Nikola Dušmanić

Session Drummer / Producer

8 Reviews (8 Verified)
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Hey there! My name is Nikola Dušmanić and I am session drummer, mixing & mastering engineer in Ezoterik Studio. I also play drums for Black Metal band The Stone. I have more than 18 years of experience as a drummer and around 10 years of experience as a recording/mixing engineer.

I offer drum recording service that is done on a professional recording gear in my completely acoustically-treated studio that is designed to capture the best drum sound possible.

Over the years, I've collaborated with various musicians and bands around the world and my recording capabilities are extremely diverse. I've played and recorded everything from energetic Punk and Rock classics to breakdown-infused music styles, metal core and black metal. I am also very capable and comfortable of recording other styles such as pop, funk, blues etc...

I dedicate a lot of time and work carefully and precisely with each song that I am recording, making sure to deliver clean, authentic and energetic sounding drum tracks.

Please message me for detailed studio and gear list if you would like to know more.

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8 Reviews - 1 Repeat Client

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  1. Review by Monumental R.

    Very professional approach, easy to work with, delivered the recordings in due time. 100% recommended session drummer.

  2. Review by Sergio C.

    session drums + mix. Incorporated good ideas that improved the song. All great!!!

  3. Review by Sergio C.

    Nikola is am awesome drummer, has all the necessary gear and a lot of experience in extreme metal (black/death/doom). His drum sound is great too, acoustic, yet powerful. No need to explain anything, he just dived right into the songs. Mixing the tracks was great too, he made all the necessary adjustments and corrections and the tracks turned out great. 100% recommended.

  4. Review by Sergio C.

    great session drums and great mix! all went smoothly!

  5. Review by Sergio C.

    Great drummer and producer.
    It's a pleasure to work with such talent.

  6. Review by Sergio C.

    Great job on the mix and master of this track. Was looking to do something slightly different to what I'm used to and Nikola was super cool about it, we worked together on getting the proper sound. Recommended!!

  7. Review by Sergio C.

    Nikola is great!! fast delivery, good communication and solid drummer!

  8. Review by Tristan Kneschke (Metamyther)

    Nikola worked quickly and efficiently, first sending over some demos before editing and quantizing his parts. Tons to work with with 11 separate stems - work with him on your next project!

Interview with Nikola Dušmanić

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

  2. A: All kinds of Metal genres, my favorite ones are definitely Folk, Death and Black Metal. Also all kinds of heavy Rock genres.

  3. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  4. A: I play and proudly endorse W.odd Custom Drums. My drums are handmade from high quality Walnut, Ash and Abonos wood, built using segmented shell system. I have 10"x7", 12"x8" toms, 16"x14" floor tom, 22"x18" bass drum and 14"x8" snare (maple, stave shell system) + 13"x8" (ash, custom snare). I've got Istanbul Mehmet 14" Samatya Hi-Hat, Meinl Classics Custom Extreme Metal 14" Hi-Hat, Istanbul Mehmet 17" Radiant Rock Crash, Meinl Classics Custom Extreme Metal 18" Crash, Istanbul Mehmet 18" IMC Brilliant Crash, Constantinople Turkish 20" Crash, Istanbul Mehmet 20" Traditional Medium Ride, Meinl Classics Custom Extreme Metal 20" Heavy Bell Ride, Zildjian 10" S Series Splash, Paiste Alpha 18" Metal China. To record all that, I am using Shure PGA52 Kick, Shure PGA56 x3 Toms, Shure SM57 Snare Top, Shure PGA57 Snare Bottom, Rode M5 x2 Overheads, t.bone RB 100 Ribbon x2 Stereo Room, AKG P120 Mono Room, Shure SM57 Spot Mic, Elektrovoice PL37 Spot Mic with Focusrite preamps.

Slightly mixed song that I recorded drums for

I was the Arrangement, Songwriting, Drums, Mixing, Mastering in this production

Terms Of Service

As many revisions as you want, as long as I can play what you want. Turnaround time depends on project, it can be from 3 to 7 days per song. Sampling, Mixing, creating MIDI etc. costs extra.

GenresSounds Like
  • The Stone
  • Katatonia
Gear Highlights
  • W.odd Custom Drums
  • Istanbul & Meinl Cymbals
  • Focursite preamps
  • Shure PGA52 Kick
  • Shure PGA56 x3 Toms
  • Audix i5 Snare Top
  • Shure PGA57 Snare Bottom
  • Shure SM57 Ride
  • EV PL37 HiHat
  • Rode M5 x2 Overheads
  • RB 100 Ribbon x2 Rooms
  • AKG P120 Mono Room
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