Multi-instrumentalist versed in a variety of musical styles whose primary instrument is trumpet. Composer specializing in film orchestration, with particular expertise arranging for horn and string sections. Audio Engineer and Producer knowledgeable of production techniques, practices, workflows, and related aspects of the music industry.
Vince is a professional musician whose contributed to 75+ music and film productions. His primary instrument is trumpet and he doubles on the following brass instruments: cornet, flugelhorn, slide trumpet, and mellophone. Secondary instruments include: electric bass, guitar, keyboards, and percussion.
Composition & Arrangement:
Vince has 10+ years experience composing and arranging original and cover songs; for live performance and studio productions. He's written 1000+ arrangements for artists across the world. Most common arrangements are for: horn section, string section, rhythm section, choir, as well as larger ensembles. Professional looking scores and extracted parts are made available as PDF files.
Vince has 10+ years experience as an audio engineer skilled in recording, editing, and mixing. Often working from his home studio, he is capable of overdubbing additional instrumental parts, editing or compiling (comping) existing recording sessions, and providing professional mixes.
Vince earned the Master of Music degree in Jazz Performance from the University of the Arts; and earned the Bachelor of Science in Music degree concentrating in Jazz Studies and Theory & Composition from the State University of New York (SUNY) at New Paltz.
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8 ReviewsEndorse Vince Tampio
Vince is a player with great feel who provides professional service. Will work with again!
Vince is the best! Professional and easy to work with. We've worked together on many projects over the past 10 years. I would recommend him to anyone who needs trumpet, arrangements, or studio production!
I have worked with Vince on multiple live and recording projects over the past 6+ years. As well as exemplary playing and performing, both live and in studio, Vince is one of the most reliable, and best organized professionals I have ever worked with. He has helped produce recordings for me, written many horn arrangements and helped to craft many pieces of work. Vince has also toured with me on many occasions, always proving to be a great team player. Whether for live performance, engineering, production or arranging work, Vince is without doubt a first call for me.
I came across Vince while browsing on the web searching for suitable and accurate horn charts to use in my Soul band. Direct communication with Vince led to numerous charts being produced by him. My horn section was impressed by the accuracy, quick turnaround, and the professional look of each chart.
My band’s sound is much richer due to these charts!...Thank you Vince!
Vince is a man of many hats. The primary thing Vince brings to your project is his excellent musical ear as a soloist, composer and producer. In a digital age Vince strives to bring an analog warmth to his mixes, his productions and his approach to music. That said, Vince is more than fluent in working with the latest technologies with a diverse collection of plug-ins. On top of this, Vince has excellent communication skills that will help you realize your vision for your project. Highly recommended!
Vince did some audio editing for me in putting together individual recordings of kids playing orchestral instruments. This was the first time the kids had ever played with a click track! Throughout the entire process, Vince was timely, considerate, and organized. Not only did he successfully mix everyone together to sound like one ensemble, he even went beyond what I asked him to do and added "little" things like placing the instruments in their proper spot on the "stage" so that the stereo sound was more like a live performance. He is easy to work with and produces a high-quality product.
I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Vince for a few years now due to the music arrangement work he’s done for a few clubs in the Philadelphia Mummers. Vince is great to work with. He’s committed to creating what you’re looking for, as well as providing his own style. He’s also a great instructor. I’ve been witness to Vince’s being able to get a lot out of individuals technically, as well as the ability to increase confidence in the player. I would highly recommend Vince for anything and everything music related, and hope to continue obtaining Vince’s servIces in the future.
Vince has been an excellent help on many of my recording projects. It has been great working with him as producer, engineer and performer! Vince has an exceptional ear and has done some fantastic guitar, horn, and keyboard work for me.
Interview with Vince Tampio
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both. It really depends on how analog and digital is applied. I prefer to record through analog gear into a digital interface. Mic'ing real instruments or amps usually yields a much more lush signal than MIDI instruments or software simulations. I still strive to capture excellent performances, but post-production editing is a much cleaner workflow compared to cutting and splicing tape.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I like working on a variety of projects that exercise my creativity. I certainly do not like the monotony of doing the same thing every day. That is why I play so many instruments, write music, and do audio production.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Ultimately I bring my ears to a song. If I'm transcribing I'm hearing through other sonic textures to accurately isolate the individual instrument's part. If I'm orchestrating, I'm making the instrumentation sound the best it can while also writing interesting parts for each instrumentalist. If I'm arranging or composing for an existing song, I'm writing music that compliments what's already recorded (like rhythm section) while also leaving space for what's to be added (like vocals). If I'm performing, I'm bringing years of practice honing the technique and expression on a particular instrument. If I'm recording, I'm listening for the best mic placement that will yield the best desired sound.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: When transcribing any piece of music, try to get the best quality stereo audio reference track. Identify where a particular instrument or instruments exist in the stereo field then isolate the channel. For example, many 60's era Stax recordings were recorded using an 8-track mixer. Often the horn section was recorded using one microphone and hard panned to the left speaker in mixing. Mute the other speaker to further isolate the horn section from other instruments that compete for the sonic attention.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I work on and am comfortable with a wide variety of music. My musical roots are jazz, soul, and rock, but I also studied classical and contemporary music. When I am asked to perform, compose, or record genres beyond of my comfort zone, I immerse myself in the music in order to capture its essence.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I work from a dedicated home office studio. The small room is treated for sound absorption and diffusion. I record, edit, and mix in this space. I record using Pro Tools (supplemented by about 400 plug-ins) on a desktop computer running the current version of Windows. My main interface is a focusrite 18i20 and I monitor on near-field KRK Rockit 5 Powered monitors. I have a variety of microphones (condensers, ribbons, and dynamics) and DI boxes. I have a variety of amps from companies including Marshall, Orange, and Vox.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Clients commonly ask me transcribe existing horn section parts of cover songs, then orchestrate for the instrumentation of their horn sections. Sometimes I am tasked with transposing string parts for horn section. Periodically I am asked to provide condensed rhythm section charts. Regardless, we agree on a definitive reference track to ensure we are listening to the same version. Often I am asked to compose horn section parts for songs - covers and originals - that do not feature existing horn section parts. I ask for references and a general sense of what the client hears. Based on my availability and the complexity of the song, typical turn around time is 2-5 business days.