Darcy Proper wins surround sound Grammy
Posted on: Tuesday 13th of March 2018
Jim Anderson (mix engineer, L), and Darcy Proper (mastering engineer, R) were awarded for Best Surround Sound Album at the 60th Grammy Awards, for their work on saxophonist and composer Jane Ira Bloom’s Early Americans. Anderson, an internationally recognised engineer and producer for acoustic music in the recording, television, and film industries, has 27 Grammy-nominated recordings in his portfolio, 11 of which have gone on to win the big prize. This was Proper’s fourth win; she has earned a total of ten nominations in her career, the Wisseloord Studios mastering engineer has also featured twice in Resolution magazine (V4.8 and V15.5).
Proper began her career at Sony Music Studios in New York City in the Classical department, later focusing her skills on mastering and broadening her musical scope to include in all genres from historical reissues to cutting-edge surround releases. After twenty years in the big city, she made the jump to Europe, accepting a position as Senior Mastering Engineer at Galaxy Studios in Belgium. In 2010, Darcy became part of the team dedicated to the revival of Wisseloord as director of Mastering.
Proper has mastered historical reissue projects for such prestigious artists as Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong, Frank Sinatra, Dave Brubeck, and Johnny Cash. She has also worked on stereo and 5.1 front-line releases for many talented artists including The Eagles, Ilse DeLange, Donald Fagen, Anouk, Porcupine Tree, Clouseau, Peter Maffay, Patricia Barber, Alain Clark, Jane Ira Bloom, Marcus Miller, Jef Neve, Ozark Henry.