All you need to do is memorize all your fingerings and you'll be able to do this! Honestly, this is after years of practice building muscle memory. The goal is to get it to the point where you don't have to even thing about it. The brain has an idea and then the body reacts accordingly.
Here's a short clip of me warming up and getting the proper microphone level before a studio session.
VH1's "Dear Mama" was recorded at St. Bartholomew's Cathedral in NYC honoring mothers around the world with a Mother's Day performance hosted by Anthony Anderson, featuring Mary J Blige, Alicia Keys, Alessia Cara, Queen Latifah as well as speeches by Will and Jada Smith. Steve Tirpak performed with and wrote arrangements for the BBE - BASSic Black Entertainment House Band
Pop Strings is Steve's first ROYALTY FREE sound library containing 14 original string arrangements that are based on common pop chord progressions. Written with producers in mind, each loop consist of 4 different variations of a progression. Elements include pads, staccato sections, low melodies and high melodies that allow for quick and easy song development. Feel free chop, pitch shift, reverse and rearrange the samples to create something unique. Each loop can serve as the harmonic backbone providing countless song options.
This recording session took place at "Milkboy The Studio" in the A room. There were 6 violins, 2 violas and 1 cello. The musicians are members of The Philadelphia Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra and The Pennsylvania Ballet. Each loop was triple stacked for a full and rich sound. The session was engineered and mixes by Grammy award winning Jeff Chestek. Equipment used includes Neumann U87s for the violins, Sony C800G for the violas and Neumann U47 for the cello. The signal was ran through Neve mic preamps and SSL 4000 E/G for monitoring. No compression. Files are saved in .wav format.
JUST SO YOU KNOW... 9 musicians in the studio for 3 hours costs about $4,000 + studio time and this does not include my arrangers fee. Clearing a sample can cost thousands of dollars. Now the authentic sound of live pop strings has been captured as my free gift to you! “I look forward to hearing what people come up with and feel free to let me know if there's a specific sound or genre you're looking for in the future”.
Jay-Z and Carnegie Hall... an unlikely match at first glance yet there were two magical shows that took place for a benefit gala where the rap mega star graced the world renown stage known for the highest level of musical excellence in both the classical and jazz genres. Who do you call to orchestrate such a monumental collaboration? Here is behind the scenes footage from the archives of Steve Tirpak where the musicians are rehearing his orchestrations. The after party was held at Jay-Z's 40/40 night club along with the likes of Beyonce and Nas. Special thanks to musical director Adam Blackstone for making it all happen.
I love working on great music. This clip is from a recording session I conducted at Sigma Sound in 2013. The music is written and sung by Kevin Guyton. When the producer Jay Bratten called me up to work on this, the songs were solid and sounded great all on their own. I began listening to them in my leisure to really learn every nuance there was to grab onto and stay out of the way of what was most important. We were all thrilled with the end result. These are definitely in the list of favorite songs I've worked on.
I decided to make this video to show people how technology continues to change the music business. More and more recordings are being made using this method. Here is a behind the scenes look at how I write and record horns for popular music.
Here's a performance I did with LL Cool J. The song featured Jennifer Lopez and it was my first time performing with a major label recording artist. We also performed a few days later at BET's 106 & Park. The total show consisted of 23 songs, most of which didn't have horns. It was so much fun composing my own lines over songs I grew up listening to!