Drumming

In The Studio

One of my favorite aspects of music making is recording in the studio.  It requires a meticulous mindset from a playing, sonic, and musical conception standpoint.  I take a lot of pride in my session work, which has been refined through my decades of experience.  Here are a few Samples of some of the studio projects that I've been involved in:

 

My Home Studio Option:

While the above samples are of me playing in various professional studio applications, I have done quite a bit of work in the last few years utilizing my electronic setup.  This setup allows me to create convincingly real sounding drum tracks.  I do this by actually playing the parts live on my electronic drums while recording the MIDI data into a computer.  Then, I make whatever fine-tuning velocity and timing adjustments are necessary to the performance.  Finally, I select the appropriate sounds from a variety of professional sample libraries and tweak them to get them just right before rendering them to audio files.  

Should you decide to go this route, all you would have to do is send me a mix of your tune, and I'll play drums to it, and send you back a folder with all of the drum tracks as separate audio files, just like if you were to have tracked the drums at a real studio.  Listen for yourself to examples of my virtual drums:

 

Sound Chasing:

Utilizing the technology explained in the paragraph above, I have employed a common production technique called "sound chasing", where a producer or artist attempts to achieve a sound and feel from a song by another artist.  In the following examples, I selected sounds from my various sample libraries to emulate the drum sounds on a few popular tunes you'll probably recognize.  The first part of each track is the original song, then when it drops out, the drums continue with my emulation:

 

Rates:

Generally, my rates are flexible, as no 2 projects are alike.  Here are some general starting points, though:

$500 for a full day in the studio (up to 10 hours), $250 for a half day (up to 5 hours).  Transportation and cartage of gear to and from the studio will be negotiated as an additional charge.  If the studio has drums and percussion I can use, that could bring the cost down.  FYI, many top session drummers use the studio's house drums on most sessions, and just bring a few snares and cymbals of their own.  It's a New York thing... Heck, there's even a big name session drummer (this guy has recorded tracks for Pink, Alicia Keys, Britney Spears...) who doesn't even own a set of drums!!

If it's just a few tracks that you need drums on, that can be negotiated at a fair price, though in this case, I strongly recommend the following:

Home Studio tracks - $100 a song.  This includes consultation, and a few revisions (of course, doing later revisions isn't even an option when recording tracks in a studio) to make sure you get exactly what you want, and I'll work endlessly to make sure you do!  Keep in mind that, upon our consultation, I'll gage whether using my sample library is even a viable option for your music, as it stylistically has its limitations.  For music that requires more finesse, like jazz or brushes, I have access to a live studio set-up where I'm capable of getting great sounds.  Regardless of the method, I'll add basic percussion (tambourine and shakers) at no additional cost!  Also, did I mention that I'm a great bongo player?  

If you do a little research, you'll find my rates to be extremely fair and affordable, especially for a drummer who has more than 20 years of professional experience.

Customer Testimonials:

"We hired Patrick to play drums and percussion on backing tracks for a musical theatre production. He was a joy to work with, providing positive energy at all points of the process. Patrick was the consummate professional, following the direction of the producer to a tee and offering constructive input when asked. He has a complete command of a wide array of rhythms and grooves and plays in rock solid time. He is equally adept in a band setting or laying down overdub parts. You can’t go wrong with Patrick on your project."

  • David Belmont, co-music director, Castillo Theatre

"Playing with Patrick is like laying in a nice cozy bed"

  • anonymous bass player