I've recorded music for Dolly Parton, Alfred Publishing, Lorenz Publishing, most of the major Cruise Lines. I specialize in synthesizer orchestrations.Pop, Jazz, Christian, Standards, Classical, and more. If you need a track with a rhythm section augmented with orchestral elements or a full blown 60 piece orchestra reproduction... let's do it!
Tim is a musician, arranger, orchestrator and producer who has been active in the Nashville music community since 1984. Tim has been the owner of Ned's Place Recording since the early 1990's when he began a recording, writing and producing career working with such music publishers as Word, Abingdon Press, Brentwood-Benson and Alfred.
He's written jingles, scored video, performed live on the Grand Ol' Opry and around the world with such artists as Ricky Van Shelton, Earl Thomas Conley & Boots Randolph. Tim has also performed on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" and the "Grand Ol' Opry LIVE".
Additionally Tim has recorded, arranged and produced music for DollyWood Theme Park in Pigeon Forge TN as well as Dolly's Imagination Library. The yearly productions of "ICE!" in Nashville TN at the Opryland Hotel and the music for the Alabama Theater in Myrtle Beach SC also uses music produced by Tim at Ned's Place Studio.
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Interview with Ned's Place Recording
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: You can hear several things on my SoundCloud page that I'm proud of. "American Lullaby" is a solo piano arrangement that I particularly like to play.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I have several pieces I'm working on for Alfred Publishing Co., Also getting ready to Music Direct a new musical called "Dolly Parton's Smoky Mountain Christmas Carol". It's based on the Dickens classic and features songs written by Dolly Parton.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: I use a mix of the two. I don't get into debates about that. I'm more a music guy than a tech guy.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: My promise would be that I'll tell you the truth.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Just the process of creating something out of nothing. Something beautiful or exciting or.... name your emotion!
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Once again, I'd steer you to my "The Process" page on my website. nedsplacerecording.com
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Call and talk. Meet in person and talk. Both of those to discuss the project parameters... a pre-production meeting if you will. DO NOT try and communicate via text, email or any other platform beyond the initial contact. I'm old-school in that respect. Personal contact cannot be beat when you need to form a relationship. And that's exactly what a collaboration on a music project needs to be - a relationship!
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: I wouldn't need 5. Just a piano would do.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: First band was in 8th grade. Second band was 9 - 12th grade. Went on the road in 1978 or so. Settled in Nashville in 1984. Been here playing artist gigs, church gigs, theater gigs, and casuals since then. Started the studio in 1992. Hope to cross over sitting at the keyboard somewhere!
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: My personal style is laid back and relaxed.. with a side of insanity.. and humor of course.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: No particular artist comes to mind. But any of the folks I named in the question about who inspires me would be a dream come true.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Listen. Listen to the artist, the musicians and yourself.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Pop, Rock, Christian, Choral, Children's
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Keyboards and keyboard orchestrations. I've been told that I have a unique ability to find what an artist really is trying to get recorded. To get to the emotion of it.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Collaboration with the writer to get what they're already hearing in their head down on 'tape'.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I have the whole process detailed on my website "The Process" page. nedsplacerecording.com
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Digital Performer on a Mac is my platform. I find that while the gear is certainly important, making great music is more about the talent and musical gifts we've been given than anything. I'm primarily promoting what I bring to the table as a musician and arranger/producer than my fancy gear list.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Oscar Peterson, Bruce Hornsby, Dave Weckl, Sondheim, Bonnie Raitt, Chick Corea, Kansas, Chase, Aerosmith, Mark O'Connor, Bela Fleck
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Primarily tracks. This usually involves putting my producing, arranging, and orchestrating "hats" on.