Steve Ouimette is renowned for his versatility and excellence as a composer/producer and multi-instrumentalist. Bringing an infectious energy, personable style and passion to every project he works on regardless of size, scope or timeframe, Steve’s composing and performance credits include video games, film, television and advertising
From 2007 to 2010 Steve was involved in every release of the wildly successful Guitar Hero series, contributing exacting covers and extraordinary reworks of classics (The Devil Went Down To Georgia, We Three Kings, Dueling Banjos, National Anthems) as well main title and outros, underscore and sound design. During this time he earned a reputation for creating intense tracks considered to be some of the most popular and challenging songs to complete in the game, leading to millions of downloads of his DLC songs and creating an international fan base. To date he has played, engineered and produced nearly 100 tracks for Guitar Hero and Konami music games. Steve has also lent his chameleon-like guitar skills to other A-list composers Inon Zur, Tom Salta and Richard Jacques on projects ranging from Dragon Age: Origins – Leliana’s Song, Red Steel 2, Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.X 2 and James Bond 007: Blood Stone to name a few.
While his reputation has been cemented as a rock and high energy composer/writer, Steve is a classically trained composer with a pension for creating infectious and memorable themes ranging from horror to action to epic hybrid scores. Having worked for years on the technical side of the audio/game industry Steve is intimately familiar with audio technologies and can comfortably communicate with developers on implementation and integration of music and sound into each project.
Steve is emerging as a composer and songwriter for television and film with credits ranging from Showtime’s Californication to sports programming from NFL, MLB and NHL to multiple shows on HGTV, Food Network and DIY TV. In 2010 he was welcomed into the X-Ray Dog film trailer family with tracks released on The Scent Of Evil and Pet Shop . An avid writer for music libraries, in the past year Steve has composed original music for APM Music, Universal, Bruton and Sonoton. In late 2009 Steve also teamed up with virtual instrument company Sample Logic to create Cinematic Guitars. Released September 2010, Cinematic Guitars is an extensive collection of atmospheres, instrumentals, and percussive sounds unlike any ever heard before and tailored specifically for the video game and film composer.
As a direct response to his popularity with guitar fans worldwide Steve released “Epic”, a solo CD and companion DVD on Sumthing Else Music Works in the Fall of 2010. Critically heralded as a dynamic and diverse album featuring an eclectic mix of guitar-laden virtuosity and wide reaching styles, “Epic” shines new light on guitar instrumental music by fusing cinematic drama and intensity.
Steve is a regular contributor for Premier Guitar Magazine where he writes a monthly column, “Hey, You Can’t Do That!”, as well as gear reviews and feature articles. He lives with his wife, 4 cats and his ferret (and studio tech) Pinkus, in Scottsdale, AZ.
“When making music based games, great music backing up the product is a must and Steve Ouimette is the front runner in providing quality music. Steve added tremendous value to Guitar Hero 3: Legends of Rock, giving us some of the best music we have seen while being very easy to work with.”
- Kai Huang, President and Co-Founder of Red Octane
Steve is a producer’s dream come true. He has all the talent you could wish for, with none of the attitude that so often comes with it. His original guitar compositions are outstanding, and he really understands how to write for media. Add to this his fast turn-around times and amazing chops, and you’ll quickly understand why he’s one of my favorite people to work with.
- Erin Collins, Executive Producer, Endgame Music Library
“When the schedule’s tight and the quality has to be extremely high, Steve Ouimette is the man for the job. The work he did on Rock Revolution was fantastic. His sound-a-like recordings are of the highest quality and is never satisfied with mediocre work. He’ll do whatever it takes to make sure the final product sounds awesome..”
- Doug Rappaport, Senior Producer, Konami Digital Entertainment, America
Steve Ouimette’s obsession with vintage guitar amplifiers really paid off when it came time to reproduce the guitar tones for the songs he produced in Guitar Hero 3: Legends of Rock. Steve delivered some amazing spot-on recordings that really helped players immerse themselves into the game. And Steve’s willingness to incorporate our feedback and quick turnaround for revisions made for an easy working relationship. Oh yeah, and check out his performance as Lou in “The Devil Went down to Georgia”. He’s not too shabby on the guitar.
- Alan Flores, Neversoft
“Steve Ouimette is a fine composer with a great sense of what sounds work on small devices. He’s also been a pleasure to work with, a true professional.”
- Thomas Dolby (www.thomasdolby.com)
“Steve is a master of his craft. We have worked together on countless projects over the years and he has proven to be that rare mix of genuine creativity along with the technical skills necessary to make it real. He has consistently delivered excellent results for me.”
- Eric Engstrom, SVP AOL Wireless Products, AOL. Co-inventor the groundbreaking DirectX game technology for Windows (www.aol.com)
“Steve is an audio maven who is also uniquely creative. His wide range of music styles and his focus on the performance details of the destination devices means that there is nary a device that Steve can’t make sing.”
- Anthony Stonefield, CEO of Emotive Communications, Inc. Internationally recognized as the pioneer of the downloadable music, ringtone and media-telephony markets (www.emotive.com)
“The musical score and ambient textures that Steve created for “The Legend of Crown King” elevated the film to a new level. Even as the producer/director, I still get chills every time I watch the movie… Knowing the talent and skill Steve has will help us push our movies into the main stream this year.”
- Russell Clay, Producer/Director/Writer (www.redc2.com)
“Not only is Steve a Phenomenal guitarist with top notch production chops, he is also an excellent collaborator with a great attitude. He is a real pleasure to work with.”
- Mark Griskey, Composer, Iron Man, Prince Caspian
“Steve’s deep knowledge and experience of everything guitar shines through in his tracks and collaborative nature. Steve is always pleasure to work with and I know the job will be done right, every time”
- Tom Salta, Composer/Producer, Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.X, Red Steel
“Working with Steve is such a breeze. He is not only a supremely talented guitarist and performer, but an incredible all round musician. Added to that, he is also a total perfectionist. I had the pleasure of working with Steve on a recent project, where it was vital to create not only the right performance, but also a very precise sound. I was totally blown away with the results and can’t wait to work with Steve again”
- Richard Jacques, Composer, Mass Effect, Highlander
“I have every confidence in recommending Steve for your mobile audio requirements, not only does he understand the platform in detail he is professional, efficient and a damn nice guy to work with! When Tag Games required a number of tracks re-composed from existing PC formats to mobile compatible MIDI our expectations were not only met by Steve, he actually exceeded them across the board! The quality of the end result, the size of the files, the speed of completion and the price were outstanding.” - Paul Farley, President, Tag Games (www.tag-games.com)
ACTIVISION – NEVERSOFT
Guitar Hero Series – GH III: Legends Of Rock, GH: Aerosmith, GH: On Tour, GH World Tour, GH: Metallica: GH5, Band Hero, GH6: Warriors Of Rock
Guitar Hero DLC – We Three Kings, Top Gun Anthem, Dueling Banjos, Hark!, National Anthems
BIZARRE CREATIONS – James Bond 007: Blood Stone
THQ – WWE Smack Down VS. RAW 2011
KONAMI – Rock Revolution, Guitar Hero 3 Arcade
UBISOFT – Raving Rabbids: Alive and Kicking, Just Dance 3, Ghost Recon: Future Soldier, Red Steel 2, H.A.W.X. II, 20 Mag, Rackets, Murder Party
BIOWARE – Dragon Age: Leliana’s Song
CASUAL, SOCIAL AND MOBILE
DIGITAL CHOCOLATE – Sopranos Bada Bing Manager, Goblin Toss, Trick Or Treat, Haunted House Mini Golf, Moto Racing Fever, Babysitter To Go, Flower Shop Frenzy, Cafe 5-Pack, 3D Monster Brick Breaker
BIG FISH GAMES – Looking Glass, Dive!, Katiki
MOBILE – Palm, AOL, Curitel, Skype. Over 2,500 custom ringtones, Audio UI design, system sounds licenced
X-Ray Dog – Scent Of Evil, Pet Shop
APM – Endgame, SONOTON – AMPED - Game Audio Vol. 2, BRUTON – Indie After Midnight, Heavy Groove Rock
Sample Logic – Cinematic Guitars