Toyroom

Eclectic Instruments, Composer

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I have a large collection of eclectic instruments and hope to play one or many on your next recording! Can also make your MIDI piano into real upright piano quickly and cheaply!

I am a Greek-American composer/instrumentalist with over 20 years experience playing and recording on film and commercial sessions in NYC. My main instrument is jazz/pop piano but I have a studio full of interesting toys that I would love to record for you using gorgeous sounding BURL converters and a variety of excellent mic pres (Neve, Grace, Manley, API) and excellent mics (Lawson, Neumann, vintage Telefunkens, Coles, Earthworks, Royers). Having worked in commercials I am extremely quick and can usually turn around overdubs in a day (see pricing). Can sight-read, or play to your MIDI. Please also note! I have a Yamaha upright Disklavier, which you can feed MIDI. I can very quickly turn MIDI parts into great sounding upright parts.

INSTRUMENT COLLECTION
Ocarina (NEW!)
Hammer Dulcimer
Mountain Dulcimer
Harmonium (23 key)
Hohner Accordion (2-octave)
Balafon in C (2.5 Octaves from F to C)
African Harp (2 octave, tunable)
Autoharp
Melodica (soprano and tenor)
Yamaha Disklavier Upright (same as U1)
Yamaha C5 baby grand
Ukulele (bari and soprano)
Blues Harmonicas in 12 major keys
Kalimbas (3 types, C, G, and D all sort of pentatonic)
Greek Bouzouki (6 string)
Djembe
Bongos (LP)
Handbells
Windchimes, Sleighbells, Various Triangles
Toy Piano (Jaymar, 2-octave)
Various fifes, panflutes
Glockenspiel (2-octave toy-style)
Shakers, Tambourines, Claves, Guiro

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

23 Reviews - 3 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by Kevin M.
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    Very professional and polite. Very clean recordings at a fair price.

  2. Review by Ryan N.
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    Toyroom brought the magic to our film in his beautiful and emotional music.

  3. Review by Jerry Tachoir
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    Very easy to deal with. Sent all files and music as promised

  4. Review by Jerry Tachoir
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    Provided nice lead sheets. Easy to work with

  5. Review by Abed N.
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    Pleasure working with toy room his ideas are outside the box and takes production to whole other level!

  6. Review by Lee K.
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    Eclectic and creative, Jay is a visionary

  7. Review by Devitt E.
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    toy room is exactly what he advertises, versatile, eclectic and very talented. You won't be disappointed

  8. Review by Devitt E.
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    This is the second or third time I have worked with Toyroom. He is very easy to work with has great ideas and brings a lot to the project

  9. Review by Lee K.
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    Love collaborating!

  10. Review by U.R.T.A
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    Nice tracks. Top quality with very fast delivery. Highly recommended¡

  11. Review by Lee K.
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    Consistently does great work

  12. Review by Lee K.
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    Great work, very out-of-the box and original voice

  13. Review by Lee K.
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    Great, heartfelt, versatile work

  14. Review by Sonny G.
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    I don't know what else to say except that he is an absolute magic maker. What I got back from him was a canopy of musical genius that filled and brought things to life in a way I hadn't before conceived. Trust me when I say you haven't yet heard the potential of your track until you've given it to Toyroom! (Caveat: I know my review is so intense it kind sounds robot-y or shammy, but I'm totally not exaggerating, I will probably be eighty-two sitting on my rocking chair smiling about his work.

  15. Review by Todd Herzog
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    Toyroom was an ideal client. He provided me with all the materials I needed and gave me the guidance to complete the assignment. His arrangement was top notch and his communication was clear. I highly recommend him as a client.

  16. Review by Todd Herzog
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    Toyroom did an amazing job on my project! He took the guidance I provided and created a wonderful track for my independent film quickly and efficiently. He surpassed my expectations on this project. I will definitely be hiring him again in the future...

  17. Review by Lee K.
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    Brought so many elements together, it was like hiring five people

  18. Review by Devitt E.
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    These tracks were Toyroom's idea. They really help round out the song. They are well conceived and executed. It looks like we will be working together a lot in the future.

  19. Review by Brian Griffin
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    Excellent musician - prompt & effective communication. Hope to work with them again!

  20. Review by Devitt E.
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    Once again a sterling performance, he heard it just as I had. He was creative and his accordion part took the song in a whole new and better direction

  21. Review by Devitt E.
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    He knew exactly what I wanted, did a beautifully executed part and I am thrilled. By the way, this is the second song he has done for me and it won't be the last.

  22. Review by Devitt E.
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    He did a great part and was easy to work with.

  23. Review by Frank L.
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    Great communication. Quick turn around. High quality sound and files. Great musician. Recommended!

Interview with Toyroom

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

  2. A: I overdub instruments from my large collection on their tracks. I either replace their MIDI or read the chart.

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

  4. A: In the film world I love Thomas Newman's music and Basil Poledouris. Music in general I love jazz and pop.

  5. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  6. A: I have a nice collection of mic pres- A neve 1073DPX (the stereo neve), a Manley Dual Mono, an API channel strip, and a Retro Instruments Powerstrip. These go into my Burl Mothership converter. Mostly I provide dry stems for someone else to mix but for some additional money I can give you a slick mix of these parts as well.

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

  8. A: Send me a guide track and a stem of the part you want played (a MIDI guide is a plus too) and pick your mics/pres and I will get it to you ASAP.

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

  10. A: A unique perspective of having grown up on both Greek and American music.

  11. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  12. A: I'm very fast.

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

  14. A: Anything!

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

  16. A: Before you drown an instrument in processing try getting the right mic position.

  17. Q: How would you describe your style?

  18. A: Eclectic

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

  20. A: My mother was a music teacher and her side of the family can all play by ear. They taught me at first and then I had other teachers. I went to a conservatory in the states and then moved to NY where I met lots of session players and became one.

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

  22. A: Does the computer count? I guess a loaded up UAD Apollo with every UAD plugin, a piano, a guitar, and a Roland Jupiter 8.

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

  24. A: Give me shot! I don't have huge film credits but I can really play and can make your songs sound great.

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

  26. A: I try to establish expectations very quickly, to make sure they are getting exactly what they want. Do you need this mixed or mastered? Will you need alternate takes? Is there a click?

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

  28. A: Sometimes people think because I am Greek that I won't be able to play jazz like an American but this is nonsense.

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

  30. A: I haven't done a gig on here yet but I'll let you know if it comes up!

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

  32. A: I work alone in a quiet space.

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

  34. A: Satisfaction guaranteed or your money back.

  35. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  36. A: Analog outboard, digital inside. I wish I had time for tape but I don't

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

  38. A: I am playing Sandouri (the Greek version of the Dulcimer) on an independent film shot in Greece.

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I was the Composer, Engineer in this production

Terms Of Service

Up to 2 revisions. Stems (if applicable) included. Satisfaction guaranteed or your money back! Turnaround is 2-3 days, $50 extra for 1-day or same-day turnaround.

GenresSounds Like
  • Eclectic
  • Thomas Newman
  • FILM SCORE
Gear Highlights
  • Burl converters
  • Neve
  • Manley
  • Grace
  • API and RETRO mic pres/compressors. Matches Coles 4038s
  • Vintage Matched Telefunken KM84s
  • Neumann U87
  • Royers
  • Earthworks TC25s.
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