Ok here we go…
The first sample is the snare and overheads. I’m flipping the delay in and out on the snare channel every 4 beats. The biggest place you’ll hear the difference is in the body of the drum. The non aligned signal sounds really thin compared to the time aligned one.
The second sample is the entire kit with delay and without delay. In order to make it easier to compare as you’d like, I included these as separate files. First, the delayed and time aligned kit.
Second, the non aligned kit.
As you can see, maybe its subtle – I’m not sure how its translating across the web, MP3 compression, etc. In my room, the difference is pretty huge when you’re trying to get great individual tones and make everything play nice together.