Session Guitarist / Producer

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Ziv Shalev on SoundBetter

NYC Session and Live Guitarist Spread Eagle, Modern English, Sandra Bernard and more. Reverend Guitars and and Labella Strings artist. Over 15 years recording experience and a variety of specialties ranging from contemporary to classical to heavy metal, amongst others.

Hi there! I am an NYC - based session and live guitar player with over 15 years recording experience and a collection of hundreds of records. I have a variety of specialties ranging from contemporary to classical to heavy metal, amongst others.

Using a state of the art recording studio with top of the line microphones, pre-amps, a large selection of instruments, and an audio interface, I am able to track electric and/or acoustic guitar for your single, EP, full-length album, film soundtrack, commercials, or any other needs.

How this works:
- We 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

My goal is to work with you and help you create commercial ready tracks for your project. Please feel free to send an email to discuss details. I typically respond within a couple of hours.

Contact me through the green button above and let’s get started! I look forward to working with you!

Ziv

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

54 Reviews - 9 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by Priyanuj M.
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    First time working with Ziv and it was the most efficient session ever. Really polite guy, great sense of composition and quick turn around time. Highly recommend!

  2. Review by Gregor S.
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    Great Guy!

  3. Review by Vince S.
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    Ziv was easy to work with and a great guy. He has an excellent ear and is very timely in doing the work as promised. Till next time!!

  4. Review by Baptiste D.
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    Ziv is an outstanding guitar player who's not only amazing at playing but also at understanding the "energy" and feel of a track. It was my second time using his services and it definitely won't be the last!

  5. Review by Shehzad B.
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    Ziv nailed it yet again! He is a joy to work with. Professional and Patient. Really in tuned with my ultimate vision and considered to allow as much freedom and creativity during the process, to get to the ultimate goal. I loved working with him, and look forward to many more projects together! I have found my go-to Mixing specialist! Thank you, Ziv.

  6. Review by Shehzad B.
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    Ziv is an amazing musician and most of all a very patient individual. He was kind enough to understand and fulfill all of my requests and queries on time. Thank you Ziv

  7. Review by Tim A.
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    Great guitarist! Very easy to work with.

  8. Review by Shehzad B.
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    Another successful project completed with the same level of experience and satisfaction. What I really admire Ziv commitment towards the project. Thank you Ziv. You are amazing.

  9. Review by adam g.
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    I had a great time working with Ziv. Very talented guitarist who helped me with my songwriting too. Highly recommend

  10. Review by Max S.
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    It was a brilliant experience working with Ziv. He met a very tight deadline with ease, and delivered quality guitar work. A great musician, great communication, and super professional throughout. I look forward to working with him again soon!

  11. Review by Jason S.
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    Great work - super quick!

  12. Review by Jason S.
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    Quick, cordial and great to work with!

  13. Review by Jaznia Music (Frank Caldwell)
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    Ziv consistently knocks it out the park! The creativity he brings to a song is thoughtful, deliberate and elevates the overall brilliance of a song. I'm extremely blessed to have found such a wonderful musician. Ziv, you're the best buddy!

  14. Review by Jaznia Music (Frank Caldwell)
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    Ziv is amazing. He delivered what I wanted and so much more. His attention to the small, yet important details of the song, proved to make it even better. Can't wait to work with him again, I highly recommend you consider him for acoustic guitar work. Thanks Ziv!

  15. Review by Shehzad B.
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    Awesome work once again from Ziv, this is our 5th project together now and always amazing results. Thanks Ziv!! More coming your way.

  16. Review by Asif M.
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    A truly versatile guitarist!

  17. Review by Corei Taylor
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    Great and easy guy to work with! Gives you what you ask for! Thanks again and hope to work again soon!

  18. Review by Monterey
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    Once again, he did a wonderful job with my track. He had such a great ability to translate so much emotion through his playing. Wonderful studio musician.

  19. Review by Kate V.
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    Extremely fast work, great communication, meticulous attention to detail, and a beautifully executed finished product. I could not have asked for a better experience. Looking forward to the next project!

  20. Review by Jeremy K.
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    Ziv is an exceptionaly talented guitarist who has a skill set which covers multiple styles.
    He is easy very responsive, and completes tracks really quickly.
    I highly recommend working with Ziv.

  21. Review by Baptiste D.
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    Ziv was fast and efficient. He was able to perfectly capture the subtle emotions that I was looking for.

  22. Review by Shehzad B.
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    Ziv was amazing with the mixing of my song. He was very patient with me as and always ready to listen to my points and how I wanted the track to sound. I look forward to working with him on all the tracks for my album. Thanks Ziv!

  23. Review by Monterey
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    Wonderful musician! Working once again on a new track, he is crazy talented and works on projects very quickly. He is the definition of a session musician: fast, responsive and delivers well.

  24. Review by Monterey
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    Working with Ziv for the second day (In a row), now that is a first for me on Soundbetter, if that's not saying much I'm not sure what will. This guy is heavily talented and consistently pays close attention to the outcomes of the project, musically and otherwise. And he has an amazing 10% off deal right now for new clients! You'd be a fool to bypass him. Thanks again, Ziv.

  25. Review by Monterey
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    Ziv is a great guitarist, his turnaround time is absolutely amazing, especially when you are clear on availability with him. He looks forward to understanding your tracks and will work to create a great track with you, every step of the way.

  26. Review by Christina G.
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    Ziv was very patient, and kind. His communication skills are excellent. He not only did the job I requested, but he consistently responded to all messages promptly. What I really appreciated was the quality of his work. I plan on using Ziv for future jobs.

  27. Review by Hugo A.
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    I highly recommend Ziv he is talented, nice and know exactly what your track need !

  28. Review by Clinton
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    I gave Ziv a challenging track, no doubts about it - multiple odd time signatures with a vague "sounds like" request and it came back sounding better than I'd heard it in my head.

    A class act, great musician with friendly and easy communication. I would recommend Ziv any time to anyone.

  29. Review by Elliott Porter
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    Total pro!

  30. Review by Nathaniel J.
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    Very talented musician and professional. Timely with all aspects of the project. I look forward to working with Ziv again.

    Highly recommended

  31. Review by Tomme B.
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    Ziv is amazing he did wonders to my track he took my midi concepts and turn them into a great sounding piece of work.

    I truly appreciate great musicians

    Thanks a million times over

  32. Review by Shehzad B.
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    Ziv is an awesome collaborator with an excellent attitude!! So humble, quick, patient and open. He is a wizard who somehow understands what's in my head and add pure magic to my tracks. And the best part is.... all projects were done in the first take. A pleasure on every level. Thank you Ziv!

  33. Review by Shehzad B.
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    Ziv is nothing less than extraordinary. Remarkable in every way, talent, musicianship, communication, delivery. He went above and beyond what we could have expected and lifted the song to new heights with his guitar tracks. Highly recommended.

  34. Review by Milton C.
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    Excellent guitarist and fulfilled the deadlines for recording

  35. Review by Shehzad B.
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    As good as it gets. If you're looking for a top guitarist for your next project, stop now & hire Ziv as fast as you can. I'm not kidding.

    Unreal musicality: technique, versatility, tone, & just impeccable instincts for how to serve each song. A true musican's musician.

    He's also a true pro: quick, thorough, & the best, coolest attitude. He went above & beyond, & made my songs sound better than I thought they could sound. I couldn't be more grateful, & I can't recommend him highly enough.

  36. Review by Tunch Y.
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    Another excellent session with Ziv! We went through several iterations to get things right and he maintained a helpful and positive attitude despite me nagging him with many details :) Thanks and would love to work again!

  37. Review by Tony CC
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    I loved working with Ziv and have nothing but great things to say about him. Highly recommended and he will definitely be my first choice for any future guitar needs.

  38. Review by Tony CC
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    I am blown away by Ziv's work. He has a very professional sound, articulate and emotional playing, and a great sense of what the song needs. Complete pro, with the quickest turnaround time I have ever seen!

  39. Review by Tony CC
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    Ziv is awesome!
    He composed a guitar solo that was full of emotion and perfect for the song. Very professional and the turn around time was almost too fast! I'm looking forward to doing a couple more tracks with Ziv.

  40. Review by Tunch Y.
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    Ziv is a great guitarist and an amazing person to work with. He is very helpful and goes the extra mile. Goose bumps every time I listen to his lead guitar track. Highly recommended.

  41. Review by Shehzad B.
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    Ziv is a phenomenal, talented, humble, and kind producer. AMAZING quality, really fast turn around and most importantly, really friendly. Cannot thank Ziv enough! I will definitely be working with him very soon.

  42. Review by Dan C.
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    A real pleasure working with Ziv, a very emotive guitar player - great ear for the most fitting style.

    Definitely recommended!

    Thanks again!

  43. Review by NA
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    Ziv is an excellent guitarist and a pleasure to work with amazing person too!

  44. Review by Theofil
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    WOW.
    If you see Ziv amongst your proposals, just tell him: SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY.
    I mean I worked with various guitar players and I always had to come back for corrections. He really has over 15 years of practice behind him and has a very good ear which is a rare gift. One thing is to be a good guitar player and another to have a good ear and he has both. And knows music theory and the terminology.
    What else could you ask for?

  45. Review by Christina G.
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    Very pleasant to work with. He really went out of his way to help me get a project done within hours of asking. I am super thankful for the kindness and great customer service that I was given by Ziv. I plan to use him for future projects.

  46. Review by NA
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    Ziv is a great guitar writer

  47. Review by sam
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    good work flow, nice to work with, very fast delivery

  48. Review by Anila N.
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    We did a trial run for some music that we needed and we absolutely loved Ziv's work. We look forward to him working on the rest of the project as well. Fantastic work so far and very timely deliveries without any delays at all.

    Highly recommend!

  49. Review by Eric W.
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    I'm completely new to making music. Ziv was patient and helped answer any of the questions I had. If you work with him, you will be completely satisfied.

  50. Review by Danny
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    Ziv is one of kind musician and producer, he played and recoded with my Celtic fusion band at festivals and venues on east coast of USA, a true professional musician, second to none.

  51. Review by Glenn Grossman
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    To say that Ziv is great at many things is kind of an understatement.
    His creativity, passion, professionalism and dedication to his craft is truly something that should be experienced by all.
    I have hired Ziv to play in many different musical settings; whether for live or recording work.
    He’s simply beautiful.
    Playing authentically in any style with creativity, passion and musicality makes him a far more valued guitarist and musician than most. His background in music production and mixing just adds to his musical insight when creating guitar tracks.
    Triple thumbs up on all levels.

  52. Review by Jimmy Dowd
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    One of the greatest musicians I have ever worked with!! His audio production skills are only second to his brilliant guitar work! He Arranged and produced our 2006 album The Vinyl Stash Variety Bash- which we all couldn’t be more happy with- And he is currently tasked to arrange,produce, sing back-ups and play guitar on our new concept album Healter Skelter The Musical- which is currently being developed for musical theatre- Ziv’s contributions have been priceless!!
    -Jimmy Dowd

  53. Review by Greg Kelly
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    Ziv is terrific. He's turn around time is quick and he really nails the sounds i'm after. We've been working together for the past 5 years. He's the guy to go to when it comes to any type of guitar tracks.

  54. Review by Yoed Nir
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    Can't recommend him highly enough.

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

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