At the intersection of hard-working and chill.

My passion is composing and producing instrumentals for vocalists of various forward-leaning genres. My day job is working as an Assistant Engineer at a world-class recording studio in Santa Monica, CA. You will have a hard time finding an easier person to get along with who takes their work as seriously as I do. Whether you are looking for a custom-made instrumental to fit a song you've already written, or are looking for a fresh, modern instrumental to write to, I will work my hardest and fastest to give you the most outstanding product you could hope for. For samples of my work, from complete Pop songs, to Hip Hop beats, to rock instrumentals, see my SoundCloud playlist in the right margin of this page. Please message me with any questions about my skill set, rates, or equipment. I look forward to making some great music with you 👌💯

Send me an email through 'Contact' button above and I'll get back to you asap.

My credits include

AllMusic verified credits for Sam Ricci:

  • Alejandro Hernandez-Valdez
  • New Orchestra of Washington

Gear highlights

  • Universal Audio LA-610
  • Apogee Duet
  • Adam A7X Monitors

Genres I specialize in

Reviews of Sam Ricci

  • Listing_thumb_jaredkfjones2014_3_edited_jp11 days agoby Verified Review

    I was blown away by Sam's samples, and when I described to him the sound I was going for, he took the time to explain how he thought through achieving the sound. He took it to another level! Highly recommended. And such a pleasure working with him that I sent him another one before the first one was even done. That's how confident I am in his work.

  • Listing_thumb_af50a2175_sofi16 days agoby Verified Review

    I am absolutely happy with our collaboration. Sam is very talented and professional, has many great and ORIGINAL ideas. Giving 100%.

  • Listing_thumb_i27828-365730735372432301225 days agoby Verified Review

    Sam is my go to guy - nails my vision, every time, and turnaround time is amazing. He's a great listener and an excellent producer.

  • Default-avatarabout 1 month agoby Verified Review

    Sam is really talented! Im in love with the beats he has created. He got my directions very well and turned my Demo into a music track much better than I could imagine. He is easy to work with and he did a great job with recording my voice and vocal effects.

  • Listing_thumb_i27828-36573073537243230123 months agoby Verified Review

    Sam is a highly creative, efficient, caring producer who takes extra steps up front (and all along the way) to be certain that he has captured your vision and delivered a product that is spot on and current. You will appreciate his art, as well as his high degree of professionalism. Sam is an effective and gifted communicator and collaborator.

  • Listing_thumb_plusamanagement7 months agoby Verified Review

    Sam is a great producer. He understood what we were after and delivered it. Amazing sounds and overall quality. Great guy as well. Thanks.

  • Listing_thumb_img_20170706_153041_5713 months agoby

    Sam is a gifted and highly talented producer and musician. His knowledge of the software and gear is incredible. He works quickly and efficiently but with great attention to detail. We made some pretty great music together. Don't hesitate to work with Sam.

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Interview with Sam Ricci

What do you like most about your job?
My favorite part about working on music is the ability to connect with others and express myself.
Can you share one music production tip?
With all of the tools available to produce music today, it's easy to get caught up in the details and lose the big picture. If you find yourself stuck on something, force yourself to get up for 15 minutes. Check out new releases on Spotify or YouTube, take a walk around the block, pet your cat and feed your goldfish, and try not to think about the song or replay it in your head. If you still don't have a solution to the problem when you come back, it's ok, make a note of it and work on another part of the song.
What type of music do you usually work on?
Pop, urban pop, EDM, hip-hop, RnB, and electronic indie music.
What's your strongest skill?
My strongest skill is being able to build an instrumental that complements but doesn't shine the light away from the vocal performance and the artist.
What do you bring to a song?
Thoughtful and dynamic compositions with modern, trendy sounds that have enough originality and excitement to stand out.
What's your typical work process?
I'm easy-going and flexible, but far from lazy, and will cater my work process to the needs of the project. I can build complete instrumentals around a vocal in 2-7 days, depending on the scale of edits. My goal is that the communication between us is strong enough from the get-go to warrant as few edits as possible.
Tell us about your studio setup.
I have a clean, open, sunlit room in a quiet Los Angeles neighborhood. Amenities include good vibes, fresh fruit, Indian prayer flags, and if you're into it, scented candles. Computer: 2016 MacBook Pro. Audio interface: Apogee Duet. Microphones: Audio Technica AT2035, Electro-Voice RE20, Shure SM-57, Shure SM-58. Microphone preamp: Universal Audio LA-610 Mk II. Monitors: Adam A7X. Software: Pro Tools 10, Logic Pro X, Ableton Live 9, Waves plugins, SoundToys plugins, FabFilter plugins. Instruments: American Deluxe Fender Stratocaster, Ovation Balladeer acoustic guitar, Yamaha YDP-140 keyboard, Vox AC4C1 amplifier, Arturia MicroBrute synthesizer, MicroKorg synthesizer, ukelele, charango
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
The most common work I do is to produce instrumentals; either from scratch or to lyrics and melody that the artist has already written.