Darcy Proper

Mastering Engineer

Darcy is a four-time Grammy Award winning mastering engineer who began her career at Sony Music Studios in New York City in the Classical Department. She eventually chose to focus her skills on mastering, broadening her musical scope to include in all genres from historical reissues to cutting-edge surround releases.  

In 2005, she moved to Europe serving as Senior Mastering Engineer at Galaxy Studios in Belgium for several years, moving on to Wisseloord Studios in Holland in 2011 where she served as Director of Mastering and Senior Mastering Engineer.

In 2015, she and her engineer husband Ronald Prent formed Proper Prent Sound, a company specializing in professional audio services for music productions.  In the summer of 2019, they moved their business from the Netherlands to the U.S. and are now based at “Valhalla Studios NY” in Auburn, NY.  As ever, Darcy’s focus remains on mastering – from reissue to front line releases, from vintage mono to immersive 3D formats, for virtually all genres of music.

In addition to the Grammy wins, Darcy has been honored with seven additional nominations and has won several other professional awards for her work.

Darcy has had the pleasure of mastering historical reissue projects for such prestigious artists as Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Dave Brubeck, Stephen Sondheim, Johnny Cash, and Helloween.   She has also worked on stereo, surround, and immersive-audio front-line releases for many talented artists including Steely Dan, The Eagles, Ozark Henry, Donald Fagen, Porcupine Tree, Peter Maffay, Udo Lindenberg, Patricia Barber, Marcus Miller, Jeff Mills, The Common Linnets, Anouk, David Garrett, Blind Guardian, and Jane Ira Bloom.