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About Dirk

DIRK IS KNOWN FOR HIS TIMING-SOLID GROOVE AND HIS MUSICAL DRUMMING. HE DOES SEE THE DRUM SET AS AN ACCOMPANYING INSTRUMENT WHICH GIVES THE SONG ITS INDIVIDUAL FRAME AND PUNCH. THE SONG IS ALWAYS IN THE FOREGROUND.

Dirk started to play drums at the age of three. 1982 he started his orchestral career at the Youth Orchestra of the Music Society Niederheimbach, followed by the start of his professional drum training at the Police Orchestra of Rhineland-Palatinate in 1983. Two years later he became a member of the District Youth Music Orchestra of the Music Society Rhine-Hunsrück.
During his membership of 6 years, he played a lot of concerts, also abroad in Italy, the former Czechoslovakia and France, among others. In the years 1987 - 1990 he passed several music exams and became instrumental teacher and instructor at the Music Society Rhine-Hunsrück.

In 1993 he joined the Rock Band MADISM. During this time he played successful gigs together with well known German bands like The Crackers, Batchkapp as well as The Spider Murphy Gang and won awards like "German Talentleiter".
From 2005 until 2019, Dirk played the drums at the German Progressive Rock Band NERONIA and appeared on 5 Neronia releases since. After 14 great years and 5 albums Dirk decided to go new musically paths.
From april 2017 until august 2020, Dirk was the man behind the drums at the Gothic Rock Band GODEX. He played several festivals among others at the Gothic Meets Rock Festival, Castle Rock, Herbststurm, etc. and played "The Heartcollector Tour 2017" as support of the Crüxshadows in Germany, the Netherlands and Austria.
In September 2019 Dirk joined the Metal Band AMANTIS. The first gigs started in november 2019 followed by the first recording session for the new EP.
With "Downfall 2022" and "Lost @ Sea" AMANTIS released the first 2 songs in 2022 after the corona pandemic. More new songs are currently in progress for upcoming recordings. Stay tuned ...

Setup

I am using Yamaha Drums and Zildjian Cymbals for more than 15 years. Yamaha Drums, especially the Recording Custom Series, give me the perfect sound and the quality I've always missed on other manufacturers. Zildjian Cymbals, especially the K Series, have done it to me. For me, the best Cymbals on earth".

Yamaha Drums

Recording Custom (Live & Studio), Stage Custom (Practice) 8", 10", 12", 14", 16", 22"

Yamaha Snares

Maple Custom Absolute 14"x6,5"
Jimmy Chamberlin Signature 14"x5,5"

Zildjian Cymbals

22" Z3 Medium Heavy Ride
20" Z3 Rock Ride / 20" K Sweet Crash
18" A-Custom Crash / 18" A China Boy
17" A-Custom Medium Crash
16" K-Custom Special Dry Crash
13" K / Z-Custom HiHat / 13" A-Custom / Z-Custom HiHat
10" K Splash
6" ZIL-BEL

Misc

Yamaha Pedals
Evans Drumheads
Drumsigns "Dirk Hartel" Custom Drumheads
Rohema "Dirk Hartel Signature" Drumsticks
K&M "Gomezz" Drum Thrones
Hardcase Drum & Cymbal Cases
Tama Rhythm Watch
Latin Percussion, Thomann and Cream Music percussions

Studio

In 2018, Dirk founded the d-drumming recording studio. The following is offered:

Instrumental Recordings

Vocal Recordings

Mixing only / Mastering only

Mixing & Mastering



The generated audio tracks will be provided in the desired format (wave, aiff, ogg, flac, caf, etc.) for quick access from anywhere on this planet. The prices are set per song, depending on the performed effort. In order to be able to submit a binding offer, I need specific information about the type of service you need, the expected workload and the required delivery date.
From the beginning, Dirk decided to use digital recording equipment and opensource technology like the music production package Cakewalk by Bandlab.

Please check out the d-drumming soundcloud page to listen to some sample snippets!




In order to continuously improve his skills, Dirk is currently attending the audio engineering distance courses at the HOFA College for audio engineering.
In august 2020 Dirk finished the first education part as state certified audio assistant, in april 2022 the HOFA PRO online course as audio engineer and in july 2022 the mastering course V2.
Two additional short courses are ongoing: "Vocals V2 and Drum Programming V2"!

Recording Area:
Desone Recording Cabine

Mixer:
Soundcraft Ui24R 24-channel Digital Mixer/USB Multi-Track Recorder

Snare Microphones:
Sennheiser E906 / Shure SM57 / Beyerdynamic TG D58

Bassdrum Microphone:
Beyerdynamic TG D71

Tom Microphones:
Beyerdynamic TG D58 / Beyerdynamic TG D35 / Sennheiser MD 421-II

Overhead & Hihat Microphones:
Beyerdynamic MCE 530 / Beyerdynamic TG I53 / Rode NT4

Vocal / Room Microphone:
t.bone SC 1100

DAW & Recording Workstations:
MSI Infinite S 9SC - i5-9400F - 32GB - 512GB SSD + 2x 1TB HDD + 1x 2TB NAS
Lenovo Thinkpad T430S - i5-3320M - 8GB - 170GB HDD

DAWs:
Cakewalk by BandLab
Presonus Studio One 5

Plugins:
HOFA: IQ-Series Analyser, IQ-Series Comp, IQ-Series DeEsser, IQ-Series EQ, IQ-Series Limiter, IQ-Series Reverb
Other: Focusrite Red2 EQ / Red 3 Compressor, 2getheraudio K1ckSynth & RICH Drums, Ample Bass P Lite II, AmpliTube 5, Studiolinked DrumPro, Nomad Drumtools, EZdrummer 2, Melodyne 5, Eventide Ultrachannel, Softube Saturation Knob

Misc:
Nektar Impact GX49 DAW Controller Keyboard
Focusrite Audiointerfaces
BandLab Link Analog Recording Interface
KRK Rokit RP7 G4 Studio Monitor

Further Education:

Bands & Gigs


AMANTIS


2022


2022-08-20 - „Welcome on Board“-Party @ Kulturm Ludwigshafen
2022-09-10 - Retscherrock @ Altstadtfest Speyer
2022-11-18 - Zuckerfabrik goes Heavy @ Zuckerfabrik Frankenthal
2022-12-16 - @ Soundcheck One Karlsruhe/Waldbronn

2020-2021


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2019


2019-12-21 - Hemshof Hard & Heavy
2019-11-16 - Kulturfestival Lichtmeile im Vigo 36
2019-11-08 - Modern Metal Evening