Davis Hay - HayWire Studio

Metal Mixing & Mastering

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Davis Hay - HayWire Studio on SoundBetter

My aim is to provide rock & metal musicians with an affordable, all-in-one mixing & mastering solution. I'd be thrilled to take your recordings to the next level! You'll receive your distribution-specific masters within a short turnaround, and with a 100% satisfaction guarantee!

A graduate of the 2011 Recording Arts program at Powersound Recording Studios, I've been working on metal music ever since - recording, mixing, and mastering for all the bands I've performed in. In May 2019, I decided to start offering an in-the-box mixing and mastering service professionally under the name HayWire Studio.
I'd best describe my style as an homage to old school metal as I love to make use of analog style plugins to create saturated soundscapes that would feel at home in 80s and 90s metal.

One of the key services I am proud to offer my clients is distribution-specific mastering! This means that when I finish mastering your songs, I will also create additional versions which best fit different distribution methods like Spotify, iTunes, CDs, and more! There are some key differences between distribution methods that need to be taken into account such as loudness standards and where your audio should peak. If you have any questions don't hesitate to contact me, I'll gladly tell you more about it!

I also offer track editing, time alignment, vocal comping, etc. I have experience as a creator with dark ambient noise, and I'm also open to trying out other genres besides metal and rock.

I am now offering services as a recording engineer and we can book sessions at a South Edmonton studio - just contact me for more details.

Tell me about your project and how I can help, through the 'Contact' button above.

11 Reviews - 1 Repeat Client

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  1. Review by norbman d.
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    once again: davis pressed the right buttons.
    perfect song, perfect mix!

  2. Review by Charles I.
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    Davis was super helpful as this was my first time getting a track mastered and was very patient with me. The track sounds just as awesome as I hoped it would.

  3. Review by norbman d.
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    once again davis hit it!
    we will be back!

  4. Review by norbman d.
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    davis did once again a perfect job. the result is thrashy, evil, unique... it's just the way it should sound!
    this song will definitely not be our last song davis mixed and mastered.
    thanx once again!

  5. Review by norbman d.
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    thanx davis!
    you did a fantastic job. all the wishes we had you fullfilled 100%. the result is definitely far better than expected! great song (of course!) and now a great sound as well: evil, dark and unique....
    well done!

  6. Review by Matt B.
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    Absolute pleasure to work with, Davis went above and beyond what was required when he mastered our EP. He worked very well with me (a relative mastering newbie) to understand the sound I was going for and working to tweak the masters to achieve that. Would absolutely work with again!

  7. Review by Josh J.
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    Davis is great at catering to specific demands and delivered a great master

  8. Review by Thomas Fortin
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    Davis was very helpful in achieving our sound! He was the second to mix our CD and I was very impressed with the outcome! I would strongly recommend him!

  9. Review by Daniel P.
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    As stated by another user: "Fast service, open communication, and great product" I couldn't agree more. It's been great working with this sound engineer. Thanx mate!

  10. Review by Pete Mercer
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    Killed my first track thanks for the support brutha 🤜🏻🔪💯

  11. Review by Armando López
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    Davis took my sorry sounding mixes and mastered them to sound presentable. Fast service, open communication, and great product - highly recommended!

Interview with Davis Hay - HayWire Studio

  1. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  2. A: Proud of the work I've done for Norbman here on SoundBetter. He's brought me some great thrash metal tracks to mix and master. They've turned out really top-notch. Also proud of the Sophist material that we finished in 2019. Here's hoping to finish another album or more in 2020.

  3. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  4. A: I've got all new drum tracks lined up for another Sophist LP, even though our latest album isn't out until February 7th. Working like crazy on that stuff! Will be recording more Sallow Regent soon too. Other than that, I've had several projects on SoundBetter lately.

  5. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  6. A: Now and then a client will blow me away with an awesome song - that's always a pleasure.

  7. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  8. A: A lot of everyday people don't understand everything that goes into music production and barely conceive of what mixing and mastering is all about! So there are many times I end up explaining the whole process in detail.

  9. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  10. A: Are your multitracks bounced and exported in WAV or AIFF? Do you have a reference track? What do you want to sound like, can you describe it? Are you tracks already edited and ready to mix? What kind of notes do you have for me about your songs?

  11. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  12. A: I've been involved in music for about 13 years, maybe more. I started by messing around with bands and studio projects in high school as a vocalist, over the internet and with friends. I decided to take a recording class at Powersound Recording Studios after I graduated high school, so I had to move to a larger city. Ever since I graduated from that class I've been active in local bands and recording them. No I've started my own company and am eager to take on new projects. I hope that my clients' reviews on SoundBetter thus far will speak volumes about the effort I am putting into this.

  13. Q: How would you describe your style?

  14. A: Tribute to 80s and 90s extreme metal.

  15. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  16. A: There's some local artists that I'd love to work with, really respect their sound.

  17. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  18. A: Years of metal obsession and a respect for real metal sound from the 80s and 90s. Unwavering commitment to making sure that a client is satisfied with their masters.

  19. Q: What's your typical work process?

  20. A: I like to handle the whole mixing and mastering process. Once I know what sound a client is looking for, I'll load up their tracks and get to work. After I've got all the tracks set up in Cubase, I'll start funneling them down into group busses, a premaster buss, and a master buss. Once this framework is established, I'll begin initial mixing and listening. Typically I'll focus on drums and bass at the beginning, moving on to guitars, vocals and anything else afterwards. I like to make use of vintage-style plugins to achieve an old-school sound. After I've got a mix that I'm happy with I will begin making comparisons to a reference track, looking for differences in compression, EQ, and stereo image. Typically, I will make sure to fine-tune the track closely to the reference track unless there are other plans in mind. Once I'm completely satisfied with the results I will export the master buss and open the result up in Wavelab for final mastering. This is when I will send a first draft to a client to get feedback from them on it. If there is something they'd like changed, I just go back into Cubase and make some adjustments. Once the client has settled on a draft, I then create distribution-specific master copies for them. These can be loose .wav files or DDP format.

  21. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  22. A: There's a ton, I'm an avid metal collector with over 600 albums. I'm inspired by Darkthrone, Mayhem, Celtic Frost, Bathory, Anaal Nathrakh, Ghaals Wyrd, Gorgoroth, Fukpig, Napalm Death, Rotten Sound, Marduk, Cannibal Corpse, Suffocation, Primordial, and many more.

  23. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  24. A: I most commonly work on mastering single tracks or EPs for clients. A lot of people are focusing on singles these days, which isn't necessarily a bad thing.

  25. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  26. A: It's all in-the-box. All I need is a computer, interface, and monitors. As for software, I've got Cubase 10.5, Wavelab 10 Pro, Waves Diamond, and a bunch of other plugins.

  27. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  28. A: 100% satisfaction guarantee, I will make sure you're happy with your song.

  29. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  30. A: Various kinds of heavy metal, especially death, black, and thrash metal.

  31. Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

  32. A: Are you able to record me? I am now able to record you at a South Edmonton studio - just contact me for more information and we can see about booking some sessions.

  33. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  34. A: It's so important during your home recording to really dial in the gain on your console or interface. You want the strongest signal you can get without it clipping. Really watch that and take the time to get it perfect.

  35. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  36. A: Make sure to do your research to figure out what you need and what you can afford. Often times your home recordings are good enough to make an impression on the right people - you just need that extra touch and a bit of help with them.

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In Nihilum Redactus by Sophist

I was the vocalist, mixing, mastering engineer in this production

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GenresSounds Like
  • Napalm Death
  • Mayhem
  • Cannibal Corpse
Gear Highlights
  • KRK Rokit 5 Monitors
  • M-Audio Fast Track Ultra 8R
  • KRK KNS-8400
  • Computer: Intel Core i7-6700 CPU @3.4ghz
  • 16GB RAM
  • Software: Cubase 10.5
  • Wavelab 10
  • Waves Diamond + Assorted Plugins
  • Fortin NTS Suite
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  • New album coming out on Niflhel RecordsJan 22, 2020

    The new Sophist (Black metal/grindcore) album is coming out on Niflhel Records February 7th. I did the drum programming, vocals, recording, mixing, mastering for this release. Excited to get it out there everyone to hear!

  • Software Upgrade!Aug 09, 2019

    I just updated to Waves Diamond package as well as some other upgrades. Can't wait to try it out on the Sophist full-length and some new projects! 

  • Another 5-star!Jul 11, 2019

    Just wrapped up a mastering job for a SoundBetter client, and received another 5-star review! Just thrilled that I've got another satisfied customer. Black metal/noise!

  • Sophist 'Betrothal to the Stone: Conception of Mephisto'Jul 04, 2019

    I've got a new studio project, black metal/grindcore, called Sophist. Our debut single 'Betrothal to the Stone: Conception of Mephisto' is out everywhere for streaming on July 20th, 2019. You can get it now on BandCamp when you pre-order the EP of the same name. The EP releases on August 24th.

  • Suffocating by Kid KillitJul 04, 2019

    Releasing on July 10, I mastered a hiphop track for Kid Killit called Suffocating. It was fun to work on something different! They'll be putting out a video, pretty cool!

  • Two BIG remasters! Released on Monday morning.Jun 12, 2019

    Extremely proud of these two EPs I worked on! They were released on June 10th.


    Sallow Regent - Poisoner EP (Remastered)

    Kryosphere - SOL (Remastered)


    Both releases are available on BandCamp for free.