Eyal Satat

Pop. Indie. Folk. Rock. Drums

61 Reviews (60 Verified)
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Founder of Oakland Drum School, passionate session drummer with 20+ years recording drums for top artists.

I offer live drum multi-tracks which I record through 16 channels in my professional music studio in Oakland, CA

I can make the drums sound:
- Rocky, Big and Punchy
- Dry, Tight and Dancy
- Dirty, Groovy and Funky
- Fast, Furious and Punky
- Clean, Polished and Pop

I've been doing it for over a decade and I specialize in finding the right beat, drum parts and drum sound that will fit your song. I take my time to listen carefully to all the little details in your song so I'll be able to make it sound like i'm your drummer and we're playing for years together. My main goal is to elevate your song and bring it to the next level!

My gear includes:
- Vintage drum sets (70's Rogers, 70's Ludwig, Gretsch)
- Vintage and modern snares (Ludwig, Pearl, Gretsch, Tama, Bell Brass)
- Many cymbals from dark to bright, vintage to modern (Zildjian, Meinl, Bosphorus, Sabian, Paiste)
- All kinds of mics (Matched pair of AKG 414, Beyerdynamic M160, Shure SM81, SM57, pair of KSM137, Beta52, FET47 clone, Vintage Electro Voice, CAD M179 for toms, Ribbons mics)

I record to Universal Audio Apollo and use many kinds of preamps to get different tones and textures.

I will deliver raw tracks as well as "mixed" tracks so you can hear my vision for the drum sound.

Check out my recent work at: instagram.com/eyal_satat_drummer/

Hit the green button and let's make music together!

Would love to hear from you. Click the contact button above to get in touch.

61 Reviews - 8 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by 12130718645

    Great results from eyal as usual. Matched very closely to my midi drums while adding his skill to the mix. Highly suggest for your next project!

  2. Review by 12130718645

    Eyal was amazing on the drums once again and was extremely helpful in mixing his ideas in and also replicating drum loop parts I wanted for the song. Did a great job recording and referencing the tonality of what I was looking for.

  3. Review by Chris R.

    Here I am week after week writing these reviews about Eyal. And do you know why? Because he’s the best! Our record traverses all sorts of different alt/indie/jam rock styles and we can count on Eyal to nail his parts every time. He can craft something super technical or lock into the rhythm section with ease. Couldn’t be happier with the work this man puts out!

  4. Review by Chris R.

    We have been working with Eyal for the last 6 months or so and he never fails to impress. His tight drumming technique and musical sensibilities mean that he will get the job done right every time. Thanks Eyal!

  5. Review by Chris R.

    Eyal came through and brought out the big guns on our banging rock anthem. This song hits 100 MPH from the get-go and doesn't let up. Eyal delivered a stellar performance that grooves hard and even introduces some fun rhythmic hooks which have become one of his signatures on many of the songs we've done together! Love this guy. Never stop, not stopping.

  6. Review by 12130718645

    Eyal was a pleasure to work with and a true professional. I Got exactly the tone I was looking for and he did a great job drumming and bringing the song to a place I had in my head and then some! Will definitely be working with him again!

  7. Review by Mike Vermeil

    Eyal does great work!

  8. Review by Jason M.

    Always song-specific joyness and going out of his way to attain that joyness. Joyness is my new word I guess, yay. And when a Musician finds, adds to, and creates more of it, then the Musician is of course the Magician.

  9. Review by Malte S.

    Eyal contributed awesome and outstandingly powerful drums to my rock cover. Easy communication and pro skills, what more can you ask for? Be back soon!!

  10. Review by Chris R.

    It's a cold winter day and your comforter just came out of the dryer. It's a hot summer day and a cold glass of iced tea appears in your hand. That's what working with Eyal is like. He has an intuitive sense for groove, rhythm and dynamics that slots right into your project with minimal guidance. We've hired him for every song on our record so far and have no plans on stopping. Thanks Eyal!

  11. Review by Chris R.

    Eyal Satat. The man can do no wrong! This was probably our 6th song together and he's knocked it out of the park each and every time. We've got the workflow down so well at this point that we don't even need to provide detailed notes anymore, he knows what we're aiming for and executes every time (including our endless requests for percussion :P ). Hire this man immediately for your next project!

  12. Review by Jason M.

    Consistently surprisingly interesting and appropriate. Prompt. Patient. Has innate sense of microphone placement (and a wide array of microphones) to create different "rooms" upon request. If you do your homework and find drum examples, Eyal can find those sounds. I enjoy working with Eyal, and you probably will also even if you're all artsy and weird and write lyrics on little scraps of paper all day long and dig through dictionaries and poems late at night. Maybe we all do that. Cheers!

  13. Review by Chris
    by Chris

    This man can do no wrong. We are hiring him to do our indie rock record and he has been crushing it. Tight grooves, slick fills and so easy to work with. Hire this man immediately.

  14. Review by Jim T.
    by Jim T.

    Eyal is incredible. Highly versatile - adept at most genres and communicates well. He has a strong ear and offers his input on what would sound right with a song. Professional with a quick turn around. Highly recommended!

  15. Review by Clint C.

    Always TOP NOTCH, no excuses, always shows up and does the job with attention to detail. I couldn't ask for more. EYAL ALWAYS DELIVERS!!! WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? HIRE HIM!!!

  16. Review by Chris R.

    Eyal is probably sick of hearing from us at this point. 😂 Once again, we hired Eyal to play drums on our Foo Fighters-esque alt rock track and, once again, we got some amazing drums back. Have you hired Eyal yet? No? GO! GO NOW!!!

  17. Review by Josiah M.

    Great session from Eyal on an early demo. Love working with him!

  18. Review by Oliver
    by Oliver

    Worked with Eyal for the first time, great guy and a wonderful drummer. He has a very streamlined process and communication was clear. Aside from great technique and feel, his interpretation very much bolstered the musicality of the song. He delivered high quality individual tracks and his own drum mix sounded tasty too. Highly recommend working with him.

  19. Review by Chris R.

    Eyal is the man. This is our fifth song working with him and he's been knocking it out of the park every single time. This tune was really challenging as we needed him to help us create drum "loops" in addition to a performance. He handled both masterfully and got us some drum stems in no time at all. Can't wait to do another song soon!

  20. Review by Chris R.

    Once again, Eyal has worked his magic on our tunes. This was a groovy, 6 minute jam piece and he absolutely nailed the vibe. Nuff said. If you haven't hired this guy for your next song, what are you even doing? He's the best!

Interview with Eyal Satat

  1. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  2. A: My studio is acoustically treated with bass traps and diffusers.-----Audio interface - Apollo X8p-----Audient ASP800 8 channels Class A preamps-----Mics: Matched pair of AKG 414 XLS, Beyerdynamic M160, Shure SM81, 4 x SM57, Stereo pair of Shure KSM137, Shure Beta52, Advanced Audio FET48 , Electro Voice 635a, 2 x CAD M179 , 2 x Cascade Fathead-----Drum sets: Vintage 70's Rogers Holiday (22,12,16), Vintage 70's Ludwig (22,12,13,16), Gretsch Bop Kit (18,12,14)-----Snares: 70's Ludwig Supraphonic 5x14, 70's Ludwig Supraphonic 6.5x14, 70's Ludwig Acrolite 5x14, 80's Ludwig blackrolite 5x14, 60's Ludwig Jazz Festival 5.5x14, Ludwig Hammered Bronze 6.5x14, Thumper custom build 5x13 , Paiste Spirit of 2002 cast bronze (like the Bell Brass) 6.5x14-----Cymbals: Zildjian, Bosphorus, Meinl, Sabian, Paiste-----Plugins: Waves, Universal Audio, Sonnox, Softube, Native, Black Rooster Audio, SPL , Lindell

  3. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  4. A: I really love drum sounds that have a special character, whether it's rock, folk, funk, pop or indie music. I get inspired by the tones and the drum part choices that compliment the song arrangement and enhance the overall sound of the song. Some of the musicians/bands that I feel inspired by are: John Mayer Black Keys Dave Grohl NIN Foo Fighters Soundgraden Nirvana Queens of the Stone age Rage Against The Machine Kaleo Incubus

  5. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  6. A: As a session drummer for many years now. I compose and record drum tracks for singer songwriters, bands and producers that are looking for organic live drums. I'm also taking the role of being the studio engineer that makes sure all the drums are tuned, the mics are in place and the sound is top notch before I hit record.

Eyal Satat Samples

I was the Drummer in this production

Terms Of Service

- 1 free revision.
- If you want, I will add extra shakers & tambourines for FREE after we choose our final take :)

GenresSounds Like
  • Incubus
  • John Mayer
  • Bill Withers
Gear Highlights
  • Rogers & Ludwig Drumsets
  • Vintage Ludwig Snares
  • Zildjian
  • Bosphorus
  • Sabian
  • Meinl
  • 57's
  • KSM137
  • BETA52
  • AKG 414's
  • Beyer M160
  • EV 635a
  • FET48 clone
  • Ribbon Fatheads
  • Universal Audio Apollo
  • Neve preamp
  • SSL preamp
  • Audient preamp
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  • Just finished an albumSep 15, 2022

    I just finished recording 10 songs album for a client and there's no better feeling then working on an album and getting to the finish line! I will share a link here when the album is released :)

    I can't wait to see what the future brings with new albums, new clients and a whole lot of cool songs to record drums for! 



  • Gear update!Feb 08, 2022

    "The toms have never sounded better than that!"

    I just added a pair of CAD M179 which are doing MAGIC to toms. It just make them big, thunderous and with a lot of tone and depth. I highly recommend you guys to check out those workhouse mics.

    Super stoked to use them in my next session!

  • First recording of 2022!!Jan 15, 2022

    Just finished the 1st drum recording of 2022. 

    I'm super happy with the sounds and tones I get out of my drums and microphones. Looking forward to see what kind of music this year will bring to my studio! 

    Let's make music together! 

  • Happy Holidays and Merry Xmas Ya'll!Dec 29, 2021

    I got myself a vintage 70s Beyerdynamic M160 for Christmas.

    This microphone was used to create the sound of "When The Levee Breaks" drum beat.
    Though it's not the same but it definitely gave me loads of inspiration! Happy new year everyone!

    My sample of "When The Levee Breaks"