sources of good snares? Also, could I make my own by recording some snare-like sounds (bits of metal, marbles, rocks bashing together, that kinda thing) myself and then layering and eqing them a bit.