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Hello, my name is Ryan Stabach. Let's work together.
I have over 25 years combined experience writing, performing and recording drums and drum percussion for multiple groups and institutions. A good portion of that time was spent competitively and scholastically in the marching percussive arts. Most notably with The Reading Buccaneers out of Berks Co., PA and The Bluecoats drum corps out of Canton, OH. I am based out of Portland, Oregon and am currently working with a few groups locally. Most styles, genres i am familiar and fluent with leaning more towards a background in Rock, Progressive Rock, Metal and, Jazz. i love mixing it up and getting creative but am more than eager to just sit in the pocket and lay down a solid backbeat.
I will produce a solid foundation for any piece and I will work to achieve the right feel, flow, interpretation for your composition.
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Interview with Ryan Stabach
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: One local project called NINJA. It was one of the most creative progressive rock groups i have worked with. Great group of guys.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: EDWØRD: an original 4 piece metal band FULL METAL JACKSON: heavy etal Michael Jackson cover band DRAUMR: 3-piece progressive jazz ensemble
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital for its ease of use. Analog for a better sound.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I will produce for you solid and great sounding live drum tracking.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Its drumming and music. What's not to like?
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: People usually ask if i can play in a particular style they are looking for. I typically say yes or i will learn how to to fit the song.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Biggest misconception is that i only do metal. I am open and encourage all types of music to come my way.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What are you looking for in regards to your ideal sound?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Make sure you get what you paid for.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Laptop, mic, audio interface, keyboard and ableton.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Writing a performing. 25+ years.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: A little bit of this a little bit of that, put it in the pocket and step up to bat.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Devin Townsend. He is one of the most underrated writer, player and producers alive.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Tune your drums.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: A lot of jazz. A lot of heavy styled music.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Recording drums.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: A full accurate sound. Strong backbeat/pocket. I always want to work with the music to achieve the best possible feel.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I usually prefer mp3 files and will listen/practice through the song first before tracking. I will do a few takes for variation and edit together if need be.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I work out of a fully treated 12x14 size room. My main recording kit is a Mapex Pro-m 5 piece with a hand hammered Phosphor Bronze Black Panther snare. For my main mics i use two AKG c214's for OH's, my drums have Audix D series using the Randall May internal miking system. I also have a couple Behringer c2's and MXL 990's to pick up room sound. All mics are through the Focusrite Scarlett 18i20 and Octopre Dynamic. I use ableton for all my tracking, editing, mixing.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Full drum tracking up to 16 channels. Drums editing and mixing and engineering.