Joel Henry

Drum Tracks/Session Drums

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Live drum tracks, remote or local in the Atlanta area.

Hello, my name is Joel. I'm here to do live drum tracks for your project. What I'm offering is:

An original performance recorded through quality equipment. I will record without eq, or dynamics controls to allow you, or your engineer, max flexibility when it comes to mixing.

Multi-mic'd setup, 8 channels through vintage API clones, and 2 through vintage Neve clones, which we can run clean or hot for character. The remaining channels go through onboard pres. I usually close mic each shell, set up the overheads as a spaced pair, and double mic the kick and snare (in/out & top/bottom). I am willing to re-arrange as needed.

The interface itself is a MOTU 828es, great A/D conversion.
For mics I have the world famous SA57 on the snare - top and bottom. The top is a ZenPro modded unit with a T58 transformer.
Beta 56A's for each tom.
A Beta 52A inside the kick.
A WA-47jr (U47FET clone) outside the kick.
And, WA-251's (ELA M 251 clones) for overheads.

The drums are Yamaha. 100% maple shells.
22″ Kick, 14×5″ maple or 13×6″ oak snare, 10, 12, 13, 14, & 16″ toms, and a bunch of Sabian cymbals (HHX & AAX)

Send me a note through the contact button above.

Interview with Joel Henry

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

  2. A: An album for my band and an EP for a couple side projects.

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

  4. A: In a past life, I was an exterminator, I've been a full time drummer for a year now, though I've been drumming for over 20 years.

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

  6. A: Dave Grohl, or well, anyone really. Dave just seems like a wholesome dude.

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

  8. A: Always be recording 🤷 I can't tell you how many times I've come up with awesome stuff in the moment, then couldn't remember it by the time the jam was over.

  9. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  10. A: I'm currently recording in a 480 sq ft treated tracking room, with a seperated control room (also treated). Running a Motu 828es and an Ultralite AVB interface connected to eachother through ethernet. I'm using Logic-X on a late '14 Mac mini i7 with maxed out ram. I have 14 total mic inputs up and running so far, 8 channels through vintage API clones (WA412), 2 through vintage Neve clones (HA73), and the remaining 4 channels through the onboard pres. I also have 2 dedicated TS inputs, and I have about 4 more line in's available that I plan on getting pre's for down the road.

  11. Q: How would you describe your style?

  12. A: Straight forward, a little heavy handed, somewhat technical.

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

  14. A: Metal, heavy rock, rock, alternative.

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

  16. A: Thomas Haake, Josh Freese, Dave Grohl, Chris Adler.

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

  18. A: Drum work. Recording.

Terms Of Service

Multi tracked live drums, without eq/dynamics, to be mixed by you or your engineer. 3 day avg. turn around (depending on revisions), 3 revisions, rush on request.

GenresSounds Like
  • Dave Grohl
  • Chris Adler
Gear Highlights
  • Motu 828es interface
  • vintage clone preamps
  • Shure and Warm mics
  • Yamaha maple drums
  • Sabian cymbals.
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