I'm a keyboardist, composer, arranger, (digital) orchestrator, violinist and synth enthousiast. I studied at the Conservatory in Groningen, The Netherlands, and I work mainly in my own home studio. Over the last years I have been involved in different bands and projects, both on stage and behind the scenes.
As a classically trained violin player, with an education at the conservatory of Groningen (The Netherlands) in composition, music production and studio production, and with a special interest in metal, electronic instruments and sounds, I'm an all-round musician. Over the last years I worked on different projects, varying from playing keyboards in metal bands to scoring for a theater show and from fiddling irish tunes to making movie scores. I am the keyboard player of metal band ReVamp.
I mostly use software synths combined with analogue synths. In my studio I have a solid collection of software, sample libraries, analogue synths and nifty electronic (DIY) instruments. As a violin player I use a violin from 1947 and a NS Design WAV4 electric violin.
I like and prefer working on piano, synth and orchestra parts at the same time, because I believe all these elements are interconnected and should interlock within a song or track. That's why I prefer making a custom price for these elements together.
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Reviews (5)Endorse Ruben Wijga Music Production
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!
Ruben is an outstanding musician and his knowledge about synthesizer is very well. He took our song definitely to the next level.
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!
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.
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!
Interview with Ruben Wijga Music Production
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
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.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
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.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
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.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Pop / Rock / Metal.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Turning something flat and ordinary into something epic and distinct.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: A deeper level of atmosphere, dynamics, details that make the listener want to listen your song again.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
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.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
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.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I mostly make orchestral, synth, fx and solo violin parts for pop, rock and metal bands.