Bruce Hoffman

Fiddler- multi-instrumentalist

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98 Reviews (97 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!

Tell me about your project and how I can help, through the 'Contact' button above.

98 Reviews - 25 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by William p.
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    Well we think Bruce is the real deal. He played beautifully on our 2 songs 1 with fiddle and 1 with steel guitar. Thanks for your help Bruce

  2. Review by Rain
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    Bruce was amazing to work with! Beautiful performance- quick responses- landed up providing me with more of his work to choose from- excellent translation of my vision- very nice and a real artist! I plan to work with him again and would recommend him highly! big cheers!

  3. Review by Stephen Moyer
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    Excellent job as always. Can always count on Bruce to deliver stellar violin/fiddle tracks.

  4. Review by Paul M.
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    Bruce is a genius! He went above and beyond to make my record sound incredible! Definitely going to work with him more in the future! Now on to the next one.....Thank you Bruce...Paul

  5. Review by Daniel
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    Wow! Super fast delivery!!! Thank you Bruce, you've nailed it!!!

  6. Review by David A.
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    Listen, I do my homework. I’ve listened to dozens of samples and there are many fine musicians here. But there’s a certain sound that transcends the rest and you know it when you hear it. That is Bruce’s sound. Bruce not only has plenty of raw talent but he has put in the time that is required for greatness. There’s a time when you just can’t settle for good (whether that’s you or the guy in your band). You need GREAT. Bruce is that guy.

  7. Review by alan v.
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    Bruce did a great job. He simply nailed it. Nice guy. Easy to work with.
    Couldn't ask for more.

  8. Review by Brice D.
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    Bruce played the fiddle on my track, and he’s an amazing musician, with a very deep and warm emotion in his performance!!!!!! I’m more than happy with his work.

  9. Review by David A.
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    Bruce is an excellent player with creative instincts that will take your songs to new levels and make them radio ready!

  10. Review by Lee Y.
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    Bruce is one of the best musicians around here in soundbetter. Fast, clean tracks in a incredible short turnaround time.

  11. Review by Thomas I.
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    Bruce is such an insane instrumentalist! He was so open to my ideas and went over the top to accommodate them!

    Will not be the last time I work with him!

  12. Review by tim s.
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    Bruce nailed it!! Terrific work and super fast turnaround also. Would highly recommend.

  13. Review by Charlie W.
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    Bruce is great to work with and an excellent fiddle player

  14. Review by Charlie W.
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    Bruce did an excellent job playing fiddle on a song!

  15. Review by Scott M.
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    Bruce always does a great job- a true pro!

  16. Review by Matt S.
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    Worked with Bruce throughout an EP and he played wonderfully on several instruments. Really brings the magic to the project!

  17. Review by Matt S.
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    The best in the biz! Amazing technical and creative ability with clear and quick communication.

  18. Review by Paul M.
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    What a talent, working with Bruce is a pure pleasure. No matter what type of music genre, Bruce will take your project to the next level. You always know you will receive the best performance for your project. It's always a joy, literally, to work with this humble and talented artist. Sorry Bruce for not clicking job complete. I will know for next time…….Paul

  19. Review by Gilbert N.
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    Finding Bruce to be a reliable, musical go-to for all my needs in slide and (soon) fiddle.

  20. Review by Lee K.
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    Well versed in just about any style

  21. Review by Logan N.
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    Bruce knows where to hang your emotions on his strings and he knows where to hit your heart. I love Bruce's raw feelings on the strings, it's fantastic. Very understand and kind musician. Thank you for giving a life to my song Bruce.

  22. Review by Ben S.
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    Bruce is a great fiddle player - fast turnaround and high quality work. If you need a go-to pro on the fiddle, Bruce is your guy!

  23. Review by Dan
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    Bruce is a fantastic musician, so easy to work with and did a top job! Couldn't have asked for more and will definitely be in touch with you again Bruce. Thanks again for making the tracks come alive!

  24. Review by Matt S.
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    Above and beyond talent and effort. He's not only technical but also creative and easy to communicate with.

  25. Review by Gilbert N.
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    Bruce is a very musical pro. I will use him again!!

  26. Review by Dave
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    Bruce gave me an epic violin performance and worked with me to achieve the vision of what i wanted. Friendly guy and great to communicate with!

  27. Review by Gordon R.
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    Bruce is an incredible musician. It is easy to read these reviews as hyperbole. This is not hyperbole. This guy is technically flawless and musically gifted. He brought my track to life. He navigated it's dense chord changes expertly and made the song sparkle. I am so grateful that I asked him to play fiddle and pedal steel on my song!

  28. Review by Lee K.
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    A long time collaborator. Bruce always adds so much to each song!

  29. Review by Kevin M.
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    I really enjoyed working with Bruce. Everything went smooth and his turnaround was quick. He made sure I felt comfortable in the process and I felt respected even as a small home producer. Thank you so much. I will continue to ask Bruce for input as I continue to write and produce music.

  30. Review by John B.
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    Bruce did an excellent job on the fiddle!
    If needed, I will definitely use him again!

  31. Review by Scott M.
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    Working with Bruce is great. It's like you've been playing in the same band for years!

  32. Review by Logan N.
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    Bruce is simply AMAZING !.
    The End.

  33. Review by Gilbert N.
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    Awesome player.

  34. Review by Lee K.
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    Bruce makes sure he delivers something great every time.

  35. Review by Joe Dancsak
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    Awesome job! Just what I needed and super quick turnaround, highly recommend :)

  36. Review by Logan N.
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    Bruce is great. Very fast turn around and excellent violin sound. I'm looking forward to work with Bruce again

  37. Review by Timur S.
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    Super fast delivery, exceeded expectations. Perfect of my track! Exactly what I need. Highly recommended!

  38. Review by Den
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    Again, another job well done and with an extremely fast turnaround.

    Thanks Bruce!!!!

  39. Review by Den
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    Amazing job! Bruce just took my song to the next level with adding an excellent steel guitar track to it and did it with incredible speed.
    Will be sending more work his way for sure!

  40. Review by Christer K.
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    Great player, fast and had a really nice time working with him

  41. Review by Tommy O.
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    High quality work! Fast delivery and a good sense of what the song needed. Won’t hesitate to use Bruce again🙂

  42. Review by Jeff P.
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    Bruce is extraordinarily talented and added some great steel guitar to a demo MP3 file that I provided (with nothing else). This made all the difference and really glued everything together for the final mix. Bruce has a knack for providing what is needed with regard to intro/outro, sitting behind vocals, and a variety of clean and appropriate fills/accents/runs where there are breaks in the vocal or music. It would be a pleasure to work with Bruce again.

  43. Review by Símun D.
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    Amazing musician! Very professional.

  44. Review by Lee K.
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    Love working with Bruce

  45. Review by Lee K.
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    I've worked with Bruce a few times now. Like a bandmate you love, he delivered something better than I had in mind

  46. Review by Stephen M.
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    Used Bruce for violin for a long time, then tried him on steel and found that he’s equally talented on that! His mastery of so many instruments makes him my go to session player!

  47. Review by Ed V.
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    Nice Work. The Time Jumpers would be smiling.

  48. Review by jay
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    Bruce is a wonderful musician to work with.. played some amazing fiddle and mandolin tracks for my movie teaser

  49. Review by Scott M.
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    Great Job Bruce. I love having him on my tracks!

  50. Review by keith k.
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    Bruce gave me some fiddle and pedal steel parts that are so good! I love working with him and hope he can play on more of my material in the future.

  51. Review by Stephen M.
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    Used Bruce to track fiddle in the past and was phenomenal, tried him on pedal steel and he blew me away again! The guy is very gifted in a lot of areas.

  52. Review by Dominic K.
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    Bruce is an amazingly talented musician, that always brings creativity, prodigious playing, and professionalism to every project I've worked with him on.

  53. Review by Samuel F.
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    Bruce was easy to work with. Upon submitting some notes, Bruce made the necessary adjustments and got back to me very quickly. Nice work!

  54. Review by keith k.
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    Bruce's fiddle part is absolutely beautiful! I am so pleased with his work. Thank you

  55. Review by David D.
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    Bruce is great to work with, a true pro and gives us exactly what the production needs. Quick turnaround.

  56. Review by Dominic K.
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    I've done three songs now with Bruce and he always elevates any song to a new level with his amazing and tasteful pedal steel and fiddle parts. He brings creativity and virtuosity to every project.

  57. Review by David D.
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    Bruce is a professional through and through. His playing and communication are excellent and hopefully will be using him again.

  58. Review by Dominic K.
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    Bruce is a consummate professional musician. His musical performances really bring out the soul of the song and integrate seemlessly. It was a pleasure working with him.

  59. Review by Oscar R.
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    Bruce was awesome to work with. Very helpful, had great ideas

  60. Review by Scott M.
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    Great Job- As always!

  61. Review by Brandon-Richard A.
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    Bruce is my go-to guy for pedal steel guitar and fiddle. His communication is superb and his tracks are always performed and recorded excellently, along with fitting the song well.

  62. Review by Anaïk
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    Bruce did an amazing job. His enthousiasme, quick turn around, and talent have made him the perfect fiddle player for our Irish-inspired song. He suggested adding some mandoline on top of that and did a brilliant job doing so. Looking forward working together again, for sure!

  63. Review by Scott M.
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    Awesome Job with Bruce, as always. Quick turn around, and perfect tracks!!!

  64. Review by Ezra V.
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    My second project with Bruce and he nailed it again. He pays attention to detail and has a great ear for melodic structure. A great player, I'll be hiring again.

  65. Review by Peter B.
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    I wanted a real violin track to replace my plugin midi violin track. Bruce was able to duplicate my track and get it back to me in about 24 hours. Beautiful job, super fast, very reasonable! Thanks, Bruce!

  66. Review by Scott M.
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    Bruce is an exceptional musician. Have done multiple sessions with him and never a revision needed.

  67. Review by Brandon-Richard A.
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    Bruce is my go-to guy for fiddle parts. He's extraordinary and knows how to play in a way that both compliments the song and makes it shine in a whole different light. I look forward to working with him many more times!

  68. Review by L.V. D.
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    Bruce nailed my track..responsive..helpful..stellar performance..there aren't stars enough for him !! Will work again with him.

  69. Review by Brandon-Richard A.
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    Bruce is AWESOME to work with! This is my second experience with him and just like the first, he took the initial direction I gave him and delivered something better than I could've imagined.

  70. Review by Sylvia N.
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    Fantastic Violinist and wonderful to work with!

  71. Review by Scott M.
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    Crazy good fiddle and steel. A true pro!

  72. Review by Brandon-Richard A.
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    Bruce's playing brought my track to life! He is a fantastic musician and arranger and he went above and beyond to deliver something that did the track justice, and then some. I can't wait to work with him again!

  73. Review by Scott M.
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    Bruce just made some amazing gut string guitar tracks for me. This is the first time he has done guitar work for me and i was blown away. A great player!

  74. Review by Scott M.
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    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!

  75. Review by Scott M.
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    Great work as always. Superb player!

  76. Review by Brian K.
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    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.

  77. Review by Brian K.
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    I've found my fiddle player. just amazing. Thanks so much.

  78. Review by Stephen M.
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    Bruce does it time and time again. Always delivers tasteful violin tracks with fast turnaround times.

  79. Review by Paul M.
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    You won't be disappointed working with Bruce. Highly recommended. incredibly talented!.....Will work with him again...

  80. Review by Scott M.
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    Great Job Again- one of the best!

  81. Review by Paul M.
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    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

  82. Review by Scott M.
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    Another amazing session from Bruce. What a player!

  83. Review by Jamy
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    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.

  84. Review by Scott M.
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    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!

  85. Review by Paul M.
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    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

  86. Review by Paul M.
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    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

  87. Review by Scott M.
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    Great musician, very responsive and easy to work with. I look forward to working with Bruce again very soon!

  88. Review by Paul M.
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    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

  89. Review by Stephen M.
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    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.

  90. Review by Fridolin N.
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    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.

  91. Review by Ezra V.
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    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!

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

  93. Review by Stephen M.
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    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!

  94. Review by Jamy
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    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.

  95. Review by Antonio A.
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    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

  96. Review by Antonio A.
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    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...

  97. Review by Stephen M.
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    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!

  98. Review by James North Productions
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    I've used Bruce on multiple projects and have found him to be first class in terms of quality and time frame. My clients have only ever been very happy with his work.

Interview with Bruce Hoffman

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

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

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

  4. 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.

  5. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  6. 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.

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

  8. 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.

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

  10. A: I feel my strength is in knowing when and where to color....it'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.

  11. Q: What's your strongest skill?

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

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

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

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

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

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

  18. 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 years.......it was a dream come true! I would like to work with John Fogerty, Bob Dylan and maybe Melloncamp... love their music!

  19. Q: How would you describe your style?

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

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

  22. 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.

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

  24. 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

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

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

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

  28. 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.

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

  30. 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

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

  32. 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.

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

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

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

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

  37. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  38. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

  44. 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.

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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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