Larry Walters

Hammond B3 & Vintage EPs

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Bringing a unique sonic blend to every project, my expertise with the Hammond organ and vintage electric pianos breathes soulful depth into compositions, effortlessly bridging jazz subtleties and hip-hop rhythms. With years of hands-on experience, I infuse each track with a distinctive, finely-tuned character.

As a seasoned musician with a flair for the Hammond organ, I bring a soulful depth to genres ranging from jazz to hip-hop. My proficiency with vintage electric pianos infuses your tracks with a distinctive character, elevating them to new heights. Let's collaborate and transform your sound into something unforgettable.

My global experience with artists in pop, jazz, blues, rock, country, and classical music equips me with a broad understanding and adaptable skill set. Whether you're seeking a specific sound or creative intuition, I'm here to enhance your vision with the perfect musical touch.

I'm committed to adding a unique, vintage vibe to your songs, ensuring they resonate profoundly with your audience. Regardless of the project's size, you can expect fast, clear communication from start to finish. Let's unite our talents and craft something extraordinary together.

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

55 Reviews - 10 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by Stephen W.
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    Larry always gives above and beyond what's asked of the track. Such a pleasure to work with and adds so much feeling to the track every time. I've used him on multiple tracks and I'm always blown away by his art. 100% recommend for your projects!

  2. Review by Stephen W.
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    Larry always knocks it out of the park. Such a talented musician and puts such a cool vibe on my tunes.. can’t wait to work with him again.

  3. Review by Chris R.
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    Working with Larry is always an energizing experience. His mastery of organ added depth and emotion to the tracks.

    Larry's professionalism, prompt responses, and collaborative approach made the process seamless and enjoyable.

    I highly recommend Larry to anyone seeking a talented and dedicated musician.

  4. Review by Mark T.
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    Always a great result with Larry. His sense of what's required to enrich a track is flawless, in addition to the tremendous analogue tone and timbre his array of keys/instruments provide. A pleasure to work with him.

  5. Review by Stephen W.
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    LARRY ALWAYS DELIVERS A FANTASTIC PERFORMANCE, ANDS FLAVOR AND FEELINGS TO EVERY TUNE I SEND. SUCH A PLEASURE WORKING WITH LARRY AND I HIGHLY RECOMEND HIME FOR YOUR NEXT PROJECT.

  6. Review by Mark T.
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    A real pleasure to work with Larry again. Always delivers attention to the detail, yet a great thoughtfulness in providing a choice tracks that add real analogue tone and character, as well as all the subtle adds and nuances that are so important in delivering what he promises - true, authentic organic sound.

  7. Review by Jonny W.
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    Larry is a consummate professional and a wonderful artist in every way - he adds depth, complexity and taste to every project he works on!!!

  8. Review by Matt
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    Larry was a true professional and a pleasure to work with. He went above and beyond with his work and showed a genuine care and investment in the composition. I look forward to working together again!

  9. Review by Randy H.
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    Larry is the man! If you need some great sounding Hammond work look no further. Larry went the extra mile on my project recording numerous takes for me to choose from, all of which were excellent. You can tell that he really takes pride in his work and that will definitely show in your project. A total pro. Highly recommended.

  10. Review by Mark T.
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    Larry has completed keys for five more tracks for me and always, his work is always five-star quality. His work in particular in harmonising string pad parts are a joy to listen to. Looking forward to the next project with him.

  11. Review by Stephen W.
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    Such a fantastic artist to work with, Larry adds the perfect elements needed to every track. I always choose Larry when I want the perfect vibe!

  12. Review by Stephen W.
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    Larry always delivers a stellar performance on every project I send him. He definitely goes above and beyond what is asked and I never question how great the project will be. Looking forward to the next project, thanks for everything ❤️

  13. Review by Carl
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    Larry is a very good musician !

    The biggest problem with working from a distance is that you're not together in the studio. So it's difficult to say ... try this, try that, other sound, ... it's often a matter of taste and you can't keep asking for revisions.
    So it's important to me that I receive many takes, so there's a lot of choice. The more takes you get, how bigger the chance that something is perfect for your song.
    Larry sent me a lot of takes, perfect !

  14. Review by Ryan M.
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    He brought more to my project than I ever expected, will be back for more!

  15. Review by Stephen W.
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    Larry is amazing to say the least. Second track I’ve used him on and I couldn’t be happier. Above and beyond talented. Amazing to work with.

  16. Review by Mark T.
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    Always delivers on what's needed, plus more, to give each tracks that extra lift and groove. Highly recommended

  17. Review by Stephen W.
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    Did an amazing job, above and beyond on my tune and brought it to life. I can't thank him enough

  18. Review by Jonny W.
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    Amazing taste and tone!!! Brought a wonderful creativity and obvious technical skill to the process that spoke volumes about the type of musician and artist he is!!! Looking forward to working with him again in the future 👍

  19. Review by Mark T.
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    Larry has a superb capacity to know exactly what the song calls for. Always very happy with the end result, which goes the extra mile with a variety of very creative yet precise takes that bring a rich, analogue vibe and atmosphere. Highly recommended.

  20. Review by Noam Harel
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    3rd project with Larry. he is your guy! like a friend! always want to make the extra-mile and always open-minded to idea's!

Interview with Larry Walters

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

  2. A: Every project holds a special place in my heart, but I am particularly proud of my classical organ production from the 2000s. In 2010, I had the opportunity to be a session musician for a fusion jazz album, where I was given the chance to play a very old Hammond. It was a truly memorable experience, and one that I will always cherish.

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

  4. A: With 28 years of experience in the music industry, I have been involved in every aspect of production, from assisting and editing to performing and producing. I have recorded numerous albums and tracks, giving me the knowledge and insight to know when things just fit. I have seamlessly moved between producing and performing many times, always learning and growing in both fields. Every session is a learning opportunity for me, and I believe that one can always discover something new. Let my expertise and passion for growth enhance your next project.

  5. Q: How would you describe your style?

  6. A: I define my style as clean, jazzy, and mostly crossover. I am always open to going off the beaten track and trying new things for a fresh and exciting sound.

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

  8. A: From soul and gospel to hip hop and country, I have a diverse range of musical styles that I love to work with. Fusion styles are always tempting as well, adding an exciting twist to my projects.

  9. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  10. A: My strongest skill is harmony. I have a passion for attention to detail that allows me to bring a unique touch to every project I work on.

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

  12. A: Bringing soul and groove to every track, I am all about delivering that special something that makes a song truly stand out. Whether it's a solo, bebop, progressive, or gospel sound you're after, I have the versatility and dynamic touch to bring your music to life. Trust me to bring discretion and a unique feel to every song I work on.

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

  14. A: My typical work process involves carefully listening to the tracks and allowing them to inspire ideas for lines and comping on the keys or organ. Whether it's jazz, soul, or funk, I always aim to fit the instrumentation in as naturally as possible. It's a simple process of listen, think, and play.

  15. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  16. A: I have a variety of top-notch gear at my disposal, including a 1959 Hammond B3, Leslie 122 and 147 speakers, a Yamaha CS60 and DX7, a Roland Juno 106, a Minimoog D, a Farfisa Compact de Luxe, a Clavinet Duo E7, a Crumar Mojo, a Nord D5, a Korg Polysix, a Roland Echo 201, and more. In addition, I have access to recording studios with a Steinway D and Yamaha CFIII-S piano. When it comes to software, I primarily use ProTools, though other options are available. Let's bring my technical skills and top-quality equipment to your next project.

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

  18. A: From Quincy Jones to Herbie Hancock and beyond, I am a fan of all types of productions. While I am always up for discovering new organists, I can't help but keep returning to the classics. Don Patterson, Lonnie Smith, Ronnie Foster, and more are among my all-time favorites, and the list truly goes on and on. Let's bring some of that classic organ magic to your next project.

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

  20. A: As a musician with a background in classical music, I am skilled in playing the organ, keys, and vintage gear. My broad understanding of harmony allows me to easily identify what works and what doesn't, enabling me to seamlessly switch between instruments to find the perfect sound for your project. Let my expertise guide your music in the right direction.

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

  22. A: Besides my session projects, I'm recording a jazz organ album with my band, to be released soon! Stay tuned!

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

  24. A: Do you have the chord chart? Do you have the lyrics? Do you have any references for a similar sound?

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

  26. A: Herbie Hancock, Cory, and a few classic ones. Do I have to choose just one?

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

  28. A: I always look for quality, so samples provide a fairly good idea of what you can expect. Be clear and precise about what you want. Keyboard players have a lot of gear. ;-)

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

  30. A: My MBP, an Apogee Sound card and a Kontakt keyboard, a Minimoog D and my API.

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

  32. A: Think mono. We have just one brain, not two. DAWs have none.

  33. Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?

  34. A: Arthur Pingrey

  35. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  36. A: Digital nowadays. I can always switch the Studer on though ;-)

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

  38. A: Satisfaction and feedback. They are key indeed.

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

  40. A: Creativity and freedom. When you are hired to play what you feel or what a track suggests you.

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

  42. A: Most of the time, people as for a RAW Hammond track with no Leslie effect on it, so they can tweak it after. Depending on the instrument sometimes used it is possible, but sometimes it is not, as the Organ routes the signal right into the Leslie Speaker.

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

  44. A: There's no MIDI in a Hammond Organ. Also, Leslies have no line out.

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Terms Of Service

You'll get up to 2 revisions. Turn-around time is about a week (usually less) depending on your needs. We split publishing for songwriting equally.

GenresSounds Like
  • The New Mastersounds
  • Jill Scott
  • James Taylor Quartet
Gear Highlights
  • Hammond B3
  • Leslie 147
  • Leslie 122
  • 122RV
  • 825. My fingers. ✋ Roland Space Echo 201
  • Crumar Mojo
  • Moog D
  • Solina String Ensemble
  • Fender Rhodes MK1 88
  • Wurlitzer 200A
  • Hohner Clavinet E7
  • Yamaha CS60
  • Prism Sound Titan.
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  • Space Echo 201 is Back!Nov 17, 2020

    After a complete TLC session, our Space Echo is Back and ready to rock!

    Don't miss the opportunity to use it in one of your productions. 

    We can't have enough enough enough enough enough...

  • New Leslie Preamp! Vintage synths meet the rotor!Oct 13, 2020

    Besides using 147 and 122 Leslies we recently bought a custom made Leslie Preamp by Musifix.

    Awesome possibilities to use vintage gear through Leslies now. Synths sound brutally fat.

  • Wurly 206 in da house!Oct 09, 2020

    I had the opportunity to record some tracks for a UK Hip Hop album recently. Awesome model, I must admit I never played a student model before. I was impressed. This model has the optional vibrato kit and all the bells and whistles. Full package. Full sound. Total vintage immersion.

    Reeds galore.

  • Yamaha CS60!Sep 29, 2020

    I had used some VSTs before... but the real thing really rocks. used it in my last production. This is a beast, the real deal.