I've been playing keyboards since before the introduction of MIDI. Yes, that long. My ego has been parked in 1995, so all you'll be paying for is experience, experience and experience. My recording studio has been recording music since 1985. I've seen the hardware, seen the plugins of the hardware, and kept the hardware (now is vintage) and ready.
Give me some direction in a SoundBetter message and let me understand your needs. Let's make this happen for you.
My recording studio is almost all hardware based, with a few strategic plugins. If you are looking for hardware glued sounding mixes, then THIS is your studio that will give your music that edge.
Also, my studio is a VEVO content provider. Let's get your music on VEVO/YouTube (Disclaimer: pending YouTube/VEVO verification of your music).
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27 Reviews - 5 Repeat ClientsEndorse Walter Riggi
East to work with and full of expertise! Instrumental in making sure my film would be the best quality, if it weren’t for his advice I would be kicking myself!
Walter was very helpful, super polite and friendly. No ego!
Walter is very good at what he does and is a great guy to work with. He takes a hands on approach with his clients to ensure 100% satisfaction with the mix. I highly recommend!
i cant wait to work with Walter again!
Very helpful and will walk you through things you don't know!
Great to work with. Did wonders for my mix while taking the time to troubleshoot issues along the way. If you want someone dedicated and willing to communicate while working on your material then Walter is it.
This was our second time working with Walter and again he has done a truly superb job on production work for our Live EP for Spotify. The tracks sound like absolute gems. He had great communication and patience throughout. Look forward to working with Walter again in the Future.
Walter was great to work with, his experience showed right off on the first Mix run. He mixed and mastered my single and was super responsive on my requests, extremely helpful, and some adjustments done effectively the same day. I had ideas on the sound I was looking for and he made it better than I could have imagined. Amazing awesome work!
I hope to work with him in the future, I can't recommend him enough :)
I was new to working with professional mix engineers, rather than just doing it all myself, and was so impressed with Walter's prompt responses and professionalism. He was patient and guided me through the process and options. THEN I heard the final mix, and was floored! Experience really is on your side when it comes to working with Walter.
Walter did a great job mixing and mastering, bringing our Live Album to Life. He was easy to work with, had good communication and worked around our budget to deliver great sounding songs. I will recommend.
Working with Walter was an absolute pleasure. A true professional who takes the time to make sure you are happy with your song and will be patient in helping you figure out the best way in achieving it.
really great experience working with Walter we got to do a skype meeting and that was a blast you get to see his studio its all set up for all kinds of cool to things, i highly recommend this guy for your projects he really takes the time to get inside your mind and his does his best to match what you are after. we have been working on this project and in little time after listening to my song and requests he was able to add just what i was hoping for i hope i can work with him in the future.
Prompt and excellent drum performance!
Professional and hands on!
Provided just what i needed, with high quality.
Walter came through with amazing dedication and compassion to make sure I got my vision perfectly.
He is definitely proficient on keyboard playing and has a awesome studio full of every instrument you need to get any job done with the high quality textures, sounds and feel that your looking for. Highly recommended.
Walter provided me with some really stellar drums tracks that were exactly what I was looking for. Very easy to work with. Will definitely return with more work.
Walter did a great job for us. He completely the job quickly and shared his creative talent.
Walter again did an incredible job elevating my track beyond what I imagined. Working with him is always pleasant and he is great at communicating. When you hire him you know you're getting 110%. It's really tough to find that in a lot of people. I would strongly recommend him, you won't be disappointed.
Interview with Walter Riggi
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Hardware vs. Software debate. The listener will never be able to tell the difference. But working with quality stuff... priceless.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Can you share a track on YouTube or streaming that inspires a direction for us working together?
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I enjoy David Foster's keyboard abilities and Mutt Lange's attention to mixing details. Favourite mixer of all time... Bob Clearmountain :-)
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I'll listen to you only if you come prepared. I can't guess as to what's inside your head.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Staying in my creative zone... Love this the most !
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Please come with a sample/inspiration (youtube link is great) that moves you to hire me as your performer. This is the best way to communicate your ideas/visions for the performance I will be providing you with. It's the most cost effective for my client as it will NOT waste time for both parties and my client can stay in their creative zone.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: They would have to be analog pieces. So, I would take a 1073 Neve Preamp, 1176 compressor, Neumann U87, Neve 1073 EQ, and of course an electrical solar powered generator. Without that essential piece,... I would go mad... :-)
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I began performing music in 1982 and at my first live gig, I enjoyed the experience so much that it literally affected my entire life. It started me on a path of music and now it is my bread and butter. I get satisfaction when a client smiles at the files I send them and rebook me for more work.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Analog has harmonic distortion and this makes for a warm sound... Digital has a dithering process and it tries to emulate analog. BUT you will always be able to tell which one sounds better. Bigger drums, vocals, guitars, bass... then you should try analog...
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I play keyboards with both hands as most do, however, sometimes one handed operation can get the point across so much better. So, what's your music like, and let's figure if one or two hands are the way to go.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I have no favorite artist, because all artists are inspired different and this makes for fresh ideas. If every artist had the same sound, it would be boring... so bring on diversity, it's fun that way !
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Yes, understand what dynamic range is in music production and you will have a hit sounding record. The most successful records throughout history have had engineering produced with dynamic range in mind. Not only do they sound better but they are less ear fatiguing as well.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: For keyboard work, it is usually pop/rock oriented. For Mixing it is the whole gamut.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Rock, Pop, and Acoustic music
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Bob Clearmountain (if he's still on here?)
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Q: How have you been able to make such a long career from what you do? A: Relentless pursuit of customer satisfaction.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Listening to the client's needs/wants. It's a lot easier to go this route then to make the client see things your way. Often times it's frustrating for the client to NOT get what they wanted and have to settle. So, tell me what you want, what you really, really want. (I appear to be channeling the spice girls)... Apparently, my second strongest skill is a fun attitude! :-)
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I enjoy bringing what's needed especially when a client knows what they want. Over produced is often not necessary (unless it has to hold the song up)
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Listening to the clients wishes and desires, sending an mp3 of the direction I've headed with their requirements, then once approved, deliver my work in their required format.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Hardware, Hardware, Hardware... did I say hardware? Once you go rack, it's tough to go back.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Most common work I do is studio keyboard performance ranging from Piano> Synth based. I also mix music for clients because I have mostly hardware processors and clients like to get away from the sterile sound that plugins have. Warm sound is always in demand. Which is a good thing. :-)