Diego S.

Orchestral Arranger & Engraver

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13 Reviews (12 Verified)
Diego S. on SoundBetter

Hello and welcome to my SoundBetter profile!

I offer:

- Orchestration: Symphonic/chamber orchestral writing using high-quality sample libraries. I can make an orchestral track from scratch, or based on MIDI files, or even transcribe music from a PDF into a final orchestral mix.

- Arrangement: Reinterpretation of your material (e.g. piano) into an orchestral soundtrack with or without foreign instruments (guitars, world percussion, choirs). Any style from tender ballads with strings to a blasting epic sound.

- MIDI programming: MIDI files ready to import into your DAW session, with velocities and CC programming.

- Music notation: Professionally engraved sheet music including dynamics, articulations, and every detail of the final track. Full Score and/or Individual Parts (charged separately).

This service includes a 4-min track with one revision. The track will contain ONLY a mixed version of the FULL ORCHESTRAL ARRANGEMENT.

Delivery time 10 days (3-4min track)

*** EXTRAS ***

- Extra minute of music $30
- Audio stems for $10
- Commercial License for $15
- Additional revision $10
- MIDI file of the arrangement $15
- Sheet music (price depends on the project)
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Please do not hesitate to contact me with any further questions, every project is unique.

Hope I can be of service. Feel free to place your order!

Would love to hear from you. Click the contact button above to get in touch.

13 Reviews - 3 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by Hank T.
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    Another awesome collaboration with Diego! Again my expectations where exceeded! Great communication and great results!

  2. Review by Hank T.
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    Diego knocked another one out of the park! I love working with Diego and he always surprises me and takes my song to a whole new level!

  3. Review by Hank Toet
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    I like all music and I love experimenting with different genres but working together with Diego on arrangements for my music gives my tracks a level of shine I could not do myself! He is a big part of my sound! and comes up with amazing arrangements. I highly recommend you work with him!

  4. Review by Hank T.
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    Another great collaboration!

  5. Review by Hank T.
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    I was absolutely floored and blown away with what Diego came up with! He took my song and brought it to the next level! it gave me goosebumps and moved me almost to tears! I can't thank him enough! Highly recommend!

  6. Review by PRESTON
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    Fantastic as always Diego

  7. Review by Preston W.
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    Diego was awesome. This is my second time working with him and I will be back for more!!!

  8. Review by Preston W.
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    Diego did an awesome job and it was done in a timely manner. I definitely will be using him again. 🙂

  9. Review by Hank T.
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    I can always count on Diego to take my song to the next level! Great communication and collaboration!

  10. Review by Elvic K.
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    Well done as always. Thank you :)

  11. Review by Hank T.
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    Diëgo helped me finish my song and composed an epic finale! He exceeded my expectations! Great communication and fast turn around! Can't wait to work together again!

  12. Review by Elvic K.
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    Diego made a masterpiece. Really good communication. He worked on my project like it was his own. Thank you so much

  13. Review by Santiago Ortolá
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    Diego is an amazing musician and arranger. He took my song to another level with an outstanding string arrangement. I totally recommend his work to every songwriter and producer who wants to give life to his compositions. Thanks a lot!

Interview with Diego S.

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

  2. A: It really depends on the project. Usually, rock-pop songs, sometimes heavy metal songs which require a big orchestration, but also classical piano pieces turned into orchestral or cinematic arrangements.

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

  4. A: I give my sense of color and balance that enhances the richness of melodic top lines or add depth to the harmonic movement. I see the orchestra as a living organism that it's very flexible: powerful yet intimate if it's used properly.

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

  6. A: 1. I get a source file that I analyze and study in order to understand its structure and musical content. 2. I make a "big picture" sketch, almost like a storyboard, where I imagine which instrumentation and texture fit each section of the piece. 3. I write the first draft. Usually, one minute of music to let the client have the chance to listen and give feedback (using mock-up sounds to avoid a time-consuming process). 4. I finish writing the arrangement and give the final touches. 5. I program the MIDI instruments and mix the track properly with sample libraries. 6. (Optional) I deliver stems and/or engrave the sheet music for live musicians.

  7. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  8. A: Sibelius Ultimate for writing arrangements and engraving sheet music. // Cubase Pro 10.5 for producing the orchestral tracks (MIDI programming & mixing). // My sample libraries include different products from: Cinesamples, Orchestral Tools, and Spitfire Audio.

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

  10. A: I generally do orchestral arrangements for different music styles, enhancing the client's original music with an orchestral/chamber textures. Sometimes the client wants the stems to add the orchestral soundtrack to their existing mix, and other times, they want only my orchestral track by itself. Depends on the project. Because I have a classical background, I write down my arrangement in Sibelius unlike other composers who only do arrangements by ear or by playing a keyboard. This gives the client the chance to purchase a professionally engraved sheet music of the project for recording or performing live.

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

  12. A: Never modify a track in solo without listening to the result in context. Sometimes "exaggerations" are necessary to cut through the mix.

  13. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  14. A: I am very organized with my files, and I always use spreadsheets to register the steps I made with each project, as well as version numbers, feedback from the client, technical considerations, deadlines, etc.

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

  16. A: Besides great classical composers from the past, I really admire individuals who combine musical passion with education like Christian Henson and Anne-Kathrin Dern.

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Terms Of Service

This service includes a 3-min track with one revision. The track will contain ONLY a mixed version of the FULL ORCHESTRAL ARRANGEMENT.

Extras: Audio stems / Commercial License / Sheet music

GenresSounds Like
  • John Williams
  • Hans Zimmer
  • Thomas Newman
Gear Highlights
  • Cubase Pro 10.5
  • Sibelius Ultimate 2021
  • Orchestral Tools
  • Spitfire Audio
  • Cinesamples
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