Want your songs to sound like Brian Culbertson type of fusion or Fourplay type of Jazz? Jeff Urbaner can make it happen. Specializing in smooth jazz, but comfortable working with all genres. 20 years of experience in audio production/ music composing industry. Unique Japan anime/ East Asian style. 2018 Best Game Sound Effect award winner.
With over 25 years of experience in audio production and music composing industry, I have produced hundreds of award-winning video/mobile game music scores and soundtracks. Top mobiles games like Billion Lords, Magic Arena, and Excalibur's game music and sound effects were all created by me. Recently, the "Billion Lords" has won the Best Game Sound Effect Award in 2018 by the Ministry of Economic Affairs.
I have worked with major Asian pop stars on their record labels including Andy Lau ( EMI), Kuang Ping Tso (Seed Music), and Benny Chan(Gold Typhoon Group). I helped them arrange their songs and those songs are widely played in many public Karaoke singing rooms. Played keys since 4, as well as being a Multi-instrumentalist( I play piano, synth, drum, bass, and saxophone), I am passionate about music. This is what I do for my life. I also have my own studio for mixing and mastering. In 2019, I plan to debut my first instrumental smooth jazz/ fusion album.
Do you have a song and need someone to rearrange and make it become a rich-sounding production? Or you have your own lyrics and need someone to create a melody for you? Or you need music and sound effects for your games? Let's chat. We will cooperate together on arrangement ideas. Your complete happiness is my commitment.
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Working with Jeff is a simple and effective thing for me. He is a professional with a great musical sense and tons of experience. Jeff provide me precise details of the project at the beginning that make the whole process more comfortable to do. He also completely understand the value of the project I work for him. It's an excellent opportunity for me to work with Jeff, can't wait to have another one. Cheers!
Good to work with and open to any project!
Once again, Jeff really delivered! Wow! This guy has music spilling out of him. That and a great command of mixing. Top - notch!
Super awesome and professional. Jeff is a talented game-industry veteran who can create all kinds of tracks with the constraints of a tight production schedule.
I layed some sax on Jeffs projects. Good producer and nice to work with. Hope to work with him again in the near future.
It was so great to work with the experienced professional. Jeff delivers the right stuff I want. Amazing! I will continue to hire Jeff for music arrangement in the future.
Interview with Jeff Urbaner
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Brian Simpson, Jay Soto, Fourplay, Bob James, Brian Culbertson, Jeff Lorber, Chuck Loeb, Dave Koz, David Sanborn, The Rippingtons, Lee Ritenour, Dave Grusin, Chuck Loeb.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I am proud of making music scores for a video game called GameStar. This video game won the best mobile game of the year from Economic Affairs. I am also proud of arranging songs for some Asian pop singers. They enjoy my professional song arrangement. Those songs widely played in many Karaoke places.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I am going to debut my instrumental smooth/fusion Jazz album in 2019. Meanwhile, I continue composing music scores for some indie video games.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: I am new to Soundbetter, and I am hoping I can make some friends through your wonderful platform. Maybe I don't know anyone right now. However, eventually, I should be able to build up a relationship with other excellent musicians and producers too.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I promise always to do my very best to my clients. I have a very high standard toward the music I created. In the past, I worked more hours then my clients requested to deliver the best quality results. I am a very organized and efficient person, so I promise the job will not take long.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Variety. I am making music every day. Music is the only passion in my life.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Q: Could it be cheaper? A: My music quality is worthy for you to pay.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Can I have reference music? Thank you.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: I would advise a customer to check someone who is passionate about music with professional and robust expertise like me.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I have been working as an employee for the past 18 years in a video game company. I also have been a music producing freelancer as my side job for the last ten years. I am hoping to become a full-time freelancer shortly. Hope Sound better can fill full my dream.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Having green tea and create a friendly atmosphere while I am producing music.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I usually discuss with my clients about how they are going to represent their songs from melody, harmony, rhythm, beginning, middle, and end. Then I put all the idea together in a way the client wants such as placing a selection of instruments in each session based on the clients' needs. I usually have great ideas to make listeners interested. After that I will do tracking, editing, mixing and mastering. I submitted 2-3 versions and based on clients' feedback. If the client is satisfied with the music I made, then we close the job.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: I like the combination of both.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Composing video/ music game musical scores and soundtracks. Writing and arranging pop songs for pop artists/singers. Creating music for films and commercials. Editing and enhancing the audio sound quality based on customers' requests. Live performance.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Offer an unfinished file for submissions.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Signal gun Lighter Military knife Family Photo Steel Drum
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Fusion, funk and smooth Jazz. However, I am comfortable and good at any genres.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I would like to work with Bob James because he is a genius. I love his ideas and energy.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Smooth Jazz BGM Pop Song
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Piano/ synth composing Guitar/bass/drums simulation in DAW Grooving stuff Creating accompaniment tracks for karaoke use Band songs arrange Soundeffect fix Scrambled eggs
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: My taste, my soul and my professionalism.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Computer with two monitors Audio Interface Microphone with Cable and Stand Pop Shield Headphones Monitor Speakers Master Keyboard Acoustic Guitar and Electric Guitar