Hugo Ribeiro

Kick-Ass Multi-Track Drums!!!

378 Reviews (368 Verified)
Hugo Ribeiro on SoundBetter

With over 20 years of drumming experience and a full-time studio drummer, I have recorded hundreds of drum tracks for artists around the world from my studio with credits: Moonspell, Godvlad, Fate's Frontier, Kandia, Armortura, Desolate Plains, Dimitri Toonen, Eternal Solstice, and many more...

I specialise in Pop, Rock, Metal and Prog. I also record Blues and Country. I like to be as versatile as I can.

You get up to 20 raw drum tracks(Kick, snare, HiHat, Room, etc…) in WAV 48KHz(or 44.1) 24bit format and UNLIMITED revisions until the drums are completely to your liking.

Drums - Sonor SQ1 & various Sonor high end snares
Cymbals - Sabian AAX; Vault; XSR
Drumheads - Remo
Mics - Sennheiser, Shure, Audix, Oktava and Sontronics
Interface - Audient and Audient Preamps

Send me an email through 'Contact' button above and I'll get back to you asap.

378 Reviews - 49 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by Joshua // Sound West Studios


  2. Review by Eric S.

    Hugo amazes me yet again with his creative and tight drum patterns and attention to detail for elevating a song concept to a new level for a pro result.

  3. Review by Oganalp C.

    A whole album recorded with Hugo. No drama, no hassle, pure groovy drums with almost perfect edits, making life easier, simpler, and joyful as a musician.

  4. Review by Lee N.
    by Lee N.

    I've worked with Hugo for a few years, and he never disappoints! He gave me options, worked fast and delivered the goods. I would recommend Hugo to anyone looking for professionally recorded and played drum tracks. Bravo Hugo!

  5. Review by Oganalp C.

    Hugo delivered yet another song with the same quality as I am now used to. Really happy!

  6. Review by Joshua // Sound West Studios


  7. Review by Oganalp C.

    Another song done. Great groove! Hugo really improved the feeling and flow!!

  8. Review by Oganalp C.

    6 songs with Hugo now. Still solid, to the point, and well-executed drumming. So happy I bumped into him!

  9. Review by Joshua Y.

    Hugo always does amazing work! I always know where to go when I need some epic live drums!

  10. Review by Oganalp C.

    Hugo does not only play great and sends a complete package, but he also adds the right groove and feeling to the passages. Still happy, was always happy, will probably be happy. 150% recommended.

  11. Review by Joshua // Sound West Studios


  12. Review by Oganalp C.

    Another song, another top notch result. Working with Hugo makes me want to record more songs.

  13. Review by Joshua // Sound West Studios


  14. Review by Oganalp C.

    The third track with Hugo is done. Again, it was groovy, performed great, was on time, and added value to the song. I'm really happy! We're already off to song 4.

  15. Review by Joshua Y.

    Love working with Hugo! He’s my go to guy for drums!

  16. Review by Oganalp C.

    The second song with Hugo was delivered with the same quality, groove, and attention to detail as the first one. Very happy!

  17. Review by Leah G.

    Patient, cooperative and zealous drumming. Understanding to the small detail/idiosyncrasies in the song. Thank you Hugo, I’ll need more in the future if that’s alright! 🥁🤘🏻

  18. Review by Oganalp C.

    Just started working with Hugo, and I am extremely pleased with the results so far. I am eager to start the next song with him.

  19. Review by Klaidas S.

    I threw everything at Hugo and he handled it with ease, professionalism and amazing musicality! I can be very peculiar about drums - Hugo took in all my notes and delivered the performance that fits the song and elevates it to the next level within a couple of days. :)

  20. Review by Steven+Mia

    Nailed it, again! We absolutely love working with Hugo. He brings so much variation and inventiveness into our tracks, and truly takes them to the next level. Stoked to say we will be back!

Interview with Hugo Ribeiro

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

  2. A: Some drummers off the top of my head: Dave Weckl, Vinnie Colaiuta, Mike Portnoy, Chad Smith, Thomas Haake, Bobby Jarzombek, Carter Beauford, Mike Mangini, Matt Sorum, Lars Ulrich, Tommy Lee, Vinnie Paul, and many others.

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

  4. A: Some people still think this profession is more of a hobby.

  5. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  6. A: Drums - Sonor Select Force Maple, Yamaha Oak Custom Cymbals - Sabian AA; HH; AAX; Artisan Drumheads - Remo Mics - Sennheiser, Shure and Sontronics Interface - Motu

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

  8. A: Always track your song to a metronome/click.

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

  10. A: What's the bpm of the song? :)

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

  12. A: I have been playing drums and in bands for over 20 years. I've done high profile gigs and more "humble" gigs through the years. I've also been fortunate to open for some major international acts such as Nightwish, Helloween, Moonspell, Soilwork, Opeth, Paradise Lost, HIM, Gojira, Behemoth, The Haunted, Ramp, The Gift, Paulo Gonzo, Xutos & Pontapés.

  13. Q: How would you describe your style?

  14. A: I developed a Rock/Metal style with a strong progressive mentality.

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

  16. A: Anybody with talent, creativity and vision.

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

  18. A: Try to keep it real with triggering and sampling to a minimum. :)

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

  20. A: I get a lot of Rock and Metal requests but I have also done other genres such as Pop, Blues and Country.

  21. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  22. A: Hummm... consistency I think.

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

  24. A: My main focus is to articulate what's best for your song while complimenting what you have in mind for it.

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

  26. A: This is how it usually works: My clients send me 2 versions of the same song in MP3 format because its much lighter to transfer than WAV/AIFF. One with programmed drums(if there are any) and one without the drums so I can record over the song without the programmed drums getting in the way. The programmed drums are usually for reference and are an idea of want the client wants and I go from there. Sometimes I'm given complete freedom to do what I think fits the song better and other times they want me to do more or less what they did with the programmed drums but at the same time put my ideas and feel here and there. Each case is different. After I record your song, I send you an mp3 with what I recorded for your approval so you can decide if you want anything changed or not. If all is ok with the song, I send you the full WAV files of the individual tracks after payment is received.

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

  28. A: I provide professional quality live drums for bands and artists.

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

  30. A: Desolate Plains - a project from Greece with the album "Practicing The Inner Arts" which came out in 2017. Armortura - a metal band from the UK with their self title album "Armortura" coming early 2018. I'm particularly proud of my drum work and the all the talented personnel involved on those albums.

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

  32. A: Yes:

  33. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  34. A: Both because each has its strengths.

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

  36. A: I will do my best to accommodate your needs and the fulfill your vision of the song the best I can.

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

  38. A: Freedom and creativity.

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

  40. A: Can you send a Stereo Mix of the drums? I say, YES!

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Terms Of Service

* Revisions - unlimited
* Delivery - 5 days (maybe less)
* Songs over 5 min may have additional costs

GenresSounds Like
  • Pantera
  • Dream Theater
  • Meshuggah
Gear Highlights
  • Sonor Drums
  • Sabian Cymbals
  • Remo Drumheads
  • Vater Drumsticks
  • Audient
  • Shure
  • Sennheiser
  • Audix
  • Sontronics
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