I’m Nathan Moody. I’ve mastered thousands of works in many genres, from songs to soundtracks to sound art. Artists from Hainbach to Howie B and Thurston Moore to TL3SS have flowed through my analogue mastering desk here in Northern California. My truest specialty, beyond all the audio engineering details, is working with transparency, honesty, and candor.
A few things make my mastering practice unique.
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. I try to do my part to contribute to my clients’ long-term artistic development, and as a result, many clients have returned to me album after album, year after year.
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 come from a robust understanding of what the artist intends.
My power-hungry studio, filled with transformers and tubes, uses electricity that is 100% generated from renewable sources, because I believe it is my basic responsibility to do so.
When I’m not working for other artists and labels at Obsidian Sound, I’m releasing my own albums, running my own private-press label and music publishing company, producing sound design, editing podcasts for networks like Luminary, Amazon Music, and iHeartRadio, and exploring the outdoors.