Diego Zaldivar

Orchestral Composer

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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.

Interview with Diego Zaldivar

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

  2. A: You´ll be always happy with the result. If not, I keep on working.

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

  4. A: To be in contact with Music, my goddess. Nothing nor nobody matters more.

  5. Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

  6. 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.

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

  8. 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.

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

  10. A: "What do you want to communicate with this music?"

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

  12. 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.

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

  14. A: 22 years. Professionaly, 15 years.

  15. Q: How would you describe your style?

  16. 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.

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

  18. 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.

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

  20. A: Orchestral soundtraks and acoustic (often jazzy) songs for songwriters.

  21. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  22. A: My ear. I hear everything. For better or worse.

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

  24. 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.

  25. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  26. 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

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

  28. A: John Williams, Danny Elfman, Hans Zimmer, Ennio Morricone, all the big ones.

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

  30. 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.

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Dungeon Hunter, Paddington Run and others

I was the Composer, Producer and Pianist in this production

Terms Of Service

A 2 minutes orchestral track could take between two and three days. For a piano track, one day. The limit is 10 revisions but if you´re not satisfied, we can add more.

GenresSounds Like
  • Hans Zimmer
  • John Williams
  • Danny Elfman
Gear Highlights
  • Yamaha C3 Grand Pïano
  • Universal Audio preamps
  • AKG C414
  • Gefell UM70
  • etc
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