Davis Hay - HayWire Studio

Metal Mixing & Mastering

45 Reviews (34 Verified)
Davis Hay - HayWire Studio on SoundBetter

I specialize in Rock, Metal, and Punk. Distribution-specific mastering; 48-hour turn-around. I'd be thrilled to take your recordings to the next level.

A graduate of the 2011 Recording Arts program at Powersound Recording Studios in Edmonton, 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 started offering a professional mixing and mastering service.

I'd best describe my style as an homage to old-school metal, I love to make use of analog-style plugins to create saturated soundscapes that would feel at home in the 80s and 90s.

What is Distribution Specific Mastering?
It is the process of creating multiple masters of your music to ensure that you have optimal versions for different distribution platforms.
Since streaming platforms normalize audio to quieter levels, there is no reason to submit a louder/more compressed master to them. You can submit a less compressed master that has more dynamics!

I also offer track editing, time alignment, vocal comping, etc. I'm also open to working in other genres besides metal and rock, I've worked with several country artists. Vocal and DI recordings for guitar and bass are also available.
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45 Reviews - 5 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by Joe T.
    by Joe T.

    Super easy to work with. No hassle at all. Very prompt with response times and with delivery of final products. He knew exactly what I was looking for, and revisions were done quickly and efficiently. I highly recommend Davis for quick, clear, dynamic masters. He's not slamming these masters, he's keeping them alive

  2. Review by Samuel
    by Samuel

    Very solid mix again, great job!

  3. Review by Samuel
    by Samuel

    Davis Hey did s great mix, very natural sounding and breathing with a solid punch. Especially the guitars sounded awesome. Highly recommended!

  4. Review by Samuel
    by Samuel

    David did excellent master for me. Really made the mix sound better! Will definitely continue working with him.

  5. Review by Adonis K.

    Very professional and quick, easy to communicate.

  6. Review by dale w.

    Davis is a professional sound engineer. he did an amazing job, everything sounded so great and well-mixed. Great master as well.

  7. Review by Zack S.

    Lightning quick turnaround, excellent communication, and great results

  8. Review by Wyatt W.

    Davis was very pofessional and lightning quick - he got my music sounding great and handled revisions like a pro.

  9. Review by dale w.

    Davis is a true professional.

  10. Review by dale w.

    Davis was very professional and creative. He did everything I asked and even more!

  11. Review by dale w.

    Extremely professional and the results came out great

  12. Review by Karlos K.

    Incredible turnaround time and results to match!

  13. Review by Karlos K.

    Holy smokes! Davis is fast as lightning and always delivers!!!!

  14. Review by Karlos K.

    Amazing service as always, and blistering turnaround speeds!

    I’ll always use HayWire Studio for my mastering needs!!!

  15. Review by norbman d.

    fantanstic job davis,
    you did well on this tricky tune, but in the end the song got the perfect sound it deserves!
    thanx davis, we will be back for sure!

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  17. Review by norbman d.

    Thanx Davis,
    once again you gave the perfect song the perfect sound!

  18. Review by norbman d.

    Fantastic job!

  19. Review by norbman d.

    thanx to davis.
    he has done a fantastic job.
    he managed to create right the sound we were looking for: dark, thashy and unique!
    well done!
    we'll back for more!

  20. Review by brett m.

    Davis Hay was easy to work with, and had a remarkably fast turnaround. He helped us get the sound we were looking for in a few drafts of the mix/master. Highly recommendable.

Interview with Davis Hay - HayWire Studio

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

  2. A: I've been working on some mixes for new clients. Got some new music coming soon for my studio project, Sophist. Just have to sit down with the guitar players and get it rolling.

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

  4. A: I've been involved in music for about 15 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. Now 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.

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

  6. A: Take the time to dial in your gain while doing home recording, really make sure there is enough headroom to avoid peaking.

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

  8. 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 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 a classic sound. After I've got a mix that we're happy with I will begin the mastering process, making comparisons to a reference track. Typically, I will make sure to fine-tune the sound closely to the reference track unless there are other plans in mind. Once things are set, I'll create distribution-specific master copies. These can be loose .wav files or DDP format.

  9. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  10. A: It's all in-the-box. All I need is a computer, interface, and monitors. As for software, I've got Cubase 11, Wavelab 10 Pro, Waves Diamond, and a bunch of other plugins. Can do some quality vocal recording, and direct recording for bass and guitar as well.

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

  12. A: There's a ton, I'm an avid metal collector with over 800 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.

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

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

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

  16. 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.

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

  18. 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?

  19. Q: How would you describe your style?

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

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

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

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

  24. 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.

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

  26. 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.

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

  28. 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.

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

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

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

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

Prima Clavis by Sophist

I was the Recording/Mixing/Mastering engineer, Vocalist & Lyricist in this production

Terms Of Service

Please provide clear and detailed notes during revisions. You will receive your first draft within 48 hours. 100% satisfaction guarantee.

GenresSounds Like
  • Napalm Death
  • Mayhem
  • Anaal Nathrakh
Gear Highlights
  • KRK Rokit 5 Monitors
  • Radial J48 DI Box
  • Steinberg UR22C
  • KRK KNS-8400
  • IsoVox Booth
  • Sennheiser MD421 Software: Cubase 11
  • Wavelab 10
  • Waves Horizon + Assorted Plugins
  • Abbey Road Studios Collection
  • 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.