Nate Barnes

Drum Tracks, Production, Mixes

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Nashville based musician with 15+ years of session drumming, producing, engineering, mixing, and writing experience. My tracks focus on delivering the best performance of the perfect part for your songs with emphasis on energy, groove, sound, and vibe. My goal is to serve the writer's vision and serve the song by enhancing without ever distracting.

Hi, my name is Nate Barnes. Some of my credits include drumming for Mary Chapin Carpenter, Rodney Crowell, Ryan Bingham, Hiss Golden Messenger, Rose Hill Drive, and many others. I've made records with producers such as Brendan O’Brien, Jim Scott, Nick DiDia, and more, and have also had my original compositions placed with companies such as HBO, Ford, Target, Chase, Facebook, and many others.

I've been doing online and in-person sessions for over 10 years for countless artists- my roots are in Rock n Roll and I've branched out from there into Pop, Singer/Songwriter, Funk, Country, Folk, and Americana, and I do a lot of electronic drum programming for various genres. I also play guitar, write, and sing, and have my own solo project called Plutinos (debut LP released 2018 on all major streaming services). I am endorsed by Ludwig, Sabian, and Vic Firth.

I record my drum tracks at my own state-of-the art facility. The room is acoustically treated with high ceilings and a great room sound, and features API / Neve style preamps and high end mics. I also offer programmed drum tracks, full instrumental productions, and remote mixing. I have engineered in major studios and know my way around a full console, patch bay, and outboard gear, and I bring this experience to all my recordings. Feel free to reach out with any questions- I'd love to work on your project!

Contact me through the green button above and lets get to work.

173 Reviews - 42 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by MATTHEW M.
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    fantastic experience!!. Nate was quick to pick up on my ideas and even gave me valuable feedback for getting a few parts of the song a little more in time. His setup sounds incredible and his delivery far exceeded what I was hoping for. Can’t wait to do more in the future with Nate!!

  2. Review by steve
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    Nate is always timely and helpful and awesome. Always a great experience.

  3. Review by Steven H.
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    Excellent drum performances from Nate yet again, and he came back with some very nice additional flavors in no time at all. Not sure if he sleeps, but he's probably drumming when he does.

  4. Review by Steven H.
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    More top notch drum work from Nate. Super smooth across the board.

  5. Review by ramda
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    Very nice. Quick completion! And a good performance.
    It was helpful. Thank you.

  6. Review by Steven H.
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    We gave Nate a somewhat odd song to work with. He captured the spirit of it and provided some unexpected options that opened up more possibilities moving forward into production. Nice!

  7. Review by David W.
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    Great chops, easy to work with. Recommended.

  8. Review by Ernie E.
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    Two more winners from Nate. Great ideas, talent and follow-through.

  9. Review by Tim C.
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    Really quick turnaround and a consistently high standard of drumming once again. Thanks Nate!

  10. Review by Lawrence W.
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    Always a breeze working with Nate and great results.

  11. Review by Bob A.
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    Another great job from Nate. He is always my first choice for a drummer on the site. Highly recommended.

  12. Review by Joshua // Sound West Studios
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    Great work every time - I'm glad I happened to come across Nate on this site!

  13. Review by Steven H.
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    Nate is a breeze to work with - efficient and communicative. He effortlessly interprets notes and ideas, bringing his own to the table, all with tons of vibe and energy. His kit and room mics are lush. I can't recommend him highly enough.

  14. Review by Matt G.
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    Nate is amazing! I contracted him for a large project (19 songs) for a children's musical, and he delivered amazing results in just a few days. Everything I could ask for and more. Great communication, friendly, and very skilled at what he does. Plus, affordable. Can't recommend more strongly!

  15. Review by Nick P.
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    Fantastic experience! Super talented drummer!! Delivered in the blink of an eye, very pro and top quality!! 5/5 stars!! Always again!!

  16. Review by Daniel R.
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    This is my second song with Nate. He is simply an amazing drummer who plays exactly what is needed to elevate a song. Great recording quality, great parts, great communication, great experience, great guy. Total pro and we are lucky to have him on Soundbetter.

  17. Review by Martin G.
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    Love his touch, solid but subtle, again an amazing work. Great sound and transparent communication, un maestro!

  18. Review by Joshua // Sound West Studios
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    Tune 10 and the other 9 = all excellent!

  19. Review by Joshua // Sound West Studios
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    3 thumbs up!

  20. Review by Joshua // Sound West Studios
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    Always a pleasure working with Nate!

  21. Review by Joshua // Sound West Studios
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    Simple or complex, Nate has a knack for coming up with just the right feel and parts for a track. Tune 7 was another success!

  22. Review by Joshua // Sound West Studios
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    Excellent experience as always, onto tune #7!

  23. Review by Cantek B.
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    Nate is amazing, he's delivered exactly what I asked for within a few days. Very responsive, skilled and organized. Couldn't have asked for more. Would definitely work him again.

  24. Review by Joshua // Sound West Studios
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    Nate has many ideas and tricks up his sleeve, always awesome work!

  25. Review by Joshua // Sound West Studios
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    Tune #4 was just as high quality as the first 3. I like working with people like Nate because I can rely on them to do great work and trust their judgment. Cheers

  26. Review by Joshua // Sound West Studios
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    Nate has a knack for nailing exactly what you want, and what you didn't know you wanted! Another electronic drum job well done!

  27. Review by Matthias Piaux
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    Nate was great, 1 revision was all it took. Thanks for your precious help and talent.

  28. Review by Daniel P.
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    Another solid project with Nate. Recommended!

  29. Review by Joshua // Sound West Studios
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    Nate is very good at composing, mixing and sound/sample choice. He's a great communicator and efficient. Total 5 star experience!

  30. Review by Tommy L.
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    Nate Barnes is my go-to guy when it comes to live drums on the run! The communication is awesome, the aftercare great and he's a very talented drummer. Highly recommended!

  31. Review by Joshua // Sound West Studios
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    Working with Nate was a 5 star experience. He was a good communicator, responsive and most importantly, did a great job on the drums he programmed for me. The process was smooth and the result was great. I'll be working with him again!

  32. Review by Martin P.
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    We did a lot of productions in the last month. It is always a pleasure to work with Nate. He works quickly and delivers a fantastic quality. His live drums are very cool played!!

  33. Review by Bob A.
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    Always a pleasure to work with Nate. He is my "go to" drummer on this site. Very highly recommended.

  34. Review by Tim C.
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    another great performance by Nate - top quality work through and through!

  35. Review by Mertkan Ö.
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    He really wants to give you what you want. And believe me u get what u want! That was the first time Im working with Nate, but definitely not the last one! Highly recommended.

  36. Review by Tim C.
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    super quick turnaround, great communication, plenty of options / takes and great drumming! Highly recommended!

  37. Review by Isaiah Blickenstaff
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    If you're thinking about hiring a drummer, I would strongly suggest you consider having Nate lay down some stellar drum tracks. Not only was he quick, professional and an amazing player, he was also passionate about seeing my vision through. His recording quality is amazing and he is a beast on the kit. Highly recommend!

  38. Review by Clemens S.
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    Exactly what I was looking for! Outstanding performance and very high quality recordings. Love what he did with my track. Highly recommended!

  39. Review by David M.
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    Nate was amazing, again. He gave me several takes that gave me so many options for the direction of my track. Nate is a great musician who knows how to take your ideas and the track and give you the drums you didn't even know you needed.

    David

  40. Review by Martin G.
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    Great work again! Moving forward with him as he is a very solid player, very adaptative too changes of song mood. Thanks!

  41. Review by Gideon H.
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    Nate is my go to guy for drums. He always delivers the best drums that fix exactly what my song needs. Even inspires me more where I'll tweak some guitars to create something even better. Super fast turn around time and excellent communication.

  42. Review by David M.
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    I just completed another rewarding project with Nate. He's a mind reader. He's really able to tune himself into the track and come up with parts which tick all the boxes but go further than that and truly elevate the tracks. Nate is a treasure, and so easy to work with!
    David

  43. Review by Tim C.
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    a pleasure to work with Nate. Responsive, fast, good communication and a kick ass drummer!

  44. Review by Dan Fuson
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    Nate is not only an AMAZING drummer, but he is the most communicative person. Quick and direct replies, worked very quickly and gave tremendous results, with a bunch of options for me to tweak in the editing room to my taste. Cant recommend high enough!

  45. Review by Bob A.
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    Nate is my "go to" drummer on this site. We have worked together on multiple projects and he has consistently delivered great sounding tracks. A total professional.

  46. Review by Martin G.
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    Superb feeling and mood for the song I sent. He is propositive and has a lot of music resources. Lovely drum sound as well. Keep on going with him. Overjoyed!

  47. Review by Gideon H.
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    This is the 3rd time working with Nate, and as always he delivers. He always gives you options with giving you 3 separate variations of the drum track. Will definitely work with again and again. If you need drums done and done right, choose Nate for your next song.

  48. Review by Martin P.
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    Another fantastic production with Nate. He delivered drums and percussions for a song with a latin beat with a high quality. The best to work with!

  49. Review by Dave L.
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    There is a lot that goes into making an excellent session drummer, superb musical and technical chops, excellent communication skills, the ability to reinterpret another's music and elevate a piece of music without pulling away form the original idea or intention of the song - a positive attitude and winning personality - all of these traits are super important and Nate has each of them in spades.
    Always a pleasure to work with and always a killer result.

    Can not recommend Nate highly enough.

  50. Review by Tyler Z.
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    This is the fourth track I’ve worked with Nate on - there’s no other drummer I’d rather collaborate with. Nate listens to the guidance I give him on what I’m looking for, but adds a ton of his own character to the track in the most musical way to serve my songs. It’s no wonder he has so many repeat customers (just look at his other reviews!). I can not recommend him enough - worth every dollar and more.

  51. Review by Martin G.
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    A delight on the drums, a lot of class, he understood exactly what I would like to make the song grow. I'll count on him again for sure. Overjoyed!

  52. Review by Charlie W.
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    Nate has done great work again. Consistently great drummer and professional. Highly recommended.

  53. Review by Lawrence W.
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    Always a pleasure to work with Nate. Great mix of technical skill and groove. Super quick to boot.

  54. Review by Charlie W.
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    Nate is always great to work with!

  55. Review by Daniel P.
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    Another great project with Nate, sounds awesome!

  56. Review by Martin P.
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    Another great production with Nate. It is very easy to work with and he delivers amazing drum tracks. I will definitely work with him again!

  57. Review by Daniel R.
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    Nate is a world class drummer! His playing has completely elevated my song and his tracks sound superb. He provided me with enough variation that I have mixing options but every take could be the final cut. I had conveyed rough ideas and he intuitively played something on point but more musical than I anticipated. Bottom line - there is no substitute for human drumming, and Nate plays on a higher level. 6 Stars.

  58. Review by Lawrence W.
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    Easy as ever working with Nate. Highly recommended.

  59. Review by Martin P.
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    I produced a lot of songs last time with Nate. It is very pleasant and easy to work with. He delivered high quality drum tracks. It seems to me as if I have been working with him for a long time. Highly recommended!!

  60. Review by Martin P.
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    Another great drum track from Nate. It's a lot of fun to work with him. He is a very professional drummer! Highly recommended!!!

  61. Review by Martin P.
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    I really enjoy working with Nate. He is straightforward and fast and he is a great musician and gives my songs a vibrant new shine! Highly recommended!!!

  62. Review by Bob A.
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    I’ve worked with Nate on 4 different projects in a little over a month and he has consistently delivered great results. Plus he’s just a pleasure to work with. Highly recommended.

  63. Review by Ola B.
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    Third time we worked with Nate and once again top class from his side. Really quick turn around time and no need to ask for revisions. A solid team player giving his best for the project in front of him each time.

  64. Review by Daniel P.
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    Nate was a pleasure to work with and added killer dynamics to my song!

  65. Review by Chris Abrams
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    I had a vision of what I wanted my song to sound like but unfortunately I do not play the drums. I recorded a simple beat in Logic Pro X and sent it over to Nate with the melody track behind it. What he sent back to me exceeded my expectations. He is super easy to work with and his knowledge is phenomenal. I had a last minute request to change up a certain part in my song and he had it back to me right away!
    I will never use programmed drums for now on Nate is my guy!

  66. Review by Martin P.
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    It's the third project I worked with Nate. He is a very professional drummer, quite creative and plays different styles absolut confidently! It is always a great pleasure for me to work with. His drums take your song to the next level!

  67. Review by Ernie E.
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    Great ideas and professional execution; another winner from Nate.

  68. Review by Elise W.
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    Nate is a fantastic drummer! His performance makes the track come alive! Thanks Nate! Hope to use you again!

  69. Review by Arthur Pingrey
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    Nate is a great drummer and brings a lot to the project. Highly recommended.

  70. Review by Martin P.
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    Another great drum production with Nate. It is a great pleasure to work with him. He is very creative, reliable and plays very cool. An absolute recommendation!!

  71. Review by Bob A.
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    This is my third project with Nate. He is just a total professional on every level. Great communication. He's contributed creative ideas and a very positive vibe to every project I've finished with him. Highly recommended.

  72. Review by Lawrence W.
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    Great working with Nate again, this was the first time where I didn't write the drum part and the results were fantastic, really captured the feel of the different parts of the song. Super quick turn-around as ever.

  73. Review by Martin P.
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    Nate is very creative drummer. He has a fine sense for the vibe of the song. The drumset sounds fantastic. It was the best to work with.

  74. Review by Mark N.
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    Great to work with...delivered!

  75. Review by Bob A.
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    This is the second time I've worked with Nate. I have to say, he really delivers. Quick turnaround. Great tracks. A total pleasure to work with.

  76. Review by Rob W.
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    Nate provided a fantastic performance, showing a lot of subtle drumming on one of our slower tunes. Thanks!

  77. Review by Bob A.
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    Nate was a pleasure to work with. Very quick response on all communications. Good at understanding what I wanted. Gave me a number of options to pick from. And most importantly, a great drummer.

  78. Review by Denis M.
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    Nate Rock Star. He filled my song with energy. Technically, the work is at a very high level.

  79. Review by Charlie W.
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    Nate was awesome again! Great feel, great communication, and really awesome attention to detail with regards to all the minor notes and requests I send along with the music

  80. Review by Charlie W.
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    Nate was great again! Highly recommended

  81. Review by Charlie W.
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    Nate was excellent! Really good sense of dynamics and beat.

  82. Review by Rob W.
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    Was impressed by the efficient process, great communication. Nate answered all my questions, quick turnaround and a quality performance. Thanks!

  83. Review by Ernie E.
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    Another great track from Nate. Great feel for the song, pro-gear, takes songwriter input seriously...highly recommended!

  84. Review by Native
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    Nate's playing was on point. great feel, sound and energy. really happy with it.
    definitely want to work with him again.

  85. Review by Lawrence W.
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    As always super easy working with Nate, he takes on board what I'm after but also comes up with great improvements when the source material is lacking. This time I threw a 6 minute song full of time signature changes at him and he learned it in no time and delivered a great result. Will definitely be working with him again in future.

  86. Review by Lawrence W.
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    Second time working with Nate, quick and easy with a great result. Will hopefully be working with him again in future!

  87. Review by Lawrence W.
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    This was my first time working with a session drummer and Nate was excellent. Very professional, communicative and friendly and took all comments and feedback onboard. The finished product improved upon the raw material. Wouldn't hesitate to work with him again.

  88. Review by Maurice V.
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    Nate was the best! He was very responsive, did everything I asked and beyond; and let me tell you, I'm very picky, yet he came through every time, always willing to rework things to get it just how I wanted it. Thank you again Nate!

  89. Review by Denis M.
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    Nate, a cool drummer, very technical, he has a lot of different ideas.

  90. Review by Matt W.
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    Nate was outstanding from start to finish. Technically - an extremely accomplished drummer, and great recording production, but more importantly he has a wonderful feel for the music and playing what the track needs. I can't recommend highly enough.

  91. Review by Daniel P.
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    Nate did a great with the dynamics of his drumming. Quality tracks and professional.

    Thanks!

  92. Review by Kyle A.
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    Nate provided quality tracks with a great feel! He responded back quickly, and he added a good level of creativity to my track. I would definitely recommend him!

  93. Review by Daphne B.
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    Nate mixed our recording and really made it shine. He was responsive and accommodating throughout the entire process and even turned it around more quickly than expected. Highly recommend.

  94. Review by Auzemery Romain
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    Always a pleasure to work with him, kind and very accommodating.

  95. Review by Daphne B.
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    We were so lucky to have worked with Nate on our first SoundBetter endeavor. He is a true pro and a great communicator... made everything so easy. We’re thrilled with the drums he created for our song and can’t recommend him enough.

  96. Review by Dustin T.
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    There's a reason I keep coming back to Nate. He delivers! Great player, great engineering, and solid communication. You really can't ask for much more. Hire this guy!

  97. Review by Tommy L.
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    Nate's work is absolutely impressive, the communication is awesome and the reactivity priceless. Can't be more recommended.

  98. Review by Auzemery Romain
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    Really professional and fast delivery, thanks Nate.

  99. Review by Frédéric f.
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    Great drummer with a very quick response!
    Will work again with him!

  100. Review by steve
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    As always, Nate delivered pretty much perfect tracks with a very quick turnaround. Hes a pleasure to work with!

  101. Review by Rob H.
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    Great job! Awesome work, easy to work with, fast. Will definitely contact for future projects. Thanks!

  102. Review by Samu Puuronen
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    Once again Nate delivered quality! I felt like a kid on Christmas when I received his drum takes. I knew it would be something good. And it certainly was! Nate is very easy to work with. Communication is a breeze. I always feel confident to give him the drum part of my songs & let him create something good. Nate always makes my songs sound better. Thanks!

  103. Review by steve
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    Nate is great!

  104. Review by Ernie E.
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    Another great track, Nate has a knack for finding the rhythmic sweet spot (where it wouldn't occur to us non drummers). Look forward to collaborating again soon.

  105. Review by Mattias L.
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    Nate is the man if you want killer drums.

  106. Review by Tyler Z.
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    Wow - once again Nate amazes. I had Nate do drumming on two of my demo tracks to start comping the final song. He brings a completely new dimension to the music that is so inspiring. Easy to work with and delivered above and beyond! I'll definitely be working with him again.

  107. Review by steve
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    First time working with Nate. He was able to listen carefully to my notes on the song, and also contributed his own ideas. Great communication and a speedy turn around, and ultimately I got the exact drum track that I wanted. Will be working with him again soon.

  108. Review by Ernie E.
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    Adept, stylistically erudite AND easy to work with. Dude is totally recommended!

  109. Review by Dustin T.
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    I've used Nate four times and will continue to do so. Not only is he a top-notch player, but he also has great communication and speedy delivery. Do yourself a favor and hire this guy!

  110. Review by Travis W.
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    Nate provided another excellent track to my upcoming album "voices". Always a pleasure working with Nate. True professional in every sense of the word, cares tremendously about providing a great finished product and the results have always been great!

  111. Review by David M.
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    What would take me hours to explain (if ever) about what I want, Nate just intuits from what I send to him. His musicianship and his ability to serve the song is incredible. I'll also add that Nate's drum sound is very "real" feeling without being coloured. I know it'll fit well in any mix. I couldn't be happier, Nate has a client for life now. Cheers!

  112. Review by Steve D.
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    Nate has shown incredible skill and experience across the breadth of the work (an entire album) that we've just recorded. Regardless of style or approach to each song, he has nailed it at first asking every time. This is a rare talent! Nate also works fast, and is an A1 communicator. Highly recommended.

  113. Review by Dave L.
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    Great drummer, Great guy... Great results
    It's always a pleasure working with Nate and the tracks he works on always surpass my original vision... Can't ask for more than that.
    Awesome!

  114. Review by Dave L.
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    What can I say, Nate is Amazing!
    I have been producing records for over a decade now and have been playing with professional drummers for over 20 years.
    I have had the chance to work with some truly talented musicians and some awesome personalities, Nate is a rare combination of both.

    Nate is an incredibly versatile, gifted drummer and a real pleasure to work with. He completed my project lightning fast and I couldn't be happier with the result.

  115. Review by Travis W.
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    Great as always working with Nate, looking forward to a few more songs and the completion of this album!

  116. Review by Billy W.
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    Nate is super easy to work with, give you options, and most of all gives you awesome drum performances.

  117. Review by Ernie E.
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    The too-good-to-be-true premise of this website...realized! Immediate intuition for song structure and pro sound.

  118. Review by Travis W.
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    A true professional. Quickly adapted my bedroom demo "Eels" for my upcoming album to a polished work. Great communication during the process and had zero changes for him to make. Would work with him again in a second.

  119. Review by Steve D.
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    2nd track in the bag. Awesome, and Nate is a real pleasure to work with.
    The results are working so well with the songs. I could not be happier!
    More to come... :-)

  120. Review by Jason W.
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    Nate is so great to work with. He's an excellent drummer, quick to respond to messages/inquiries and has really helped to bring my songs to life. He is also extremely helpful with any info you may need on receiving and working with the tracks he sends. Will be working with him again for sure!

  121. Review by Steve D.
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    Nate is super-fast, really on the button, and just gets the music straight off. Love his energy and feel - I'm with him for the whole album, so here we go ...more of the same :-)

  122. Review by Matt G.
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    Nate is very super chill to collaborate with - timely, professional, and has a great intuition. He is also able to interpret production notes and add his own flare seemlessly. I hope to continue working with Nate for the duration of my project. Hire him, I know you will be pleased!

  123. Review by Mike S.
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    Nate absolutely killed it again. He's the man, a true pro. This is the 2nd song we've worked with Nate on and he continues to impress. We're currently sending him more projects. I'm so glad I found him. Highly recommend!

  124. Review by Mike S.
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    WOW! Nate is the best. He just absolutely killed it and came up with some amazing drum ideas for our song. Awesome communication and turnaround time. Nate is an 100% professional and we'll be using his service many times in the future. A++++

  125. Review by Lavender Lane Production
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    Nate dropped exactly what I needed on my track. The Sounds are so legit, His feel is right on, in the pocket, and soulful. I didn't even have to say what I wanted on the track and he nailed it first try. Plus the communication was easy and fast and professional. Will most definitely be back! Thank you

  126. Review by raspberryjuice
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    I've worked with Nate twice now and will definitely work with him again. Great guy. Provides exactly what he says he will in a timely fashion. Great communication and really easy to work with.

  127. Review by Tim B.
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    It is always a pleasure working with Nate. Incredibly talented drummer, super responsive and delivers the goods every time! Look forward to working with Nate again soon!

  128. Review by Gideon H.
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    This dude is literally in my brain and knows exactly what I want with me not having to go into great detail. This is the 2nd time I’ve hired him and he’s done 3 tracks for me so far. This time he knocked it out in less than a day. 2 tracks, 3 takes each in under a day. Super awesome dude! Will recommend to everyone and their moms. He won’t let you down and you’ll be amazed every time.

  129. Review by Opher Y.
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    Nate was a pleasure to deal with, great drummer, very musical and gave us plenty of different takes and options to work with. Will definately be back for more.

  130. Review by Gideon H.
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    Super cool dude. Easy to work with. Super fast turnaround. Will definitely work with him again. Will recommend to anyone.

  131. Review by Ola B.
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    It was a pleasure to work with Nate. He laid drums on two of our songs and he was attentive to our ideas, and at the same time gave us suggestions of alternative playing-styles. He worked fast, accurately and we felt that the songs were in good hands!

  132. Review by Benjamin W.
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    Nate is very professional and sends me some versions with varieties that I could choose from. Fast delivery, I would choose him again.

  133. Review by Felix S.
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    Very easy workflow, super efficient, great sense of timing, nice sounds.

  134. Review by Mattias L.
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    Nate is awesome, very high quality, the tracks I got was very easy to add to my project. Will definitely work with him again.

  135. Review by David M.
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    This is the second time I've worked with Nate. Once again Nate delivered not only what I asked for, but somehow *exactly* what I had hoped for. And best of all, he sent me a take that featured a great idea he had for the track which really changed the dynamic of the song (and became the "keeper" take). Professionalism and passion!

  136. Review by David M.
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    Working with Nate was amazing. He took my ideas and request and really knocked it out of the park with his performance. He communicated with me was excellent (as evidenced in how well he delivered on the brief), and the downloads I got from him were so well organized it was a breeze to add them to my DAW session. Can't wait to work with Nate again!

  137. Review by Devyn J Campbell
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    Nate was very quick and easy to communicate with, extremely receptive, and his drum sound was phenomenal. I will definitely work with him in the future!

  138. Review by Samu Puuronen
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    Nate created a groovy drum track for a rap song I produced. Having worked with Nate earlier I knew he would come up with something cool. Nate came up with a drum track I couldn't have created on my own. Nate is very easy to work with. He is a superb drummer. His recordings are always high-quality. Thank You Nate!

  139. Review by Mario L.
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    Great drummer! great sounding tracks!
    what else do you need to make a great song?
    very professional and reliable

  140. Review by Jason W.
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    Nate was a pleasure to work with. Super quick in his communications and sending the tracks over, and was happy to make adjustments that I had asked for. His playing was tasteful and energetic and totally fit the song. The drum sounds were fantastic and have that fat, organic sound you get from real tape/analog. You should hire him!

  141. Review by Mario L.
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    Great drummer! Very friendly and professional!
    Thanks Amigo!

  142. Review by Geron H.
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    Nate is the man! Sent several takes to choose from and was right on time. And of course they sound amazing! A++++

  143. Review by Stan Rose
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    hire him soon before he's too famous for your budget...that's all i gotta say ;)

  144. Review by Bent Depui
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    I am just stunned on how fast and proffesional this guy is! He delivered the perfect drum track for me, and I am blown away! HIRE him!

  145. Review by Tyler Z.
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    All I can say is wow. Nate's drumming completely transformed our track. Nate is incredibly gifted and professional, and his drum kit, room, and microphone setup are phenomenal.

  146. Review by Stan Rose
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    Well, go figure, Nate can handle fast heavy metal as well...there's no genre he can't tackle. I also should mention that the stems I get from him are some of the best recorded of any session musician I have worked with.

  147. Review by Dustin T.
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    Nate really went the distance and worked patiently to help us figure out the intricacies of the rhythms and fills. And when I say went the distance, he gave us 14 great takes (we could have used the first round had we not been so picky). His cost for the extra revisions was more than reasonable, too. Do yourself a favor and hire him now!

  148. Review by Dustin T.
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    This is my second review of Nate. Can't say enough about the guy. Great drummer and a great engineer. Hire this guy!

  149. Review by Dustin T.
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    Nate is an absolute pro. Can't speak any higher of him. He takes the time to listen, gave us plenty of takes to work with, and really elevated the material. Do yourself a favor and higher this guy!

  150. Review by Stan Rose
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    Always great working with Nate...he has a wealth of knowledge and experience and can tackle any kind of music I throw at him. Highly recommended.

  151. Review by Stan Rose
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    Nate always exceeds my expectations...he's a total professional and a pleasure to work with.

  152. Review by Danny W.
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    Nate was once again great to work with. Fast and very responsive. Gave both songs a great feel and in the three takes he gave me for one of the songs there was one take that was what I had originally imagined performed flawless and one track that had some unexpected possibilites for the track. Now the trick is deciding which great take to choose.

  153. Review by Bryan A.
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    Working with Nate was amazing. He was professional and friendly in his communication. He seemed genuinely excited to work on our project which you can hear in the final product. This guy is an incredible drummer and took our songs to the next level with his ability! I'd love to work with Nate again.

  154. Review by David Y.
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    This guy is a hard worker who has great timing. His timing is so good, I asked if he was using a computer. No, it was live. Oh yeah. Looking forward to more projects with him.

  155. Review by Frédéric f.
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    That's always a real pleasure to work with Nate. He has a great feeling with a large spectrum of music which is very important for me!

  156. Review by Stan Rose
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    Nate was prompt and easy to work with; his tracks were perfect for the song. Hope to work with him again!

  157. Review by Ben S.
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    Nate was great to work with - responsive, creative, with excellent recording technique.

  158. Review by Alessio C.
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    Nate is an amazing drummer, great style, groove, and sound!
    I am really glad to have found him and definitely, I got more tracks for him!
    Highly recommended!

  159. Review by Danny W.
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    Nate is an awesome drummer that gave me the sound and feel of the song I was looking for. The drums also sonically sound great with his setup and provides enough tracks for you to dial in the sound of the kit you want. His turn around time is really quick and is easy and prompt to communicate with. Definitely a top notch session player!

  160. Review by Vaihi O.
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    Just got my Drum Tracks back and I can't tell you how much he slammed this song. I mean my head is moving to the groove, Nate is amazing, fast and very easy to work with. Can't say how much I love what he has brought to this song. Mahalo nui Nate AWESOME Job bro.

  161. Review by Frédéric f.
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    I produced some production music in France. I work with Nate since one or two mouth and he played drums on 5 tracks for me. I highly recommanded Nate, he's got a great feeling, great sounds, easy to speak with and he's very reactive. I think that I've find my drummer!

  162. Review by Neill MacCallum
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    Nate did an amazing track on my track Dove in my hands! Great feel, great sounds, easy to communicate with. Pleasure to work with, I highly recommend!

  163. Review by Samu Puuronen
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    Nate played drums for our next single. He nailed it. Nate brought so much power to the song & just made it so much better. It was a pleasure to create music with Nate. I highly recommend Nate as a drummer! Thank You!

  164. Review by David Y.
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    If this was the wild west, Nate is the best hired gun to handle the job. I needed razor sharp steel and he delivered.

  165. Review by David Y.
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    LOL working with Nate. He makes music fun. 40 years of producing and working with drummers, it's like I'm back to the good days of old school live studio producing, but we did it over the internet. Got to love that.

  166. Review by Neill MacCallum
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    Nate was an absolute pleasure to work with. The drum sounds he gets are impressive, the kick is huge the snare is warm. The timing is solid, and the feel and groove are just right!! Very happy with his work, to say nothing of his turn around time. Highly recommend!! Cant wait to work with him again soon

  167. Review by Logan J.
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    Great quality drums! Very quick to respond and record too. Highly recommend!

  168. Review by Tim B.
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    I sent Nate a track with a strings, vocals and some really bad digital drums. I explained in general what I was looking for and he exceeded my expectations and turned something around very quickly. The drums he records sound amazing and he is obviously a very gifted musician. Psyched to send him more tunes to work on...

  169. Review by Igor Korzhov
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    Just finished mixing the song for Tantalize (Samu Puuronen) with Nate on drums.
    I can say only positive about drum performance and record quality Nate provided.
    Everything has perfect timing, no need for extra edits or tightening.
    By looking at files I can tell that they were recorded by a true professional.
    11 channels including room, reverb and extra mic for adding colors to the sound are all h

  170. Review by Jimmy Stofer
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    I've had the pleasure to work with Nate many many times. He's one of a kind, and always my first call. I've hired him on everything from albums, to commercials, to film/tv cues. He's an incredibly talented drummer, he's very professional, and just all-around a great guy to work with. He always exceeds my expectations!

  171. Review by Jonathan Huvard
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    Nate Barnes is an incredible musician, producer, and all around great dude. His super laid back attitude makes it easy to bounce ideas off of. Nate's experienced, professional, and always accomplishes the task at hand. I started working with Nate about five years ago, and he quickly became one of my go-to drummers for both session work and gigs!

  172. Review by Jeff Cormack
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    Nate is truly amazing. I've seen him track 16 songs in one day... And he had never heard the songs until that day. He's hands down the best drummer I've ever worked with and the best drummer I've seen live. He can play any style of music, learn a song in a matter of minutes and and then play it better than you could ever imagine.

  173. Review by Daniel Sproul
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    Nate Barnes is the best drummer on the planet in my eyes. I dare you to find a living match. I don't flinch when I compare him to John Bonham or Keith Moon or the like. To get his drumming at this price point is beyond a steal of a deal... And to boot, he's as professional as it gets.

Interview with Nate Barnes

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

  2. A: I primarily played with my original band Rose Hill Drive from age 16-28. We started touring pretty much full time after high school and released 4 records over the course of 10 years. I started freelancing as a drummer around 2010 and also started engineering at studios. Learning my way around a full SSL console, patch bay, and outboard gear was very helpful in my quest to record my own great sounding drum tracks. I've been doing in person sessions and online drum tracks out of my own space for almost 10 years now and am continually improving what I do, and I also freelance as a touring drummer.

  3. Q: How would you describe your style?

  4. A: I'm heavily influenced by John Bonham, Dave Grohl, Steve Jordan, Ringo Starr, Chad Smith, and Keith Moon, so my style would be a mix of all of them combined. I focus primarily on feel, groove, and energy, and always play to serve the song- chops are great to get the crowd cheering but groove pays the bills!

  5. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  6. A: The project I'm most proud of would be my debut solo LP, released under the name Plutinos. I wrote, recorded, performed, engineered, mixed, and mastered it all on my own. It was such a fun and fulfilling project for me and I learned a ton in the process. It's available worldwide on all major streaming and download services.

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

  8. A: I'm currently in the middle of writing and recorded the follow up to my debut solo LP (Plutinos-LP) which was released in November of 2018. This time around I'm incorporating a lot more synths and programmed drums and have gotten deep into using Ableton live as a creative tool.

  9. Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?

  10. A: Bassist Jimmy Stofer and guitarist Daniel Sproul are two people I do a ton of work with. They are both on SoundBetter and are both phenomenal musicians and engineers. We collaborate remotely all the time and can help bring an extra layer of cohesion to the online recording process when we get to work on a project together.

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

  12. A: Simplify your arrangement as much as possible- the best sounding mixes are songs where everything has it's own space and the parts complement each other. Stacking a "wall of sound" of overdubs often leads to a cluttered mix where nothing can really shine in it's own space.

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

  14. A: It's hard to list just a few, there are so many. I grew up loving Classic Rock and bands such as The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, The Who, The Rolling Stones, and Jimi Hendrix. I was also very into 90's rock as a teenager and was influenced by bands such as Stone Temple Pilots, Nirvana, Soundgarden, and The Smashing Pumpkins. Some of my favorite current drummers are Dave Grohl, Matt Chamberlain, Josh Freese, Steve Jordan, Aaron Sterling, and Ash Soan. I'm also a big fan of producers such as George Martin, Rick Rubin, Dave Sardy, Greg Wells, Brendan O' Brien, Tchad Blake, and Blake Mills.

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

  16. A: My first step is to get on the same page with the writer. My goal is always to serve the song, and I like to get a good feel for what the writer's vision is. Some session musicians can bring their egos into the equation and think that their opinion is superior because they're the "professional", but I try to do the opposite. I am the one who is being hired to be of service to the writer and make sure that their vision is achieved, and I love getting input from non-drummers on how they envision the drum track to sound because it can often result in a very cool and unique drum part. Having respect for the origination of the song idea is key for me- I start hearing part ideas in my head right away when listening, but landing on the perfect drum part comes from a solid understanding of the writer's vision. My ultimate goal is to write creative parts that enhance and maximize the song without ever distracting from it. Reference tracks are always helpful for me as they give me a good idea sonically and stylistically of what the writer is after. After I've come up with the part I record 3 separate "keeper" takes on different playlists to give the client a few different vibes and options to choose from.

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

  18. A: I work on many different styles of music including, Rock, Pop, Americana, Singer/Songwriter, Folk, Country, Indie, and Electronic.

  19. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  20. A: I have a modern digital recording studio with a Universal Audio Apollo as the hub. This is a great sounding and very convenient setup as I am able to recall sessions in an instant should a client need revisions. I own most of the plugins that Universal Audio offers and I basically treat them like outboard gear, tracking through them using the Apollo software and printing them right into the DAW. Their technology has gotten to the point where the plugins sound almost identical to the actual pieces of gear, and I'm able to gate, EQ, compress, and run tracks through a virtual tape machine, resulting in mix-ready drum tracks. I have all the typical microphones associated with tracking drums, and also use Neve and API style external preamps. I have a great sounding acoustically treated space with high ceilings and a great room sound. The other main component of the studio is the drums obviously. I'm a Ludwig endorsed artist and use various series of their amazing drums ranging in size from a small jazz kit to a big Bonham-y rock kit, and always make sure they're tuned perfectly before recording. I always have a kit set up and fully miked, but I can change anything and everything out to better tailor the drum sound to the specific track. I have a wide sonic range of Sabian cymbals and various drum knick knacks such as tea towels, mutes, muffling rings, tambourines, rivets, etc. to help me achieve the right sound and vibe.

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

  22. A: I spend most of my time in my studio- I do live drum tracks remotely as well as in person sessions with Nashville producers and artists, and also do a lot of composing, drum programming, beat making, and mixing. I also have a solo project called Plutinos where I record and perform everything myself and am currently working on my 2nd full-length album.

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Nate Barnes Drum Reel 2019

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GenresSounds Like
  • Steve Jordan
  • Dave Grohl
  • Ringo Starr
Gear Highlights
  • Ludwig Drums (various series and sizes)
  • Sabian Cymbals (various series with a wide range of sounds)
  • Universal Audio Apollo Interface
  • API and Neve Style Preamps
  • High End Industry Standard Microphones
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