Olav Luksengård Mjelva

Remote string recordings

Olav Luksengård Mjelva on SoundBetter

Hi! Want some real strings on your recording? I´m a professional musician with a lot of experience with recording solo violin, string sections and arrangements. I also specialize in the Norwegian Hardanger fiddle, if you want that "Vikings" sound.

Mainly into folk, americana/bluegrass style fiddling, but I´ve also done a lot of bigger arrangements.
I have a professional recording studio with a lot of different instruments; violins, violas, double bass, guitars etc.
My speciality is perhaps the Norwegian Hardanger fiddle, which gives you that Nordic "viking" sound.
I have done remote recordings for a lot of albums, movies and computer games and even been lucky to work with some of the greatest composers in Hollywood.

Contact me through the green button above and let's get to work.

Interview with Olav Luksengård Mjelva

  1. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  2. A: Analog. I don´t have anything against digital mixers, but I love my analog Soundcraft. When it comes to recording strings, there is a softness to the analog gear that the digital can´t beat.

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

  4. A: It´s flexible, but most of all I love to be creative and come up with new melodies and harmonies.

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

  6. A: Probably that I´m only into folk music.

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

  8. A: Don´t be afraid of getting in touch.

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

  10. A: A fiddle, a guitar and 4 Hardanger fiddles!

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

  12. A: I´ve been a freelance musician for the past 15 years, touring all over the world. The past 4 years I´ve been spending more time in my studio.

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

  14. A: Probably one of my American fiddle heros. Gabe Witcher, Mark O´Connor. So many good ones.

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

  16. A: I usually try to record a lot of stuff and put it away for a couple of days. Come back with fresh ears!

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

  18. A: I´ve been working a lot with adding strings to movies and computer games the past years. Other than that, I´m working on a new solo album right now, and a couple of other projects, amongst them a folk-metal project.

  19. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  20. A: My strongest skill... Strings, obviously. And I like to think I´m quite flexible between genres. I also like to work a lot, which is a good thing in this line of work.

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

  22. A: I started playing folk music when I was 6, and the past years I´ve been touring all over the world with my folk-bands. I´m also very inspired by a lot of other music styles, so I think I bring a folkish sound, but I like to think that I´m able to adapt to other styles.

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

  24. A: Usually for this kind of work, I usually get sent the files and a description of what the customer wants.

  25. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  26. A: I have a professional recording studio where we also record a lot of bands.

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

  28. A: I´m inspired by a lot of musicians in different styles and I listen to everything. These days I´m mostly into metal, and I´m working on a folk metal album on my own.

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

  30. A: I do a lot of remote recordings for albums, movies and computer games. Some times they want a single violin and sometimes they ask for string sections. I also specialize in the Norwegian hardanger fiddle, which is more "drony" and is used for many soundscapes where the "Viking" sound is needed.

Gear Highlights
  • Soundcraft DC2000
  • a lot of quality mics
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