Drum recordings for original music or covers. More than 20 years of experience. Link to my studio http://www.martinvisconti.com/es/ochava/
I am an experienced Argentinian drummer, and sound engineer, with a degree of Berklee College of Music, who have played live and in studios for 20 years and in bands, going from hard heavy rock to pop, jazz and R&B. I ve been working in different cities as a sessionist drummer, including NYC and Buenos Aires,
I've been doing online and in-person sessions for over 15 years for countless artists. My roots are in Rock Music but I have branched out from there into Pop, Indie, Folk, Indie, and Singer-Songwriter, and I've done drum tracks in just about every genre imaginable over my years of remote recording. I’m also a producer, a drum/beat programmer, and am endorsed by Evans, Pro Mark and Dbdrums.
I record drum tracks at my own custom built state-of-the art facility Ochava Records. The room is tuned and treated with a great room sound, and features API/Neve style preamps and great mics. I record 16 channels of drums with sounds ranging from dirty and greasy to clean and polished; from tight and crisp to big and bombastic.
Feel free to reach out with any questions- I'd love to work on your project!
Check out my YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/viscontimusic
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5 Reviews - 1 Repeat ClientEndorse Martin Visconti
Great versatile drummer! Recordings are also from the top shelf! Knows the true meaning of what "collaboration" means.
Another flawless drum track (12 stems per track works really well)! Martin got it right on the first take once again!
Amazing drummer. Gets things right at the first try! Has a build in metronome in his mind! Never overplays anything while keeping it interesting and suitable for any given song thrown his way.
Very fast delivery. Amazing skills, knew exactly what sort of drums the song needed with very little direction and got it right on the first take! Now that is not something you find everyday I tell ya!
Martin is a professional drummer and producer. I know him from long time ago and shared different projects with him. His dedication and professionalism has always lead him to be envolved in amazing projects. A real musician with lot of experience to share and a great person if you get to know him. I totally recommend working with him!
Interview with Martin Visconti
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I proud if all the records I did and productiones where i have the honor of being part. And my heart is in all of them. If difficult to choose one. May with some of them I learned more, but the final result of all of them is great for me!
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: An LP for my band Camiones en la casa. Also mixing an EP that is going to be press in vynil in Spain next month. Then online recording for a songwriter from SoundBetter. But every week/month is different! I always playing live with my bands. And of course producing at my studio Ochava Records. Also Im working on my third drum book . First two are "Flowing with Motion" and Expanding Rudiments"
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Yes. Mahoma Rercords. The best Horn Section in town!
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Analog always! Cause for me is more real. Digital try to emulate analog. So that meand that analog is true, and digital is just and imitation. LOL. Also tape sounds warmer and fatter for me. Specially on drums!
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: Unfortunately online sessions are not as personal as being in a studio together. But with the right communication, it should still be very enjoyable and great for the songs! That they can enjoy the process, and walk away happy!
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Every day is different! That's why a love art. Is infinite!
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Do I really need to record the scratch to a click. Yes! -Will I get individual files for each mic or a stereo mix? Whatever you prefer, but I recommend the individual files for further mixing possibilities, even if all you want is a stereo mix to start.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Online / Remote work.... Because of so much under pricing, people think they can get quality work, that sounds great & adds to the song for next to nothing! But, you really do get what you pay for!!
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Who are some artists, bands or drummers you like? Do you have any preferences in terms of sound (i.e. tight or open miking)? Is your music recorded to a click.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Just be as clear and concise as possible in terms of what you need from me! I'm very flexible and always willing to work until you're happy
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Snare drum / Bass drum / Hi hat and 2 beers!
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started with rock bands when I was at high school. From the early 1980's I became a passionate devotee of Jazz and R&B and spent ten years developing skills that left me well positioned to provide the hybrid drumming for Portishead and Drum & Bass for Roni Size. In 2000 I studied At Berklee School of Music and have a degree in Performer.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I was influenced by Steve Jordan, Tony Williams, Brian Blade, Dave Lombardo, Mike Bordin, Stewart Copeland and Ringo Starr, so my style would be a mix of all of them combined. I focus primarily on feel, groove, and energy, and always play to serve the song. The most important thing for me is giving the exact amount of energy that every part of the song needs!
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Bjork and Thom Yorke. Cause they are always evolving.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Always do things for a reason. As a starting point, simplify your arrangement as much as posible. Then you can add whatever you feel it fits. The best sounding mixes are songs where everything has it's own space and the parts complement each other.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I work on many different styles of music including, Rock, Pop, Singer/Songwriter, Folk, Country, Indie, and Electronic.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I put all my energy in understanding what the other person is looking for. Sometimes is not easy to understand at first time, that ‘s why i m always sending ideas and proposals till I find exactly what the artist needs for the song. Communication and timeliness. Professionalism is nothing without being punctual.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Creativity, solid groove and professional sound.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: My first step is to get on the same page with the artist. If the artist doesn't know what they want I consider genre and stylistic options. Does the song need power or restraint. Does it need obvious drumming, bold or understated drumming. I might play tightly to the click or play "tight yet loose" to the click to create tension and excitement where necessary. If the artist has specific requirements, I try to make sure I fully understand that request. I love getting input from non-drummers on how they envision the drum track to sound because it can often result in a very cool and unique drum part. Having respect for the origination of the song idea is key for me. I start hearing part ideas in my head right away when listening, but landing on the perfect drum part comes from a solid understanding of the writer's vision. Reference tracks are always helpful for me as they give me a good idea sonically and stylistically of what the writer is after. After I've come up with the part I record 3 separate "keeper" takes on different playlists to give the client a few different vibes and options to choose from.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have a modern digital recording studio, combine with analog vintage gear as a tascam 80s console. I own most of the plugins that Universal Audio offers and I basically treat them like outboard gear, tracking through them using the Apollo software and printing them right into the DAW. Their plugins sound so similar to the actual pieces of hardware, and I'm able to gate, EQ, compress, and run tracks through a virtual tape machine, resulting in mix-ready drum tracks. I have all the typical microphones associated with tracking drums, and also use Neve and API style external preamps. I have a great sounding acoustically treated space with high ceilings and a great room sound. The other main component of the studio is the drums obviously. I'm a Ludwig endorsed artist and use various series of their amazing drums ranging in size from a small jazz kit to a big Bonham-y rock kit, and always make sure they're tuned perfectly before recording. I always have a kit set up and fully miked, but I can change anything and everything out to better tailor the drum sound to the specific track. I have a wide sonic range of Sabian cymbals and various drum knick knacks such as tea towels, mutes, muffling rings, tambourines, rivets, etc. to help me achieve the right sound and vibe.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: David Bowie / Bjork / Herbie Hancock / Brad Mehldau / Rick Rubin / QOTSA / Tame Impala .
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I spend most of my time in my studio- I do live drum tracks remotely as well as in person sessions with producers and artists, and also do a lot of composing, drum programming, beat making, and mixing. I am also a member of some bands as cutre, camiones en la casa, and i play with some soloist artists as kennard and josefina scaglione.