These snare drums feature a split around the entire center of the drum. In essence, we cut the drum in half and re-assemble it. This allows the air to escape immediately which results in more volume, projection, and extremely sensitive snare response. One of the characteristics you will notice is that ghost notes are louder in relation to full strokes compared to standard snare drums. Accentuating both crack and sensitivity, split snare drums are an excellent choice for high volume situations and where busy sticking patterns need to penetrate the mix. With a very distinctive voice, the split snare may not be the proper choice as your only snare drum, but every drummer should have one in their arsenal.