SnowFlake - The Isokon
"I've been working with Nathan for the better part of a decade now on a good portion of the records I mix and produce. When it came time to master my own record finally, I had absolutely no question he was the one to craft it.
Nathan has a genuinely sensitive touch that graces all of his work, and I am constantly in awe of the often subtle but always brilliant work he does to refine those things that just slip under the radar with most people. A musical, brilliant, sweet, thoughtful, and dedicated human being. I absolutely adore working with Nathan and The Vault."
D. James Goodwin
"In one word, fantastic! The quality of the work is amazing, our album now sounds like we always wanted it to. "
"In the 13 years that I've been performing and recording music, this is the best mastering engineer I've worked with thus far. Not only was he able to make the fixes and adjustments that I requested, he intuitively improved a host of other aspects of the mixes. I plan on using Vault for all my future projects."
New York Horns
"Nathan did a fantastic job on our newest release! We couldn't be happier with the results, and his willingness to work with us to put everything in a great sonic space was exceptional. We sincerely appreciated Nathan's ear and musicality in the choices he made for our mastering - he brought a new and fresh dimension to the music. THANK YOU!"
New York Horns
Do You Have the Time
"I have found that most mastering services are fairly impersonal with little time and consideration given to the artist's vision for their fans and listeners. That is not the case with Nathan at the Vault Mastering Studio.
One of the most important things that I recognized working at the studio is that Nathan provides a second set of ears, critical to objective listening. Honestly I must admit, that I was unable to detect some of the distractions found in our final mixes which Nathan was able to highlight and adjust with discussion and approval.
Not only was the mastering experience an eye-opening one, but listening to the sequence and mood for the master was as important as the professional sound. All I'm attempting to say is that, our music was created and recorded for a listening audience, and the listening experience began at the Vault, and our album did not come out from the session until we were satisfied that our music was exactly the experience we wished for people to hear.
Thank you for your insights and knowledge Nathan. I came for a product but forged a friendship that goes beyond a working relationship."
"Not only did Nathan do an incredible job mastering, but without a molecule of ego, he produced three different masters for us, each meeting a completely different need. He understood what we were going for and pulled it off while maintaining the highest level of sonic quality."
"We are all awestruck at how good it sounds! I always expect the best from you, but this one has a special warm quality that makes the very diverse musical selections on the album hang together quite well. Darren was really pleased with the way his trumpet sounds and it's impossible to not notice how well everyone is imaged - the bass and trumpet in particular."
"What a great experience working with the Vault! Nathan was very perceptive and extremely skilled in raising the quality of the release to a very high standard. My sincere gratitude. We will be seeing you again soon for the next one!
Shaun Michael Poore - pianist
"Nathan was absolutely fantastic to work with both on a personal and professional level. He gave me what I envisioned the mastered album to sound like and was readily available to listen to my requests and concerns. I'm working on a 2nd album and will hands down work with him again. Thanks mate!"
Shaun Michael Poore
"Being a touring band and living on the road constantly, there isn't a lot of people who understand speed and quality. Working with The Vault Mastering Studio and Nathan James was exactly that. Our turn around rate was incredible not to mention the quality of the sound, which in turn was just as impressive.
The help that Nathan James provided with answering questions replying to emails and being spot on with answers or walk through's was something that you cant find everywhere. We have already started pushing the name of the company through this experience. Thank you Nathan and The Vault!"