I'm a session drummer and recording engineer from Austin, TX. I own my own professional studio that was custom designed to record great acoustic drum sounds! I can record high-quality, custom, acoustic drum tracks for your song. I have a high end recording chain (500-series pres, Universal Audio Apollo 16) into Pro Tools.
I have 30+ years of playing experience and have been providing online/remote recording for the past 10+ years. I've worked with clients/musicians all over the world on 100's of recordings. Because I own the studio (www.doubledogrecording.com) I can work anytime and I can make it affordable for just about anyone. My drums are always setup so I can respond quickly and I don't pass on extra fees to you (i.e., cartage, tech, studio rental, etc.). But check out my samples and I hope you will agree that the playing and recording quality is always top-notch.
I love pocket or groove drumming but I can play whatever you want for your songs. I can read charts, play to loops, copy your programmed part, or I will listen to your song and attempt to compose a part that feels right for the song. I'm easy to work with, open to your feedback, and will do my best to find the exact sound and feel you are looking for.
Rates start at $70 per song. And you always get all of the unprocessed individual WAV tracks, plus a stereo drums-only mix (with any processing) that you can use for reference, or drop it right into your mix and go. I default to 24/44.1 but can record at 24/48 or 24/96 (contact for pricing).
Send a drumless MP3 or link to a WAV, with your arrangement. I will send you an MP3 to approve. 24-48hr turnaround (or sometimes even faster).
Send me a note through the contact button above.
2 ReviewsEndorse Mike Kosacek
Mike did an excellent job at delivering exactly what I was seeking. He is very talented and would not hesitate to work with him again. I highly recommend.
Great experience and great results. Mike was super quick in getting me files to listen and then very open to the changes that i wanted to have made. Will def be using him in the future!
Interview with Mike Kosacek
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I had a great time working on Tom Guerra's latest release. Fun roots, rock and roll. Go check it out!
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: possibly... but I still haven't located a search button here that allows me to search by name.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I enjoy listening to new songs and figuring out interesting drum parts that will hopefully complement the tune and help take it to the next level.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: What do you need to start? It's pretty easy. Just an MP3 or WAV with 8 counts of click before the song start (to help align my click). Or if the tempo or time signature varies, you can send a separate track of just click (make sure it starts from the same exact point as the music). If you want to send me a guide track with programmed drums or loops, that can also be helpful. Just let me know if you want me to follow it exactly, somewhat, or not at all... Also please let me know what sample/bit rate you use (if you send me a WAV I'll use the same as what you sent).
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: since that desert island is unlikely to have power, I would bring acoustic drums, cymbals, sticks and probably some earplugs!
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I like working on all kinds of music!
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: it has to feel good!
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Many "remote session drummers" are recording in a low-budget home studio. While my studio is at my home, and it's a private studio, it is not "in my home" and not a bedroom studio. It was constructed as a separate building for the sole purpose of being a recording studio and specifically for getting a great drum sound. I have a top-quality recording chain that is comparable to most commercial recording studios.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: If you want Steve Gadd, and can afford his daily rate, you should definitely hire him. Seriously. He's awesome. If that's not in your budget, I think you will find my rates are more than fair.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: playing for the song. if it's a love ballad, then I won't feel obliged to unleash the chops - unless that's what you are going for. :-) In the end it's your song, and your choice. I'm here to make it sound like you hear in your head!
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I like all kinds of music, but I gravitate toward songs that have great sounding drums!
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Drum tracks - typically replacing programmed tracks, loops, or drum machines
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Pro Tools 2019, Apollo 16, API-500 series (A-Designs, Avedis Audio, CAPI, Hairball Audio, and more), and mics from Telefunken, Audix, Shure, AKG, Sennheiser. See my website for a complete description.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: send me an mp3 (or a WAV/AiFF is fine too) with a click intro of at least 8 clicks - then mute it through the song. This allows me to sync my click and when you get the mix with drums sent back you won't hear the click in it (because that makes it really difficult to listen to the song!). Or if the song changes tempo, then include a separate click track (it can be mp3 or WAV also, but make sure it starts from the exact same place as the music mix).
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: programming and loops have improved but still can't really give "feeling" like a real, human drummer can.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I learn the song quickly and I have great intuition for where a song is going - even if it's only a scratch track.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Rock, blues, country, pop and some prog rock
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've been playing drums for 30+ years and have been doing remote/online drum recording for 10+ years and I can turn around tracks pretty quickly in most cases.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I want to give you a drum track that makes you think "wow, my song sounds even better now!"
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: digital, with a great analog front-end. best of both worlds.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: lots of projects!
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: what kind of sound are you looking for? Do you want me to follow the programmed tracks/loops closely? Are you going to re-record scratch tracks, or is what you are sending me the "keeper" (this guides me whether to follow the click, or follow the existing track)?