Ziv Shalev

Session Guitarist

1225 Reviews (1209 Verified)
Ziv Shalev on SoundBetter

I provide quality guitar production. I am looking forward to hearing and collaborating on your music!

I absolutely love writing guitar loops and hooks, ambient pads, wall of guitars, acoustic, electric, nylon string, 12 string guitar and bass. I provide commercial quality tracks recorded in a state of the art recording studio.
We will discuss your goals in depth and capture the sounds you are looking for on your production.

The signal chain consist of some of the top amplifiers, preamps and microphones in the industry. I use a variety of guitars for different styles of music. The audio tracks you will receive will be recorded through an amp of your choice including DI tracks (if requested in advance), if requested. I will work with you until you are 100% happy with the result. Once we are finished with the project you will receive precise, edited isolated final stems.
I work remotely but can assure you a fluent communication and fast turnaround time.

Get in touch with me through the green ‘contact’ button above and let’s start creating some beautiful music!

Send me an email through 'Contact' button above and I'll get back to you asap.

1225 Reviews - 167 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by Daniel A.

    Love working with Ziv! Thank you for your amazing musicianship!

  2. Review by Makasi L.

    Superfast and great talented person to work with.

  3. Review by Jasper S.

    Ziv is a machine! I am once again blown away with his amazing skills! You I look forward to working with Ziv on my next project!

  4. Review by Sparks
    by Sparks

    A pleasure working again! I've been working with some top pros and Ziv is a one to remember, that kind of a talent you don't hear everyday-he's something else, in a league of his own and I'm truly honored to work with him.By all the criteria for my project he's proven time after time he's the right one I should be working with.I'm sure he'll continue to provide top quality under big pressure.I trust him in 100% with my project.I'm proud of our works!Many Thanks Ziv I appreciate you very much!

  5. Review by Alexander G.

    It's always great working with Ziv and exploring different sonic textures. He's a versatile musician that has been able to bring to life very different pieces of mine.

  6. Review by G.Michael Hall

    A remarkable talent with an empathy for music only found in the truly greatest of players. I'm very proud to musical partner with Ziv and even prouder of the long term friendship we have developed over many records

  7. Review by Laura G.

    Ziv is amazing at what he does! He produced a guitar track for a live performance for my artist within a week and it is absolutely beautiful!

  8. Review by Daniel
    by Daniel

    Loved working with Ziv! I’ll be back with more for sure!

  9. Review by Brett the Writer

    Insane as per usual... The Bomb.

  10. Review by Joshua M.

    Each time working with Ziv is a great experience. He knows just what the song needs, and is able to make the song come to life through his guitar skills.

  11. Review by JAY C.
    by JAY C.

    Excellent Job! Ziv is professional and work until he gets your vision.

  12. Review by Xander
    by Xander

    Ziv really provides much more than just a session musician role as I find his creative input to the guitar tracks to be invaluable. I've repeatedly worked with him and am always impressed with how he's able to really create a full and dynamic environment with guitars.

  13. Review by MYSG
    by MYSG

    Ziv is awesome in every way. Super easy to work with and he always delivers!

  14. Review by JAY C.
    by JAY C.

    Ziv is very talented and understand melodies and arrangement. He can deliver what you need. I will use him again!

  15. Review by Brett the Writer

    Legend. 10000%

  16. Review by Brett the Writer

    I don't like Ziv's guitar playing.
    I love it.
    a million stars!

  17. Review by Kenji
    by Kenji

    Ziv, Just AMAZING
    So talented and easy to work with.
    definitely 10/10
    Thanks ZIv!

  18. Review by Joshua M.

    Third song with Ziv, and every time he transforms the song into an amazing track with his guitar knowledge and skill.

  19. Review by RSpark
    by RSpark

    Ziv is highly experienced and it shows in every project we work on. Whatever I throw at him he nails it and delivers 100% quality under 100% pressure and it's such a pleasure working with him, I don't have to say much or explain myself he just knows how to accompany me as a vocalist ,it proves me again that he's the right one to work with and that I maid the right decision by choosing him for my project.Very communicative,responsive,attentive to every detail regarding my project.Many thanks Ziv!

  20. Review by Jacob G.

    Exceptional guitarist and a better guy! Such a pleasure to work with.

Interview with Ziv Shalev

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

  2. A: I loved working and producing primarily The Vanity Belles, Danny Mclaughlin band and The Vinyl Stash. Good music with combination of good people and musicianship is the best.

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

  4. A: I am producing a Musical.

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

  6. A: Yes. Yoed Nir is incredible Cellist. and Roy Kariok is a fantastic guitarist. Both are wonderful audio engineers as well.

  7. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  8. A: Both. but! It's all about the speed of delivery thesis days, so Digital takes the lead.

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

  10. A: %100 money back guarantee if they are not satisfied with my work.

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

  12. A: Everything. I am very passionate abut what I do.

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

  14. A: If I can drop down the price for a project. I usually do that for first time clients.

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

  16. A: Sometime I think people realize I am a professional producer as well.

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

  18. A: To have a clear vision of what they are looking for.

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

  20. A: To have a clear vision of what they are looking for. A reference is wonderful so I could pin point the sound they are after.

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

  22. A: Guitar, amplifier, computer, interface and Protools.

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

  24. A: I have been playing and producing music for 25 years.

  25. Q: How would you describe your style?

  26. A: Multi Genre.

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

  28. A: Sting. I love everything he does from songwriting to playing his base to his lyrics, voice and productions.

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

  30. A: Don't "fix it in the mix". Music needs to sound amazing before and cosmetic work is done to it. The best projects I worked on did not need a mix.

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

  32. A: Pop Rock, World Music, Classical and Jazz.

  33. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  34. A: Correspondence. I am very quick to get work done. Nothing lingers, even if I am busy.

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

  36. A: I try to bring first and foremost my own creativity and sound. What the song really needs beyond my personal taste. and depending on the project, radio friendly or commercial sound.

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

  38. A: I first discuss the genre and what you are looking for from the guitar portion When possible, I encourage my clients to provide a reference to the type of style and sound desired Depending on your preference, I can record a single guitar track or multiple guitar tracks to produce a richer sound or stereo sound. Tracks are then recorded remotely and sent directly to the client. I start with charting the song, opening a new project on PT, deciding what tempo the song is in, and laying out the tracks starting with rhythmic parts and all the way to the lead parts.

  39. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  40. A: I run Protools on a custom Mac. I use the Apollo 8p as an interface with its magnificent plugins. I have a Whirsperroom isolated booth to maximize mic'ed recording and isolation. I have a variety of amps such as Fender Vibrolux and Marshall JCM800. Endless effects and pedals. I use microphones such as Neumann87, AKGC414 and Royer 121. I always use the best high performance cables. Most of them are Mogami. I also use S-gear and Helix.

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

  42. A: The list would be endless but here are top few: Jeff Lynn, Quincy Johns, Queen, John Mayer, Steve Lord Alge, Chris Rock, Eagles, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Jimmy Hendrix, Fufus Wainwright.

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

  44. A: I do guitar work for my clients, whether it's single, multiple layer guitar work, it is all done within a couple of days. I have a variety of guitars to choose from, for all genres including nylon, acoustic guitar, ukulele or mandolin. I also compose and arrange music for singer/songwriters as well as audio engineering projects such as editing, vocal tuning and mixing and mastering as well

Acoustic Guitar Demo

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Terms Of Service

Typical turnaround time 3-5 days.
Even split on publishing for songwriting.

GenresSounds Like
  • John Mayer
  • David Gilmore
  • Joe Satriani
Gear Highlights
  • Gibson Les Paul Gibson ES335 76’ Fender Stratocaster 61’ Fender Jazzmaster Gibson Songwriter Acoustic
  • Gretsch Duo Jet Cordoba GK Series Classical Guitar Suhr Badger 30 Victory Kraken VX UA M610 preamp UA Apollo interface
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