Recording top sounding drums and innovative sounds for your song tracked in a huge sounding room. I'll find the right groove to your song.
I am a session drummer & sound designer and I want to help you make an amazing record. I deliver high-quality drum tracks, percussion add ons, unique sounds and programming to bring your music to life.
You can contact me for a free in depth video insight of various drum / production sessions to see the different approaches to each song and the quality of sounds.
I have been discovering unique drumsounds for a long time now, and I have been fortunate enough to call my passion my career. I love finding just the right sound and groove and capturing the best take for the song. In my studio I search for the best sound for your song. Mostly I focus on pop and hip-hop records and record drum tracks at my facility in Berlin, Germany. It's a big room, acoustically treated and features API and Neve style preamps and industry standard microphones.
Recordings featuring my performances accumulated more than 170 million plays on Spotify.
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- Alice Merton
- Michael Patrick Kelly
- Ilse deLange
- Mark Forster
- Tim Bendzko
- Johannes Oerding
- Nico Santos
- Matthias Schweighöfer
- Kool Savas
- Yvonne Catterfeld
- Lena Meyer-Landruth
- Gregor Meyle
- kelvin jones
- Tom Gregory
- alexa feser
- Annett Louisan
- Cassandra Steen
- Jenniffer Kae
- Jack Curley
- Fabian Römer
- Marcel Brell
- Filmorchester Babelsberg
- Norddeutsche Philharmonie Rostock
- Philharmonisches Orchester Erfurt
- Peter Maffay
65 Reviews - 9 Repeat ClientsEndorse Alex Hoeffken
Such a pleasure working with Alex on a new release. He's a great guy to work with and is all pro!
Alex did a great job and met my needs for this song! :)
Great work... Alex was on the ball and exuded enthusiasm and professionalism
It's alway a pleasure to work with Alex. He is such a great guy and delivers top noch drums & percussions!!!
Alex was very nice to work with. He was willing to provide a sample of the style of rhythm he would provide for my song and I appreciated that. I heard some instruments that i never heard before which i thought was very nice. Thanks you for the good vibes. Would definitely work with Alex again
Alex delivered a great drum track within just a few days. There was no need for edits as the first takes were spot on! Highly recommended.
Once again Alex delivered really creative grooves and great sounds for a new indie rock production! By the way he is also a great guy!!!
another fantastic job from Alex! again on the first delivery! very happy with the results! :)
Alex did a fantastic job with the drums! First delivery was the final delivery, no do-overs! and his workflow, amps, mics are the best quality!
Alex was Great! Drum sounds are Unique and Superior Quality! Like Guitarist's that have their Tone; Alex has a Great Drum Tone that you don't want to pass up.
Another exiting project with Alex, thanks for providing options to get where we needed!
I worked with Alex on a song that included both drums and percussions, and Alex delivered a ton of pretty cool sounds and ideas to the project that will definitely make the song sound great, and all in a very short amount of time. The song now sounds quite empty with the original drums & percussions I had before reaching out for Alex's help. Thanks a lot!
Alex did a great job at a great price and went above and beyond!
Alex is easily the best drummer I've hired for the project I was working on. He is professional, communicative and takes the time to deliver his best work. 10/10 - I hire him for everything now!
Expert. I just gave Alex the track with some description, and three days later, I got exactly what I want. I'll come back again for sure.
Alex delivered Drums & Percussions for another song with an indie rock style. His Drums are again well created with an amazing fit to the mood of the song! Best to work with!!!
Alex is a very creative sculptor of unique beats and sound, if that's what you're searching for. Also traditional drum patterns are on his menu. I happened to challenge him in both of those areas on one new song I wrote, with changing rhythms and tempo. With a couple of revisions he tamed the beast and nailed it to the job completed wall.
Alex will bend over backward to help and satisfy his client, cheerfully, even for a picky customer like me. I highly recommend his talent!
Alex was quick, efficient and professional. We loved the ideas he had for our track and all the layers he added. Definitely will be coming back whenever we need nice drums and percussion.
I launched my first song project and I choosed to work with Alex. I told him the direction I wanted to live drum to go pattern ect. He acknowledged and he offered me 1 review. After first two take I wasn't satisfy yet my 1 review was done. That's the interesting part. ALEX didn't care about the money, nor the additional time it will take to go back and make all the changes I needed. He literally said to me WE DONT QUIT THIS PROJECT UNTILL YOU ARE SATISFY. Then he killed it was hugely happy end
I loved working with Alex. When I was looking for a drummer here on SoundBetter I came upon Alex and listened to his drumming on Alice Merton's "Lash out". What a great drumming, really made the song! He exceeded all the expectations and recorded really great drums/perc for my track. Will be working with him in the future!
If I could give 6 starts I would. Alex went BEYOND what I had hoped. He played brilliant drums but his sense of the song and what it needed was tops and it made me so happy I went with him for this song. His creative input as a drummer and percussionist was incredible. I highly suggest Alex on your next project.
Alex is a gifted musician who has an understanding of different genres as well as music production which means each song gets exactly the grooves, sound and mood that it needs! Goes without saying that his skills as a drummer/ rhythm/groove section match up to his understanding, but above all, he is genuinely interested in contributing his best to you track and comes across as a friendly person. We did a video call to discuss details and it was great to get to know him just a little bit! :-)
Second time working with Alex. He is cooperative and result-oriented! Commended,
Alex was very easy to work with and provided great sounds!
Always a pleasure to work with Alex!!! Quick response, great communication and high quality drums!!!
You don't know drums til you work with Alex.
No Sir. No you don't.
Alex performs on drums outstandingly, has a perfect sound quality, and delivers everything professionally to you, with all the care there is.
More even: he advises you and gives you more to up your production beyond what you had. How about that?
Bottom line: if you have anything drums related, give it to Alex. He's your guy.
Had another great experience working with Alex. He brings a lot of creativity to the table and takes direction well too. Great execution and attention to detail. The sounds and performances are always top notch. Highly recommend!
Very pro! Clear communication, quick turnaround, great tone and chops.
You know when a guy is passionate about drums. He tried some distant alternatives without hesiatiton until I'm satisfied. And we got the bullseye. Alex has the key for all your problems. Definitely work with him again.
Alex is a phenomenal talent. His feel & sensibility are spot on. Further more, he always goes the extra mile to serve the song. Lastly, his recording capabilities & the sound quality he is able to produce is excellent. Highly recommended!
This is my second time working with Alex and he always goes above and beyond, delivering more than asked for. The quality and care he puts in to his tones is spectacular and he has excellent feel. Very easy to work with and responsive. Highly recommended!
Alex did an incredible job on my song. Solid beat, super interesting percussion work that really made the song shine! He is an absolute Profesional and I would highly recommend him!!
Another brilliant drum production from Alex. Enjoyed this seamless collaboration and drums on time! Thank u kindly :)
Alex is great too work with, fast with notes and has a lot to offer. Will hire again.
Super professional. Highly recommended.
Really well equipped, I will work with Alex again.
Another amazing production with Alex! Creative unique drum tracks!Fresh and crunchy! Always a pleasure to work with!
Super awesome drummer, producer and engineer Alex Hoeffken provided me with all I asked for and more. The ability to have excellent drumming skills with the capability to capture the record and engineer at a professional level makes Alex a world-class talent!
Another great instance of working with Alex, everything is on time and to the best output. Even in the crazy times he delivers, Thanks a bunch!
Alex is a fantastic creative drummer. It is such a pleasure to work with! Highly recommended!!!
Great production skills and vibrant communications, thanks Alex!
Working with Alex was great. He takes great attention to tone and was able to follow and execute direction exceptionally. Great guy to work with.
Great time working with Alex. Professional and cooperative, was no problems adjusting and moving things when I asked. Fluent in styles of production and had a nice library of sounds to choose from. Will recommend and hire again, thanks a bunch
Alex is very gifted drummer. We worked on another song and he played once more creative and well sounded drums. It is always a pleasure!
Very happy with what we ended up with! Drum tracks sound great, well played and recorded. Alex was very quick with responses to queries - over all great communication and great experience. Thanks Alex and look forward to working together soon.
Alex delivered fantastic drum tracks for a upbeat production. Very modern sound and cool played!!! He is the man!
Alex nailed it on the first try within only a couple days of my order. Favorite drummer I've worked with and will be using him again soon!
Alex, is truly talented. He did an amazing job with my song. Gifted, professional and has a great, positive attitude.
Alex is a very talented and creative drummer! His Sounddesign is extraordinary! It's a great experience to work with! Highly recommended!!
Alex is a very creative and versatile drummer! He is a great communicator and he delivers high quality tracks. It is a pleasure to work with. Highly recommended!!!
Alex was a joy to work with! Clear communicator, very fast turnaround on projects, new exactly the sound I was looking for, and didn't hesitate to make any revisions or add in new percussion parts. Couldn't recommend him enough!
Alex is a talented drummer and insightful in regards to the requirements of the song. Delivers fast and always meets expectation.
Alex is top quality. Good sounds and understanding, everything delivered with ease. Recommended.
From the moment I reached out Alex he was an absolute professional. He had extremely clear communication, made me feel like a valued artist, and played excellent pro drums! He understood the exact sound I was looking for and delivered high quality recordings to me in a very reasonably short amount of time. In addition to being a great drummer, Alex, also has some amazing ears for tone and the drums and gear to support his vision. I would definitely work with him again. Thanks Alex!
Really creative player. Loved the percussion work he did in addition to the live kit. Great sound.
Alex was great to work with - vey patient, creative, and great drum tones. He came up with sounds and rhythms I wouldn't have thought of.
Makes my music better every single time. Alex is the best!
Alex not only kills it as an artist, but goes above and beyond as a professional. He understands exactly what the client wants and delivers exactly that! Nothing but positive things to say about him and his work.
Communicative, fast, and excellent final product. Would highly recommend working with Alex.
High quality drums from a great player! Super fast turnaround. Thanks Alex! See you soon for another track.
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Alex is not only one of the most professional and creative drummers, but also one of the nicest human beings I know.
He is a relentless worker, especially when it comes to record his vision and sound.
I worked with him on multiple occasions and always loved his ability to play with the right feel, tone and support for the music. Huge recommendation!
Alex was fantastisc, very professional and patient! I totattly recomend!
Very professional and trustworth person. Like to work with him again.
Alex was a joy to work with. He delivered great results and in a timely manner. Would hire him again any day! :)
Great sound, style, groove and timing and a very nice guy. All you need I would say. Thank you Alex, wait, I need some drums again... ;)
Absolutely a world-class high professional drummer!
Very sensitive about sound (-design) and the right notes and grooves for the song.
Well equiped, well-considered, super reliable and versatile!
Interview with Alex Hoeffken
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Most of the time I replace programmed drumming with live drums, programm a beat and add percussion to it or to a drum track I did.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Unique drum sounds, a lively energy and creative input.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: A solid groove and creative sounds.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Pop, Hip Hop, Soul and some Rock.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: You'll get great sounding tracks and a musical approach.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: A great mix of both is the best way.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I use Logic Pro X in Combination with Universal Audio Apollo (Quad & 16) and several Heritage Audio, API, Avedis Audio, Universal Audio and other preamps im combination with Neumann, Coles, AKG, Sennheiser or Beyerdynamic Mics to capture the perfect sound.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I get a demo song and ask the client about what they want to add to the song. I make suggestions for grooves, sounds and patterns or simply replace the programming.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I'm heavily influenced by great groove drummers like Steve Jordan, Steve Gadd etc. I focus primarily on feel, groove, and energy. Drumsound is VERY important to me and I try to achieve the best sound for the song by choosing from a wide variety of drums, percussion, weird sounds etc. I also run things through guitar pedals to deliver a unique sound.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: When do you need the tracks? Which vibe and sounds do you have in mind?
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I love to be creative and capture the best performance.