Specialization in live audio post production, mixing and mastering.
- Live Off The Floor
- Live Performances
- Rehearsals
- Outdoor Concerts and Venues

15 years experience, good instincts, easy to work with, fast turnaround.

My credits include

Gear highlights

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

Genres I specialize in

Terms of Service

I work on a "per song" or "per project" retainer. This encourages creativity without the burden of time restrictions.

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Interview with Jay Helmus

Analog or digital and why?
Both! Analog for recording. Digital for mixing, although Slate's Virtual Console Collection is probably needed to help with digital summing, which still isn't nearly as good as analog summing.. yet. In my opinion, at least. Mixing "in the box" is extremely viable these days if you know how. 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 want you to help me spread it. But that means you have to be happy with your final mixes. Therefore that's my goal. I will never compromise on on quality!
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... Mixing is a subtle art which requires a ton of skill, sure, 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 very useful.
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. Also make sure they are a good fit for your personality. This is a relationship, afterall!
How would you describe your style?
For mixing and mastering: conservative when appropriate, aggressive when required.
Can you share one music production tip?
Less is more. Don't "over-mix".
What type of music do you usually work on?
Lately I've been doing a lot of rock and alternative rock. But I've also done a ton of work in genres such as Christian, Gospel, Pop, Acoustic Folk and more...
What's your strongest skill?
Mixing live drums and vocals. Live session mixing.
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 and mastering, with an emphasis on live session post production.