Ruben Wijga Music Production

Keys, Composing, Orchestrating

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Composer, arranger, (digital) orchestrator, multi-instrumentalist, producer.

As a classically trained violinist and pianist with an education at the conservatory of Groningen (The Netherlands) in composition, music production and studio production, and with a special interest in technology and electronic instruments and sounds, I'm an all-round musician. Over the last decades I worked on all kinds of different projects in different genres, varying from playing keyboards in metal bands to scoring for theater shows and from fiddling Irish tunes to making movie scores.

My specialization is digital orchestrating. As a digital orchestrator I can make the fullest use of my experiences as a violinist in orchestras, my education in composing and arranging, and my love for technology.
Throughout my career I have built up an extensive collection of high-end orchestral sample libraries as well as my own self-recorded and programmed libraries, a variety of microphones, and numerous small music instruments.
Having the possibility to additionally record and play violin, percussion and self-built effect instruments, and other instruments, gives me plenty of options to provide my clients with a unique and organic sounding end product.

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35 Reviews - 9 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by Paul R.
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    Ruben is one of the most professional musicians I have ever had the pleasure to work with and I have been writing and recording professionally for three decades! Rarely have I collaborated with a more talented, helpful and genuinely passionate person as Ruben. He has been highly creative, open to suggestions and very importantly is in regular contact throughout the process. I am incredibly happy to have found him and there is no doubt that I will be working with him in future.

  2. Review by Brooke Daye
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    Ruben listened to my needs attentively and delivered the perfect composition for my music. He was able to take a small revision and dial in the performance in short order as well. Which is always great! Really great work and talented for certain!

    Thanks so much Ruben! I am more than happy!

  3. Review by Dave W.
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    Ruben can do it all. He just has a knack for feeling what you are trying to achieve and the technical ability to play and write at blinding speed. A professional who should be regarded as such in every way. He brings out the best in my compositions, and he is very trustworthy, always ready to make a change if wanted without complaint. Truly one-in-a-million.

  4. Review by Fabio Z.
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    It was my third project with Ruben, and he was fantastic one more time! Great professional and amazing musician! Very easy to work, with quick feedback always! I strongly recommend!

  5. Review by Gregory D.
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    Amazing person to work with. Fast, clear communication and talented!

  6. Review by Guy M.
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    Superman

  7. Review by Guy M.
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    fantastic as usual

  8. Review by Dave W.
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    Ruben really plays for the song; he has a unique and exciting style. He is the consummate professional. He works at peak productivity levels of speed while maintaining a personal touch. Highly recommended!

  9. Review by Lucas K.
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    If you're looking for someone to play piano for your track, Ruben is the best! Really nice and proffesional guy!

  10. Review by Dave W.
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    Ruben is so polite and professional. His quality of improvisation is so cool, and his planned out playing puts him in a league with very few people. I hope to collaborate with him on more projects.

  11. Review by Dave W.
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    Ruben is a professional in every sense of the word. He's also very personable and easy to work with. I am always over the moon with what he adds to my songs. I really can't say enough good things about him.

  12. Review by Jason M.
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    Ruben is great, he is willing to be flexible and to try ideas. His violin playing is tops as well as string arrangements!! Ruben was able to give me a few different options for my mix. Highly recommended.

  13. Review by Dave W.
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    Ruben makes it better, every single time. He can play the most technically inspiring keys, without ever sounding mechanical. He's got soul, kind personality, and a great ability to work fast.

  14. Review by Dave W.
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    What can I say? Once again, Ruben exceeded my expectations. He added electric violin to the song, which was just such a surprise. This song was very melody driven, and Ruben didn't overplay. He plays with heart, to fit the song. He is also very willing to offer production tips, but also willing to re-work his tracks. I couldn't ask for more. Thumbs Up!

  15. Review by Dave W.
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    Ruben was inspiring to work with, and a super professional in every way. He answered questions quickly and played for the song, even though he has chops to spare. He played with emotion and complemented my guitar. Highly recommended!!!!

  16. Review by Dave W.
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    Amazing keyboardist. You can't beat this guy. Super fast, gets the music, super creative. Give him a little leeway in creating and you'll be thrilled with Ruben's musicality and technical skills.

  17. Review by Nick G.
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    Ruben did an extremely creative and professional piece of synth composition for my song. He's a talented musician with a great work ethic and an easy to work with personality. I enjoyed working with Ruben very much and look forward to future projects.

  18. Review by Nick G.
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    Ruben's composition and performance were super creative, musically brilliant and a joy to listen to. If you're looking for orchestration that isn't boring, old, tired, overused and cliche, then look no further as Ruben will infuse your project with originality. Fabulous!

  19. Review by Inbal G.
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    This is my second time working with Ruben and I couldn't be happier!! Ruben makes the process of working together extremely pleasant. He is patient, very talented and executed my vision extremely well. Thank you again for all your hard work!!

  20. Review by Max S.
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    I really enjoyed working with Ruben! He can play very well and I am floored to have him on my album!

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    Ruben is a great player and great to work with!

  22. Review by Inbal G.
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    Working with Ruben was a very pleasurable experience !! He really brought my vision for my song to life and was extremely helpful by creating an incredible orchestra as well as implementing my notes the best way possible.

    I will definitely use his services again!!!

  23. Review by Max S.
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    Ruben is an excellent player with great sounds and was very fun and easy to work with! Glad to have him as a part of my project.

  24. Review by Guadalupe P.
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    Amazing, he works really fast and the final results are incredible. He helped me a lot with my first song. Definitely looking forward to work with him again!

  25. Review by Mark W.
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    Great piano work once again. Creative, powerful and on time.

  26. Review by Mark W.
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    Ruben is a world class musician that delivers on time with exceptional quality.

  27. Review by Michael K.
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    Ruben was great! His pricing was very reasonable, he responded to all my questions in a very timely manner and he accommodated all my requests while completing the project sooner than his initial estimate. I am very pleased with the final result and would definitely recommend him!

  28. Review by Irina P.
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    loved the end result

  29. Review by Andrew L.
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    Brilliant and also a cool guy! Highly recommended...

  30. Review by Fabio Z.
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    It was my second experience with Ruben, and I can say for sure he is an outstand musician and professional! Very quick on his replies, with great communication! I strongly recomend!

  31. Review by Ghost
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    Ruben is an outstanding musician and his knowledge about synthesizer is very well. He took our song definitely to the next level.

    Cheers Sevi

  32. Review by Doug D.
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    This is the second job Ruben has done for me. As before, I can't say enough about Ruben's skill, professionalism, and promptness. Working with him is always a pleasure. Another great job completed by Ruben!

  33. Review by Doug D.
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    Ruben did a fantastic job for me! He was easy to work with, very knowledgeable in his craft, and talented in his creativity. He also completed the job very quickly. I would most definitely use him again.

  34. Review by Fabio Z.
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    Ruben Wijga is a complete professional you are looking for:
    - Amazing musician;
    - Excellent communication;
    - Great turnaround time, respecting your timeframe;
    - Technical part knowledge;
    - Open mind person to discuss ideas;
    - Dedication to your music.
    He was the pianist and orchestrator for my song.
    I strongly recommend!

  35. Review by Liz
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    Amazing piano arranger! He worked fast and had a great knack for emotive phrasing in a song that has many difficult metal elements. I would love to work with him in the future!

Interview with Ruben Wijga Music Production

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

  2. A: I mostly make orchestral, synth, fx and solo violin parts for pop, rock and metal bands.

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

  4. A: This varies from (contemporary) classical composers like Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov to metal bands like Dream Theater and Opeth to producers like Skrillex and Garrix.

  5. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  6. A: The DAW I use is Logic. For orchestral sounds I mainly use Vienna Symphonic Library and occasionally some Native Instruments libraries. I use all kinds of softsynths and sample libraries as well as some analogue synths for the electronic / fx parts.

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

  8. A: A deeper level of atmosphere, dynamics, details that make the listener want to listen your song again.

  9. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  10. A: Turning something flat and ordinary into something epic and distinct.

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

  12. A: Pop / Rock / Metal.

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

  14. A: It's alright to use presets, as long as you don't scroll through your preset banks until you have a clear idea of what you're really looking for. Once you found a matching preset, make an effort to adjust this preset to your original idea. The more you do this, the quicker and easier it will get to end up with original and suitable sounds / fx for your production.

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

  16. A: Can you give me any reference tracks of how you would like it to sound? That gives me a good idea of what instruments and sounds to use, what kind of atmosphere it needs to be, how to approach the song and how to compose onto it.

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

  18. A: About creating orchestra parts: 'You just plays some chords of strings and brass and you have an orchestra'. It's not that easy ;) I play and program every instrument individually. i.e. Violins 1+2, violas, cellos, basses, trumpets, horns, trombones, tuba, piccolo, flute 1+2, oboe 1+2, bassoon 1+2, clarinet 1+2, bass clarinet, (multiple) choirs (SATB), all the individual percussion. Then there's the programming of the articulations and dynamics and adding other (hybrid)sound effects.

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