Robert Ruby

Unique Producer and Songwriter

16 Reviews (12 Verified)
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Temporary Low Introductory Prices! I bring character and energy to music! I specialize in strong melodies, diverse influences, and unique production.

My name is Robert Ruby and I’ve been full-time as a music producer, composer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist musician in LA since 2017. I have my dream job and I’d love to help you finish and polish your music projects!

As a musician, I don’t want to be conventional. I like to bring new flavors and approaches to everything I work on. I love to create music that’s really catchy and instantly familiar, but with a twist, or an unusual angle.

Some of my favorite albums from recent years are Lorde’s Melodrama, The 1975’s A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships, Mitski’s Be The Cowboy, and Lizzo’s Cuz I Love You.

As a producer, I love working with talented songwriters. I work in really diverse genres and styles, but I specialize in indie, alternative, blues, soul, vintage pop, rock, punk, garage, country, and folk.

As a songwriter and composer, I'm always looking for new and passionate ways to approach music. I have composed soundtracks for games released on major consoles. I've also written original songs for short films and theme songs for video projects.

I love working on music for musical theatre and showtunes. I am the main songwriter and composer for one musical in development and am currently acting as arranger and producer for another.

I practically live in my private studio in the middle of LA. I'm always looking for new music to work on!

Contact me through the green button above and lets get to work.

16 Reviews - 4 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by Anthony G.

    Robert is a phenomenal talent! He has shown an impressive depth of musical knowledge across many different musical genre. I've worked on 3 unique songs with him now and have been thoroughly pleased with the results. He has a "super power" of translating my "lay person speak" into actual great sounding wonderful combinations. I always look forward to working with him. :-)

    Thanks again Robert for making my little "story songs" sound so "BIG"!

  2. Review by Daryl D.

    Robert is amazing, love the way he creates!

  3. Review by Daryl D.

    Robert was fantastic to work with! Everything went so smoothly and we had a lot of fun recording some great stuff.

  4. Review by Thein Y.

    First of all, he can totally turn a demo song from a different language into a professional level one. His skills and communication totally deserves a 5 star rating on this platform.
    Yes, we'd love to work with him again in the future.

  5. Review by Anthony G.

    Robert's knowledge of music instrumentation, production and engineering is so impressive! I consider my self fortunate to have found someone who can help make my little "indie songs" sound "big time"! I can't wait for our next collaboration. I have every confidence it will be another winner!

  6. Review by Anthony G.

    I just finished up another WINNING! collaboration with Robert. He just keeps getting better. Great communications...stellar creativity... super generous with his time and talent. I look forward to our next project and putting his prodigious musical talents to the test again! - J. Anthony

  7. Review by Andrew M.

    Extremely easy to work with and dedicated to making the customer happy. Robert is full of ideas, his creativity shines through in his work and we will come back for more! Robert provided many other tracks for us on our Nippon Marathon soundtrack, he is super reliable too! Nice work!

  8. Review by Anthony G.

    I'm very satisfied with the professional quality of the music Robert produced for my song “A ChristMax Carol”. His ability to patiently listen and then turn my layman’s language into music gold is the sign of a true professional. I deeply appreciate his belief that even artists with modest budgets deserve to create great music! Thank you, Robert!

  9. Review by Sara K.

    Robert is fantastic! :) His work is thorough and detailed, and he always delivers on time. Our band used his transcribing services for our first EP and he was super attentive throughout the entire process and didn't hesitate to help us with any aspect of creating chord charts/lead sheets. We would definitely use his services again! :)

  10. Review by Samina S.

    Robert is an amazing music producer. He created beats way beyond my imagination. He created amazing beats, also added the directions from me. He was super patient with me and I'm so thankful because I had several in person recording sessions with him. Robert is a very hardworking and creative person and he revised my work as many times as I asked.

  11. Review by Michael G.

    Robert is a consummate professional. He's a very talented dude, and very kind and exceptionally fair and honest. I've had nothing but positive interactions with him and the work he's produced has been superior. We've been working together for years on music projects and recommend him without reservation.

  12. Review by TROZ P.

    Robert and I have been working together for awhile so he knows how to transcribe tunes to my liking. He is willing to take the time to learn what his client is looking for and will not stop until you are 100% satisfied - Robert, keep up the great work !!!

  13. Review by Emo L.

    Robert has so much dedication to my projects it blows my mind. He finds sounds that work and has ideas that are out of the box. When Robert works on your project, he will deliver a project that you are proud to tell everyone about and will generate interest on Spotify and other outlets. I am honored to work with Robert and will continue to do so.

  14. Review by Randall Thomas

    Easy to work with and great ideas! Robert can take a demo from a phone and create a whole landscape from that single idea.

  15. Review by Chris F.

    I have worked with Robert for over a year. He is tremendously easy to work with and always delivers a fantastic result. He has always been able to be very innovative while also capturing the essence of my sound. I fully endorse Robert and will continue to use him in the future.

  16. Review by Michael G.

    Robert is a consummate professional. He's a very talented dude, and very kind and exceptionally fair and honest. I've had nothing but positive interactions with him and the work he's produced has been superior. We've been working together for years on music projects and recommend him without reservation.

Interview with Robert Ruby

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

  2. A: Randall Thomas is an incredible singer and super friendly dude, who I would definitely work with again if I got the chance!

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

  4. A: In 2018 I wrote a theme song for a game in development, and ended up working with a successful Jpop singer for the vocals. Turning on the Nintendo Switch and hearing those songs play during the game was a childhood dream fulfilled for me!

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

  6. A: I'm composing and producing an original soundtrack for a game that's being developed, set to release on major consoles next year. I'm the composer on one musical in development, and arranger/producer for another one. I'm working with a handful of songwriters, helping them produce and finish their original songs.

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

  8. A: Don't be afraid to think big... If you have an idea, there's a good chance we can make it happen!

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

  10. A: Acoustic guitar, acoustic bass, accordion, porta-studio, and a crate of batteries. I'd record lofi sea shanties until I was rescued.

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

  12. A: I tried to just play music to a hobby, and pursue other careers. Entrepeneurship, teaching. I succeeded at everything I tried, but felt empty, and kept returning to music. I can't stay away. I started taking apart MIDI (digital sheet music) files on my computer when I was 14 and reverse-engineering them to understand how everything fit together, like a child tinkering with a clock and trying to put it back together. From there, I expanded into creating my own songs and teaching myself guitar, piano, bass, drums. In college, I minored in music (UC Berkeley) where I took classes in classical theory, jazz theory, and musical perception. I also played bass in jazz bands and musical theater pit orchestras, played drums in choir concerts, and sang in gospel chorus. I studied abroad in Ghana, where I took classes in traditional African drumming, guitar, and modern African pop music. I moved to LA in 2017 and was able to go full-time in late 2017. It's been a crazy hustle, but I've managed to keep the lights on as a freelance producer, songwriter, composer, and multi-instrumentalist. Now I have a small studio in the middle of LA and I have to say, I'm proud of myself. I never thought I'd be able to do this.

  13. Q: How would you describe your style?

  14. A: Unique, catchy, energetic, character!

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

  16. A: I specialize in indie, alternative, blues, soul, psychedelic, vintage pop, musical theatre, and soundtrack music.

  17. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  18. A: I can create very catchy yet unique melodies quickly. I'm very passionate and a good communicator, so I always try my hardest to make sure everyone walks away feeling great about it!

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

  20. A: Clients have told me that I'm really creative and unique in my approach. I try to bring vision, character, and energy to everything I work on.

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

  22. A: I love when clients send me a rough vocal demo. I start by setting it to a metronome, and then layer instrumentation on top. That way I can make sure the production is always supporting and enhancing the vocals. Finally I produce, mix and master the track. I have my own production and mixing styles that I've developed to highlight the musicality of the song.

  23. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  24. A: I have a private project studio in a commercial building close to downtown LA. It's great for doing my own recording and productions, or recording one to three musicians at a time. I've professionally treated the room for recording, mixing, and mastering. In terms of gear, I've got guitars, keyboards, bass, drums, an upright piano, and a lot of smaller string and percussion instruments. I mainly record with my Neumann TLM-103 and Avantone CR-14 (which I use together to record in stereo) as well as a selection of dynamic mics like the Electro-Voice RE20.

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

  26. A: I think the best music production is simultaneously familiar and catchy, yet daring and a little warped. Something that is easy to understand, but it immediately captivates you because you've never quite heard anything like it before. My favorite production from recent years are Lorde's Melodrama, Mitski's Be The Cowboy, The 1975's A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships, and Lizzo's Cuz I Love You. I also love traveling. I have spent months traveling in West Africa, most of Europe, and across America. I use inspiration from the sounds, sights, cultures, and people I encounter in my work.

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

  28. A: My favorite way to work is to take somebody's inspiration and to expand it into a world. For example, when singers approach me with a song they have written, I start by asking their music influences to get a taste of their aesthetic. Then I immerse myself in inspiration, and create an instrumental that builds on their vibe. I love building the instrumental around a rough sample of their vocals, so the instrumental and vocals work together organically. My specialties are original melodies, and atmosphere. I create effortlessly catchy, yet unique melodies, and then I use a combination of live and electronic playing to weave together a tapestry of sound. I try to think like a painter, contrasting different sonic textures and layers. I also love starting with visual experiences as inspiration, and creating soundscapes to match. Background music for movies, TV, games, and even instructional or tutorial videos is a natural use of my skills.

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

  30. A: If a piece of music lacks contrast, it's forgettable. There are millions of ways to create ear-catching contrast.

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

  32. A: I would kill to watch create an instrumental from scratch. His musical ideas and motifs are incredibly strong, but he takes a lot of risks as well.

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

  34. A: What are your favorite musicians? What moods do you want your music to evoke?

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

  36. A: I do so much that it's hard for people to understand everything I do, or get a clear picture of what I offer.

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

  38. A: "Can you do ____?" Usually, yes, and if not, I can help you bring in someone who can. "How much does ____ cost?" It depends on what you want to do, but whatever your budget is, I would rather work something out then turn anyone away.

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

  40. A: I've never tried anything that felt this good for this long. I worried about getting burned out by music when I started doing more and more, but I'm more inspired than ever. I also love self-management and trying to grow a small business.

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

  42. A: I won't stop trying to make you happy until you are happy.

  43. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  44. A: Digital is so powerful. Analog is beautiful and fussy and has character. I use them in tandem: DAW on my computer, digital recording interface, samples and synthesizers and midi; but I also record with a large diaphragm tube condenser mic, and I often send my recordings through a tube compressor.

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GenresSounds Like
  • Elvis Costello
  • The 1975
  • Quincy Jones
Gear Highlights
  • Neumann TLM-103
  • Electro-Voice RE20
  • Avantone CR-14
  • Hohner Vintage Archtop
  • Epiphone Wyldkat
  • Danelectro 59DC Bass
  • FMR RNP pre-amp
  • Yamaha HS8 monitors
  • AKG k701 Studio Headphones
  • plugins and instrument libraries galore.
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