Steve Ouimette is an American composer, multi-instrumentalist, and producer.
Music for Video Games
Since 2007 Steve has kept busy as a sought-after composer, producer, and cover artist for franchises like Activision’s Guitar Hero and Call Of Duty, and Ubisoft’s Just Dance and Ghost Recon. Steve’s finger-twisting rendition of the Charlie Daniels classic “The Devil Went Down To Georgia” for Guitar Hero 3 has more than 8.5 million views on YouTube. His original narcocorridos (drug ballads) composed for Ghost Recon Wildlands were released as Ghost Recon Wildlands: Corrido - The Sounds of Santa Blanca in 2017. An endlessly versatile composer, Steve contributed off-the-wall music for the Zombies In Spaceland segments Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, and most recently, The Crew 2 where he composed the original soundtrack. For Just Dance he covered songs from the 1940s to current hits and has contributed multiple original songs in every Just Dance release since volume 3 in 2011.
Music for Television and Advertising
Steve has released more than 30 albums of original production library music for APM, BMG, Bruton, Sonoton, and X-Ray Dog that have totalled tens of thousands of placements since 2009. In 2018 he became the manager of APM’s ENDGAME and Siren trailer and production music libraries. He is a regular music contributor for the CBS television show Let’s Make A Deal, and in 2016 he was commissioned by the NFL to arrange and record a new version of “Heavy Action” for Monday Night Football.
When clients need exacting covers of classic and modern hits in nearly every genre, Steve’s obsession over every detail of the studio, instruments, and artist history of every song is put to its fullest use. With well over 200 forensic re-records to date, Steve has been commissioned by Activision, Ubisoft, and Konami to recreate the most accurate version of the original songs right down to the msot miniscule detail. His dedicated work with these high-profile companies has attracted artists including Alice Cooper, Public Enemy, and The Knack to hire Steve as a player and producer to create new versions of their classics.
A long-time collaborator with Sample Logic, Steve is the guitarist behind the “Cinematic Guitar” sample library series. With Cinematic Guitars 1, 2, and Infinity, Steve tortured, wrenched, captured, and actually lit guitars on fire to create new, unique, and exciting sounds for composers around the world to use in their cinematic compositions. His vast collection of guitars, amps, and pedals continues to inspire new sounds that are being recorded and cataloged. Who knows what will come next!
Steve has been a regular contributor to Premier Guitar Magazine. His column “Hey, You Can’t Do That,” has had global reach,, and he has reviewed nearly 100 guitar pedals, amps, and instruments. His time with Premier Guitar culminated in a three-part story that chronicled his 17-week process of building a nylon string classical guitar by hand that is still in use in his studio today!
In addition to composing for television, video games, trailers, and advertising, Steve has released two guitar-based albums: 2010’s Epic and 2017’s Chaos Theory. Both albums push the boundaries of technical excellence and musical explorations, which includes his classic remakes of songs from Guitar Hero such as “The Devil Went Down To Georgia,” “We Three Kings,” and “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing.”
An avid gearslut, Steve can be found obsessing, daily, over the latest plugin, vintage recording equipment, and how to distress and age an already-perfect guitar. He is an avid restorer of guitars, basses, amplifiers, and vintage Ludwig drums. He lives with his wife, Melissa, and five cats in sunny Scottsdale, Arizona.