Professional live & Studio drummer, who has worked with Tainted Nation (UK), The Scorpions (DE), Firewind (GR), Helloween (DE), George Gakis (GR) & Joe Lynn Turner (US), Kingdom Come (DE, US), Marco Mendoza (US), Tank (UK), Ian Gillan (UK), God´s Army (IRE, CRO, UK) and many more...

Hi, I am a pro Studio and live Musician and can record the drums for you on your album, song or production. I record out of my well equipped recording Studio "The Drum Dungeon" and deliver top sounding drums for everyone upon your request, tight & dry to huge stadium drum sounds.

You can also hire me for live work on tours and gigs worldwide.

I love being on the road and in the studio recording, making each song sound & feel great!
I've been recording in many studios for years, worked with the best on analog and digital and was always keen after getting the best sounding drums.

Please send me your files, stereo or rough mixes and I´ll add my drums on top. We can discuss the vibe and sounds you like. When I´m done, you´ll get an MP3 and we´ll discuss further.
On completion I'll send you all individual drum tracks and a stereo drum mix if required.

Cheers,
Mark

STUDIO GEAR:

Tama Starclassic B/B custom drums
2x22" & 2x24" Bass Drums
8" Ludwig Coliseum Maple Snare
8" Tama LU Signature Snare
6 ½" Tama Monarch SP Signature Snare
10", 12", 14" Toms
16", 18" Floor Toms
20" Gong Bass drum
Zildjian & Paiste Cymbals
LP Percussion
Evans Drumheads
Shure Beta 52, 56, 91, 98
Shure SM57, SM81
Shure KSM 32, 21
Royer R122
Sennheiser 421
Toft Audio console 16ch
Focusrite
Audient
Daking
Steinberg
dbx
Logic Pro and a Mac

I'd love to hear about your project. Click the 'Contact' button above to get in touch.

My credits include

Gear highlights

  • Endorsements: Tama
  • Evans
  • D´addario
  • Vic Firth

Genres I specialize in

Terms of Service

Two revisions, additional percussion costs can be negotiated. Project delivery normally in 3-5 Business days.

Reviews of Mark Cross (The Drum Dungeon)

  • Listing_thumb_marcello4 months agoby

    You cannot go wrong with Mark!
    With a track record like his, you have a guarantee of a monster rock groove that ranks with the best in the world!

  • Listing_thumb_nic_angileri_28 months agoby

    Mark Cross is the groove itself! I was delighted recording the Tower of Babel songs. His tracks in forms and shapes were crafted in the Rock groove. Every single hit was just perfect. Call him to get the best. As a person he's the nicest guy to work with. N I c Angileri

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Interview with Mark Cross (The Drum Dungeon)

Analog or digital and why?
With todays technology, it is probably the most difficult question to answer and is purely a personal choice, depending on everyones pocket and how much one can afford. Recording on 2" tapes definitely sounds warmer & fatter, especially for drums. Editing and recording with todays software is of course much easier and also sounds good, IF you feed them with the right signals and mix it right and not only use plugins and compress it to death. You may as well want to use vintage outboards, the goodies that sound right and you will hear the difference. Analog recorders recorded Music and digital only codes, therefore a lot has gone missing. Unfortunately our hearing has been literally destroyed and manipulated by the sound of MP3´s and hard compressed low quality sound files. If you don´t know, you can´t really tell the difference of a high end recording anymore!
What do you like most about your job?
The playing, the creativity, the communication and working on new beats and sounds, listening to new ideas and recording with new artists. Every new production just opens my mind.
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
It all started in the 70´s when I was given a pair of sticks at six, I got my first kit at 9 and followed an honest and devoted path into drumming, I am self taught and played along to the records of my favourites, Billy Cobham, The Stones, The Beatles, Genesis, Rush, Return to forever, Deep Purple, Zeppelin, ToTo, The Scorpions, Maiden, Priest ..... In ´84 I got my first recording job and learned how the big boys recorded back in the day! Very interesting and very different from how it´s done today. Piece of cake with all that technology. I respect the old ways and try to avoid as much as I can the copy/paste mentality, as long as it´s not necessary, meaning being under time pressure etc... ..... Since 1987 I´ve been drumming professionally as a recording and live artist and have toured and recorded in many parts of the world with some very interesting people.
How would you describe your style?
Groovy, powerful, heavy, creative, tight, musical, progressive, pocket groove, technical
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
I've already worked with many greats, but sadly know that many of my favs have gone. I would definitely enjoy a session with Steve Lukather, Steve Morse, Neil Schon, Richie Blackmore, Steven Tyler and yes AC/DC, just because they are so talented Musicians.
Can you share one music production tip?
Rule I: It usually sounds right when it feels right! Rule II: Don't get too attached to what you have programmed and expect the same turnout from the real man! :) ...unless it´s really good! Rule III: Never punch in too much, unless it´s necessary and you seek the impossible.
What type of music do you usually work on?
Mainly Rock, Hard Rock and Metal. Over the years I carved a stone here, although I am very influenced by the masters of 70´s Jazz Rock, Progressive and Classic Rock players.
What do you bring to a song?
That what a song needs, Musical approach, tight playing, the groove, great sounding drums and great ideas. I always ask every clients expectations beforehand and try to fulfil their will.
Tell us about your studio setup.
It is quite simple, it´s a big room with an 11 feet high ceiling, which is also used for rehearsals. I use a Toft Audio 16 channel for drum signals converted on RME and Audient into Logic. The Mics I use are mainly Shure, Sennheisers, Neumann and Royer overheads. On the way selected samples can be added, if a more powerful sound is needed. In the nearest future I will add a few more vintage goodies to the setup.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
Billy Cobham, Steve Gadd, John Bonham, Ian Paice, Simon Philipps, Neil Peart, Buddy Rich, Cozy Powell, Tommy Aldridge, Nicko Mc Brain, Pierre Moerlen, Phil Collins and the magnificent Brian Downey
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A tin cup (sounds good and is useful), a bucket (also useful and also sounds good :), a bottle of Rum, my guitar and a four track recorder.
Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
It´s awesome to have worked with the Scorpions, I´m stoked to have been their choice in 2014 to join them on stage. Also in 1993 I was invited to join an album recording and concerts featuring Ian Gillan.
What are you working on at the moment?
On a new album for a local artist from Hamburg, Germany in my Studio. My band God´s Army will be next and then I´ll most likely return to a big Studio overseas, working on Analog equipment for a bigger production.
Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
Although I´m new to SoundBetter, I´ve had good experience working with SoundBetter clients. There are many capable people on this portal and am always happy to recommend the right player, producer or engineer for the right job.
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
You´ll get what you pay for and the job will always be done!
What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
Are you available to play on my album? Hey, it'll be my pleasure!
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
Sometimes it´s just never good enough, but the greater expectations do come with higher rates, yet again, my job will be done in the best way I can.
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
What feel, vibe, & sounds are you looking for? Do you have a reference song that may help? Are you open to suggestions?
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
You always get what you pay for! Know what you want, but also be prepared for greater turnouts.
What's your strongest skill?
Groovy, click tight, energetic and great ideas in playing.
What's your typical work process?
I receive the files, check clicks and work on the arrangements and then record! When the first take is done, I´ll send the client an MP3 If there are any revisions required. We´ll discuss details and changes and then go for main recording and hope the client will be satisfied. Good communication is essential.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
Online and remote drumming upon the clients request. I also accept live work and travel to other locations to record, if needed. Perhaps we´ll also do mixing in the future.