I arrange and record real strings for your music production. REAL and UNIQUE. Within 24 hours. Unlimited revisions. My clients range from the biggest Hollywood Film Studios to Songwriters, Bands, DJ's and Producers.
I create the excitement of a real orchestra with real musicians. Fast and affordable. I have been working with strings on a top-notch level for decades, my credits range from Hollywood-Movies like Sherlock Holmes, Madagascar 3, Companies like Disney, ABC, Warner Bros, Dreamworks to up-and-coming artists, songwriters and producers.
Clio-Award (=Oscar for advertising) winner 2017 - Best Music / Disney Commercial
No samples. You will get the sound of a real orchestra, with all those great big moments of real musicians actually playing your music. Within your budget and time frame (24 hours).
How it works: it takes a certain number of players, a certain style of performance and a certain way of arrangement to get that real orchestra sound. In the studio, an orchestra can be created by just a few musicians, or even just one. If the arrangement and the performance is right, it will sound like a real orchestra, it will BE an actual performance.
Every songwriter, every producer, every composer deserves a real orchestra. Your music deserves to shine, let's get started!
!!!NEW MIXING SERVICE!!!
I am now offering mixing (mastering included) of your full production. Delivery in Dolby Atmos and Stereo. Unlimited revisions. $890/Song. 100% money back if you are not happy. References: check out examples on the top right, they have all been mixed by myself.
Click the 'Contact' above to get in touch. Looking forward to hearing from you.
304 Reviews - 71 Repeat ClientsEndorse Jonas Petersen - 24 Violins
Jonas gave me a wonderful experience of making music . SILKY and RICH sound . If you need strings just call Jonas !
It is always a pleasure to work with Jonas. Highly skilled musician and arranger!
Jonas is the best of the best. I've worked with him consistently over the last few years, and just work on a whole album of songs with him. If you grew up listening to The Beatles wanted string arrangements like them, go with Jonas. I guarantee you will be blown away by his work.
I was really impressed with what Jonas could do. To provide the quality of recordings he does (outstanding by the way) within the timeline is nothing short of remarkable. Very impressive.
I am very pleased with Jonas’ full string arrangement of a song that I’ve been listening to for many years.
Very nice result ! Thanks a lot, Jonas !
Beautiful tracks and great communication.
Wonderful job, as always! You can't go wrong hiring Jonas for your strings.
Jonas delivered all the material before our deadline and made everyone in the project super happy with his sound and skills.
Definitely recommend working with him.
As always, it is a pleasure working with Jonas. His string arrangements are great, communication is excellent and quality is top notch. Highly recommend him
Excellent quality of work ! Friendly and talented musician. Very professional !
This is my fourth time working with Jonas for a reason. His talent is rivaled only by his incredible attitude and commitment to detail. Once again, five big stars.
One of the best I've worked with on the platform. Great communication, really fast turn around, Great quality recordings and beyond talented. I would highly recommend Jonas.
It was a fantastic experience working with Jonas. His communication and professionalism was great. The performance of the players is staggering. The skill used in transcribing is exceptional, and totally realised my ideas to perfection. . Highly recommended!
Superb work and super fast
I had an incredible experience with Jonas. He was incredibly kind, patient, and understand and he produced a remarkable result. His strings are top tier and he's an excellent musician. He was also very fast and overall I had a great time working with him. I'm super excited for this song and to work with him again in the future.
Truly top notch. Very very lucky to have found him. Jonas’ arrangement was world class, played exceptionally and delivered very quickly. I would be very happy using him over and over. Thank you for lifting my music, Jonas.
Always a pleasure! Jonas is such an emotive player. He's quick, his stems are always high quality, and he's super flexible.
Repeat customer and I'll repeat again!
It was an absolute pleasure working with Jonas! Quick turnaround and a beautiful arrangement! I love what he played on my song and can't wait to work with him again -
Interview with Jonas Petersen - 24 Violins
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: 1. How much does it cost to have a full string orchestra on my track? Answer: $680, if you already have some string arrangement ideas, otherwise $820 if it needs to be arranged as well. 2. I can't afford that, is there a cheaper option? I might have more songs in the future as well. Yes not a problem, just ask. Send me your song and we can decide together and work with your budget. There is always a solution. A very common solution is to have a smaller ensemble or record a few solo voices instead of a full orchestra. Or do two songs for the price of one if there are not too many too complicated string parts in each song.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: 24violins brings you a realistic sounding orchestra sound that is played 100% by real musicians, using no samples or any other kind of fake strings. That being said, unless our bookings exceed a certain number per day, we don't actually have a full 32 person orchestra in the studio. Instead, there will be a few musicians overdubbing as many takes needed to get to a full orchestra sound. So, depending on the amount of bookings per day, there could be 32 people playing your song once or 1 person playing your song 32 times or anything in between. You won't notice the difference, I promise!
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started playing violin as a 10 year old kid. Too late to become a serious classical musician. So I went the other direction and got into engineering/producing/mixing, mostly pop and rock music. That has been my career for the past 10 years. Throughout these years, I have been fortunate to work alongside the best musicians and producers in the business. For many years, I was working as an assistant and engineer for one of Europe's most accomplished solo violinists who regularly works on multi million dollar Hollywood blockbusters. That's where I really learned the in and outs of how to arrange, record and eventually perform actual real strings. Sometimes just with one player, playing a whole orchestra. It works, and I learned how to do it, from the best in the world. So, besides some smaller movies, I ended up working on Madagascar 3 and Sherlock Holmes 2, definitely the highlights of my career as a professional sound engineer. I tracked almost all the solo violins for Madagascar 3 (you can hear them very prominently above the orchestra throughout the whole movie). On Sherlock Holmes 3, I worked closely with composer/violinist Aleksey Igudesman and Hans Zimmer scoring the famous waltz scene at the end. Also I am very proud of having spent some time in the studio with Hollywoods most sought after composer, mostly trying to look confident, getting out of the way, making coffee and buying cigarettes.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My strongest skill personally is mixing music, especially string music. Arranging for strings comes naturally, because I love good string arrangements and I have learned how to do it, but the strength of 24violins definitely lies in a good mix. There are many great string arrangers and players out there that do a fantastic job, but the files you get usually need to be mixed by a professional mixing engineer. That can be quite a challenge with a full orchestra and hundreds of Tracks to mix together. I deliver everything mixed and mastered (in separate stems if needed), ready to go.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: 1. 24violins will always be 100% real strings 2. My highest priority is to make my clients happy, so I will try everything to do just that. If you really don't like the results you will get all your money back, no questions asked. I have been offering 100% Money back from the very beginning and so far not one client has actually asked for it.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: The first string arrangement I have ever done was for one of the most beautiful songs I had ever heard, written by singer/songwriter Agnes Milewski. That was 12 years ago. She recently told me that she started to cry when she first heard my strings and it inspired her to write more beautiful music, to this day.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Because we are ready for you within 24 hours but not every day is full of bookings, we always have other exciting projects going on. Currently in the works: a 12 track CD with inspirational string music.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Hearing a real orchestra come to life. That is the most exciting thing for me, every day.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: The first thing I do is ask you to send me your song so I can listen to it and decide what other questions to ask.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Just ask, even if you don't "talk music". The whole point of 24violins is to make a real high quality string orchestra sound accessible to everyone, especially beginners and hobby music producers.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: If you send me your song as an mp3 and attach a Midi-File of whatever string ideas you have, I will load these into Pro Tools and split them up for the different orchestra sections; essentially, the first violins will play the highest notes, the second violins the second highest, the violas the second lowest and the cellos the lowest notes, roughly. If you just have one melody idea in your strings (even if it is just doubling the vocal lines) we will add the rest on the spot, without extra charge. If you don't have string ideas, or a midi track, or you don't even know what MIDI is, not a problem! Just send me your mp3, that's really all I need.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: lush, romantic, big strings.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: You. Honestly. I have worked with the biggest names in the business but at this point I care more about you.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: This is the most important tip in writing and arranging for any kind of strings or orchestral instruments. 1. Divide your section (stringsection, brasssection, horn-section, woodwinds etc.) into 3 or 4 parts, ranging from low to hi. For strings this would be: 1st violins, 2nd violins, violas, cellos. 2. now treat each one of these parts as it's own instrument that has to play a melody that makes sense on it's own and doesn't jump constantly.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: The styles of music that I have been fortunate to contribute to with 24violins range from all different forms of pop songs to Hip Hop, Soul, Dance, Film Music, Epic orchestral Intro's, Heavy Metal, Singer-Songwriter, Classical... pretty much anything you can think of. If you would like to hear an example of 24violins work on a track in your style just ask for it, chances are high that we've already done it.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: 24violins is all about eliminating old antiquated processes for recording orchestral music to make it available within 24 hours and affordable for everyone. There is no conductor, no librarian and no sheet music. I am the center of the puzzle, overlooking the session as an engineer and arranger, feeding notes and instructions via Pro Tools directly to the musicians, in real-time. The recordings are being edited and finalized on the spot. Working with the newest software technology available to date makes the session fast and efficient.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I would love to tell you about all the expensive microphones, preamps and other professional tools I use to get the strings to sound the way you like them, but, honestly does it really matter? I have never been hired for the fancy equipment I use. People hire me because they like what they hear and trust me in selecting the right gear for the job. (That being said, I always include an extra print of our reverb mix, in case you don't have access to the worlds best reverbs for orchestral music. You're welcome!)
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Inspiration goes a long way. I grew up listening particularly to non-classical orchestral music, the great big pop ballads and film scores of the 80's, 90's and 00's. Just to name a few who have influenced practically everything I do: Howard Shore (The Lord of the Rings), John Williams (Star Wars and many other soundtracks !), Hans Zimmer (Gladiator and many other soundtracks), James Horner (Braveheart, Titanic), George Martin (The Bealtes - Yesterday, Eleanor Rigby etc.). I absolutely adore scoring mixer Alan Meyerson and the work he does for Hans Zimmer.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: The whole idea of 24violins is to make it possible to get an incredible sounding string orchestra with 32 real strings for an affordable budget. Accessible to everyone, no advanced musical preparation needed. I have started 24violins over 10 years ago. Now I don't always play violin myself, there are other people who are better than me. What I do is provide everything that you need to get a really good sounding real orchestra sound within a day. Over the years I have developed a system that is quicker and more efficient than a typical orchestra session. But most importantly: It is easy to do and specifically designed for pop, hiphop, rock, dance etc. music. No elitist classical musicians who try to understand pop music. Most of my accomplishments are as a producer, engineer and mixer in pop, rock, electronic and film music, for the last 10 years, in Europe and Los Angeles.