Nick Soave

Session Drums Mixing/master

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Creative beats can include uniquely sampled percussion, and driving mixes to get your music heard.

Drumming for 30 years. Mixing for 15. Professional gear and a professional attitude. Want your songs to get to the next level, contact me! Sliding price scale available. If you want a quick mix or simple beat, I can get that to you more rapidly for an affordable price, and if you want an in depth mix or session recording, I can produce that as well. Also willing to work out deals if you want multiple beats, songs mixed/mastered.

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

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    I’ve been working with Nick to record an album. I highly recommend him for anyone in this process. He has a keen ear with endless amounts of knowledge to produce just the sound you are looking for!

Interview with Nick Soave

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

  2. A: Currently making an album with a new local Michigan artist named 'Fiddle Ruckus'.

  3. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  4. A: Hybrid!

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

  6. A: Drumming, recording, and mixing are literally my favorite things.

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

  8. A: Do you have a vision for the groove already? How would you overall describe the vibe you're going for on the track?

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

  10. A: I have been drumming for 30 years, 15 professionally. I have been mixing and engineering for 15 years.

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

  12. A: Mono! Spend more time producing in mono, so you can truly hear when tracks are working together. Then, once everything feels and sounds great in mono, pan your guitars, keys, backing vocals, and overheads out. Flip your mix into stereo. It's magic!

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

  14. A: I prefer to work on rock, hip-hop, jazz, folk, world. Literally anything groovy or rockin.

  15. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  16. A: My strongest skills on drums, at least the ones that set me apart, is making world and polyrhythmic grooves feel fantastic in rock, hip-hop, or nearly anything but country.

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

  18. A: I bring deep groove, and vast understanding of world and polyrhythms. My main focus on world rhythms is feel, groove, and vibe. I want to play interesting rhythms that inspire dance and movement.

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

  20. A: When recording a song, I just listen through and try and imagine the drums/percussion that I would like to hear. I will then play along to it a few times and try different ideas out to explore possibilities that may not have jumped out to me at first, but 9 out of 10 times the first beat I imagined is the one that ends up being the most fitting for the song.

  21. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  22. A: I literally work out of a fully acoustically treated tiny house. It's my studio, my kitchen, and my bedroom. I built it specifically to keep operating costs down so that I can provide quality audio at the most affordable rates possible.

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

  24. A: My favorite drummers: Danny Carey, Billy Martin, Bernard Purdie, and tons more...

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

  26. A: Creating custom drum beats for songs, commercials, and albums. Full mixing of songs or albums.

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Terms Of Service

Very limited pricing for first 5 clients. All recordings and songs come as is and additional revisions or changes can be negotiated. If you are not happy, I will make you happy, or refund you.

Gear Highlights
  • Pearl Masters
  • Several solid shell and steel snares
  • Zildjian K and A cymbals (solid variety)
  • Earthworks SR30 Overheads
  • D112 Kick
  • 57 Snare and toms
  • AKG 414 for kick thump. Focusrite Clarett 8pre.
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