How much do you charge?
$50 USD per song
(see payment options on
I want to keep it as affordable as possible, but
I've kept the same rates for 10 years now. So as of 1/1/2017 I'm
introducing a new variable scale. Most songs under 5 min are still only
$50 if you accept my initial take. If you request additional takes or
changes to the initial take, then the rate will increase to $75 per song.
Longer songs, or more complex songs (changing tempos, changing or odd time
signatures) will be slightly more. For those, I'll let you know before I start recording.
Also, additional percussion tracks are extra (see rates). Songs recorded
at 96Khz sample rate will also be an additional charge.
How does it work?
send me a song and I will record acoustic drum
tracks and send a demo MP3 back to you for approval. When you
are satisfied, send me payment via PayPal, and I will provide your
files for download. I use Pro Tools to record the tracks, and
create multi-track WAV files. I default to 24-bit/44.1 KHz but I can
record at 48Khz if you let me know before we
start! WAV format can be easily imported into Pro
Tools, Logic, Sonar, Cakewalk, Cubase, Nuendo, Reaper, and a variety of
other multi-track recording applications for PC and Mac.
I can also record at 96Khz,
however this will increase the base cost of each song by $25 (the minimum cost
would be $75). Please
let me know prior to recording if you are interested.
How can I get started?
easiest to email an MP3 (or you can send a download link or mail a CD
or hard disk with WAV files if you prefer) with your basic tracks and
musical arrangement. I prefer a click track, but percussion
loops are usually OK too if you plan to keep them in the
final mix. You can send me a mix with drums for reference,
but I do need a mix without the drums to record with.
It works best if you can tell
me the tempo, then include 8 or more clicks at the start of the song
(then please mute your click so it doesn't continue through the song) so
I can sync my own click. If you prefer, you can also send
a separate click track - if you have tempo changes within the song,
that usually works best. Since the click won't be in the full
mix, this makes the track I send back to you a little easier to listen
to (if the click were in the mix it would make it very distracting to listen to). If you send the click on an individual track, please make
sure it starts at the exact same place as the
audio track so they are in sync. If you didn't use a click, I
will follow your existing track (this is usually OK if you are not
planning to re-track your original parts).
What Will You Play?
If you include a programmed drum part, let me know if you want me to copy any or
all of it or if I should come up with something different. If you
have ideas about a particular sound you are looking for (i.e., fat snare, tight
snare, etc., please let me know when you submit your track. The more you
can tell me about the sound or style you are looking for the faster I can get
you the drum tracks you will be happy with. You can describe to me what kind of sound or style you are looking
for (references to other artist's songs sometimes work too).
Or, if you prefer I am also happy to just listen to your track and just
go with what I feel (although I find it usually goes quickest with some
guidance from you since it is your song and vision...).
What will I receive?
After payment is received, I will make your tracks available for download.
send you all of the unprocessed tracks and a "reference mix" (a stereo WAV "stem" that
will have any EQ or compression that I apply to the drum
mix). You can drop it in your mix as-is, or use the individual
tracks and mix it yourself. An
example of the individual acoustic
drum tracks you might receive is:
Of course, depending on the
drum kit I use, or the style and needs of the
tracks, I may use different mic'ing techniques, or I may not always use
all the drums/mics. However, if you prefer more
tracks, less tracks, a stereo mixdown, or something else, let me know
so I can get you exactly what you need.
Do I have to pay
before you start recording?
I will do the initial take when you send me your
track. When you approve the mix I send back to you, then payment is due.
If you decide you would like changes to the initial track, then I ask that at
least half of the payment be sent at that time, with the remainder due once you
fully approve the final track (or you are welcome to pay in full then too). Once the track is completed, and I
have received full payment, then I will send you a link to download the drum
Can you do an exact copy of a cover song, i.e. a Karaoke track?
I've done this quite a few times in fact. Just send me an mp3 of the song
you want to do and I'll play along to it. In most cases I can copy the
drum parts note for note. Let me know if you prefer for me to mimic the
original drum sound, or change it (for example, to a more modern sound).
What are some benefits to
using this service?
My drums stay setup in my
personal studio where
I spend countless hours maintaining and tuning my drums, turning knobs,
pushing buttons, and tweaking mic positions in search of that perfect
drum sound. Also, because this is my own personal
studio, there are no roadies, additional studio fees, cartage costs, setup or travel expenses,
etc. You save time and money. Once you
pay for them, the tracks are yours to mix and edit as you need for the
though I'm recording digitally to hard disk, I've got a pretty nice
analog front-end with all the transformer balanced preamps and premium
A/D converters. And the room is tuned for recording drums. All this just means the drums are going to
Do you use Beat Detective?
Only if forced
to. Just kidding. Sort of... I don't use Beat Detective on
99.99% of the tracks I do. The 0.01% might be when the song calls for a
stiff, machine-like beat. But then I always have to ask, why are you
hiring a real drummer if you want a machine? In all seriousness, Beat
Detective can be useful for certain things but it can also suck the groove out
of a track. The "feel" that a real drummer adds to a track is about
placement of notes (timing) as well as the velocity, or touch on each part of
the kit. If you quantize and lock everything to the grid, it just won't be
What happened to
has changed except the name. It's the same great quality drum tracks for
dirt cheap... When I first started this service, I
was thinking about the digital recording aspect of drums, but I think the name
may have confused some. While at that
time, I did have both acoustic and electronic drums, I've since decided to
concentrate on acoustic drums only and I thought this name was a better fit
(prior to this change studiodrumtracks.com
would redirect to digitaldrummer.net - now it's the other way around).
(512) 773-4187 CST
If you have any question, please call or send me an
email to discuss.
If you don't receive a reply from me within 24
hours, please call. It usually means I did not get your email
(some may inadvertently get sorted as spam).
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