We'd like to share with you some of the artists using Q Up Arts sounds.
Keys is familiar! You guys nailed it. I don’t know how but you did it, but you
took familiar instruments and put them in the box.. Successfully. It’s hard
finding amazing sounding instruments. It’s even harder to replicate that in
software, but that’s what you did. California Keys sound like and are expressive like the originals.
DJ Kilmore is a turntablist and keyboardist based in Los Angeles.
Dj Kilmore has been dj'ing since the tender age of 13. Fueled by his love of music,
he has been rocking parties since his 8th grade middle school dances. little
did he know, his dedication and hard work would evolve into a career of
worldwide recognition as the turntablist and keyboardist of the band Incubus. After dj'ing at his high school in Dillsburg, Pa, Dj Kilmore moved to Washington DC to attend The George Washington University. Here he started to gain popularity and respect on the turntables at
events all over the city. What started out as a childhood hobby was now on its
way to being Kils' passion. In october 1995, he moved to L.A. to pursue
his musical ambitions. He quickly joined the Jedi Knights crew along with the
likes of Dj Mindframe, Nel E Nel, and the late Dj Dusk. While exploring the L.A. dj scene with the Jedi Knights, Kil put the similarities of team competitions
and live bands together. He got involved with a few local L.A. bands which led to
a phone call that would change his life. On Feb. 13, 1998 he was asked to
audition for the band Incubus. Kil's signature sound along with his skills and
personality made for a perfect fit. He has been a key figure in the band ever
since performing for hundreds of thousands of fans worldwide. Beyond his
technical prowess as a battle Dj, Kil is also a musicologist with a vast
knowledge of music past, present and future. His sets range from reggae,
classic soul, hip hop, rap dub step and electronica.
“Jason Miles has raised the level of
excellence for the musicians who have had the good fortune of working with him,
myself included. He has enriched the lives of the millions of people who have
listened to the music he plays, the recordings he produces and the countless
musicians he mentors and inspires. The work he did with my friends, Miles Davis
and Marcus Miller have helped to define the modern face of jazz music.”
Jason Miles is a producer and keyboardist based in New York
Jason Miles has stood his
ground as a true musical visionary.
From his groundbreaking
synth programming on Miles Davis’ 80s masterpieces Tutu, Music From Siesta and
Amandla to Kind of New, his critically acclaimed 2015 recording with trumpeter
Ingrid Jensen that celebrates Davis’ spirit. The Grammy Award winning New York
native— dubbed by one insightful veteran journalist as the “Quincy Jones of
Contemporary Music”—has consistently brought the highest level of artistry to
his multi-faceted recordings (as both producer and artist) and live
Miles has not only helped
shape the landscape of contemporary jazz, but also brought his rich sonic
textures as a keyboardist, arranger and producer to artists in a multitude of
genres, from R&B/pop to Latin Jazz, Brazilian music and even children’s
music and country (producing Suzy Boguss’ Sweet Danger). His many years of collaboration
with Marcus Miller include not only the Miles Davis projects but also classic
recordings by David Sanborn (A Change of Heart, Close Up, Upfront) and Luther
In March 2015, Miles performed a “To Grover,
With Love” tribute concert before over 5,000 people at the Capetown Jazz
Festival in South Africa. Joining him for the show were saxophonists Marion
Meadows and Elan Trotman, bassist Gerald Veasley and vocalist Maya Azucena. In
March 2016, Miles will be releasing the album, “To Grover, With Love Live in
Japan”, a compilation of ten shows performed at the Blue Note Tokyo in June
2010. Featured guests include saxophonists Andy Snitzer and Eric Darius and the
late percussionist Ralph MacDonald, who penned Grover’s trademark hits “Mister
Magic” and “Just The Two of Us.” Miles will be performing “To Grover, With
Love” shows throughout 2016, including August 28 at the Hollywood Bowl. Miles has worked over the
years with a proverbial who’s who of contemporary music: Whitney Houston,
Michael Jackson, Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan, Michael Brecker, The Crusaders,
Ruben Blades, Freddy Cole, George Benson, Joe Sample, Herb Alpert, Vanessa
Williams, Grover Washington Jr., Lea Salonga and many others.
He has performed at top
festivals and venues throughout the world, including Monterey Jazz Festival,
Jazz Aspen, Umbria Jazz, North Sea, Jacksonville Jazz Fest, Jazz Fest NOLA and
Tokyo Blue Note.
Miles’ work with Q Up Arts
includes producing the acclaimed Steve Gadd Drumscores and Psychic Horns.
been a customer of Q Up Arts since the 1990s. California Keys is a wonderful bundle that will make many composers and producers very happy!"
Z is an Italian producer and keyboardist based in Los Angeles.
Leo began his musical
development at age 4 in Bologna, Italy where he laid hands on an old family
German upright piano to create his first compositions. His blend of Italian and
Russian blood combined with the Medieval character of Bologna, affected Leo's path
leading him to discover and combine a wide variety of music, from symphonic to
progressive, from electronica to minimal music .He naturally developed a
profound passion for movies and soundtracks and his dream to score movies was
At age 23, while mentored by producer Mauro
Malavasi. Leo began his career arranging, composing, and producing songs for
Italian pop-stars such as Elisa and Lucio Dalla, but his passion for cinematic
music did not fade one bit. He studied the music of his heroes: Thomas Newman
and Elliot Goldenthal, among others, while continuing writing, arranging, and
producing for crossover artists like Andrea Bocelli and Josh Groban. He moved
to Los Angeles in 2007 to reach his dream of being a film composer after one of
his songs, "Oceano" was featured in the record "Closer"
(Josh Groban), selling over 8 million units worldwide.
After building his confidence
in Los Angeles, Leo defines like a "surreal place
where anything is possible", he started the development of new projects.
He recently produced the
debut record of Nathan Pacheco, a young crossover tenor signed by Disney
working with some of the best musicians and studios in the world. The album was
recorded at Eastwest Studios in Los Angeles and Air Studios Lyndhurst in London
(with the London Philarmonia Orchestra and Geoff Foster as Sound Engineer) and
was mixed by Michael Brauer at the Electric Lady Studio, NYC. This production
gave Leo a chance to collaborate with the legendary A&R Jon Lind and his
mentor Bob Cavallo. In July 2012 Yahoo released Tom Hanks' Futuristic Webseries
"Electric City" that Leo had scored in collaboration with Ali Noori
with the supervision of producers/writers Josh Feldman and Bo Stevenson, and
music supervisor Deva Anderson.
"When the OMI Universe of Sound
library for the Emulator II was first released in 1986, it was a game changer
for many musicians, including myself. These sounds
have lost none of their vibe and magic. I am grateful to Q Up Arts and Rhythmic
Robot for making them available in this new Kontakt Instrument!"
Paul Haslinger is an Austrian musician and
composer based in Los Angeles.
Paul began his career as a member of
Electronic Music pioneers Tangerine Dream. He toured with the band extensively
from 1985-90 and contributed to projects such as the album “Underwater
Sunlight” (1986), as well as the films “Near Dark” (1987) and “Miracle Mile”
(1988). In 1990, the band received a Grammy Nomination for their score to the
Miramar Documentary ‘Canyon Dreams’. Paul moved to Los Angeles in 1991 to expand
his creative scope. This led to a number of collaborations and began to shift
his focus towards film scoring. It was his programming work for composer Graeme
Revell that caught the attention of Hollywood executives which lead to his
first solo credit, scoring HBO’s Cheaters in 2000. Paul’s unique approach to scoring is based on
his belief that, music in any genre, including film and television, should
represent and be relevant to the time in which it was written. He received an Emmy nomination for his work on
the Showtime Series ‘Sleeper Cell’ (2007)
Notable Projects Include:
Fear The Walking Dead
(2015 and 2016) Halt And Catch Fire (2014 – 2016) Rainbow Six Siege (2016)
Underworld Awakening (2012) The Three Musketeers (2011) Rise Of The Lycans
(2009) Takers (2009) Death Race (2008) Shoot Em Up (2007) Crank (2006) Sleeper
Cell (2006) Underworld (2003) Blue Crush (2002) Minority Report (2002)
Danny Kastner is a musician, composer, producer, and entrepreneur based in Los Angeles.
As a producer and songwriter in 2016, he’s
collaborated with Autumn Rowe, Espa, Alessandra Grace, Tkay Maidza, Nellie
McKay, Julia Price, Rimini Roudette, Sons of Serendip and Kiah Victoria. With
Nellie McKay, two studio projects will be released in 2017. Kastner is a
professional keyboardist for the Kiefer Sutherland band. He plays jazz piano in
clubs around Los Angeles as a member of the band the Jazz Punks. With their
debut album in 2012, Jazz Punks spent seven weeks in the top four of the CMJ
Jazz Radio charts, as well as holding the #1 position during this time. As a
composer, Kastner is a two-time BMI Composition Award winner, as well as a
two-time ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Award Recipient. Kastner is a producer and co-founder of The Weather
Report Legacy Project honoring the seminal jazz group Weather Report, with Tony
Zawinul, son of the late Joe Zawinul. He is producing the Weather Report
documentary "This is This," directed by Tony Zawinul.
Philanthropically, Kastner is a Founding Partner & Creative Director of the
Milt Olin Foundation, launching a global movement dedicated to ending
distracted driving through the #HandsOff Pledge.
"I still own every digital sampling synth E-mu
Systems ever manufactured. I have very special memories of the Emulator II period. Science and technology at it’s best, the dawn of an emerging sampling community. The E-mu EII libraries were the first to implement
cd.rom connectivity, innovate many keyboard sampling techniques and captured
some of the highest quality recordings ever heard. I’m so excited to use the new EII library on my future projects. Thanks
my ole Emu friends at Q Up Arts for reincarnating all that great EII archival
work for the world and I to have once again."
Frank Serafine is a sound designer and composer based in Los Angeles.
He is best known for his work as a
Hollywood Supervising sound editor / designer on such blockbusters as the Star Trek and Tron movies, Addams Family, The Fog, Poltergeist: The Other Side, RobotJox, Ice Pirates, Hoodwinked 2, Orgazmo, The Lawnmower Man, Virtuosity, Field of Dreams, Emmy-Winning Sound Design on The Day After and Oscar-Winning Sound Design for The Hunt for Red October.
composer/musician Serafine has collaborated with some of the greatest
recording artists in history, including Ravi Shankar and George Harrison, Andy
Summers, Peter Gabriel and Don Cherry.
"Q Up Art's sounds have been a staple in my production arsenal
since day 1. The quality and attention to detail is unparalleled!"
VNDMG is a producer based in San Francisco.
With over a decade of
experience DJing and Producing, VNDMG is becoming a staple in the electronic
music scene. Anthony VanVranken, A.K.A. VNDMG (pronounced Van-Damage), brings a
more progressive and psychedelic flare to the world of 808 bass music; finely
crafting a sound that is both high energy and eclectic. With a healthy mixture
of originals, collaborations, and remixes, a VNDMG set is always unique. VNDMG
looks back on a year full of memorable experiences. With an established
residency at Beat Church in San Francisco, a headlining tour w/ Indaskyes &
Le Moti, and Festivals like Burning Man, What The Festival, Emissions,
Raindance, and Lucidity, it is safe to say that it was a busy year. Be sure to
check out his new release on Mallabel Music titled, “Million Minds”, with
features from Myka 9, Turtleneck, E-Jazzy, and a remix by Subp Yao. All of that
on top of a bi-monthly mix series titled, “The VNDMG Report”. Releases With:
Mallabel, Saturate Records, 710 Records, We Got This, Daly City
Records, Earmilk, EDM Network. Affiliations (Past and Present): Mallabel, Beat
Church, Street Ritual, Camp Questionmark, theHIVEcollective, Bass Camp
content is a labor of love. My hope is you will be inspired to create enduring beautiful
music with these sounds for years to come.”
Douglas Morton, president
and founder of Q Up Arts
Douglas is the president and founder of Q Up
designs audio content and music for wide variety of clients, products and apps.
He has pioneered
the use of digital audio samples in music, film and game production.
He's been producing
sample and loop collections since the early 1980s. Starting his career at E-Mu
Systems in Santa Cruz, California, then Optical Media International (OMI) in
Silicon Valley producing the acclaimed Universe of Sounds, the first cd.rom
releases that began the sample industry. Douglas’s work at OMI enabled hardware
samplers to connect to cd.rom drives, an industry first.
He founded Q Up Arts
in 1993 in Santa Cruz, California.
His sonic designs have been heard in hundreds of feature films, network
television and games including The
Patriot, The Sheltering Sky,
Portlandia and The X-Files for over three
decades. His music for aquariums has immersed millions of people in the
underwater worlds of California's Monterey Bay Aquarium and Utah's Loveland
Living Planet Aquarium.
Douglas continues his production work in
studios in Los Angeles, California and Park City, Utah.
“In my career I have found myself more often than not being called
upon to compose for ethnic-inspired films and media and as such was always
searching for a way to demonstrate a vision to a director of what I heard in my
head. It had always been such a struggle to do that since those sounds
came from no synthesizer I had in my arsenal. Enter Q Up Arts. The first
time I happened upon the amazing “Native America” series it was a revelation.
Not only were the samples absolutely pristine and the performances
impeccable, but the organization was completely user-friendly even for someone
as tech-challenged as myself. I have purchased Voices Of Native America,
Voices Of Istanbul, Voices Of The Aztecs and Latin Groove Factory and have had
tremendous use of all of them. They are featured in my work in countless
films and television productions. The best compliment I can give…..and
something that is essential to every working composer…….they inspire.
Thank you, thank you to Doug Morton and his team. Much gratitude
for your singular contribution to the world of sampling.”
Sam Cardon is an American
Composer based in Utah.
One of six featured
composers in Blizzard’s World Of Warcraft expansions Mists Of Pandaria,
Warlords Of Draenor, Legion and the Overwatch and Hearthstone cinematics. Sam has composed soundtracks
for 18 IMAX films including blockbusters Mysteries Of Egypt and Lewis
and Clark; The Legendary Adventures. He's composed themes for ABC
Sports, ESPN, Monday Night Football, NBA on TNT, Good Morning America, National
Geographic Explorer as well as soundtracks for over 70 independent films.
“The most challenging part of
engineering the California Grand Piano was forcing myself to stop playing it
and slipping away into a dreamy creative trance…
I’ve sampled and created pianos in
every known format. This piano was the most beautiful I have ever heard. This
is precisely why we chose to sample this instrument. I’ll be using it in every
one of my surround and major release roll-out from now on!”
Michael Scott is SVP
of Sound Development for Q Up Arts based in California.
Michael Scott has designing audio
products and content for three decades. Multi-faceted in electronic, rock, classical,
studio operations, engineering, Michael is a prolific sound designer with a
solid history in audio. Michael has been directing and
managing the production of designed audio and visual projects since 1989, which
have been distributed world-wide in many formats, in thousands of products, roll-outs,
major motion pictures products, theatrical releases, tv commercials, games,
corporate roll-outs, major trade show events and digital musical instruments. He created and designed sounds for
E-Mu Systems designing sounds for Proteus, EIII, EIV, Emax I/II and more. Michael’s experience includes
working as director of audio for Inhance Digital in Hollywood, specializing in
broadcast for TV, trade show advertising, major release commercial rollouts, and
games. He’s designed audio and music for thousands of commercials, corporate
roll-outs and movies in all media platforms. Michael has designed audio content
for Apple/ Emu Systems for the QuickTime Synthesizer Dev, AMD - Audio
Development, AT&T - Music Chip Development, Alesis Corp - Musical
Instrument Sound Design, BAE - Commercial Advertisements, Bell Helicopter -
Commercial Advertisements, Boeing - Commercial Advertisements, Chromatic
Research - Audio Design, Cisco Systems - Commercial Advertisements, Creative
Labs - Sound Designer, Emu Systems - Sr. Sound Designer, Fox, Guitar Center -
Sound Design, Inhance Digital Corp - Director of Music/Audio, ILM - TV Ads
Music/Sound Design, iWin Corp - Music/Sound Design online games, Korg Systems -
Sound Designer, Paramount Studios - Sound Design, Music Composition Microsoft -
Sound Design, Moog -Instrument Sound Designer, NASA - Development Advertisement
& roll-out, Pixar - Sound Design/Music, Roland Corp - Sound Designer, Sony
Corp - Sound Design, Texas Instruments - Instrument Sound Designer General Midi,
S3 Corporation - Sound Design, Yamaha Corp - Instrument Development.
Junior is a recording engineer and keyboardist based in Van Nuys,
Junior started playing piano and organ in
church at the age of 9. He played keys in several bands in the L.A. area with
high school friends. He then went on to engineer for local bands and fell in
love with the art of recording. These days, Junior engineers at ESA Studios in
Glendale, California. He is facile in Protools, Logic and any mixing
environment. Junior is known for his great ears, mic
choices and infinite patience with getting killer sounds.
“I’m stoked to be
able to share my experience curating these vintage keyboards with Q Ups’
customers. I hope you create a lot of great music with these sounds!”
Arlan Schierbaum is an
American keyboardist from Los Angeles, California.
Arlan started playing organ on his own at the tender age of
three, began formal lessons at age four, and by the time he was five years old
was playing regularly at the local church in his South East Los Angeles
neighborhood. In his early teens Arlan discovered the joy of playing acoustic
and electric pianos, as well as synthesizers, and quickly became a busy
musician playing in numerous bands in the Mojave Desert of Southern California.
After high school Arlan's love for music education continued
with college classes in music theory, voice, concert band, music synthesis, and
recording engineering. During his collegiate years he became familiar with the
Los Angeles music scene, and moved to the San Fernando Valley in the early 90's
to continue his career. In L.A. Arlan played, performed, and recorded with many
of the world's best and acclaimed musicians while developing skills in all styles
of popular music including: Ambient, Blues, Country, Experimental
Music, Folk, Funk, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Rhythm and Blues, and World Music. After
more than 25 years in the L.A. music scene Arlan has gained the respect and
friendship of many musicians and industry professionals and traveled the world
many times over. His commitment to vintage keyboards and real instruments has
earned him gigs with artists such as Mindi Abair, Joe Bonamasa, Billy Burke,
Goldspot, Beth Hart, John Hiatt, Richie Kotzen, Janiva Magness, Mandrill, the
Pointer Sisters, Daniel Powter, Tiromachino, and countless others.
Arlans’ personal collection over the years includes Hammond
organs with Leslie speakers, Mellotrons and Chamberlin (tape loop keyboards), Rhodes,
Wurlitzer, and Yamaha electric pianos, Hohner
Clavinets & Pianets, Musser vibraphones, synthesizers made by Arp,
Moog, Roland, Selmer, and Yamaha, combo organs by Farfisa, Elka, Rheme, Lowery,
and Vox, amplifiers by Fender, Laney, Marshall, Mesa Boogie, and Vox, and a
multitude of effects units some of which by Boss, DOD, Dunlop, Electrix,
Electro Harmonix, Fullton, Guyatone, Joe Kramer, Lexicon, Line 6, Maxxon, Moog,
Morley, Mutron, MXR, TC Electronics, Sobat, Way Huge, and many others. This
collection of music tools has been serviced, maintained and modified by numerous
technicians including Ken Rich, Eden Bloch, Guy Dolfi, Bob Dixon, Richard
Diemer, Dave Gallow, Joe Kramer, Gene Stopp, and Jim Williams. With
his extensive knowledge of music, instruments, and effects Arlans’ creative
skills and abilities have become sought after by many established music
producers and recording artists.
Arlan co-produced the vintage
keyboards with Douglas Morton and Jim Norman for Guitar Center's Williams
Digital Pianos and The California Keys sample library collection.
Audio engineer, mic specialist. Keeping it real… in the analog
Robert Abeyta starting
putting microphones in front of people, amps and instruments shortly after he
was born. Always fascinated with “capturing the soul” of the instruments and
performers, his ethos remained consistent as his excellent ears and results
garnered him more and more high profile mixing gigs. Facile in front of house
as in ProTools, his heart remains in the analog world of microphones and yes,
two inch tape and all of the rack mount gear you could ever not understand.
Robert uses plug ins, but what he really does is, “plug stuff in”.
His tones are warm and
very musical. Robert is an amazing talent to work with at Q Up Arts. His
background ranges from live multi-track recording of world class symphonies,
classical pianists to the A-List of live rock & roll.
"In today's world
for music composers, there are many choices of sampling media for use in our
scores. Having access to the best and brightest companies that contribute such
content will aid in the creation of unique soundscapes to lift your project to
greater artistry. Q Up Arts is one such company that historically has been
creating authentic and unique samples. Don't write music without it!"
Dominic Mobilia is a Connecticut based
composer and keyboardist.
Dominic Mobilia, a musician and music
educator, is the owner and operator of Eclectic Studio.net. He has been an active music professional for over forty
years. While at the Hartt School of the University of Hartford where he earned a
Batchelor of Music in Music Education and a Minor in Vocal/Choral Music, he
also became interested in 20th century American orchestral literature and
electronic composition. Having read selected chapters of the textbook An
Eclectic Approach to Orff and Kodaly in the Elementary School as a
requirement for an undergraduate music education class, he also became
interested in the use of folk and multi-ethnic music as a vehicle to educate
young music students. Graduate music studies included certification as a Kodaly
Music Specialist, child vocal development, classical and modern electronic
music composition as well as studio production and engineering courses.