Ryan Bair

Drummer | Vocalist

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I provide raw (or produced) 12-track acoustic drums with optional midi triggering; electronic drums (2 channel L&R and midi). I also provide lead and backing vocals - Recorded in an acoustically treated room - Spent 6 years performing 6 nights a week at 5 star hotels throughout Asia and the Middle East - Now playing professionally in Nashville,TN

Microphone signals travel into a Soundcraft EFX8 mixer (for warmth) > Direct out into a Phonic Helix Board 18 interface > MacBook Pro. Simple set-up, sounds fantastic.

Acoustic track list:
Kick Inside (Shure Beta 91A)
Kick Outside (Sennheiser e902)
Snare (Audix i5)
Toms 1-5 (Sennheiser e604 on Toms 1-4, Samson Q Kick on Tom 5)
Overhead L&R (Audio-Technica AT 2050)
Hi Hat & Ride (Samson CO2)
Drummer in-ear mix (mix will have original track, click, + drums to be used as reference)
** Midi triggering also available for all drums

Electronic track list:
Main L
Main R

Acoustic Drums
Slingerland Studio King
8,10,12,14,16" Toms
18x22" Kick
5.5x14" Snare
4x14" Piccolo Snare

Other Snares:
6.5x14" 1980 Slingerland Sound King (Brass Shell)
6.5x14" 1940 Ludwig & Ludwig Standard (3 ply Maple)
5x14" 1968 Ludwig Acrolite (Aluminum)
5.5x14" Jeff Ocheltree "Heavy Metals" (Carbon Steel)

Hi Hats:
15" Paiste 2002 (Warm)
15" Zildjian A Mastersound (Natural)
15" Zildjian A Custom Mastersound (Bright)

20" Zildjian A Light
20" Zildjian A Ping
20" Zildjian K
22" Zildjian K

17" Zildjian A Custom Fast
18" Zildjian A Custom Projection
14" Zildjian K Custom Fast
16" Zildjian K Dark
17" Zildjian K Custom Dark
18" Zildjian K Custom Dark

8" Zildjian A Custom

18" Zildjian Oriental

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2 Reviews

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  1. Review by Thomas James Scott
    by Thomas James Scott

    Ryan came to my attention from a referral a few weeks prior and has been indispensable for my current projects via means of remote recording. Fantastic value for money and I was super impressed with the drum tracks he sent back. Timing, timbre & feel have been superb covering all genres sent over in my brief. No editing, quantising was needed whatsoever, and furthermore he sent me 3-4 different full takes to choose from which was incredibly helpful.

    A fantastic drummer and clearly a safe pair of hands for any musician wanting outsourced session recording/mixing etc!

    Many thanks, Tom

  2. Review by Kerrie Stirling
    by Kerrie Stirling

    Ryan has been remotely recording drum tracks for my new original music, and has made this difficult process easy and enjoyable. He is dedicated to help make the songs as good as they can be, staying in constant communication and offering creative suggestions without over playing or losing sight of what I am going for sound and style wise.

    Ryan has a great set up and along his vast musical knowledge is able to record drums for any genre while keeping a very professional attitude throughout the whole process.

Interview with Ryan Bair

  1. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  2. A: Both - why have one when you can have both

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

  4. A: What vibe are you going for with this tune? Is there a particular drum sound you're after? Could you please send a song that you like that sounds similar so that I have a better idea of what outcome you'd like to achieve?

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

  6. A: Please be specific in exactly what you want. I prefer a client be too specific than not enough. I want you to be satisfied because this is your tune, I'm just here to serve and help you get there.

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

  8. A: Kick, Snare, Hi Hat, Crash/Ride, Kick Pedal... maybe I can find a log to use as a throne. If not, I'll play standing up.

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

  10. A: I began playing drums before the age of 5 and it became my goal to become a professional musician at the age of 16.

  11. Q: How would you describe your style?

  12. A: Rock, Blues, Country, Pop, Soul, Reggae

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

  14. A: Eric Clapton - always been a big fan, love his tones.

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

  16. A: Get the best possible sound going in and pay close attention to the levels for the best sound in the end result.

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

  18. A: I have a very eclectic taste in music and enjoy working on many things. However, the majority of the work I end up getting is in the classic rock, blues, country fields.

  19. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  20. A: My strongest skill is understanding song structures; knowing when to step it up and when to lay it back.

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

  22. A: I'm a self-less musician. I'm going to do what I think will best serve your song, while also taking direction and your tastes into utmost consideration. My goal is for everyone to be overly satisfied with the tracks that I provide and I give 110% when it comes to accomplishing that.

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

  24. A: I'm a visual learner. I chart the structure of every song out on paper. I believe it's important for the drummer to outline and send a musical "cue" to the changes in a song, and this is the best way for me to consciously make it happen.

  25. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  26. A: Microphones > SoundCraft EFX 8 Analog Mixer Direct Out > Phonic Helix Board 18 Firewire > MacBook Pro > Logic Pro X

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

  28. A: I'm inspired by anything and everything that is appropriate and speaks to the meaning and direction of the song.

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

  30. A: Live acoustic and electronic drum tracks, lead and backing vocals, mixing engineer

Ryan Bair Live Drumming Medley

I was the live drummer, medley arranger, recording and mixing engineer in this production

Terms Of Service

I provide 3 quality takes per song. Turn-around time: 2-5 days. One revision per song. Midi drum triggering w/ acoustic tracks add $20/song. Produced acoustic tracks add $30/song.

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