“Good Vibrations” Web Series at DrumMagazine.com

“Good Vibrations” Debuts!

Charlie's new Drum Magazine Column - "Good Vibrations".

In his new column, “Good Vibrations”, Charlie Waymire is going to show us how he works with drummers to get a great sound in the studio. Called “Good Vibrations”, the new column is designed to give you a quick look at how you go for a particular sound to fit a session or song. Charlie will keep the emphasis on the overall concept and sounds as opposed to the technology. Each installment is recorded and filmed at Ultimate Studios, Inc.

The first episode of “Good Vibrations” features Real Drum Tracks Now Drummer/Producer Mike Avenaim. We filmed this while working together on a new artist that he’s producing named T’Lark.

 

I’m super excited to be working with Drum Magazine again. This column, “Good Vibrations”, will give you a behind the scenes on what type of sound we needed for the song and what I did to achieve that. I’m documenting real sessions for this column and I’ll give you a complete breakdown of the session. I hope you enjoy!

Charlie

Visit DrumMagazine.com to watch the debut episode of “Good Vibrations” and read a complete session breakdown. Enjoy!

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Ultimate Studios, Inc Installs New Trident 88 Console!

The Trident 88 recording console at Ultimate Studios, Inc

The control room at Ultimate Studios, Inc received a major upgrade last week with the addition of the new Trident 88 recording console from PMI Audio. The Trident 88 is a new console that pays homage to the classic Trident sound and quality while adding new features to fit the modern workflow.

“I am absolutely loving the Trident 88! It sounds great, feels great, and is fun to work on. The folks at PMI Audio and Trident really did a great job of bridging the classic console with features that make it easy to integrate into modern studio setups.

I like the feel of working on a console. Having the ability to turn knobs and push a fader up or down, getting an immediate connection with the music is extremely important to me. I don’t get that from a mouse. Don’t get me wrong, I use the tools that are in my DAW too. However, the Trident 88 has allowed me to use them a lot less as this board sounds amazing and is very intuitive. Bottom line is this console is a beast, a sonic beast.

A HUGE thanks to everyone at PMI Audio. You guys are awesome!” says engineer Charlie Waymire.

Drums sound absolutely amazing on the Trident 88! Clients of Real Drum Tracks Now will not only get a world class drummer, an engineer that knows drums, but their tracks will be captured through a Trident console that many of the classic rock albums have been recorded through!

You can learn more about the Trident 88 at: www.TridentAudioDevelopments.com. We’ll have video very, very soon! In the meantime check out some photos of the new Trident 88 at Ultimate Studios, Inc!

You can view more photos on the Ultimate Studios, Inc website.

5 Questions with Drummer Jeff Bowders

Session Recording Drummer Jeff Bowders

Jeff Bowders in the quintessential rock drummer. His groove is powerful, his sound is big, and his chops are tight. He has recorded and toured with some of the biggest names in rock including; Paul Gilbert, Puddle of Mudd, Joe Satriani, Andy Timmons, and Mike Keneally to name a few. He has also released a solo record titled “The Pilgrimage of Thingamuhjig” that showcases Jeff’s technical prowess and monster groove!

Jeff is also a published author with 3 titles penned for Hal Leonard; “Essential Rock Drumming Concepts”, “Essential Drumset Fills”, and “Double Bass Drumming Workshop”.

Real Drum Tracks Now is proud to have one of the best rock drummers in the business on the roster.

1) What’s your experience working with different types of artists?

It varies all over the map. Some artists are very specific in what they want others just want me to play the way I would instinctively approach the song. Some artists can convey and articulate what they’re going for where others require a bit of experimentation to discover what it is they want.

2) How do you approach a song when it’s presented to you?

If the artist has given me no direction, I listen to what the groove is to determine what my foundation will be. Then it’s identifying the dynamic changes within the song so I can support the tension and release. If there are any specific rhythmic passages within the song I make note of it and experiment different ways to interpret it.

3) What if an artist has a specific drum idea for their songs?

Great! I’ll also try to offer some suggestions that may go along with their original idea just to see if they may like that better.

4) Does it help for the artist to give you references of other artists to help convey their ideas?

References are always welcome. The key to getting to best possible result in the studio is communication. Using reference songs, drummers, Dali paintings, whatever, it’s usually all helpful.

5) What’s the most important part of your job as a drummer?

To play as many notes as possible!!!! Haha!! My goal is to make everyone and the song sound better and to drumistically contribute without being a distraction.

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5 Questions with Drummer Mike Avenaim

5 Questions with Session Drummer  Mike Avenaim

Mike Avenaim has toured from one end of the world to the other. He was making quite a name for himself in Australia when he decided to pack up and relocate to the US. Since then it has been non-stop gigging and recording for the Aussie transplant with artists such as Emblem3 (SyCo Records), Scott Weiland, Troy Harley (Dream Merchant 21), Colby O’ Donis (Grammy Award Winner), Rai Thistlethwayte/Sun Rai (Thirsty Merc), Reece Mastin (X-Factor Winner – Sony Music Australia), and Casey Donovan (Australian Idol).

Mike is also no stranger to Ultimate Studios, Inc and working with engineer Charlie Waymire. He has recorded two albums for Jordan Millar as well as tracks for Australian superstar and X-Factor winnter Reece Mastin (topping the charts in Australia!).

Real Drum Tracks Now talked to Mike about how he approaches working with different artist.

1) What’s your experience working with different types of artists?

I love working with different Artists. It allows me to use all of the creative tools I have been learning over the years weather it be different drums or playing styles etc. Its always a challenge to jump into a session or a live situation with an artist you are unfamiliar with, but, there is a sense of excitement and pressure that comes with this that allows me to be a better musician. All artists a different so i always try to make sure I do my research and bring to the table exactly what they want to hear mixed with what I bring through my own creativity. I learn a lot dealing with all the artists I work with in different genres.

2) How do you approach a song when it’s presented to you?

This really depends on the style of song. There are a few things I always do but the most important is Making sure that I really “understand” what the artist is trying to say with their arrangement and instrumentation. A lot of drummers just play “beats”, I try not to do that. Im trying to play music and I need to be in the song to make sure that I don’t tread all over the intention.

3) What if an artist has a specific drum idea for their songs?

I love it when the artist has a vibe that they’re going for. This always helps with the musical conversation and allows me to make suggestions within the original idea that will hopefully lead to a killer finished product.

4) Does it help for the artist to give you references of other artists to help convey their ideas?

Yes. This is always a major help for Tones and also Playing Style.

5) What’s the most important part of your job as a drummer?

To LISTEN to what the Artist is asking for. My or Your musical opinion is not always the best. Collaboration on the session is where the magic comes from.

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5 Questions with Drummer Nick Adams

Real Drum Tracks Now Session Recording Drummer Nick Adams

Nick Adams is one of the most in-demand drummers in LA. He’s worked David Cook, Andre Cymone, Fifth Harmony, as well as producers Jay Baumgardner (Seether, Drowning Pool, Papa Roach), JP Bowersock (The Strokes), and Damon Sharpe (Big Time Rush, Kylie Minogue). When he’s not touring he’s tucked away in the studio providing the backbone for artists all over the globe. Real Drum Tracks Now sat down with Nick to find out what makes him tick as a drummer and his experience working with such a diverse group of artists.

1) What’s your experience working with different types of artists?

One of my favorite things about playing music for a living is having the opportunity to work with all types people, and getting to play a lot of different styles of music. I’ve done everything from metal gigs to jazz gigs, and everything in between. Some gigs have been more enjoyable and easier than others, but overall I’ve been really fortunate to work with some amazingly talented artists and musicians who are now some of my best friends. I try to challenge myself musically as much as possible, so I enjoy working in a variety of playing situations. Playing with
different types of artists has expanded my musical vocabulary immensely, and it allows me to constantly learn and grow as a musician.

2) How do you approach a song when it’s presented to you?

When I hear a tune for the first time, first and foremost I try not to overthink it. Often, the drum part will more or less sing itself. The
vast majority of the time, especially in contemporary music, the vocal is the priority. I always try to stay out of the way of the vocals,
but at the same time I do my best to support and enhance them. I attempt to listen as much as possible, and give all of the other instruments space to be creative.

3) What if an artist has a specific drum idea for their songs?

I love receiving direction from the artist as far as the drum part goes. I find it much easier to create when I have some idea of what
people are looking for, or when I am able to work within a given set of parameters. I always encourage people to sing me their ideas or
play demo drums they might have created for their tunes. I can then adapt the parts for the song if need be, and put some of my own personality into the part, while sticking to the ideas the artist has expressed to me.

4) Does it help for the artist to give you references of other artists to help convey their ideas?

Any inspiration for the drums I can get is welcomed. I love being given song/artist references not only for the parts, but also for the
drum sounds. This always makes things easier and more efficient, especially in the studio.

5) What’s the most important part of your job as a drummer?

In my opinion, the most important job of any drummer is to keep solid time, and make the music feel good. I am simply there to provide the
foundation upon which the more melodic instruments can sit. If the rest of the band is comfortable and free, and the audience is moving and dancing, I’ve done my job.

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Gianluca Palmieri Featured on Vic Firth #VF15

Real Drum Tracks Now Session Recording Drummer Gianluca Palmieri

During filming of Gianluca’s Promo Videos at Ultimate Rhythm Studios he shot a short 15 second clip playing a pretty bad ass groove for Vic Firth drumsticks (Gianluca is a Vic Firth Artist). Matter of fact it was so bad ass they featured it on their Facebook and Instagram page as one of the “Featured #VF15” videos.

We think it was pretty bad ass too and would like to share it with you!

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Welcome to Real Drum Tracks Now!

Real Drum Tracks Now - The BEST Drum Tracks Anywhere!

We are very proud to announce the launch of a Real Drums On Demand! We bring you, the artist, musician, producer, band, composer, the absolute BEST drum tracks! We’ve made it easy to actualy get an awesome studio in Los Angeles, CA, and accomplished engineer that KNOWS Drum Recording, and the absolute BEST drummers on the planet on your songs. With 1 email you have our very own Drum Recording powerhouse team!

“I’ve had the pleasure of working with some very talented artists from all around the world. Matter of fact the very drummers on the Real Drum Tracks Now roster and I have been doing this for quite some time now and I’ve always wanted to make this kind of talent easily accessible to artist all over the world. Our business is getting you the Drum Tracks that you simply can’t get anywhere else.” says Producer/Engineer Charlie Waymire.

Take a few moments to get to know our talented roster of session drummers. We’re sure you’ll connect with a groove instantly!

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Let’s make some music together!