Brooke Daye

Producer | Engineer

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Hello, I am a Taiwan-Based Canadian music producer/engineer and studio owner.

I have 16 years experience working in Rock/Indie/Folk and Hip Hop. I produce and mix records intended to make the listener "part of the experience". My work isn't done until the client is smiling. Vocals don't come out sounding "processed" but sound like "that person can sing!". Gear doesn't define me, but it surely helps get the product to a place of stature.

I care about my reputation as a mixing engineer and work hard to keep it. And it starts with and ends with the acts that I get to collaborate with. I work to make them complete.

I mix produce, mix and master records. I own a studio and rent it our for tracking and rehearsing. I am in a music eco-system that I wish more people get to experience.

I also do vocal comping and gain staging...like a champion.

So let's work!

I'd love to hear about your project. Click the 'Contact' button above to get in touch.

Reviews (3)

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  1. Review by Ash
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    Brooke is an excellent producer, I really enjoyed working with him on his project - he makes great music and communicates his ideas clearly. I look forward to working with him again.

  2. Review by Jay Stapley, guitars & mixing
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    A professional: excellent communication, excellent technical information, and good music to go along with it! Brooke knows what he wants but also leaves space for the musician to offer their own ideas. Recommended.

  3. Review by Dylan Groff
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    Working with Brooke was great! He gave me clear direction on what he wanted and was an invested partner in the process. I look forward to working with him again!

Interview with Brooke Daye

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

  2. A: My last album as a solo artist: Blue Collar Memories. I never really dreamed of being a performer, but I wrote and produced and mixed and mastered my own project for my hometown that has been hit by hard times. It really hit hard for me. I tried to smash hiphop with classic rock and folk. I think I pulled it off too. I enjoyed that project so much because so many talented people helped me on it. Top of my head about 15 people contributed. I was overwhelmed by the support. Makes me feel good.

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

  4. A: Mastering a Reggae Album, Mixing a Hip-Hop EP and Producing and Mixing a Pop Rock Single.

  5. Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?

  6. A: Jay Stapely. Dude played great guitar for me on a single in 2016.

  7. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  8. A: Both. Cause both are awesome.

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

  10. A: That I will be on time and on budget. That you will get a project that you can be proud of.

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

  12. A: The creative side of mixing is absolutely pleasing.

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

  14. A: Q: How much do you charge? A: I prefer to work within budgets if possible, so how much did you get saved for this project?

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

  16. A: That's its "mixing"...you know..."like a DJ?!?"

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

  18. A: I want my clients to tell me 3 things: 1) Deadline 2) Ref Tracks 3) How Many Edits Do You Need

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

  20. A: Be ready, be prepared and don't be scared to ask for what you want.

  21. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  22. A: Mac Book/Apollo/X Desk/SLATE VMS/UAD OCTO Card

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

  24. A: I started as a hiphop beatmaker in 2001. From there I got my first pro tools setup in 2007 and since have just kept adding to my gear and refining my sound.

  25. Q: How would you describe your style?

  26. A: I'm a punchy type mixer who likes to get the mix wide and energetic.

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

  28. A: Easy...J Mascis. I want to mix a Dinosaur Jr record so bad I'd do it for free. And give endless recalls!

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

  30. A: Get it right at the source.

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

  32. A: HipHop, Rock (all the sub genres), Folk/Country, Reggae, Dub, Metal (all the sub genres)

  33. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  34. A: I'm prompt, accountable and I like to make friends with the people I work with.

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

  36. A: I bring the love of what I do to every project and the desire to make people happy with their efforts. I hope my love affair with chasing the perfect sound matches with the artist's vision and that we all toast and smile after a job well done.

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

  38. A: To the point and structured for the first 75% then pensive and loose for the last 25.

  39. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  40. A: I run a hybrid setup with 24 channels of analog summing through an SSL X Desk and X Panda configuration. I use a center section that features a Drawmer 1968/Kush Audio Clairphonic/Neve 542 Tape Simulator and some clean gain through some BAE 1073 LBs. Tons of plug ins under the hood. All powered by an Antelope Audio Orion 32+.

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

  42. A: This is very difficult to answer. I usually listen for music that has a tight low end with a warm and rich mid range and a breathy top end. The artists that fit under that description are many because there are so many talented people in this world that it's hard to make a list. If I had to make one...I wouldn't want to leave anyone out. But... Ya can't go wrong with: Pink Floyd Smashing Pumpkins Jay Z A Tribe Called Quest Dinosaur Jr The Ramones Led Zeppelin Rage Against the Machine Tool The Offspring Green Day CCR Bob Seager Foo Fighters Yea...all them and more.

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

  44. A: I do 3 things in my studio: 1) Mix Records 2) Produce Acts 3) Master Songs

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