Some of my credits: Elton John (The Lion King & Duets For One - LPs), George Clinton, XTC, Brian Eno, All Natalie Imbruglia Hits, Shakespears Sister, Tina Turner, Les Valentine, Etienne Daho, Chaka Khan, Brain Adams, Gary Barlow,Take That, Michele Polnereff, Pet Shop Boys, Roy Orbison (Produced by Brian Eno), plus!
Also Produced & Mixed many LPs!

I love being in the studio, recording and mixing, making each song sound & feel the best it can.
It's not about the money, it's about perfection!
I've been tweaking the studio for years to get Fantastic Radio Quality Drum Sounds.
Everything from tight & dry, to huge stadium drum sounds.

I'll discuss the vibe and sound you want. Then you'll send your files via WeTransfer or similar.
All I need is a stereo rough mix of your song with (if you have) & without drums starting from 00.0, & the BPM.
After I've done the recording, I'll email you an Mp3 of your song with my drums. We'll then talk about any changes you may want, if any. Once you're happy I'll send you all 10 individual drum tracks, and a stereo drum mix if required. You can also have the stems from all my takes!
Your music is very important.... It should always be treated that way!
Over half my work is from returning clients.
I have never had an unhappy client!

Thanks,
Chuck

Would love to hear from you. Click the contact button above to get in touch.

My credits include

Gear highlights

  • 3 different sets of Yamaha Maple Custom Drums
  • Zildjian Cymbals
  • Pro Tools 10 & Mac
  • Allen & Heath GL2400 Desk
  • All the Best Valve Pre Amps & Microphones for Recording All Drum Styles!

Genres I specialize in

Terms of Service

Two revisions and 3 day turn around. Additional percussion costs can be negotiated.

Reviews of Chuck Sabo - PRO ATTITUDE!

  • Verified ReviewListing_thumb_terry_california_years1 minute agoby

    What a wonderful experience working with Chuck. He is the ultimate professional. He delivers exactly what you are looking for. Highly recommend using him for both drums as well as percussion. work.

  • Verified ReviewDefault-avatar14 days agoby

    Chuck Sabo is a pro in what he does.. He just adapts to any song or any style. He has a great skill set and very good knowledge in music. He works precisely and responds to the suggestions very quickly. He has done a fantastic job on my song, being 7:25 minutes long. He recorded the drums in a single take, which is commendable. Thank you Chuck.

  • Verified ReviewListing_thumb_photo_apr_1027 days agoby

    Incredibly happy with the work Chuck did with my track. He gave me so much to work with!

  • Verified ReviewDefault-avatarabout 1 month agoby

    Chuck was really great to work with. Kind, very prompt in his messages and feedback, not to mention an amazing drummer! I'll look forward to working with him again!

  • Verified ReviewListing_thumb_img_12833 months agoby

    Very professional, very fast, very good sound and very gentle person! Highly recommended!

  • Verified ReviewListing_thumb_jwa_55513 months agoby

    Chuck is an amazing player, he nearly nailed the parts on the first take. He was patient and understanding with my requests and delivered a professional final product. Thanks again, Chuck, you brought the song to life!

  • Verified ReviewListing_thumb_profile_14 months agoby

    Really enjoyed working with Chuck, a true professional !!!
    Spot on.

  • Verified ReviewDefault-avatar4 months agoby

    This guy is phenomenal! Perfect experience. I truly look forward to the next one.

  • Verified ReviewDefault-avatar5 months agoby

    Awesome job! Chuck recorded drums for and mixed a fairly challenging song with ease. He was always very responsive to communication and quick to provide revisions, accommodating all my feedback no matter how small.

    I am quite satisfied with the results and will be having Chuck work on the remaining 8 tracks on an upcoming LP. Highly recommended!

  • Verified Review (Client)Listing_thumb_fullsizerender5 months agoby

    Chuck is always a pleasure to work with!

  • Verified ReviewListing_thumb_img_47085 months agoby

    Working with Chuck Sabo was easy and straight to the point. Excellent drummer and extremely happy with his work. I will be back for more songs. That is for sure.

  • Verified ReviewDefault-avatar6 months agoby

    Thanks to Chuck again, he is able to follow my instruction to provide the drum track. Since i didn't provide the reference drum info at the very beginning, which cost him to revise many times. But he is still very kind to help me and make the final version to meet my expectation. Excellent drum skill and very easy to work with A+++ ! best drummer.

  • Verified ReviewListing_thumb_15250730_10211722198109766_175448591882347867_o6 months agoby

    Chuck, Thank you so much! -
    Chuck has been absolutely wonderful to work with, I am looking forward to working with him again on future projects! He is an absolute professional with integrity in his work - and his drums sound great -

  • Verified ReviewListing_thumb_image8 months agoby

    Chuck is the man to get if you want a good solid groove and good sounding tracks.
    He is a true professional and an absolute pleasure to work with. What more can I say, hire him!

  • Verified ReviewListing_thumb_image9 months agoby

    Chuck is good and quick and is easy to work with. His double bass drumming is on-point. I could have asked for another take or two with him, but he was able to give me what I needed with just two takes. Will work with him again in the future.

  • Verified ReviewListing_thumb_profil9 months agoby

    This was my first song with Chuck Sabo. Without hesitation, it was a 5-star... I should have said a 6-star online drum session. Chuck is a very friendly person to collaborate with and above all an amazing professional drummer and musician!
    Thank you, Sir !

  • Verified ReviewDefault-avatar9 months agoby

    Chuck Sabo is a classic. Expect the top quality from his work.

  • Verified Review (Client)Listing_thumb_fullsizerender11 months agoby

    Thanks again to Chuck for making my job easy with great mixes and excellent communication!

  • Verified ReviewDefault-avatar11 months agoby

    Excellent drummer, did it first take, and he interpreted where I was going with it although he did not have all the details. True professional.

  • Verified ReviewDefault-avatar11 months agoby

    Chuck Sabo is very professional drummer and easy to work with. He understand and catch my idea very fast and even i am not a native English speaker. He provided the drum tracks for my Chinese song and form very strong motion to the music. I strongly recommend all people internationally to work with Chuck. He is really wonderful !!! :)

  • Verified ReviewDefault-avatarabout 1 year agoby

    Excellent drummer, I gave him a fairly difficult piece with specific details and he handled it brilliantly. Excellent musician. I recommend him thoroughly :)

  • Verified ReviewDefault-avatarabout 1 year agoby

    Chuck Sabo,
    Is a pro-determined to get it right.
    He gave me more than I asked for and was patient throughout.
    I am a pro drummer with no time to do this, and I'm picky !
    Very generous with his stem allocation and willingness to please.

    He can "lay it down" like he means it and be polite in an email.. a very nice combination . Thank you Chuck !

  • Verified ReviewDefault-avatarabout 1 year agoby

    Fantastic job! I always receive best comments from music critique and listeners about the drums that Chuck was working on!
    Chuck, thank you very much!

  • Verified ReviewListing_thumb_img_0385about 1 year agoby

    Communication - flawless, Drums (first take!) - flawless... What more can I say? A true professional with a wicked sense of humour. Chuck is THE MAN if you are after great, driving drums! Will use him for all my future projects!

  • Verified Review (Client)Listing_thumb_fullsizerenderabout 1 year agoby

    Chuck is super easy to work with and a top basher of the skins & producer!

  • Verified ReviewDefault-avatarabout 1 year agoby

    Great drums tone, good fills, fast turn around time and a real professional. A real communication expert.
    Andre

  • Verified ReviewListing_thumb_don_photo_3over 1 year agoby

    Chuck is amazing! solid skills, professional, accommodating, and just seems like a real nice guy! The turn around was remarkably quick and spot on! Can't wait until our next project together. Thanks Chuck,
    Don Bowles

  • Verified ReviewListing_thumb_sdc13388over 1 year agoby

    Spot on drum track. The song has a better feel to it now. Chuck is a proffessional and replies promptly. I certainly will consider Chuck Sabo for my next project.
    Randel (Dr. D.)

  • Verified ReviewDefault-avatarover 1 year agoby

    It is always a pleasure to work with Chuck, he is always professional and results are great!
    I hope to work with Chuck in the future on my new projects!

    Thank you!

  • Verified ReviewListing_thumb_1463563_10151555078924229_993907787_nover 1 year agoby

    Chuck delivered professional percussion overdubs for me on a tight turnaround. Thanks Chuck.

  • Verified ReviewDefault-avatarover 1 year agoby

    Having Chuck mix my song was a great experience. Chuck is a true professional and a really nice guy. His input and ideas for the mix were invaluable and worked perfectly for the song. I will absolutely use Chuck for all my mixes going forward If you're reading reviews looking for someone to mix your songs, look no further, Chuck is your go-to guy.

  • Verified ReviewDefault-avatarover 1 year agoby

    This is my second project with Chuck and I am very happy with the results.
    Chuck has a great feel for music and significantly improved my composition.
    Definitely recommend Chuck, and hope to work with him again.

    Thank you, Chuck!

  • Verified ReviewListing_thumb_img_20161022_134258over 1 year agoby

    If you need drums he's THE man.

  • Verified ReviewDefault-avatarover 1 year agoby

    High quality of work, quick turnaround, very professional. Definitely recommend Chuck.

  • Verified ReviewListing_thumb_giro_studio_soundbetterover 1 year agoby

    Simply a GREAT Professional with a GREAT Sound. Thanks Chuck !!

  • Verified ReviewDefault-avatarover 1 year agoby

    Once again Chuck delivers a perfect performance. A mix of live drums and percussion to bring an instrumental piece alive and to the next level. If you're looking for drums or percussion for your next project, look no further.

  • Verified ReviewDefault-avatarover 1 year agoby

    Chuck is a true professional and an amazing drummer. Everything is great when working with Chuck. Fast responses, great ideas, patient, and perfect drum tracks. I couldn't ask for more. The best drummer you could ever ask for to be part of your music.

  • Verified ReviewListing_thumb_img_2087_fotor_square_2over 1 year agoby

    Chuck has been a pleasure to work with and an absolute gentleman from the word go! Happy to take on board our preferences, and willing to go the extra mile extremely quickly for us, we can't rate him highly enough :) looking forward to more songs with him in the near future!

  • Verified ReviewListing_thumb_207483_747161894793_2270134_nover 1 year agoby

    Another great performance by Chuck on a complex, syncopated, old school motown tune :) His composition was perfect for the song and the drum sound was amazing! Chuck is extremely professional to work with and I highly recommend him.

  • Verified ReviewListing_thumb_207483_747161894793_2270134_nalmost 2 years agoby

    I am extremely satisfied with Chuck's drumming on another song :) In addition to being a great composer, solid drummer, and very professional to work with, Chuck proved on this song that he is also extremely versatile stylistically. Highly recommend.

  • Verified ReviewDefault-avataralmost 2 years agoby

    Look no further, Chuck is your man! Great tone, great feel. Listened to feedback and not only acted on it but went above and beyond what was needed.

  • Verified ReviewDefault-avataralmost 2 years agoby

    If you're searching for world class in the pocket drums to breath life into your songs, Chuck Sabo is your man. Plus he is a true pleasure to work with, so helpful and a genuinely great guy.

  • Verified ReviewListing_thumb_207483_747161894793_2270134_nalmost 2 years agoby

    I am a very happy repeat customer of Chuck's. He is a great composer whose drum parts complement the music perfectly. He is very professional to work with, his drums sound great, and he is a perfectionist. Everything you could ask for in a drummer.

  • Verified ReviewListing_thumb_207483_747161894793_2270134_nalmost 2 years agoby

    Chuck is the best drummer I could ask for. He added the perfect drum part to my song. His drums were not only well composed, great sounding, and professionally played, but they also conveyed exactly the right emotion to complement the lyrics. Highly recommend :)

  • Verified ReviewListing_thumb_207483_747161894793_2270134_nalmost 2 years agoby

    Chuck nailed it! With very little direction, Chuck composed the perfect drum part for my song. Very quick turnaround, great sounding drums on the recording, very professional to work with :)

  • Verified ReviewDefault-avataralmost 2 years agoby

    Fantastic drummer!! Easy to work with. Will be working together on more tracks. Thanks for your great contribution.

  • Verified ReviewListing_thumb_outreachingabout 2 years agoby

    Working with Chuck Sabo is an honor and a pleasure. His turnaround is so fast and his attention to detail so extensive it doesn't seem possible to have your cake and eat it too - but you can have everything with Chuck. Would I work with him again? Try to stop me!

  • Verified ReviewListing_thumb_dgr_main_photoabout 2 years agoby

    Incredible experience working with Chuck. Extremely professional and turned things around exactly as I envisioned. My first thought in the future will be to call on Chuck.

    Cheers!

  • Verified ReviewDefault-avatarabout 2 years agoby

    Chuck is a very professional musician! Fantastic drummer!Trust me ,if you have one song that need a Live drum,he must be the Best Choice!

  • Verified ReviewDefault-avatarabout 2 years agoby

    Awesome Drummer! Chuck is a true Artist

  • Verified ReviewDefault-avatarabout 2 years agoby

    Great Musician! I Really Like the Energy and the passion he has,also like his drum tone,it's awesome!

  • Verified ReviewListing_thumb_1915512_138479826060_8055524_nover 2 years agoby

    A true artist, a very talented musician... He has everything that can touch and boost your music with all that modesty. From the first second to the last he delivered the project with great professionalism. He is a true magician and an upright man, after all...

  • Verified ReviewDefault-avatarover 2 years agoby

    Meeting Chuck Sabo through Soundbetter is the best thing that happened to our music. The consummate professional: helpful, dependable, uncomplicated. A great drummer, but even if you don't need drums, hire him for his unparalleled contacts to the industry. Whatever instrument, player or style you need, Chuck will get you the best. Guaranteed.

  • Listing_thumb_untitled-299 months agoby

    Working with Chuck on different projects has been an honour and a delight - a true professional who knows what the tracks need, along with crystal clear superb mixes - A very friendly and honest work ethic - I highly recommend using his services and cannot wait to work with him again. My drum tracks have never sounded better!

  • Listing_thumb_img_0699about 1 year agoby

    Chuck and myself go way back, he's my brother from another mother ;-) we've worked on projects in the studio and from home (online) with artists old and new, Heaven 17, Chaka Khan, Tashan, Sarah Jane Morris, Billy Preston, new artists; Anna Graceman Mike Cook,and soundtrack recordings."A big sounding with a gentle Spirit".

  • Listing_thumb_img_0699about 1 year agoby

    Chuck and myself go way back, he's my brother from another mother ;-) we've worked on projects in the studio and from home (online) with artists old and new, Heaven 17, Chaka Khan, Tashan, Sarah Jane Morris, Billy Preston, new artists; Anna Graceman Mike Cook,and soundtrack recordings."A big sounding with a gentle Spirit".

  • Listing_thumb_hugh_profile3over 1 year agoby

    Chuck is a fantastic drummer. Extremely professional, very easy to work with and always delivers an amazingly high quality of work. I can't recommend him highly enough!


  • The best: he plays for the song and produces such a good sound that it fits easily into the mix.

  • Listing_thumb_simon_edwards_bassover 1 year agoby

    Chuck has such a deep and precise groove. He has brought great musicality to every session we have done together. Great guy to work with. I hope we can do another soon !

  • Default-avatarover 1 year agoby

    I've worked with Chuck for over twenty years. Every session he has played on has been exceptional. In my opinion the best groove machine on the planet. The epitome of "Pocket".

  • Listing_thumb_img_6262over 1 year agoby

    Chuck always comes up with the goods. He is very quick & always a pleasure to work with such a pro!

  • Listing_thumb_img_0699over 1 year agoby

    Chuck and myself go way back, he's my brother from another mother ;-) we've worked on projects in the studio and from home (online) with artists old and new, Heaven 17, Chaka Khan, Tashan, Sarah Jane Morris, Billy Preston, new artists; Anna Graceman Mike Cook,and soundtrack recordings."A big sounding with a gentle Spirit"..

  • Default-avatarabout 2 years agoby

    Incredible value!! I never could have afforded to hire Chuck Sabo in the past! How amazing is the online era....... Also, he translates Japanese!

  • Default-avatarover 2 years agoby

    WOUAH GREAT !! i m a big fan of XTC ,,wich is rare in france , and specialy this album ; Very good sound !!!

  • Default-avataralmost 3 years agoby

    Whatever the deadline, whatever the budget, Chuck always delivers. I've used him on albums, TV shows, ads- you name it- and he consistently brings that immaculate feel and magic to whatever I'm working on.

  • Default-avataralmost 3 years agoby

    I've worked with Chuck on many occaisions and thouroughly recommend him.
    Professional, calm, great feel and usually nails it first take!

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Tell us about your studio setup.
Big Sound Studio - There's a live room and a control room, separated by sound proof glass in the wall & door. 3 different sets of Yamaha Maple Custom Drums, Zildjian Cymbals, lots of percussion. Assortment of expensive microphones, Neuman, AKG, Shure, etc. including a couple vintage valve mics. Pro Tools 10 & 11, Mac with latest OS. Allen & Heath 2400 mixing desk, Urie LA4s, TL Audio Dual Valve pre amp, and similar Valve pre amps. I need to go into the studio and write all this down, then I can update my details....... watch this space
What are you working on at the moment?
An LP for a new signing to CBS, at Big Sound Studio. Then online recording for two songwriters from SoundBetter. But every week/month is different!
Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
I've had nothing but good experiences with all the artists and producers I've worked with through SoundBetter! I know a lot of great players who are now with SoundBetter, and I'm always happy to recommend the right player for the right job.
Analog or digital and why?
It's personal choice! I know for a fact from recording on 2" tape, it sounds warmer & fatter. Especially drums. But the editing and sound of Pro Tools, is amazing!
What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
Are you available to play on this song? It'll be my pleasure!
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
Online / Remote work.... Because of so much under pricing, people think they can get quality work, that sounds great & adds to the song for next to nothing! But, you really do get what you pay for!!
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
What feel, vibe, & sounds are you looking for? Do you have a reference song that may help? Are you open to suggestions?
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
Unfortunately online sessions are not as personal as being in a studio together. But with the right communication, it should still be very enjoyable and great for the songs! That they can enjoy the process, and walk away happy!
What do you like most about your job?
Creating great sounds, and playing great original rhythms, in the pocket. Also playing to some great new songs!
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
You always get what you pay for! If it looks too good to be true, it probably is! Do the best job you can, and finish it, before playing your songs to any industry people. Do not expect them to imagine what you hear. Spend a little & do it right!
Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
As drummer and musical director for all Natalie Imbruglia Tours & records. Obviously for all the Hit records & great LPs I'm drumming on!
How would you describe your style?
Creative Pocket Groove Drumming
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
I've already worked with so many greats, but I would enjoy working with Peter Gabriel, Earth Wind & Fire, Foo Fighters, and many more..... I love the songs, the grooves, and the pros that they are!
Can you share one music production tip?
It usually sounds right when it feels right! Another GREAT tip is.... avoid the Demoeyetis Disease! When a musician is replacing a programmed part that they've grow so accustom to, Take the time to get used to that musicians contribution, and avoid just getting your programed parts copied!! Listen with a open creative mind, before reacting!
What type of music do you usually work on?
Melodic & groove oriented music.
What's your strongest skill?
Groove & creativity, & getting a great sound!
What do you bring to a song?
Great sounds, Excitement, Creativity, & Fat Pocket Grooves!
What's your typical work process?
I received the files, right out the arrangements, and record! Then my manager Mike sends out an MP3 of my performance. If there are any revisions required, I will discuss them with the clients. Then do my best to make sure they're very happy, & come back again & again! Communication is very important to me!
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
Steve Gadd, John Bonhom, Steve White (Earth Wind & Fire), Crosby Stills Nash & Young, Foo Fighters, Steely Dan, Pink Floyd, Singer Songwriter, Folk, and many others!
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
Online / Remote Live Drumming & Percussion. Also programming! And lately, more & more Mixing!