Mike Kosacek

Session drummer

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Mike Kosacek on SoundBetter

I'm a session drummer and recording engineer from Austin, TX. I own my own custom studio that was designed to record great acoustic drum sounds! I can record professional level, custom, acoustic drum tracks for your song through my high quality 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 12+ 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.

Credits

AllMusic verified credits for Mike Kosacek
  • Tom Guerra
  • Tom Guerra
  • Tom Guerra
  • Tom Guerra
  • Majestic
  • Majestic
  • Majestic
  • Cosmic Singularity
  • Cosmic Singularity
  • Cosmic Singularity
  • Cosmic Singularity
  • Paul Haake
Discogs verified credits for Mike Kosacek
  • Paul Haake Band
  • Binary Spirals
  • Paul Haake
  • Cosmic Singularity
  • Texaz Tango
  • Paul Haake Band
  • ThemThatKnow
  • Binary Spirals
  • Paul Haake
  • Brady Harris (2)
  • Cosmic Singularity
  • Texaz Tango
  • Majestic (18)
  • Mike And The Meteors
  • Pan Pan Pan {Avian Distress Call}
  • Jaap Blonk • Sandy Ewen • Damon Smith • Chris Cogburn
  • Majestic (18)
  • Majestic (18)
  • Debra Watson & The Smokin' Aces
  • TexasWeed
  • Paul Haake Band
  • ThemThatKnow
  • ThemThatKnow
  • ThemThatKnow
  • Majestic (18)
  • Various
  • Various
  • Majestic (18)

14 Reviews - 3 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by Joe F.
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    Another fantastic experience working with Mike. Look forward to collaborating again

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    Another fantastic experience and track from Mike. Gets the songs and makes them come alive

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    Mike nailed it again - great communication and plays exactly is what needed. Having such a strong foundation in the drums on my songs is so inspiring

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    Mike is the ultimate professional - plays the right part for the song instinctively and adds the right amount of character. Beautifully recorded drums too - highly recommend

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    Killer drummer with great sound and feel. Nailed the groove of the song instantly -can’t recommend highly enough

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    Another great experience - top performance - really enhances and gets the feel for the song.

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    Recommend 100% - quick, easy communication and spot-on drumming for the song!

  8. Review by Michael C.
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    Great work, fast turnaround-very musical style. Would love to work with him again!

  9. Review by Zachary H.
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    Excellent to work with! Mike works very fast and care about the sound and ideas you have for your track. The file uploads and everything involved with the project were very easy.

  10. Review by Max T.
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    Great work. Fast, professional, exactly what I was looking for. Thanks Mike!

  11. Review by David G.
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    This is my second time to use Mike and once again, he gave me just what I asked for. Professional drum tracks and a fast turn around. I'll be back.

  12. Review by David G.
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    Mike is an awesome musician, he wants to know what your looking for and then he works hard to get it. Fast turn around and a pleasure to work with.

  13. Review by Ashley A.
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    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.

  14. Review by russell b.
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    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

  1. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  2. A: programming and loops have improved but still can't really provide "feel" like a real, human drummer can. I will listen to your song and create a drum track that will make your song even better!

  3. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  4. A: Pro Tools 2022, Apollo 16, API-500 series (A-Designs, Avedis Audio, CAPI, Hairball Audio, and more), and mics from Telefunken, Shure, AKG, Sennheiser + more. See my website for a complete description.

  5. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  6. A: I've been playing drums for 30+ years and have been doing remote/online drum recording for 12+ years and I can turn around tracks pretty quickly in most cases.

  7. Q: What's your typical work process?

  8. A: send me an mp3 (or a WAV 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 or even MIDI, but make sure it starts from the exact same place as the music mix).

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

  10. A: I like lots of different styles of music, but I gravitate toward songs that have great sounding drums!

  11. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  12. A: I had a great time drumming on Tom Guerra's latest release. Fun roots, rock and roll. Go check it out! www.tomguerra.com

  13. Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?

  14. A: possibly... but I still haven't located a search button here that allows me to search by name.

  15. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  16. 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.

  17. Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

  18. 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).

  19. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  20. A: since that desert island is unlikely to have power, I would bring acoustic drums, cymbals, sticks and probably some earplugs!

  21. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  22. A: I like working on all kinds of music!

  23. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  24. A: it has to feel good!

  25. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  26. 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.

  27. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  28. 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.

  29. Q: How would you describe your style?

  30. 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!

  31. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  32. 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)?

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

  34. A: Acoustic drum tracks - typically replacing programmed tracks, loops, or drum machines

  35. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  36. A: Rock, blues, country, pop and some prog rock

  37. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  38. A: lots of projects!

  39. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  40. A: digital, with a great analog front-end. best of both worlds.

  41. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  42. A: I want to give you a drum track that makes you think "wow, my song sounds even better now!"

  43. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  44. 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.

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Terms Of Service

Rates start at $70. Most songs under 5 min are $70 if you accept the initial take or if minimal changes required. If major changes/re-takes are requested, the rate increases slightly. 24-48hr typical

GenresSounds Like
  • Kenny Aronoff
  • Steve Jordan
  • Stan Lynch
Gear Highlights
  • API 500
  • Universal Audio Apollo 16
  • A-Designs
  • Avedis
  • CAPI
  • Neve
  • Audix
  • AKG
  • Sennheiser
  • Mojave
  • Telefunken
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  • New Tom Guerra release - Sentimental JunkMar 23, 2022

    That's me on the drums on the new Tom Guerra release, Sentimental Junk!  Check it out!

    https://tomguerra.com/

  • New Cosmic Singularity ReleaseFeb 11, 2021

    here's a new Prog Rock album from Cosmic Singularity.  I played drums, mixed and mastered it, and contributed to some of the writing.  I hope you enjoy it!

    https://cosmicsingularity.bandcamp.com/album/invisible-enemy

  • check out Tom Guerra's new album "Sudden Signs of Grace"Jun 11, 2020

    http://tomguerra.com/

    Mike Kosacek on the drums!

  • Some new tracks and videoJul 26, 2019

    check out www.themthatknowtheband.com because we just posted some new videos, songs, and more!

  • Check out Seed from SeattleFeb 11, 2019

    Seed (from Seattle)

  • Listen to Majestic V.O.Z and Epsilon I & IIJan 30, 2019

    Majestic Songs

  • Ella Reid's "Sweet Angel" benefits Cole's FoundationJan 29, 2019

    Listen to "Sweet Angel" on iTunes

  • See the latest promotional video for Tom Guerra's American GardenJan 29, 2019

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