"Nathan was fantastic. Easy to work with, punctual, thorough, and personable. Would definitely recommend to others, and use again myself!"
"In one word, fantastic! The quality of the work is amazing, our album now sounds like we always wanted it to. "
"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."
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"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."
"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."
"Nathan was everything and more than what we expected in an engineer. He welcomed us into his studio and went way above his duties in the work and advice he gave us for the album. We left the studio confident in knowing that Nathan helped to create the sound we were hoping for and we are honored to have had him be a part of the record"
"Our CD came out sounding great and Nathan was very helpful and responsive throughout the entire project, couldn't have asked for a better experience!"
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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
"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!"
"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."