Christoper Kennedy Alpiar

Christoper Kennedy Alpiar
Atlanta, GA USA

Performing Rights Society: ASCAP
Recent Credits: Bobbi Wilson (large ensemble Jazz vocal CD in production); The Last Trick (composer – short feature); The Night of the Templar (additional music – full feature)

Chris' Studio

How would you describe your music?

Jazz influenced large orchestral arrangements; traditional romantic film score meets modern Jazz constructs; Very adaptable stylistically and comfortable in periodic music and modern western music forms; science with respect to history

What computer and audio hardware do you use?

Main computer is a Mac Pro running DP 7.23, ProTools 9, Cubase 6, Finale 2010, Sibelius 6, Notion 3, Vienna Ensemble Pro, Plogue Bidule, Ableton Live, Kontakt 3.5.

Hardware includes 2 Motu 2408 MK3′s, 2 Midi Timepiece MTP/AV’s, 2 8 channel Presonus DigiMax D8 pre-amps, Focusrite ISA430 pre-amp and producer pack channel strip, lots more online ;-)

3 farmed slave PC’s running sample libraries via VE Pro and one running GigaStudio 4 and MIDIOverLAN transmitting audio via ADAT 24 channels. Each PC is using a Hammerfall HDSP9652 when audio transmit is needed outside of VE Pro

What software and samples do you use?

VSL Full Pro edition for Gigastudio, VSL Vienna Instruments Special Edition plus, EastWest PLAY(Symphonic Orchestra Gold, symphonic choirs, RA, Pianos, Gypsy, StormDrum2, more), VSL Overdrive, Cinesamples various libs, Tonehammer various libs, Kontakt various libs, EZDrummer, BFD, dozens of older libs for Gigastudio, Altiverb, AutoTune, Izotope Alloy and Ozone, Lexicon verb

What would be your dream studio setup?

I’d love to have a large Neve console and a humongous mic collection including Scheops, Gefel, Neumann and a space large enough to record a syphonic orchestra. But overall I am very content with my gear and my space. I can track up to 30 pieces live in a wonderful sounding room and 6 booths as well with a great selection of instruments like Yamaha C7, Hammond B3 with several Leslies, many keyboards, drum kits, mallets, percussion, and over 70 microphones and 25 pre-amps available, I really can not complain a bit.

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  1. Tony Vineberg says:

    Chris Alpiar is a wonderful artist and composer.

  2. Hal Alpiar says:

    If you can believe it, and I testify with only minimal prejudice, Christopher’s talents run all the way from his musical blood and bones, to his humaness. He’s a good son and a great friend. Every ounce of energy and creative genius he puts into his work is inspired. But he didn’t pay me enough to say more ;<) so I'll stop here and simply suggest you call him to find out for yourself. He's the real deal . . . he even calls me "Pops"!

  3. Megan Parker says:

    Wow, this is amazing and very cool Uncle Chris. I love looking at the pictures of your studio. Maybe when I come to Atlanta to see my Aunt Emily I can also visit you and see your studio for myself? That would be great and we could even get dinner or lunch together!

  4. sean thompson says:

    Making a film with any success requires an emotional connection between the viewer and director through the score. For myself this is the most important part of the process. This is where someone like Chris comes in. He truly understands this connection between composer and audience and has the ability to transcend feeling through his music.

  5. Rebecca Thompson says:

    What I love about Chris’ music is how it always conjurs a feeling and an image, allowing you to connect to the music in a very genuine manner. Chris is extremely versatile and creative!

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