Tom DuPree III

Session Drummer / Producer

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Hi. I'm Tom, and I am a session drummer & producer. I have delivered high-quality online drum tracks and remote production to satisfied clients on every continent. Together, we can bring your record to life. Let's make something awesome!

I have been a music lover for as long as I can remember, and I have been fortunate enough to call my passion my career for over a decade. Everything about making records, I love. From producing and songwriting to art direction and branding, if it is part of the process, I'm in.

A quick highlight of some of my pertinent professional achievements: I've been signed to Lava / Universal Republic Records by industry legend Jason Flom, recorded with Josh Abraham, Ryan Williams, & Chris Lord-Alge and drummed for, toured with, and/or band led on behalf of artists on Atlantic and Warner Bros. Records. I have performed for crowds ranging from one to 30,000, sharing the stage with some of the highest-selling acts in modern music along with some of the best musicians in the world. And I have produced, mixed, and played on hundreds of recordings to date.

I aim to provide excellent communication and pay strict attention to detail. And I will do all I can to make sure you get exactly what you want for your project.

Send me an email through 'Contact' button above and I'll get back to you asap.

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  1. Review by Assaad Z.
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    Tom is an awesome drummer! A very musical drummer, with a deep sense of pocket. The grooves just always sit and complement the song perfectly.

  2. Review by Jeff I.
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    Just wrapped final song with TDIII on a full scale record. What an incredible experience this has been. I have been able to work with Tom across great distances and he has always been incredibly on top of his game. What an honour to say I have TDIII's incredible drums on my record!

  3. Review by Peter Kuperschmid / Petey Mix
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    Read my last reviews. Bottom line is Tom is a total pro and has played on most of my album! Great music sense, easy to work with, amazing drum performance and sounds.

  4. Review by Jeff I.
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    I think the main reason I enjoy working with Tom DuPree III is that aside from his inspiring drumming skills, he makes me a better musician. I am forced to step up my game and improve my guitar tracks after receiving his drum tracks. Tom's playing helps moves my song's rhythm sections from Black and White to 10K ULTRA HD Color.

  5. Review by Nick Scallorn
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    Tom, as always, is amazing, fun to work with, and has a great ear for every song that we work on together. Approaching it not from a static view point, but coming up with new and interesting ways to serve each individual song.

  6. Review by Peter Kuperschmid / Petey Mix
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    Tom is one of the best drummers I know. He is also a very talented producer / engineer. He has recorded many tracks on my new record and they all are amazing!! He gives you several takes, and tons of tracks!! Love this guy!

  7. Review by Arild G.
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    Tom did a amazing job and gave me exactly what i wanted, plus so much more. Communication was great and fast, the delivery was on time and the sound quality was of first class. I am looking forward to the next song and i will no longer look for any other drummer than Tom.

  8. Review by Brian W.
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    The current song Tom is helping me with is a little challenging because it isn't exactly a 'standard' kind of song. Because Tom provides multiple takes, I have more options in the studio. Tom also includes additions or adjustments after the fact to get the soup just right. SO easy to work with on a song like this one.

  9. Review by Jeff I.
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    TDIII is the best virtual band member I have ever had the pleasure of working for. Thanks to Tom I am able to have perfectly recorded drums on my record. Tom's style, ability to interpret and level of professionalism and communication make this so easy. TDIII is adding a sound to my record I previously thought would be impossible to acquire.

  10. Review by Anmol B.
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    He has done it again. And I will still work with him in future. 5 stars again.

  11. Review by Assaad Z.
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    Groove, pocket and musicality is where it's at!
    That is what you are going to get from Tom.
    Excellent drummer

  12. Review by Brian W.
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    Again, great stuff from Tom - if I had to define what I consider a perfect person to work with on songs, Mr. Dupree is IT! Planning on going to him for finishing up my demo/album, and, based on what he's provided as a drummer, might even look to have him apply his production skills to the final product.

  13. Review by Nick Scallorn
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    Tom has an amazing ability to take a song to new and interesting places during the production process. Instead of simply adding instruments until the song is full, Tom really focuses on the best way for the song to be put down on tape and in that process pulls great performances from players and is an awesome collaborator. Fantastic drummer as well

  14. Review by Brian W.
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    Tom's work on my song was great! Everything tight, nice variation and transitions, and having three drum takes to work with is REALLY a bonus in terms of giving me flexibility in arranging, editing, and mixing.

  15. Review by Steve L.
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    Tom is a powerhouse. Unbelievable drummer, really versatile and great at taking direction. On top of that he records his kit like a fucking pro, couldn't sound any better. My favourite drummer on the planet.

  16. Review by Assaad Z.
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    Tom was on point with the brief, he executed the job ahead of time and his performance served the songs perfectly. Excellent communication. What a nice dude and great drummer.
    Thats what Im talking about!

  17. Review by Anmol B.
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    He is very nice as a person and is excellent in his work. One of the best in soundbetter.

  18. Review by Cleo Kaerf
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    Great work, done fast. Knows how to rock n' roll. Highly recommended.

  19. Review by Jeff I.
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    Mr. DuPree III is a true definition of what makes Soundbetter amazing. Having the ability to have Tom's incredible drumming on my album is nothing short of spectacular. Tom is bringing a foundation to my music that simply was not there before.

  20. Review by Camilo Silva F. Mastering
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    Working with tom is such a nice experience ! He's a terrific mixer, mastering his mixes is a really smooth and straightforward process and it's a lot of fun. Regarding communication, better would be impossible ! Clear, quick, prompt and courteous. What else can you ask for ? Five stars and more if i could !

  21. Review by Saad
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    Tom is an extremely talented percussionist and easy to work with. Gave me with three different takes to choose from! I can't wait to collaborate with him again!

  22. Review by Jeff I.
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    TDIII is one of my favourite people to work with in music. He is so fluent and so versatile and totally gets what I'm trying to do. He is so fast, so professional and so good! He is a true asset to this community!

  23. Review by Michael C.
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    Top quality work, very quick to respond and happy to make adjustments. Great drumming too!

  24. Review by Nick Scallorn
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    Love working with Tom, he's a great producer and gives fantastic direction! We've worked on several genres together so far and he's been able to knock it out of the park each time.

  25. Review by Joel K.
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    Tom is an amazing guy and a great artist. He is super nice and sincerely interested in getting you the results you want. A phenomenal drummer with great instincts, his contributions to my album (every song has him on the drums) has enriched and elevated the songs beyond measure. I can't thank him enough.

  26. Review by Anmol B.
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    Second Track done and is sounding great. Tom is the best in what he does. He is a great dummer , mix engineer and producer .

  27. Review by Nick Scallorn
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    Tom yet again has done a wonderful job and brings creativity and professionalism to the work place. Constantly setting myself and everyone else involved up for success. Thanks Tom!

  28. Review by Steve L.
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    Best drummer I've worked with, a pro, an absolute killer player and a lovely guy.

  29. Review by Sharco I.
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    If you want that all American 8 cylinder groove engine for your music, or if you want to transform your bedroom demos to professional radio ready songs with a solid rhythm section, then Tom is your guy! You get top notch industry standard results at a fraction of the cost & you are going to be amazed & inspired by what you're going to get!

  30. Review by Joe Dickey
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    I really enjoyed working with Tom! He was very clear about what he wanted for his project and works very efficiently. I look forward to collaborating with him again in the future!

  31. Review by Masoud B.
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    Excellent Drummer. Excellent Sound Engineer. Excellent Mix on a not so easy song. Thanks for the great work.

  32. Review by Fabrizio Selli
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    Working with Tom has been an awesome experience, he is really a top producer!

  33. Review by Rafael E.
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    Once again Tom never ceases to amaze me! It's a pleasure working with him. And I will definitely work with him again. Thanks again Tom!

  34. Review by Jeff I.
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    Thanks to TDIII, my project has taken on a whole new feel, vibe, and color. In a nutshell, working with Tom is like working with the top translator at the United Nations. Drumming is not my background yet Tom is able to translate everything I say into his very fluent and advanced language of Drumming. I am so stoked to finish this project!

  35. Review by Masoud B.
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    Another live drums by Tom. Excellent takes. Excellent drummer. I will be back for more songs.

  36. Review by Doug Geikie
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    Tom always exceeds expectations. Really enjoy working with him. A++

  37. Review by Anmol B.
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    Easy to work with .. Excellent work ..

  38. Review by Mark Z.
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    Tom did it again - excellent parts that added a lot of flavor to our tune. Additionally, I made a rather large mistake by accidentally sending Tom the wrong version of the song, which he ended up tracking to. When I realized the mistake, Tom didn't point fingers. He was very understanding and focused on the solution. Great musician. Great guy!

  39. Review by Masoud B.
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    First time I work with Tom. I'm glad I did. Excellent work. Excellent takes and very smooth drum takes. He sends different takes also to choose from. I'm coming back for more songs Tom. Excellent musician.

  40. Review by Rob L.
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    Tom was great to work with on my tracks. His musicianship is on point for his drum skills to serve the songs and breath life into them. I will definitely be going back to Tom for future tracks!

  41. Review by Ron F.
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    I submitted an original song to Tom as an experiment to compare my "programmed drums" to his real drum playing. The improvement is astonishing. In addition to fulfilling my specific requests he added many intricate and catchy hi-hat /cymbal ride parts.. and lot's of clever drum beats between chorus / verse parts. EXCELLENT! Elevated my song!

  42. Review by Craig K.
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    Great quality and quick turn around. Highly recommended. Thanks Tom!

  43. Review by JJ N.
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    Another 5 Star Rating! Thank you Tom!

  44. Review by Mark Z.
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    Tom did it again - this time in a completely different genre than our previous job. He displayed a great feel for parts and was extremely professional in working with us to dial in exactly what we needed. Very responsive and fast. Tom is our go-to guy for drums!

  45. Review by gary a.
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    Tom is great to work with ! I chose Tom because of his range of styles and asked him to incorporate a pop/rock style into his drumming for a country pop song. I was able to give him some general guidance on what I was looking he interpreted it perfectly into the tracks he sent me. Great quality tracks made mixing easy .

  46. Review by Palmer
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    It was a real pleasure to be able to work with Tom inside his studio. Tom is a true professional, with a top notch studio. I was able to come in and record vocals with ease, and comfort! I will be recording with Tom again very soon!

  47. Review by Jeff I.
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    Tom is simply superb. He has an acute sensibility to provide EXACTLY what the song needs. He is fast, professional, and very patient. I highly recommend TDIII.

  48. Review by Scott B.
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    Tom did an outstanding version of a Led Zeppelin song for me. Accurate and fast! Highly recommend!

  49. Review by Ryan B.
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    Thanks again for another Great drum track Tom. I have been reading some of your reviews, hmmm, what can I say that hasn't been said....hmmm...Hey I know, when I finally start that band again, I know who I want as my drummer lol. Good work bud.

  50. Review by Ben M.
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    Tom is an exceptionally epic musician and a Musical Genius King while being super humble and ultra helpful. Tom will bring you musical magic with a smile and he is extremely kind, considerate, thoughtful, and most importantly amazingly passionate about making the best music possible. Tom gives maximum effort, total focus, and phenomenal support.

  51. Review by Ryan B.
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    Go Tom! Professional, talented, polite, all round super dude. Thanks for the great drum track bud.

  52. Review by Nick Scallorn
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    Tom is a great producer who regardless of the genre is always able to bring out the best in not only the artist but the performers as well. He understands where a song needs to go and takes it there while explaining his creative intentions to those around him. He understands what makes a song enjoyable and is able to replicate it. Highly Recommend.

  53. Review by Nick Scallorn
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    Tom is a great drummer who always delivers professional, creative, and tasteful tracks. He is a very fast while still maintaining precision and thoroughness is his work. His ability to work with the artist or producer is paramount and streamlines the work flow. Highly Recommend.

  54. Review by Bill I.
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    Tom Dupree III KNOWS how to record drums, on top of having incredible timing. ive futzed around with more then a few drummers online, this guy works with you not against you. he has no ego to boost he just wants to do whats best for you. his cymbals come out so clean, all his tracks do. never have to 'fix' a thing. hes the guy you are looking for

  55. Review by Jeff I.
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    Tom is psychic...I'm convinced now. He is able to interpret my song and play exactly what I need with the perfect amount of emotion. He is super patient, very helpful and fun to work with. His drums provide an inspiring foundation.

  56. Review by Cameron Ryan
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    Tom is a great drummer and very musical. He developed the drum ideas I had to really fit my song. Thank you!

  57. Review by Chris B.
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    Such a great drummer! He gives his all to make sure the drums are the best they can be!

  58. Review by Mark Z.
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    Tom killed it! True professional and great guy to work with - I'm sure this is the first of many collaborations. Couldn't be happier with what Tom contributed!

  59. Review by Bruno Migliari, 8VB Studio
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    Tom is a talented drummer and excellent producer. I had a great time working with him and would love to do it again. He's quick, objective and very musical. Communication was a breeze and I had room to be creative. I strongly recommend Tom, both as a producer and session drummer. His groove is so solid you can set your watch by it.

  60. Review by Austin H.
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    Tom created exactly what I told him to. He exceeded my expectations and I am definitely going to use him again

  61. Review by Chris B.
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    Again, Tom hit it out the park! Super drummer and great guy, does his absolute best to give you the perfect drum track for the song.

  62. Review by Steve L.
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    Tom is an amazing musician and a really nice guy to work with, the sound of his recordings were incredible. Really couldn't recommend him highly enough!

  63. Review by JJ N.
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    9th song with Tom and he nailed it!!!

  64. Review by gary
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    Did real nice job and on a quick turn around

  65. Review by Chris B.
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    Awesome guy to work with, fantastic results!

  66. Review by James M.
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    Tom is a class act, both on the drums and in general. He performs an elite professional service in a timely manner, and is a pleasure to deal with. We've worked together twice so far, and I'm sure there'll be plenty more collaboration in the future.

  67. Review by Michael C.
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    Another great set of drum tracks from Tom! He was quick to respond with a small adjustment when asked, too. Professional and easy to work with.

  68. Review by Doug Geikie
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    Tom is very quick and professional! Really enjoyed hearing what he did! A++

  69. Review by Michael C.
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    Tom delivered 3 great drum tracks, was fast and professional and I look forward to working with him more.

  70. Review by Sherriff C.
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    Tom is excellent and 100% professional powerful drummer. He is able to catch my idea and follow my preferred style to provide drum tracks. He also provided many additional tracks for me to select during the final mixing. If you are looking for a drummer, Tom is 100% a REAL DEAL. One of the best musician ! A+++++ Thanks again Tom !

  71. Review by JJ N.
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    As usual Tom hooked it up! Thank you Tom!!!

  72. Review by Øyvind B.
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    Amazing work!

  73. Review by Jeff I.
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    I think Tom is actually a psychic who happens to play drums, and play them expertly. Tom has the uncanny ability to read my mind and play exactly what I was hearing in my head. The hardest part truly is deciding which of Tom's tracks to use! He is very patient and always takes the time to make my songs come alive!

  74. Review by Carl Culley
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    Worked incredibly quickly & gave me exactly what I needed for the track. Super impressed!

  75. Review by JJ N.
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    Tom just nailed another 3 songs for me! I think I've done around 7 songs with him and it's been such a great experience! Thank you Tom!!!

  76. Review by JJ N.
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    Highly recommended! He's always on point and he gives you 3 amazing takes!

  77. Review by JJ N.
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    Tom did exactly what I needed and his drums sound fantastic! He has such a great sense of rhythm and feel. He is a pleasure to work with and an amazing drummer!

  78. Review by Bill I.
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    I was really nervous coming to Tom for drums, because Ive heard so much hype before and gotten really crappy takes, or really bad recordings. This couldnt have gone smoother, I clearly have a new go to guy, as this guy is on point! I love what I got and I love the recording quality, what more could you ask for! oh yeah, impeccable timing!

  79. Review by Harold G.
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    Great musician, great guy, great communication,always creates great sounding drum tracks I'm happy with. Takes my ideas up a notch. Will work with again.

  80. Review by Jeff I.
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    Tom DuPree III is a national treasure on this site. Here's what my experience is like: I have a song. I send it to Tom. Tom inputs the song into his supercomputer brain and delivers exactly the right feel...the right groove...and the hardest part is choosing which take to use!

  81. Review by Rich W.
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    Tom was an absolute pleasure to work with! Communication was a breeze and he delivered the 3 drum takes with quick turnaround. Tom's playing has a great groove and he brought some great creativity to my track.

    I will definitely be working with Tom on some future tracks!

  82. Review by Cameron R.
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    If you're wondering who to hire to play drums on your tune, hire Tom!! This dude is a seriously musical drummer, and extremely professional. Will definitely be working with him more in the future!

  83. Review by Joey V.
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    Tom was great to work with! I asked him for a last minute job and he delivered in record time with several different options for me to choose from. He was a pleasure to work with and I'm looking forward to working with him again on future projects.

    Great setup and sound was stunning!

  84. Review by Harold G.
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    Always great to work with, professional, great communication, will work with again.

  85. Review by Sharco I.
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    Tom is a top notch and versatile drummer, specially if you need hard hitting rock drumming. He’s got great attitude and amazing communication skills. Turnaround time is quick and costs are very affordable. If you want great pocket, tone, technique, and style, then Tom is your guy. I couldn’t be happier. Highly recommended!

  86. Review by Andi Rock
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    I got 3 killer takes back the same day I sent payment. He nailed exactly what I wanted right away in regards to both the groove / timing and sound / style. Will be using him as my go-to session drummer.

  87. Review by Marin B.
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    Once again I got some insanely good drum tracks for my song! Tom is just an incredible drummer and without a doubt one of the best professionals I've met on SoundBetter so far. Your tracks can only benefit from his input.

  88. Review by Joey S.
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    Tom has done 3 songs for me and all of them have sounded so good. I mean wow I cant believe how good your drums make my song sound good. I plan on working with again and hopefully soon.Tom is definitely a top level pro in my book.

  89. Review by Alan L.
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    Tom recorded multitracked drums for a rock song I am working on. He worked from my guide track and made the performance work really well with the song. He also provided three takes so I could comp the perfect drum track. Thanks man!

  90. Review by Oliver M.
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    Again, stand out drum tracks, who filled out my music with life

  91. Review by JJ N.
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    I spent hours trying to find the best drummer on the site... and I quickly figured out... Tom is the most skillful/most professional drummer available.

  92. Review by JJ N.
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    Tom is one of the most professional musicians I've worked with. He came up with exactly what I wanted. He gave me 3 incredible takes and the rest is history!
    Thank you so much Tom!

  93. Review by Jordan E.
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    A great drummer with a good sounding recording setup. I came to him with a song but with just programmed drums and told him to do what sounded good. He came back with something that really completed the song. Plenty of mics with all the essentials covered, and fast turn around. He also went the extra effort of mapping the parts onto the wav stems

  94. Review by Peter Kuperschmid / Petey Mix
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    Tom is an amazing musician / drummer. He has a great ear and knows how to play for the song. The audio files he provides sound great! He is now in my band!! (Even if he doesnt know it) :) As I said in my last review.....This Guy!

  95. Review by Oliver M.
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    Such an amazing talent, Great service, very quick turnaround.
    I will definitely work with Tom again, I could not imagine anyone better for my songs. ******

  96. Review by Joey S.
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    All I can say is that Tom is gifted and delivered big time. Drums sounded absolutely fantastic.

  97. Review by Harold G.
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    Exellent Drummer! More than I expected, beyond the price i payed. Quality tracks, great professionalism. 3 different ideas hard to choose, all great! Would love to work with again. Thank You!

  98. Review by Matt G.
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    Tom was a pleasure to work with--great communication, quick delivery, and even another take when I asked for a different type of sound. Highly recommended and I hope to work with him again!

  99. Review by Jeff I.
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    I think Tom is psychic because he seems to inherently know exactly what I want for my songs. His approach to playing the drums is inspiring me to take a much closer look at my songs. Re-tracking has never been so much fun before.

  100. Review by Jeff I.
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    Ok, let me put it this way, Tom provided platinum level service and made this tracking process EFFORTLESS. Tom is patient, a superb communicator and played drums in a way on my song that I was inspired to re-track my guitars and bass to match his killer groove. I am so grateful that Tom is part of my project!

  101. Review by Rawlins J.
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    Great working with Tom, excellent drummer with nice chops!!!!

  102. Review by Justin H.
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    Great musician, great communication, and very fast turn around. Highly recommended!!! He does NOT disappoint. Seriously raised the bar on project.

  103. Review by Peter Kuperschmid / Petey Mix
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    This Guy! Simple as that!

  104. Review by Juan V.
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    Tom is the most amazing drummer I've ever met. He keeps surprising me with incredible drum tracks that end up evolving my song, and influencing the remaining instruments to create a much better overall project. Very creative and professional. He completely nailed it with the initial three takes. You made my day again, thank you very much Tom!

  105. Review by Marin B.
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    Once again, Tom delivered an incredible performance!

  106. Review by David M.
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    Awesome drummer. Listened thoroughly to what I wanted and then delivered. Also, cut me an awesome deal for doing multiple songs with him. A definite dedicated pro. Thanks again Tom.

  107. Review by Juan V.
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    Working with Tom was an absolute pleasure. The quality of his work was stunning. He ensured I was 100% happy with the results, and even went beyond and delivered over expectations.

    I'll definitely reach out to him for my next projects, since the songs wouldn't be the same without him on the drums.

  108. Review by Øyvind B.
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    Great :)

  109. Review by David M.
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    Tom is will give the result you're looking for. Just like any musical relationship, you have to be patient and understand the other person might not know exactly what you're looking for or feel your groove right away. Give Tom the chance and he'll take the time to understand your song and drum the heart out of it. Thanks for a rockin' drum track!

  110. Review by Bruce C.
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    Brilliant experience working with Tom. He is professional, service-oriented, friendly and knows his stuff as his mix of the drums I outsourced came out sounding slick and professional. Will use him again on future projects.

  111. Review by Josh Stewart
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    What can I say, Tom was super easy to work with, I look forward to working with him again soon!

  112. Review by Chris F.
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    Once again, Tom has worked his drum magic, we couldn't be happier and will be lining up track 3 shortly to finish our new EP. Do your music a favour and book Tom Dupree III

  113. Review by Chris F.
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    Tom DuPree III is our new hero!
    We had struggled with Local drummers and couldn't find anyone with the vision or talent to help us finish our tracks, but once we signed up to SoundBetter and found Tom everything changed.
    Tom gave us the drums we couldn't get anywhere else, totally professional and right on the click...A true star...Thanks Tom

  114. Review by irene b.
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    It is always a pleasure to work with Tom!
    This time he mixed some drums for me. Nice !
    His Presence,always positive & ready to go : )
    I love it!

    Irene

  115. Review by Marin B.
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    It was an absolute pleasure working with Tom. He is a fantastic drummer and he pays great attention to detail in order to deliver exactly what you need. His drum tracks sound absolutely amazing and your tracks can greatly benefit from his drumming and mixing experience.

  116. Review by Andrew L.
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    Tom is a really natural drummer with a great sense of time and what the song needs. He is now my drummer of choice.

  117. Review by irene b.
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    I will have to say that Tom
    Is very proffesional !
    He is So Easy to work with !
    And a Good Drummer !
    ; )
    Hi five

  118. Review by Andrew L.
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    Awesome drummer and nice guy. Had the drums recorded in only a few hours.

  119. Review by irene b.
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    It is easy to work with Tom !
    He is really professional,helpful & on time !
    And a great drummer of course !

    Irene ( Norway )

  120. Review by irene b.
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    I`ve just started to play with Tom in Cyberspace
    He`s a cool guy & a very good Drummer !
    Easy to get in touch with , correct ,nice : )

    On time !
    Cheers from Norway ..irene

  121. Review by Assaad Z.
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    After the first 2 songs I did with Tom, there was no other person to play on my latest record. Trust me I have recorded & played with some serious names (not gonna name drop) who also did an amazing job! But Tom to me is on another level in terms of musicality and professionalism. He saw my vision right on, and he is a monster drummer who also records some of the best sounding drums in my opinion.

  122. Review by Matt L.
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    I knew Joel when he was 14 and lived up the street from me. This amazing kid playing bass, then didn't see him for a few years. Met up again later and he sang "Easy like Sunday Morning" with such a voice and feeling I feared up. Glad to see he's done well. Great family too.

  123. Review by Anmol B.
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    Great Drummer and Producer. Excellent communication and very creative.

  124. Review by Roscoe W
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    Tom did exactly what I wanted and gave me three awesome takes to choose from. His experience and level of professionalism was exactly what I want when working with someone. I appreciated his effort and talents on this song. Fast turnaround and easy to work with. He get's it!

  125. Review by Rafael E.
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    Tom is amazing to work with. He was attentive and contributed to my song passionately. He's a perfect piece for the puzzle! This wont be the last time I work with him!

  126. Review by Palmer
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    When it comes to drummers, Tom is as solid as they come! While having incredible timing, Tom takes direction very well. He is also a very creative player, and he knows how to get just the right drum sounds for each song. Great person, great talent, and he gets it done quickly! I look forward to many more projects together!

  127. Review by Simone G.
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    Tom is a great musician to work with!

  128. Review by Bruno Migliari, 8VB Studio
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    I had a great time working with Tom. He's a very talented professional and objective producer, yet warm and friendly. Communication was a breeze and things went great from the get go. I strongly recommend him and hope to work with Tom again!

  129. Review by JJ N.
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    I'm not good at reviews...but I just want to thank Tom so much because he took my tracks to a level that I could have never gotten to. I didn't give him any instruction and he came through with his experience and skills to give drums that I could of only dreamed of...I recommend Tom so much and I will be working with him from now on. Thank you Tom!

  130. Review by Andrew L.
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    Great drummer and person!

  131. Review by Nick Scallorn
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    Great Working with Tom. He is very knowledgable and efficient in all aspects of his work. He can produce very creative tracks while still being able to do so in a timely fashion. Gets great drums sounds and is a pleasure to work with.

Interview with Tom DuPree III

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

  2. A: I was the drummer in a band that got signed to Lava / Universal Republic under the direction of Jason Flom. For that record, we recorded with Josh Abraham, Ryan Williams, and Chris Lord-Alge. The experience of making that album probably did more to inform me about making a great recording than anything else has in my career. It also gave me a huge boost of confidence to have guys of that level compliment my playing. I will carry that experience with me forever.

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

  4. A: I am consistently turning out multiple drum sessions and producing EPs and LPs for bands and artists in Nashville, TN.

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

  6. A: Nick Scallorn. He is an excellent guitar player and an even better guy. I work with him on an ongoing basis in my studio in Nashville and could not give him a higher recommendation.

  7. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  8. A: Oh man, both. Each for their own very different reasons. I prefer a combination of the two. A good hybrid produces great sound quality and a much more manageable workflow.

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

  10. A: I will do my very best to deliver exactly what you want and need for your project. And I will keep a consistent, open line of communication throughout the entire process.

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

  12. A: I get to do what I love for a living. And I am in charge of my own schedule. Not having to ask anyone for time off is my version of success.

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

  14. A: That because I do what I love for a living, and because I work for myself, I can do anything anytime in the middle of the work day. I am the only one responsible for the work getting done for my business, so, more often than not, I have to work twice as hard!

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

  16. A: My favorite one is, "If everything worked out perfectly and you had the career of your dreams, what would success look like for you? What kind of artist would you be?" That answer can tell you a lot about the kind of record someone wants to make.

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

  18. A: Trust your gut. If someone feels shady or doesn't get back to within a reasonable amount of time, don't work with them. There are far too many people of integrity and skill in this world to waste your time on those simply looking to turn a quick buck at your expense.

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

  20. A: Kick, snare, hi-hat, iPhone (with the Garageband App installed), and some sort of solar charger so I could keep recording stuff!

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

  22. A: This has been my career for the entirety of my professional life. Music is what I have always done in some form or fashion. I used to tour a lot more, but I have gravitated more toward the studio the longer I have been in business.

  23. Q: How would you describe your style?

  24. A: I am definitely a rock drummer, first and foremost. Groove, feel, and consistency are the most important things to me. And I mix and produce from a rock and pop perspective. No doubt about it.

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

  26. A: I think Muse would be a ton of fun to work with, or a band like them. I would love to be a part of making a record that has no rules.

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

  28. A: Less is more. Don't get bogged down in parts. It takes just as much talent to make a song huge with minimal parts as it does to create a slew of really great individual pieces.

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

  30. A: My focus is generally on rock, pop, and country. I also really enjoy working on metal but don't get to do quite as much of that as I would like.

  31. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  32. A: I do my best to be a great communicator. In my experience, the better the communication, the better the final product and the happier everyone is throughout the process.

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

  34. A: I believe I am good at helping to guide a song along its way to becoming what it wants to be. As a drummer, I try to lay a solid, consistent foundation for the band, create special moments, and accent the lead vocal. As a producer and mix engineer, my job is to make the song the most impactful version of itself that it can be.

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

  36. A: For drums, I will usually listen to the song several times through to get all of the finer points of it internalized. Then I will track 3 takes in a row and come back into the control room and review them to make sure it all works well for the song. If I am happy with the parts and performance, then I will compress and post the files to Dropbox and send the link on its way! As a producer and mix engineer, the process is more complex and varies from client to client. In a nutshell though, I do my best to communicate well and make the client as comfortable, encouraged, and inspired as possible. I believe a relaxed environment is key to making great music.

  37. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  38. A: I built my entire studio myself. It is isolated, tuned, and treated. And it is super-comfortable and vibey. It's a great place to create music. I have a big drum room with 40 channels, industry standard microphones–Sennheiser 421s, SM7bs, 57s, 81s, Fatheads, RE-20, AKG D11, some really great RME and Focusrite preamps, and I am running Logic X and Ableton Live 9. I have a great Ludwig kit and a bunch of snare drum and cymbal options as well. It's the kind of thing I've dreamt about having my entire life, and now I do!

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

  40. A: As a drummer, I draw a great deal of inspiration from Josh Freese and Kenny Aronoff, guys who have the ability to truly play for the song, and whose work has spanned many genres over the years. Like them, my goal is to be someone who can add value to any piece of music that is put in front of me. And as a producer and mix engineer, I believe Rick Rubin, Andy Wallace, Butch Vig, Butch Walker, Chris & Tom Lord-Alge, and Neal Avron are at the top of the game. If I could be put into the same category as any one of those guys, it would be an honor.

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

  42. A: The thing I do more than anything else is provide high-quality drum tracks for my clients. I have worked very hard over the years to cultivate a collection of top-notch recording gear and to hone my skills as a player, in an effort to provide the most seamless and rewarding experience possible.

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Terms Of Service

I will deliver drumming and mixing projects within five (5) business days and full productions within ten (10) business days. Three (3) revisions free of charge. Add video starting at $50 and up.

GenresSounds Like
  • Linkin Park
  • Foo Fighters
  • Rage Against The Machine
Gear Highlights
  • Ludwig Classic Maple Drums
  • Zildjian Avedis & A Custom Cymbals
  • Multiple Snare Drums
  • Cascade Fatheads
  • Sennheiser MD421s
  • EV RE20
  • AKG D112
  • Shure SM57s
  • Shure SM81s
  • Shure SM7bs
  • Focusrite & RME Preamps
  • Logic Pro X
  • 92 kHz / 24 Bit AD Conversion
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