Hi-fi Drum Tracking through pro grade mics, preamps and compression. Berklee grad, experienced session & touring musician. Record producer.
I track record-quality drums out of my studio in North Hollywood, CA - allowing Artists and Producers to have live drums on their projects, at a much lower cost than hiring out a fully commercial studio and engineers.
With a wide background in recording drums for Pop/Rock, Soul and Hip Hop projects, as well as mixing and music production - I can tailor my performance and sound to serve the song or project best, and I'm able to offer more edited/'mixed' versions of the raw stems as well.
Producers will either send me stems or a stereo file without drums, plus a guide mp3 or reference tracks if necessary. I track drums at the studio, sending mp3 bounces of my progress to help with the creative process. When the track is in good shape I send WAV files (raw or rendered) for the producer to import into their session.
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Reviews (3)Endorse Jonah Summerfield
Man this guy is just my go to for drums. Combine a great room, great gear, a great drum set and a great musician and you can expect your drums to sound amazing. Jonah is an outstanding professional that delivers pristine recordings full of soul at a fraction of the cost.
Jonah is one of my favourite drummers and musicians. He is extremely professional and exceptionally tasteful in his choices as a player and producer. I've used him as a drummer on several projects, because I know that he can guarantee excellent sounding recordings from his home studio. More than that, he not only gives me exactly what I ask for, but always provides me with useful ideas of his own.
Jonah is a killer drummer with a great sound! I regularly have him add drums to my tracks, and I am always pleased with the results. Would highly recommend!
Interview with Jonah Summerfield
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I just finished an EP with a great up and coming singer Jessie Leith Munro that's coming out any day now. I cowrote, produced, played on and mixed it all - so it was exciting to have a much more hands-on role than I've had in the past.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: I like both. I love the sound of analogue preamps and compressors going in - but also enjoy the flexibility and ease of digital processing and editing. I'll usually track with analogue gear, but then edit and mix stuff in the box.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Groove-based, always focusing on sound and feel, and serving the song as best as I can.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: I always try to empathise with someone listening to my project for the first time - and what each of my choices will make the listener feel. Keep it interesting and make aggressive but tasteful choices.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: A wide range of genres, but usually within the realms of contemporary pop/rock/soul/r&b.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My strongest skill is getting the sound and groove right for THE SONG. That's the most important thing.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I'm always thinking about serving the song first. Creating a good groove, an effective build and dynamic throughout the song, and keeping it interesting for the listener, whilst almost always leaning to the simpler, most concise grooves.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I usually record on some combination of 60s Ludwig Drums, depending on the sound we're going for. Mic-wise, I usually go with a stereo OH pair as well as a close-up mono OH (U87 style mic). Close-mic Kick (AKG D112) AND Snare top and bottom (SM57s). The rest of the set up I'll change depending on the project.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Steve Jordan, Questlove, Bernard Purdie, James Gadson, Steve Gadd, Al Jackson Jr, Chris Dave. Prince, Stevie Wonder, D'angelo, Kevin Parker/Tame Impala, Kanye West, Blake Mills, Ariel Reichstad.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I record drums for producers and artists across a wide range of genres - often out of bigger commercial studios, as well as my own home studio. The remote tracking model is great because I have all my gear set up how I know it'll sound great, and I can tweak it from there to get the perfect sound for each song, whilst working flexibly with the needs of each producer and artist.