Manuel Rodríguez Riva


36 Reviews (36 Verified)
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Professional recording of Horn Section, clarinet, bass clarinet, saxophones, harmonica and recorder. Worldmusic, Pop, LoFi Beats, Klezmer, Rock, Classic, Jazz, Latin. Composer, Arranger and Music Producer.

I play soprano, alto, tenor and baritone saxophone, clarinet, bass clarinet, harmonica and recorder. Also, I work with very professional trumpets and thrombonists, and I record Horn sections.
Throughout my career I have played many different genres, and I have a very versatile style, always looking for the needs of music and clients.
I can record scores that you send me, as well as record improvisations, rerecordings for cover license, or make arrangements with many instruments.
I like to deliver more than you ask me, because having more options at the studio it's always better.
If you need more than one instrument, the second one is 50% off.

Albums in which I have participated as an interpreter, composer and arranger in the following link:

On the audio Ex. you can hear some music played, arranged and recorded by myself:
- LoFi Beat Tenor Sax
- Horn Section on "All the Way Down"
- Horn Section on 24K
- Harmonica improvisation
- Recreation of "Cantina" from Star Wars
- Alto Sax and harmonica solo in "Fly me to the moon".
- Brazilian frevo arrengment and clarinet solo.
- Klezmer Clarinet
- LoFi Beat Tenor Sax and composition.
- "Free as a Bird" (The Beatles) Woodwinds & drums version.
- LoFi Beat Baritone Sax
- Horn section on EDM medley.

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36 Reviews - 4 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by Craig W.

    This was my first time working with Manuel and the first time I've used clarinet on my piano pieces. It was a very nice experience! It's always hard working remotely and with musicians you haven't worked with before but this went very well. He listened to what I hoped to to accomplish and with one minor revision, it was done. Thank you!

  2. Review by Torran K.

    This is the second song I’ve asked Manuel to help me with, and I’m so so happy. Not only is he a skilled musician- he is also a talented composer and arranger, and took the seed of my idea and created something beautiful. Thank you Manuel!

  3. Review by Mario H.

    Manuel was excellent On Horns For My Remake Of "Bra" by Cymande! Thank you!

  4. Review by Kevin P.

    Manuel did amazing work and worked with me to get it just right!

  5. Review by Torran K.

    Working with Manuel again was fantastic- very grateful for his professionalism, skill, and receptiveness. Looking forward to the next time!

  6. Review by Torran K.

    Second time working with Manuel, fantastic again, and looking forward to more!

  7. Review by Mario H.

    Manuel Rodríguez Riva & Friends was EXCELLENT On Horns For My Remake Of "Little Sunflower" by Freddie Hubbard!

  8. Review by Torran K.

    Manuel was incredible to work with. Top tier performances and great communication. A great blend of working with my ideas and contributing his own, and ended up changing my initial conception of the clarinet arrangement for the better. Excited to work with him on the next one!

  9. Review by Mario H.

    Manuel Rodríguez Riva was excellent On Horns For My Remake Of "Life Is A Song Worth Singing" by Johnny Mathis!

  10. Review by dna-productions

    Excellent playing, excellent recording quality. Will definitely work with him again. Highly recommended!

  11. Review by Michael B.

    Working with Manuel was a joy. He is both an excellent musician who wrote a creative, fun score for my song that added another dimension to it, and an extremely nice guy who is extremely easy to communicate and collaborate with. I highly recommend that you contact him!

  12. Review by Mario R. Hemsley, MD

    Manuel Rodriguez Riva was EXCELLENT on Horns & Harmonica On My Remake Of "Moondance" by Bobby McFerrin

  13. Review by Nadav Cohen

    Absolute legend. Clarinet sounds great, got it to me in 24 hours and even added some extra takes with his own spice which I ended up using.

  14. Review by Maxime P.

    Quick, efficient and creative, it was a pleasure working with Manuel !

  15. Review by Michael A.

    Manuel is not only a great instrumentalist, he is also a great communicator. It was a joy to work with him and I look forward to future projects together!

  16. Review by Mario H.

    Manuel Rodriguez Riva and Company were excellent For Horns On My Remake Of "I Am I Said" by Neil Diamond!

  17. Review by Mario H.

    Manuel Rodriguez Riva was once again EXCELLENT For Horns On My Remake Of "Right On" by Marvin Gaye! He also serves as a producer here for the other horn and flute tracks!!

  18. Review by Phoebe P.

    Fast, professional, friendly and gave a great result :) understood the vibe of the song and delivered an excellent melody in only a few days.

  19. Review by Kristopher M.

    Phenomenal horn player and an even better human being!

  20. Review by Mario H.

    Manuel Rodriguez RIva was excellent on Horns & Arrangement On My Remake Of "I Want You Intro Jam 2" by Marvin Gaye!

Interview with Manuel Rodríguez Riva

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

  2. A: Yes, I would recommend several friends and colleagues. Agustin Lumerman, Andrés Ollari, Pedro Alvide, Patricio Botcher for example.

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

  4. A: I had a group for 13 years called "Assembly Chopher Rope". It was a space of training and musical experimentation, with friends that I consider brothers, with whom we recorded 4 albums, we traveled through different parts of the world, and we won some prizes. In that group, it was an interpreter, composer and arranger. We all participate in all parts of the musical process.

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

  6. A: At this moment I am making Horn arrangements, sheet music, and recordings for a New York producer.

  7. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  8. A: Usually I use digital by custom.

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

  10. A: That I will not finish the work until they are satisfied.

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

  12. A: The happiness of having participated in a project of someone from anywhere in the world, and the happiness of the client.

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

  14. A: How long will it take to do the work. Generally I answer as soon as possible, and if something prevents me from doing it very quickly, I am honest and I respond with realistic times.

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

  16. A: That I can understand what you need to sound without you telling me.

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

  18. A: As I said, what influences and what references they represent you better for what you need in this music.

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

  20. A: The more clear the order and the references you have to offer me, the better result we will achieve together.

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

  22. A: I would take instruments: clarinet, Bass Clarinet, saxophone and harmonica. Anyway, I could not record on a desert island without light xD

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

  24. A: I make music since I am a child. In my family there are many musicians, and I began to study when I was 5 years old. I began the study of the woodwinds when i was 14 years old, and from that moment I have had a lot of musical experiences of all kinds: recordings, live music, travel, etc. Various years ago I do full Time work with my Home Studio.

  25. Q: How would you describe your style?

  26. A: It is an expressive personal, delicate but expressive.

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

  28. A: I would like to work with people committed to what it does. I do not care if they are famous or recognized, but I as value honesty and commitment to music.

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

  30. A: I like to record everything, let a while spend, and listen again with another audio playback system, with a fresh ear. If the job is fine, I will be happy, and if not, I will find what changes I need to make it.

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

  32. A: The music that I most do is no gender music, which is usually called "World Music". But I work with all kinds of styles really.

  33. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  34. A: Expressiveness when playing melodies.

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

  36. A: I try to contribute freshness, a living and expressive sound. I never play a melody without adding some ornament or something that makes it more human.

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

  38. A: First I ask very well everything I need to understand the profile of the client, if you want the music to be delicate, or aggressive, very expressive or perhaps more "cold". I ask for references and I try to understand what sound you are looking for. Once I understood that, I start working and I try to deliver as soon as possible, and whenever I can send extra tracks, since I have verified that sometimes that shoots other creative ideas to the customer who had not previously thought. Finally, I do not end up the job until the client does not tell me he is pleased. If necessary, I will re-record whatever is needed.

  39. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  40. A: I have an AT2020 and a pBM microphone, like the U87. I also have some other specific microphones for the instruments, but that's what the best result gives me. I have a Focusrite Scarlet 18i8, and an unsettled room.

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

  42. A: My inspirations are very diverse. While it is a bit trite saying, the greatest inspirations are my co-workers when it comes to making music. At the time of musical creation, one by one is where you learn the most. However, great artists who inspire me very much are: Egberto Gismonti, Brad Mehldau, Snarky Puppy, Louis Cole, Gabrielle Mirabassi, Giora Feidman, Caetano Veloso, Cannonball Adderley, Morphine, Charly Garcia, The Beatles, Marcelo Moguilevsky, just for say a few.

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

  44. A: I record multi-instrument tracks, making an arrangement, with harmonized parts, and some improvised sections.


I was the Interpret, arranger and composer in this production

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  • Giora Feidman
  • Eddie Daniels
  • Gabriele Mirabassi
Gear Highlights
  • Antelope ZenGo
  • U87 PBM
  • Buffet RC
  • Yamaha saxophones
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