I’m Nathan Moody, and Obsidian Sound is my audio engineering practice, primarily focusing on audio mastering, but with some mixing and even producing, depending on my client’s needs. I’ve mastered thousands of songs in many genres, including ambient electronic, techno, IDM, experimental sound art, acoustic ballads, doom metal, and everything in between.
Two things make my mastering practice unique.
First, I believe in making artists better than I found them, not just their audio. I share extreme amounts of technical feedback and input with every client, so they can better express their unique visions. I try to do my part to contribute to my clients’ long-term artistic development, and many clients have returned to me album after album, year after year.
Second, my background as an artist and creative director makes artistic intent my most important guiding principle in mastering my clients’ work. All the other aspects of mastering – optimized loudness, format-specific corrections, and overall balancing of tracks – all come from a robust understanding of what the artist intends. My process is honed specifically to get at mood, theme, subtext, and intent.
My truest specialty, beyond all the audio engineering details, is working with transparency, honesty, and candor. I’m happy being the provider of a service, but I’m much happier being a member of a team to bring an artist’s vision to life, and to build strong relationships.
I am a member of the Audio Engineering Society, was trained in recording mixing by David Gibson of the California Recording Institute, and have gotten a lot of help from generous mastering engineers over the years to get me where I am today.