Credits: Bleeding Fingers (BBC, Planet Earth), Riot Games (League of Legends, Arcane), Eminem, Christina Perri, Olivia Rodrigo, Ubisoft (Brawlhalla x Assassin's Creed), Jax, Camila Cabello, 5 Seconds of Summer, Ava Max, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Pentatonix, Hallmark, FX, Ellen, Apple TV New Music Daily, Inon Zur, Zach Hood, Grey, Rhythmic Films.
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My happy place is right at the crossroads of playing & producing. I studied cello performance (CSULB) and contemporary arranging & production (Berklee), and have worked professionally full-time in LA for 10 years.
Available for live tracking are: violin, viola, cello, guitar, mandolin, viola da gamba. My work assimilates the string section, styles of contemporary and world music, and production techniques to create expressive, well-recorded strings.
I can work from MIDI piano roll, sheet music, or audio reference for parts already written. I can arrange for any size string section, and I can also supplement with other instruments like piano, guitar, Olafur Arnalds synths, etc. Some of my common requests are pop, singer-songwriter, OST, minimalism, chamber, rock, EDM, rap, jazz.
I carefully set mic position and check gain staging for every single job, my goal is to send detailed, crisp audio. I use a Neumann TLM 103 as my main mic and have Gefell 300 M pair if you want stereo. I have a template that I can pass my arrangements through at no extra charge if you'd like a pro's ear for mixing. I can also mix full ensembles for an ad hoc additional charge.
Drop me a line if you have any questions, let's make some music!
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- Camila Cabello
- Troye Sivan
- League Of Legends (video game)
- Inon Zur
- Hanz Zimmer
- Anže Rozman
- Bleeding Fingers
- Trans-Siberian Orchestra
- Ian Grey
- Olivia Rodrigo
- tuomas norjanen
- Christina Perri
- League of Legends
- Riot Games
- Sony Masterworks
- Hans Zimmer
- BBC Planet Earth
- League of Legends Arcane
- ava max
90 Reviews - 15 Repeat ClientsEndorse Pro String Production
Professional player, delivering professional recording quality, understood the job with little information given and executed it perfectly !
Thanks to Michelle who immediatly got a sense of what I was after. Spot on, beautifully recorded. My new go-to for tracking strings !
Just plain beautiful string arrangements 🤩
There’s nothing that Pro String Production cannot play. They’re very professional, awesome sound, quality, very quick delivery. Honestly, have something difficult? They can do it; something simple? They can do it of course.
Just as the name of her company suggests, Michelle is a Pro! She took my midi string mock-up and turned it into an emotional experience. Her instrumental skills are superb and her demeanor is very easy going. I can highly recommend her service!
Pro String Production is so awesome. Did an awesome string arrangement in a very shot time, it was awesome. Recommend it 1000%
I very much enjoyed working with Pro Strings. Not only were they able to perform my work as written but were contributed some of their own music when asked. It's very nice to finally hear my music as it was intended.
What can I say about Michelle? A lot actually but I'll stick to the most important things. Michelle brings magic to the music. She elevates every song she plays on. It's always super exciting to hear what gems she sends back. I'm grateful to be able to work with her. Hire her for your next project!!!
Absolute pro. Great speed, communication and knowledge. Understood and handled my requests artfully. Final product was exactly as hoped. Came to my musical rescue!
Outside of her immense knowledge and skill, I also found Michelle to be incredibly careful and generous. She knew exactly how to take the a kernel of an idea and turn it into something more fully developed and polished. A true professional and a true artist!
I am so happy with the results! Michelle is my go to for everything strings. A great talent and easy to work with.
Michelle did an absolutely amazing job. She recorded a beautiful cello line for my track and really took it to new level. She put a lot of passion and creativity into it and I could not be happier. Thank you! Awesome experience! Highly recommended!
Michelle is an excellent player and engineer! She was attentive to the project needs, incredibly organized and extremely creative. Thank you!
Michelle was amazing to work with and provided beautiful, lush cello parts for my new song. I really appreciated how she took direction very well and how smooth the communication was. Can't wait to work with her again!
Very easy to work with, swift delivery
Michelle really nailed it on my track. She went above and beyond what I asked for to deliver a string section that is emotional and full of vibrant energy. Will definitely work with her again!
Michelle is a rare talent. She frequently sends back cello parts that give me goose bumps. So thrilled to be able to work with her. Total Pro.
Job done. Completed here.
Got a lot of great string lines, excited to do more in the future.
Interview with Pro String Production
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Tuomas Norjanen, composer. Jonas Petersen, composer/producer, Roniit for ethereal vocals.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Being creative. I've gained the power over the years to really help tell stories with my art. It makes me really happy to work with someone and what I add can help intensify the original intentions and expectations they had for their music.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: The misconceptions are more in the realm of incomplete picture of the possibilities, and that's just from a long history of pop arrangers watering down the string sound from orchestral playing. Modern tech gives us so many more options. Think about everything a voice can do, everything from solo to choral. Strings are similar. We can be dry and close-miced as well. (Ariana's last album was a great example of this)
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Is there a demo, do you have parts already written? How long and how many parts do you need?
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: My first arrangement and recording was a 6-song EP when I was 12. As for performing, I started at 8 on violin, switched to cello at 12, played jazz guitar, flute briefly, studied piano during my cello performance degree. All by choice, it wasn't a tiger mom thing like a lot of string players. I started out strictly in an orchestral setting, but now rarely play in orchestras, unless it's a scoring session. Most of my work is for remote clients, or small ensemble/pop performances.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I know it sounds really cheesy but my strongest skill is my love for what I do, even when I'm busy, sick, tired, etc. If you have serious commitment, all other skills flow from that. I'll stay up until sunrise to make things right if I'm on a tight deadline. Nothing is ever just "good enough". That thing people say, "you do one thing like you do everything" really resonates with me.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I'd like to think I write in a way that is uniquely my own. I like to write and arrange with the mix in mind so I'm not just playing strings I'm painting into the spaces in the mix. I can bring warmth, a lot of string arranging is all about warming things up, but I do a lot of FX and sound design type stuff too.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I never write down what I'm going to arrange, I can hear a clear picture and know the textures and voicing in my head before I lay things down, so once I start a project, I usually do everything in one go or at least until I've put all of my brainstorming down. Then I go back and rerecord, refine. For me, the best stuff happens in flow.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Space is mostly hardwood; exposed drywall treated with Rockwool 60 and 80. Mics are Neumann TLM 103 and Gefell 300 M. Interface is Clarett 18i8. Intel i9-12900kf Mac/PC. 2 Acoustic Cellos, 1 electric cello, 1 violin, 1 viola, several guitars, mandolin, bass, standard novation MIDI controller. Software is Logic and PT, Up-to-date Kontakt. I have a ton of libraries but for string production my most used plugins are Autotune, Soothe 2, JJP, Fabfilter dynamic EQ & verb. VSTs include CSS Chamber and solo, Spitfire Chamber, Solo, Albion, OA Evolutions, OA Composer Toolkit, and many many more!
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Big fan of the seasoned pros who post online tutorials for free. Youtube is collectively my treasure trove of info.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Some common requests include replacing MIDI strings with live ones. I also arrange from scratch and improvise. I love to get a full section gig and just paint with the strings. Every new project I get is like a blank canvas.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: Love, quality, perfectionism, flexibility. I don't stop until things are right.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: My easiest and most streamlined work is when I get a wav with embedded tempo map, or mp3 with audible click, plus pdf parts and clear performance notes with required sample rate, etc. If anything is left out, that's fine, it will just increase delivery time.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: The thought of sand and salty air on equipment makes me cringe. Can I take an anechoic chamber?
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: There is never a typical setting. I can do orchestral, cinematic, hip hop, rock, pop, indie, folk.... really anything.