Alex Hoeffken

Creative Grooves&Unique Sounds

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Alex Hoeffken on SoundBetter

Recording top sounding drums and innovative sounds for your song tracked in a huge sounding room. I'll find the right groove to your song.

I am a session drummer & sound designer and I want to help you make an amazing record. I deliver high-quality drum tracks, percussion add ons, unique sounds and programming to bring your music to life.

Check out my instagram @alexhoeffken for more videos, sounds and content from my studio work:
www.instagram.com/alexhoeffken

You can contact me for a free in depth video insight of various drum / production sessions to see the different approaches to each song and the quality of sounds.

I have been discovering unique drumsounds for a long time now, and I have been fortunate enough to call my passion my career. I love finding just the right sound and groove and capturing the best take for the song. In my studio I search for the best sound for your song. Mostly I focus on pop and hip-hop records and record drum tracks at my facility in Berlin, Germany. It's a big room, acoustically treated and features API and Neve style preamps and industry standard microphones.

Recordings featuring my performances accumulated more than 200 million plays on Spotify.
Link to selected discography:
https://open.spotify.com/playlist/6kLPk9mJK1tnc8NUa2n0a4?si=k1S-JmuHSz-rkfF5fUGF5A

Hit me up for details and let's start making music!

Send me a note through the contact button above.

146 Reviews - 26 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by Steven O.
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    Alex is simply at the top of his game. Super professional, quick, clear communication, and most of all, great feeling and sounding grooves. Was a real pleasure and I hope to have an opportunity to work with him again.

  2. Review by Medha Krishna
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    Alex has an incredibly unique sound when it comes to percussion. This is my third project with him on a song which is in an Indian language and style but despite the different language and style it amazes me how Alex picks up the vibe and emotion of the track so well and creates a percussion arrangement that is unique to the track and fits the vibe perfectly.

  3. Review by FOMO
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    Good work, on time, and great communication :)

  4. Review by Brent J.
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    Alex is an amazing drummer. Along with the excellent production value, the file delivery and information was great as well.

  5. Review by Matthew B.
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    I've now worked with Alex on several occasions, and, as always, Alex brought incredible talent, production expertise, and professionalism to the project. Alex is highly recommended.

  6. Review by John E.
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    I used Alex before and went to him again for the next project. He really went above and beyond again with excellent audio quality and a sense of what fits a song that impressed everyone in my band. Alex is as top quality as they come!

  7. Review by Moshe Siegel
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    Alex is a pleasure to work with! His drumming and his drums sound amazing! He knew exactly what my song needed, and nailed it!
    I would definitely use him on my productions again!

  8. Review by Matthew B.
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    This was another great experience collaborating with Alex. Alex is an extremely talented musician and engineer who adds great creativity to everything he works on.

  9. Review by John E.
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    You know how most people take ages to reply and don't really listen to your creative ideas? Alex is the opposite! He's stellar at getting back to you, even if you just to tell you if something will take an extra day. That being said he's super fast to deliver and gives you really high quality stems to work with! One of my best creative collabs over the internet I've ever experienced!

  10. Review by Matthew B.
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    Alex is a tremendous player and amazing engineer, with exceptional musicianship. He is a pleasure to collaborate with, and I look forward to doing so again. I highly recommend working with Alex.

  11. Review by Matthew B.
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    Alex is incredibly talented and a true professional. Great musicality, great communication – he provided exactly what was needed for this project. Highly recommended!

  12. Review by Sila
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    I did all my own drumming and programming on my album but when I hired Alex to work on one of my tracks, I hired him to re-do all the drums and programming on the album. That's a testament on how brilliant, creative and talented he is. He's also extremely professional, responsive and just an amazing human. I'm lucky to have found him!

  13. Review by Arjan S.
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    Alex is literally amazing! Gave him a reference track or two, left him to do his thing and first go he came through! Didn't need any revisions as it was perfect! Very talented guy.

  14. Review by Sila
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    I was blown away by Alex's prolific drumming talents and creative, dynamic, and technically precise playing. But beyond just stellar musicianship, Alex conducts himself as a true professional - he's responsive, reliable, and dedicated to achieving my vision. His abundance of talent and commitment resulted in professional-grade, industry standard recordings. I'm extremely grateful to have connected with Alex on SoundBetter and can’t recommend his world-class drumming skills enough.

  15. Review by Sila M.
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    Alex truly captured the funk on drums for "Feel Good." Channeling the legendary stickmen behind James Brown, he laid down soulful percussion that perfectly fit the vision for the track. Locking into an infectious pocket with the kick and hi-hat, Alex's tasteful playing put the focus on the rhythm and feel - you can't help but dance.

  16. Review by Sila
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    Alex is a talented drummer who elevates my songs with polished, radio-ready drum tracks. His drumming provides a strong rhythmic foundation that brings cohesion and drive to my productions. I rely on Alex's skilled ear for what each song needs. He always delivers exceptional drum parts that give my tracks professional polish and take them to the next level. Alex is invaluable for creating hit-worthy songs.

  17. Review by Sila M.
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    As a producer drums are the most critical to get right. That’s why a band is only as good as the drummer. Alex is the go to drummer I trust to make my songs sound professional and radio ready. He’s easy to work with and passionate about getting it right.

  18. Review by Sila M.
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    Alex's drumming on "All Night" is nothing short of outstanding. He immediately understood the vibe I was going for and delivered a drum part that was creative yet remained totally in the pocket. His timing and feel were impeccable, with tastefully incorporated percussion adding magic to the track. Alex nailed the drum recording on his first try, capturing a sound that rivals professional recordings. His innate talent and intuitive playing made the entire process smooth and enjoyable.

  19. Review by Mike Slap
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    Working with Alex was our first time using sound better. We are a singer/songwriter/producer/engineer duo who have worked with diamond and many times platinum selling artists. We did one revision and he nailed it. Couldn't be happier.

  20. Review by Anthony V.
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    Alex was super fun and easy to work with! Drums sounded great and percussion was creative and really elevated the song! Great groove and tone

Interview with Alex Hoeffken

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

  2. A: I love to be creative and capture the best performance.

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

  4. A: When do you need the tracks? Which vibe and sounds do you have in mind?

  5. Q: How would you describe your style?

  6. A: I'm heavily influenced by great groove drummers like Steve Jordan, Steve Gadd etc. I focus primarily on feel, groove, and energy. Drumsound is VERY important to me and I try to achieve the best sound for the song by choosing from a wide variety of drums, percussion, weird sounds etc. I also run things through guitar pedals to deliver a unique sound.

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

  8. A: I get a demo song and ask the client about what they want to add to the song. I make suggestions for grooves, sounds and patterns or simply replace the programming.

  9. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  10. A: I use Logic Pro X in Combination with Universal Audio Apollo (Quad & 16) and several Heritage Audio, API, Avedis Audio, Universal Audio and other preamps im combination with Neumann, Coles, AKG, Sennheiser or Beyerdynamic Mics to capture the perfect sound.

  11. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  12. A: A great mix of both is the best way.

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

  14. A: You'll get great sounding tracks and a musical approach.

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

  16. A: Pop, Hip Hop, Soul and some Rock.

  17. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  18. A: A solid groove and creative sounds.

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

  20. A: Unique drum sounds, a lively energy and creative input.

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

  22. A: Most of the time I replace programmed drumming with live drums, programm a beat and add percussion to it or to a drum track I did.

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I was the Drummer & Percussionist in this production

Terms Of Service

One revision per song free off charge. Typical turnaround time is 3-5 business days.

GenresSounds Like
  • Steve Jordan
  • Matt Chamberlain
  • Aaron Sterling
Gear Highlights
  • Ludwig Drums
  • Slingerland Drums
  • UAD Interfaces
  • Heritage Audio 1073jr Preamps
  • Avedis MA5 Preamps
  • Coles 4038
  • Neumann Mics
  • Sennheiser MD421
  • Cascade Ribbon Mics
  • AKG C451
  • AKG C414
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    German artist Namika's single "Je ne parle pas français" went Platinum in Germany. I recorded drums, percussion and sounds for the production team BEATGEES again. So grateful to be part of the success.

  • GOLD RECORD - Alice Merton "Lash Out"Apr 05, 2019

    Alice Merton's Single "Lash Out" went Gold in Italy. I played and recorded the drums in my studio on the production of Nico Rebscher.