Freddie Banks

Piano | Keyboards | Production

154 Reviews (147 Verified)
Freddie Banks on SoundBetter

I'm a session keyboardist from Chicago, with 10+ years of playing for artists and producers worldwide for independent and commercial projects. My focus is rendering a performance that evokes the feeling, emotion, and energy of your song by means of quality recordings. The goal is to intentionally deliver music that conveys the artist's message.

Hi, I'm Freddie Banks. I've been working as a musician professionally for 10 years both live and in the studio. My musical roots are in Gospel, but I'm also able to play Hip-Hop, Pop, R&B, Neo-Soul, Jazz, Rock, and Alternative, most of which has been accomplished here on SoundBetter. Here, I am able to record piano, keys and synths, as well as build out full arrangements & instrumentals for covers or original songs.

I use quality gear for my work, including Universal Audio Apollo Twin X preamps, along with quality samples and instruments from Nord, Roland, UVI, and lots more. Feel free to listen to all the demos and samples you see. My main DAW is Logic Pro, but I'm also able to work in Pro Tools.

When you're ready to work, be sure to include the following info:

1. Song Title
2. Key & Tempo
3. Style/Genre
4. References (what song you want it to sound similar to)
5. Deadline (proposal will be updated to include it)
6. Sheet Music or Chord Charts (if you have any)

The more direction provided the better! Let me know any specific directions you have as far as style, dynamics, riffs, etc. I want to bring your vision into reality!

My prices are my baseline, and may fluctuate depending on the complexity of the project, and number of parts needed to record.

Click the green connect button above to get started, I’m excited to work with you!

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

154 Reviews - 21 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by Ryan J.

    What a pleasure working with Freddie. Great communication, turn around, and a truly fantastic player. Was blown away by all the great work he did on my project, above and way beyond what I expected. Highly recommend.

  2. Review by Demonte C.

    What can I say about Freddie? He has never failed in producing amazing music. He is highly qualified and able to deliver what you were trying to bring to life in the music. He has been a true inspiration and I highly recommend him for any one that needs done for a project a single, or just anything he is able to deliver

  3. Review by Julian G.

    AMAZINGLY quick turnover and high quality. Completely satisfied.

  4. Review by Nicholas S.

    This is the first time I worked, with Freddie, and I found him to be pleasant, and paid attention to what I wanted, and what the song needed. Look forward to working with him in the future.

  5. Review by Trevione K.

    Freddie was super easy to work with! Very talented guy & was very patient with helping me craft the perfect sound!

  6. Review by Daron F.

    Extremely talented individual. Definitely want to work with Freddie again. Highly recommend!

  7. Review by Allan B.

    Freddie was very responsive, patient and pleasant to work with all through the process. Thank you Freddie for supporting in bringing my music to life.

  8. Review by Demonte C.

    Amazing musician! Always bringing high quality sounds. Can take a small vision and make it into a live production. Love working Freddie. Ver professional, Time sensitive and honest.

  9. Review by Djeki B.

    Great and easy to work with! Super fast and good quality.

  10. Review by Junior W.

    amazing professional and fast...great great job

  11. Review by Demonte C.

    An amazing musician that have a great ear to bring music to live. Freddie has never fail to amaze and deliver great work

  12. Review by Demonte C.

    It's so awesome to be working back with Freddie. Just an amazing musician that have a heart for music and making sure the sound comes alive.

  13. Review by Delphine

    I was hesitant at first to seek someone via the internet for this soundtrack. However, Freddie Banks made the entire process smooth from beginning to end. He took every detail I submitted and brought it into the track. The quality of work and pricing was exceptional. I truly appreciate Mr. Banks because I felt he understood why this track was so important to me and he had it prepared well within the expressed timeframe. I highly recommend and would definitely use again.

  14. Review by Roman W.

    Very quick and easy work, nice result.

  15. Review by Jamin k.

    Another flawless song with Freddie. As always everything went perfect, from track to communication. I can not recommend enough. And I can't wait for the next one.

  16. Review by Yo R.
    by Yo R.

    Freddie's service and talent is excellent. He is professional, patient, and understanding. You won't regret working with him.

  17. Review by Julia B.

    Freddie was professional, creative, prompt, a clear communicator and easy to work with! I had him lay some filler pad/synth tracks on a mostly-finished project and it definitely elevated the finished project. Very tasteful.

  18. Review by REVEAL
    by REVEAL

    Second time working with Freddie, I'm very impressed with his range of talents production wise, and he can provide super organised sounds for your next project!

  19. Review by Marcus R.

    Freddie did an EXCELLENT job and gave me exactly what I wanted. I love how I was able to give Freddie the vision for the project and he made it a reality in a very short time. I have used Freddie's services over and over again and he never disappoints.

  20. Review by Jason H.

    Freddie was awesome. Timely, efficient and his keys sound great!

Interview with Freddie Banks

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

  2. A: Completing instrumentals and multitracks to further show my abilities and strengths while also learning my novices and weaknesses. Also, I want to begin composing/licensing for multimedia in the near future

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

  4. A: To serve as a creative asset in efforts to provide quality, meaningful, and memorable sound as a staple in the identity and presentation of music & multimedia worldwide.

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

  6. A: What's your overall goal with this production? What are we aiming to invoke from the listener? How can I serve you in your efforts to achieve this goal?

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

  8. A: It varies, gospel is my roots, but I'm also able to play pop, rock, r&b and jazz as well, and I'm an 'OK' sight-reader too so I'd like to think I'm pretty versatile. I refuse to box myself into one lane.

  9. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  10. A: Keyboard chops, synthesis, sound design, and since I've started on SoundBetter, my ear for arranging has grown much stronger

  11. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  12. A: I have a simple home set up with my MacBook Pro running Pro Tools 2020, Logic Pro X, my Roland Fantom, Roland Gaia SH-01, Roland Cloud VST's, and dozens of virtual instruments in my arsenal. But my new pride and joy is my Nord Electro 6D. Most of my piano tracks are recorded with it now, and it's a huge improvement to my quality of work.

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

  14. A: Jamel Kimbrough, Vaughan Phoenix, Jim Daneker, Ray Chew, Adam Blackstone, Daniel Weatherspoon, Robert "Sput" Searight, Aaron Lindsey, Chris Baker, Rodney East, Mike Patrick, James Poyser, Julian Pollack, Nicolas Semrad, Cory Henry, Shaun Martin, just to name a few.... 😉

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

  16. A: I was able to be apart of a recording project for my church in Chicago, where I played as one of the keyboardists and hammond organist. It was a memorable experience, being my first live recording. I'm believing it to be the first of may more to come

  17. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  18. A: Oh boy.... digital, because VST's have improved so greatly over the years, and it beats having to carry around heavy equipment and causing wear and tear on them, although they sound great in their on right. But at the same time, nothing beats the warmth of analog sound.

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

  20. A: A loaded question! But if I could bring Michael Jackson back to life, that'd be a dream come true. RIP King of Pop

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

  22. A: The fact that I can use my gifts and talents as a means to both serve someone on their project, as well as a means of provision for myself.

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

  24. A: Don't overlook those who don't have the experience or credentials as those at the top. We're all trying to work to get to the same level. Be willing to work with the underdogs.

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

  26. A: MacBook Pro, Roland A800 Controller, Roland JDXA, Sennheiser HD280 headphones, Large sausage pizza

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

  28. A: I have been working as a keyboardist since 16, and went to college to further my studies in music and audio production. the past 10 years has taught me quite a lot, and I'm grateful. It enables me to continue on and gain more traction in the music business.

  29. Q: How would you describe your style?

  30. A: Edgy yet calm, aggressive yet relaxed, versatile yet focused.

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

  32. A: Name your tracks! Save your engineer the headache!

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

  34. A: Clarity by means of quality, well-thought, and precise music accompaniment, manifesting the goal and vision in the mind of the artist.

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

  36. A: Generally, I'll hear the demo that's sent to me by the client to get an overall feel of what they're trying to accomplish. Next, I'll write out the chord progressions appropriate for the melody being sung, or what type of rhythm or syncopation comes to mind along with it. I'll then use various synth leads or pads to add more texture and feel to the song where necessary.

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

  38. A: Most of my work will consist of me accompanying the song by means of keyboards, piano and synths, all tailored to the feel of the song. I'm also able to assist in songwriting, and arranging as well.

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Terms Of Service

Turnaround time is typically 2-3 business days. Rush orders for tight deadlines available upon request. Price may increase based on the job. Final files delivered in MIDI & WAV format 24bit/48kHz

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Gear Highlights
  • Nord Stage 3
  • Roland Gaia SH-01
  • Sibelius
  • Pro Tools
  • Logic Pro
  • Apollo Twin X
  • UAD plug-ins
  • Slate Plugins
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