Remote Drum Tracking

Remote drum tracking for your individual song, demo or album is completed at GTown Studio in Acworth, GA. The dedicated drum recording studio is setup to get a wide range of sounds to support the desired unique mix for your project.

I look forward to helping bring your song vision to life giving you tasteful professional drum tracks to fill out your recording.

GTown Studio

Most projects receive 8 individual acoustic drums and/or percussion tracks along with the master track. See our GTown Studio page at this link for a full list of available drums, instruments and recording equipment that we use.

Final tracks are sent to you via Dropbox.

Pricing is currently $70 per song. Book by Dec. 31, 2020, and get your first song tracked for free!

Listen to a recent recording with the drums tracked by Mike’s Drum Tracking at GTown Studio at this link.

Contact me at info@mikesdrumtracking.com or 678-231-2752 (text/call) to start the conversation for your next project!

Drum Lessons Info

Drum lessons are available starting in half-hour blocks for snare and drum set techniques and skills as well as tips/help for playing with bands, playing to a click track and drum set audio/video recording setups.

The majority of lessons are conducted in-person at GTown Studio in Acworth, GA. A mix of in-person and virtual lessons are available. Lessons start at $20 for 30-minutes.

Initial books used for snare or drum set lessons include:

Contact Mike about the type of drum lessons you would like to start as well as scheduling via email at info@mikesdrumtracking.com or phone/text at 678-231-2752.

The Essential Tracks: ’88-’94

DFL, Stone Dresden, Black Moses: Eastside x Seattle 1988-1994. Order at this link!

This CD mixtape of sorts really came about because my sister asked for a CD of all the bands I used to be in. I tried to record all the cassette tapes to a CD several years ago, but always ran into some technical issue that I could never get past, and didn’t want to send them off to some service, so just packed everything back away. But then when I started finishing out my home recording studio last year, I realized I could just plug a tape player into my recording equipment, track it into a DAW, adjust some of the basic EQ, and have everything recorded into individual mp3’s.

I ended up being able to record each song from each cassette from DFL, Stone Dresden and Black Moses into individual tracks. I even found some demo tracks we never truly finished for Black Moses that were in good enough condition to throw on here too. Some other tapes or recordings with Mushmouth and 420 Love just had degraded too much.

One thing I didn’t have was our original DFL cassette, but a high school friend had a copy and I was able to track that into 4 15-minute recordings. Although, I didn’t put that on this CD, these are all on the Discography section of this site at this link.

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Rogers Drum Kit History

In the middle of my first year of junior high school, I decided to switch from trumpet to drums. Using the money from a neighborhood paper route, I was able to purchase my first kit with the help of my parents: a Rogers R-360 kit.

This kit was a workhorse for the next 15 years. From junior high and high school jazz bands to an original punk band to jazz combo gigs to playing at church to recording sessions and finally serving me for several years of original funk and rock bands in Seattle.

These drums survived a house fire in the 90s in Seattle with only the maroon wraps melted off and tarnished hardware. After stripping off the wraps, my Mom hand painted the shells, and these were back in business!

In 2000, a 15-year rest period began for this kit as I decided to pursue skydiving full time.

In 2015, I dug these out of the closet to start practicing for an audition to play for my local church. Within a few weeks of practice, the lug hardware started to fail and crumble. I replaced my original pride & joy with a custom DW kit, but started working at the same time on restoring the Rogers drums.

After installing new lug hardware, cleaning up the bearing edges and replacing some heads, my first Rogers kit was singing again…and is now part of the Mike’s Drum Tracking recording gear. Check her out:

Black Moses Was Here…

Listening to Black Moses will transport you back to an early ’90s Seattle where the music scene was blowing up, yet most bands were just struggling to be heard, get gigs and stay together long enough to get noticed.

Black Moses under I-5 in Seattle
Black Moses “Pain”

To get to the essence of who Black Moses became, we must take a few steps back to what it was like growing up in Washington State. Music was everywhere. Starting in junior high, there were already a large number of your classmates in original bands, or playing, recording and competing in the school jazz bands or talent shows galore. If you had any interest in music whatsoever, the opportunities to grow and thrive were hitting you over the head.

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The Pursuit of Drumming…

Seemed to me that drumming was the best way to get close to God.

~Lionel Hampton

I switched from the trumpet section to drums half-way through my first year of junior high school. The trumpet was something handed down to me from an uncle, and was the only instrument I had to play for elementary school band.

In junior high school, I joined the jazz band immediately, and really fell in love with the music, so much so, that I already knew that making music was how I wanted to spend the rest of my life. Yet, it seemed like such a long shot to make it playing trumpet (high school friend Jim Sisko proved me wrong by making a lifelong career on trumpet).

It didn’t hurt that the drums sounded so much more fun and the drummers seemed so cool and chill. Plus the girl-attention was off the charts. That junior high school brain made up its mind and convinced my parents to let me take up the drums.

For the next 15 years, I pursued learning drums as if my life depended on it. Everything I valued in life truly came through drumming. I had tunnel vision, but that passion was something that helped me thrive during those awkward junior high and high school years.

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New Original For 2020!

Check out this new original that started out with a bass melody I recorded. I then tracked the drums over that and decided to added a bit of djembe to round it out.

The drums were recorded with 3 mics: Audix D6 at the bass drum port, Shure SM57 on top of the snare and an Audix ADX51 overhead. The djembe was tracked with the Shure SM57 on the top head and the Audix D6 at the bottom. The bass was recorded straight into the Arturia AudioFuse 8Pre Interface.

All tracks were recorded through the Arturia AudioFuse 8Pre Interface into Ableton Live 10 Standard on a Mac. Final mixing included some EQ and Compression through Ableton.

Video was done through a GoPro HERO8 Black and the final video/music editing was done with Adobe Premier Pro. Enjoy!

Jamie’s Bass Riff…

My son Jamie plays Double Bass for the Georgia Youth Symphony Orchestra in their Camerata Orchestra. He also dabbles a little bit on electric bass, acoustic guitar and drums.

This song came from a 3-note riff that included double stops (two notes played at the same time). It sounds so melodic and ideas were already spinning in my mind. So after Jamie taught me the riff, I started building a melody around it.

The bass was tracked first, directly into the Arturia AudioFuse 8Pre. The drum tracks were laid down next with 3 mics: Shure SM57 on snare, Audix D6 at the bass drum port and Audix ADX51 overhead. The trumpet was tracked last and recorded using the Shure SM57

All tracks were recorded and mixed through Ableton Live 10 Standard. The video was recorded on a GoPro HERO8 Black and the final video editing/mixing was done through Adobe Premier Rush. Enjoy!

NGD: Ludwig Acrolite Snare

My goto snare for more than 20 years has been a 14″ Tama Piccolo, but one of the lugs finally gave way last week. Turns out the hardware for my version of the Tama Piccolo was long gone. So it was off to search for a new snare.

Instead of such a specialized snare like I already had, I wanted to find something that could be used in a variety of situations, recording and tunings. Nearly every search I did online came back to the same snare drum as “a must” for any recording drummer’s collection: the Ludwig Acrolite.

So I picked up a 5×14 Ludwig Acrolite, and it didn’t take much tuning to get a great sound out of it! The old school internal muffler is the bomb! On this recording I left it off as I was loving that full ring.

This snare was recorded with a Shure SM57 mic through the Arturia AudiFuse 8Pre into Ableton. Enjoy!

That Low Bass Song…

These riffs in this song have been in my head for years…like at least 20. And it wasn’t until I hopped back on the drums in 2015, and decided to also start recording myself, that I finally actually tracked what was in my head.

So I present to you…That Low Bass Song that won’t leave me alone…ha!

The bass was tracked directly into the Arturia AudioFuse 8Pre. I recorded the drums next with a 3-mic setup of a Shure SM57 on the snare, Audix D6 on the bass drum and Audix ADX51 overhead. The trumpet part was added at the end and recorded through the Shure SM57.

All parts were tracked through AudioFuse 8Pre and into Ableton Live 10 Standard on a Mac. Final mixing included EQ and Compression.

Video was through a GoPro HERO8 Black. Final video editing/mixing was done with Adobe Premier Rush. Enjoy!