Located in the creative heart of West Oakland, California, AudibleOddites is a mastering studio owned and operated by Shawn “Twerk” Hatfield. Shawn’s been in the music business for nearly 20 years, with the last 15 dedicated specifically to professional mastering. With thousands of albums worth of experience working for both major and indie labels on nearly every style of music, including spoken word, movies, and games, Shawn has the ear for today’s current trends in mastering, balanced with an understanding of both modern and past technique.
Shawn brings with this an illustrious recording career with a formidable discography of his own. Having toured the world performing with his custom designed software for live improvisational electronic music, at premiere events such as the Sonar Festival (Spain), PS1 (NYC), SFMOMA (SF), Transmediale Festival (Berlin), and the Liquid Room (Tokyo), Shawn has deep knowledge in translating music from the studio out into the real world.
At AudibleOddities, we’re big lovers of analog processing and we’re equipped with some incredible pieces of custom analog gear for that extra harmonic warmth and richness that only real tubes, op amps, and transformers can impart. We use customized gear from Maselec, Manley, Buzz Audio, API, Foote Control Systems, Crane Song, Dangerous Music, Dave Hill Designs, and more. But just because we love good ol’ fashioned analog doesn’t mean we don’t also value the transparency and accuracy of today’s modern plug-ins. At AudibleOddities, understanding the synergetic effect of combining both worlds, we’re able to achieve a result far greater than either system on its own. Our mastering chain has been painstakingly designed over many years to provide both clean and colorful results.
AudibleOddities has been featured in Wired, Multilink, Trash_Audio, Resident Advisor, and XLR8R Magazines!