Orchestral Composer, Arranger, Pianist based in Barcelona, Spain. I composed more than 40 soundtracks, mostly orchestral and epic, but also casual, jazzy, and often with an ethnic touch.
I deliver you the final track, mixed and ready to go.
Apart from the orchestra, I´m a multi-instrumentalist, I have a beautiful Yamaha C3 concert piano, many guitars, bass, flutes, percussion, and I love to include them in my tracks to keep them alive.
I´m comfortable with many textures and styles, my goal is to find in each particular case the right tone and development for the audiovisual piece, videogame or song I´m hired to musicalize.
I also have a wide experience in interactive music (Wwise and other engines).
Don´t hesitate to contact me and explain what you need. I´ll always send you a sketch first, and then I offer you up to 10 revisions until we find the perfect piece. It usually takes between 1 and 3, but I won´t stop working until you´re satisfied.
Check out some of my credits here: https://www.mobygames.com/developer/sheet/view/developerId,409397/
Check out my portfolio here: https://soundcloud.com/zaldivargames/sets/portfolio-2020
Click the 'Contact' above to get in touch. Looking forward to hearing from you.
- Prince of Persia (Warrior Within)
- EarthWorm Jim HD
- Dungeon Hunter V
- Dungeon Hunter: Curse of Heaven
- Order and Chaos ONLINE
- Order and Chaos II: Redemption
- Paddington Run
- Gods of Rome
- Dungeon Gems
- Rival Knights
- Dungeon Hunter IV
- Heroes of Order and Chaos
- Tank Battles
- Cosmic Colony
- Gangstar Rio: City of Saints
- Fishing Kings
- The Settlers
- Street Fighter Alpha: Warrior´s Dreams
- Asphalt 4: Elite Racing
- Siberian Strike
- Green Farm
- Iron Blade
- Zombie Anarchy
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Interview with Diego Zaldivar
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: You´ll be always happy with the result. If not, I keep on working.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: To be in contact with Music, my goddess. Nothing nor nobody matters more.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: "Can I suggest melodies or arrangements?" Yes you can, bring in all your ideas! / "Do I keep the copyrights of my song?" Of course, I can help you registering the song./ "When do I get the track?" Usually within a week.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: To think that a virtual instrument is something to avoid no matter what. It happened to me to go back to a virtual situation after recording a flesh and bone instrumentalist.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: "What do you want to communicate with this music?"
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Priorize quality. If you don´t get what you wanted, you lose 100% of your investment. Don´t believe on credentials, open your eyes to real talent.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: 22 years. Professionaly, 15 years.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I don´t respect a style too much, I prefer syncretism. I use a lot of things from jazz language, romantic and contemporary periods in classical music, and ethnic elements from all around the world. I particularly love Brazilian music and Argentinean tango (I´m from there). I love acoustic instruments, even when I work with synths, I like to produce a credible acoustic illusion.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Two tips to myself: 1. Check with your client before going too far. 2. Don´t get obsessed with the mix before you get a clear idea of your arrangement-composition.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Orchestral soundtraks and acoustic (often jazzy) songs for songwriters.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My ear. I hear everything. For better or worse.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I sketch an idea, I send it to the client. If he likes it, I polish it, record real instruments and make it sound amazing.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Instruments: YAMAHA C3 Grand Piano serie 5.499.223, Nord Stage 3 HP76 Keyboard, Alhambra CTW -5 P ELE Nylon Guitar, Crafter D6/N Acoustic Guitar, PRS SE Santana Electric Guitar, Epiphone DOT Electric Guitar, Washburn Taurus 5 strings Electric Bass, KALA KA-ST Tenor Ukelele, Seagull Merlin G Mahogany, Roland A-49 Controller, Assorted Percussion, Many Virtual Instruments Microphones: Gefell UM70, Gefell MV691, Gefell M70, AKG C414 XLS x2 paired, Oktava MK012 x2 paired, Sennheiser Sting Limited Edition 865, Shure SM58, Shure SM57 Headphones: Beyerdynamic DT770 PRO 250ohms, Beyerdynamic DT770 PRO 32ohms, Akg K514 x2 Hardware: HP 420 6-core Workstation, Universal Audio 4-710d Tone Blending Preamps, Audient iD14 Soundcard, LD Systems HPA4 Headphones amp, Lexicon MX200 Reverb, Adam F5 Monitors Software: Cakewalk Sonar by BandLab, Slate Digital plugins, VSTi, VST
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: John Williams, Danny Elfman, Hans Zimmer, Ennio Morricone, all the big ones.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I compose a whole track in my studio, recording piano, virtual orchestra, guitars and other instruments. It´s often a video game soundtrack (I´m also involved in the interactive music system in this case). I also do arrangements for songwriters, so I deliver the track, then the singer sings it, and then I finish the production. In all the cases I deliver the final piece mixed and mastered, ready to go.