Hi guys, I am a professional classically trained violinist living in Auckland, New Zealand. I have had over 10 years of experience on my instrument, and I regularly play in different groups from symphony orchestras to jazz and rock bands. My sight reading is exceptional, but I also have experience with improv and arrangement. Cheers guys
I can record violin (solo or section) for your track.
I prefer to work with sheet music, but if you are unable to provide any I can do some improv or write a part myself.
For a violin section I record in the same position for each take, but change the pan of each recording later (if you want).
For revisions and feedback takes I send a rough mix with your track as an mp3 and for the final track I send a WAV file (dry or mixed) for each part.
I guarantee that my playing and recording will be of the highest quality.
Send me a note through the contact button above.
Interview with OrchestralViolinist
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Usually I am asked to recording a backing string section or a solo fiddling or jazz solo.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I really enjoy the music of Benj Pasek & Justin Paul especially having played some of it! I am also a great fan of any musical theatre and I regularly play in a number of amateur pit orchestras purely for the enjoyment.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Software: A few years ago when I was setting up my studio, I chose to go down the Linux route, because I want to really support the open-source movement. I chose KXstudio (a variant of Ubuntu) as my OS, and Ardour as my primary DAW. I really haven't ever regretted my choice. Hardware: Custom built PC. USB recording interface with studio quality preamps and 24 bit 48 kHz quality. MXL 990 Condenser Microphone Other bits and pieces
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I tend to start with research and listening to reference material. Then I sight read/blind improvise over the track and see what happens. Then I refine it slowly taking each section and rerecording it until I am happy. Then I send the client a rough mixed mp3 of the song. If they have anything that they want me to change, I go back and change it. When we are both happy with the track I send them a high quality WAV file, either dry or mixed and mastered.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: It really depends on the song. If they provide sheet music there isn't that much room for interpretation, but if I get asked to do some improv, I can really let fly with some creative ideas. Many people overlook the importance of strings as a textural element in modern music. If you listen to the chart topping hits you will find that the majority of them have strings at some point in the song.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Violin playing and interpretation.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Anything from baroque to orchestral rock. I really varies.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: NEVER use chorus to boost your strings!
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I would love to work with Stephane Grappelli because he is the greatest jazz violinist ever.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: My tone has been describe as dark and rich, but I would personally call it upbeat Gothic if that makes any sense. I can of course play any style.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I am relatively new to the music industry and I've only been working professionally for a few years mostly freelancing but also some paid gigs through my casual orchestra.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: PC USB audio interface Headphones Microphone Hat
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Make sure that you have a clear idea of what you want. If possible get some sheet music written. (even something basic is better than nothing)
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: The music.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: That I will not view a job as complete until they are completely happy with it.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: A combination. The flexibility of digital is a key part of my work flow and the reliability is also important.