Ears, experience, and perspective are more important than equipment. But we realize that many want to know about the facilities and equipment that can be brought to bear on their projects.

Obsidian Sound is based around a hybrid digital/analogue mastering studio (acoustic treatment and plan designed by Ethan Winer of Real Traps), which includes solid state and tube/valve outboard gear, high-end AD/DA conversion, and a mountain of high-end software tools. This palette can provide everything from intense, euphonic coloration to utter sonic transparency.

Monitoring

  • Tyler Acoustics D2X stereo mastering mains
  • Dual Emotiva PA-1 monobloc amps
  • Kali 5.1 nearfield surround monitors
  • Grace m908 DAC/monitor controller
  • Many headphones and custom in-ear monitors of various types

Outboard

  • Crane Song HEDD 192 AD/DA Converter
  • Foote P3S Stereo Mastering Compressor (Cinemag transformer option)
  • Manley Vari-Mu Tube Compressor
  • Summit Audio EQP-200B Stereo Tube Equalizer
  • Custom Audio Germany HDE-250A Equalizer
  • Elysia Karacter Stereo Saturator
  • Dangerous Liaison Input Switcher
  • Various other signal processors, preamps, effects
  • Professional vinyl turntable and cassette deck

Software

  • Logic Pro, Pro Tools, Reaper, Wavelab DAWs
  • iZotope RX Advanced
  • Professional, mastering-grade plugins from dozens of manufacturers