Creative Drum Tracks

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Chris Hill on SoundBetter

I'm a session drummer, producer and sound-designer based in Berlin. I have specialized in elegant grooves, creative sound design, vintage drum tones and the organic implementation of electronics. I'm known for my genre-bending approach; expressive, dynamic and highly musical. I'm very excited to work on your next project!

I am offering drum recording sessions out of my private tracking & writing studio, THE TRACKING FARM, from where I'm able to track creative and industry-standard drum tracks in a great natural sounding and acoustically treated room - located inside a 19th century farm house.

I'm very passionate about music, recording and sound-design and and I am very fortunate to be working with a wide range of internationally acclaimed artists, producers & brands such as Alice Phoebe Lou, Kyson, Merryn Jeann, Hush Moss, Martin & James, RAS, The Ozu, YAH3, Olmo, Frank Dillane, Matteo, Indian Wells, Picsters, Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, Carla Otto, Viu Eyewear, ARD Television and many more.

At my studio, I'm constantly housing up to six different drum kits (Gretsch 60's Round Badge, Gretsch 70's Square Badge, Tama Star Walnut, Pearl 70's Wood Fiberglass et al.), a minimum of ten snare drums (including Ludwig classics Supraphonic & Acrolite) and a large assortment of Cymbals and Percussion, to sonically tailor each song to your personal preference - all recorded trough industry-standard microphones and Neve-style GAP Pre73 preamps. If needed, I am using Sunhouse Sensory Percussion or other drum programming techniques to create electronic or hybrid drum tracks. Happy to jump on a call to discuss details.

Let's create!

Click the 'Contact' above to get in touch. Looking forward to hearing from you.

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  1. Review by Francesco G.
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    Chris is a killer drummer and a pleasure to work with. Real creative approach to drumming. Very interesting ideas, punchy grooves and the recordings are top notch. Bravoo!

Interview with Chris Hill

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

  2. A: Collaboration and the people I am meeting along the way...

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

  4. A: Radiohead's producer Nigel Godrich for sure, because he has carved out a hybrid sound that I am searching for myself.

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

  6. A: It mostly oscillates between Indie Pop, Electronic Music, Singer Songwriter, HipHop & Funk/Soul and sometimes even Free Jazz. I love music.

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

  8. A: Regarding studio work, I'm very inspired by musicians who are approaching the role of the drummer more from a producer's and sounddesigner's standpoint, namely guys like Aaron Sterling, Joey Waronker, Matt Chamberlain and so on. Steve Jordan and Steve Gadd for their god-like grooves and feels. And in regards to implementing electronics, I love what Ian Chang (Son Lux) & Mason Self are doing with Sunhouse Sensory Percussion. And I love Nigel Godrich for obvious reasons :)

  9. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  10. A: Both, I try to combine best of both worlds.

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

  12. A: You're gonna be 100% satisfied.

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

  14. A: When do you need the track? Do you have reference tracks in mind?

  15. Q: How would you describe your style?

  16. A: Expressive, dynamic, highly musical

  17. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  18. A: Listening, Listening, Listening.

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

  20. A: great tones, great feel, great groove & big ears

  21. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  22. A: It's relatively simple and focused on drum tracking. I own a lot of classic drums (mainly warm & tubby old Gretsch and Ludwigs, but also quirky vintage MIJ drums and a modern hi-fi Tama Star Walnut) cymbals and all the percussion goodies, because the source for me is THE most important part of the recording chain. To capture these beautiful instruments I have invested in a professional recording chain consisting of great mics (including Coles 4038, Aston Spirit, Oktava MK 012 etc.), Neve Style GAP Pre-73 preamps and an RME Fireface for A/D conversion. My output usually consists of a roughly premixed stereo drum track as I hear it (for mixing reference) and 12-16 individual drum stems for the mixing engineer / producer. If electronics are needed, I'm either using Sunhouse Sensory Percussion to add a bit of human flavour or I am programming in Ableton Live or NI Battery. And for sound design I have a bunch of guitar pedals, a Tascam 424 Tape Machine, an OP-1 mini synth and a classic SP404 sampler. And on top of that I'm constantly searching for new sounds how I can integrate them into my rig.

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

  24. A: There are various types of sessions that I get asked to do: either my client comes in with a fully fleshed out idea of what they want and already have it programmed in a demo version and the job is to replace it with high quality and highly personalized sounds. Sometimes it's just about adding in certain percussive or sonic details to an existing rhythm track. Often the track has no rhythm track at all and we're developing in tandem and creating a hybrid between live drums, programming and percussion.

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Terms Of Service

I'll do as many revisions as needed until the producer is happy. Turnaround time is usually a few days unless I'm on tour. Percussion, programming and drums can be done in a package deal.

GenresSounds Like
  • Steve Jordan
  • Ian Chang
  • Matt Chamberlain
Gear Highlights
  • Gretsch
  • Ludwig
  • Slingerland
  • Tama
  • Yamaha
  • Istanbul
  • Paiste
  • Zildjian
  • GAP Pre73
  • DBX 160A
  • SPL TD 4
  • RME Conversion
  • Coles 4038
  • AKG
  • Aston
  • Shure
  • 12Gauge
  • Oktava
  • Cascade
  • Sunhouse
  • Logic Pro X
  • Ableton Live 9
  • Soundtoys
  • Waves
  • Goodhertz
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