Max Hirtenstein - 3 Volt Sound, Inc.

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Hello! My name is Max Hirtenstein and I'm an experienced San Francisco production sound mixer, sound designer, composer, and owner of 3 Volt Sound, Inc.

Need a sound recordist or boom operator? My work in location sound includes 3 seasons of “VICE” for HBO, living with hunter-gatherers in Tanzania for PBS, filming cheetahs with the BBC, documentary work in the gem mines of Kenya, “Murder In The First” for TNT, ”The Real World" for MTV, as well as numerous other network TV shows and national commercial spots. I own complete field audio packages for any project, including equipment by Sound Devices, Lectrosonics, Sennheiser, DPA, Sanken, and much more.

Need a post sound mixer or composer? My work in the studio includes sound design for dozens of commercials, Foley, dialogue editing, and surround sound mixing for feature films and indie docs, and a film score which charted on the iTunes World Best New Releases charts. Post sound and music gear includes a full 5.1 studio and a complete plugin suite for Pro Tools HD.

No job too big or small - for a quote or booking, please email, visit, or call 773.425.0068.

Who I've Worked With...
Sean Penn, Bill Nye The Science Guy, Jennifer Lopez, Willie Nelson, John Mayer, The Grateful Dead, Stephen Fry, E-40, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, Lars Ulrich, Guy Fieri, Stephen Curry, Hope Solo and the US Women’s Soccer Team, Ryan Seacrest, Olympians Jonny Mosely and Natalie Coughlin, Bo Jackson, Barry Sanders, Leonard Maltin, Hunter Pence, Buster Posey and the SF Giants, Keith Urban, Jim Harbaugh, Harry Connick Jr., George Jung, David Choe, Brett Ratner, Vernon Davis, Dan The Automator, Lily Aldridge, Boots Riley, Taj Mahal, the CEOs of Youtube, Tumblr, Nissan and Renault, and many, many more.

My Clients...
HBO, BBC, MTV, CBS, PBS, National Geographic, TLC, Discovery, VICE, FOX, The History Channel, Food Network, ESPN, Spike, A&E, Bravo, Visa, NFL, Fox Sports, Nike, Doritos, Timberland, Giorgio Armani, The Wall St Journal, Beats, Nickelodeon, Netflix, Uber, Costco, Charles Schwab, airbnb, Esquire, Pixar, GE, PG&E, The San Francisco Symphony, Univision, Mercedes-Benz, Red Bull, Levi’s, Audi, Toyota, Chevrolet, Chase, Google, Apple, Honda, Pandora, Nissan, Renault, Greyhound, Capital One, SKYY, Bloomberg Television, CBC, Facebook, American Express, Miller Lite, HP, Microsoft, Frito-Lay, LinkedIn, Comcast, Bank of America, Adobe, Verizon, Pinterest, John Deere, Wells Fargo, NVIDIA, Victoria’s Secret, Nokia, Skype, Intel, Stumbleupon, Samsung, Logitech, Yahoo!, IBM, and many more.

Selected Credits…
“VICE on HBO” Season 4 -- 2016 -- TV Series (HBO)
“I Am JFK Jr.” -- 2016 -- TV Documentary
“Murder in the First” -- 2016 -- TV Series (TNT)
“Explorer” -- 2016 -- TV Series (Nat Geo)
“The Best Democracy Money Can Buy” -- 2016 -- Feature Documentary
“Sour Grapes” -- 2016 -- Feature Documentary
"Generation Gap" -- 2016 -- Short Film
"Brother" -- 2016 -- Short Film
"Don't Give Up The Ghost" -- 2016 -- Feature Film
"Dr. Feelgood" -- 2016 -- Feature Documentary
"The Race to Save the World" -- 2016 -- Feature Documentary
“VICE on HBO” Season 3 -- 2015 -- TV Series (HBO)
“Looking” -- 2015 -- TV Series (HBO)
“American Idol” -- 2015 -- TV Series (FOX)
“Say Yes to the Dress” -- 2015 -- TV Series (TLC)
“Neanderthal Apocalypse” -- 2015 -- TV Documentary
“Small Empires” -- 2015 -- Web Series (The Verge)
“T-Rex” -- 2015 -- Feature Documentary
“Boombox Sessions: Boots Riley” -- 2015 -- Documentary Short
“Spark” -- 2015 -- Web Series (by Morgan Spurlock)
“Shut Up and Drive” -- 2015 TV Series -- (FOX Sports)
“Innovation Nation with Mo Rocca” -- 2015 TV Series (CBS)
“Super Cute Animals” -- 2015 -- TV Documentary (BBC)
“I Almost Accidentally Killed Myself” -- 2015 -- TV Series (Discovery)
“Diabolical” -- 2015 -- TV Series (Discovery)
"Sharing The Rough" -- 2015 -- Feature Documentary
“VICE on HBO” Season 2 -- 2014 -- TV Series (HBO)
"The Real World" -- 2014 -- TV Series (MTV)
“Roboticize Me” -- 2014 -- TV Series (CBC)
“Car Matchmaker” -- 2014 -- TV Series (Esquire)
“Get Grillin’ with Guy Fieri” -- 2014 -- Commercial
“Studio 1.0” -- 2014 -- TV Series (Bloomberg)
“Newlyweds: The First Year” -- 2014 -- TV Series (Bravo)
"Crash Course" -- 2014 -- Feature Documentary
"The Art of the Game" -- 2014 -- Documentary
“Mom, Murder, and Me” -- 2014 -- Feature Film
“The Cherokee Word For Water” -- 2014 -- Feature Film
“Dew” -- 2013 -- TV Commercial (John Deere)
"Football Fantasy" -- 2013 -- TV Commercial (Visa)
"Food Forward" -- 2013 -- TV Series (PBS)
"Slomo" -- 2013 -- Documentary Short -- WINNER -- Best Short Doc South By Southwest 2013
"SanFranLand" -- 2012 -- Webseries (Pixar)
"Events By Sasha" -- 2012 -- Reality TV (Bravo)
"The Gift" -- 2012 -- Short Film
"True Love" -- 2012 -- Feature Film
"Learning To Breathe" -- 2012 -- Feature Documentary
"I Faked My Own Death" -- 2011 -- TV Series (Discovery)
"I (Almost) Got Away With It" -- 2011 -- TV Series (Discovery)
"Decameron" -- 2011 -- Short Film
"Larkin" -- 2011 -- Short Film
"Squaresville" -- 2010 -- TV Pilot
"The Will and Willie Show" -- 2010 -- Radio Broadcast
"Concept 5" -- 2009 -- Short Film

I have been in the industry since 2008.


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Best Documentary Short - South By Southwest 2013

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