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Spotlight! The Senses

Sep 9, 2013 • With The Senses, composer Daniel Elder embraced the challenge of conveying the experience of all five senses—sight, smell, taste, touch, and sound—using the music of a full orchestral ensemble..

Testimonial Quotes

“For any music department that takes its composition and orchestration classes seriously, the use of Ravel Virtual Studios should not be a luxury, it should be a necessity.”

Robert S. Hekemian, Jr.
Board of Directors, New York Philharmonic


“You should take great pride in the fact that the reception was so immediate and positive. The recording you created certainly gives the piece an incredible ‘calling card.’ Many thanks for all your patience and expert work. The recording sounds really amazing!”

Philip Lasser
Composer & Professor, The Juilliard School


“Having been a producer/engineer for over 30 years, it was my great fortune to have discovered the services of Ravel Virtual Studios. What they are offering is not only cutting edge but, as important to me, their attention to detail through the entire project. In the music production business, a project will require stages of modification before its completion, and the staff of Ravel is there with you every note along the way. In fact, they are not satisfied until the client is completely satisfied with the results.

“What I also value highly about their service is that, besides being technically and musically proficient, they are able to take it to the next level of realism with the subtle nuances of musicality, which can be quite elusive. The end result is a product that can be easily compared to a conventional recording of a work. I have witnessed many attempts at reaching this goal by others in my career, but this is the first time I can truly say that ‘we have arrived,’ thanks to Ravel Virtual Studios!”

Don Hunerberg
Producer & Engineer;
Chief Recording Engineer, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade


“Ravel Virtual Studios is an amazing virtual orchestra which provides students and composers with inspiring new opportunities. The performances and demos sound splendid!”

Jay Reise
Robert Weiss Professor of Music Composition, University of Pennsylvania;
President, Orchestra 2001


“Your realization of my piece is full of subtlety and richness that I did not expect to hear. Ravel Virtual Studios has overwhelmingly satisfied a need for composers that I had thought was impossible to fill.”

Lane Harder
Adjunct Professor of Music, The Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University;
Faculty, European American Musical Alliance Summer Music Programs


“You produced a beautiful recording, that sounds really ‘real.’ Your fine musicianship is evident in your product.”

J. Eric Schmidt
Composer, Conductor and Orchestrator for Film, Television and Concert;
Faculty, Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television, USC Thornton School of Music


“Ravel Virtual Studios brings an invaluable service to composers. The state-of-the-art technology, combined with the great sensibility and artistry of the music director, Ron Artinian, produced a high-quality performance, comparable to a good session with live musicians. They gladly and easily can make needed changes to draft versions of performances. The final performance is very satisfying, and can be used promotionally to increase the chances a piece will be performed live.”

Dan Lazarescou
Composer


“Your mockups are of the best there are, both musically and sonically. This is no thin compliment.

“Your producing standard is very high and shows that you are not only top notch in your command with samples but also exceptional in regards of musical taste and expression. This is not only the work of a professional but also shows a well-ripened musical mind.

“Your deep musical understanding of style, ‘gestus’ and embedding into a musical culture makes you a great partner for any contemporary composer.”

Hannes Frischat
Composer, Violinist;
Served as Concertmaster with the Chamber Opera of Hanover, Germany


“The people at Ravel Virtual Studios simply could not have been nicer. Within an hour of uploading my piece, I received a personalized email greeting with details about how and when my project would be completed. Their work was fantastic—the orchestration sounded professional and wonderful, and they were able to bring out details I never imagined I would hear in a virtual realization—they even faithfully reproduced a section of my music that was aleatoric. Throughout the process, they kept in touch with me, asking for and responding to my opinions. Every detail, both musical and otherwise (including the artwork they selected for my CD) was of the highest quality. I can’t wait to work with them again in the future.

Alec Schumacker
Composer


“Thanks not only for the very convincing realizations, but also for being so accommodating; the obvious sincerity of your desire to meet my needs has been highly gratifying.”

Dr. Scott Robinson
Professor of Composition, Eastern University;
Founder, Mandala Band


“There is no doubt that the authentic sound quality of Ravel Virtual Studios’ recording contributed to the success of my composition, “Rachel’s Dreams,” at the ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Competition, where the piece was awarded out of 680 applicants. Without Ravel Virtual Studios, I would not have been able to submit my orchestra piece to this competition, as I would never have found the time or resources to hire a live orchestra to rehearse and record the entire piece. The excellent sonority of Ravel’s recording sounded like a live orchestra performance!”

Eleanor Bragg
ASCAP Foundation 2009 Morton Gould Young Composer Award recipient;
2009 Pikes Peak Young Composers Competition winner


“I needed an audio recording of my composition, very quickly. I understood that I didn’t have time to rehearse with a trio group and knew that MIDI files would only produce a general interpretation of the piece, with a ‘mechanical’ sound.

“I thought to myself, there couldn’t possibly be a way to create an audio file with realistic dynamics, but also with perfect technique and understanding of the notes. In addition, it had to be completed within a few days.

“I thought that a beautiful CD case, a personal MP3 file sent by email, and maybe a student discount would be nice. I kept imagining very warm-hearted, knowledgeable, and reliable staff, but I kept reminding myself that there couldn’t possibly be a company that can do all of this. But there is, with Ravel Virtual Studios.“

Seho Young
ASCAP Foundation 2010 Morton Gould Young Composer Award honorable mention


“I wanted to thank you. I really appreciate all of your kindness and help with the recording of my symphony! I have listened to the recording and I can’t believe how good it sounds!”

Arielle Galler Rabinowitz
Composer


“The performance [of my ballet] sounds great! I am really happy with how it came out. The CDs are beautiful!”

Danielle Galler Rabinowitz
Composer


“Ravel Virtual Studios is an outstanding tool with which high school and college composers can showcase their talents. Their service is easy to use, and the staff are incredibly knowledgeable and professional.

“For the musically inclined high school student preparing college applications, Ravel Virtual Studios’ services are a must. Their work has already helped students’ applications stand out, leading to acceptance into the country’s top schools. I highly recommend Ravel Virtual Studios to my advisees interested in pursuing music composition at college and beyond.”

Edward Dugger
Director of College Counseling, Friends Academy


“The simulated performances of submitted notation files made possible by the research of Ron Artinian and Edmond Ho are remarkable. Unlike other formats, their realizations provide natural-sounding nuance not only by using premium sampled sound libraries taken from real performers, but also by tweaking individual lines on demand. The technology that they have developed is significant because it enables composers to experience timbral conceptions before laboring to copy the parts, before committing to the expense of rehearsals, and before subjecting audiences to aesthetically compromised orchestrations. I also believe their work may have the potential to enhance the study of performance.”

Dr. Eugene Narmour
E. J. Kahn Distinguished Professor of Music, University of Pennsylvania


“The demos sound fantastic—I particularly like your realization of Nuages. I think you are providing a great service to composers!”

Dr. Kevin J. Kelly
Assistant Professor of Music, Los Angeles City College


“I am absolutely amazed. You would never know that they are a series of samples. The phrasing, feel and ‘[human touch]’ are truly astounding... I look forward to many more unbelievable performances.”

Peter Hazzard
Choral Director, Lawrence Academy


“Ravel Virtual Studios recently produced a small piece of mine in a way I found thoroughly professional and convincing, and this for what seemed to me a very affordable price. I recommend it to those who cannot afford to hire the London Philharmonic!”

Hendrik van Oordt
Composer


“I recently contacted Ravel Virtual Studios to help with a very strict deadline for the submission of a portfolio. I received a quote, which seemed very fair, and a commitment from Ravel that the job would be completed in the time remaining before the due date. From the very start of my communications with Ravel Virtual Studios, I was impressed by their seriousness, professionalism and efficiency throughout the process. The person in charge of my project was very courteous and pleasant to deal with.

“This was my first attempt at writing for full orchestra, and I needed quite a lot of technical advice pertaining to the writing for specific instruments. I was treated patiently and provided with the answers to all of my queries. The job was finished and delivered a day earlier than the due date. I am extremely pleased with the end result. One can certainly appreciate the attention Ravel Virtual Studios has given to the finest of details.

“In light of what I mentioned above, I would like to highly recommend the services of Ravel Virtual Studios. They have gone beyond the call of duty in order to help me complete my assignment. I have made a point of mentioning my good experience to my colleagues and will continue to promote the name of Ravel Virtual Studios wherever I can, whenever I can.”

Micu Narunsky
Jazz and Classical Pianist & Composer


“The folks at Ravel Virtual Studios took a brilliant score and brought it to life. Their virtual performance of the music gave the film score a depth that I used to think only came from a live orchestra.”

Juan Francisco de la Guardia
Filmmaker


“Thanks to Ron Artinian and all of the folks at Ravel Virtual Studios for facilitating such a wonderful project. I was at my wit’s end in trying to find someone to transcribe and produce some bagpipe music, not a popular instrument today.

“When I approached Ron about ‘Twelve MacGregor Solos for Bagpipe,’ he was delighted. He ensured that the entire project met my expectations. Ron consulted and communicated with me throughout the project. They were very professional and the outcome was fantastic!

“The response of the family and MacGregor clan is that the music is amazing. I could not have achieved such a milestone without Ravel Virtual Studios and their dedication to music.”

Keith Gregg


“It sounds amazing! Absolutely amazing. You guys did such a wonderful job! It’s hard to believe I wrote it now. Thanks for everything! You guys were wonderful to work with and I look forward to doing it again in the future!”

Magen Miller
Composer & Founder, Dallas Artists Guild


“My first reaction to the virtual performance of my piece was simply, ‘Wow!’ The sound itself is really quite convincing—surprisingly so—but the musicality, the expressivity of the rendering was a revelation. ‘Wow,’ indeed! My piece came alive as if I were listening to a fine ‘live’ recording. This ‘performance’ was very compelling.

“Working with the Ravel Virtual Studios staff was easy and efficient. Editing and adjustments were accomplished quickly and with fine attention to detail. This marvelous service is a triumph of technology and art. The future is here and it is most welcome. I recommend Ravel Virtual Studios to all composers and arrangers.”

Dr. Gary Smart
Presidential Professor of Music, University of North Florida


“I was impressed by the audio samples on the Ravel Virtual Studios website, so I sent them the Finale score for my Reverie for small orchestra to find out what they could do with it. I was very pleased with the result. I was also impressed by their professionalism and their prompt and cheerful responses to all of my questions and requests.”

John Winsor
Composer-in-residence, Hardwick Chamber Ensemble


“When a choreographer in Spain told me she was interested in a piece I’d written, I wanted to send her a quality recording as soon as possible, and getting a live recording in just a few days wasn’t an option. So, I contacted Ravel Virtual Studios on a Thursday night for an estimate. By Monday, I was listening to the work they had already done and corresponding on small revisions. Not only was their price reasonable, but their speed and professionalism was commendable—and the result was that I was able to send the choreographer a quality recording in just a matter of days.”

Dan Cook
Composer


“Ravel Virtual Studios was excellent from the very beginning, Ron was quick to respond, addressed every one of my bizarre requests, and was very considerate and respectful of my music. I really appreciated the integrity that came with the studio, they were very honest with me about what would sound best considering their samples, and helped me make a decision accordingly.

Along with the great communication, RVS does an incredible job where it counts. Their samples sound INCREDIBLE! I was really worried to work with virtual instruments, but after one listen my worries were stamped. I would recommend RVS to any composer that wants legitimate sounding recordings for any reason. RVS is an excellent resource for any composer in todays world.

Some would think that using virtual instruments ends the need for real musicians, but they are overlooking the reality that composers don’t have an entire wind ensemble or orchestra at their disposal. Streaming recordings on the internet is one of the best ways for a composer to market themselves in todays electronic age, unfortunately Sibelius and Finale playback just doesn’t cut it. RVS is a tool that composers can use to help get their names out there, so their music can be played by real musicians, and be a part of the music community that is so special. I will definitely be using RVS again!”

Andrew Perdomo
Composer


“The attention to detail in every aspect of my compositions made these recordings better than I ever could have anticipated. Balance, dynamics, and tempo variations were all treated so sensitively. It’s clear that the work was done not just by digital sound technicians, but by excellent musicians.”

Dawn Sonntag,
Assistant Professor of Music, Hiram College


“Just wanted to say thank you so much for all your help and professionalism with the recording of Ari’s Fanfare for the opening ceremony of the 2011 Maccabi Games in Philadelphia. [Ari’s recording kicked off the ceremony on August 14th, 2011 and was announced by well-known sports commentator Michael Barkann].

“The recording was a great success and over 5,000 people heard it and were just thrilled by it. Some people said it ‘sounded like Aaron Copland’ and thought it was a ‘live’ recording.

“If any serious musicians read this and are looking for an alternative to a live performance but do not have the resources (as we did not as well), here is the perfect chance to record your music with as clear and live as you will ever get next to the real thing.

“We look forward to working with you again as Ari begins to apply to music conservatories and will need professional recordings of his compositions.”

Sharon Sussman
Mother of composer Ari Sussman


“Thank you guys so much for performing this piece for me and thanks for all of the work that you and your staff have committed to the project.”

Kennie Cook Jr.
Composer


Ravel Virtual Studios had the pleasure of recording Anna Larsen’s first symphony, which was specially recognized with this year’s Charlotte V. Bergen Award at the 2011 ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Awards. Anna is one of the Lang Lang International Music Foundation Young Scholars.

Anna’s father Nick says, “The symphony sounds great, we’re very excited about it. I really appreciate your efforts to help us meet this deadline. It’s been fantastic to see this year of work come to fruition with these recordings. Thanks for doing such a great job on it!”

Anna herself says, “This sounds amazing. I can’t even describe how grateful I am. Thank you SO much! I hope other people will see this and check out your website.”

Anna Larsen
Composer


“I am VERY impressed with the quality of this recording. The dynamics are wonderfully portrayed... it makes it sound human. Thank you so much!”

About the CDs for his project, Wesley says, “I was so impressed with the covers and everything. It really does show how much care you have for your customers.”

Wesley Meyer
Composer


“I work with high-end sample libraries every day so I’m not easily impressed by mere ‘realism’ in a virtual recording. What strikes me about about the RVS recording is how life-like it is. Ravel Virtual Studios treats these virtual instruments as if they are played by living, breathing musicians, and the recording sparkles with an energy approaching that of a live orchestral performance. It goes without saying that the recording sounds great, but I’m most astounded by its musicality. Their technical skills are matched by a masterful understanding of orchestration and a knack for bringing the nuances of a written score to life.”

Chris Bassett
Composer


Regarding the recording of composer Dan Lazarescou’s piece “Darker Night,” David says, “It’s AWESOME! [My wife] was in the other room and yelled out, ‘What movie are you watching?’ That’s the ultimate compliment, isn’t it?”

David Codron
Film and Television Producer/Editor, Los Angeles


“I trusted my graduate degree orchestral graduation project to Ravel Virtual Studios’ hands. The result turned out greater than I expected. The thing that impressed me, aside from their high competence, was their concern. It’s not just business for them, it’s personal. They treat your every remark with great carefulness and diligence.”

Davit Chkuaseli
Composer


“Thank you so much for the work you put into the Sonata and for getting it to me this early. The piece sounds wonderful! We burned the CD’s and sent them to the two schools that had deadlines. I’m sure I’ll be needing your services again in the future!”

When Mr. Pezzotti’s composition teacher heard Ravel Virtual Studios’ recording of his student’s piece, he remarked, “This sounds amazing! Nathan is going to be thrilled. When he gets into one of those top level schools, I’ll be sure to remind him to give credit where credit is due. I really think this recording might put him over the top. Bravo to Ravel Virtual Studios on such short notice!”

Nathan Pezzotti
Composer


“I am very grateful for the work you have done on my orchestral composition. It is magnificent. It is amazing to think it is not a real orchestra. Being my first time composing an orchestral piece, you have given me a renewed sense of composition, and I appreciate that. I appreciate your talents, your advice your input and your flexibility. You did it earlier than expected and with a quality only second to a real world-class orchestra. I just had to show it off and got great reviews from other musicians I associate with.

“Thank you so much for your help and I hope to work with you in the near future, once again.”

Andres Paredes
Composer


“I can’t thank you enough for all you’ve done for my film, Her Telling Heart.

“The ability to hear the music, by downloading it online, and then send my notes to you via email for changes or embellishments, made the entire film score experience one of many modern wonders.

“Imagine a film score that was composed in Texas and performed in New York City for a director/producer based in upstate, New York—without any travel having had to take place?

“Such is the world of indie film today—if every producer had Ravel Virtual Studios in his/her “tool kit” of contacts and vendors, film making would be a much smoother, more enjoyable and economical process.

“Thank you for everything!”

Heidi Philipsen
Producer/Director, Her Telling Heart


“I must say these guys know what they’re doing! Once I asked Ravel Virtual Studios to produce a big band sound from an arrangement of mine. I have to say that the result was very good! I admire their professional attitude and their strive for perfectionism.”

Carron Schilders
Composer, Sounds and Scores


“Ravel Virtual Studios helped me realize the performance of my music in a professional sounding way without the constraints of time and high costs that go into hiring musicians and using a recording studio. What I appreciated most was their flexibility to work with my project until it sounded exactly the way I wanted.”

Brian Goodall
Composer


“When I first became aware of Ravel Virtual Studios—through a colleague who shared a recording they had done for him—I felt pretty skeptical. I’ve worked with various software and hardware platforms to produce ‘computer realizations,’ and while the technology has come a long way, I didn’t believe that it would ever sound natural enough to fool the trained ear. My colleague’s recording was impressive, though, and so I believed it would be worthwhile to get a quote. When the quote was a fraction of the cost of hiring even the most inexpensive eastern European orchestras, I took the plunge and had a few orchestral pieces recorded. I couldn’t be happier with the results.

“First, Ron Artinian—the Music Director and Co-Founder of Ravel Virtual Studios—worked with me personally throughout the quote and editing process. His professionalism impressed me a great deal. There was no ‘hard sell,’ but rather a friendly, patient, helpful response to all my questions, and this despite the months it took me to finally decide.

“Second, the turn-around from initiating the project to completing it was faster than I anticipated—merely a few weeks, rather than the months it takes with a non-virtual orchestra. I’d expected to wait maybe even six months for the recordings, but waited fewer than six weeks from the time I initiated the project to the arrival of the recordings.

“Third, and most importantly, the resulting recordings exceeded even my most optimistic expectations. When the recordings were finished, even I couldn’t tell they were performed on virtual instruments. The performances sounded completely natural—better, even, than many of the recordings I’ve had done by eastern European orchestras that cost five or six times as much.

“The entire experience was low-pressure, generous, and completely satisfying. Ron was a delight to work with and I haven’t a single complaint or regret about hiring Ravel Virtual Studios I already have another project in the pipeline, and plan to do more. I recommend Ravel Virtual Studios without hesitation.”

Karen Amrhein
Composer


“I had the finances to have a large and complex orchestral work performed by either a live orchestra in eastern Europe, or Ravel Virtual Studios. Luckily, I chose Ravel Virtual Studios. I did this primarily to make use of Ravel Virtual Studios’s extensive editing policy. That is, opting for live performance would require most editing decisions to be made on the spot; with no time for contemplation, and certainly no time for rewrite. With Ravel Virtual Studios, I was able to listen to the finished product for several weeks, take my time in deciding on exactly how the work needed to be changed, and then proceed upon making the needed revisions.

“Throughout the whole process of initial submission to revised recording, I found Ron Artinian, the director and co-founder of Ravel Virtual Studios, immediately accessible, beyond polite, and very knowledgeable. A definitive performance of orchestral music is never easy, especially when the composer is not present, and through the revision process I felt like a conductor; able to exact small changes in color balance, minor changes in tempo, and added stress on the attacks by instrumentation.

“The final sound quality is quite life-like, and certainly not artificial. I find throughout the initiation as well as the decay of notes to be clean and resonant, and accurate in terms of the instrument color used. All of this was of prime concern to me, as I wanted my finished product to sound as live as possible—certainly not manufactured in a studio lab!

“I am very happy with the results from my orchestral performance, and am presently working with Ravel Virtual Studios on a subsequent work. I certainly recommend Ravel Virtual Studios to other composers. I found the sound quality to be quite life-like, the ability to edit in a thorough way a huge plus, and Ron to be highly available and outgoing in his desire to meet my requests.”

Bruce Turner
Composer


“The people at Ravel Virtual Studios did a great job on my piece. They did sensitive work with a sparsely marked score, and they were happy to put in extra effort to get little details just the way I wanted them. Beyond that, they were completely on top of things, responding to my emails the same day and even talking to me on the phone to get a better sense of what I wanted. It was a pleasure to work with them.”

Nicholas Tkach
Composer


“Absolutely blown away by the quality and reproduction of the sound. Just a phenomenal feel for the particular sound world I had in mind — like a conductor organizing the sound, they knew exactly how to reveal and balance all the proper colors and layers of the orchestra. The process was made even easier by the constant communication and the stated sensitivity that they gave to the project. Ravel Virtual Studios is an absolute must for any up and coming composer who doesn’t have access to a real live orchestra.”

Amir Mortezai
Composer


“Just finished wiping the tears off my eyes. I just can’t believe it. That sounded so good I can’t believe I wrote that. It’s the first time I had a realistic sense of what my orchestra music sounds like. I thought I was going to have a ton of editing notes but it just sounds so good. It was worth every penny, and then some. It’s a magical experience to hear your music produced with such professionalism. Sounds more real than a real orchestra!”

Matteo Neri
Composer


“Working with Ravel was truly one of my most positive musical experiences ever! They have amazing, world class musical sounds for a seemingly infinite number of virtual instruments. I simply submitted my original Sibelius score to them, and they produced an excellent palette of sounds for me to work with. For example, when I heard a different vibraphone sound in my head — Ravel gave me a number of options; even different microphone placements. Not only are the sounds first-class; customer service is top rate — I would highly recommend Ravel for all who want to hear their compositions come to life!”

Brian Grace
Composer


“I cannot recommend Ravel Virtual Studios highly enough! Throughout my recent project I was impressed with their technical skill and musical judgment. I really appreciate how they are able to execute the finer points of performance (tempo changes, bringing out certain voices, breath marks). Just as important, though, is their high level of service, communication and responsiveness. The time frame we agreed on was met (actually the project was completed ahead of the expected time). Follow up on requested revisions was incredibly fast and met my needs exactly. Ravel Virtual Studios has the resources, know-how and experience to produce high quality digital realizations. If professionalism is important to you, be assured that Ravel Virtual Studios will deliver!”

John Newell
Composer


“When I compose orchestral music, I realize having a representative recording can be the most important tool when it’s time to hand a conductor the score. Even the most excellent musicians cannot always get a sense of the fullness of a work by audiation alone. Beforeworking with Ravel Virtual Studios, I spent hours on notation programs using commercially available sound sample libraries and achieving moderate results at best. These recordings took up far too much of my composing time, and often did not succeed in showcasing the work to directors and on school applications. Despite these sound sample libraries being intricately designed and catalogued, the end result was still only one step up from MIDI—the sounds were of acoustic instruments, but the performance was still transparently computerized.

“Upon hearing the results of my collaboration with Ravel Virtual Studios, I was astounded at how “human” the music sounds. I could hear each phrase being performed with just the right amount of imperfection that distinguishes live art from sterile playback. Tempi sounded like they were interpreted by people, not by a program code. Furthermore, I could hear key clicks, articulations, and bow strikes as each passage was executed. There is no better alternative for live orchestration testing than this—if a passage is difficult to finger, it sounds difficult, though nevertheless performed with fluent virtuosity. If a composer is lucky enough to be commissioned directly by an orchestra, then they have a uniquely irreplaceable opportunity to hear their creation worked out in practicality, as it is an invaluable learning experience. For the rest of us, Ravel Virtual Studios is surely one of the best options available in the world right now for hearing a work realized in near-perfect acoustic re-creation.’

Daniel Elder
Composer


“WOW! It sounds incredible; I love it! Thank you very, very much; you did an EXCELLENT job. I really enjoy it.”

David May
Composer


“It was so exciting to hear my composition come to life and dealing with Ravel Virtual Studios was a pleasure. Their knowledge and musicality combine to produce an excellent final product. After working long hours on a piece, what a gift to be able to hear it and have others hear it as well.”

Nora E. Morrow
Composer


“Excellent! You do fantastic work and I am very happy with the result.”

Cody Chavez
Composer


“I’m so glad I invested in your product, it truly sounds fantastic!”

Cortlandt Matthews
Composer


“I and my colleagues here at SMU are very impressed with your work, and actually have just recommended you to several other students. Dan [Lazarescou] will be finishing up his thesis with me this Spring, and his wonderful experience with you has been talked about frequently among the students!”

Robert Frank, DMA
Associate Professor of Composition/Theory
Coordinator of Composition Studies
Division of Music, Meadows School of the Arts
Southern Methodist University


“Ravel Virtual Studios does more than deliver a wonderful sound to the music: Ron Artinian is meticulous in his study of the score. If there is a note out-of-range, if there is a discrepancy in the score, he will find it, and suggest a correction. He will work with you until the score and the sound are right.”

Ellen Seldin
Composer


“I had the great pleasure to work with Ravel Virtual Studios for a rather large work called “GreenRobe” that I have been working on for several years. Professionalism does not adequately describe Ravel Virtual Studios. They are much more than that. They are not only professional musicians, but are top of the line music makers, and even more important, top of the line people. Their attention to every detail, every note, and every nuance was highly evident. And their prompt and heartfelt communication with me during the entire process was even more noticeable.

“I cannot describe the joy that one feels when one actually hears in reality the music that one has heard “in the mind” while composing a work. It is like having something from a dreamlike state come true, or like a wish actually being granted. Ravel Virtual Studios understood every part of my music and translated it into realistic sounding audio that has the genuine look and feel, or should I say “hear and feel”, of a real orchestra. I just never thought that a digital rendition could sound this good!

“I would highly recommend Ravel Virtual Studios to anyone who wishes to have a recording of their work done at the highest levels of musicality and professionalism. Kudos!”

Dr. Shaunie Shammass
Composer


“I first came across the name Ravel Virtual Studios in a Facebook discussion, and, being a little fed up with my own rather artificial sounding electronic previews (using cheaper but nonetheless well publicised sound-creation software), I immediately went to their website and listened to their samples. They bowled me over: so realistic! So I decided to give them a go with some of my favourite compositions, some of which are intimate little quintets and others brash large ensemble pieces. They worked hard on them and the time spent waiting was definitely well worth it. Some instruments that I have played myself in my time (violin and guitar especially) came out so well that I felt myself playing along with them.

“Now here is the icing on the gingerbread: I played a couple of new recordings of my works today to my girlfriend, who has a fantastic ear for instrumental sounds. One of the pieces was played by a group of instrumentalists in a studio and the other was one of my pieces produced by Ravel Virtual Studios. As our discussion progressed afterwards I found that she had not realised that one was ‘real’ and the other was ‘virtual’. Now that, from her, is a summa cum laude accolade :-)

“The results of this first collaboration with Ravel Virtual Studios can be heard on the CD Approaching Reality, which is available on CDBaby, Amazon and iTunes.”

David W. Solomons
Composer


“Ron and his team at Ravel Virtual Studios did a great job digitally orchestrating and producing my piece for string orchestra. Ravel was very responsive to my questions and did their best to address all the edits I requested in a timely fashion. In the end, they created a realistic sounding recording I can now use on my website to market my music to those who want to hear it. I have been very impressed with their professionalism and the value of their service.

“Already got a nibble from an orchestra in the Washington D.C. area on ‘Battaglia.’ They thought it had already been performed and recorded from listening to the MP3 you did for me. :) Thanks again.”

Bryan Poulsen
Composer


“Wow! I am immediately impressed by the high quality of this recording and am enjoying listening to it! You’ve really brought it to life! My experience with Ravel Virtual Studios has been enriching and fun! Talking with the director was always pleasant because he was encouraging to me as a writer and was very helpful in making the project easy and comfortable for me. Whether I asked a question logistics or made a last-minute musical decision, I often received an email response back within minutes! When the second draft was done, everything that I had asked for had been taken care of — something that doesn’t happen very often in the life of a musician! What’s more, I retain the rights to my composition and its recording. Whether you’re a classical-style composer, a pop-style composer, or anything in between, Ravel Virtual Studios can create a high-quality recording with a realistic sound that brings your piece to life!

“I hope to be able to do more work with Ravel in the future and will be happy to recommend you to my musician friends.”

Jack Zaino
Composer


“It was a pleasure working with Ron and his staff. They were fast and meticulous all at the same time. I had two very large scores for them to realize, and stymied by time, did not have the ability to do it myself. They did a magnificent job and did not stop until I was completely satisfied. I was especially impressed with the mix process, as that can make or break a recording such as these. He has all the latest gear and libraries which guaranteed a great end product. I could not recommend them highly enough, especially if you are under a time crunch. My publisher was completely knocked out by the recording. He said it was the best MIDI mockup he had ever heard... EVER! Because of that he's sending it to some big orchestras... yea! thank you!”

Leanna Primiani
Composer


“My experience with the Ravel Virtual Studios has from the start of the process from initial inquiries to the final production of orchestral scores has been nothing but sheer professionalism and dedication to detail throughout. You are on another level!

“I am very pleased with the orchestral realisation of my work and look forward to working with the team at Ravel Virtual Studios in the future.”

Antonio P. Riccio
Composer


“Ravel Virtual Studios satisfied all my desires in their production of my piece. I had been eager to hear my work ever since I completed it, and the articulation, dynamics, and general style of their performance were virtually identical to what I had imagined when I would listen to it in my head. I will most definitely return to them in the future to hear recordings of my work.”

Jackson Macor
Composer


“Your recording of my first chamber orchestra piece sounds just as I had hoped! I am really proud of it and am very excited to send it off to ASCAP.

“I cannot thank you enough for the time, effort, kindness, and patience you have put into working on my piece. I feel as if ‘thank you’ is inadequate for the amazing job you did, putting my written score, to music. It sounds beautiful!

“On top of this, it was a complete pleasure working with you. You treated me with great respect as a composer (regardless of my young age), and handled my edits very efficiently and beautifully. It was clear you took the time to read through each one of my notes and make edits accordingly. Initially I was nervous about working from afar and through email, but not only did you make it easy, you were so pleasant and helpful, as well. Every one of your emails was always very cheery. This was especially helpful during what could have been a stressful process. I also appreciate the extra steps you took to explain your decision making process in terms of some of the trickier edits. With each and every correspondence you really enabled me to feel relaxed and confident about the entire process. Furthermore, despite the uncooperative weather, and other unexpected scheduling issues, you delivered my work in a calm and timely manner. Along the way, your tips for notating my music and using my software were extremely useful, as well. I can’t wait to work with Ravel again!”

Stella G. Gitelman Willoughby
Composer


“It is as if a calm has come over me now that I have this piece of my dad’s with me forever. Words will never be enough to express the priceless treasure you have created for me. Thank you, thank you!”

Claudia Stewart
Composer


“Working with Ravel Virtual Studios was an incredibly rewarding experience for me. Due to a number of circumstances, I first reached out to RVS regarding an orchestral piece I wanted to record on very short notice. Despite having been closed for renovation at the time, Ravel Virtual Studios assured me that I would be given a recording in time for my upcoming auditions/interviews. I worked closely with Mr. Ron Artinian, who consistently sent me updates on the state of my project—one that was being completed regardless of the renovations. This alone speaks to one of Ravel Virtual Studios’ many strengths: a genuine commitment to its clients and clients’ music. My piece was taken care of in ways I had not predicted; each and every note and notational marking was considered with equal attention and care. The resulting product was one that exceeded my expectations, and has assured me that I will most definitely be contacting Ravel Virtual Studios in the near future, for yet another large scale project!”

Stella Fiorenzoli
Composer


“Ravel Virtual Studios was able to capture the various moods in my piece amazingly. The end-product was expressive and beautiful, sounding almost like real instruments, if not exactly like them. Furthermore, Ravel Virtual Studios delivered the piece in a very short time, and my piece went on to win awards at competitions with the help of the recording.”

Avik Sarkar
Composer


“Beautiful work! I am amazed at the musicality and attention to detail that you (and your team) have put into my piece! This is it!!! Thank you so much for taking the time to perform, record, and revise my piece... with such attention to detail and nuance! I’m impressed by both the quality if the final product as well as the kindness that you’ve extended to me these past few weeks. It’s been an honor working with you and RVS and I look forward to my next project with you!”

Michael M. Momohara
Composer


“When I started composing, years ago, I felt confined to writing for solo piano. There was little chance of my ever hearing an orchestral piece in performance. Then recent advances in music notation software have made it possible for me to create orchestral pieces. The instrument sounds, however, were just a cut above basic MIDI. Not very satisfying.

“A random search for music-related sites on the internet led me to Ravel Virtual Studio. What a lucky find! I submitted my piece ‘Serenade for Jane’ to them and, when I received the finished performance, I was delighted. My daughter said, ‘It sounds lovely, really like hearing an orchestra.’ My son chimed in, ‘It sounds like the real deal.’

“My experience with Ron Artinian was positive throughout the project. The piece was prepared in a short time and required only a couple of tweaks because of oversights on my part. When it was finalized, I felt as if someone had read my mind. Couldn’t have hoped for a better or more musical result!”

Dwight Boud
Composer


“My only experience with a virtual orchestra for a long time was through the Garritan Orchestra software that runs with Finale. That fine product is practical for many reasons, but it is inherently unmusical. And I can’t always take the considerable efforts necessary away from composing time in finding a way to make the sequenced score sound less robotic.

“Ravel Virtual Studios turned out to be quite a discovery. While Ravel Virtual Studio’s orchestral samples are excellent, is it their attention to expressive details that made the difference for me. I felt as though I was working with a conductor on my symphony whose primary interest was making music rather than merely executing a file.

“For those of you who need a good demo of an orchestral piece in order to get it performed live on stage, and who like me are not in the position to shell out tens of thousands of dollars for a live recording, Ravel Virtual Studios will serve as a great option. True, a live recording would be optimal, and I am all for the hiring of live musicians to do what they do best, but if you are working towards that goal here is a way to hear your music well done in the mean time.

“I’ve had so many nice comments on the recording, including some from prospective conductors and the Ravel Virtual Studios performances are quickly becoming the most viewed on my SoundCloud page.

“Bravo to the team at Ravel Virtual Studios!”

Frederick Frahm
Composer


“Working with Ravel Virtual Studios was a real pleasure. Ron, who I worked with, is very professional, organized and dedicated to getting you the results you want. The resulting tracks were stunning as well as cost-effective. I look forward to working with them again in the near future.”

Pedro José Bernardez Sarria
Composer; Owner, Bernardez Media