Axel's Woodwindroom

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No1 woodwind-pro of Germany's pop-music-scene. Lots of studio, live and TV-experience. SAXES, FLUTES, CLARINET, BASSCLARINET, IRISH WHISTLE & DUDUK on short notice.

I am studied jazz/pop-saxophonist and multiinstrumentalist based in Germany & Austria. I also play flute(s), Irish whistles (high, alto, low), Bb-clarinet, bassclarinet and duduk(s). I recorded reeds for many gold & platinum albums including over 350 tracks for Germany's No.1 music-TV-show "Sing my Song" (Sing meinen Song). I write theatre music, arrange hornsection-parts and work with sax-effects for EDM-tracks. My studio "WOODWINDROOM" is specialized in recording woodwinds. This I can do on very short notice (often today). I have a bunch of pro brass horn players and different studio options at hand, so you could also get a full brass section recording for your production. This usually takes a little longer than recording woodwinds by myself. I feel comfortable with many genres. I can deliver a screaming 80s saxsolo (if you really want that), I can offer a smoky sax-melody, a fusion-jazzy sopranosax-theme, a classical flute or clarinet line, some Irish whistle jigs or even a few atmospheric Duduk bends for your film score. Let's check your ideas first - then I can give you a clear answer on how fast you will have your tracks. I charge about 200€ for 1 instrument on 1 track including 1 review. More instruments, tracks, reviews and hornsection-arrangements will be charged according to prior agreement. Let's talk in detail!

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  1. Review by Marius Goldhammer
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    Axel is one of Germany's best and busiest woodwind players in any kind of genre. I've worked with him on several projects and tours over the years and he is not only well prepared, but also brings a lot of experience and arranger-skills with him.His recordings and studio skills are unbelievable. I actually know nobody else who has worked with so many well-known artists and on so many big productions. If you need woodwinds on your recording, Axel is the guy to call. I guarantee 100% satisfaction!!

  2. Review by Marius Goldhammer
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    Axel is one of Germany's best and busiest woodwind players in any kind of genre. I've worked with him on several projects and tours over the years and he is not only well prepared, but also brings a lot of experience and arranger-skills with him.His recordings and studio skills are unbelievable. I actually know nobody else who has worked with so many well-known artists and on so many big productions. If you need woodwinds on your recording, Axel is the guy to call. I guarantee 100% satisfaction!!

  3. Review by Marius Goldhammer
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    Axel is one of Germany's best and busiest woodwind players in any kind of genre. I've worked with him on several projects and tours over the years and he is not only well prepared, but also brings a lot of experience and arranger-skills with him.His recordings and studio skills are unbelievable. I actually know nobody else who has worked with so many well-known artists and on so many big productions. If you need woodwinds on your recording, Axel is the guy to call. I guarantee 100% satisfaction!!

  4. Review by Julian
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    If you need ANY woodwinds for your track that REALLY make it STAND OUT, don't look any further. Axel is THE guy in Germany. Hell, even in all of Europe.
    He has just started out on this website, so act now, as this might be your only chance to get a recording of him. I promise you, soon he'll be too busy!!

  5. Review by Julian
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    If you need ANY woodwinds for your track that REALLY make it STAND OUT, don't look any further. Axel is THE guy in Germany. Hell, even in all of Europe.
    He has just started out on this website, so act now, as this might be your only chance to get a recording of him. I promise you, soon he'll be too busy!!

  6. Review by Caroline Richards
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    I worked with Axel on several productions. He wrote, arranged and recorded woodwind-music for theatre-plays that I directed. He was able to translate my ideas into music and his playing and recordings were absolutely outstanding. 5 stars out of 5.

  7. Review by Chris
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    I had the pleasure to work with Axel on so many projects over the last decade. From Jazz to pop songs, film and world music. He always delivers tasty, musical takes, he's super fast when schedules are tight and many times he would give you valuable feedback and alternative takes that might elevate your arrangement. For all pro's who appreciate the extra three percent: First call!

  8. Review by Markus Vollmer
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    Taste, sound, timing, musicality and band mate. Years of recording experience, live, studio and TV. Call him, you will get the right sound whether its pop, jazz, rock or other kinds of music. Saxophone, flute, duduk and more. He is the man!

  9. Review by Sönke Reich
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    Axel is one of the best Woodwins-Multiinstrumentalists in germany and is maybe the most successful Pop-Sax-players in the middle of europe. I had the chance to play with him a couple of times and he always has a well thought view on songs - more like a singer-songwriter... . He always has tasteful ideas, you could pretty much give him a track and say ‚give it some colours‘ or just say nothing and he‘ll do the right thing. He has proven his ability to work on highest standards in years of playing woodwinds in the most successful tv-music-formats in germany.

  10. Review by Sönke Reich
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    Axel is one of the best Woodwins-Multiinstrumentalists in germany and is maybe the most successful Pop-Sax-players in the middle of europe. I had the chance to play with him a couple of times and he always has a well thought view on songs - more like a singer-songwriter... . He always has tasteful ideas, you could pretty much give him a track and say ‚give it some colours‘ or just say nothing and he‘ll do the right thing. He has proven his ability to work on highest standards in years of playing woodwinds in the most successful tv-music-formats in germany.

Interview with Axel's Woodwindroom

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

  2. A: Being creative, giving some "handmade flair" to recordings

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

  4. A: Listen to sample recordings first. Don't be afraid to ask horn-related questions. Not everybody is familiar with these instruments.

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

  6. A: I grew up in a jazzy family. Started with clarinet at the age of 6. Sax at the age of 13. Became singer-songwriter-guitarist at the age of 16. Studied jazz-saxophone. Founded an artist & booking agency. Began touring & recording woodwinds on a professional level in 2004 up to now.

  7. Q: How would you describe your style?

  8. A: soulful, melodic, warm

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

  10. A: in terms of brass / woodwind recordings: if you want horns to sound powerful and rich in pop-productions, the players have to play with less dynamic and louder in the studio than they would usually do when playing live. You won't get this "natural compression" with any plugin...

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

  12. A: First of all: let's chat! Most important is to understand what you want. The next question is: "Who writes the hornparts?" Has an arranger written something or do you want me to come up with the arrangement or is it just a quick and easy melody that needs no sheetmusic or proper arrangement. When these questions have been answered, I would do a quick sample-recording, so we can decide about style, sound, microphone a.s.o. and after having figured that out, I would start to track and send you the files as soon as possible.

  13. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  14. A: My room is small and very dry. No bass issues. No present room tone. For recording woodwinds in 99% I use my AEA R84 ribbon with the AEA RPQ500 ribbon preamp. Another option is my Sennheiser MD441 or my AKG 414. I can record between 44.1 - 196khz. You get raw wav-files. If desired, I offer to export my tracks with EQ & compression (using the Slate Plugins).

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

  16. A: To me good music is a mixture between heart, stomach and brain. To evoke emotions, the heart and stomach have to be triggered. This is what I love about good pop & rock music. In jazz the brain often becomes more important. I love music and artists that offer both. I like it, when it maintains some dirt. To name a few: John Scofield, Charlie Winston, Bon Iver, Regina Spektor, Beck, Tom Waits. From a production point of view, I do like to work clean and polished though, if the genre needs this.

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

  18. A: Most of the time I record horns as overdubs when the basic tracks of a production are already done. That can mean a simple solo or melody track or a complete hornsection. Often producers or artists are not familiar with the possibilities (woodwind, brass, mixed, unison, polyphone, close miked, soft and breathy, loud with a lot overtones ...), so I often try to give examples, of what could be a good fit for the song / score. If a complete mixed brass & woodwind hornpart is desired, I can offer writing, arranging, hiring further musicians. We even can come to your studio to track the parts.

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

  20. A: I have been co-writing and recording the woodwind parts for Germany's No.1 TV-music-show "Sing meinen Song" which is in it's 7th season now, having released 14 albums (some of which gained platin & gold status) and more than 350 songs.

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

  22. A: I just finished this years season of "Sing meinen Song" (german music TV show) which will ne broadcast over the next 8 weeks.

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

  24. A: I am NOT a trumpet or trombone player. So I (myself) cannot offer a complete hornsection for 200€. I can offer a quick hornsection-recording with pro players on short notice though.

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

  26. A: Can you give me an example / track / song / snippet that you would like my performance to sound like?

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

  28. A: all of you :)

  29. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  30. A: Understanding of multiple musical genres, quick workflow, years of studio-experience

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

  32. A: melody, liveliness, warmth

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

  34. A: mostly pop, rock, jazz recordings for artists/bands but also theatre and film music productions

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

  36. A: Tenorsax, my ribbon mic, interface, laptop, sunglasses

  37. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  38. A: Nowadays I would go 99% digital since the workflow is much better. If working analog, there must be a strict reason why and a straight workflow and no mix revisions.

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Gear Highlights
  • AEA R84 Ribbon Microphone
  • AEA RPQ500 Preamp
  • Sennheiser MD441
  • Sennheiser MD541
  • AKG C414
  • AMT LS Sax Mic
  • AMT WS Clarinet Mic
  • AMT TA2 Bari & Soprano Mic
  • Rumberger Clarinet Mic
  • Neumann KH120
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