AES Member Profile

Darcy Proper

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Audio Field:

  • Recording Industry - Mastering Studio

Job Duty:

  • Mastering Engineer


I am a four-time Grammy award winning mastering engineer whose work has covered everything from vintage re-issues to cutting edge immersive audio releases. I've had the pleasure of working for international artists such as Johnny Cash, Dave Brubeck, Tony Bennett, Donald Fagen, The Eagles, Ozark Henry, Porcupine Tree, Peter Maffay, David Garrett, Jane Ira Bloom, Blind Guardian, and Jam & Lewis just to name a few. My career started off in NYC, followed by a 14-year stint in Europe. I returned to the US in 2019 and am currently based at Valhalla Studios New York in Auburn, NY.

Non-AES Awards & Award Nominations

2017 — Best Surround Album
Jane Ira Bloom: "Early Americans"
2013 -- Best Surround Sound Album
Patricia Barber: "Modern Cool"
2006 — Best Surround Sound Album
Donald Fagen: "Morph The Cat"
2001 -- Best Historical Album
"Lady Day: The Complete Billie Holiday on
Columbia 1933-1944"

(Plus 8 additional nominations)

GRAMMY Nominations (NARAS)
2018 - Best Immersive Audio Album
Engine-Earz Experiment - Symbol
2013 - Best Surround Sound Album
Jane Ira Bloom - Sixteen Sunsets
2010 - Best Surround Sound Album
Porcupine Tree - The Incident
2007 - Best Surround Sound Album
Porcupine Tree - Fear Of A Blank
2005 - Best Historical Album
You Ain't Talkin' To Me - Charlie Poole
And The Roots Of Country Music
2002 - Best Historical Album
Charlie Christian - Genius Of The Electric
1999 - Best Historical Album
Sony Music 100 Years: Soundtrack For A

TEC Awards (Technical Excellence & Creativity — Mix Foundation)
2006 -- Record Production/Album
Donald Fagen: "Morph The Cat"
2005 — Surround Sound Production
"Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival"

Surround Music Awards
2005 -- Best Made-For-Surround Title
Porcupine Tree: "Deadwing"
2003 — Best Made-For-Surround Title
Steely Dan: "Everything Must Go"

Education Background

B.Mus. - New York University (Magna Cum Laude)

Employment History

Darcy Proper Mastering / Proper Prent Sound LLC - Auburn, NY, USA
Owner/Mastering Engineer
2015 - current
Wisseloord Studios - Hilversum, The Netherlands Jan 2011 — Oct 2015
Director of Mastering / Senior Mastering Engineer

Galaxy Studios -- Mol, Belgium Nov 2005 — Nov 2010
Senior Mastering Engineer

Sony Music Studios -- New York, NY, USA 1998 - 2005
Senior Mastering Engineer

Sony Classical Productions, Inc. — New York, NY, USA 1991 - 1998

Soundworks Studios — New York, NY, USA 1989 - 1991
Assistant Technician

Hear No Evil — New York, NY, USA
1988 - 1991
Assistant Live Sound Engineer

The Public Theatre — New York, NY, USA
1988 - 1991
Sound Assistant

The Center for Electronic Music — New York, NY, USA 1988 - 1990
Intern/Receptionist/ instructor

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