Jay Helmus

Mixing Engineer

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Let's have fun! Jimmy Eat World, Colin James, Arkells, July Talk and more. 15 years experience.

Quality over quantity is the philosophy I use to govern all of my work. Even in this day and age of impressive technologies and globalization, word of mouth is still widely considered to be one of the most effective marketing strategies. Therefore, I conclude that my success as an audio engineer is directly entwined with my reputation. If I want you to help me spread that reputation (I do), you need to be happy with your mixes first. Therefore, that's the goal. Quality first, always.

Contact me through the blue button above and lets get to work.

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  1. Review by Nicki Gonzalez
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    Jay is a true pro - efficient, communicative and fair to his clients and subcontractors. This is how all commercial jobs should run! I'll work with Jay any time.

  2. Review by seb
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    Jay just done another amazing mix and master job on the song city lights for us, sounds amazing, we are very pleased!

  3. Review by Assaad Z.
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    Jay is one of a kind! patience and perseverance for perfection is the name of the game, and he has got it!
    Top of the notch mastering engineer hands down.

  4. Review by Assaad Z.
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    After the first job I did with Jay, there was no other person to master my songs. Trust me I have mastered my last records with the greats like Howie Weinberg who did an amazing job! But Jay to me is on another level in terms of musicality and professionalism. Rock on Jay

  5. Review by seb
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    Jay has done and excellent mix and master to our song "the hook" that we recorded in a plain home studio, it sounds like if it was recorded in a top professional studio.

  6. Review by Assaad Z.
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    All I can say is Jay is the man! Trust me I'm very picky about who I choose to work with as I'm a control freak/perfectionist. I had no worries of letting Jay do his own thing with my work, that's how much I trusted him. His ears are massive and extremely musical. This is going to be a longterm working relationship.

  7. Review by Hakan S.
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    He is so easy to work with, and so professional. He was always in touch and willing to do what was needed. Thanks again.

  8. Review by Kevin B.
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    Great working with Jay. He was very professional and had great communication.

  9. Review by Alisha
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    Another quality mix to my song. Very thankful to Jay for his work/ talent/ skills on my project

  10. Review by Edwinn H.
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    Hey This guy does amazing work. Would recommend him to anybody keep up the goo work fam!!

  11. Review by Alisha
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    Said I would be back for more mixing and I am, and just as happy with the final result! As well as Jays level of professionalism. Highly recommend him to anyone looking to get there songs mastered by a pro.

  12. Review by Banda F.
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    Great sound, easy to work with, highly recommended!

  13. Review by Patrick H.
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    Working with Jay was great! He understood what I wanted, made great suggestions, and got it done! Thanks Jay

  14. Review by Edwinn H.
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    Quality sound. Great communication. And very timely. Will solicit services again.

  15. Review by Alisha
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    So happy with the final result of my song. Will definitely be coming for more mixing by him in the future.

  16. Review by Marc Acton
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    Our two radio stations in the Silicon Valley haven't sounded better since Jay joined our team. I've worked in Bay Area radio for over 10 years and Jay's production is head and shoulders above everyone else's. Everything he produces is of the highest quality and his turnaround is amazingly fast. He's reliable, creative, and a pleasure to work with. I highly recommend you work with Jay!

  17. Review by John Vercillo
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    I worked with Jay the past year at Corus Toronto. Terrific producer and musician. Has a great ear for sound design and has the awards to prove it. Great personality and easy to work with. I totally endorse his work.

  18. Review by Chris Pottage
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    I've been watching, and listening, to Jay's evolution as a mixing engineer for 15 years. His development has been both meteoric and impressive.
    While he has an exceptional grasp of the arsenal of plugins within his Pro Tools rig - which is all well and good - Jay's true prowess and talent lie in his ability to hear, feel & interpret music ...to bring soundscapes to life.

  19. Review by Aru A.
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    Worked with Jay in the past...Very easy to work with..And really enjoyed his mix...Highly recommended.

  20. Review by Lisa Keys
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    I just recently finished a project with Jay and he was fantastic!
    He was extremely quick on getting me back the final mixes and I was overjoyed with the quality, sound and production level!
    He hit the nail on the head with what I had envisioned for my project.

  21. Review by Shawn Whalen
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    Worked with Jay on a recent project and was very pleased with his work. Great ear for detail, delivered on-time and was really easy to communicate with. Would highly recommend.

  22. Review by Heather Meori
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    Love love love working with Jay. He is amazing! I have recorded everything from a rush demo for a pitch in 24 hrs, to a full on soon to be released EP and he always finds a way to make me look at things in a new and exciting light that I just wouldn't have thought of myself. Upfront, honest, creative, hilarious and always professional!!The best!!

  23. Review by Jennifer Perez
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    Recording with Jay was a wonderful experience. He was professional, very insightful in bringing out the best performance and added the necessary edits and harmonies. The recording process was so pleasant my accompanist requested to work with him for his album. Jay's years of experience is apparent in the quality of his work and is a top choice!

  24. Review by Jeremy
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    Jay recorded one of my acoustic original songs, and he was awesome to work with! It was such a fun session, and he knew how to get a good performance out of me, which is one of the hardest to find qualities in a recording engineer. He guided me to get creative in the studio, and it came out sounding like gold! I would love to work with Jay again.

  25. Review by Larry Hennessey
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    Jay digs into the tracks and works magic with every session. I always look forward to hearing his work. Great guy...great work!

  26. Review by Shelley Zavitz
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    Jay has a really amazing ear. We have worked on several songs together that I have written lyrically but needed help with arrangement and composition. There have been times when I have been set to silence listening to the mastered version of one of my songs because to me, Jay brought my vision to life.

  27. Review by John Masecar
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    I’ve worked with Jay on a number of music projects. Without exception Jay has always made my music better. He hears the soul of a song and brings it out both artistically and sonically. His attention to detail coupled with his love of craft make him an obvious choice for anyone looking to raise the quality of their recorded music.

  28. Review by Lucas Nugent
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    I'm a voice actor who has worked with Jay on numerous projects. He is my immediate go to for any sound question or issue. He understands the science of frequencies, their interactions, results from any applied effect, etc. His mixing work on my trailer/promo material is world class. Easily among the best in the world, and a kind person as well!

Interview with Jay Helmus

  1. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  2. A: Both. Analog for recording. And both for mixing. Use and learn whatever you have. If you have a console, use it! If you don't, mixing "In The Box" can be just as viable if you have the knowledge and experience. Slate's Virtual Console Collection (or equivalent) is probably still needed to help with digital summing, which still isn't on par with analog summing in my opinion... yet. But ITB mixing works! Andrew Scheps mixed Adele entirely on his laptop!

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

  4. A: Quality first, always. My reputation is everything to me, and I need you to help me spread it. But that means you have to be happy with your final mixes. Therefore, that's the goal. I will never compromise on quality.

  5. Q: How would you describe your style?

  6. A: Conservative when appropriate, aggressive when required. With today's technology and plugins, it's very easy to go overboard on plugins and effects. But that can often have a negative effect on the mix and detract from the performances. It's a delicate balance of improving the best "bang for buck" elements, and leaving the stuff that might actually make the mix worse. I like subtle EQ and compression moves, but I'm also not afraid to squash and mangle when appropriate. You need both.

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

  8. A: Yes. Less is more. And don't "over-mix". Every mix has a point of diminishing returns, where every improvement you make becomes less and less impactful until it actually starts making the mix worse. It's important to have a good feel for where that is. I've passed it many times!

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

  10. A: Some people think that a good mixing engineer can work wonders and make almost anything sound "pro". It's true that sometimes we can do some pretty amazing things, but the truth is... good music needs good musicians first. We can never turn bad tracks into good tracks. The real magic comes from the musicians themselves, their instruments, the song, arranging techniques, tracking techniques etc... Sure, mixing is a subtle art which requires a ton of skill and practice... but a great mix needs great tracks first!

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

  12. A: I try to get a feel for how they want the song to sound and what their personal tastes are. Reference tracks are key. If I can get in their head and figure what kind of tones they like, it will be useful in getting them a mix they are happy with.

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

  14. A: Listen to their mixes and make sure they are the right fit. Some guys are better at mixing certain genres over others, myself included. Also make sure they are a good fit for you personally. This is actually very important.

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

  16. A: I started (and still work) in the radio industry. I produce commercials, jingles, and station identifiers and imaging. That is how I learned sound design, and how to use Pro Tools and a variety of other DAWs. From there, I branched out and started recording and working with bands in my home studio. Gradually and very slowly getting better gear, better bands, and better results through experience, research, education, and practice, practice practice! I've been working with audio for about 15 years now.

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

  18. A: I've always wanted to work with Lauryn Hill. She is amazing.

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

  20. A: Lately I've been doing a lot of rock and alternative rock mixes for bands that come into 102.1 The Edge in Toronto, Canada. But I've also done a ton of mixes for Christian, Gospel, Pop, Acoustic Folk and more...

  21. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  22. A: Drums and vocals. I'm a drummer so I tend to have a great feel for the drums. I also work within the radio industry and I have a ton of experience coaching vocal performances and getting that big 'radio' sound.

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

  24. A: What's not to like? I get to play with sound all day!

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

  26. A: Mixing, mastering and sound design are my most common requests from clients.

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I prefer to work on a per song or per project basis. This encourages creativity and quality without the burden of time considerations or "clock watching".

GenresSounds Like
  • Arkells
  • Taylor Swift
  • Drake
Gear Highlights
  • Pro Tools 12
  • Dangerous Music
  • Waves Platinum
  • UAD
  • Steven Slate
  • SoundToys
  • iZotope
  • ADAM A7X
  • Tannoy
  • Avantone
  • Sennheiser HD600
  • Neumann etc...
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News
  • News feed disabled...Nov 22, 2016

    I've put a temporary hold on updating this news feed. I've just been too busy and it often takes a backseat. Hopefully you understand!

  • News feed disabled...Nov 22, 2016

    I'm put a temporary hold on updating this news feed. I've just been too busy and it often takes a backseat. Hopefully you understand!

  • Mixing Jeremy CasellaApr 17, 2016

    I just finished mixing an awesome tune by Jeremy Casella called "On The Evening Train". It was beautifully recorded and produced with amazing performances. A pleasure to mix!

  • Working with Big MadgeMar 10, 2016

    I'm excited to be working with Big Madge later this month! They are a local jazz brass ensemble from Vancouver. A talented bunch of guys for sure with TONS of positive energy!

  • A Busy 2015Mar 09, 2016

    Thanks to everyone who I've worked with in 2015! Too many to mention here. If interested, please chcek out my SoundCloud page or my website!

  • 2014 was a busy year...Dec 27, 2014

    Thanks to all the artists I've worked with in 2014. It's been a busy and awesome year. Onward 2015!

  • Sammi Morelli track hits #10 on Toronto Reverb Nation ChartsAug 06, 2014

    I just found out today that a track I produced has broken the top 10 releases on Toronto's Reverb Nation charts! The song is by Sammi Morelli and it's called "Devil's Been Lookin' In".