theviolinist

Experienced Session Violinist

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Hi, if you are looking for a session violinist you have come to the right place. I have over 40 years professional experience, playing from classical to jazz to folk, blues, reggie, rock, you name it. Classically trained at the Royal Academy for Music. Tired of the rest? Hire the best.

I started playing violin at 10 years of age, won a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music to study classical violin at age 14. I was leader of my first classical orchestra at 15 years of age and played solo with many after that.
I have played in Jazz bands, Irish & Scottish folk bands, have recorded for Singer/Songwriters and you will hear my violin on more CDs than I can say! (Not going to name-drop here, those in the "know" know who I am)
I love to play the violin, and am happy and at home in just about any genre you can think of.
I have over 700 five star reviews of my work on other sites around the internet, (that is over 700 five star happy customers) and if you need any more information please just google me: "William Stewart Violinist"
You will find many sites, my videos, music etc! These "other" sites can be used as reference, if you wish to hire me please do so through Soundbetter! :-)

I don't cheat. you want real violin? Tell me what you need and I will be happy to do it for you. I don't say I am an Alumi from xx/yyy academy.. I have won first prize, (REALLY) in many international violin competitions, whilst at the Royal Academy, and after... What i do is play violin.

I look forward to hearing your music!

William.

https://williamstewartviolinist.com

ps, use of a VPN is now checked, and barred, except banks, who insist upon it.

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83 Reviews - 17 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by Francis Blume
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    Fantastic to work with! Very talented and very prompt. Your songs will be in very good hands.

  2. Review by Martin R.
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    William always delivers beautiful music, lovingly played. Highly recommended!

  3. Review by Chad Martin
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    William is outstanding to work with! He's a total pro, created excellent tracks, and was so accommodating with our turnaround time. Looking forward to next time!

  4. Review by Martin R.
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    William is a gifted musician who always delivers the goods, and much more. Highly recommended not only for violin but also for viola and cello. The complete package!

  5. Review by Marc C.
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    Always a pleasure working with William... high quality, speedy deliveries.

  6. Review by Bobby
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    Fantastic as always, a pleasure to work with

  7. Review by Marc C.
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    High quality instrumentalist with great delivery times.

  8. Review by Bobby
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    Absolute pleasure to work with the Violinist. Brings real LIFE to my tracks and is so easy to work with.

  9. Review by Todd M.
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    Always a fantastic experience. I am so grateful to have William in my songs.

  10. Review by Todd M.
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    Always excellent, always professional. He's my kindred soul on this musical voyage.

  11. Review by Bradley S.
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    He's an amazing musician and I highly recommend him to anyone who needs strings. Did an entire string arrangement for a track and understood exactly what it needed. Plus, he's an amazing guy as well.

  12. Review by Niklas A.
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    Excellent! I couldn't be happier. Great sounding strings played by a great player.

    William went above and beyond to ensure I got everything I needed for my track. He worked fast and replied to my messages even faster. Super professional all in all!

  13. Review by Chris S.
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    Another great job by TheViolinist! Took my music and made my project better thank I had hoped. Outstanding service, fast turnaround and high-quality musical abilities and affordable. 4th job with him and I will be back!

  14. Review by Jon
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    Exquisite work! Incredibly talented and easy to work with

  15. Review by Chris S.
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    Outstanding work delivered in a timely fashion at a reasonable price. 3rd time working with theviolinst and I'm fully happy with his work and customer service. Great talent that is easy to work with!

  16. Review by Todd M.
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    I am always in awe of how William is so utterly tuned in to the emotion and nuances in my songs. He always adds another dimension.

  17. Review by Richie K.
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    Well . . . what can I say? Extraordinary input: standard of craft , and energy invested in the project. A wealth of information, hard to beat by any means. A brilliant musician who cares deeply about your project. I would highly recommend The Violinist for anyone in need of strings 'n things. Perfect.

  18. Review by Terry A.
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    Excellent musician and fun to work with. Highly recommend.

  19. Review by Richie K.
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    What a tremendous privilege it is to work with The Violinist. An opportunity you shouldn't miss.

  20. Review by Jesse J.
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    Superb quality, both in playing and in audio quality. Excellent communication, super speedy delivery. Thank you for the job well done!

  21. Review by Cato
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    Absolutely brilliant, very happy with the result and William is super quick at responding. A+++++ highly recommended!

  22. Review by Lorne M.
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    He did a great job and very easy to work with :)

  23. Review by Marius C.
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    William is passionate about providing the best quality results and he takes the time to implement relevant feedback that will make the client satisfied. I recommend working with him.

  24. Review by Serouj B.
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    I am so happy to work with William, he is very professional, accurate and fast. I still cant believe how fast he sent the violin recording :D Highly recommended !!

  25. Review by Martin J.
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    He did a fantastic Job again. Giving my piano a foll waltz feeling so everybody can dance on it.

  26. Review by Martin J.
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    It's hard to tell how surprised I became when I listened the fantastic result of his work. His sensibility to the music and his skills in playing the instruments and arranging the strings are admirable.

  27. Review by Todd M.
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    I've always happy with William's work. He tells stories through his violin.

  28. Review by Martin R.
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    Yet another virtuosic and sensitive performance! William is always a joy to work with.

  29. Review by Cyrus R.
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    I have worked with William on multiple projects ranging in style from Celtic, to jazz manouche to rhythm and blues, and he always shines. A great player with good gear, so the recordings are as good as the performances. Highly recommended!

  30. Review by John Z.
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    Excellent musician, easy to work with, and an all-around nice guy! I needed a gypsy jazz violin track for a project and William delivered exactly what I was looking for and even went above my requirements. He'll definitely be my go-to guy anytime I need a violinist.

  31. Review by Scott
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    William is professional and skilled. The mix and master of the 2 tracks was superb. I am overwhelmed with joy at how they sound. :)

  32. Review by Bighaze B.
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    A very good Experience for me !!
    I have had the pleasure of working with
    Theviolinist is THE BEST !!

  33. Review by Howard
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    Incredible talent, awesome dude, a terrific experience!

  34. Review by Howard
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    Brilliant work! Fast, professional, and a great human being :)

  35. Review by Todd M.
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    William is always brilliant, and he can apply sublime nuances to my songs.

  36. Review by Scott
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    Absolutely amazing violin, mixing and mastering on this track. I am so impressed with the passion behind William's violin - so real.

  37. Review by Atef G.
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    Always great as usual. Already recommended. Thank you so much.

  38. Review by Todd M.
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    William always knows exactly what to add to make my songs truly magical. Just an amazing soul.

  39. Review by Lars R.
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    William did an amazing job and helped me enhance my arrangement to a whole new level. I will certainly hire him again.

  40. Review by Todd M.
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    William is so intuitive and pleasant to work with. Fantastic skills. He is also very bright and has a great sense of humour.

  41. Review by Michael M.
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    I've become a regular! Consistently high quality work... the best!

  42. Review by Michael M.
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    the best.. dedicated, passionate, and inspirational

  43. Review by Todd M.
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    He's just an amazing soul who knows how to morph his playing for any song I give him.

  44. Review by Todd M.
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    Always excellent work. Incredible.

  45. Review by Michael M.
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    Professional, amazingly intuitive and sensitive to the individual feel of each song. Brilliantly talented musician.

  46. Review by Michael M.
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    Amazing, above and beyond my expectations

  47. Review by Todd M.
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    William can tune into anything you are doing and make it sublime. He is a rare gem.

  48. Review by Todd M.
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    William is fantastic in every song I give him...Always adapting, always beautiful, heartfelt music.

  49. Review by manos w.
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    Excellent piece of work as always. Highly recommended!

  50. Review by Todd M.
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    I've played with many virtuosos, and he is at the top of the list. But what makes him unique is his ability to hone into the emotion of your song and add something that makes it truly special. That can't be taught.

  51. Review by manos w.
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    Great work as always he played what he was asked for with a feeling and emotion and tried to reach the sound that I wanted. Really cares about someone's music not just a session player but much more than that. Highly recommended by me!

  52. Review by Michael B.
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    William plays with visceral emotion. He plays with the blood as Rodrigo says in Mozart in the Jungle. I'm very fortunate to have him on board for my latest musical venture. Check out his album Songs of War, which is one of my all time favorite recordings.

  53. Review by Martin R.
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    William is always happy to go that extra mile to get the most out of the music.

  54. Review by Bobby C.
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    AMAZING work!

  55. Review by Martin R.
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    William is fantastic to work with. He is a gifted and creative musician.

  56. Review by Alfonso B.
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    theviolinist is an absolute pleasure to work with. Added exactly what I needed. Very talented!

  57. Review by john c.
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    very easy to work with. a complete professional. i highly recommend working with him.

  58. Review by Martin R.
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    A wonderful musIcian, who I have no hesitation in recommending. William is very easy to work with, and always delivers a high quality and sensitive performance

  59. Review by john c.
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    truly a professional. easy to work with. i highly recommend him.

  60. Review by john c.
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    A true professional, who delights in his work. It is always a pleasure to work with this man. I highly recommend him.

  61. Review by Jeff P.
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    It was a great experience and I would certainly work with William again. He went above and beyond to add a solo violin performance to my song based on my original version and created his own original performance to give me more options. I would encourage anyone looking for a professional to strongly consider working with William.

  62. Review by Gary B.
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    William is an amazing, rare talent! His gift is bringing your vision to life in every way you dreamed! He can play anything - in any style - in every way you imagined...and his sound is just beautiful!

  63. Review by Bav
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    Will is easy to work with and always delivers high quality work. He really adds to the track with his violin parts that go together perfectly with whats already down.

  64. Review by Martin J.
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    He makes good music brilliant

  65. Review by Willy M.
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    William is a pleasure to work with, and provided me with violin and viola tracks that were so beautifully played they nearly brought tears to my eyes.

  66. Review by Martin J.
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    Well. William makes the impossible possible. He brought a string section with Cello, Viola and two violins to my rather complicated blues piano track. And now we have something really new. It is a great work.

  67. Review by Bav
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    Excellent violinist, high quality work, also goes the extra mile when working on your project.

  68. Review by Martin J.
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    William is one of the rare musicians who adds something to my music what I cannot expect. There are many who do a good job you can be satisfied with, but he is exceptionell.

  69. Review by Martin J.
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    William is my favorite Violinist: I have worked with him on several songs. And he will stay my favorite violinist for some more songs. He is so creative with a highest musicality and a long time experience in many fields of music.

  70. Review by Martin J.
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    Another brilliant string work was done by the violinist.

  71. Review by Martin J.
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    This one was the longest and most complex piece of music I did with the violinist. He did it, so in the end, it was so beautifull that tears run down of his and my eyes.

  72. Review by Martin J.
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    With theviolinist I found person who is a very very deeply interested in the what he is doing with a great ability in improvisation in understanding what the music you send him is. He is very surprising and he added more to my music than I could ever expect. If you need someone with outstanding abilities add him to your musical work.

  73. Review by Sean P.
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    I've worked with William many times before - He is an extreme TALENT! You will feel like you're a great composer, when it is actually William's skill at making everything WORK and SOUND GREAT! As I say at the end of every track with William, LOOKING FORWARD TO THE NEXT ONE!

  74. Review by Jeff F.
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    William does great work and is always a pleasure to work with!

  75. Review by Scott
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    Excellent production and fabulous communication. William is professional and he is superb at production, mixing and violin. Thanks again William.

  76. Review by Martin J.
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    He is the best one I ever got. It's always completely surprising what he will do with your music.

  77. Review by Bav
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    An excellent, experienced violinist. Highly recommend to anyone looking to add violin to their work. William is the man for the job.

  78. Review by Bav
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    Another project with William and again, excellent end result on his part. His multiple layer violin recordings gives you many, many options on how to edit it into the final track, and they always sound great. Pleasure to work with William, and will again in the future. Top Job.

  79. Review by Bav
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    Another great addition to the track by William, very easy to work with.

  80. Review by Bav
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    Great communication and even better violin work. Easy to work with, fast turnaround time too. Look forward to working with William again.

  81. Review by Ying M.
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    Very skillful performer.

  82. Review by Michael B.
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    When you hire William to perform your song, you hire a true artist with absolute dedication to getting into your hands a performance that will echo into eternity. His work ethic and determination to get things just right is nothing short of astounding - and man oh man can he make that violin sing!

  83. Review by Michael B.
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    William has the heart and soul of a true poet and it's reflected in his playing and correspondence. He has excellent tone and vibrato and plays with great emotion and feel. The sound quality of the recordings are studio level. He's one of the nicest guys I've ever worked with in the music business.

Interview with theviolinist

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

  2. A: That anyone can not only play the violin, but knows how to record it! Recording a violin is not easy. Knowing your mic,software, and how your playing has to fit with the mix is really, really important. Knowing about levels, 24bit against 16 bit, noise levels (or, in my case a totally clean signal!).. all these things are really important and a lot of people seem to think that if you play well you can make a good enough sound to go on their record. duh! The violin must be recorded correctly, first!

  3. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  4. A: I have used all the DAWs, Cubase, Sonar, Logic etc etc... recently I changed from Ableton Live 9 to Reaper. This was forced upon me! I was gigging in Ethiopia and my laptop crashed. I had to borrow a laptop. It was a Mac. And I had to continue my internet work! The only program that allowed me to do that right away was Reaper. No huge expensive install, and it did everything I needed. When I got back home I started to learn Reaper. Man, I am amazed at what one can do with this software. For me, the quality of the sound is utmost and Reaper allows me to record the way I hear the music. Perfectly. Fast. Rendering is fast and extremely flexible, something I also need. Then, I use mainly a DPA 4099v for the violin. I have and can use large diaphragm mics, but the sound of the DPA with the way I know how to play makes a sound that is real easy to fit into a mix. I love this mic! I now also use an LUFS meter so I can deliver iTunes etc ready mixes if desired. :-)

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

  6. A: I play more or less anything, within reason, and will refuse work that I don't think is up to scratch. I have played most genres and it works like this: I receive an mp3 and a request to add violin. Sometimes the customer sends only the mp3, other times a pdf of the score, and or a midi file with the notes. If I have the notes I will read them. If not I memorize or transcribe and then play. Yet other times I am requested to "just do my thing." This is what I really love to do. Just improvise to music. That is where the magic happens!

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

  8. A: That last one, the Nocturne. The composer send a request, including a pdf of the violin score. I "knew" he would order so I started to practice the (difficult) piece. Thirty minutes later I got the order, and had already practiced the piece. I still love to listen to it. Excellent violinistic writing and great music. I also then improvised whole sections,which he loved, and he is working on a second version of his music, with my improvs in there too!

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

  10. A: I have a violin promo video to make, to sell a violin for a company in Singapore. I just finished recording "Nocture for Violin and Drone" by a Swedish composer. Great stuff!

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

  12. A: Just joined.

  13. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  14. A: Digital. Silly question why. You cannot get past electronics.

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

  16. A: Quality. Music that fits theirs. Great violin playing.

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

  18. A: The freedom! Playing so many different types of music. Learning new music every day. A total education.

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

  20. A: They ask me (IF they ask) why am I so expensive compared to "others". I tell them: go listen to the others. Then come back to me. :-)

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

  22. A: I refer to my previous answers.

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

  24. A: Be specific. Don't tell me "play like an angel here." Tell me you want this part sounding agressive, calm, beautiful, like a sunrise on top of a mountain when you are alone in the world. Tell me where and for how long, exactly as you can. Then, trust me.

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

  26. A: violin, laptop with Reaper installed (or on a USB stick!!), DPA mic, soundcard, a box with endless electricity!! Good to go! (the laptop would have all of Spectrasonics installed, Trilian, Omnisphere and RMX)

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

  28. A: I started at age 10. Entered the Royal Academy on a scholarship at age 14. Left there at 18 having gigged in the best orchestras as an "extra", led orchestras in Germany, Scotland, etc, toured the world as a classical violinist. I then stopped that, programmed computers in Switzerland (all the time making my own music) then started playing jazz violin. I toured with my own jazz band for years, all the time being asked to play this, play that. I joined a gypsy jazz band as violinist in France and toured with them. The many, many requests did not stop, so, and so, that is what I do now. I get to make really diverse music with great people. Wonderful!

  29. Q: How would you describe your style?

  30. A: My style is your style.

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

  32. A: Ha! I would LOVE to record with the French artist Lara Fabian. Her voice is amazing on many, many videos. And the songs she sings "Je suis Malade" comes to mind. :-)

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

  34. A: Let the punishment fit the crime, as they say. Listen to the music, listen to the customer's wish, and play/record accordingly. The cusomer is, in this case, mostly, right!

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

  36. A: Any style, seriously!

  37. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  38. A: My strongest skill? I love music, I love the violin, I love recording the violin, hearing that beautiful sound and people going "wow!"

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

  40. A: I bring passion, vast musical experience, great technical skill, a desire for perfection (nothing leaves me without me being satisfied enough to put my name to it). I bring a love for music and knowledge of HOW to record a violin to get the best sound for the mix. This is gold!

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

  42. A: Listen, then record. It is that simple! Sometimes, depending on the song, I will just hit record and play along as I listen for the first time. If the music is well written one can hear where it is going to go and improvising is easy. These are some of the best "takes" when the magic arrives.

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

  44. A: I am inspired by anyone who plays well and makes that "special" sound on their instrument.

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Terms Of Service

You send me an mp3 of your music. I will have a listen and get back to you. I will return at least one track of violin (24 bit, dry wav) for the set price. However, I normally deliver more!

Gear Highlights
  • I use DPA and Rode mics
  • record in 24 bit and deliver the highest quality recordings.
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SoundBetter Deal

email me and I'm sure we can work out a deal :-) I have over 750 5* reviews elsewhere online, but, I want ALL my clients to ask for, and get, a great deal here on soundbetter!!!! the best!

  • Mixing MasteringFeb 10, 2019

    Hi guysngals! ok, you want a real good mix, and mastered for iTunes? youtube? any other streaming service? for a CD, you want it squash up real loud? do you wish to listen to your music without getting a headache? gentle music? EMD! just send me, and I shall make you a great deal! I use Melda Plugins, Yamaha flat studio monitors etc etc... :-)

  • Happy, successful new yearJan 15, 2019

    to all my new friends and musicians here on soundbetter..

    may your force be with you!

    William.

  • Loudness WarsOct 25, 2016

    I'm currently working on another album for a guy in America and he asked specifically that the end result be mastered for iTunes. Well, for the first time I was in need of an accurate LUFS meter!
    I downloaded loads of demos... and finally settled on the https://www.klangfreund.com/lufsmeter/
    This meter is very accurate, and allows many methods of faster working.



  • Promo VideoMay 03, 2016

    Today I took delivery of the violin I have to review. It came all the way from Singapore, and I must say I was really surprised!
    It is a "cheap" chinese violin, but for the money? It sounds not bad at all! I can imagine how it would sound with good strings -  they always save on strings with these instruments.

    Anyway, I have some work to do!