Upright and Electric Bassist

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Max Kraus on SoundBetter

From Broadway's Jersey Boys and NYC studios to Capitol Records and the LA Opera, I have performed and recorded double bass and bass guitar with world class musicians.

I have been working with orchestras, film/game composers, jazz groups, and singer/songwriter bands for over ten years on both the East and West Coast. I have a solid playing experience and education (Master of Music from USC) that I hope to use to make your project sound amazing! I want to lay down solid bass parts for singer/songwriters and provide a real bass sound for film and game composers. I can play both arco (bowed) and pizzacato (plucked) and have worked on many film and game projects in LA (including the FX show "Baskets"). I play for you and your needs and am very quick to respond to direction. I am also happy to offer my musical opinion if you want it.

I look forward to working with you!

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9 Reviews - 1 Repeat Client

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  1. Review by Gilles
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    Always a great pleasure to work with Max ! Inspiration, accuracy, quality, ... What else β˜•οΈ ? The double bass, played by him, brings A LOT to the songs. If you want to bring to your music things like: colour, personnality, shades, lights, mystery and shape (non-exhaustive list πŸ˜‰), don't hesitate and ask Max !

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    Once again, everything is perfect πŸ‘ŒπŸ» ! Working with Max, is always a great pleasure and a great satisfaction. Nothing misses from his playing and recording: inspiration, reliability, quality, ... πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ˜ŠπŸ‘πŸ»

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    Fourth collaboration with Max. Always a great pleasure, always super pro, reliable and creative. Highly recommandable ! Record your song, produce you music and your shows, and ask Max for his help and talent πŸ˜‰πŸŽΆπŸ‘πŸ»

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    Just perfect, as always ! Fast, Top-Quality, Inspiration, Reliability, Creativity... All good ! Thanks Max πŸ‘πŸ»

  5. Review by Gilles
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    1000% pro, inspired, reliable ! Everything perfect πŸ‘πŸ»

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    Very happy working with Max ! I needed several recordings of double bass tracks. He did it perfectly πŸ‘ŒπŸ» : 2000% pro, fast, and experienced. I encourage you all to 1) replace your bass lines by double bass lines πŸ˜‰ and 2) ask Max to record the double bass. You'll be happy with the result !

  7. Review by Karl Ludwigsen
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    Really precise player. Quality sound. Very quick turn around. Fast and clear communication. A true professional. Thank you Max!

  8. Review by Pete White
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    Max is a superb and versatile musician, and very easy and friendly to work with. I hired him to play upright bass on my singer-songwriter project and his skill, ideas and enthusiasm were exactly what I needed. Top class!

  9. Review by Pierre Charles III
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    Max Kraus recorded on my debut album and brought to the table excellent feel, groove, command of his instrument, and overall musicianship. I have worked with Max for the past two years, and each performance is something special.

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Demo Reel (Arco at 2:20, Pizz at 0:00)

I was the bassist, audio engineer in this production

Terms Of Service

Most projects can be turned around in 5 days, depending on the supporting materials provided (charts, recording). Involved arrangements without any chart will take extra time and incur an extra charge

GenresSounds Like
  • Los Angeles Philharmonic
  • Robert Glasper Experiment
  • Miles Davis
Gear Highlights
  • 1950s Juzek Double Bass
  • David Gage Metropolitan bow
  • Custom J bass with noiseless pickups
  • Audio Technica AT4040 condenser microphone
  • M-Track Plus II interface (up to 24/96 resolution)
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