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.
Send me an email through 'Contact' button above and I'll get back to you asap.
3 ReviewsEndorse Davis Hay - HayWire Studio
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!
Killed my first track thanks for the support brutha 🤜🏻🔪💯
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
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've been involved in music for about 12 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, 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 at 27 I've started my own company and am eager to take on some new projects. 2012 - With Malice - Demo (all engineering, vocals), Eulogium - A Light in the Darkness (Remaster) 2013 - Kryosphere - SOL (all engineering, lead vocals) 2014 - Eulogium - In Hoc Signo Vinces (Mastering) 2018 - Sallow Regent - Poisoner (all engineering, lead vocals) 2019 - Amanda Hardy - 'Love Me I'm Rich' (Davis Hay Mix), Eulogium remaster, Sallow Regent remaster, Kryosphere remaster, Sophist EP, Kid Killit - Suffocating, Deathfull Lands full-length (Note: my bandmates over the years have been amazing and helpful whenever we were recording and going over the mixdowns. Especially Brent Bell who I've been in three bands with now! He's got a lot of experience in Edmonton's metal scene.)
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: The mastering I did for Eulogium turned out fantastic. Other than that I am especially proud of the work I did for my new studio project, Sophist. I recorded, mixed and mastered it. It's a hectic mix of black metal and grindcore and it's my best work to date.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: In the process of recording a new EP for one of my bands, Sallow Regent. Just finished an EP for a studio project of mine called Sophist - I can say without doubt that it's my best work. So honestly I'm just preparing for the release date of that. Also did some mastering on a black metal/noise project for a SoundBetter client.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Years of metal obsession and a respect for real metal sound from the 80s and 90s. If you want to sound raw and old school, I'll help you get there. For instance, Cannibal Corpse - Tomb of the Mutilated was the reference album (Hammer Smashed Face mainly) for the Poisoner EP by Sallow Regent. Is tomb flashy and polished? Not at all, but that album is legendary. But, if you want to sound more polished, I'll help with that too!
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: There's a ton, I'm an avid metal collector with over 560 albums. There's so many albums that I love. Arktis by Ihsahn is an impressive one, and so is E by Enslaved. A recent one that just came out, GastiR - Ghost's Invited by Gaahls WYRD. Anything by Suffocation.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: None that I know personally!
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: The transformation from multitracks to mastered product is just so fun to A/B. I just did a song that filled me with pride.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: In general a lot of everyday people just don't realize what mixing and mastering is - it seems like they think songs just kind of happen.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: I like to make sure they have all the essentials, everything that I'm going to need. 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?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
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.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: 5 pieces? That's damn near my whole setup.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Raw and brutal, tribute to older metal. I love the sound of real drums and real amps.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: There's a ton of local artists that I can't wait to work with - I really respect their music, hopefully they'll take note of what I'm doing and hit me up in the near future.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
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.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Editing: I like to work with drum MIDI as a guide while editing tracks. The less editing the better though! Mixing: I start by muting everything, and then dialing in the kick and bass. After that I'll start working on the snare and toms, and then finally all the cymbals and overheads. Depending on what the band is going for will determine what I do to the drums: a black metal band might not want gated drums for instance. Next up are the guitars, effects, and vocals. At this point everything is hooked up to a group track and that's where I start looking at compression, modulation, reverb - one of my favorite plugins is Waves Reel ADT. Typically I will always opt for the analog settings on any plugins. Mastering: Plan a mastering chain that will be useful for what I'm working on. I've got a general one saved as a preset to save time. Lately I've been using LEVELS to make sure everything is dialed in just perfect. My favorite part of my main mastering chain right now is the Aphex Vintage Aural Exciter. That thing is just amazing, and you bet I crank analog knob to 100 on that one.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Editing, Mixing, and Mastering - usually all three!
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital - It's what I've got and what I can afford.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I'll make sure that you're happy with what you're getting from me.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Are you able to record me? Unfortunately. I don't have the means to record you at my studio.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Death Metal and Black Metal. I'm open for anything rock or metal oriented, and maybe some other stuff if I feel like I can do it justice!
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Mastering, and sitting in a chair for a long time.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: It's a simple set up designed for efficient mixing and mastering. Computer -> Interface -> Monitoring, that's it. All the mixing and mastering is digitally done.