Composer, arranger, multi-instrumentalist, (digital) orchestrator, producer.
As a classically trained violinist and pianist with an education at the conservatory of Groningen (The Netherlands) in composition, music production and studio production, and with a special interest in technology and electronic instruments and sounds, I'm an all-round musician. Over the last decades I worked on all kinds of different projects in different genres, varying from playing keyboards in metal bands to scoring for theater shows and from fiddling Irish tunes to making movie scores.
My specialization is digital orchestrating. As a digital orchestrator I can make the fullest use of my experiences as a violinist in orchestras, my education in composing and arranging, and my love for technology.
Throughout my career I have built up an extensive collection of high-end orchestral sample libraries as well as my own self-recorded and programmed libraries, a variety of microphones, and numerous small music instruments.
Having the possibility to additionally record and play violin, ukulele, bass guitar, percussion and self-built effect instruments, gives me plenty of options to provide my clients with a unique and organic sounding end product.
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80 Reviews - 20 Repeat ClientsEndorse Ruben Wijga Music Production
Ruben added strings to a recording of one of my original songs. He did an incredible job in matching the melody and tone of the song. I'm looking forward to my next project with Ruben, and I highly recommend him. He is obviously very talented and professional....
James J. Porr
Ruben was extremely attentive and approachable to me from the first moment. He gave me valuable guidance, worthy of a competent and qualified professional. I am very satisfied with the results! He co-composed, arranged and produced my piece in an amazing and beautiful way. It is an honor to have him as a collaborator! An extraordinary musician. What a privilege! He went beyond my expectations! I'm very grateful! Highly recommended!
Ruben provided everything I hoped for with a little arrangement I had done. Professional and great results!
Ruben does great work !
Very pleased - as if he was reading my mind. Delivered exactly what i imagined barely any revisions were needed
Ruben always understands what my vision is and makes sure that it’s met. He makes fantastic music and I’ll happily continue to work with him.
Ruben is in a league of his own, he always delights in how he arranges and orchestrates your songs. A very special talent.
Amazing work! Love the result! So easy to work with, highly recommend!
Ruben has an amazing gift in taking a very basic song and making it sound magical. If you are a songwriter and you want to get your music just perfect then your really need to use Ruben. An incredible talent and a great person to work with.
Ruben did an excellent job creating the music I needed, especially considering the job was challenging to execute. I’m very happy with what he delivered and I will definitely be working with him again!
It has been a pleasure to work with Ruben on my first two pieces of music. He always contributes a huge amount of care and effort into any project, and produces songs to an excellent standard. I look forward to working with him again in the future.
Ruben is a brilliant arranger and musician, so easy to work with and the quality of his work is superb. He switches genres with ease and always make your songs sound amazing.
The improvements that Ruben makes to your songs appears effortless. A fabulous talent and a great person to work with. Highly Recommended.
Ruben was great to work with. A talented, creative composer capable of relating to the wishes of his clients while simultaneously introducing original ideas into the project. Great personality and communication skills, highly recommended!
Ruben is a master craftsman. It's the third time working with Ruben and he is such an incredibly talented musician, orchestrator and composer. He is a pleasure to work with and always takes my songs to the next level. Highly recommended.
Ruben did a masterful job at creating the soundtrack for my song. I brought ideas and examples and he was able to create the sound I was looking for. thank you so much!
Ruben excels in orchestration, creating realistic sounding orchestral mockups and producing commercial quality audio mixes. He is very attentive to details and goes above and beyond to achieve outstanding results. Highly recommend him!
Ruben delivered what I was looking for in a swift manner. All in all a great experience.
Ruben is terrific to work with. He is clear and concise in his communication, and the quality of his work is superb. If you are looking for someone to arrange your music and bring out it's best qualities I would recommend Ruben.
Ruben was super kind, hardworking, patient, and thorough!
Interview with Ruben Wijga Music Production
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: About creating orchestra parts: 'You just plays some chords of strings and brass and you have an orchestra'. It's not that easy ;) I play and program every instrument individually. i.e. Violins 1+2, violas, cellos, basses, trumpets, horns, trombones, tuba, piccolo, flute 1+2, oboe 1+2, bassoon 1+2, clarinet 1+2, bass clarinet, (multiple) choirs (SATB), all the individual percussion. Then there's the programming of the articulations and dynamics and adding other (hybrid)sound effects.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Can you give me any reference tracks of how you would like it to sound? That gives me a good idea of what instruments and sounds to use, what kind of atmosphere it needs to be, how to approach the song and how to compose onto it.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: It's alright to use presets, as long as you don't scroll through your preset banks until you have a clear idea of what you're really looking for. Once you found a matching preset, make an effort to adjust this preset to your original idea. The more you do this, the quicker and easier it will get to end up with original and suitable sounds / fx for your production.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Pop / Rock / Metal.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Turning something flat and ordinary into something epic and distinct.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: A deeper level of atmosphere, dynamics, details that make the listener want to listen your song again.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: The DAW I use is Logic. For orchestral sounds I mainly use Vienna Symphonic Library and occasionally some Native Instruments libraries. I use all kinds of softsynths and sample libraries as well as some analogue synths for the electronic / fx parts.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: This varies from (contemporary) classical composers like Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov to metal bands like Dream Theater and Opeth to producers like Skrillex and Garrix.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I mostly make orchestral, synth, fx and solo violin parts for pop, rock and metal bands.