Mixing Engineer based out of Toronto, Canada that has worked with bands and artists from all walks of life including Jimmy Eat World, Colin James, Arkells, July Talk and many more. 15 years of audio 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 aggressive globalization, word of mouth is still widely considered to be the most effective marketing strategy that can be employed. My reputation is everything to me, and I need you to help me spread it. For this to work though, you have to be happy with your mixes. Therefore, that's the goal. Quality first, always.

Click the 'Contact' above to get in touch. Looking forward to hearing from you.

My credits include

Gear highlights

  • Pro Tools 12
  • Waves Platinum
  • UAD
  • Steven Slate
  • SoundToys
  • iZotope
  • ADAM A7X
  • Tannoy
  • Sennheiser HD600
  • Neumann etc...

Genres I specialize in

Terms of Service

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".

Reviews of Jay Helmus

  • Listing_thumb_15535594_1827564340816430_7745147188103086080_nless than a minute agoby Verified Review

    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.

  • Default-avatar7 days agoby Verified Review

    Great sound, easy to work with, highly recommended!

  • Default-avatarabout 1 month agoby Verified Review

    Working with Jay was great! He understood what I wanted, made great suggestions, and got it done! Thanks Jay

  • Default-avatarabout 1 month agoby Verified Review

    Quality sound. Great communication. And very timely. Will solicit services again.

  • Listing_thumb_15535594_1827564340816430_7745147188103086080_nabout 1 month agoby Verified Review

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

  • Default-avatarabout 1 month agoby

    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.

  • Default-avatar2 months agoby

    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.

  • Default-avatar3 months agoby

    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!!

  • Default-avatar3 months agoby

    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!

  • Default-avatar3 months agoby

    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.

  • Default-avatar3 months agoby

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

  • Default-avatar3 months agoby

    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.

  • Default-avatar3 months agoby

    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.

  • Default-avatar3 months agoby

    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!

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Interview with Jay Helmus

Analog or digital and why?
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!
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
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.
How would you describe your style?
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.
Can you share one music production tip?
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!
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
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!
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
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.
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
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.
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
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.
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
I've always wanted to work with Lauryn Hill. She is amazing.
What type of music do you usually work on?
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...
What's your strongest skill?
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.
What do you like most about your job?
What's not to like? I get to play with sound all day!
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
Mixing, mastering and sound design are my most common requests from clients.