Christian Raffael Dücker

Pianoman, Keys, Synthesizer

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Hey! I'm offering my services as pianoman, keyboardist and songwriter of indie band "Pax Verdi". I'm always looking for new music and challenges to work on, whether it's about nice rhodes, piano parts, warm synth-pads or beautiful melodies. Get in touch if you like :-)

I'm all about playing and composing beautiful harmonies and melodies, that fit your musical vision perfectly.
So for the last 10 years i have been working as a professional session musician and as a composer for artists and film music. I can record everything here in Düsseldorf,Germany with my nice warm pre-amps and the nearly 1 million keyboards i got here ;-) If you're interested, just write me a message and we'll talk about your project and your vision!

Of course i will give everything i got until you're 100% satisfyed with the results!

Let's make some music :-)

Have a great day,
Christian

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

5 Reviews

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  1. Review by Stephen W.
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    Christian did a great job on the keys for me and was quick to respond, easy to work with and a very fair price - cheers!

  2. Review by Jason Meekins
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    Working with Christian was an excellent experience! Great tracks, great vibe and great communication. Thank you so much for the opportunity Christian!

  3. Review by Wild Horse Studio / François Michaud
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    Christian is a great artist and a nice person to work with !
    A great collaboration is born, with a lot of emotional vibes here...
    I'm looking forward to work with him again.
    François Michaud / Wild Horse Studio

  4. Review by Andres Mayo
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    Working with Christian was great. He was kind, patient and communicative throughout the entire process. We look forward to collaborating with him again.

  5. Review by Tim Bremer
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    Over more than 7 years now i´m working together with Christian and his musical horizon and competence is really incredible. As a Producer and Audio-Engineer i always need professional musicians for my clients projects and in terms of Composition, Sound-Design and as a Piano-Player Christian always is my first choice! He also is a very pleasant and great person and i´m looking forward to our next projects!

Interview with Christian Raffael Dücker

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

  2. A: a film score for a cinema documentary "Fortuna Düssledorf" last year - i composed the harmonies and pianos for the orchestral score and I'm really happy with the results - you can listen to it on our film music homepage measure-music.com.

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

  4. A: a new EP for my band

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

  6. A: yes, Francois Michaud from WildHorseStudio, he makes a mix with some much heart! and of course Tim Bremer, a great producer that gets the job done perfectly.

  7. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  8. A: both of course - i think when you record a signal it is important to "warm it up" and make it already sound great by using nice analog gear - but the digital workflow of course is much more easier to handle :-) So - first analog then digital. Easy!

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

  10. A: i won't stop until the job is done and you are happy !

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

  12. A: to create everyday :-)

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

  14. A: do you understand what i mean ? - Yes!

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

  16. A: that it ain't hard work to finish a song properly

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

  18. A: 1) tell me about your vision of your song or project! 2) what kind of music / sounds do you like 3) how much time we got ? ;-)

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

  20. A: talk to the person you wanna hire about your vision and your idea of how your music should sound - communicaion is key i think :-)

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

  22. A: haha, good question. 1) my prophet synth 2) my 60's upright piano 3) my tape recorder 4) U87 5) and some cables to connect everything ...

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

  24. A: i come from a musical family, my dad's a musical director and conductor, i've been playing piano since the age of 4, then got into a band, played a lot of bar piano in restaurants and clubs and studied composition and piano at the art university in Essen, Germany - so basically never did anything else :-)

  25. Q: How would you describe your style?

  26. A: playful, dreamy, colorful, melodic

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

  28. A: Lenny Kravitz - because the way he creates songs is really unique and i think he's a decent human being!

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

  30. A: take your time when placing the mics for your upright piano recording - you can already find the right spot in the mix by placing the mics at the right spot.

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

  32. A: pop, indie, rock, film score, experimental sounds, electronic

  33. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  34. A: harmony and melody

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

  36. A: i can develop harmonic structures that go beyond usual chord progressions but still sound commercial, i can create nice melodies and thoughtful arrangenments that can bring a song to the next level.

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

  38. A: usually the client shows me the demo or production he's working on and tells me what his vision might be; sometimes i get also some song examples of how a synth or a piano vibe should sound - then i get to work by creating little demos of how my part in the project would sound and send it over. Then we work on it until it's finished and my client is very happy :-)

  39. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  40. A: I've got a lot of keyboards in my set-up (Prophet 12, Nord Stage EX, Korg MS-20, Korg X50, Yamaha etc...) which i record through my beautiful UAD-Twinfinity 710b-4-Channel-Preamp. The sound is so warm and deep, you have to love it. On the digital side i work with UAD Apollo Interfaces and Logic Pro X with FabFilter and Soundtoys. I record my upright piano with stereo neumann or rode mics, and neumann TLM 103 or Aston Origin as room mic.

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

  42. A: everything with great and clever harmonic compositions and soulful productions as phoenix, MGMT, Daft Punk, Tame Impala etc

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

  44. A: playing synthesizer, piano and rhodes / composing catchy melodies for vocals, solos, lead synths

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GenresSounds Like
  • MGMT
  • Phoenix
  • George Duke
Gear Highlights
  • Sequential Prophet 12
  • Nord Stage EX 2
  • Universal Audio Twinfinity 710b
  • Neumann
  • Sennheiser
  • Ibach Upright Piano
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