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. I have drummed for artists including 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 I’ve 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, Country, Folk, and Americana. I also offer electronic drum programming for various genres in addition to full instrumental productions and mixing. I’m a writer and composer as well, and have my own solo project called Plutinos. I’m endorsed by Ludwig, Sabian, and Vic Firth.

I record 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 great mics. 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 my recordings. I record up to 18 channels with sounds ranging from dirty and greasy to clean and polished; from tight and crisp to big and bombastic. Feel free to reach out with any questions- I'd love to work on your project!

Contact me through the green button above and let's get to work.

288 Reviews - 65 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by Hayden S.
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    Nate is one of the best drummers, not only is his drumming top notch but the production is just as amazing. Thanks so much Nate.

  2. Review by Ian C.
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    Nate offered a discount, yet added to what he provided. All very solid work from the multiple takes of live drumming to responding to my numerous requests for editing and compilation. It's no wonder he's getting popular around here!

  3. Review by Lawrence W.
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    Another 5 stars for Nate. Always super easy to work with and delivers great results no matter what I throw at him.

  4. Review by Berkant Kılıçkap
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    Very good drummer, thanks nate.

  5. Review by William W.
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    Nate = vibe, groove, and energy.

    And his conduct is professionalism, through and through.

  6. Review by Daniel M.
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    Nate is an amazing drummer! He gave me multiple different takes for my track, and each take was perfectly played. He had great feel and really captured the mood of my track! Very fast turnaround but still delivered amazing quality! It was a great pleasure and I hope to work with him many times in the future!

  7. Review by Chris S.
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    Killer drummer and pro response.

  8. Review by Hayden S.
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    The best man for the job of adding life and bringing your track together with an amazing drum track. Look no further .

  9. Review by Yury E.
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    Nate is very professional drummer. This is not a first project he recorded for me. He is so talented and always puts lots of energy on my songs.

  10. Review by john
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    As usual Nate nailed it again...great energy and feel

  11. Review by Daniel R.
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    I smile when I listen to Nate's drum tracks. He fills songs with energy. And most importantly, he plays to the song and does so masterfully!

  12. Review by Neill MacCallum
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    Nate did it again, why am I not surprised!! His high quality recorded drums and bring the songs to life and I appreciate the mixing advice too, less verb on the verses was a great call!

  13. Review by Adam W.
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    Nate did another incredible job, between the 3 takes he provided me for each song I didn't even need revisions either track.

  14. Review by Tim C.
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    once again Nate delivers the goods. He's got an instinctive feel for the song, and great drumming on a great sounding kit. Top marks!

  15. Review by john
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    Worked with Nate on another Country song this time and he provided his usual top standard. He gives you options also which is great.He knows how to put 'balls' into the music.Highly recommended

  16. Review by Mara
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    It´s the 2nd time that I am working with Nate and the drums are exactly the way I wanted them, could not ask for better :)!

  17. Review by Ron F.
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    My third song with Nate as a drummer. Another outstanding performance! Nate is professional, precise, on schedule, reasonably priced, and very easy to work with. I will not go anywhere else, and neither should you.

  18. Review by Richard S.
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    Just read the reviews below, they'll tell you everything you need to know about Nate and his phenomenal drumming skills and sound -- always the consummate professional as well as a world-class drummer. All I can say is, as long as Nate will have me, I go to no one else for my drumming needs... and why would I, he is simply the BEST!

  19. Review by Ron F.
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    My second song with Nate as the drummer. And yes, he really is THAT good!

    And for my next song, who will I use as a drummer? No need to look elsewhere.

  20. Review by Ansley
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    Nate was awesome! He gave me a few different choices of drum tracks to choose from. He intuitively created the drum tracks to enhance my track to its full potential. He had a quick turnaround time and was super chill to work with. I will definitely choose him again for future projects!

  21. Review by Adam W.
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    Nate did a phenomenal job on drum tracks for me. His initial takes were nearly perfect, and he followed the notes to take it the rest of the way there. Will definitely work with him again.

  22. Review by Charlie W.
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    Nate always does a great job! Highly recommended!

  23. Review by Enric M.
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    Nate, identified immediately what I was looking for to my song, provided options and was really quick on delivery. Plus very friendly and timely in communication.

  24. Review by TJ T.
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    Nate just rocks! It's such a joy to get drum tracks that sound like they could have come from some of my favorite drummers of all time. And he's extremely quick!

  25. Review by D.j. P.
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    Once again, Nate did a stellar job! He's becoming my go to for killer drum tracks. He nails the right sound, and everything is just pristine when it comes to his delivery of STEM recordings with great mic positioning. This project I asked for a very specific compressed roland style snare sound and he delivered it using different stems mixed with specific mic positioning on the snare. Wow! I highly recommend. He's starting my next project next week!

  26. Review by Neill MacCallum
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    Nate did another great job, he listened to my notes and gave me three great options, He gets really great big sounds from his studio and has fantastic feel. I would highly recommend Nate! Thank you!

  27. Review by Garrett L.
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    Nate is awesome to work with. Great at writing drum parts that complement the song. He nails any style and drum sound you are looking for. Great sounds come out of his studio! Extremely dependable and highly recommended!

  28. Review by David M.
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    I've worked with Nate many times so I'm struggling to find new words to say how awesome he is. To say he's the most professional to work with you could ever hope for. And no matter what I'm asking him for, he delivers! Constantly blowing me away. His standard has been to give me three different takes to choose from. The hardest thing about working with Nate is deciding which amazing ideas to take and which amazing ideas to leave to the ether...

    I'll work with Nate as long as he'll have me!

  29. Review by Ron F.
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    Nate delivered an awesome drum track on budget and ahead of schedule. I will be using him for the next two songs. Nate is friendly, relaxed, professional, easy to work with, and excellent at what he does.

  30. Review by Charlie W.
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    Nate did an excellent job!

  31. Review by Richard S.
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    Nate is WORLD CLASS! This was my second time working with him, and he NAILED IT, again -- did an incredible job. My advice, hire him while you still can -- Nate's going places.

  32. Review by Michael P.
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    Nate is extremely professional and experienced. He went above and beyond to get me the exact sound I was looking for. Will use again!

  33. Review by Hayden S.
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    Amazing experience, the drum takes were all spot on didn’t need any revisions. Everything was so perfect I could cut and paste parts I liked from different takes without any issue. Will be using again.

  34. Review by Garrett L.
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    Man, Nate is top notch! Great to work with. Just tracked an amazing rock part for me. Highly recommended! Thanks!

  35. Review by Lawrence W.
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    Always a breeze to work with Nate, I throw all sorts of weird grooves at him and he handles them with ease.

  36. Review by Rick H.
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    Nate is the real deal a complete drummer.Quick to respond and communicate goes above and beyond to make sure its what I'm wanting!!!!! and gets amazing sounds out of his studio I highly recommend him.

  37. Review by Garrett L.
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    Nate is an amazing drummer! He knew exactly what I was looking for. Gets great drum sounds! Extremely nice and professional. Nate completed my project very fast. Thanks!

  38. Review by Bruno C.
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    Nate is an excellent drummer, very professional and easy to work with. Highly recommended!

  39. Review by Luke S.
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    This was second time working with Nate, and he once again did an amazing job. His drumming sounds incredible and we love the way the drums sound, too. He did a great job of taking our directions/feedback while also incorporating his own ideas to improve what the drums are doing on our tracks. We'll definitely work with him again.

  40. Review by Daniel R.
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    We are all on this site to expand and elevate our music to its fullest potential. This is why I keep coming back to Nate. As soon as I import his drum tracks into my projects, the songs come to life. Nate plays to the song, crafts drums sounds that fit (this is where his engineering precision is a huge benefit), and his playing is downright soulful and skilled. Such a joy to collaborate with him.

  41. Review by Tommy L.
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    Nate is really my go to guy when I need any drums.
    Super talented musician, and knows how to communicate perfectly.
    Highly recommended, as usual!

  42. Review by john
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    Nate is a hugely talented rock drummer and puts it all out there...The raw Energy for my track was terrific and I'm looking forward to working wit him again

  43. Review by Joey F.
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    Nate came up with a drum part that really complimented the feel of the song and delivered multiple variations of it quickly. I'm super happy with it and already planning on having him do another song!

  44. Review by Sara S.
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    Mixed In Key had a great experience working together with Nate. His communication was prompt and he created a cool song and video for our company. Nate is a very professional musician and a good drummer. I highly recommend working with Nate!

  45. Review by Andrée Theander
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    Second time I hire Nate, great drummer and great sound!

  46. Review by TJ T.
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    Fantastic sound and stellar playing. Delighted with the results as always!

  47. Review by David M.
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    I worked with Nate on some rough demos I had and was unsure of where to go next. Nate's amazing musical ability really came through for me. He heard something I didn't and added some parts which really changed how I heard the songs. Listening back with his parts, I was instantly inspired and now I can't wait to finish these demos with Nates parts and my new ideas.
    I can also really trust Nate because he's a total session pro, communicating well, managing expectations, giving me options... ❤️

  48. Review by Mattias L.
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    Nate is the man for kick ass drums, a real pro.

  49. Review by Richard S.
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    Nate is da bomb! A phenomenal drummer and powerhouse.
    He brought everything he promised and more to the song -- elevated it to another level. He's easy to work with and delivers with amazing speed. Nate may not know it yet, but he is now my drummer -- I will be back with many more tracks for him to play on. Thank you, Nate!

  50. Review by Francisco A.
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    Nate was fast, professional and an excellent drummer. He was very communicative and added great energy to my track!

  51. Review by KEVIN U.
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    Great sounding tracks

  52. Review by Craig W.
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    Very, very, pleased. Nate is just a great person to work with and very accommodating. He listened to all my requests and the direction I wanted for my song. He delivered. I couldn't be more pleased. I look forward to working on more songs with him.

  53. Review by See See Beats
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    Nate is an amazing musician. He is extremely professional and delivered exactly what I was looking for. All around great experience!

  54. Review by THE
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    Awesome energy, powerful drummer, easy to work with and technically sound. Hire this guy!

  55. Review by KEVIN U.
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    Nailed it again! Thanks Nate! More on the way!

  56. Review by Lawrence W.
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    Always a breeze working with Nate, really takes on board any notes I give and comes back with multiple great takes to choose from, highly recommended!

  57. Review by KEVIN U.
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    Excellent communication, and top-notch tracks. I sent Nate another track right away!

  58. Review by Minkyung
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    He is really nice and great drum player. I am so satisfied with his drums. His work is really fast and artistic. Thank you Nate:)

  59. Review by Jen L.
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    it was awesome working with Nate...thx again !

  60. Review by Mara
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    I was looking for some Live Drums and what can I say, Nate did a great job!

    He always responded super fast, added some awesome Drum details to the idea that I already had.

    Will work with him again :)!

  61. Review by Trey P.
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    Very communicative, quick to respond and work, and also keen to work.

  62. Review by Daniel P.
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    Easy to work with and amazing tracks!

  63. Review by Pierre A.
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    Nate's got a really great job!
    He was very attentive and responsive to our needs.
    He's very professional, the recordings that were handed in are very clean and he works very fast.
    Looking forward to working with him again!

  64. Review by Ryan T.
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    Another great experience with Nate! He learned a detailed written part and turned around spot-on tracks in no-time. All with quick, clear communication and a killer attitude. Two thumbs up!

  65. Review by Richard B.
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    Nate, is the best! Aside from delivering awesome drum and electric guitar rhythms and everything else, he was patient, communicative, followed through on everything he said he would - a real professional! I’ll be working with him again on a new single soon!

  66. Review by Taylor Franklyn
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    Nate is AWESOME! Fantastic work, professional and friendly. Highly recommended!

  67. Review by Yury E.
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    Nate works quickly and knows how to adapt to the style. Thank you

  68. Review by Ian C.
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    Nate is a competent and creative drummer matched with great communication and keen understanding of music. I've been especially happy with the way he's able to respond to various requests throughout the production and revision process. Any band or group would be blessed to have him around!

  69. Review by TJ T.
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    Super easy to work with, incredible results!

  70. Review by Ashton C.
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    Delivered exactly what I was looking for, excellent work

  71. Review by MATTHEW M.
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    gnarly performance and delivery by Nate, legendary

  72. Review by Robert W.
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    Nate is awesome to work with and provides great drum tones and stems! Would hope to work with him again in the future

  73. Review by Ari
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    Nate is a real pro! It was a pleasure working with him.

  74. Review by Bob A.
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    Always a pleasure to work Nate.

  75. Review by Hampus S.
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    Got the exact results I was looking for and some extra creative flair during the mixing stage. Would recommend and will work with again in the future.

  76. Review by Ryan T.
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    So impressed with Nate! Took the song to a new level with spot-on drums takes that were tasteful all the way through. The lightning-fast turnaround and quick, clear communications made the back-and-forth a breeze. Seamless. I've already signed him up for another tune.

  77. Review by Mattias L.
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    Great drummer, Nate is the best.

  78. Review by David M.
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    I've worked with Nate many times in the past and he's my go-to drummer. I know that every time I work with him he'll give me exactly what I'm asking for, and some options above and beyond that. He's an amazingly talented session drummer and such a professional.

  79. Review by Paul M.
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    Nate is first-class. Quick response time, has a feel for the music and is great with direction. Look forward to working with him again.

  80. Review by William W.
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    Amazing follow through, great communication, and exactly the performance options I needed. Nate is the real deal.

  81. Review by Richard B.
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    Nate knocked it out of the park! He is a true professional with amazing experiences and musical knowledge on all fronts that will help you deliver an extraordinary product! I’m looking forward to more great things going forward!

  82. Review by D.j. P.
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    Nate usually gets it in one take for me with the tracks I have worked with him on. He has a great mic setup, and recording chain. We did an electronic setup on a kit for one track and he did amazing. I will continue to work with him and highly recommend him!

  83. Review by freddy b.
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    Great job again

  84. Review by Jeremy O.
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    What to say...once again Nate delivers the goods in a ludicrously fast time. Great tracks, great recording, great drumming.

  85. Review by Lawrence W.
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    Piece of cake working with Nate as usual. A couple of days after funding the project I have 3 great takes to choose from which really add something to my song. Highly recommended.

  86. Review by Lucas James
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    Nate was fantastic to work with, understood exactly what I the track needed and provided 3 great options for me to choose from. Talented guy! Highly recommend.

  87. Review by Charles K.
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    Nate did a wonderful job with the option of picking from 3 different takes. Quick! Efficient!

  88. Review by MATTHEW M.
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    No other feeling compares to listening to Nate's takes on my stuff for the first time. 100 % YES. No. other. words.

  89. Review by Taylor Franklyn
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    10/10 Would hire again! Spot on performance, fast turnaround!

  90. Review by Tim C.
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    Another great gig with Nate - quick work and great drumming!

  91. Review by Bob A.
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    Great material. Positive vibe. Love working with this guy.

  92. Review by Daniel R.
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    The energy and cohesiveness Nate's drumming brings to a track cannot be captured in words or five stars. He is a song-focused musician who delivers the rhythmic essentials to compositions (tension/release, dynamics, groove, etc.) that we non-drummers can hear/feel when done right but certainly don't know how to play, ask for, or describe. It sounds easy when you know what to do. Well, fortunately for us, Nate knows what to do! And he does it better than anyone else.

  93. Review by freddy b.
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    Nailed, will be back for sure

  94. Review by Jim
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    Amazing job, quick turnaround! Nate was able to take my ideas and deliver an professional sounding drum track all while working in a tight deadline. His input was invaluable.

  95. Review by Dave B.
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    Nate is a pro all the way! Fast turnaround, superb final product. Nate’s correspondence is also timely and professional. Easy to see how his top ranking came to be. Thanks, Nate!

  96. Review by D.j. P.
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    Nate really on tempo in his playing, recording, and quality. He got me the desired STEMS in one take and gave me two more takes. What he delivered in a few days was excellent with no revisions necessary. So easy to work with a true pro and talented artist. I will definitely working with him again soon. I highly recommend him :)

  97. Review by Lawrence W.
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    A pleasure working with Nate as usual, quick turn around with excellent results!

  98. Review by Taylor Franklyn
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    Fantastic drummer! Highly recommended!!

  99. Review by MATTHEW M.
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    Wish I could give Nate more than 5 stars. He brings a whole other element to my songs that far exceeded any of my hopes! This really means the world.

  100. Review by TJ T.
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    Incredible performances delivered at lightning speed. Amazing experience!

  101. Review by Luke S.
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    Nate was great to work with from start to finish. He emulated the style of our guide drums while elevating them to a whole new level with his playing. He works fast, is a total professional, and is a great communicator, too. We'll definitely be working with him again.

  102. Review by Gordon R.
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    Nate is an amazing drummer with great technique and feel and an excellent ear! He plays perfectly for what the song needs, and injects incredible energy into your track. He nails your reference points as far as drum sounds and feel. He’s super easy to work with and my goodness, I couldn’t believe the quick turnaround! Hire this man! You will love the results!

  103. Review by MATTHEW M.
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    Fantastic job by Nate. I'm amazed at how efficient he is at this whole thing. His professionalism means a piece of cake for me. I don't have to edit, alternate takes, whatever, I just drop in the files and go. And his track RIPS. so glad I'm doing this!

  104. Review by Jeremy O.
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    Stellar performance and absurdly fast turn around. Highly recommend

  105. Review by Dustin T.
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    I keep coming back because Nate is great at what he does. Do yourself a favor and hire this guy!

  106. Review by William W.
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    Great work, inspired playing.

  107. Review by Patrick Conway
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    This was my very first project using SoundBetter.com. Nate gave me exactly what I was looking for in a drum part. He recorded 4 versions of 12 clean drum tracks to mix in a variety of ways. I have great options to choose from. He was also very quick with the turnaround and delivery. His price for one song fit my budget perfect.

  108. Review by Daniel W.
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    I really enjoyed working with Nate. Great guy, fast delivery and very professional! Will definitely work with him again in the future!

  109. Review by MATTHEW M.
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    fantastic experience, I gave Nate a song that I knew I needed to do but was struggling how to put my best foot forward on, and he breathed new life into it. I'm now totally excited about this and this song is now fresh and something I can be proud of.

  110. Review by max p.
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    Nate is awesome! very professional, instant turnaround, and most importantly an EXCELLENT FEEL. Would definitely love to work with again.

  111. Review by Martin P.
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    Another great production with Nate. It was a pleasure to work with him. I will work with him for sure!!

  112. 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!!

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

  114. 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.

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

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

  117. 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!

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

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

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

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

  122. 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.

  123. 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!

  124. 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.

  125. 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!

  126. 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!!

  127. 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.

  128. 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!

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

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

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

  132. 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!

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

  134. 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.

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

  136. 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

  137. 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!

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

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

  140. 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!

  141. 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!

  142. 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!

  143. 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!!

  144. 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.

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

  146. Review by Mertkan Özkan
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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.

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

  148. 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!

  149. 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!

  150. 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

  151. 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!

  152. 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.

  153. 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

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

  155. 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!

  156. 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.

  157. 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!

  158. 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.

  159. 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!

  160. 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.

  161. 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.

  162. 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!

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

  164. 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.

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

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

  167. 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!

  168. 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.

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

  170. 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!!

  171. 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!!!

  172. 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!!!

  173. 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.

  174. 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.

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

  176. 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!

  177. 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!

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

  179. 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!

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

  181. 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!!

  182. 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.

  183. 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.

  184. 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.

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

  186. 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.

  187. 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!

  188. 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.

  189. 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.

  190. 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

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

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

  193. 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!

  194. 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!

  195. 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.

  196. 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.

  197. 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!

  198. 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.

  199. 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!

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

  201. 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.

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

    Thanks!

  203. 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!

  204. 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.

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

  206. 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.

  207. 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!

  208. 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.

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

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

  211. 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!

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

  213. 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!

  214. Review by steve
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    Nate is great!

  215. 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.

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

  217. 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.

  218. 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.

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

  220. 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!

  221. 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!

  222. 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!

  223. 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.

  224. 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!

  225. 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.

  226. 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!

  227. 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.

  228. 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.

  229. 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.

  230. 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... :-)

  231. 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!

  232. 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 :-)

  233. 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!

  234. 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!

  235. 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++++

  236. 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

  237. 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.

  238. 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!

  239. 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.

  240. 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.

  241. 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.

  242. 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!

  243. 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.

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

  245. 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.

  246. 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!

  247. 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!

  248. 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!

  249. 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!

  250. 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

  251. 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!

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

  253. 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++++

  254. 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 ;)

  255. 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!

  256. 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.

  257. 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.

  258. 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!

  259. 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!

  260. 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!

  261. 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.

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

  263. 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.

  264. 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.

  265. 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.

  266. 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!

  267. 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!

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

  269. 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!

  270. 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!

  271. 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.

  272. 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!

  273. 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!

  274. 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!

  275. 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.

  276. 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.

  277. 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

  278. Review by David M.
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    I've worked with Nate many times so I'm struggling to find new words to say how awesome he is. To say he's the most professional to work with you could ever hope for. And no matter what I'm asking him for, he delivers! Constantly blowing me away. His standard has been to give me three different takes to choose from. The hardest thing about working with Nate is deciding which amazing ideas to take and which amazing ideas to leave to the ether...

    I'll work with Nate as long as he'll have me!

  279. Review by David M.
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    I've worked with Nate many times so I'm struggling to find new words to say how awesome he is. To say he's the most professional to work with you could ever hope for. And no matter what I'm asking him for, he delivers! Constantly blowing me away. His standard has been to give me three different takes to choose from. The hardest thing about working with Nate is deciding which amazing ideas to take and which amazing ideas to leave to the ether...

    I'll work with Nate as long as he'll have me!

  280. Review by Andrée Theander
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    Nate did a great job with tracking the drums for my song "Sweet Alder". He did some extra takes with a different mic placement on the overheads too after we've discussed the first takes he did. There was nothing wrong with them, they were top-notch from the start, but he gave me those alternative takes anyway just to make sure I was 100% pleased with the result. 5 stars for musicianship, audio quality, great communication and for going the extra mile. =)

  281. Review by Chris Nole
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    I've been working with Nate now for a few years. His drumming skills are absolutely top notch. Nate has great musical sensibilities and always delivers exactly what is needed - I highly recommend him!

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

  283. 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...

  284. 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

  285. 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!

  286. 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!

  287. 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.

  288. 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 are you working on at the moment?

  2. A: I'm currently in the middle of writing and recording 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.

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

  4. A: I primarily played with my original Rock n Roll band Rose Hill Drive from age 16-28. We started touring a ton right after high school and released 4 records over the course of 10 years. We were also fortunate to have been mentored by a local studio owner and were given free recording time at night when the studio wasn't otherwise booked, and logged countless hours and nights at that studio starting when I was 18. Learning my way around a full SSL console, patch bay, and outboard gear was very helpful in my eventual quest to record my own great sounding drum tracks. I started freelancing as a drummer around 2010 and also started engineering and producing other projects during that time. 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.

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

  6. 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 album.

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

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

  9. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  10. 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.

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

  12. 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.

  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: Can you share one music production tip?

  16. 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.

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

  18. 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.

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

  20. 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.

  21. Q: How would you describe your style?

  22. 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!

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Nate Barnes Drum Reel 2020

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    Infinite Eyes by Neon Castles
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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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