Alan Keary

Unique and Modern Strings

7 Reviews (7 Verified)
Alan Keary on SoundBetter

Hello! My name is Alan Keary and I am a string arranger/player who can provide anything from a traditional quartet, a large 32 piece string orchestra or an improvised pass running through a tape delay on violin, viola, cello or double bass. On top of being a string arranger I am also a professional sessions electric bass player.

- Over 12 years of experience in string arranging/ recording / improvising.
- Have access to members of the Halle and BBC Philharmonic orchestra (if you so wish!)
- Record using high end microphones and pre amps.
- Acoustically treated home studio.
- violin, viola, cello and double bass tracking in a variety of approaches (i.e classical, jazz, folk)
- Post production and sound design for something unique and exciting.
- Professional touring / session electric bass player.

Gear list
- UAD Apollo twin (quad core)
- WA12 (API style pre)
- BLUE Bluebird condenser microphone
- WA87 (U87 clone)
- Custom Xaudia ribbon microphone
- SM57


Mike Bennett (Producer) Neville Staples (The Specials) John Cooper Clarke, Intastella, Jah Wobble, Craig Gannon (The Smiths), Nick McCabe (The Verve) Brand New Heavies, Werkha, DJ Yoda (+ many more)

"I have worked with Alan Keary intermittently over the last year on a wide and diverse range of projects.These include Neville Staple of The Specials, various orchestrated podcasts and talking books and more recently the new Intastella and Jah Wobble album which has already achieved chart success. Not only are Alan's string arrangements imaginative, he is a consummate all-round musician with innovative ideas that are always fitting to the project."
Mike Bennet, Producer (Ian Brown, Emerson Lake and Palmer, The Specials)

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7 Reviews - 2 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by Antoine F.

    Alan is a brilliant brilliant musician. His interpretation and tone are impeccable and he's very easy to work with. Looking forward to working with him again. Can't recommend him enough!

  2. Review by Mark G.

    Just wrapped my second tune using Alan for some bass guitar work (third overall). He continues to be a pleasure to work with and deliver tasteful, great sounding tracks really fast. Highly recommended for both strings and bass!

  3. Review by Dutch H.

    Alan is an incredibly talented musician, able to improvise and interpret what a song needs, and then communicate those ideas back to you. I was interested in his experimental side but that didn't quite fit my song. Alan approached certain sections with that in mind but more with voicings than effects to suite the song better. He plays full string sections but don't forget that includes double bass. I immediately hired him for that too. Alan is a great guy and I can't wait to work with him again.

  4. Review by Mark G.

    Alan was so fantastic to work with both for arranging and recording a full string section. Not only is he a sensitive and excellent musician (tone, tuning, feel, musicality) but very professional, quick, and easy to work with. I'll definitely be using him again and highly recommend his work.

  5. Review by Henry S.

    Alan's such a great player! Totally understanding of what was you're after! Wouldn't use anyone else!

  6. Review by Jeff F.

    Very creative and a pleasure to work with.

  7. Review by Keian B.

    Alan is a fantastic strings player. I worked with him recently on my song 'Seas Unknown' where he played the requested parts accurately, provided quick responses and even added his own awesome improvised touches. I highly recommend him and have would be happy to work with him again in the future.

    Alto Key (

Terms Of Service

I will do up to two revisions free of charge :) I always want my clients to be happy with the end results.

Gear Highlights
  • UAD Apollo Twin
  • Unison technology Neve & API channel strips
  • WA12 (API style pre)
  • RNC compressor
  • Bluebird condenser microphone
  • Xaudia custom mod ribbon microphone
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