My name is Paul Battersby. I don’t write my own songs but I enjoy adding drums, bass, strings or even full orchestration to original songs written by others.

My musical history began when I took percussion lessons (drums, timpani, xylophone) from the age of 10 until I was in high school. In my first year of high school I taught myself to play keyboards. After my last year of high school a friend lent me his guitar, which fortunately for me was in tune because to begin learning, I first had to figure out what note was played by each string by plucking the string and finding that note on a piano.

Throughout high school I played in the orchestra and in a couple of rock bands as well. Since then, I’ve been in a few bands either as a drummer, or keyboardist or guitarist. Over the years, I realized that I’d rather arrange and compose music than perform it.

In my spare time I study orchestration and mixing. When I’m creating a track for a song, I try to make each virtual instrument as realistic as I can. I never use drum loops or sampled song fragments. When I work on a song, everything I do is custom created for that song.

Now that more free orchestral samples have recently become available, I’ve created my own free orchestral sample library using Sonatina Symphonic Orchestra as a base which I then expanded using samples from several other libraries. More details on my download page here: Virtual Playing Orchestra

10 comments on “About
  1. Hi, Paul!
    Haven’t you heard about “Fortissimo Trumpet Ensemble” by Jasper Blunk? Free high quality trumpet samples.
    Perhaps you’d like to integrate it in Virtual Playing Orchestra (I’d be very grateful).

  2. If you are interested, I can provide you with a repackaged version of all your SFZ files as SF2 Soundfonts if you like. Let me know

    • Sure. If you want to create an sf2 version, I’d be happy to link to it but I don’t have the bandwidth to host other versions.

    • I don’t know anything about Logic Pro X. Perhaps there is a Logic Pro X forum where you’ll find someone there using SSO that can help.

  3. Just want to reserve a spot with you for “KGB Cover Girl” at some point when I get around to recording it. P.S. Love the new website!!

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