Milana Zilnik

Pianist, composer, songwriter

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Multi-award winning pianist, composer and singer-songwriter. I collaborated with 100+ composers and songwriters around the world.

I can perform and record the piano part for your project if you have the score or I can arrange your song or instrumental myself and create the piano line for you. I can provide you with an acoustic or a digital recording, including el.piano, organ or synths (with MIDI too). Being also a vocalist, I can sing your lyrics or write lyrics for you, or just add a vocalization in different styles. I can also score your film or a video game.

Music has been running in my family for many generations. I started playing piano when I was four years old and have had greatest teachers, including my own grandmother and my dad, who introduced me to the magic of improvising and playing by ear. In the recent years I released three original sheet music books for solo piano, fifteen original albums and also participated in several collaborative ones, winning multiple awards. I also scored a trailer, two documentaries, and a couple of games. My tastes and experience are eclectic: from classical, folk, blues, opera and Middle Eastern, to my soft spots for rock and jazz.

I'd love to hear about your project. Click the 'Contact' button above to get in touch.

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84 Reviews - 16 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by Chris K.
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    It was a real pleasure to work with Milana again. She is an excellent player and plays with feeling (and her piano sounds amazing as well)! I would love to work with her again in the future.

  2. Review by Louis-Étienne S.
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    Milana is a great player! She's been willing to go the extra mile to make sure her interpretation and piano takes were exactly to my taste. Her piano sounds awesome and the recording quality was high-end!

    Would recommend any day!

  3. Review by Raphaël N.
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    Great work

  4. Review by Brent H.
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    Milana did exactly what I asked and went above and beyond. Thank you so much!

  5. Review by Jennifer
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    Milana is an excellent and truly skilled professional who was thoughtful and attentive to my feedback. The end result was great and very creative.

  6. Review by Joan S.
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    It was the third time I worked with Milana. I really like the way she works, she pays attention to detail, also, his baby grand piano has a very beautiful sound.

  7. Review by Daniele
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    Working with Milana was easy. She was very responsive and fast to deliver. Good job!

  8. Review by Teo N.
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    Milana did a great a job in such a short time.
    She understood the mood of the track and delivered her part with a fantastic intuition. Great communication and availability.
    Thanks !
    Teo

  9. Review by Adam Buckingham
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    Milana was great to work with and had a very quick turnaround time! Would love to work together again in the future.

  10. Review by Paul T.
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    As usual, beautifully done!
    I’m so pleased to be working with Milana!

  11. Review by A S.
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    It was a pleasure to work with Milana! The sound and quality of her work is great, very quick turnaround time, and she was very professional.

  12. Review by Hilary F.
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    I was lucky enough to book time with Milana Zilnik. I wanted a piano version of my song, beyond the simple lead sheet that I gave her. She is a talented musician, who also has the professionalism to complete a project promptly. Even though my music style is different than hers, she interpreted my song well. She is generous with her time. That is going the extra mile! Thank you Milana! Good luck with your own impressive album!

  13. Review by Devitt E.
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    This is song number three with Milana. Once again, she knocks the ball out of the park. This won't be the last song I do with her.

  14. Review by fabrice.bober
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    A great pleasure to collaborate with Milana and a great honor to have such a wonderful pianist working on my tracks. Outstanding result.

  15. Review by Paul T.
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    Milana is a professional thru and thru. She feels what you want and delivers.

  16. Review by fabrice.bober
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    Wonderful first collaboration. Milana did put so much care and positivity in the piece. Came out beautiful. Very very talented pianist. A pleasure to work with.

  17. Review by Nicholas C.
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    In need to have a short film scored, Milana and Arty went above and beyond for us. From the reliable and frequent communication to their willingness to collaborate, I've never had a more positive experience working with a composer. After a productive spotting session, they gave us a draft quickly and after a few revisions, we came to the final version. I can't recommend them enough! I definitely would like to work with them again.

  18. Review by Paul T.
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    Milana plays and interpreters my music beautifully!

  19. Review by Devitt E.
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    Milana is very creative. She is flexible ad communicates well, is open to suggestions and easy to work with. This is the second song I have done with her, but certainly not the last

  20. Review by Paul T.
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    As we move through the album, Milana gets inside my head. She hears what I hear inside, but am unable to articulate musically. Fortunately, Milana can!
    And, Milana delivers unexpectedly quickly!

  21. Review by Paul T.
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    Milana strives to give you what you want in an arrangement. Give her room and she’ll enhance it from there.

  22. Review by Paul T.
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    Collaboration with Milana Zilnik is a delight!

  23. Review by Paul T.
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    Milana is arranging and improvising my melodies as everything I'm wanting them to be; relaxing, soothing and peaceful.

  24. Review by Paul T.
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    Milana and I are working on an album of my compositions and her keyboard improvisations. She continues to be very collaborative and a joy to work with!

  25. Review by Paul T.
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    Music improvisation is in Milana Zilnik’s DNA! She’s taking my melodies far beyond my imagination.
    Thank you soundbetter for helping me find her.

  26. Review by Paul T.
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    Milana gave what I hoped for. She interpreted, arranged and beautifully played my melody. Bravo Milana!
    More works ahead!

  27. Review by Chris K.
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    Milana's performance was exactly what I was looking for. Her piano sounds great and she played the parts perfectly and with feeling. I would love to work with her again!

  28. Review by Mike Butterworth
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    Milana is amazing! Besides being an insanely talented musician, she is a top notch communicator and handed in great sounding Uber professional files. I gave her a challenging assignment and she asked all the right questions to help me fine tune my loose vision into a polished and soulful finished product. I will work with Milana again and you should too!!

  29. Review by Nicole Y.
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    Such an amazingly talented pianist! The track Milana arranged for me exceeded my expectations. I would highly recommend Milana!

  30. Review by Joan S.
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    Milana has done an incredible job. She is very talented and professional and working with her is a real pleasure.

  31. Review by Nicole Y.
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    Milana was an absolute pleasure to work with. She was very open to discussing my ideas and she is such a gifted pianist! I would highly recommend her and I hope to work with her in the future.

  32. Review by Max S.
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    Milana is great to work with. Beautiful piano playing and sound, and communication is so easy. I look forward to working with Milana again soon!

  33. Review by Simon O.
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    She is great in that she understands the song I am working on it by thoroughly listening to it. Hope to continue working with her!

  34. Review by Patrick O.
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    Milana is a total pro, a great communicator, willing to make adjustments, and committed to a beautiful final product. And so fast!

  35. Review by Patrick C.
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    Milana was amazing to work with! Very talented, gifted and wonderful musician with great communication and speedy delivery! She delivered exactly what I was looking for on the first take and her piano work was the 'key' to getting my musical project off the ground!

    Thank you Milana...it was an absolute pleasure collaborating with you on my musical project!

    Patrick J Carvalho
    Elk Grove, CA USA

  36. Review by Michael R.
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    I was looking for help with a project and through searching came upon SoundBetter. I was hesitant as this was the first time I had ever used a service like this, but did some research on the site, listening to a lot of samples and decided to give Milana a try. What a great experience I had working with Milana. I came to her with only lyrics for a song I had written and over the course of a couple of weeks, guiding me and encouraging me, she produced a quality song. THANKS Milana!

  37. Review by John S.
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    Incredible work, fast delivery, I always enjoy working with Milana!

  38. Review by Emma C.
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    Milana is extremely professional and a true expert. Fast, clear communication throughout! :)

  39. Review by S G
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    Incredible. Talented, flexible, fast. I'm leaving it at that. Just great.

  40. Review by Stephen N.
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    Milana Was very patient and took time also paying attention to detail with my project. All the way through from start to finish she was determined to get my job done and totally satisfied. A real soulful pianist.

  41. Review by John S.
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    I’m highly satisfied with the results, it’s always great to work with Milana

  42. Review by Régis H.
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    She is a great pianist who understands expectations perfectly. She did a great job for me and I hope to have the opportunity to still be able to work with her. I absolutely recommend her! If you need the right pianist for your song : contact her! Régis

  43. Review by Marie B.
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    Very good fast service

  44. Review by Bav
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    Milana is excellent to work with, great communication throughout and a final end product that is of a very high quality and exactly what you had in mind for the project.

  45. Review by John S.
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    it has been an absolute pleasure working with Milana, she helped transform my first piano piece, which I am very proud of. The end result was phenomenal. She is so professional, talented, and effective in communicating. Great experience all together!

  46. Review by benjamin k.
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    great and professional pianist
    recommanded :)

  47. Review by Devitt E.
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    VERY CREATIVE AND PROFESSIONAL

  48. Review by Kiat G.
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    Fabulous job by Milana!! =))

  49. Review by Harry C.
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    Milana was wonderful to work with! My first experience with SoundBetter was truly inspiring and fruitful. Milana was patient and professional and her playing is absolutely stunningly gorgeous! Would certainly recommend highly and I will certainly work with her again!

  50. Review by Devitt E.
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    Incredibly creative, top notch chops and a real collaborator. She took my song to a place that I never could have imagined.
    Thanks a million
    Devitt

  51. Review by Gloria C.
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    Milana is an excellent pianist. I love her take and how she played the piano for piece I gave her. I will definitely be a return client.

  52. Review by Jaqueline L.
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    Prompt, talented with excellent communication. I am happy with the final results.

  53. Review by Rebekah A.
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    Milana is great to work with and super fast. She knew exactly what I needed and really worked with me to know how I liked her arrangements. Will definitely be working with her again in the future.

  54. Review by Marina
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    Milana was wonderful to work with and is an excellent pianist. The turn around on the project was quick, communication was always professional, and the final acoustic recordings turned out beautiful. I would highly recommend working with her on your next project.

  55. Review by Chris C.
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    Milana is one of the best communicators I've ever worked with on SoundBetter. She's a fantastic piano player and brought so much to my song. She put a great deal of effort into our project and did an amazing job

  56. Review by Joan S.
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    Milana is very professional, she has finished the job very fast and the results are great. Her piano playing and recording is excellent. I will use her services again in the future.

  57. Review by Bav
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    Milana takes your ideas for the track and always delivers high quality end product. Easy to work with and great communication throughout the process. Highly recommend.

  58. Review by Bav
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    Milana is a joy to work with, great communication, fast turnaround and a very high quality end product for your project.

  59. Review by Len
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    Always a good time working with Milana. She's able to be creative, and fit still fit within your musical construct. She also lets you know what's happening every step of the way.

  60. Review by Patrick Ussher
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    Excellent and intelligent left hand arrangement done for my piece along with transcription and score. Fully recommended.

  61. Review by Falon B.
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    Milana was great! Quick, accurate and a breeze to work with.

  62. Review by D.j. P.
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    Milana's work is excellent and her turnaround time is exceptionally quick. I will definitely recommend her and be working with her again soon.

  63. Review by Falon B.
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    Milana was a pleasure to work with, she was able to turn around completed work quickly and accurately, and able to take the extra effort to do the music exactly as needed and make it work for my needs. I would definitely work with her again.

  64. Review by Leonard R.
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    I've worked with Milana a number of times. She has delivered exactly what I've wanted each time. She completed our latest engagement in record time. She takes direction perfectly, and makes sure you're satisfied.

  65. Review by Bav
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    Fast turnaround and high quality end result. A pleasure to work with.

  66. Review by Nick G.
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    If jazz piano solos are what you seek, in addition to great playing in general, Milana is your player. Look no further. Excellent.

  67. Review by Nick G.
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    Milana did an great job in very short order on this song! She really went the extra mile in providing two piano styles and types and in composing a bridge too. Great work!

  68. Review by Kevin P.
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    Milana was superb to work with. Her songwriting ability it amazing & she is extremely easy to work with. Would highly recommend!

  69. Review by Falon B.
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    Milana was amazing, efficient and quick. Im thankful for her quick responsiveness and skillset with producing a piece. *Highly recommended!

  70. Review by Leonard R.
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    Super good, and super quick. Milana is my go to person. Even when I think I have a good track, I go to her for an even better track!

  71. Review by shay s.
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    thank you for making our project real.

  72. Review by Nick B.
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    Mialana is a very talented player. I do wish we could have been in the same room together. Would be great to collaborate in person. Highly recommend.

  73. Review by shay s.
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    awesome

  74. Review by shay s.
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    great job

  75. Review by shay s.
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    great

  76. Review by Ghost Sound Studios
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    Milana is a great musician and open to new music. It was very nice to work with her and the result is more than satisfactory

  77. Review by Leonard R.
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    It was great to work with Milana again. She adds great depth to my ideas, and definitely helps me achieve my vision. She is my 'go to' pianist!

  78. Review by Jim J.
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    Milana is a pleasure to work with...a great pianist, accommodating and kind. Highly recommended.

  79. Review by Bav
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    Milana did great work on a difficult track, and took on changes i made to the track half way through like a pro. High quality work and great to work with. Highly recommend.

  80. Review by Len
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    I really let Milana run with a very basic idea I had, and it totally paid off. She delivered much more than I was expecting, and really went out of her way to make sure I was happy.

  81. Review by Bav
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    Milana was very easy to work with and talented in her chosen craft. Turnaround was quick and the end product was very high quality.

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    Milana was very easy to work with, great communication with high quality work and fast turnaround. Highly recommended.

  83. Review by Max S.
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    Milana is absolutely brilliant to work with. She is an amazing and highly creative pianist. The quality of recording is first rate. Communication is excellent as well. I very much look forward to working with Milana again!

  84. Review by Rohit P.
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    I asked Milana to create a Piano line for my song, and she did a great job. It was a pleasure working with Milana, she is very easy to work with, and gave me enough takes to choose from which is always appreciated. Milana is a very talented Pianist and I'd definitely recommend it to other musicians.

Interview with Milana Zilnik

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

  2. A: Recording acoustic and digital piano for songs, composing original soundtracks for short films and advertisements.

  3. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  4. A: - Acoustic baby grand piano Kawai GE-30 with a stereo pair of Audio Technica 4041 mics and ART ProMPAII mic pre-amp in a studio treated with acoustic panels. An optional recording with an additional Rode NT1A mic for picking up lows. - Yamaha Clavinova digital piano / Korg SP250 keyboard. MIDI recording can be provided along with the synthesized WAV file, using various sampled pianos, including electric piano, organ or any other synth of your choice. - Stereo pair of Rode NT1A mics for recording lead and back vocals in an acoustically treated room. - Audio interface: Focusrite Liquid Saffire 56 - Host computer: PC, 64GB RAM, 2TB HD + 1.5TB SSD (for sample libraries) - DAW: Pro Tools 12, Propellerhead Reason 8, Native Instrument Komplete 10 Ultimate.

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

  6. A: All kinds ranging from middle-eastern to hip-hop, classical to jazz, cinematic soundtracks to alternative rocks.

  7. Q: How would you describe your style?

  8. A: A crossover between jazz, classical and soft-rock.

  9. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  10. A: Both. It really depends on the production and on the goals.

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

  12. A: Usually I ask many clarifying questions at first to get the exact picture of client wants, then I record 2-3 quick rough takes and send them back, asking which version the client likes the best. Once I get the answer, I produce the final version by polishing the chosen take (fixing wrong notes, the timing, rerecording some parts and so on) and send it back to the client.

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

  14. A: The feeling, the emotion.

  15. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  16. A: My strongest skill is piano improvisation: taking some simple melodies and extending them into a full composition on the fly.

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

  18. A: To save time on the back and forth communication, please include all the details with your request: acoustic piano or sampled one, the genre, the style, the structure, the bpm, whether you have the score (if not then the list of chords), what other instruments are there in your composition. All this helps to estimate the effort and provide you with the accurate quote from the beginning.

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

  20. A: An acoustic or a digital recording? Is there a score? What genre and style (e.g. more chords or more melodies, repetitive or free, etc)? Are there any existing songs, which sound similar?

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

  22. A: Usually I ask many clarifying questions at first to get the exact picture of what client wants, then I record 2-3 quick rough takes and send them back, asking which version the client likes the best. Once I get the answer, I produce the final version by polishing the chosen take (fixing wrong notes, the timing, rerecording some parts and so on) and send it back to the client.

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

  24. A: The feeling, the emotion.

  25. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  26. A: My strongest skill is piano improvisation: taking some simple melodies and extending them into a full composition on the fly.

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

  28. A: To save time on the back and forth communication, please include all the details with your request: acoustic piano or sampled one, the genre, the style, the structure, the bpm, whether you have the score (if not then the list of chords), what other instruments are there in your composition. All this helps to estimate the effort and provide you with the accurate quote from the beginning.

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

  30. A: An acoustic or a digital recording? Is there a score? What genre and style (e.g. more chords or more melodies, repetitive or free, etc)? Are there any existing songs, which sound similar?

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Terms Of Service

2-3 days turnaround for digital recordings, 7-10 days for acoustic piano. 2-3 revisions included. Full re-writes at additional cost.

GenresSounds Like
  • Tori Amos
  • Sarah McLachlan
  • Nina Simone
Gear Highlights
  • Acoustic baby grand piano Kawai GE-30
  • AKG414 XLII
  • and two stereo pairs of AT4041 and Rode NT1A mics
  • Focusrite Liquid Saffire 56 audio interface
  • Pro Tools 12 & Propellerhead Reason 8
  • Native Instruments Komplete 10
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