I have done live mixes for Jimmy Eat World, Colin James, The Arkells, The Trews, July talk and many more. I specialize in 'live off the floor' recordings, or amateur home studio recordings. This can include sessions from live performances, rehearsal spaces, outdoor concerts, house parties or from the home studio.
Quality over quantity is the philosophy I use to govern all of my work. I have close to 15 years experience as an audio engineer, and I work with bands and stage acts who have recordings from various live situations that come with all kinds of unique challenges. Mic bleed, especially from the drums, inferior equipment, crowd noise, room noise, electric hum, imperfect performances etc... But live performances can also have an energy and a vibe that is not present on studio recordings and can't be faked. Feeding off the crowd can introduce so much energy to the mix and inspire performances a cut above the rest. You can't get this from a studio recording, and this is what I try to focus on and enhance. The goal is to fix, improve, or mask the bad. Highlight the good.
My credits include
- Pro Tools 12
- Waves Platinum
- Steven Slate
- ADAM A7X
- Sennheiser HD600
- Neumann etc...
Terms of Service
I work on a "per song" or "per project" retainer. This encourages creativity without the burden of time restrictions.
Reviews of Jay Helmus
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.
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!!
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!
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.
Jay digs into the tracks and works magic with every session. I always look forward to hearing his work. Great guy...great work!
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.
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.
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!