Hello, my name is Steve Tirpak. I am a music producer specializing in live instrumentation. I have relationships with many of the most talented musicians in the world and am available for every part of the creative process. If you're looking for the best, I deliver A list results of the highest level.
With almost 2 decades of working closely with A-list artists, musicians and professionals in the industry, I can help refine your song, maximizing the melody, form and harmony. I will also hire an all star rhythm section that will play the shit out of your song! I will also add other textures like horns, strings, woodwinds, harp or any other appropriate instrumentation that will make your song as amazing as it can possibly be! I will then oversee the mixing and mastering process with a grammy award winning sound engineer.
I am here to serve you. If you just need a part of the above mentioned, I'm happy to function that way as well. Serious inquiries only. Looking forward to getting to know you and your music.
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Interview with Steve Tirpak
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Honestly I love it all! While at college I studied jazz and classical extensively. That foundation has allowed me to pick up other styles very quickly. I love immersing myself in a genre and discovering all the nuances that make that style special. Over the years I've spent a lot of time listening to and composing R&B, Pop, Folk, Rock, Salsa, Latin Jazz, Bossa Nova, Country, Hip-Hop, Gospel, Film Scores and Electronic Music.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I usually record with the AudioTechnica 4081 ribbon microphone for horns, run through the UA Apollo Twin without compression.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: The most exciting project so far was writing orchestrations for two live shows performed at Carnagie Hall in NYC featuring Jay-Z!
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
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.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
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.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
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.
Q: What's your typical work process?
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.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
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.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
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.