Steve Tirpak

Live String / Horn Arranger

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Hello, my name is Steve Tirpak. My string and horn arrangements can be heard on many multi-platinum and grammy award winning albums. Let me share my knowledge and experience with you.

I am a composer and arranger with over a decade of working with A-list artists, producers and musicians in the industry. I love enhancing great songs and elevating them to their highest possible level. Ensembles ranging from solo instruments to full orchestra are available based on your needs. Please inquire about my multiple song arranging packages to receive the greatest value. The legacy continues, one record at a time!

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Credits

AllMusic verified credits for Steve Tirpak
  • Needtobreathe
  • Gene Moore
  • Kirk Franklin
  • R. Kelly
  • Aretha Franklin
  • L. Spenser Smith
  • L. Spenser Smith
  • Michael Jackson
  • Michael Jackson
  • John Legend
  • John Legend
  • John Legend
  • John Legend
  • Lana Del Rey
  • Lana Del Rey
  • Lana Del Rey
  • R. Kelly
  • Kirk Franklin
  • Elliott Yamin
  • John Legend
  • Norwood Young
  • The Mini Q's
  • The Mini Q's
  • The Mini Q's
  • John Legend
  • John Legend
  • John Legend
  • Vivian Green
  • John Legend
  • Young Gunz
  • Needtobreathe
  • Needtobreathe
  • John Legend
  • John Legend
  • John Legend
  • Ben Kessler
  • Ben Kessler

Interview with Steve Tirpak

  1. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  2. A: The most exciting project so far was writing orchestrations for two live shows performed at Carnagie Hall in NYC featuring Jay-Z!

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

  4. A: Some people would like to hear a midi demo before the actual recording session. The real thing is going to sound SO much better than the midi demo. If you request it, promise to listen only to the ideas knowing that the musicianship of the players is going to smooth out whatever might sound unnatural.

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

  6. A: Fast only sounds fast if prior to that you've been going slow. I like to switch it up for the maximum emotional impact.

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

  8. A: I focus on being tasteful, staying out of the way of the vocal and supporting all the musical ideas already in the track. I also strive to keep the energy of the song moving forward, filling in the holes and introducing interesting ideas at just the right moment that keeps the listeners engaged.

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

  10. A: When I first get the files, I try to start writing immediately on the first listen and jot down as many gut instinct ideas as possible. In time, I begin to refine, shape, test, change and switch all the musical options until arriving at what i believe is the strongest, most complimentary idea to the song overall.

  11. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  12. A: I usually record with Neumann U87s for the violins, Sony C800G for the violas and Neumann U47 on the cello. This is run through Neve mic preamps and the SSL 4000 E/G for monitoring without compression.

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

  14. A: When it comes to writing and arranging, my biggest influence is my mentor Larry Gold who I've had the pleasure of working with since the early 2000's.

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

  16. A: Most of my sessions consist of arranging for string and horn ensembles, recorded on songs which are almost finished. This process usually happens right before mixing and mastering.

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Hold On Longer by John Legend

I was the String Arranger in this production

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  • Larry Gold
  • Ron Fair
  • Quincy Jones
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