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Online Session Drummer’s Drum Tracks For Country Artist

On May 2, 2013 · 0 Comments

Online session drummer Shay Godwin and engineer Thai Long Ly did the drum tracks for this song by up-and-coming country artist Natalie Hone. Producer Lindsey Jackson contacted eDrumSessions.com from Sydney, Australia for remote drum tracks.

While there is the option to produce sessions remotely in real time with eDrumSessions, Jackson chose to send MIDI drum mock-ups and have session drummer Godwin use them as a template for his playing. The mixing is done well, and represents what we do at eDrumSessions pretty well. Enjoy!

eDrumSessions.com, an online recording studio, has been in operation since 2008. We now operate exclusively at Bell Sound, an amazing recording studio. The tracking and control rooms were designed by Bill Putnam, a master and legend of sound design. In addition to the Neve 8232 console, there is much outboard gear at our disposal, as you can see on our gear page. We also have endless mic choices for all situations, as Bell’s mic locker is stocked with everything imaginable; from vintage to modern, FETs, tubes, ribbons, etc.

Great care is taken to provide you with the best drum tracks. Drums are tuned immaculately, usually in the key of the song. Session drummer Godwin is always “in the moment” and focused on bringing the most musicality to music he is recording. Engineer Thai Long Ly’s reputation for getting unbelievably pristine and powerful drum tones is well-deserved and growing. Ly knows how to get drum sounds that virtually jump out of your speakers. These are attention-getting, beautiful tones — and combined with a great drum performance, your music can’t go wrong.

eDrumSessions also offers online recording studio services of all kinds, including guitar tracks, keyboard tracks (as well as B3 and grand piano), steel pedal, strings, horns, mixing services, and more.

Online Session Drummer Television Performance

On February 8, 2013 · 0 Comments

Online session drummer Shay Godwin performs on CBS Late Late Show. Prior to founding of eDrumSessions.com as a way to bring his skills to a global clientele as on online session drummer, Godwin played with artist Butterfly Boucher and many others. This performance has Godwin backing up Boucher, who was then with Interscope/A&M.


In addition to this performance, Godwin toured with Butterfly, opening for Sarah McLachlan on her “Afterglow” tour, and opening for Barenaked Ladies. Additional television performances with Butterfly include Mtv’s “Advance Warning”, and “Sharon Osbourne Show”.

Other artists Shay has performed and/or recorded with include:
Dolly Parton
Florence And The Machine
Butterfly Boucher
Charlotte Martin
Ken Andrews
Paul Freeman
Rama Duke
Bo Bice
Sarah Bettens
James Blunt
Macy Gray
Eric Marienthal
Herbie Hancock
Wayne Shorter
Elliot Yamin
The Dirty Diamond
Thomas Nicholas Band
Siavash Ghomayshi

As an online session drummer, Shay has exclusively relied on the engineering skills of Thai Long Ly. Ly is a stellar engineer, on staff at Bell Sound recording studio in Los Angeles. Bell is a spectacular facility, with rooms designed by Bill Putnam, a Neve 8232 console, endless outboard pres and EQ, an unbelievable collection of mics, and of course Ly’s golden ears. Here is a gear list for Bell Sound, the only studio online session drummer Shay Godwin uses for eDrumSessions clients:

PLATFORM/SOFTWARE:

PRO TOOLS 10 HDX
APPLE MACPRO QUAD 2.66GHZ

CONSOLE:
NEVE 8232

OUTBOARD PREAMPS:

MILLENNIA MEDIA STT-1
AURORA AUDIO GTQ2 MK.IIIDAKING 52270B (4)
DAKING MIC PRE ONE (4)
DAKING MIC PRE IV
MANLEY DUAL MONO
GML 8304GML 8302FOCUSRITE RED 1SSL ALPHA VHDDeMEDIO 103BOULDER STEREO PRECHANDLER TG-1SUMMIT TPA200BJENSEN 990FOCUSRITE ISA428

OUTBOARD EQs:

MANLEY MASSIVE PASSIVE
MANLEY MINI MASSIVE
DAKING 52270B (4)
NTI NT1
AVALON 2055
MILLENNIA MEDIA STT-1
AURORA GTQ2 MK.III
MICROPHONES
NEUMANN U48 (2)
NEUMANN M49
NEUMANN U87 (8)
NEUMANN KM54a
NEUMANN SM69
MICROTECH GEFELL UM92.1S
AKG 452EB (2)
AKG 414EB (2)
AKG C12VR
ROYER R121 (4)
RCA 77DX (4)
RCA 44BX
COLES 4038
SENNHEISER MKH 405
SONY C48 (2)
SCHOEPS BCM3
SHURE SM57 (5)
SHURE BETA52
SHURE BETA91
SHURE KSM44 (2)
SHURE KSM141 (2)
SHURE VP88
Audix i5
BLUE BABY BOTTLE
RODE M3 (2)
HEIL PR30

DIGITAL CONVERSION / CLOCKING:

ANTELOPE ISOCHRONE 10M + Trinity system
DIGIDESIGN HD I/O (3)
SYNC HD
APOGEE AD/DA16X

MONITORS:

WESTLAKE AUDIO BBSM12s
PMC TB2SAII’a w/Focal Sub 6
KRK 6000′s with Hafler Amp
JBL LSR6328Ps
AURATONES
YAMAHA HS50Ms

TECHNICAL (BALANCED) POWER:

TARA LABS AD10B (2)

CABLES / WIRING:

TARA LABS
AUDEO
MOGAMI

DRUM KITS:

DRUM WORKSHOP Custom kit
-GRETSCH kit, 1970s. (Used on countless recordings by studio legend Hal Blaine!)
-YAMAHA RECORDING CUSTOM kit (the gold standard for recording)
-LUDWIG kit, ca. 1967

SNARE DRUMS:

7″x14″ Slingerland Radio King, ca. 1935
5.5″x14″ Slingerland ca. 1964
6.5″x14″ Worldmax “Blackdog” (Black Beauty-type brass)
5.5″x14″ Ludwig Supraphonic
5.5″x14″ Yamaha Maple Custom
5.5″x14″ Cadeson maple
4.5″x13″ Pork Pie piccolo
5.5″x12″ Pork Pie soprano

Online Drum Tracks by eDrumSessions: “Tripping Me Over” by Natalie Hone

On December 5, 2012 · 1 Comments

Online session drummer Shay Godwin and engineer Thai Long Ly provide drum tracks for this song by Natalie Hone, “Tripping Me Over”:

Audio MP3


Hone is a talented, young singer from Australia. She is part of a growing breed of Country-influenced Aussie Pop artists. Her producer, Lindsey Williams, has access to session musicians in Australia but was impressed enough by eDrumSessions to do online sessions. The process has worked well for both Williams and Hone.
On Shay Godwin’s playing style and delivery, Williams says “Shay has an innate groove to the way that he plays that he moulds into songs which makes it easy for other musicians to play around. He doesn’t overplay and the ‘fills’ he adds always fit the song.”
Williams is also very happy with Ly’s engineering skills and organization: “Working with Thai engineering on the tracks means that you always get a drum tone that fits, meaning there’s no hard work to be done when it comes to mix time,” adding that the files were intuitively named and recording levels consistent.

Drum Tracks By eDrumSessions For Lysol Commercial

On October 10, 2012 · 0 Comments


This lysol commercial has been airing in various forms since 2010.  Drum tracks were performed by session drummer Shay Godwin and recorded by engineer Thai Long Ly.  Note: drums were not recorded at Bell Sound, the current eDrumSessions recording facility.  These drum tracks were recorded at a previous studio.

eDrumSessions.com has always been improving its product.  The move into Bell Sound sent the quality into the stratosphere.  It is great for composers and songwriters to have so many choices.  There are many degrees of quality and professionalism.  eDrumSessions is in the top tier of online recording studios.  We are here for you if you need us for drum tracks of any other service.  Feel free to check out more videos while you are on the site.  Or, listen to some more examples of our work.

Testimonials From Just a Few of Our Happy Clients:
 

"Hey
Shay, this is Andrew. I just wanted to give you a call
and let you know everything worked out great with your
drum tracks.

And,
actually, the guy who mixed them even asked me who I got
to play on them and I told him about you.

He
said whoever engineered them did a great job recording them.
Just thought you’d like to know."

Andrew Synoweic

 

"Shay
Godwin is an amazing drummer with an instinctual approach
to music rarely encountered today.
Every time I work with him in the studio I’m amazed at how quickly
he locks in, and how great his drum sounds are.
"

Ken Andrews:
songwriter/producer/mixer;
founding member of the groundbreaking group Failure;
producing/mixing credits include: Charlotte Martin,
A Perfect Circle,
Tenacious D,
Chris Cornell,
Nacho Libre Soundtrack,
Pete Yorn,
Jimmy Eat World

 

"Shay
is one of the most talented drummers I’ve ever had the pleasure
of working with. He is a real musician that plays with taste,
incredible feeling, and he is amazingly versatile in his
styles.
"

Charlotte Martin
founder, Dinosaur Fight Records

 

"Shay
is a true professional – He is solid, has great feel and
great tone – One need look no further."

Ty Stevens
Warner/Chappell staff songwriter;
wrote “Rock This World” and was Musical Director for Hillary
Duff (Hollywood Records);
M.D. for Jennifer Pena, Daniel Rene (Univision);
wrote music for Disney, Verve, Universal, artists Mindi Abair;
Musical Consultant for Aly & AJ (Hollywood Records);
guitarist for Mandy Moore, countless other credits

 

"Shay
Godwin is one of the top session drummers I’ve had the pleasure
of working with. He’s a one take wonder, which is great in
the studio because time is money. Shay was extremely professional,
and well prepared. He has killer sounding drums, and was
able to give me all kinds of snare tones to choose from.
We will be working together for many years.
"

Jay Ruston
Producer/Engineer/Mixer, credits include Brian Wilson, The
Donnas, Abandoned Pools, Dianna Ross, American Idol,
Morrissey, Polyphonic Spree, Meatloaf

 

"Shay
has an attention to detail while working on parts in a song
combined with keeping it simple and soulful. His vast knowledge
of musical styles and professionalism in getting the job
done in a timely manner is why I love to work with him.
"

Buck Johnson:
co-wrote the single “Just Feel Better” for Carlos Santana’s
album “All That I Am” featuring Steven Tyler of Aerosmith
;
keys/vocals/guitar with country act Whiskey Falls;
vocalist/keyboardist with the following artists: The Doobie
Brothers (backing vocals on “Rockin’ Down the Highway”-Live
CD-1996), Tal Bachman (backing vocals and Keys of Columbia
Records debut album -’99, Timothy B. Schmit (of The Eagles,
his solo CD 2000-backing vocals and keys), Matthew Sweet
(touring keys and backing vocals and “Best Of Matthew Sweet
CD), Shawn Mullins (touring -2000), and John Waite

 

"Hey
Shay, I wanted to say thanks again & great job in the studio
sessions for the BFD XFL. You really did a top job covering
the various brush strokes, and a lot of composers have told
me they’ve been featured in many TV shows and movies! All
the best!
"

Steve Duda:
creator of the BFD Premium Drum Module, credits include:
Nine Inch Nails – Fragile – Percussion, Violin, Programming,
Choir, Chorus;
Pitchshifter – Deviant – Programming, Editing;
Pitchshifter – Bootlegged Distorted Remixed Uploaded – Producer;
Rob Zombie – American Made Music to Strip By – Remix;
Methods of Mayhem – Methods of Mayhem – Programming; A Perfect
Circle – Thirteenth Step – Digital Engineer

 
 

"I
tried some other online drummers, you are by far the best.
"

Luke, Germany

 

"Your
process is great. The three takes is a perfect way to make
sure it works. Your tracks sound great. I was very happy
with the process.
You and Thai Long were awesome. Your professionalism and enthusiasm,
not to mention skill at your craft made this perfect.
"

Craig Campbell, Detroit, USA

 

"I
was totally blown away by the quality of the recording. By
comparison with other drum recordings I have heard (some
of them by other online drum recording services), your unprocessed
tracks are close to the processed tracks I have heard!
Your drumming during the chorus clearly sets it aside in terms
of energy from the verse parts, something that I find important.
Your playing supports the song and even inspires me with ideas
to improve it. Upright Bass, anyone?
"

Henrique Pataca, Portugal

 

"Shay,
just a quick email to let you know that I’m very happy with
the drums tracks! They’re well recorded and the performances
are great! A pleasure to mix! More to come for you soon.
"

Gyom, Alexandria, Virginia, USA

 

"Nice
fills and some cool grooves dude! Exactly what I was looking
for!!! All three takes sound great. I think my favourite
is track 2 but I might incorporate some bits of the other
takes into it as well.
"

Ramon McDrury, Sydney, Australia

 

"Hi
Shay, the takes are perfect, exactly what I was after and
played with real passion, thanks so much!
"

Owen Duff, London, UK

 

"I
can’t decide which version I like best, all three are great.
I think take 3 is again most powerful, straight but still
sophisticated, which I like cause I really want powerful,
driving bass and drums carrying the song but played intelligent.
"

Luke, Germany

 

"Shay!
You nailed it! Great work. You were right. I have ‘inevitable
glee’. You played exactly what I imagined! I’m sure putting
together a mix with your drums will be easy, but you make
it hard to decide which takes I want to use…

I just wanted to thank you both for spending the extra time to
nail down these tracks. You really nailed these tracks and inspire
me with your playing. I’m really honored to have you guys work
on this stuff and grateful.
"

Timothy Gillespie, New Jersey, USA

 

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