drums - percussion - creative groove design

There are machines which can create incredible grooves. There are loops of the world best drummers, recorded in the world best studios. And there are samples sounding good as hell. 

 And there is someone who listens to your song and talks to you about the story you had in mind while writing the music. Someone you can tell what kind of sound you had in mind. Someone you trust and who can surprise you with ideas you maybe couldn't even imagine.

 One of these "someones" is me. Hello, my name is Magnus Dauner. 

I love rhythm and I believe that every song deserves it's own personal rhythm. 


Enjoy the following compliation of songs I recorded over the last years. 

Pholisophy & Background

I don't hear music in genres or styles. I try to catch the story, the picture and the message of a song and do my best to transport the images and feelings to the listener. So my personality, my way of hearing and all the experinces I was fortunte to make will always be part of my playing.

Until I was 19 years old I hardly played any other style than Jazz. I think for a drummer it is essential to understand Jazz and it's history because our instument was born because of the musical needs of this style of music.

Jazz though is for me not a perticular way of playing, not a matter of theoretical harmony structures or anything else. Jazz for me means the way of HOW I deal with music. Jazz is an attitude.

In my twentys I discovered indian percussion and the rhythm language Konnakol. This experience changed my whole way of hearing, playing and understanding the concept and idea of rhythm. I am fortunte to live in india for several month every year and to learn the tradinitional way of south indian percussion from my great master and guru T.A.S. Mani. 

And though Jazz and Indian music is rhythmically highly complex it is the simplicity of "the right groove" what fascinates me. The depth of a Bass Drum, the smoothness of a cymbal and more than anything else the play between tension and release.

Rhythm, groove, beat or any system of time is an essential part of any song or music and every song deserves it's own personal rhythm. 

The Studio


Sonor SQ 2 Maple 20"x16", 10"x7", 12"x8", 14"x13"

Pearl Vision Beech 20"x16", 10"x8", 12"x9", 14"x14"

Tama Starclassic Cocktail Kit 16"x6", 10"x5", 14"x5,5"

Pearl Vintage 22"x14", 13"x9", 16"x16"

Gretsch Broadcaster 22"x14"

Snare Drums:

Ludwig Supraphonic mid 1970s model 14"x5,5"

Yamaha Maple Custom Absolute 14"x5,5"

Pearl Mahagony Limited Edition 14"x7"

Pearl Sensitone Steel 14"x5,5"

Tama Starclassic 12"x5"

Sonor Jungle snare 10"

Vintage Picollo 13"x3,5"


Zildjian K, Zildjian Constantinople, Zildjian K Custom, Zildjian Avedis

Sabian HHX, Sabian AA

Istanbul Siganture Series, Istanbul Dry Series

Bosphorus Master Vintage, Bosphorus Siganture

Anatolian Baris, Anatolian Diamont

Meinl Generation X

Paiste 2002


Egyptian Darabuka


Mridangam (traditional south indian drum)

Kanjira (traditional south indian drum)

Dholak (traditional south indian drum)

Meinl Marathon Bongos 

Meinl Louis Conte Siganture Congas

Frame Drum

Wooden Djembe



AKG c414 XLS


AKG D112

Shure SM58

Shure Beta 91 A

Audix i5

Bayerdynamic TGD 50 D

Sennheiser e 906

Sennheiser MD 21

EV PL 35

Rode NT 5

Preamps & Interface:

Universal Audio Apollo x16

Audient id 44

Audient ASP 880

Focusrite Saffire 40

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