Daniel Torgal

Heavy Drums | Rock, Metal, HxC

41 Reviews (38 Verified)
Daniel Torgal on SoundBetter

Need some killer drum parts for your songs? I will gladly handle any task within the heavier spectrum of music. From the slowest doom to the most schizophrenic beats you can think of, I’m here for you.

Hi! I'm currently the drummer of The Voynich Code (Deathcore/Technical Death Metal) and I have been playing and working with lots of artists from different genres and backgrounds both live and in the studio for the last +10 years. Although I’m full-time dedicated to the heavy music scene, I have a degree in Jazz and Modern Music, which broad my musical horizons and helped me to develop my own style of playing and a solid technique, while boosting my creativity and deepening my knowledge in music.

The services I offer at SoundBetter as a drummer are composition, recording and editing.

My studio, located in Almada on the south bay of Lisbon, is perfect for my drumming endeavors. Having a very versatile recording room, great gear and a super comfortable environment, I have the perfect conditions to deliver high end tracks!

In case you would rather go with programmed drums, I'll write the parts as I would play them giving them an organic, humane and dynamic feel. Since I have a vast collection of some of the best drum libraries and samples, I'll provide you with incredible professional stems that will fit your mix like a glove.

Looking forward to work with you!

Click the 'Contact' above to get in touch. Looking forward to hearing from you.

41 Reviews - 9 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by Derek R.

    Very easy to work with and delivered as promised. Added some great drums, too, for an affordable price! Recommended!

  2. Review by James H.

    Daniel did an killer job on some pretty challenging material. Solidly engineered and amazingly performed drums tracks. Throughout the process he was super communicative and a pleasure to work with. Absolutely recommended!

  3. Review by Mesker
    by Mesker

    Daniel recorded drums for a challenging 7 track hardcore EP. He 100% nailed it, playing with feel and taking a musical approach that complimented every song. There were barely any revisions over this whole project because he showed such an extremely high attention to detail, amazing! I would 1000% recommend Daniel to anyone/everyone and I’m honoured to have him playing on the EP.

  4. Review by Mike K.

    Daniel is the best! Great guy and an AMAZING talent! He stayed in touch through the whole process and delivered on everything he promised then some. Listening to what he brought to the project raised the hairs on my arms. I have an album worth of material written and you can bet Daniel will be a big part of getting it complete. I couldn’t be happier!

  5. Review by Chris R.

    We worked on a 4 song EP together. I'm not a drummer so, when I write drum parts, I try to figure out how to make them challenging, interesting and most importantly, playable. Daniel didn't even flinch when I handed him the demos. Not surprising because, if you've ever heard his band Voynich Code, the man is a BEAST on drums. Do yourself a favor and hire Daniel for your next project. I know I will.

  6. Review by Steven G.

    Complete professional, easy to work. Full filled my vision beyond expectations. He totally killed it. Even for my crazy offbeat song. lol

  7. Review by Katherine Christie Evans

    Daniel is an absolute professional, and I cannot recommend him highly enough!
    I contacted him about my project and from start to finish he was so great to communicate with. He went out of his way to pay attention to small details and really understood what I wanted.

    I felt very confident in his abilities. Technically his performance was outstanding, and also such a musical interpretation.

    Daniel delivered me the highest quality work! Thanks so much, I hope to work with you in the future.

  8. Review by Juan Canteli

    Daniel couldn't have been easier to work with. He's a total professional, delivered his parts as promised and absolutely nailed it. I couldn't be happier. Highly recommended!

  9. Review by tonycarreira1981

    Outstanding as always!! A real pleasure working with this chap! As I mentioned before, my go to drummer!

  10. Review by Morvia 8.

    Was on time with his work and done as expected.

  11. Review by tonycarreira1981

    Another epic work from Daniel! He really takes the time to understand that track and build the best drumming section possible! You can really see it and feel it! Top bloke! He is my go to guy now!

  12. Review by Yaprak
    by Yaprak

    Another fantastic piece of work from Daniel! He consistently puts forth his utmost effort and is exceptionally kind, professional, and friendly. Working with him is a pleasure, and his talent is truly amazing 🤩⭐️🙌!

  13. Review by tonycarreira1981

    Absolute top bloke! The deliverables were very professionally packaged, and got more than I could ask for! Could not recommend him enough!

  14. Review by Sami R.

    This guy really knows what he's doing. He delivered a great drum composition and has a great attitude even though I know I wasn't the easiest client to work with. Would recommend!

  15. Review by Morvia 8.

    to expectation with professional results

  16. Review by Yaprak
    by Yaprak

    Working with Daniel was an absolute joy! He truly grasped what I had in mind and delivered it right on schedule. His professionalism was top-notch and his work was excellent. I'm already eagerly looking forward to the chance to work with him again in the future.

  17. Review by Kobe S.

    Super easy to work with and is always my go to for Drum MIDI

  18. Review by Morvia 8.

    Played drums to expectation and although I did not have a time requirement it was fulfilled within his time frame for the project to be completed or in other words dependable and responsible. He made it very easy to mix in the tracks setting identical track times-what a relief.

  19. Review by Kobe S.

    Daniel is always my go to for program drumming, really talented and super easy to work with

  20. Review by Brian K.

    This man is excellent!! Delivered exactly as promised, and produced a very cool and dynamic drum track for my metal song. Even the production quality was great, panning drums from left to right, plus gave me all the cool fills/ change ups and double bass I was looking for. Will def use him again!

Interview with Daniel Torgal

  1. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  2. A: The debut Enblood album "Cast To Exile". This was my first full length where I recorded live drums and wrote the drum parts. It went better than we expected and I feel grateful for that.

  3. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  4. A: 100% dedicated to living as a full time musician. New The Voynich Code stuff is on the way!

  5. Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?

  6. A: César Moreira and João Miguel all day long. I've been working with them for so long, we actually have a band, Enblood, besides being great individuals and two of my best friends they're also outstanding professionals.

  7. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  8. A: Digital. It's 2023 and I'm not rich.

  9. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  10. A: Unique and very professional audio tracks. Also, my full commitment.

  11. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  12. A: Playing the drums. I wouldn't mind doing it 24/7.

  13. Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

  14. A: Can programmed drums sound better than recorded? Depending on the final production you're aiming, your budget and how you would record the drums. So yes they can sound better (non-intended pun!).

  15. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  16. A: Think about what kind of performance you want and check if the performer is in fact the right person for the job. Also have it all set and tidy when getting in touch.

  17. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  18. A: Any high-end Roland kit, my MacBook Pro, a good interface, some in-ears and a pair of Vic Firth sticks.

  19. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  20. A: I've been playing live and recording for +10 years. I've hundreds shows (lost the count a few of years ago), recorded +3 albums, +10 singles and there's plenty more to come. I also have a degree in Jazz and Modern Music.

  21. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  22. A: Use parallel compression on your drum bus to level up your drum mixes!

  23. Q: What's your typical work process?

  24. A: For drum tracking, I usually study the track until I can nail the best performance, usually 1-3 days depending on the difficulty. Then, I experiment the best way to record it in order to achieve the sound I'm looking for. On the same day or the next I start recording it and just stop when I'm pleased with the result. The next day will be spent editing and getting the files all tidy and ready to deliver.

  25. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  26. A: Mapex Drums, Meinl/Zildjian Cymblas, Remo/Evans Drumheads, Gibraltar Hardware, Vic Firth Sticks, Macbook Pro 13'' Retina/Mac mini M1, Focusrite Scarlett 18i20 2nd Gen, Presonus Audiobox 1818VSL, EVO 4, AKG Drumset I, Sontronics STC-2, Shure SM57 and SM7B, Roland/Alesis/OnTrigger Electronics, Yamaha HS7, Beyerdynamic 770 Pro 250 Ohm and a few more toys (have a huge drum library and VST collection).

  27. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  28. A: That triggers are cheating. It actually involves way more training and time to play tight with that type of gear.

  29. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  30. A: What do you need? Processed and edited or raw and unedited tracks? Do you already have ideas for the drum parts? What to you expect of the tracks?

  31. Q: How would you describe your style?

  32. A: Technical.

  33. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  34. A: I would like one day to record drums with Kristian Kohle. He is one of my favorite producers in the death metal scene.

  35. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  36. A: Death Metal.

  37. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  38. A: Versatility.

  39. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  40. A: My creativity as a versatile musician, yet well fitted. I like to get really deep into what I'm working on. Also perfectionism always push me to do better.

  41. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  42. A: Ken Bedene, Eugene Ryabchenko, Kevin Paradis, Sebastian Lanser, Hans Grossman, George Kolias and so many more!

  43. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  44. A: Record and edit high quality drum tracks for heavy productions.

The Voynich Code - The Art Of War

I was the drummer in this production

Terms Of Service

I allow up to 3 revisions. Delivery depends on my availability but it usually takes 1-3 days (Single) or 1-4 weeks (EP, Album). Programmed MIDI drums usually take me 1-3 days per track to deliver.

Gear Highlights
  • Mapex
  • Meinl
  • Gibraltar
  • Remo
  • Vic Firth
  • Roland
  • OnTrigger
  • AKG
  • Shure
  • Sontronics
  • Focusrite
  • Presonus
  • Audient
  • Beyerdynamic
  • Yamaha
  • Apple
  • Native Instruments
  • GGD
  • Steven Slate
  • Toontrack
  • Naughty Seal
  • Ugritone.
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