Drummer, Producer and Engineer

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Kyle May on SoundBetter

Hello! My name is Kyle and I am a touring/session drummer, producer, and engineer based out of Nashville, TN.

I will remotely mix or master any song. I can edit, comp, pocket, drum replace, and tune. I can master to make your song loud and radio ready without over-compressing.

I can also record high quality drum tracks from my home studio for your song! All I need is an mp3 or wav of your song with any instruction and I will deliver tracks to you within a few short days! Recording to a metronome is preferred, but if not I will still play my best to bring your song to the next level!

Drums:
Gretsch USA Custom Drum Kit
Craviotto Ash Snare (the go-to snare)
Ludwig Black Beauty Snare (the other go-to snare)
Ludwig Acrolite Snare (classic dry sound)
Pearl Masters Maple Snare (super low and dead for the perfect "buzz" sound)
Gretsch Maple Snare w/ Walnut Hoops (awesome "crack" for pop/country)
Vintage Wood-hooped snare (has a great, dirty, wide open ring)
Meinl Byzance Cymbals
Zildjian Cymbals
Sabian Cymbals

Mics:
1. Kick (beta 52)
2. Snare Top (sennheiser 421)
3. Snare Bottom (ksm141)
4. Hi Hat (akg 451)
5. Rack Tom (ksm27)
6. Floor Tom (ksm27)
7. OH L (Coles 4038)
8. OH R (Coles 4038)
9. mono room (Neumann U87)

Mix Gear:
Mac Pro
ProTools 12
Apogee Symphony
Dunlavy Speakers
Dangerous Monitoring
Midas, API, Focusrite ISA, and Manley preamps
UAD, Waves, Soundtoys, and Izotope plugins as well as Wavelab for mastering.

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

28 Reviews - 4 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by Justin H.
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    SPOT ON...AS ALWAYS!!!

  2. Review by Justin H.
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    The best value/bang for your buck on SoundBetter! His drum set & setup sound AMAZING & top notch. He has played on over 20 of my songs, & I've never asked him to change a thing. He evaluates my notes for each project, and in turn gives EVERY SONG EXACTLY WHAT IT NEEDS! No matter what the "feel" is for your song or project Kyle will nail it. No matter the genre...Kyle will nail it! Above all, if you express all your wants & needs for your project to Kyle effectively, he will deliver...period!

  3. Review by Tony R.
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    10 STARS, The Best Experience with great communication, results that will BLOW Your MIND. A+++ and a joy to work with. Honestly, I can not say enough about Kyle's skill and the professional level of service he provides. Looking forward to many more projects with Kyle and if you can get him...HIRE HIM

  4. Review by Justin H.
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    He has done over 20 songs for me & never once have I had to ask for even a small revision.

  5. Review by Tony R.
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    This was by far the most amazing experience of my music career. Working with Kyle was A++++, a true professional that goes way beyond expectations

  6. Review by Justin H.
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    Great work no matter the genre.

  7. Review by Justin H.
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    Great addition to any song or genre!

  8. Review by Shawn S.
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    Amazing drummer, always leaves me impressed. He is an essential part of our sound these days and look forward to each new drum session.

  9. Review by Justin H.
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    Great job as always!!!

  10. Review by Justin H.
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    Great job as always.

  11. Review by Justin H.
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    Very professional in every aspect of the word!

  12. Review by Justin H.
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    I won't trust anyone else with providing my drum tracks...period!

  13. Review by Justin H.
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    Best drummer on SoundBetter!!!

  14. Review by Shawn S.
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    What a great experience! Amazing drummer, did a great job incorporating my rough drumming ideas with his exceptional talent. Added a lot of personality to my song, which is exactly what I was looking for. The top it off, his kit sounds amazing! Went beyond expectations to accommodate my unique musical style, and did so in a very timely manner. Looking forward to some more songs with him. Thanks Kyle!

  15. Review by Philip B.
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    Kyle is the absolute man. He got back to me immediately and had my authentic and real drum tracks ready to go in under 3 hours. I was so amazed at how great they turned out. I definitely hope to work with Kyle again in the future. Five stars all the way to this stud of a drummer.

  16. Review by BackBrain Audio
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    Kyle did a great job with my drum track! He's a quick and clear communicator, he followed my notes thoroughly and made sure I got exactly what I wanted out of the part. And the tracks came very quickly, which is always a plus. Highly recommended.

  17. Review by Jan V.
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    Kyle' s service is unbeatable. Great value for money ! Great drummer with obviously a lot of experience and a broad range of music he can play.
    Great comminicator as well. We will 100 % sure know where to find Kyle for the next track !!!

  18. Review by Justin H.
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    Best drummer on SoundBetter hands down! You want him for your next project & I won't work with any other drummer!

  19. Review by Justin H.
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    Kyle has played on every song I have ever written. His sound quality is amazing and he provides the best drum mixes on SoundBetter...hands down. Will work with him as many times as I possibly can moving forward!! If yo7 want a better sounding mix...pick Kyle like I have!!!

  20. Review by Justin H.
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    Best drummer on SoundBetter in my opinion. Won't go with anyone else, and I highly recommend him for your project.

  21. Review by Drew N.
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    Excellent drummer. A true pro with a great feel & sensibilities.

  22. Review by Drew N.
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    Phenomenal live drummer. Great feel + excellent recording technique.

  23. Review by Justin H.
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    Great job, and very quick. He somehow always figures out exactly what each song needs, and nails it. I won't work with any other drummer from SoundBetter...period, and why should you??? He's the real deal, and I've worked with MANY drummers here, and numerous other places as well! 5 STARS

  24. Review by Leif A.
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    I am sooooo happy for Kyle's drum playing! So cool and so much energy.. He hits the spot... I can only give Kyle roses for his work.. thanks man!

  25. Review by Justin H.
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    Great job, & great addition to my project!!!

  26. Review by Strata. Male singer.
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    Great drummer, works till youre happy thanks again :O)

  27. Review by Justin H.
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    He nailed it yet again!!! This guy amazes me more every time he joins the team. An asset to any project...period!!!!!

  28. Review by Justin H.
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    Kyle SERIOUSLY elevated my body of work. Great communication and GREAT drummer. I highly recommend you add Kyle's talents to your mix!!!!!

Interview with Kyle May

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

  2. A: Producing a project for Cece Hetrick. It's an amazing EP and I'm so stoked to finish it and release it.

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

  4. A: Just be as clear and concise as possible in terms of what you need from me! I'm very flexible and always willing to work until you're happy.

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

  6. A: I have been playing drums and producing for at least a decade now. I've been on the road with Billy Ray Cyrus for a bit now and have recorded on many demos for artists like Michael Ray, Adam Sanders, April Kry, and many more.

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

  8. A: I usually import the song, chart it, lay out markers, and then figure out what type of feel the artist or producer is going for. Then I'll choose my snare drum and cymbals and start tracking.

  9. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  10. A: I currently have a Protools Rig with all UAD and WAVEs plugins. My mics include shure condensers, coles, akg, and neumann products. My drums are a USA custom kit from Gretsch with an assortment of snare drums from Craviotto, Gretsch, Pearl, and Ludwig.

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

  12. A: I'm really inspired by drummers like Aaron Sterling, Paul Mabury, Nir Z, and Chris McHugh. My producer inspirations are Busbee, Jay Joyce, and Dan Huff.

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

  14. A: Most of my work is recording drums for demo sessions. My other income is producing demo sessions for songwriters and publishing houses.

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I will do my best to give you as many revisions as possible. I've been producing, mixing, mastering, and drumming for over 20 years.

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