You've spent time and emotion creating your song, now let's get the drums perfect! Want to record in a nice sounding room like Abbey Road or Avatar studios but don't have the budget?
My USP is that I use a massive library of drum samples so you can literally change everything about the drum kit sound. Via Zoom/Skype/Meet etc you can hand pick each drum, cymbal, mic bleed level, mic position etc to create the ultimate bespoke drum sound.
We work on the actual drum part together via Zoom with high quality audio, with numberous revisions, alternatives and edits until you get exactly what you want.
Then you have the option for me to mix this or simply give you stems or each instrument separately for you to mix yourself.
I also have an array of guitar amp and effects software so can reamp or provide bass and guitars, plus lots of hand percussion and vocals.
Have me mix the whole project or song and together we'll make the hit you've been waiting for!
Tell me about your project and how I can help, through the 'Contact' button above.
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Interview with Andy Woodard
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Louise Aubrie's current album is being mixed by Ken Sluiter and is sounding fantastic. All drums were done in Superior Drummer and some guitars in BIAS and they sound so real and authentic.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Louise Aubrie, Embemusic and A. P. Leach
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both, keep it real and accessible.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: To get it right and not take any money until they are 100% happy!
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Being creative and providing the part that the client has asked for.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That I only play rock.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What drummers inspire them, what drum sounds they like and what vision they have for their song.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Discuss your expectations and don't be afraid to say exactly what you want.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Kick, Snare, Cymbal and two sticks!
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've been recording for over 17 years and have been touring worldwide with Adam Ant and others for the last 10 years.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Dynamic, consistent and strong (or is that my coffee?)
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Too many to list!
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Save lots of versions of your performance in case the client prefers a different way of playing to the one you choose.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Rock and Indie pop.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I like to think playing other instruments helps me stay musical on the drums and play what's fitting for the song without distracting from the vocal and/or other instruments.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Meet the client on video chat to discuss the requirements, inspirations, references and play some parts live. Record a few versions and send to client via mp3. Review via video chat or using private soundcloud (time-stamped comments). Record and send new versions via mp3. When client is happy, request money and send full wavs of either each instrument or mix if requested.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have a modest set up around my Focusrite Preamps and Interfaces, Mac Mini and a Hybrid V-drums kit. I use a lot of software modelling such as SSD, Bias, Superior Drummer and GGD.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Dave Grohl, John Bonham, Phil Collins, Ken Sluiter, Andrew Schepps, Chris Lord-Alge, Steven Slate
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Recording Drums, Guitar and Bass