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GIELSTAR on SoundBetter

Experienced composer, producer and mixer. Fast and easy to work with, full of ideas and passionate about making music sound amazing.

Hi, I’m Giel. Thanks for checking out my profile! I’m a composer, producer and mix engineer. I’ve been in the music business for over 25 years, working in both classical and pop music. I’ve composed everything from large symphonic works, to music for theatre and film, to pop songs. The last couple of years I’ve been focusing mostly on producing and mixing of both my own projects, as well as helping others. My goal is always clear: songs should sound amazing and ready to be on the radio.

How working together works:

Communication is key. I find it extremely helpful to have Skype or Facetime sessions before and during the work process with my clients. This is the best way to ensure we’re on the same page and that we’ll end up with fantastic results. Plus, it’s nice to get to know each other.

After you send me your multitracks, I will send you a first draft of the mix within one or two working days. Take your time to listen to it and feel free to tell me anything you like or don’t like.

When it comes to revisions I have one simple rule: you can have as many as you want until you’re 100% happy. Your song is precious, it should be exactly what you want it to be.

If that sounds good to you press the button on the right to contact me! Also, if you have any questions I’m more than happy to answer them.

Would love to hear from you. Click the contact button above to get in touch.

Credits

AllMusic verified credits for Giel Vleggaar
  • Ralph van Raat
  • Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic

10 Reviews - 1 Repeat Client

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  1. Review by DEXY
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    It's first time I've done mastering for Giel and everything went fast and smoothly. The mix was clean, well-produced, dynamic and without slag in the bottom. The whole thing made my work more fun and the master became amazing. Looking forward to a new radio hit in the near future.

  2. Review by Andres Mayo
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    As always, working with Giel is a true pleasure. He is very communicative and attentive, and I thank him for trusting me with his music. We have a great time collaborating together.

  3. Review by David S.
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    Again, Giel did a fantastic job! Great mix, this time with some added production touches that really made the song fly. He's really easy to work with, communicates fast and clear, you feel in good hands. Thanks Gielstar! More to come!

  4. Review by Andres Mayo
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    Once again, working with Giel was fantastic. His commitment and swift communication made it possible for us to finish this project very quickly and with a great end result.

  5. Review by Andres Mayo
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    Working with Giel was a fantastic experience! Hope we get to keep on collaborating together.

  6. Review by David S.
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    Very professional, open communication (had a good Skype session to talk things through). Took a leap of faith using this site but wow - I'm so happy with the results. Song sounds incredible now! Thank you Gielstar. Will call on you again.

  7. Review by Nick Nord
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    WOW. Giel brought a new light to my song unlike anything I could have thought of. He brings a new take to your song and will give you EXACTLY what YOU want at the end of the day. He offered great insight to what he thought what make the mix sound better and was an absolute blessing to work with. 100% Recommend to anyone who needs their song to come alive!

  8. Review by Dagmar
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    Working with Gielstar was a blast. I needed something extra for a few songs and he knew right away what they needed to be perfect. Gielstar worked fast, and very very seriously, until everyone was completely satisfied with the results. I look forward working with him again.

  9. Review by Marjon
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    GIELSTAR composed and produced a jingle for our company in different versions. Every version was so different but completely vibed with what we stand for. He even let us sing! So great that someone can translate our energy into music. We’re looking forward to new projects with him!
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  10. Review by Ausmeister (Producer)
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    Fantastic. Sent a song to mix and it came back fast and sounding awesome. Revisions executed perfectly. Great guy to deal with. Will definitely use again.

Interview with GIELSTAR

  1. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  2. A: Several mixing projects, some orchestral arranging, writing and producing songs.

  3. Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?

  4. A: Mastering engineer Andres Mayo is a frequent collaborator and my go-to for mastering.

  5. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  6. A: Digital. The workflow is fast, easy and instantly recallable. Plus, it's near impossible to tell the difference these days.

  7. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  8. A: I'm not stopping until your vision has come to life and it has reached its full potential.

  9. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  10. A: I get to walk around in someone's sound world and ideas and help improve to the extent that it draws in as many other people as possible.

  11. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  12. A: That everything is fixable - there's only so far you can go to salvage a bad musical performance.

  13. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  14. A: Besides budget and deadlines - what is your music about? What do you want to bring across?

  15. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  16. A: Listen to examples of mix engineers to see if you like the work they do. See if you can strike up a conversation to see if they're nice people and easy to work with. Besides getting quality work, you want to feel comfortable with someone.

  17. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  18. A: 1) A fast Mac 2) Cubase Pro 3) Apollo Twin 4) Eve Audio speakers 5) Lewitt LCT240 microphone

  19. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  20. A: I’ve been in the music business for over 25 years, first playing guitar, bass and keyboards in bands, then gradually moving to recording and producing in my home studio. As a kid I wanted to be both a classical composer and a rock star. My pursuit of classical music led me to a career as an orchestral composer with many high-profile commissions. I’ve composed music for concert halls, commercials, TV, film and theatre. In recent years my focus has shifted back to pop music - it's never too late to be a rock star. I’m a recording artist under the name Gil Fletcher and I will release my self-produced debut album Fletcherama in 2019. Along the way I've learned the ins and outs of music production and recording. I enjoy putting that knowledge to good use to help others achieve success and greatness.

  21. Q: How would you describe your style?

  22. A: Bold, outspoken, clever and fearless.

  23. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  24. A: John Mayer, because he's an awesome songwriter and guitarist who might respond really well to being pushed into unfamiliar territory.

  25. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  26. A: Don't be afraid to strip elements from your production if they don't contribute. You can guide the listener's curiosity but playing with the density of the textures they are hearing. Often times, less is more!

  27. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  28. A: In spite of my classical background I'm a pop guy at heart, so that's the music I seem to be doing the most.

  29. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  30. A: I have to ability to hear what is not there yet - the things that will improve a song or a mix so that it becomes something special.

  31. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  32. A: I bring the perspective of an award-winning composer who has composed many pieces for large orchestras. I know how to make music do stuff - to trigger emotions, to make you dance, to make you cry, anything to get your point across.

  33. Q: What's your typical work process?

  34. A: I load up a song in my mix template in Cubase, and then I putter around in it until it reveals where it needs to go. When my head is rocking and my feet are tapping, I know I'm on to something.

  35. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  36. A: I mix 100% in the box using Steinberg’s Cubase Pro 10. Through the years I’ve used everything from Pro Tools to Logic Pro X and Ableton Live, but I’m by far the fastest as a mix engineer and producer at what I do in Cubase. I love it! My monitoring is done in a treated room through Eve Audio monitors, an Avantone MixCube and a range of cheap and more expensive headphones. I use a wide variety of plugins from Waves, Soundtoys, Fabfilter, Slate Digital, etc.

  37. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  38. A: I'm inspired by industry greats such as Andrew Scheps, Tchad Blake, Michael Brauer and Warren Huart.

  39. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  40. A: I mix songs until they sound awesome.

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