Bruce Hoffman

Fiddler- multi-instrumentalist

24 Reviews (24 Verified)
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I have toured and recorded with several legendary Country Music artists over the past 25 years. I have owned and operated a recording studio since 2001 where my works can be heard on national ad campaigns and even the theme song for the SyFy hit series "Haven".

My instruments include fiddle/violin, pedal steel guitar, mandolin, dobro, nylon string and baritone guitars.
I am proficient in many different styles including Country, Rock, Bluegrass, Folk, Blues and open to trying just about anything!

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Reviews (24)

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  1. Review by Scott M.

    Bruce is a great collaborator. Hi always gives his best and brings something extra. He does especially well when he plays two or more parts for the song, He is really good at alternate phrasing if both backing and lead instrument tracks. Great musician!

  2. Review by Scott M.

    Great work as always. Superb player!

  3. Review by Brian K.

    Bruce is amazing and super talented. This is my second review- he did such a great job with the first song that I asked him to do a second. He recorded multiple instruments- fiddle, mandolin, guitar, dobro, banjo and bass- and they all sound incredible. He went above and beyond my expectations and included more instruments and tracks than I asked for in a very quick turnaround time. Song sounds great! Bruce gets my highest recommendation. Thanks so much, Bruce.

  4. Review by Brian K.

    I've found my fiddle player. just amazing. Thanks so much.

  5. Review by Stephen M.

    Bruce does it time and time again. Always delivers tasteful violin tracks with fast turnaround times.

  6. Review by Paul M.

    You won't be disappointed working with Bruce. Highly recommended. incredibly talented!.....Will work with him again...

  7. Review by Scott M.

    Great Job Again- one of the best!

  8. Review by Paul M.

    Bruce is gifted, his Inherent talent & taste shines for all to hear. He believe’s in getting the best for you & your project. The extra mile is in grained in his DNA. The subtlety of his musical improvisations that adds flare & creativity I couldn’t of dreamed about. Your one of the best Bruce you really are…Thank You

  9. Review by Scott M.

    Another amazing session from Bruce. What a player!

  10. Review by Jamy

    This is the 2nd time I've used Bruce to play violin on one of my original songs and amazing work again! Talented, works fast and great to work with. I will definitely be using him again in the future.

  11. Review by Scott M.

    Fantastic country player who really understands how to back a vocal with multiple instruments and transition it into a great lead part. Great timing too!

  12. Review by Paul M.

    If you need something special or you've lost that glove. Bruce is the man that will help you find it. He will put the time in & make it work for you. He's just blown me away with what he has done for my song. So people on SoundBetter stop & have a look. He's the real deal...Thank you once again for making this work....Paul M

  13. Review by Paul M.

    This man went out of his way, to make my piece sound like a million pounds.....Bruce I will be back very soon....You are a top shop multi-player...Thank you God Bless

  14. Review by Scott M.

    Great musician, very responsive and easy to work with. I look forward to working with Bruce again very soon!

  15. Review by Paul M.

    I never thought I'd find someone like this. He played & recorded all the parts for my cover song, Fiddle, Ele Guitar, Mando & Pedal Steel & did a fantastic job. Your an amazing talent Bruce & a superb person to work with. No chord charts, just a stereo mp3 with my idea, and he did the rest. The vibe & performance was mind blowing. What a Talent

  16. Review by Stephen M.

    It's always fantastic working with Bruce! He delivers plenty of takes to give me a multitude of options to mess around with in the mix, and does it incredibly fast. Highly recommended for any type of violin/fiddle part.

  17. Review by Fridolin N.

    I highly f recommend Bruce for anybody who needs strings.
    He only had a stereo mix to work on and no charts, but still nailed it. His turn around is super quick and the recording and playing sounds great.

  18. Review by Ezra V.

    Bruce is an amazing talent. I'm so glad that I have him on my album. The tone of the fiddle he chose for my project was superb and perfect for the song. The recording was top notch and his intuitive ability to lock his performance into what I was going for on the first run was a pleasant surprise. Thank you, Bruce, hope to work with you again soon!

  19. Review by Stephen M.

    Bruce did it again! Delivered excellent tracks with top notch quality! Really has an ear for melody and rhythm.

  20. Review by Stephen M.

    Another great session with Bruce! This guy is the real deal who has been consistently spot on with matching the feeling and emotion of the tracks I've sent him. High quality work!

  21. Review by Jamy

    Bruce is a talented musician who exceeded my expectations. He quickly provided me with amazing fiddle and steel guitar tracks which added so much to my song. I’ll definitely use him again in the future.

  22. Review by Antonio A.

    One of Bruce's best kept secrets is that he can also play the banjo too... so if you're looking for a banjo track for your song, he can do it with the same enthusiasm as he plays the violin... just put him on the test and enjoy his awesome talent... O.O

  23. Review by Antonio A.

    If you are looking for a super fantastic fiddler (and banjo player too...) to fill your song with astonishing musical talent (and super faster than a lightening...!) just stop here and hire him right now... because Bruce is all that and, besides all that, a super wonderful person who will help you to convert your song in the song of your dreams...

  24. Review by Stephen M.

    Bruce is a pro at what he does and provided me excellent sounding fiddle tracks. Was a pleasure working with him and will return soon with more projects!

Interview with Bruce Hoffman

  1. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  2. A: I recorded an album using the violin that belonged to Laura Ingalls Wilder's father Charles "Pa" Ingalls. It was a compilation of tunes she remembered as a child and wrote about in her "Little House On The Prairie" book series. It was a very special project and all of the violin tracks were cut in the living room of the house that she wrote her books in Mansfield, Missouri.

  3. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  4. A: Comping vocals for an upcoming project on a young lady from Japan

  5. Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?

  6. A: Yes, I've worked with Andrea Perry, I recommend her for production, bass, backing vocals and composition

  7. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  8. A: I grew up in the analog world and love the warmth of 2" , but it is so nice to have the flexibility of digital. With the plug-ins we have today, it takes a better ear than mine to tell them apart.

  9. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  10. A: My promise is that I make every effort possible to achieve an excellent result for their tracks.

  11. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  12. A: This beats working for a living!!

  13. Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

  14. A: My customers ask various things.....time frame, my recording process and what I need from them. I generally have a quick turn around and I'm very detailed with my tracks and recording techniques.

  15. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  16. A: Fiddle -not only a country / hoe-down instrument.... actually a very versatile instrument for blues, rock and many other styles as well as doing orchestrated string lines. Same with Steel Guitar - I can do your straight ahead country twang, and turn around and put a wah-wah or distortion on it. Very versatile as well

  17. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  18. A: I try to make every effort to obtain the sound and feel that a customer is seeking.. I will ask them what direction and style they are after. Sometimes having them find an example will help, usually when I hear the song, I'll pretty much feel what it needs but will communicate to reach satisfaction for the customer.

  19. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  20. A: Give me a shot, I feel that our first session could be the first of many.

  21. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  22. A: A Bass fiddle to convert into a boat and a banjo to use as a boat oar.....Oh sorry, that was a bad joke!......................... Probably my fiddle and mandolin,(steel guitar is too heavy to lug around) If I have electricity.....a Mac book, UA Apollo and a tube microphone

  23. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  24. A: I've been playing fiddle/violin since I was 5, picked up guitars and mandolin soon after. At 16 I bought my first steel guitar. I've been performing in live shows in Branson, MO for over 22 years. I was first introduced to studio work when I was 14, I started operating my studio in 2001 along with my show performances and touring.

  25. Q: How would you describe your style?

  26. A: Country/Blues/Rock..... I try to be flexible and strive to give the song the style it deserves.

  27. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  28. A: Actually, as a child, I grew up with music in our home. One of my all time favorite singers was Mel Tillis.....singer, songwritter, publisher, movie actor, TV personality. I was blessed to tour with him for over 5 was a dream come true! I would like to work with John Fogerty, Bob Dylan and maybe Melloncamp... love their music!

  29. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  30. A: The project is a painters canvas......what I as a studio instrumentalist do can either compliment or complicate it!

  31. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  32. A: Mostly singer/songwritter projects, I love bringing someone's creation to life! Country Music (old and modern) Folk and Americana Rock Bluegrass

  33. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  34. A: fiddle, mandolin, and steel guitar are my strongest instruments

  35. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  36. A: I feel my strength is in knowing when and where to's all about knowing how to compliment a vocalist's performance and knowing when to stay out of the mix. I love to create small lead lines and either twin the parts or do a unison line with one my other instruments.

  37. Q: What's your typical work process?

  38. A: Client sends either an mp3 or wav of the project and setup info like bpm, sample rate. Also any instructions or notes. I import into a session and start coloring. When done, I will send a sample mix mp3 and wait for approval or any notification of any changes needed. I usually can turn a project around within the day if not a few hours.

  39. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  40. A: Mac Pro dual Quad processor, Cubase 7.5, Tascam DM4800, 2 Presonus Eureaka preamps, Valley People Dyna-mic preamp, Several tube, condenser, ribbon, and dynamic microphones.

  41. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  42. A: I came up in the world of Country Music and Bluegrass, I've been inspired by the great producers like Owen Bradley, Chet Atkins and players like Pete Drake, Lloyd Green, Buddy Emmons, Tom Brumley, Buddy Spicher, Johnny Gimble, Kenny Baker as well as so many others. I am very current with todays sounds as well with influences of a more modern sounding Country Music and it's crossovers to Americana, Folk and Rock as well as other genres of music.

  43. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  44. A: Multi-instrument overdubs.......fiddle, steel guitar, mandolin, dobro, guitars


I was the fiddle, guitars, steel guitar in this production

Gear Highlights
  • Mac Pro 2x quad core
  • Cubase 7.5
  • Tascam DM-4800
  • 2 Presonus Eureka preamps
  • Valley People Dyna-mic pre
  • various Tube
  • condensor
  • dynamic microphones
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Discounts for multi-instrument tracking... See description for other instruments available