I've been playing keyboards since before the introduction of MIDI. Yes, that long. My ego has been parked in 1995, so all you'll be paying for is experience, experience and experience. My recording studio has been recording music since 1985. I've seen the hardware, seen the plugins of the hardware, and kept the hardware (now is vintage) and ready.

Give me some direction in a SoundBetter message and let me understand your needs. Let's make this happen for you.

My recording studio is almost all hardware based, with a few strategic plugins. If you are looking for hardware glued sounding mixes, then THIS is your studio that will give your music that edge.

Also, my studio is a VEVO content provider. Let's get your music on VEVO/YouTube (Disclaimer: pending YouTube/VEVO verification of your music).

My credits include

Gear highlights

  • Studer A827
  • Pro Tools HDx
  • NEVE 33609c
  • SSL GSeries Buss Comp
  • API2500
  • CraneSongSTC-8
  • DBX160VU
  • EVENTIDE H3000SE
  • AVALON M5&U5
  • RND 5042 & 5014
  • Pultec EQP1A3
  • UA1176LN
  • Focusrite LIQUID CHANNEL
  • etc... most FABFILTER plugins

Genres I specialize in

Terms of Service

I will supply you with my concept. You can add your comments and I'll reply with the changes. This is included in my quote. If more changes are required AFTER this process, then I'll quote you. Thx

Reviews of Walter Riggi

  • Default-avatarabout 14 hours agoby Verified Review

    Walter did a great job for us. He completely the job quickly and shared his creative talent.

  • Listing_thumb_ted_129 minutes agoby Verified Review

    Walter again did an incredible job elevating my track beyond what I imagined. Working with him is always pleasant and he is great at communicating. When you hire him you know you're getting 110%. It's really tough to find that in a lot of people. I would strongly recommend him, you won't be disappointed.

  • Listing_thumb_ted_118 days agoby Verified Review

    Yet again, Walter managed to make my song sound better than I could have imagined. I love his patience and great attitude. He's always incredibly quick too, so you'll never have to wait long to hear his amazing work. I can't wait to start our next project! :-)

  • Listing_thumb_ted_1about 1 month agoby Verified Review

    Walter was incredible. His work went above and beyond all of my expectations and the mix sounds better than I ever could have imagined. He is easy to work with, very efficient, and even put up with my countless meticulous requests with a smile. I cannot recommend him highly enough! I look forward to working together on many more projects.

  • Default-avatar3 months agoby Verified Review

    Walter was great, got exactly what I needed and amazing communication
    Definitely will recommend

  • Listing_thumb_korg-kronos-display-460-80almost 2 years agoby Verified Review

    Walter did another Piano track for me, more intricate and demanding than the first one and did it wthl style and a smile! I am really pleased with his musical talent and his professional demeanor. He is very prompt and caring of what project actually needs. He performed two revisions to make the track perfect for the song. Highly Recommended!!

  • Listing_thumb_korg-kronos-display-460-80almost 2 years agoby Verified Review

    Walter Riggi is not only a class A+ musician who churns out tasteful and musically solid keyboards/Piano tracks, he is also very prompt and caring of the project. He did the project much faster than originally agreed and delivered a great track, he is very Professional and pleasant to work with. Highly recommended !!! :

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Interview with Walter Riggi

What's your 'promise' to your clients?
I'll listen to you only if you come prepared. I can't guess as to what's inside your head.
What do you like most about your job?
Staying in my creative zone... Love this the most !
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Please come with a sample/inspiration (youtube link is great) that moves you to hire me as your performer. This is the best way to communicate your ideas/visions for the performance I will be providing you with. It's the most cost effective for my client as it will NOT waste time for both parties and my client can stay in their creative zone.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
They would have to be analog pieces. So, I would take a 1073 Neve Preamp, 1176 compressor, Neumann U87, Neve 1073 EQ, and of course an electrical solar powered generator. Without that essential piece,... I would go mad... :-)
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
I began performing music in 1982 and at my first live gig, I enjoyed the experience so much that it literally affected my entire life. It started me on a path of music and now it is my bread and butter. I get satisfaction when a client smiles at the files I send them and rebook me for more work.
Analog or digital and why?
Analog has harmonic distortion and this makes for a warm sound... Digital has a dithering process and it tries to emulate analog. BUT you will always be able to tell which one sounds better. Bigger drums, vocals, guitars, bass... then you should try analog...
How would you describe your style?
I play keyboards with both hands as most do, however, sometimes one handed operation can get the point across so much better. So, what's your music like, and let's figure if one or two hands are the way to go.
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
I have no favorite artist, because all artists are inspired different and this makes for fresh ideas. If every artist had the same sound, it would be boring... so bring on diversity, it's fun that way !
Can you share one music production tip?
Yes, understand what dynamic range is in music production and you will have a hit sounding record. The most successful records throughout history have had engineering produced with dynamic range in mind. Not only do they sound better but they are less ear fatiguing as well.
What type of music do you usually work on?
For keyboard work, it is usually pop/rock oriented. For Mixing it is the whole gamut.
What's your strongest skill?
Listening to the client's needs/wants. It's a lot easier to go this route then to make the client see things your way. Often times it's frustrating for the client to NOT get what they wanted and have to settle. So, tell me what you want, what you really, really want. (I appear to be channeling the spice girls)... Apparently, my second strongest skill is a fun attitude! :-)
What do you bring to a song?
I enjoy bringing what's needed especially when a client knows what they want. Over produced is often not necessary (unless it has to hold the song up)
What's your typical work process?
Listening to the clients wishes and desires, sending an mp3 of the direction I've headed with their requirements, then once approved, deliver my work in their required format.
Tell us about your studio setup.
Hardware, Hardware, Hardware... did I say hardware? Once you go rack, it's tough to go back.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
I enjoy David Foster's keyboard abilities and Mutt Lange's attention to mixing details.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
Most common work I do is studio keyboard performance ranging from Piano> Synth based. I also mix music for clients because I have mostly hardware processors and clients like to get away from the sterile sound that plugins have. Warm sound is always in demand. Which is a good thing. :-)