Larry Walters

Hammond B3 - Vintage Keys

43 Reviews (40 Verified)
Larry Walters on SoundBetter

Looking for authentic, expertly crafted sound and feel? As a seasoned musician with 28 years of experience, I am here to deliver exactly that. From jazz to hip hop and everything in between, I am proficient in playing the Hammond organ for any production needs. And with my skills on vintage electric pianos, I can add a unique twist to your tracks.

Are you ready to add some soul to your sound?

Let me bring my classical training and modern music expertise to your next project as a musician and composer.

Specializing in jazz, RnB, and gospel, my signature style on the Hammond organ will add an unmistakable flair to your tracks. With a diverse background working with artists globally in genres such as pop, jazz, blues, rock, country, classical, and more, I bring a wealth of understanding and versatility to the table.

I'm happy to play whatever the client requires, but I can also give you my intuition as to what the song needs. Add some vintage vibe to your songs!

From small projects to big ones, I promise fast and clear communication every step of the way. Get in touch and let's create something truly special together.

Send me an email through 'Contact' button above and I'll get back to you asap.

43 Reviews - 8 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by Carl
    by Carl

    Larry is a very good musician !

    The biggest problem with working from a distance is that you're not together in the studio. So it's difficult to say ... try this, try that, other sound, ... it's often a matter of taste and you can't keep asking for revisions.
    So it's important to me that I receive many takes, so there's a lot of choice. The more takes you get, how bigger the chance that something is perfect for your song.
    Larry sent me a lot of takes, perfect !

  2. Review by Ryan M.

    He brought more to my project than I ever expected, will be back for more!

  3. Review by Stephen W.

    Larry is amazing to say the least. Second track I’ve used him on and I couldn’t be happier. Above and beyond talented. Amazing to work with.

  4. Review by Mark T.

    Always delivers on what's needed, plus more, to give each tracks that extra lift and groove. Highly recommended

  5. Review by Stephen W.

    Did an amazing job, above and beyond on my tune and brought it to life. I can't thank him enough

  6. Review by Jonny W.

    Amazing taste and tone!!! Brought a wonderful creativity and obvious technical skill to the process that spoke volumes about the type of musician and artist he is!!! Looking forward to working with him again in the future 👍

  7. Review by Mark T.

    Larry has a superb capacity to know exactly what the song calls for. Always very happy with the end result, which goes the extra mile with a variety of very creative yet precise takes that bring a rich, analogue vibe and atmosphere. Highly recommended.

  8. Review by Noam Harel

    3rd project with Larry. he is your guy! like a friend! always want to make the extra-mile and always open-minded to idea's!

  9. Review by Charlie R.

    Larry did a great job laying down keys on a demo of mine! Great communication and playing, and a quick turnaround to boot - highly recommended to all. Thanks Larry. A++++

  10. Review by Brooke Daye

    Larry brings vibe, taste and great playing to all of the projects we do. He's a player!

  11. Review by Mark T.

    Larry puts everything and more into his recordings, a real master of tone and vibe who will go the extra mile to bring your music into classic analogue mode. .

  12. Review by Ron Turner

    Great sound. Great style. Great response. Very professional. I highly recommend Larry.

  13. Review by Mark T.

    Really wonderful work by Larry, understands the feel/intent of the song straightaway and delivers great tracking in line with what's needed, while injecting his own style and analogue vibe. Highly recommended

  14. Review by Chris R.

    Amazing Musician, super fast turnaround and clear communication the whole time. Highly recommend.

    I look forward to working with Larry on more projects.

  15. Review by Eddy Barbour

    Larry was amazing! Firstly, he's a super talented keys player with an amazing selection of keyboards/synths. He was also very patient and was amazing to communicate with. I'll be coming back to Larry for more keys work in the future :)

  16. Review by Balu B.

    Larry is amazing! What incredible keys - one shot and is is just perfect. He just knows what is needed and his instincts are impeccable. I got back a lush arrangement back with layers of Hammond, Rhodes and piano - I could just listen to that all day! Also responsive and delivers when he says he will . A pleasure and I look forward to working with Larry again.

  17. Review by benjamin k.

    very positive, inspired and passionnated musician - fully recommended
    will use him again asap

  18. Review by Kristopher M.

    Larry creates incredible things by creating such a professional and talented musicianworkspace. You've got a lifetime customer here!

  19. Review by Brooke Daye

    Larry added ideas to my canvas with great sound and tasteful playing. He provided me with different iterations that really made me think as a producer. What a guy! Value added PLUS! Great playing too - and impeccable instrument choices. Thanks Larry!

  20. Review by Mark T.

    Always a pleasure to work with Larry, not only nails very efficiently and professionally what's needed, but goes way of out of his way to add those extra layers and tone to give every track a true analogue and authentic feel

Interview with Larry Walters

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

  2. A: Every project holds a special place in my heart, but I am particularly proud of my classical organ production from the 2000s. In 2010, I had the opportunity to be a session musician for a fusion jazz album, where I was given the chance to play a very old Hammond. It was a truly memorable experience, and one that I will always cherish.

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

  4. A: With 28 years of experience in the music industry, I have been involved in every aspect of production, from assisting and editing to performing and producing. I have recorded numerous albums and tracks, giving me the knowledge and insight to know when things just fit. I have seamlessly moved between producing and performing many times, always learning and growing in both fields. Every session is a learning opportunity for me, and I believe that one can always discover something new. Let my expertise and passion for growth enhance your next project.

  5. Q: How would you describe your style?

  6. A: I define my style as clean, jazzy, and mostly crossover. I am always open to going off the beaten track and trying new things for a fresh and exciting sound.

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

  8. A: From soul and gospel to hip hop and country, I have a diverse range of musical styles that I love to work with. Fusion styles are always tempting as well, adding an exciting twist to my projects.

  9. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  10. A: My strongest skill is harmony. I have a passion for attention to detail that allows me to bring a unique touch to every project I work on.

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

  12. A: Bringing soul and groove to every track, I am all about delivering that special something that makes a song truly stand out. Whether it's a solo, bebop, progressive, or gospel sound you're after, I have the versatility and dynamic touch to bring your music to life. Trust me to bring discretion and a unique feel to every song I work on.

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

  14. A: My typical work process involves carefully listening to the tracks and allowing them to inspire ideas for lines and comping on the keys or organ. Whether it's jazz, soul, or funk, I always aim to fit the instrumentation in as naturally as possible. It's a simple process of listen, think, and play.

  15. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  16. A: I have a variety of top-notch gear at my disposal, including a 1959 Hammond B3, Leslie 122 and 147 speakers, a Yamaha CS60 and DX7, a Roland Juno 106, a Minimoog D, a Farfisa Compact de Luxe, a Clavinet Duo E7, a Crumar Mojo, a Nord D5, a Korg Polysix, a Roland Echo 201, and more. In addition, I have access to recording studios with a Steinway D and Yamaha CFIII-S piano. When it comes to software, I primarily use ProTools, though other options are available. Let's bring my technical skills and top-quality equipment to your next project.

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

  18. A: From Quincy Jones to Herbie Hancock and beyond, I am a fan of all types of productions. While I am always up for discovering new organists, I can't help but keep returning to the classics. Don Patterson, Lonnie Smith, Ronnie Foster, and more are among my all-time favorites, and the list truly goes on and on. Let's bring some of that classic organ magic to your next project.

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

  20. A: As a musician with a background in classical music, I am skilled in playing the organ, keys, and vintage gear. My broad understanding of harmony allows me to easily identify what works and what doesn't, enabling me to seamlessly switch between instruments to find the perfect sound for your project. Let my expertise guide your music in the right direction.

  21. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  22. A: Besides my session projects, I'm recording a jazz organ album with my band, to be released soon! Stay tuned!

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

  24. A: Do you have the chord chart? Do you have the lyrics? Do you have any references for a similar sound?

  25. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  26. A: Herbie Hancock, Cory, and a few classic ones. Do I have to choose just one?

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

  28. A: I always look for quality, so samples provide a fairly good idea of what you can expect. Be clear and precise about what you want. Keyboard players have a lot of gear. ;-)

  29. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  30. A: My MBP, an Apogee Sound card and a Kontakt keyboard, a Minimoog D and my API.

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

  32. A: Think mono. We have just one brain, not two. DAWs have none.

  33. Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?

  34. A: Arthur Pingrey

  35. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  36. A: Digital nowadays. I can always switch the Studer on though ;-)

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

  38. A: Satisfaction and feedback. They are key indeed.

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

  40. A: Creativity and freedom. When you are hired to play what you feel or what a track suggests you.

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

  42. A: Most of the time, people as for a RAW Hammond track with no Leslie effect on it, so they can tweak it after. Depending on the instrument sometimes used it is possible, but sometimes it is not, as the Organ routes the signal right into the Leslie Speaker.

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

  44. A: There's no MIDI in a Hammond Organ. Also, Leslies have no line out.

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I was the Organ Player in this production

Terms Of Service

👉 Up to 2 revisions.
Turn-Around time: a week (usually less), faster, depending on needs. 🔥
Even split on publishing for songwriting.

GenresSounds Like
  • The New Mastersounds
  • Jill Scott
  • James Taylor Quartet
Gear Highlights
  • Hammond B3
  • Leslie 147
  • Leslie 122
  • My fingers. ✋ Roland Space Echo 201
  • Crumar Mojo
  • Moog D
  • Solina String Ensemble
  • Fender Rhodes MK1 88
  • Wurlitzer 200A
  • Hohner Clavinet E7
  • Yamaha CS60
  • Prism Sound Titan.
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  • Space Echo 201 is Back!Nov 17, 2020

    After a complete TLC session, our Space Echo is Back and ready to rock!

    Don't miss the opportunity to use it in one of your productions. 

    We can't have enough enough enough enough enough...

  • New Leslie Preamp! Vintage synths meet the rotor!Oct 13, 2020

    Besides using 147 and 122 Leslies we recently bought a custom made Leslie Preamp by Musifix.

    Awesome possibilities to use vintage gear through Leslies now. Synths sound brutally fat.

  • Wurly 206 in da house!Oct 09, 2020

    I had the opportunity to record some tracks for a UK Hip Hop album recently. Awesome model, I must admit I never played a student model before. I was impressed. This model has the optional vibrato kit and all the bells and whistles. Full package. Full sound. Total vintage immersion.

    Reeds galore.

  • Yamaha CS60!Sep 29, 2020

    I had used some VSTs before... but the real thing really rocks. used it in my last production. This is a beast, the real deal.